:: USS HORNET (1940) ::

USS Hornet aircraft carrier (1940) High resolution picture

The USS Hornet was an American aircraft carrier launched in 1940 which took active part in the Second World War, including the events of the Doolittle Raid, the Battle of Solomon Islands and the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, where an aerial attack left her in practically irreparable condition. Abandoned by her crew, the USS Hornet was finally sunk by the combined efforts of the American and Japanese destroyers alike, in a fatidic night of October 1942.

The illustration shows the USS Hornet as she was arranged just before the Doolittle Raid in April 1942, the first offensive in which she participated. There is a B-25B Mitchell bomber at prow aligned with the white guide lines painted in the flight deck and an F4F Wildcat fighter placed in the elevator astern. The deck was lined with wood and the sides of the hangars had wide openings closed by mobile shutters. The aircraft could land in both directions, albeit this feature was never used in operations.

Class: Yorktown (3 units - Enterprise (CV-6), Hornet (CV-8), Yorktown (CV-5))

Type: Aircraft carrier

Length: 252.5 meters

Beam: 34.7 meters

Draught: 8.8 meters

Displacement (standard): 20220 tonnes

Propulsion: 4 x shaft, 4 x steam turbine Parsons, 9 x boiler Babcock and Wilcox, 120000 horsepower

Speed: 33.8 knots (62.6 kilometers/hour)

Range: 12500 nautical miles (23200 kilometers) at 15 knots

Complement: 2919

Armament (as built): 8 x 127-millimeter 38-caliber cannon, 16 x 28-millimeter 75-caliber cannon, 16 x 12.7-millimeter machine gun

Armament (in 1942): 8 x 127-millimeter 38-caliber cannon, 16 x 28-millimeter 75-caliber cannon, 24 x 20-millimeter cannon

Armor: 102 millimeters in belt, 76 millimeters in main deck, 25-76 millimeters in lower deck

Aircraft: 85-90

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