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Apollo 8 Recovered by Yorktown

It was December 27th, 1968 when Apollo reentered the pull of earth’s atmosphere and Yorktown recovered Apollo 8. A Yorktown Sea King from HS-4 recovered Astronauts, Navy Capt. James Lovell, Air Force Col. Frank Borgman and Air Force Major William Anders. after Frogman from UDT-12 assisted them from the space capsule. The Yorktown proved to be a skillful and integral …

Yorktown Christening

Mrs. Roosevelt Christens the USS Yorktown

On January 21st of 1943 (or January 22nd according to Mrs. Roosevelt), the USS Yorktown CV-10 was launched into the water, nearly three quarters complete. She was christened by Eleanor Roosevelt, who had also christened the USS Yorktown CV-5 in April, 1936. Apparently, the CV-10 was eager to get into the water and head into battle. The Yorktown slid out of …

F4D-1 Skyray flies past an aircraft carrier at sea.

USS Yorktown CVA-10 in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis

  Two years after the Formosa Resolution was passed to ease tensions between communist China and Taiwan, Chinese communist leader Mao once again began movements to “liberate” Taiwan under the guise of “socialist transformation” of Chinese society, also known as the Great Leap Forward. Tensions reached a breaking point when Mao renewed bombings of Quemoy Island, an offshore island of …

Yorktown at sea, 1968

Search and Rescue

  It was June of 1960, and the USS Yorktown CVS-10 was in route to Manila to provide support to President Eisenhower’s Far Eastern Goodwill Tour. An uneventful day at sea was suddenly interrupted when the Yorktown was ordered to stray from her course and provide aid to a British freighter, the SS Shun Lee. The freighter was stranded and …

Yamato during trial service, 1941.

USS Yorktown helps sink the Battleship Yamato

  It was 1945 and the war was coming to an end. The USS Yorktown CV-10 and other carriers of her task group had begun to concentrate solely on the island of Okinawa and its surroundings. She pounded the island with “soften-up strikes” and sent planes to the island to provide direct support for troops operating ashore. She returned to the …

Anti-aircraft fire

USS Yorktown hit by Japanese Bomb off Kyūshū

  On March 14th 1945, the USS Yorktown CV-10 departed to begin preliminary work for operations in Okinawa, scheduled for the first of April. She began launching airstrikes on Kyūshū, Honshū, and Shikoku upon her arrival on March 18th. The Task Group came under air attack shortly after the operations began. Around 8:00am a twin engine bomber, most likely a Yokosuka P1Y “Frances,” …