USS Yorktown (April 1942).
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA:
7th Air Force begins flying B-17's from the
On the 27th of May, USS Yorktown arrived at Pearl Harbor bearing the wounds of her action from the
When she entered
How significant was this action? In a word – it was pivotal. The urgency to turnaround Yorktown, bring aboard squadrons who had never operated off her before and in so doing, get a third carrier into action was one of the key points in the outcome of the coming battle – and make no mistake everyone from Nimitz down to the seaman on the Yorktown knew it. This was in studied contrast to the almost leisurely approach the Japanese took in repairing Zuikaku and replenishing her air wing (the Japanese did not rotate airwings between carriers and didn’t think about doing it until later in the war).