Tiornu wrote:"Why in the world would GZ accompany Bismark only to seperate from her as she headed for port?" For the same reason Prinze Eugen separated from Bismarck--to continue the mission. No ploys necessary, stupid or otherwise.
"If the Swordfish could take off and land, why not the Me-109's." A quick review of these two designs will provide the obvious answer. A Swordfish could get going with about the same amount of effort as Fred Flinstone's car.
"You are assuming that an operational carrier would have no experience." I am?
"If GZ was ther, her crew would have been trained." Which argues that she would not have been there.
Even if they could operate, the Germans had no experience whatsoever with carrier-based fighter vectoring; this was an art that was never flawless in the Pacific despite years of experience and the prodigal use of radar.
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