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“Consider it Advisable to Launch Attack Force Immediately”[i]:A What if? Investigation and Analysis of the Battle of Midway

[i] Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, IJN, as quoted by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya in Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1955), 170.

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Relation between Japanese Carrier

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Relation between American Fighter Aircraft Dead

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Relation between American Fighter Aircraft Dead

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endless number of what ifs

-Weather

-Personality Conflicts (Fletcher & Spruance)

-Radio Transmission Range

-Lt. Tomonaga’s death

-VT-3’s tardiness

-Japanese carrier decks devoid of aircraft

-Willingness of American pilots to face almost certain death

-Ability of VF-6’s pilots (Thatch weave)

-USS Yorktown’s late launch schedule

-etc., etc., etc...

Endless number of WHAT IFs?