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USS Hornet,a special tier X Essex class aircraft carrier

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    The USS Hornet, was past, a Yorktown-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. During World War II in the Pacific Theater, she launched the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and participated in the Battle of Midway and the Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid. In the Solomon Islands campaign, she was involved in the capture and defense of Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands where she was irreparably damaged by enemy torpedo and dive bombers. Faced with an approaching Japanese surface force, Hornet was abandoned and later torpedoed and sunk by approaching Japanese destroyers. Hornet was in service for a year and six days and was the last US fleet carrier ever sunk by enemy fire. For these actions, she was awarded four service stars, a citation for the Doolittle Raid in 1942, and her Torpedo Squadron 8 received a Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism for the Battle of Midway.

     In honor of the USS Hornet,the fourth Essex-class carrier,USS Kearsarge,was renamed as the USS Hornet,finally reborned as the much larger,and more powerful carrier.

Doolittle Raid on the sea

     As a Yorktown-class aircraft carrier,she launched 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers,without fighter escort from the carrier. They successfully bombed military targets in Japan, killed about 50 people, including civilians, and injured 400. The raid caused negligible material damage to Japan, but it had major psychological effects. In the United States, it raised morale. In Japan, it raised doubt about the ability of military leaders to defend the home islands, but the bombing and strafing of civilians also steeled the resolve to gain retribution and was exploited for propaganda purposes. It also contributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's decision to attack Midway Island in the Central Pacific—an attack that turned into a decisive strategic defeat of the Imperial Japanese Navy by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway.

     In the World of Warships, the legendary but all new carrier-based B-25N Mitchell bombers, with their heroic air joined the Doolittle Raid, returned service onboard the reborned USS Hornet. The new B-25N Mitchell medium bombers received a foldable wing, two more powerful engines, larger bomb bay, reinforced body and extra armor, and an arrest hook for carrier service.

     The B-25 medium bombers aboard the USS Hornet serves as both dive and torpedo bomber role. As for dive bomber role, B-25 could carry four 1000lbs HE bombs, or two 1600lbs AP bombs. While B-25 was not designed for dive-bombing and could not launch dive attack, B-25 performs level-bombing to release payload, very similar to British bombers. but with their Norden bombsight, their bomb was still very accurately, and deadly.

     The B-25s could also carry torpedoes to attack enemy ships. Due to their size and capacity, the B-25s could carry standard sized 21-inch torpedoes which onboard the US destroyers and submarines, instead of the much weaker aircraft torpedoes. These torpedoes have more damage and much higher influent probability, could be the greatest threat to even battleships.

     The USS Hornet also carries Grumman F8F Bearcat fighters as attack aircrafts. While B-25s was quite hard to maneuver and less effective to destroyers, the Bearcats make up well about this, but still less effective: While the USS Midway and IJN Hakuryu both have 9 fighters in a squadron, the USS Hornet has only 6, she was more of depending on her allies to elimiate enemy destroyers.

Survive from Kamikaze attack

     The USS Hornet sustained several kamikaze attacks, but the crazy and fearless pilot could even not obviously damage her, and still on station. Her crews repaired her after each kamikaze attacks, keep her afloat and ready for engage. Regard of this, the USS Hornet could carry Repair Party, restore some damage of the ship, this is very unique for even an aircraft carrier, though she has less hit point and armor than any other tier X carriers.

 

   Dive:  B-25 medium bombers, 6 bombers in a squadron, 2 in each wave, four 1000 lbs HE bombs or two 1600 lbs AP bomb each plane.

   Torpedo:  B-25 medium bombers, 6 bombers in a squadron, 2 in each wave,  one torpedo each plane.

   Attack:  F8F Bearcats, 6 fighters in a squadron, 2 in each wave, three Tiny Tims each plane.

   Pros:

   Very durable, devastive and the most terrifying B-25 bombers, able to sustain heavy anti-aircraft fire, and drop massive payload to enemy ships.

   Even a single B-25 could be the worst problem to even a battleship.

   Repair Party for the carrier herself, make her could sustain heavy air raid and still in combat.

   Eight HE bombs or four AP bombs each wave, has the highest DPH.

   Cons:

   Less effective to destroyers, she is more of depending on her allies than herself to elimiate enemy destroyers.

   Only 6 attack aircrafts in a squadron.

   B-25s are quite hard to maneuver, and cannot use speed boost.

   B-25s can only perform level bombing, and bombs will take some time to hit, very similar to British bombers.

   Less hit point and armor than any other tier X carriers.

   Cost steel to have the USS Hornet in the port.

 

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