From my collection, the original pencil art for the Essex class aircraft carrier USS Wasp, CV-18.
Ten different American naval vessels have borne the name USS Wasp. One of the very first Disney insignia designs was created in May 1939 for fighter squadron VF-7, based aboard the eight Wasp, CV-7. This carrier was sunk in September 1942 by a Japanses submarine, while escorting transports carrying Marines to Guadalcanal.
CV-18 was commissioned in November 1943 and arrived in the South Pacific in March 1944. The ninth Wasp participated in the Marianas Campaign, including the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Planes aboard the carrier also took part in the fight for Okinawa, Iwo Jima and launched raids against the Japanese Home Islands.
The carrier took part in Operation Magic Carpet, before being decommissioned in 1947. The USS Wasp was decommissioned for a second time in 1972 and was sold for scrap in the spring of 1973.
Hank Porter created the design in this post in the fall of 1943. In tribute to the first USS Wasp design created at the Studio in 1939, Porter drew seven waves to the left of the figure in the new design, in honor of CV-7 and the men who had served aboard her.
This design is in my 20 top favorites list.
USS Wasp CV-18
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