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Wreck of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet is discovered in the South Pacific (TR)
UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/12/2019 | Keith Griffith

Posted on 02/12/2019 10:36:21 AM PST by DFG

The wreck of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet has been discovered in the South Pacific, 77 years after Japanese forces sunk the ship in a fierce battle.

The research vessel Petrel, owned by the estate of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, discovered the Hornet three miles under the ocean surface off the Solomon Islands late last month.

The Hornet, the last U.S. fleet carrier to be sunk by enemy fire, lost 140 hands under a relentless Japanese air bombing attack at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on October 26, 1942.

As Imperial Navy surface forces closed in, all hands were ordered to abandon ship, and the Hornet was finished off by enemy torpedoes and sent to its watery grave.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: allen; chat; doolittle; history; hornet; petrel; ww2; wwii
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1 posted on 02/12/2019 10:36:21 AM PST by DFG
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To: DFG

I wonder if Mr Allen had the Hornet on his “to do” list before he died.


2 posted on 02/12/2019 10:38:22 AM PST by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.r)
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To: DFG

Wow! First I heard of it, thanks for posting it.


3 posted on 02/12/2019 10:38:47 AM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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To: Catmom

It’s a tomb. I say leave it be.


4 posted on 02/12/2019 10:49:20 AM PST by rexthecat
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To: DFG

Wow! The Hornet!


5 posted on 02/12/2019 10:49:23 AM PST by WKUHilltopper
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To: DFG

I’m pretty sure a lot pf people knew where it sank. It’s not like it vanished without anyone looking. They just haven’t bothered to attempt to disturb the site. Until now.


6 posted on 02/12/2019 10:57:40 AM PST by cll (Serviam!)
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To: DFG
Richard Nowatzki, now 95, was an 18-year-old gunner on the Hornet, and watched via remote camera link as the remote sub discovered his old station at a gun turret.

'If you go down to my locker, there's 40 bucks in it, you can have it!' he told CBS News.

Don't you just love an old boy with a sense of humor?

I had thought the U.S.S. Hornet lied in the relatively shallow waters of what was called "Iron Bottom Sound", not further away under three miles of ocean!

The pictures are fascinating to be this intact after 77 years. Just wow!!! She must have been built well to save 94% of the crew after a pounding so ferocious!

7 posted on 02/12/2019 10:58:03 AM PST by Vigilanteman (The politicized state destroys all aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)
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To: rexthecat

It’s three miles down. Not gonna be doing a whole lot to it other than surveying and documenting.


8 posted on 02/12/2019 11:05:20 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: WKUHilltopper
Abandoning ship toward the end.


9 posted on 02/12/2019 11:06:55 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: cll

Allen’s crews have been very respectful of the wrecks they have located in Ironbottom Sound.


10 posted on 02/12/2019 11:10:41 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: DFG

Just a reminder, the Doolittle Raiders took off from the Hornet.


11 posted on 02/12/2019 11:11:51 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Army Air Corps

Ping!


12 posted on 02/12/2019 11:13:12 AM PST by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: Vigilanteman; DFG

Their saying she was sunk in “Iron Bottom Sound” is misleading and perhaps intentional, though many US and Japanese ships are resting at the bottom of it. She was sunk during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Santa_Cruz_Islands

which are several hundred miles east of Guadalcanal and Iron Bottom Sound.


13 posted on 02/12/2019 11:14:22 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: DFG

Is there a reason the name Hornet wasn’t used again for a carrier? Seems sticking with a traditional name like that would be better than using politicians’ names.

Or is it a tradition that the ship name dies with her when she’s lost in combat?


14 posted on 02/12/2019 11:20:37 AM PST by chrisser
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To: colorado tanker

Just a reminder, the Doolittle Raiders took off from the Hornet.

The father of a friend of mine flew with Doolittle.


15 posted on 02/12/2019 11:20:56 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: GreyFriar

Also confusing matters is the ship renamed hornet almost immediately after the sinking.


16 posted on 02/12/2019 11:21:22 AM PST by rebel25 (GOD, Family, guns, and duck hunting, everything else is just noise.)
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To: Vigilanteman

She was well built. Of the three sisters in the Yorktown class, two sank, but only after taking several torpedoes each.

Big E (nterprise) survived the war only to meet the scrapper’s torch.

That so many of her crew survived is a testament to her quality construction, and the fact that her torpedo defenses were so good. (Other carriers, for example Taiho had less stellar records when it came to torpedo damage.)

It’s a pity Mr. Allen isn’t around to see the results of his efforts.


17 posted on 02/12/2019 11:21:38 AM PST by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: chrisser

It was, another carrier was renamed hornet just a short time later.


18 posted on 02/12/2019 11:26:58 AM PST by rebel25 (GOD, Family, guns, and duck hunting, everything else is just noise.)
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To: cll; SunkenCiv; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Kaslin

No, not actually correct. Until today’s remote control robot submersibles, with their extremely long high-data cables and hovering abilities, their high-definition lights, sonars, and monitors, and the patience and accuracy of GPS satellites to maintain the survey vessel’s position overhead on the surface above the submersible, even IF you knew accurately the sunken vessel’s location accurately, you couldn’t search underwater at 15,000 - 20,000 feet deep and find it.

Takes a LOT of new technology to search, find, and maintain position above a sunken vessel. Kind of like driving a blimp at 20,000 foot altitude against the jet stream above a fog bank in a rainstorm while driving a drone through a circus tent while you take photo’s of the acrobats on trapezes.


19 posted on 02/12/2019 11:31:15 AM PST by Robert A Cook PE (The democrats' national goal: One world social-communism under one world religion: Atheistic Islam.)
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To: DFG

I believe it was these guys that found the USS Indianapolis as well.


20 posted on 02/12/2019 11:32:36 AM PST by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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