USS Hornet (i) (CV 8)
Aircraft carrier of the Yorktown class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||15 Apr 1939|
|Laid down||25 Sep 1939|
|Launched||14 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||25 Oct 1941|
|Lost||27 Oct 1942|
|Loss position||8° 38'S, 166° 43'E|
USS Hornet took part in Battle of Midway.
USS Hornet (Capt. Charles Perry Mason) was heavily damaged in the battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October 1942. The abandoned ship, ablaze from stem to stern, refused to accept her intended fate from friends. She still floated after receiving nine torpedoes and more than 400 rounds of 5-inch shellfire from destroyers USS Mustin (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Peterson) and USS Anderson (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Guthrie). Japanese destroyers hastened the inevitable by firing four 24-inch torpedoes at her blazing hull. At 0135, 27 October 1942 she finally went down. in position 08º38'S, 166º43'E.
Commands listed for USS Hornet (i) (CV 8)
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|1||Capt. Marc Andrew Mitscher, USN||20 Oct 1941||15 Jun 1942 (1)|
|2||T/Rear-Admiral Charles Perry Mason, USN||15 Jun 1942||27 Oct 1942 (1)|
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Notable events involving Hornet (i) include:
18 Apr 1942
The Hornet took place in carrying some 16 bombers, the first to take off from a carrier in history, to some 400 miles off Japan to take place in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Due to some infiltrations by an enemy patrol boat, the Hornet launched the planes 12 hours ahead of schedule. The patrol boat was sunk. (2)
18 Apr 1942
USS Hornet launched 16 B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers towards Tokyo. (2)
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