Discussion in 'What If - Pacific and CBI' started by Gromit801, Feb 8, 2015.
The planes perhaps but most of the crew would likely have survived.
Good points Gromit 801 and lwd. A proportion of planes ashore would presumably be destroyed or damaged as others were historically, but aircrew were likely to suffer few casualties. We might consider how soon replacement aircraft could be provided. Torpedo planes would be a particular concern; the TBD was out of production, but the new TBFs were a few months from being available.
How many trained crews were currently not assigned to carrier duties? How many inactive crews could be called back to active service? How many crews were in the pipeline at the time that could have been given accelerated training and/or finished their training OJT?
There was a considerable amount of peacetime inertia that took months to realistically overcome. Even after Midway, things weren't moving all that fast in the minds of naval commanders. Think Savo. I don't think anything could have happened any faster than it did.