Yorktown-class aircraft carriers Hornet (near) and Enterprise (far) as seen from the cruiser USS Salt Lake City shortly after Hornet launched the Doolittle Raid against Japan, 18 Apr 1942.
Hornet at Pearl Harbor, escorted by PT-28 and PT-29, 30 Apr 1942
Hornet in South Pacific, 15 May 1942, a week after the Battle of Coral Sea and the day before she was recalled to Pearl Harbor to prepare for the Battle of Midway.
TBD Devastator torpedo bomber on the flight deck of USS Hornet, circa 15 May 1942
Hornet at Pearl Harbor, 26 May 1942
Hornet at Pearl Harbor, seen from Ford Island Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor, 26 May 1942
F4F-4 Wildcat fighters and SBD Dauntless dive bombers being prepared to launch from the flight deck of USS Hornet, off Midway, 4 Jun 1942
SBD Dauntless aircraft landing aboard USS Hornet during the Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942; note Landing Signal Officer undernearth the landing aircraft
USS Hornet (Yorktown-class) at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii June or July 1942 after the Doolittle Raid. Note the distinctive early “dazzle” paint scheme.
Aerial view of Ford Island from over Pearl City Peninsula looking toward Diamond Head in the distance, 1 Aug 1942. Escort carrier USS Long Island and Yorktown-class carrier USS Hornet are moored to Ford Island.
Bomb from Shigeyuki Sato’s Aichi D3A ‘Val’ dive bomber exploding on the deck of USS Hornet (Yorktown-class) during Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 Oct 1942.
Damage to Hornet's smokestack and signal bridge at Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, 26 Oct 1942
Destroyer USS Russell coming alongside the stricken USS Hornet (Yorktown-class) in one of the last photographs of the carrier before she was scuttled, Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, 26 Oct 1942.
Japanese pilot Shigeyuki Sato in a D3A dive bomber plunging toward USS Hornet during Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 Oct 1942; note B5N torpedo bomber in level flight and splash from anti-aircraft shell burst in front of Hornet
"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."
James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945
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