WW2 in 1942 (5 minutes…)

So during the Battle of Midway, which occurred right after the Battle of the Coral Sea, we see the result of America V. Japan in the greatest naval confrontation ever. The aircraft carriers are below. if you look at the first table you can see there were only 3 carriers not involved in the battles so basically it was the entire fleet V. the entire fleet. You don’t need to worry about the other ships since carriers were THE only thing that really mattered since planes could strike any ship from the air and they could do it from literally hundreds of miles away. Anyway, excluding the 3 carriers that weren’t there and looking at the other table, some ships were removed from Japan during the Battle of the Coral Sea, but the real crazy part is that look at when the ships were damaged. Basically half the Japanese fleet was destroyed with 5 minutes. So years and years of effort literally sank to the bottom of the ocean and the USA solidified victory in the Pacific, in just 5 freaking minutes!

 

Not Involved in Coral Sea or Midway

Aircraft Carrier Construction Time Reason Not Involved
USS Ranger (CV-4) 1931-1934 (Approx. 3 years) Operating in the Atlantic Ocean
Junyo 1938-1942 (Conversion, Approx. 4 years) Commissioned in May 1942, not yet deployed for Coral Sea or Midway
Hiyo 1939-1942 (Conversion, Approx. 3 years) Commissioned in July 1942, after both battles

Involved in Coral Sea and/or Midway

Aircraft Carrier Construction Time Battle Result Time Damaged
USS Yorktown (CV-5) 1934-1937 (Approx. 3 years) Midway Sunk June 7, 1942 Damaged June 4, ~10:30 AM
USS Lexington (CV-2) 1921-1925 (Conversion, Approx. 4 years) Coral Sea Sunk May 8, 1942 Damaged May 8, morning
USS Enterprise (CV-6) 1934-1938 (Approx. 3-4 years) Midway Survived N/A
USS Hornet (CV-8) 1939-1941 (Approx. 2 years) Midway Survived N/A
Akagi 1920-1927 (Conversion, Approx. 5 years) Midway Sunk June 5, 1942 Damaged June 4, ~10:25 AM
Kaga 1920-1928 (Conversion, Approx. 5-6 years) Midway Sunk June 4, 1942 Damaged June 4, ~10:20 AM
Soryu 1934-1937 (Approx. 3 years) Midway Sunk June 4, 1942 Damaged June 4, ~10:25 AM
Hiryu 1936-1939 (Approx. 3 years) Midway Sunk June 5, 1942 Damaged June 4, ~5:00 PM
Shokaku 1937-1941 (Approx. 4 years) Coral Sea Survived (Damaged) Damaged May 8, morning
Zuikaku 1938-1941 (Approx. 3 years) Coral Sea Survived (Air group depleted) N/A

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