“I was a child of World War Two. I saw films of pilots taking off from aircraft carriers and decided that was the only thing I wanted to do. And it had to be flying from sea carriers. Airfields were not enough.”
Gene Cernan – Navy fighter pilot
and NASA astronaut
The number of escort carriers built by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Escort carriers supported amphibious operations in the Pacific and were submarine hunters in the Atlantic. Six of the carriers were sunk during the war.