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WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Discovered in Solomon Islands

WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Discovered in Solomon Islands

5 inch guns of the USS Hornet. R/V Petrel photo.

This post has been updated to include a statement by Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran.

The late Paul Allen’s research team discovered the wreckage of World War II’s USS Hornet (CV-8), the aircraft carrier that launched the Doolittle Raid and participated in the Battle of Midway before being sunk in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands by Japanese dive bombers, torpedo planes and ship-launched torpedoes. Read More

Paul Allen's Team Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Helena

Paul Allen’s Team Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Helena

USS Helena. Paul Allen Photo

The wreckage of USS Helena (CL-50), the WWII-era St. Louis-class cruiser that survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and played an integral roll in defending Marine Corps operations in the Battle of Guadalcanal, was discovered last month by a team of researchers financed by billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen.

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