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...compare the number of aircraft
the Japanese brought to the action (OK, let's even throw in land-based assets too) with the number of USN (OK, Allied--don't want to shortchange the Australians) destroyers
Good point about the Marianas and Formosa. Halsey's carriers simply cut Japanese air assets to shreds in the weeks before Leyte.
The USN had more ships and especially more planes.
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