Long Live the Confederation!
Do we have much canonical development history on either fighter? The Wildcat of course appears because Forschten couldn't get AWAY from the "WW2 in Space" meme, and so every fighter that deployed was named after the ones at Midway in that book. (Have I mentioned I loathe Forschten's slavish, obsessive devotion to the meme to the extent it impacted his writing in later books?)
I don't think 'meme' means what you think it means. Wing Commander being the Pacific War in Space a specific intent of the series from the outset, not some unspoken assumption.
Your criticism of Action Stations is incorrect, too. The two 'hero' fighters are named after World War 2 aircraft, but only one from Midway (the Wildcat). The Hurricane was a British fighter. The dozen other human fighters (Sheridan, Trident, Thor, Hummer, Falcon, etc.) are not taken from WW2 at all.
(Furthermore, Action Stations was Pearl Harbor - *Fleet Action* was Midway...)