When did Battle of the Bismarck Sea happen?
Battle of the Bismarck Sea happened on 1943-03-04.
1. Histories first clash of carriers was the battle of the Coral Sea 2. Histories most decisive carrier clash was the battle of Midway 3. Last battle involving carrier fleets was battle of Leyte Gulf 4. Last USN aircraft carrier sunk in WWII was USS Bismarck Sea 5. Last naval battle involving an aircraft carrier was during the Falklands Island war in 1982
1. USS Langley (later redesignated)-sunk in near Battle of the Java Sea 2. USS Lexington-sunk Battle of the Coral Sea 3. USS Yorktown-sunk Battle of Midway 4. USS Hornet-sunk Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands 5. USS Wasp-sunk Battle for Guadalcanal 6. USS Princeton-Sunk Battle of Philippine Sea 7. USS St. Lo-sunk Leyte Gulf 8. USS Gambier Bay-sunk Leyte Gulf 9. USS Bismarck Sea-sunk near Battle of Iwo Jima
The Bismarck was a 2nd World War Battleship not a First World War battleship. You are getting the ship confused with the man: "Otto von Bismarck" after whom the battleship was named. Bismarck was the Minister President of the Kingdom of Prussia, who then became the First Chancellor of the German Empire. To answer your question here's a map of where the Bismarck was sunk. http://www.warcovers.dk/greenland/bismarck_map.jpg
The main targets were 7000 Japanese troops on troop transports attacked from the air. Less than 800 made it to the island of Lae, and as many as 3000 were killed. Nothing as big as the Java Sea or Coral Sea nor Midway, but the "Bismarck Sea" did show what "airplanes only" could do in a airplane versus warship battle. The Air Force used "skip bombing" tactics to sink the Japanese vessels without the help…