Aircraft Carrier Hornet

The aircraft carrier Hornet was completed in 1941. It joined the US Navy and was on its first cruise at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Hornet was was used to launch B-25 attacks on Tokyo in April 1942. She also took part in the Battle of Midway but was sunk during the Battle of Santa Cruz on 27th October 1942.

Primary Sources

(1) Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (1947)

Last spring the Germans had constructed huge tents in an open space in the Lager. For the whole of the good season each of them had catered for over 1,000 men: now the tents had been taken down, and an excess 2,000 guests crowded our huts. We old prisoners knew that the Germans did not like these irregularities and that something would soon happen to reduce our number.