Long Island departed for San Francisco on May 10th 1942.
It would be even earlier than that once you factor in the time to cut orders and make arraignments...
That is almost a month before Midway, and at a time when attacks against Midway and the Aleutians were only speculation.
If anything, this proves that she was not rushed to the Pacific for Midway, and it certainly proves that she was not rushed to the Pacific to cover Pye's OBBs.
alecsandros wrote:She was rushed because in April/May 1942 she conducted convoy escorts along the east coast, which was under heavy attacks from German Uboats.
She was not providing convoy escorts...She was training and qualifying carrier pilots.
alecsandros wrote:The US Navy required every ship that it could muster to at least contain the sinkings.
Ships were not what was required...Aircraft for ASW patrols were. The USAAF and USN had a big blow up over this, as the USAAF did not want to relinquish any patrol aircraft to the USN, no matter how badly they were needed to protect East Coast shipping traffic.
alecsandros wrote:With USS Wasp dispatched to help the Royal Navy in her efforts to reinforce/replenish the Malta defenders, and USS Ranger performing convoy duty to the Carribean area,...
Except, the USS Ranger was not performing convoy duty at the time, she was transporting Curtiss P-40s to Accra. Ranger left Narragansett Bay on April 22, and returned on May 28th.
alecsandros wrote:Taking the only available escort carrier and sending it to the Pacific shows how dire the situation was in early May 1942 for the USN on the Pacific front.
Let's see...taking a very small carrier, not fit for combat, but quite capable of training carrier pilots, and sending it to the Pacific, where there is an ongoing carrier war, and the demand for trained carrier pilots is growing...
Sounds like a move based on common sense, than one based on desperation. You know...Train the pilots where they are needed, rather than training the pilots thousands of miles away and not needed.
alecsandros wrote:Exactly, they "sat on the West Coast". From what I know, they weren't doing any sort of patrols whatsoever.
You claimed differently earlier in this thread...
alecsandros wrote:Don't know, but the patrols lasted until mid-September (but not with the same force as in early June), IIRC.
Your recollection is in error. The patrols ended on or about June 16th. The only operations they would conduct would pertain to training. Task Force 1 relocated to Pearl in mid-August, not mid-September.