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USS Yorktown-After being hit by dive bombers

Photo #: 80-G-312018

Battle of Midway, June 1942

Scene on board USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after she was hit by three Japanese bombs on 4 June 1942. Dense smoke is from fires in her uptakes, caused by a bomb that punctured them and knocked out her boilers.
Taken by Photographer 2rd Class William G. Roy from the starboard side of the flight deck, just in front of the forward 5\"/38 gun gallery. Man with hammer at right is probably covering a bomb entry hole in the forward elevator.
Note arresting gear cables and forward palisade elements on the flight deck; CXAM radar antenna, large national ensign and YE homing beacon antenna atop the foremast; 5\"/38, .50 caliber and 1.1\" guns manned and ready at left.

This view forms a panorama with Photo # 80-G-312019.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.


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