Pearl Harbour question

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  1. freebird

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    What was the air complement of the US carriers on Dec 7 as they were returning to Pearl?
    Did they have less than a full complement? (as they had just delivered aircraft to Midway etc)
     
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    I have two sources, as follows. Browns figures are for the end of December....not sure about Polmars.

    Some sources i have say that Lexington had exchanged her Buffaloes for Wildcats by the outbreak of the war.

    Anyway, nice to hear from you again....
     

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    Lexington pulled into Pearl on 25 Jan 1942 and VF-2 flew into NAS Kaneohe Bay in their F2A's. The next day the squadron ferried their planes over to NAS Ford Island and traded them in for eleven F3F-3As to begin their transition. The F2A's went to MAG-21.
     
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    According to Lundstrom, 81 USN AC flew out to Enterprise from Pearl. It was supposed to be 83 but two would not start. I believe the Marine AC were in addition to these. Lexington carried 65 of her own AC plus the 18 SB2Us
     
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