Hornet II

One of our recent communications suggested that on May 5th, “Grumpy” will fly over the USS Hornet, from which the Doolittle Raiders launched on April 18, 1942. While the carrier docked at Alameda Point in San Francisco Bay is the USS Hornet, it is not the same one that played a crucial role in the Doolittle Raid. That USS Hornet, CV-8, was sunk by the Japanese on 26 October 1942. According to a well informed member, the surviving Hornet is CV-12 which was originally intended to be the USS Kearsarge, but was re-named “Hornet” prior to commissioning. The surviving Hornet has been converted to a floating museum and is used by the Doolittle Foundation to commemorate the Raid. I apologize for the error.

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