There is a larger issue though, that of the wisdom of the raid itself. I believe the raid to be totally unjustified, considering the slim, if any reward. The raid was nothing more than a publicity stunt that placed two very valuable carriers and their escorts at risk, not to mention the aircrews.
I believe Hornet and Enterprise rather should have been in a position to support the upcoming Coral Sea battle, reinforcing Lexington and Yorktown. The combat experience at Coral Sea would have been very valuable to Hornet especially, and just might have resulted in:
The destruction of Shokaku, Zuikaku, and Shoho, along with their air groups,
The avoidance of loss of Lexington.
3) A much better performance of Hornet's air group at Midway.
Probably not a popular viewpoint on my part, but then again, I am totally against the risk of life and treasure just for headlines or revenge. None the less is was a moral boost, but the moral boost that could have potentially gained by a shattering defeat of the IJN at Coral Sea would have had lasting effects, where the Doolittle adventure, had only the lasting effects in legend and lore
: As we are coming up on the 75th Anniversary of
: the Doolittle Raid, I thought I'd ask for a
: bit of speculation. If I read the specs
: correctly, the Saratoga and Lexington had
: almost 100 feet more flight deck than did
: the Hornet. Given that the B-25 bomb loads
: were limited because of the need for extra
: fuel while remaining light due to the short
: length for take off, might Sara or Lex have
: not been better choices from which to launch
: the raid?
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