Escorts were in critical short supply all of 1942, Cassin and Downs were write offs after 12/7 and. Clogging up dray dock #1, however we delayed scraping the hulls and salvaging the machinery and weapons because sports were in such short supply. Saratoga could have participated at Midway excerpt for the lack of escorts. Saratoga could have reached Midway/PH y May 30,except for the lack of suitable escorts.
The loss of Neosho was especially grevious. That missing fleet tanker hampered the early goings at Guadalcanal and Eastern Solomons. Wasps absence at Eastern Solomons was in part due to the lack of fast fleet train to refuel ships in forward areas.
: The Japanese were largely in the same
: "boat", so to speak.
: Oil Tankers were the limiting factor.
: BTW, if the Allies had not been running the
: Invasion of North Africa at the same time as
: Guadalcanal then a whole Navy would have
: been available for service at Guadalcanal.
: Want a weird "What If". Imagine a
: set of Royal Navy KGV class BBs fighting it
: out with Hiei and Kirishima off Guadalcanal
: in 1942. How could it have happened?
: During the invasion of North Africa the
: French make it clear the Americans can
: invade but the British would not be welcome.