|R/V PETREL DISCOVERS NAMESAKE USS HORNET (CV-8)
USS Hornet (CV-8) Launched Doolittle Raid and was lost at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
ALAMEDA, CA - The crew of the Research Vessel Petrel, sponsored by the Paul Allen Foundation, announced today that they have discovered the remains of the USS Hornet (CV-8), just east of the Solomon Islands, on the bottom of the Pacific, about three miles down. The discovery was featured this morning on the CBS This Morning.
The USS Hornet (CV-8) was catapulted into the forefront of U.S. Navy history on April 18, 1942 when sixteen B-25 "Mitchell" aircraft were launched from the carrier's deck and led a daring attack by then Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle. The attack was the first to strike the Japanese mainland and proved to be a huge morale booster for Allied forces. Following the Doolittle Raid, Hornet (CV-8) was key participant in the Battle of Midway on June 4-7, 1942, which many naval historians consider the turning point in the War in the Pacific.
On October 26, 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, Hornet (CV-8) received several direct hits from enemy aircraft, USS Hornet (CV-8) was mortally wounded and eventually sunk.
As a tribute to and in honor of Hornet (CV-8), the USS Kearsage, her keel had been laid just eight weeks before on August 3, 1942, was renamed USS Hornet (CV-12) and commissioned on November 29, 1943.
"It is wonderful to know that our predecessor, USS Hornet (CV-8), has been discovered after all of these years," said USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum Executive Director Michael McCarron. "'Hornet' is one of the most decorated and hallowed names in U.S. naval history. We are humbled to share that name with CV-8 and honor and remember the brave men who served and made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in CV-8."
The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum currently has exhibit about CV-8 on the Hangar Deck of the Museum. Visitors are encouraged to see firsthand the story of USS Hornet (CV-8) when they visit the Museum.
Here are a few links to the story:
CBS News Search
CBS News Discovered
The two addresses for this site are
These are the two patches that my father (Ray Miles)
had while serving on board the U.S.S. HORNET CVA-12 from 1954 to October 1957.
The patch on the left is the ship's patch, and on the right is the patch for
the "GAS GANG", V-4 Division, Purple Shirts, they are the people that refuel the aircraft. |
Click on either patch to see a larger image.
The Navy has donated the HORNET to the Aircraft Carrier HORNET Foundation for use as a museum.
She is currently moored at ex-NAS Alameda (now Alameda Point) pier 3, and is open to the public for tours.
Check out the "OFFICIAL" USS HORNET MUSEUM'S web site at http://www.uss-hornet.org |
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