I’m interested in what people think about the “debunking” of of the mythos around the battle of Midway put forward by Parshall and Tully in “Shattered Sword”
As mentioned by Indy, the notion that the IJN combat air patrol was a low altitude due to the US torpedo squadron attacks and therefore couldn’t intercept the dive bombers that hit the three IJN carriers. Parshall and Tulley point out that there was 45 minutes between these attacks and a Zero could climb to 10k feet in “5 minutes flat”. So where were was the CAP and why?
Fuchida’s account has Akagi ready to loaded with planes for a strike on the US fleet when she was hit by the Helldivers, so the the IJN was “missed it by that much” to a full strike on the USN carriers. But IJN ops records, timing of carrier operations and photographic evidence say otherwise. I’m persuaded, is anyone else?