The first to take-off of the U.S.S. Hornet on April 18, 1942, is the last to land.
African Queen's Fire Damage
Historic Vessel African Queen Fire Aftermath -- A boat that helped save thousands of soldiers during the Dunkirk evacuations has been wrecked by fire. The African Queen was one of the 800-strong fleet that defied the Nazis to rescue French and British troops during WWII. But firefighters raced to the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth in Devon, late on Monday night after reports the 50ft charter vessel was ablaze. The wooden boat was laden with fuel and by the time the fire was under control it was left a smouldering wreck. Owners Alan and Hilary Hemsley were not on board at the time and nobody was hurt. Dartmouth harbour master Rob Giles said: "The African Queen is an historic vessel. It was one of the Dunkirk little ships that rescued our armed forces in World War II. Read more: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Dartmouth-Historic-vessel-African-Queen-wrecked/story-20792686-detail/story.html#ixzz2vi1dJ8gG