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The Big E! USS Enterprise, WWII Legend Quiz


The most decorated warship in US history.

A multiple-choice quiz by pointluck. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
pointluck
Time
7 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
375,208
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
20
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
13 / 20
Plays
460
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Question 1 of 20
1. Where was the Enterprise on December 7th, 1941? Hint


Question 2 of 20
2. At the outbreak of war for America, how many other US Navy carriers were in the Pacific along with Enterprise? Hint


Question 3 of 20
3. Enterprise was a Yorktown class carrier. Obviously, she had a sister named Yorktown. How many Yorktown class carriers served during WWII? Hint


Question 4 of 20
4. When USS Hornet traversed the Panama Canal, she headed to Alameda California to take on US Army aircraft for Doolittle's Tokyo Raid. She would rendezvous with Enterprise, which would provide air cover and strike potential, since Hornet's decks were covered with 16 twin engine bombers, too large to store in the hanger deck. What kind of bombers did Enterprise protect until launched near Japan? Hint


Question 5 of 20
5. After the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of the Coral Sea, code breakers determined the next Japanese objective was Midway. Enterprise and Hornet with Task Force 16 were to report northeast of Midway and await the partially repaired Yorktown and Task Force 17. What name was given for the rendezvous location? Hint


Question 6 of 20
6. At the battle of Midway, US Dauntless dive bombers were launched for an attack against the Japanese carriers. They never linked up with torpedo or fighter planes for the coordinated attack one might have expected from a multi-carrier strike force. Running low on fuel and about to turn back, what did the bombers see that showed them the way to the enemy carrier fleet? Hint


Question 7 of 20
7. The IJN Hiryu quickly launched an attack, following the US aircraft back to their carriers. They attacked, scoring three bomb hits. They left the USS Yorktown burning and dead in the water. Did the Japanese think the odds were even, giving them hope they might yet sink the last of the still active US carriers?


Question 8 of 20
8. After Midway, the surviving US carriers replaced their Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo planes with Grumman TBF Avengers. Five Devastators were lined up at Pearl Harbor's Ford Island. One each from Yorktown and Hornet, three from Enterprise. These were the five survivors from over forty on board the three carriers. What did one of the Enterprise planes have in common with the two planes from Hornet and Yorktown? Hint


Question 9 of 20
9. After the Battle of Midway, the Enterprise was trying to prevent Japanese forces from assaulting a long contested island with a critical airfield. She took three bomb hits helping to defend what island? Hint


Question 10 of 20
10. With USS Wasp sunk and USS Saratoga again damaged and in dry dock, only Enterprise and Hornet were present for which battle that left Enterprise the lone functioning US carrier in the Pacific? Hint


Question 11 of 20
11. After Guadalcanal was secure, Enterprise was well to the south when a B-17 reported a Japanese carrier task force approaching Guadalcanal, about 250 miles northeast. Out of range, Enterprise's Air Group Ten launched, intending to refuel at Henderson field on Guadalcanal. From there they would reform and engage the enemy. Once reformed, the enemy never was found. Why was this? Hint


Question 12 of 20
12. Enterprise returned to the mainland for a thorough refit. Which city's base had the honor of upgrading the last of the Yorktown class? Hint


Question 13 of 20
13. By the time Enterprise returned to duty, she had five new fleet carriers in the Pacific with her. Two were named after the lost carriers Lexington and Yorktown, and another soon to be launched would be named for the Hornet. What class were these new fleet carriers? Hint


Question 14 of 20
14. Enterprise had trouble with Japanese land-based twin engine Betty bombers conducting attacks at night. The only aircraft on Enterprise equipped with radar were the TBF Avengers, not designed for air to air combat. How did Enterprise improvise? Hint


Question 15 of 20
15. Enterprise's next target was thought of as "The Gibraltar of the Pacific". What Japanese base was this? Hint


Question 16 of 20
16. Enterprise and her big and little sister carriers struck Japanese bases at Saipan and Guam, part of the Mariana Island group. It later developed into the largest carrier vs. carrier battle in history. Due to factors including inexperienced pilots and older equipment, the Japanese suffered horrible loses of both seaborne and land based aircraft. What completes this battle's name? "The Great Marianas __________" Hint


Question 17 of 20
17. After the Marianas engagement, hundreds of aircraft were returning to Enterprise and her sisters in task force 58. It was completely dark and nighttime carrier landings were rare at this point in history. Which admiral gave the order to turn on every carrier's running lights? Hint


Question 18 of 20
18. The Battle of Leyte Gulf had the remainder of the Japanese navy try to smash the landing beaches and supply ships involved in the US return to the Philippines. They were divided into three forces. The Northern (decoy) force consisted of nearly unarmed carriers and escorts. The Central Force had the two super battleships Yamato and Musashi with several other battleships and numerous cruisers and destroyers. The Southern Force had two older battleships with a few destroyers and a cruiser. The two battleship forces were to form a pincer attack if and when the US fleet was drawn away by the Northern Force. What did Enterprise's aircraft do that no other US force did in the battle? Hint


Question 19 of 20
19. The Enterprise (CV6) becomes the only WWII carrier to have N added to her hull classification symbol making her CV(N)6. In this case, what does the N in CV(N)6 stand for? Hint


Question 20 of 20
20. Having won twenty Battle Stars, sinking seventy-one ships, and destroying 911 enemy aircraft, the USS Enterprise suffered an undeserved fate. After the war, what happened to "The Grey Ghost"? Hint



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1. Where was the Enterprise on December 7th, 1941?

Answer: Outside Pearl Harbor

She entered Pearl Harbor the evening of the 8th and took on supplies. The absence of Pacific Fleet carriers at Pearl Harbor during the attack prevented Japan from achieving the domination of the Pacific Yamamoto had intended.
2. At the outbreak of war for America, how many other US Navy carriers were in the Pacific along with Enterprise?

Answer: 2

The two Lexington class carriers, Lexington and Saratoga, shared duty defending American bases early in the war. On December 7th, Saratoga was at San Diego. Lexington was about 500 miles SW of Midway, delivering aircraft to that base. They were originally laid down as battle cruisers, but had been converted to aircraft carriers.
3. Enterprise was a Yorktown class carrier. Obviously, she had a sister named Yorktown. How many Yorktown class carriers served during WWII?

Answer: 3

USS Hornet was the third and final ship of the Yorktown class. The three would only fight one battle together, but it would be the most critical of the Pacific war.
4. When USS Hornet traversed the Panama Canal, she headed to Alameda California to take on US Army aircraft for Doolittle's Tokyo Raid. She would rendezvous with Enterprise, which would provide air cover and strike potential, since Hornet's decks were covered with 16 twin engine bombers, too large to store in the hanger deck. What kind of bombers did Enterprise protect until launched near Japan?

Answer: B-25 Mitchell

The Mitchells were stripped down to save weight, but then loaded with extra fuel tanks, nearly doubling their capacity, increasing range.
5. After the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of the Coral Sea, code breakers determined the next Japanese objective was Midway. Enterprise and Hornet with Task Force 16 were to report northeast of Midway and await the partially repaired Yorktown and Task Force 17. What name was given for the rendezvous location?

Answer: Point Luck

Point Luck was a meaningless code name. Shangri-La was a fictional location from which FDR said the Doolittle Raid originated. Timbuktu is a city in the African nation of Mali. Pointe du Hoc was a fortified position the Germans held during Operation Overlord.
6. At the battle of Midway, US Dauntless dive bombers were launched for an attack against the Japanese carriers. They never linked up with torpedo or fighter planes for the coordinated attack one might have expected from a multi-carrier strike force. Running low on fuel and about to turn back, what did the bombers see that showed them the way to the enemy carrier fleet?

Answer: A speeding Japanese destroyer

The IJN destroyer Arashi had been attacking the submarine USS Nautilus. Arashi abandoned the attack and headed back for the carrier force at high speed, leaving a large wake. The dive bombers headed in the direction Arashi was headed. They arrived over the enemy fleet.

The combat air patrol Zero fighters were down at the ocean's surface attacking the 41 American torpedo planes which were sent in without much organization. Only a few would survive. The dive bombers were able to attack the carriers Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu without worrying about the Zero fighters. All three ships sustained bomb hits, which in turn ignited improperly stored fuel and munitions.

These ships were left crippled and ablaze, soon to be sunk. A short distance away the 4th carrier, Hiryu, would continue the fight.
7. The IJN Hiryu quickly launched an attack, following the US aircraft back to their carriers. They attacked, scoring three bomb hits. They left the USS Yorktown burning and dead in the water. Did the Japanese think the odds were even, giving them hope they might yet sink the last of the still active US carriers?

Answer: Yes

The Yorktown was thought already sunk at the Coral Sea, or at least too badly damaged to participate at Midway. When this attack left her dead and burning, the Japanese thought either Enterprise or Hornet was now out of action, making it 1 against 1.
8. After Midway, the surviving US carriers replaced their Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo planes with Grumman TBF Avengers. Five Devastators were lined up at Pearl Harbor's Ford Island. One each from Yorktown and Hornet, three from Enterprise. These were the five survivors from over forty on board the three carriers. What did one of the Enterprise planes have in common with the two planes from Hornet and Yorktown?

Answer: Each was the number seven plane from their respective squadrons

The planes were marked 6-T-7, 8-T-7, and 3-T-7. These were planes #7 from Enterprise's torpedo 6, Hornet's torpedo 8, and Yorktown's torpedo 3. They either were not launched in the initial attack or were able to somehow survive the slaughter most of the others suffered. Lucky #7!
9. After the Battle of Midway, the Enterprise was trying to prevent Japanese forces from assaulting a long contested island with a critical airfield. She took three bomb hits helping to defend what island?

Answer: Guadalcanal

Excellent damage control prevented the loss of Enterprise. For a time, her rudder was jammed 20 degrees right rudder. She had to send her returning planes to USS Saratoga. When basic repairs were made, she dispersed her aircraft among Saratoga, Wasp, and Hornet.

Henderson field on Guadalcanal also got some of the Enterprise aircraft. Enterprise returned to Pearl Harbor for thorough repairs.
10. With USS Wasp sunk and USS Saratoga again damaged and in dry dock, only Enterprise and Hornet were present for which battle that left Enterprise the lone functioning US carrier in the Pacific?

Answer: Santa Cruz

Enterprise was badly damaged and withdrew to New Caledonia for repairs. Superior damage control had saved her again. Hornet was lost, but some aircraft and aircrew were spared by landing on Enterprise and land bases. The Japanese won a tactical victory, by not losing any carriers.

They did, however suffer excessive loses of aircraft and especially experienced pilots and squadron leaders. After the battle, a sign was hung on the Big E: "Enterprise vs. Japan".
11. After Guadalcanal was secure, Enterprise was well to the south when a B-17 reported a Japanese carrier task force approaching Guadalcanal, about 250 miles northeast. Out of range, Enterprise's Air Group Ten launched, intending to refuel at Henderson field on Guadalcanal. From there they would reform and engage the enemy. Once reformed, the enemy never was found. Why was this?

Answer: The "B-17" reporting in was actually a Japanese serviceman/agent speaking English

This was considered one of the most successful deceptions of the war. Unfortunately for the Japanese, it was not coordinated with any other action to take advantage of the misplaced US forces.
12. Enterprise returned to the mainland for a thorough refit. Which city's base had the honor of upgrading the last of the Yorktown class?

Answer: Seattle

Enterprise had a torpedo blister installed, running 3/4 the length of her hull. She also had two diesel fire pumps installed, independent of ship's systems. Armament upgrades included eight new 5" guns, twenty-two new 40mm AA guns, and fourteen additional 20mm AA guns.
13. By the time Enterprise returned to duty, she had five new fleet carriers in the Pacific with her. Two were named after the lost carriers Lexington and Yorktown, and another soon to be launched would be named for the Hornet. What class were these new fleet carriers?

Answer: Essex

There were 17 Essex class commissioned before the war ended, another 7 afterward. 4 still exist as floating monuments:
Intrepid in New York City.
Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Hornet in Alameda, California.
14. Enterprise had trouble with Japanese land-based twin engine Betty bombers conducting attacks at night. The only aircraft on Enterprise equipped with radar were the TBF Avengers, not designed for air to air combat. How did Enterprise improvise?

Answer: Put an F6F Hellcat fighter on each wing of an Avenger, and they would attack

This was a partial success. Several Betties were destroyed, but US fighters were lost to bad landings, and some just did not return for unknown reasons.
15. Enterprise's next target was thought of as "The Gibraltar of the Pacific". What Japanese base was this?

Answer: Truk

Operation "Hailstone" had Enterprise with four Essex fleet carriers and four Independence light carriers launch airstrikes against Truk. Surface units and submarines blocked escape routes for Japanese ships. Nearly 50 ships were sunk, including 16 warships, though none larger than a light cruiser. Japanese ground forces were cut off.

The island was by-passed and the surviving defenders (originally about 45,000 men) surrendered at the end of the war.
16. Enterprise and her big and little sister carriers struck Japanese bases at Saipan and Guam, part of the Mariana Island group. It later developed into the largest carrier vs. carrier battle in history. Due to factors including inexperienced pilots and older equipment, the Japanese suffered horrible loses of both seaborne and land based aircraft. What completes this battle's name? "The Great Marianas __________"

Answer: Turkey Shoot

The Japanese lost about 600 aircraft and most of their crews. US losses were about 120 aircraft with many crews recovered. US naval air strikes eliminated the carrier IJN Hiy˘. Two US submarines damaged Pearl Harbor attack veteran carrier IJN Sh˘kaku and new flagship carrier IJN Taih˘. Poor damage control allowed aviation fuel vapors to build up on both ships, eventually leading to explosions and loss of both vessels. With Sh˘kaku's sinking, the only carrier afloat from the December 7th raid was IJN Zuikaku.
17. After the Marianas engagement, hundreds of aircraft were returning to Enterprise and her sisters in task force 58. It was completely dark and nighttime carrier landings were rare at this point in history. Which admiral gave the order to turn on every carrier's running lights?

Answer: Marc Mitscher

Though lighting up his carriers invited attack from enemy subs, Mitscher took the chance to recover his aircraft and gallant aircrews. Fortunately, no known attacks developed and most of the aircraft were recovered, though many landed on decks of carriers that were not their home carrier. Some crash landed in the ocean near escort ships after running out of fuel.
18. The Battle of Leyte Gulf had the remainder of the Japanese navy try to smash the landing beaches and supply ships involved in the US return to the Philippines. They were divided into three forces. The Northern (decoy) force consisted of nearly unarmed carriers and escorts. The Central Force had the two super battleships Yamato and Musashi with several other battleships and numerous cruisers and destroyers. The Southern Force had two older battleships with a few destroyers and a cruiser. The two battleship forces were to form a pincer attack if and when the US fleet was drawn away by the Northern Force. What did Enterprise's aircraft do that no other US force did in the battle?

Answer: Attack all three Japanese forces

Musashi took damage from planes from 5 different carriers before she sank.
Planes shot down in the Northern Force were a group effort.
The Southern Force was destroyed by older US battleships which had survived Pearl Harbor and been refitted.
Over two days, the Enterprise planes managed to engage all three forces, no other ship accomplished this.
19. The Enterprise (CV6) becomes the only WWII carrier to have N added to her hull classification symbol making her CV(N)6. In this case, what does the N in CV(N)6 stand for?

Answer: Night

She became the only US carrier specifically devoted to night action, though she still carried out normal daylight operations. New equipment was installed and aircrews had special training. From the South China Sea, night strikes were carried out against occupied Hong Kong, Canton, and Saigon. During the Okinawa invasion, Enterprise planes carried out night strikes against kamikaze airfields in Kyushu, Nagasaki and Sasebo.

This action prevented ground crews from preparing aircraft for kamikaze strikes against Allied naval forces.

But a few days later, one kamikaze Zero fighter crashes through the Big E's #1 elevator, putting her out of action for the rest of the war.
20. Having won twenty Battle Stars, sinking seventy-one ships, and destroying 911 enemy aircraft, the USS Enterprise suffered an undeserved fate. After the war, what happened to "The Grey Ghost"?

Answer: She was sold for scrap

Her name lives on. The first nuclear powered carrier CVN-65 was also named Enterprise. The non-orbiting space shuttle was named Enterprise. A future "Gerald Ford" class carrier CVN-80 is to be named Enterprise. And the science fiction world of "Star Trek", created by B-17 co-pilot Gene Roddenberry, has given us several Enterprises.
Source: Author pointluck

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