Letters Home…

In the next few weeks, we will be publishing the letters of Tudor Richards, a VB-17 pilot who served on board USS Hornet CV-12 during 1945, in our other blog “Stories of Hornet“. The letters were mostly sent to his parents, and cover the period from his enlistment in 1941 to the end of World War II.

TR in summer uniform

The letters and other documents were originally published on a website created by his nephew, Hamilton Richards, who graciously allowed us to publish these letters on this blog. We will be publishing the letters from his time on USS Hornet, along with photos, and his memoir.

From Hamilton Richards’ website:

“Tudor Richards was born in Groton, Massachusetts, in 1915. He graduated from Groton School, where his father was a teacher, in 1934. At Harvard College he was a member of the Class of 1938 and of the track team. He was a member of the Class of 1940 at the Yale School of Forestry, and was enrolled in a Masters program in forestry at the University of Michigan when the oncoming world war prompted a change of plans.”

He enlisted in the US Navy Reserve in July 1941, and was called to active duty in October, 1941. Following flight training and other assignments, he joined VB-17 and served on board USS Hornet during 1945.

“After the war, he resumed his career as a naturalist. His contributions and achievements are described in the citation for the Lifetime Achievement Environmental Achievement Award bestowed on him in 2007 by the US Environmental Protection Agency:

Tudor Richards’ career as an ardent advocate on behalf of New Hampshire’s environment stretches back to his arrival in the state in 1946, and includes as impressive array of accomplishments throughout the subsequent sixty years. In 1948, he began a long association with New Hampshire Audubon that remains strong to this day. As a newcomer, his leadership skills were not overlooked, and he was elected Vice President for five years before assuming the position of President, which he would keep for another fifteen years. Under his leadership the organization would come to purchase the 6,000 acres of land, which is now known as the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge of the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge. He played a key role in pushing many legislative actions through, such as the New Hampshire Birds of Prey law, the creation of the Loon Preservation Committee, and the passage of the endangered species program, to name a few. Tudor’s love for birds has also shown throughout some of his work. He has updated and helped publish several seminal and historically important ornithological works including the Charles F. Goodhue’s manuscript, Fifty Years among the Birds of New Hampshire. To this day, Tudor has maintained his love and interest for the environment around him, and kept up his keen interest in birds of the White Mountains. He has been instrumental in recording some of the first breeding records of several species in northern New Hampshire. Amid his many accomplishments, Tudor has been an inspiration to countless birders and naturalists in New Hampshire, across New England and throughout the United States.

Tudor Richards died in 2009 at the age of 94.”

Please let us know if you have letters or other documents from veterans of USS Hornet(s) that you would like to share with us.

Dedication ceremony for the USS Hornet Association Memorial Plaque at the National Museum of the United States Navy

The USS Hornet Association recently authorized a new design for the bronze memorial plaque commemorating the the Sailors and Marines, who served on the United States Navy ships named Hornet. The first of these plaques, designed by William L. Ballenger, was donated to the National Museum of The United States Navy at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC.

A dedication ceremony was held at the Museum’s temporary facilities on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, and members and family of the USS Hornet Association were on hand to celebrate the occasion with the Museum staff. Here are a few photos from the event.






New section added! Walk around photo galleries of aircraft on the USS Hornet Museum

We are now adding a new section on our website where we are going to publish detailed walk around photo galleries of all the aircraft on board the USS Hornet and the restoration projects still in progress.

In the first gallery, we have a hundred photos of the F-14A Tomcat from VF-101 Grim Reapers. This is one of the most complete F-14A Tomcats in a museum, and has been brought to the ship after it has been flown to a nearby airport and de-militarized. It still carries its original squadron paint job.

You can find the photo gallery here:


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

This is the gallery section where we will post these aircraft walk around photo collections in the future:


These photos have been provided by your webmaster.

Hornet veteran and Avenger pilot Captain Ken Glass honored by Tri-State Warbird Museum

On June 7th, 2013, Tri-State Warbird Museum in Ohio held their 9th annual gala event. The highlight of the event was the TBM/TBF Avenger torpedo bombers of the US Navy and the men who flew them.

Captain Kenneth M. Glass (retired US Navy) was among the World War II veterans and Avenger pilots honored during this event. Captain Glass flew with Torpedo-2 off of USS Hornet CV-12 during the war and completed 33 combat missions during his tour. Below you can see the brochure for this event:

Tri-State Museum 1

Tri-State Museum 2

Tri-State Museum 3


Photo Gallery navigation updated!

As we reach our 19th photo album and 1056th photo on usshornetmuseum.org, it became quite clear that we would need to modify our “Photo Gallery” section for better navigation. As a result, we are going to start cataloging our photo galleries under ship or period categories in this menu, that you can again access by selecting “Photo Gallery” on the main page:


and you will be able to find individual chronologically-ordered photo albums under their respective categories, such as:


We hope this will make it easier for our visitors to find the photo albums they are looking for.

Please stay tuned, as we will be adding new photo albums and categories in the next few weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions Section added!

As part of our continuous improvements to the website, we have added a new section, where we will try to provide answers to your frequently asked questions.

You can find this new section by following this link:


or by selecting the “Frequently Asked Questions” link on our main page.

Please leave us a comment with your questions, issues or suggestions or you can always contact us via email (admin@usshornetmuseum.org)



Hornet Tales: New section added!

We just added a new section, “Hornet Tales”,  to the website. We’ll be publishing stories from former crew members about their life on board the Hornets, CV-8 to CVS-12.

You can find the new section by following the “Hornet Tales” link on the main page or by clicking on this link http://www.usshornetmuseum.org/StoriesOfHornet/.

The first story is from a CV-8 crew member, who was an eyewitness to all the operations CV-8 participated in during the war, including the Doolittle Raid and Midway.