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H-Gram 011, Attachment 4
Samuel J. Cox, Director NHHC
October 2017 

Photo #: 80-G-33947  Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 1942

A Japanese Type 99 shipboard bomber (Allied codename Val) trails smoke as it dives toward Hornet (CV-8), during the morning of 26 October 1942. This plane struck the ship's stack and then her flight deck. A Type 97 shipboard attack plane (Kate) is flying over Hornet after dropping its torpedo, and another Val is off her bow. Note anti-aircraft shell burst between Hornet and the camera, with its fragments striking the water nearby. Hornet was lost in the battle (80-G-33947).

Published: Thu Oct 26 14:22:32 EDT 2017