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Approaching the Gate to Destiny By William S. Phillips - Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's April 18, 1942 raid on Japan began with the loading of sixteen B-25s aboard a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS "Hornet," for the first time. Seen here is Task Force 16.2, sailing from San Francisco Bay on the beautiful sunlit morning of April 2, 1942.

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USS Hornet (CV/CVA/CVS-12) is a United States Navy aircraft carrier of the Essex class. Construction started in August 1942; she was originally named USS Kearsarge, but was renamed in honor of the USS Hornet (CV-8), which was lost in October 1942, becoming the eighth ship to bear the name.

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World War II: USS Hornet (CV-12)

US Aircraft Carrier VIETNAM | USS Hornet - CV-12 - World War II - US Navy - Aircraft Carrier