>I really think they should have gotten the 500 miles closer despite the fishing boat having gotten off a message.
Sir, that is stupid beyond belief. Our carrier would certainly have been sunk - 16 B-25s whose only value was minimal without forward bases to reach any target was slight loss in context of the war and their staying out & doing nothing would have added nothing at all to the war effort in the pacific theater.
Who knows for sure?? The public at that time and the men who flew the mission, thats who!
Good points, bill1952.
I don’t think it’s ever been determined if the fishing boat(s) got off any messages. They didn’t dare take the risk that they didn’t.
No, we could not risk losing the Hornet and it was more valuable than all those bombers. At the time of the raid, we only had three carriers (I think) in the Pacific.
In a few months, the Hornet went on to play a key role at Midway.