Hello everyone, I am new to the Reddit Community and have come here to inquire about Carrier Air Wings in WWII.
I am designing a strategic board game that takes place in the Pacific Campaign, right now I am specifically focusing on the Battle of the Coral Sea to test some of the games core mechanics. A crucial piece of information that I am currently missing on this and am struggling to find is the composition of USN Carrier Air Wing 1 and Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW 1 and CVW 3).
I have already found what aircraft were used on the Carriers Yorktown and Lexington during the battle but I am particularly interested in the composition of their Fighter, Bomber, and Torpedo Squadrons. I figure looking for the composition of the Carrier Air Wings is the best place to start in that endeavor.
For some background, I have already accessed the bulk of the USN's archives on both of the above listed Carrier Air Wings (both were established in 1938) but can find no information prior to 1950. I understand that because all of these original documents were physical, there is some chance that they have not been digitally archived to the fullest extent.
If anyone could point me in the right direction as to where I could find information on the squadrons of these air wings I would be more than appreciative. If you have any other information to share about the carriers Lexington and Yorktown(CV-5) I would also be receptive to that.
Thank you all for your time! 🙂
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