Tag Archives: World War II

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

75 years later, Search Finds Ship's Stern Ripped Away by Mine in WWII's Aleutians Campaign

75 years later, Search Finds Ship’s Stern Ripped Away by Mine in WWII’s Aleutians Campaign

USS Abner Read (DD 526), bow view. Hunters Point, California, June 13, 1943. US Navy Photo from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command

Halfway through his midwatch, 19-year-old Seaman Daryl Weathers scanned the screens in the darkened radio shack as the USS Abner Read (DD-526) hunted Japanese submarines off the Aleutian island of Kiska on Aug. 18, 1943. Read More