In early May of 1942, the Battle of the Coral sea, the first naval confrontation in history where opposing forces never came into direct contact with one another, instead resorting to air power to strike at their enemies, was raging between the navies of the United States of America, Australia, and the Empire of Japan. The allied forces, under the command of Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher, consisted of Task Forces 17 and 11 formed around the aircraft carriers USS Yorktown and Lexington, respectively, along with their assorted escort and support vessels, in addition to a cruiser force designated Task Force 44. Facing the allied forces was the Japanese 4th fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Shigeyoshi Inoue, consisting of several separate task groups, including a covering force centered around the light carrier Shoho, which was to provide air cover for the Tulagi and Port Moresby invasion forces with the (unrealistic) goal of isolating Australia and New Zealand, while a strike force formed around the fleet carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku, along with their escorts, was stationed in the Coral sea to intercept any possible allied response. In the 4 day battle that ensued, the Japanese light carrier Shoho and the destroyer Kikusuki were sunk, the Shokaku badly damaged, and the Zuikakus air wings greatly depleted, however the allies suffered losses too; The carrier Lexington, the destroyer Sims, and the tanker Neosho were sunk, while the Yorktown was badly damaged. Despite these losses, though, the allies were able to prevent the Japanese from invading Port Moresby from the sea, improving allied chances in the region, and marking the first time a Japanese invasion attempt had been thwarted. In addition, with the Shokaku damaged and the Zuikakus air units slaughtered, these carriers would be unable to partake in the Battle of Midway, making this a critical factor in the US' victory in that engagement, a defeat the Imperial Japanese Navy would never recover from. While the Battle of the Coral sea had been raging, the American carriers USS Hornet and Enterprise were returning from attacking Japan in the Doolittle raid, thus preventing these ships from taking part in the fighting in the Coral sea. Now this is where my alternate history scenario begins; What if the USS Enterprise and Hornet had been committed to the Coral sea operation from the beginning rather than being sent on the Doolittle raid? With two additional carriers at the allies disposal, and the extra striking power that they can provide, would the Japanese carriers have been sighted earlier due to having more scout planes to commit, thus more ground can be covered, and with a greater number of strike planes, perhaps Shokaku is sunk, Zuikaku hit as well, and maybe Lexington survives as the Japanese are hit before they can react? I personally believe the allies could have achieved a more complete victory at Coral sea with Enterprise and Hornet present, as we would have outnumbered the Japanese in both carriers and aircraft. So what do you all think, share your thoughts please.