One of the most heroic ships of World War II, CV-8 served as the flight deck for the Doolittle Tokyo raid, and its predecessor ship, the CV-12, endured 16 months of non-stop combat action, ... See full summary »

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One of the most heroic ships of World War II, CV-8 served as the flight deck for the Doolittle Tokyo raid, and its predecessor ship, the CV-12, endured 16 months of non-stop combat action, coming within 40 miles of Japan, and setting incredible wartime records. Some of those feats included: 10 of its pilots reached "Ace in One Day" status, over 1,400 enemy planes destroyed, and a considerable amount of its Hellcat pilots became aces. Written by Lou Reda Productions

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15 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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29 November 2016 | by sensorone-68741See all my reviews

Regarding this question: "I've never understood why, if a ship is unsalvageable, it must be sunk by its own escorts."

The answer is that if the enemy boarded the ship they would have access to all of the sensitive equipment and weaponry on-board and have full knowledge of our communications, planes, weapons systems, ad infinitum. Therefore the ship is deemed a big security risk if left to the enemy. Keep in mind that the Japanese were continually breaking our codes which finally led to the Navajo Code Talkers. Can you imagine the amount of information the Japanese could have gained had they been able to board CV-8?


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