Allied Warships

USS Hornet (i) (CV 8)

Aircraft carrier of the Yorktown class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft carrier
PennantCV 8 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Apr 1939 
Laid down25 Sep 1939 
Launched14 Dec 1940 
Commissioned25 Oct 1941 
Lost27 Oct 1942 
Loss position8° 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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1Capt. Marc Andrew Mitscher, USN20 Oct 194115 Jun 1942 (1)
2T/R.Adm. Charles Perry Mason, USN15 Jun 194227 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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