From: Winnipeg, MB
This from the Wiki on the Battle of Santa Cruz. This is just Oct. of '42.
Between 11:40 and 14:00, the two undamaged Japanese carriers, Zuikaku and Jun'yô, recovered the few aircraft that returned from the morning strikes on Hornet and Enterprise and prepared follow-up strikes. It was now that the devastating losses sustained during these attacks became apparent. Lt. Cmdr. Okumiya Masatake, Jun'yô's air staff officer, described the return of the carrier's first strike groups:
We searched the sky with apprehension. There were only a few planes in the air in comparison with the numbers launched several hours before... The planes lurched and staggered onto the deck, every single fighter and bomber bullet holed ... As the pilots climbed wearily from their cramped cockpits, they told of unbelievable opposition, of skies choked with antiaircraft shell bursts and tracers.
Only one of Jun'yô's bomber leaders returned from the first strike, and upon landing he appeared "so shaken that at times he could not speak coherently".
Ah, the debut of BB South Dakota! The TF admiral had to query if she was on fire when she turned on her AA! The US CVs had pretty good AA upgrades then too.
No matter how bad a situation is, you can always make it worse. - Chris Hadfield : An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth