Daily Prompt: Greatness – US Naval Aircraft Carriers in World War II

Posted: September 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Submitted for the Daily Prompt: Greatness

Assignment: What makes a teacher great?  Photographers, artists, poets: show us GREATNESS.

The photographs I have included in this post are obviously not my work.  These have been obtained from various USS Navy WWII sources.  In my opinion, the Aircraft Carrier defined GREATNESS in World War II.  I am biased in the included photographs as these are all the USS Hornet (CV-12) which my father served from December 1943 – February 1946.

On 3 Aug 1942 the keel of hull #395, named USS Kearsarge (CV-12), was laid by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. On 27 October 1942, the USS Hoornet (CV-8) was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Island. With the Hornet officially stricken from Navy record, hull #395 was renamed USS Hornet (CV-12).

On 3 Aug 1942 the keel of hull #395, named USS Kearsarge (CV-12), was laid by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. On 27 October 1942, the USS Hoornet (CV-8) was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Island. With the Hornet officially stricken from Navy record, hull #395 was renamed USS Hornet (CV-12).

USS Hornet CV-12 1944

USS Hornet CV-12 1944

Deck crewman aboard USS Hornet CV-12 disengages tailhook from the arresting gear while another chases stray ordnance that came loose during landing

Deck crewman aboard USS Hornet CV-12 disengages tailhook from the arresting gear while another chases stray ordnance that came loose during landing

USS Hornet (CV-12) underway in January 1944 during her shakedown in the Atlantic, before Air Group 15 came aboard. She is wearing Measure 33, Design 3A camouflage. There are only four radio masts on the starboard side of the flight deck, and the hangar catapult outrigger is in the stowed position. In place of a third Mk 37 director, a 40-mm quad mount was fitted at the same level as the flight deck. Note the hull number on the flight deck is unusually painted facing "the other" way — this was corrected before she entered combat. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/12.htm

USS Hornet (CV-12) underway in January 1944 during her shakedown in the Atlantic, before Air Group 15 came aboard. She is wearing Measure 33, Design 3A camouflage. There are only four radio masts on the starboard side of the flight deck, and the hangar catapult outrigger is in the stowed position. In place of a third Mk 37 director, a 40-mm quad mount was fitted at the same level as the flight deck. Note the hull number on the flight deck is unusually painted facing “the other” way — this was corrected before she entered combat. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/12.htm

This photo was taken on March 4, 1944 as Hornet was tying up to the mooring at Fox 9 Ford Island, Pearl Harbor with Air Group 15 on the flight deck. The photo was taken from Essex (CV-9) who would soon be taking Air Group 15 aboard while Hornet would take Air Group 2 into her first combat with the Japanese. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/12.htm

This photo was taken on March 4, 1944 as Hornet was tying up to the mooring at Fox 9 Ford Island, Pearl Harbor with Air Group 15 on the flight deck. The photo was taken from Essex (CV-9) who would soon be taking Air Group 15 aboard while Hornet would take Air Group 2 into her first combat with the Japanese. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/12.htm

Murderers Row US Aircraft Carriers of Task Force 58

Murderers Row US Aircraft Carriers of Task Force 58

USS Hornet (CV-12), World War II. Overhead plan and starboard profile meticulously drawn by John Robert Barrett. Available from Navy Yard Associates (if you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource).

USS Hornet (CV-12), World War II.
Overhead plan and starboard profile meticulously drawn by John Robert Barrett. Available from Navy Yard Associates (if you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource).

Hornet's flight deck and island taken while at anchor in Eniwetok Atoll, August 26, 1944. This was a ceremony in which Admiral Mitscher, Commander of TF-58, honored the ship, crew, and Air Group 2 for their part in the conquest of the Marianas Islands. The ship anchored off Hornet's starboard side is USS Essex (CV-9). The light carrier is believed to be USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). National Archives photo.

Hornet’s flight deck and island taken while at anchor in Eniwetok Atoll, August 26, 1944. This was a ceremony in which Admiral Mitscher, Commander of TF-58, honored the ship, crew, and Air Group 2 for their part in the conquest of the Marianas Islands. The ship anchored off Hornet’s starboard side is USS Essex (CV-9). The light carrier is believed to be USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). National Archives photo.

Overhead view of an ammo ship replenishing USS Hornet (CV-12), October 1944. Note the forward antenna masts half way up.

Overhead view of an ammo ship replenishing USS Hornet (CV-12), October 1944. Note the forward antenna masts half way up.

USS Hornet (CV-12) after the Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944

USS Hornet (CV-12) after the Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944

Presidential Citation to the USS Hornet (CV-12)

Presidential Citation to the USS Hornet (CV-12)

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