America Strikes Back: American Carrier Raids February–May 1942
In this session we discuss the carrier raids against the Japanese carried out in early 1942 by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, America’s fast carrier task forces, with their aircraft squadrons and powerful support warships, took on the challenge of trying to blunt the expansion of Japan in the Pacific. Unfortunately, the Pacific Fleet carrier force had only three carriers in the Pacific in December 1941. Duane E. Shaffer discusses the strategy and tactics.