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26,507 Tons (standard)
770' x 83' 3" x 24' 4" (as burilt)
8 × 5 in/38 cal guns
4 × quad 1.1"
24 × .50 cal MG
8 × 5 in/38 cal
5 × Quad 1.1"
32 × 20mm cannons
Aircraft: 90 (as built)
On April 18, 1942 sixteen B-25 Mitchells led by Lieutenant Colonel James H Doolittle took off from USS Hornet on a bombing mission against Japan dubbed the "Doolittle Raid". The B-25s hit targets in Tokyo.
Participated in the Battle of Midway.
Battle of Santa Cruz
Captain Charles P. Mason, the last man on board, climbed over the side, and survivors were soon picked up by destroyers. U.S. forces then attempted to scuttle Hornet, which stubbornly absorbed nine torpedoes and more than 400 5" rounds fired from Mustin and Anderson. American ships left the area when Japanese naval forces neared.
Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo sank Hornet with four 24" torpedoes, sinking the carrier at 1:35pm. Officially, Hornet was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 13 January 1943.
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