New photo gallery from Air Group 11’s deployment

Here are 33 photos from Air Group 11’s deployment on board the USS Hornet, that lasted from October, 1944 to late January 1945.
The photos include scenes from on board the ship, Air Group 11’s operations- especially VF-11’s Hellcats, and the Hornet in various anchor locations. Special highlights show the Christmas 1944 celebrations, and the traditional cakes from the Hornet’s galley celebrating every 1000th successful landing on board the ship.
These photos again are kindly provided by William L. Ballenger.
You can find the photo gallery here:
http://usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1944_Air_Group_11
or by following the Photo Gallery link on the main page and then selecting CV-12 photo collections.

TA-4J Skyhawk walk around gallery added

54 new photos of the USS Hornet Museum’s TA-4J Skyhawk has been added to the photo gallery. This Skyhawk, BuNo 158137, is still in its original camouflage and markings when it was last serving in the Fleet Adversary role as part of VC-8 Redtails.

You can find the gallery by following the link below

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=TA-4J_Walkaround

or by following the Photo Gallery section and then selecting “USS Hornet Museum Aircraft Walk Arounds”.

These photos have again been provided by your webmaster.

More photos from Air Group 2’s deployment on CV-12

Here is the second part of our new photo collection with 39 photos from Air Group 2’s deployment on CV-12 from June to September 1944.

You can find this new gallery by following this link:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1944_Late_CVG2

or by following the Photo Gallery link on the main page, USS Hornet CV-12, and then “Air Group 2 June-September 1944”.

These photos and accompanying captions were again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger from his personal collection.

New photo gallery from Air Group 2’s deployment on CV-12

We have 56 new photos from Air Group 2’s deployment on the CV-12 Hornet, with the first part covering the period between March to June 1944. This was also the first combat deployment of the new CV-12 USS Hornet during World War II.

You will see great photos of CVG-2 Hellcats, Helldivers and Avengers with the famous white ball on their tails, along with pictures of life on board the ship, and the air crews assigned to CVG-2 on this deployment.

You can read more about the history of Air Group 2, and this first deployment in Ken Glass’ excellent history here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1944_History_of_CVG-2

You can find this new gallery by following this link:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1944_CVG2_March_June_1944

or by following the Photo Gallery link on the main page, USS Hornet CV-12, and then “Air Group 2 March-June 1944”.

These photos and accompanying captions were again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger from his personal collection.

 

 

New photo gallery from CV-12’s Christening Ceremony and initial operations in early 1944

We have 54 new photos of CV-12 starting with the Christening ceremony on August 30th, 1943, followed by photos showing the initial operations in the Atlantic Ocean, and then the trip to Pearl Harbor to join the Pacific Fleet.

Some of the highlights include the very first landing and take-off on the Hornet’s deck by Commander William M. Drane’s TBF Avenger on January 1st, 1944, a couple of bad accidents during flight operations, and particularly interesting shots of a Hellcat being catapulted off the hangar deck, which was an interesting feature of early Essex-class carriers.

You can view the photo gallery directly here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1943_1944_CV-12

or by following the CV-12 and “Christening Ceremony and Early Days” links from the Photo Gallery page:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/categoryIndex.php?type=albumCategory

These photos were again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger.

Second part of the personal photo collection from the 1957 cruise

We are now following up on our last update with the second part of Dick Dansinberg’s 1957 collection. You can see the first part here (http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/hornetbuzz/?p=215)

This gallery contains 49 photos of Air Group 14’s air operations during the ’57 cruise on board USS Hornet CVA-12. Air Group 14 included:

  • VF-142 flying North American FJ-3M Fury (tail code A-2XX)
  • VF-144 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code A-4XX)
  • VA-145 flying Douglas AD-6 Skyraider (tail code A-5XX)
  • VA-146 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code A-6XX)
  • VAH-6 flying North American AJ-2 Savage (tail code NF XX)
  • VAW-11 flying Douglas AD-5W Skyraider (tail code ND 4X)
  • VAAW-35 flying Douglas AD-5N Skyraider (tail code NR 7X)
  • VFP-61 flying Grumman F9F-8P Cougar (tail code PP-79/8X)
  • HU-1 flying Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever (tail code UP 7)

You can see the photos here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1957_Far_East_Cruise_Dick_Dansinberg_part_2

or by going to the Photo Gallery section, selecting CVA-12 and then the “Dick Dansinberg Photos – part 2” gallery.

Apart from the Air Group 14 aircraft, there are a couple of beautiful shots of a VA-116 Vought F7U Cutlass. According to the history of the squadron, the aircraft was based at NAS Miramar when the squadron aircraft were wearing the W-2XX tail code, so it might have been a carrier trial deployment.

 

One of the most interesting series of photos show 2 VF-192 F9F-8 Cougar aircraft, who, most likely, landed on the wrong aircraft carrier. Hornet air crew followed standard procedure by tagging the aircraft appropriately in USS Hornet regalia.

Finally you will see a series of aerial photos showing NAS Sangley Point, Philippines, along with Martin P5M Marlins. You will see the markings of an unidentified FASRON 119 aircraft in the aerial shots, as well.

Another personal photo collection from the 1957 cruise (part 1)

Here is the first part of a new collection of photos from the 1957 West Pacific Cruise. These photos come from a box of 35mm slides that were donated to the museum by USS Hornet veteran Dick Dansinberg. Unfortunately, other than his name, we do not have any information about him or his service. Also the slides were not in a great condition and the digital scans had to be extensively cleaned up and enhanced.

The photos in the first part show life on board the ship, as well as operations with other ships in the Pacific. You can see USS Wasp (CVA-18), USS Bennington (CVA-20), USS O’Bannon (DD-450), USS Perkins (DD-877), an unidentified cruiser, and other supply and tanker ships.

You can see the photos by following this link http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1957_Far_East_Cruise_Dick_Dansinberg_part_1 or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the CVA-12 collection and then the “1957 West Pacific Cruise Dick Dansinberg – part 1” gallery.

We are going to follow up with the second part of the collection that covers the aircraft and air operations during the cruise.

As always, please let us know if you have any more information about the photos in this collection in the comments.

New photo collection from the 1957 West Pacific Cruise

This new gallery is from a personal photo collection of 35mm color slides donated to the USS Hornet Museum and  includes 12 pictures from CVA-12′s West Pacific Cruise in 1957. Unfortunately, along with the donor’s name, we do not know much about these photos at this stage, and would appreciate if our readers can provide us with details.

You can find the photo collection by following this link: http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1957_Far_East_Cruise_Personal_Photos

or by going to the Photo Gallery section and selecting the CVA-12 collection and then the “1957 West Pacific Cruise Personal Photos” gallery.

In this cruise, USS Hornet embarked Air Group-14 (CVG-14) commanded by Commander Ray C. Tylutki, with the following squadrons:

  • VF-142 flying North AmericanFJ-3MFury (tail code letters A 2xx)
  • VF-144 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code letters A 4xx)
  • VA-145 flying Douglas AD-6 Skyraider (tail code letters A 5xx)
  • VA-146 flying Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (tail code letters A 6xx)
  • VAH-6 flying North American AJ-2 Savage (tail code letters NF xx Det. F)
  • VAW-11 flying Douglas AD-5W Skyraider (tail code letters ND 4x Det. F)
  • VAAW-35 flying Douglas AD-5N Skyraider (tail code letters NR 7x Det. F)
  • VFP-61 flying Grumman F9F-8P Cougar (tail code letters PP 79/8x Det. F)
  • HU-1 flying Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever (tail code letters UP 7  Det 1 Unit F)

One of the highlights in the photos is the mix and match of camouflage colors in the aircraft. Whereas most of the aircraft are in non-specular grays and whites, you will see a couple of Skyraiders in gloss sea blue.

CVA-12 photos from 1955 to 1957

In this new gallery, we are bringing you 31 photos from USS Hornet CVA-12’s operations and modernization between 1955 and 1957.

After CVA-12’s 1955 West Pacific Cruise, USS Hornet moved to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington at the end of year and went through the SCB-125 modernization program during 1956.

The most important upgrade as part of this program was the installation of the angled deck that gave the USS Hornet its current look. Other upgrades included the hurricane bow, mirror landing system, modifications to the elevators and new arresting gear. You can read more about this modernization program here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCB-125

The 1957 West Pacific Cruise that came after the modernization was actually the last deployment of the USS Hornet as an attack carrier (CVA). After another upgrade in 1958, USS Hornet was re-designated as CVS-12.

One of the most interesting series of photos show an odd group of aircraft on the flight deck of Hornet in October 1956. You can see an F7U Cutlass, a TBM Avenger (!), a Skyraider and a couple Panthers.

Cutlass and an Avenger

 

You can view the photo gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=1955_1957_CVA-12

or by selecting the CVA-12 photo collections from the Photo Gallery and then selecting the “CVA-12 1955 to 1957” gallery.

These photos were again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger.

 

F-4S Phantom II Walk Around added…

In this second walk around gallery, we are adding 90 photos of the F-4S Phantom II that is waiting for restoration on the USS Hornet.

The Bureau Number on this F-4S is 153879, and was upgraded from an F-4J. According to Joe Baugher’s Navy serial’s website, this F-4S came to USS Hornet from the USS Midway Museum, which received it from storage at Naval Air Depot, NAS North Island, CA.

You can view this gallery here:

http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/PhotoGallery/gallery.php?galleryFolder=F-4S_Walkaround

or by following the Photo Gallery section and then selecting “USS Hornet Museum Aircraft Walk Arounds”.

These photos have again been provided by your webmaster.