WATCH: R/V Petrel found the USS Hornet — 76 years later and 17,500 feet underwater

Elizabeth Howe
February 15, 2019 - 9:32 am

Paul Allen's R/V Petrel team has already accomplished its first mission of 2019 — finding one of the most important aircraft carriers in WWII history. 

The USS Hornet played a role in the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. It was sunk during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, taking 140 of her 2,200-person crew down with her. Last month, 76 years later, her wreckage was located by the R/V Petrel team 5,330 meters (17,500 feet) underwater in the South Pacific Ocean. 

The 10-person team was able to locate the vessel by piecing together data from national and naval archives — official deck logs, action reports, and sightings from nine other U.S. warships. 

Watch more about the search for the USS Hornet in CBS's two-part special

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