Re: OTHER Starship Captains - Symbolism, Foreshadowing & Plot Devices
.... And, yes, the US victory at Midway was not pure luck. It can be argued quite solidly that nearly all the mistakes made before or during the battle were by the Japanese. Fuchida himself admits this in a book he co-wrote post-war. But luck was still pretty derned important. As is often the case.
You should read Paschall and Tully's "Shattered Sword" which is the best book on Midway to come out in a long while. Fuchida frankly lied in his book to save "face". It would be interesting to speculate on what would have happened if he had been right, i.e. the Japanese strike groups being on the flight deck rather than in the hangers when the USN dive bombers hit.
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