Just a thought on this, Randy. The loss of Neosho probably influenced how far behind the "front lines" Fletcher parked his tankers. At Coral Sea, he thought the tanker would have been safe, but the IJN found the tanker before finding the carriers. Therefore, at Eastern Solomons, the tankers were further away, leading to Wasp being too far away to rush back for the actual event. So the loss of Neosho probably had impacts beyond what one would otherwise expect from the loss of a single ship.
: ...but somewhat flawed. I like it though.
: A few points before I have to start sawing
: Saratoga was delayed not by escorts but by
: the necessary repair of a 5-inch gun barrel
: explosion. There could be said to be other
: factors, including her use as an aircraft
: 'ferry' out west. But the proximate cause
: should be assigned to her accident.
: Escorts were not only short, they were
: short-legged too. But considering
: operational requirements versus the
: leisurely peacetime routine which failed to
: adequately anticipate wartime usage...for
: example, just changing station when the
: flattop chases the wind was an expensive
: chore in time and oil...but one had to keep
: the carrier screened. Or else.
: As for Neosho I'm certainly happy to see
: someone else who considers her loss, as you
: quite aptly put it, ' especially grievous
: ....' Her loss was appalling for the
: Pacific Fleet at that point in time; without
: tankers the flattops were hamstrung on both
: speed and range.
: I would take issue with your reasoning of
: Wasp 's absence from the Eastern Solomons
: but the absence of a large and dedicated
: fleet train is noted.
: Randy Stone