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About Wittman73

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  1. I've always considered the turtleback to simply be a declined extension of the horizontal protection. It's not worth arguing to me either way.
  2. Vertical armor IS the belt armor. The Iowa's had slightly thicker vertical, or belt, armor than Hood.
  3. Actually, historically by the second half of 1944 US carriers had a very heavy fighter loadout, the typical ESSEX class in late 44 would have a CVW such as this: Fighters: 54 Dive Bombers: 24 Torpedo Bombers: 18 By the end of 44 through the end of the war it got even heavier: Fighters: 73 Dive Bombers: 15 Torpedo Bombers: 15