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A heavy explosion on board USS Lexington CV-2 blows an aircraft over her side 8 May 1942-full

Photo #: 80-G-7413

Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942

A heavy explosion on board USS Lexington (CV-2) blows an aircraft over her side, 8 May 1942. This is probably the "great explosion" from the detonation of torpedo warheads stowed in the starboard side of the hangar, aft, that followed an explosion amidships at 1727 hrs.

At left is USS Hammann (DD-412), which was backing away with a load of the carrier's survivors on board.

Photographed from USS Minneapolis (CA-36).

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

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