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All six? Not quite.

They had just four fleet carriers, because it was only a month or so to repair one and get two sets of air crew. So, Zuikaku and Shokaku were out of service, still.

The IJN's aircrew training program was not up to that kind of speed, nor were it's ship-repair facilities. Aircraft production delays may have been a factor as well

The other two carriers were in the II Carrier Striking Force and were not fleet carriers, the small Hosho and small Zuiho. They did not engage any USN forces during the battle. They were not within range during the crucial day. So, they were never a factor in the battle's outcome.

Another big factor in Coral Sea / Midway was the lack of effective damage control in the IJN's carrier fleet. Victory Disease at its worst.


Tim Bailey

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