USS Wasp (CV 7)
Aircraft Carrier of the Wasp class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||1 Apr 1936|
|Launched||4 Apr 1939|
|Commissioned||25 Apr 1940|
|Lost||15 Sep 1942|
|Loss position||12° 25'S, 164° 08'E|
While in operations off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese submarine I-19 (offsite link) scored three hits on the carrier. Wasp (Captain Forrest Percival Sherman) burned stem to stern as she listed and sank with 194 killed and 485 wounded/injured in position 12º25'S, 164º08'E. The anti-aircraft cruiser USS Juneau (CL 52) picked up some of her 1,969 survivors.
Another aircraft carrier, of the Essex type then being built, was renamed Wasp in honor of the performance of this ship in the Solomon's battles in 1942.
Commands listed for USS Wasp (CV 7)
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|1||Capt. John Walter Reeves, Jr., USN||25 Apr 1940||31 May 1942|
|2||Capt. Forrest Percival Sherman, USN||31 May 1942||15 Sep 1942|
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