Might my ass. Trust me, if Enterprise was her target, the Big E would have sunk. No if ands or buts, she wouldn't have had a prayer. The Ten Go mission was a suicide mission. Everyone involved knew that. IF she made it, she would have been beached and never sailed again. But even the Japanese knew she wouldn't make it. Had she turned to engage the carrier force, it would have been destroyed but planes aren't as neccesary to war as infantry and she was sent to stop the Marines from landing on Okinawa.
I see the Yamato passionates you to a fault. The planes hit the Yamato over 200 miles from Okinawa. True, its main battery was powerful beyond measure, but even that artillery could only fire shells about 26 miles away. If I may take the Japanese movie "Yamato" for historic accuracy, a sub discovered it heading to Okinawa. It tried to take a detour but was spotted by two Martin spotter planes. After the main battery missed the planes, they rearranged course straight for Okinawa. It put up quite the fight, I won't contest that. But even if the sub hadn't spotted it, do you really think the US would be so careless that they wouldn't have spotters planes flying all around the carriers? They would have seen it coming before the main shells could even get close to any carrier.
Sure the Yamato was a mighty ship. A shame it's gone. But there's a reason no battleships sail the oceans anymore. Aircraft carriers can do more damage over a wider terrain than any battleship. Even the Yamato.
All of this I know. And yes, the US had been that careless earlier in the war. They didn't learn from it either. We still don't fly spotter planes even in the seas around the Middle East where we are at "war." Yes technology has come a long way but still, you want to engage any enemy force as far away from you as possible. The spotter planes that found Yamato knew she was coming and were trying to find her. Ten Go was a very poorly concealed mission, couple that with the fact we had the Japanese codes cracked, it was a doomed mission. Yes, the planes were over two hundred miles away but it took three carriers over three and a half hours to sink her. The reason battleships no longer sail isn't because of planes. It's because no navy in the world has been able to field a dreadnaught, utilize it AND properly defend it. It's not Yamato, it's dreadnaughts. The Iowa class, the Yamato Class, the Fuso class, South Carolina class. I like big ships with big guns. And I will agree that I do love battleships to a fault and I believe that we still should have them mainly because my father was pinned down in Vietnam and the Iowa leveled the position from which he and his men were taking fire. Whether you believe that or not is up to you, it's just how I feel.
probablly. But the escort ships would have sunk the Yamoto first. Simple enough. If she had made it there anyway how would the Yamato do for ammo? And the marines would have stormed the thing if given the chance to do so. eflot her after capturing her give her gass and sail her back to the sates. But the enterprise and the carriers removed that quite esally.
No the escorts wouldn't have. Hurt her yes but not sunk her. There was nothing beyond the planes that posed a threat to the big bitch. By way of ammunition, there was ammo dumps in place to keep her firing for months. Oh and I forgot to mention this earlier, Enterprise wasn't even a part of the battle. She wasn't even there. She was moored for repairs in Puget Sound Navy Yard. It was the Carriers USS Hornet, USS Bennington (CV-20), Belleau Wood, San Jacinto; USS Essex, Bunker Hill, Hancock and Bataan that launched planes against Yamato. So let me rephrase, had Task Force 58 been the intended target, they wouldn't have had a chance in hell. The six BBs that were scrambled to counter Yamato wouldn't have gotten in range soon enough. But like I said, Task Force 58 wasn't the target, it was a suicide mission. When cornered, smart people make stupid decisions. We can debate this all day, but if Yamato had been utilized correctly, she alone could have stalled the US invasion force long enough for the Japanese to regain superiority in the war. Hindsight is always 20/20. But she wasn't used properly and like the samurai of old, she was destroyed by a force without the balls to fight her.
Oh and I forgot. Enterprise wasn't even a part of the battle. She wasn't even there. She was moored in Puget Sound Navy Yard. It was the Carriers USS Hornet, USS Bennington (CV-20), Belleau Wood, San Jacinto; USS Essex, Bunker Hill, Hancock and Bataan that launched planes against Yamato. So let me rephrase, had Task Force 58 been the intended target, they wouldn't have had a chance in hell. The six BBs that were scrambled to counter Yamato wouldn't have gotten in range soon enough. But like I said, it wasn't the target, it was a suicide mission. When cornered, smart people make stupid desicions.