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R/V Petrel Discovers Namesake USS Hornet (CV-8)

Feb 15, 2019
The crew of the Research Vessel Petrel, sponsored by the Paul Allen Foundation, recently announced 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 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 an 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.


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