Nice try feder808, but Midway was the pivotal point in the Pacific in WWII. For a point it was the Battle of Midway that determined the out come of the war in the Pacific, with out those 4 carriers, 250 aircraft, and 300 pilots, Japan could not stop the invasion of Guadalcanal, or reverse it in the end. For Guadalcanal, the Japanese had only two light carriers, and 4 seaplane tenders for naval air support left to defend it's interests, the cream of it's aviation corps was dead, years of combat operations experience gone in a day at the bottom of the sea. It all started with the Battle of the Coral Sea, were Japan lost the Light Carrier Shoho, (sunk), and the Fleet Carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku damaged and out of action, 92 of the fleets aircraft, almost 25% of the fleet air arm. The main aircraft for the Japanese, the D-3A Val, and the B-5N Kate were in short supply because for some reason Japan had drastically reduced production of the Val, and completely stopped production of the Kate, so they didn't have the ability to readily replace aircraft loses from normal daily operations let alone from a massive combat lose. A second point was that Japans aviation training program was barely turning out enough pilots to meet the day to day loses at that point in the war, let alone to replace almost 25% of the Fleet pilot personnel in the 4 weeks between the Battle of the Coral Sea and Midway, let alone the almost 75% lose of the Fleet Pilot compliment after Midway. The next point is, that after Midway the Japanese only had two light carriers, and four seaplane tenders available for operations in defense of Guadalcanal, the Fleet Carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku were still in dry dock being repaired from their mauling at the Coral Sea, so it was Midway that was the turning point, not Guadalcanal, point of fact being that we won at the Canal only by the skin of our Teeth, but from that point on the industrial might of the U.S. crushed the Japanese, we could replace our loses 10 times plus and over, Japan could only endure.