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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 USS 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.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
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3 May 1999