USS Hornet (CV-8): From the Doolittle Raid and Midway to Santa Cruz. USS Hornet (CV-8), made famous through its launching of the 16 US Army B-25 Mitchell bombers flown by Jimmy Doolittle's raiders in the first US strike on Japan in May 1942, was the third and last Yorktown-class aircraft carrier completed. Serving the US Navy for just over one year, the warship had a brief yet heroic life. 177 b/w photos. 9" x 9" x .65".