Gents, the animals I'm having to wield the Clue-Bat against are over on a WWII-miniatures-gaming board, but one of the key reasons was that we went "all in" on folding wings, while Japan doesn't seem to have done more than enough to fit 'em down the elevator-well, the Brits are a little uncertain. With Grumman wing-folds, you can stick a complete bird in the same space as a disassembled fuselage-on-gear... the Corsair's wing doesn't fold far outboard of the gear either, it's just that that straight-up fold creates "headroom" problems which is why they were restricted on Brit carriers and the FAA had to have clipped-wingtip variants.
And I'm factoring out the then-freakishly-big Essexes and Midways, too, I'm just comparing with Enterprise so I'm kneecapping the USN a little in the matchup.
If any of you guys are miniatures-wargamers, PM me and I'll shoot you the URL.
Now playing: Danny Elfman - Take Off/Crash