From: LI, NY
The biggest lost was the air crews that would never be replaced with the same caliber and experience. Not to mention seasoned Admirals going down with their ships, ridiculous.
And yet another myth about the battle. According to "Shattered Sword" the IJN lost ~25% of the pilots involved. Not insignificant, but not exactly shattering either. Of course the lost CV's were, as well as the many mechanics that were lost. These were more difficult for the Japanese to replace than the U.S..
As to what became of those pilots, I've no idea. But news media types were dispersed far, and wide, so they couldn't 'spill the beans'.
< Message edited by rustysi -- 2/25/2020 5:07:46 PM >
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