First Japanese Submarine Sunk
On December 10, 1941 aircraft from the USS Enterprise sank the first Japanese submarine of the war, the I-170.
In March 1942 the USS Hornet loaded 16 B-25 bombers and sailed for Japanese waters where on April 18, 1942 launched the B-25s in a raid on Japan. The USS Enterprise provided escort.
The USS Yorktown and USS Lexington participated in the first carrier vs. carrier battle on May 8, 1942. Dive bombers from the Yorktown hit the Shokaku two times.
On May 8, 1942 the Japanese carrier Shoho was sunk within 10 minutes. Dive bombers from the USS Yorktown damaged the Zuikaku.
A bomb penetrated the flight deck of the USS Yorktown and exploded wounding or killing 66 crew members.
Despite the damage to the Yorktown it was repaired in three days and was able to join the Enterprise and Hornet near the island of Midway. The American forces located the Japanese carriers first and launched an attack. Three carriers were destroyed in the initial attack. Dive bombers from the Enterprise sunk Akagi and Kaga. The surviving Hiryu launched a strike that hit the Yorktown with three bombs and two torpedos. Eventually the I-168 was able to hit the Yorktown with two more torpedoes and she sank.
Aircraft from the USS Hornet damaged the cruisers Mikuma and Mogami.
In support of the landings at Guadalcanal the Enterprise was hit by three bombs in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. The Enterprise returned to Pearl Harbor for repairs.
The USS Enterprise and USS Hornet took part in the Battle of Santa Cruz. Aircraft from the Hornet did damage the Shokaku. The Hornet was hit by two torpedoes, three / six bombs, and two kamikazis. That same day the Hornet was hit by another torpedo and two more bombs. The crew abandoned ship and US destroyers shot nine torpedoes and 400 / 430 rounds into the Hornet but it took four torpedoes from Japanese destroyers to sink her.
On October 26, 1942 the Enterprise was hit by two bombs.