USS Hornet - Quick Facts

  • 1943 - commissioned as the USS Hornet CVA-12, the 8th USS Hornet

  • Under air attack 59 times and never hit

  • Aircraft based on the Hornet destroyed 1410 Japanese aircraft and 1,269,710 tons of enemy shipping

  • 10 Hornet pilots attained "Ace in a Day" status

  • 30 of 42 VF-2 Hellcat pilots were aces

  • 72 enemy aircraft shot down in one day

  • 255 aircraft shot down in a month

  • Supported nearly every Pacific amphibious landing after March 1944

  • Scored the critical first hits in sinking the super battleship Yamato

  • 1945 - launched first strikes against Tokyo since the Doolittle Raid in 1942

  • Earned 9 battle stars during WWII

  • Awarded the Presidential Unit Citation during WWII

  • Recovered the Apollo 11 and 12 astronauts