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PE seperated from Bismark so that it could continue the cruise because the Bismark could not shack the British tail. If the squadron had GZ, they could have bombed the British and forced them to back-off, hence, no need to seperate.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.