Found at Last: Wreck of the Legendary Hornet
The late Paul Allen’s research team on board the R/V Petrel has 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.
“Wreckage of the USS Hornet was discovered in late January 2019, 5,330 meters (nearly 17,500 feet) below the surface, resting on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean,” the Petrel team and parent company Vulcan announced online.
“We had the Hornet on our list of World War II warships that we wanted to locate because of its place in history as a capital carrier that saw many pivotal moments in naval battles,” Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Vulcan, said in the announcement. “Paul Allen was particularly interested in aircraft carriers, so this was a discovery that honors his memory,” Kraft said of Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Allen, who died last year.