What I hope to achieve with my webpage, linked above, is to provide all that context - and factual detail - generally missing from this debate.
I personaly feel it proves the Illustrious type was the equal of its contemporaries (the Yorktowns) when you consider it fought the seven seas - not just the Pacific.
The Essex was the best carrier of the war. Its just that it belonged to a generation that learnt from the European War experience as they were bein designed an refined...
But it is also valid to note every subsequent carrier design has had steel/armoured flight decks. You can see the origins of this nowhere better than in the original USS Franklin damage report documentation.
So, in verdict: flawed, but not without demonstrated merit.
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: I've read that Britsh aircraft carriers had
: armored flight decks, which prevented them
: from being overly wrecked by bombs and
: Kamikazes. I have never heard of any
: Bristish carriers in the Pacfic or anywhere
: else testing this said armored deck. Was
: there any British carriers fighting the
: Japanese as much as we we're in the Pacific?