USS Hornet CV-8 Discovered

Discussion in 'History' started by Weatherman2020, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Weatherman2020
    Offline

    Weatherman2020 Educating Libs Since 1978

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2013
    Messages:
    41,828
    Thanks Received:
    8,005
    Trophy Points:
    2,100
    Location:
    Left Coast, Classified
    Ratings:
    +49,449
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 3
    • Informative Informative x 1
  2. whitehall
    Online

    whitehall Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    38,068
    Thanks Received:
    6,435
    Trophy Points:
    1,140
    Location:
    Western Va.
    Ratings:
    +22,600
    Historic accounts have it that Doolittle "agreed" with the Hornet skipper to launch the strike prematurely even though it would doom the chances of many of the planes from reaching safety in China as planned. Chances are that the Hornet could have reached the planned launching site even though it was sighted by a Japanese picket boat which was sunk but it seems that nobody ever did the math for fear of tarnishing the legacy. Japan seemed clueless about the raid so it seems that launching prematurely was based on a timid decision.
     

Share This Page