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Destroyers alongside USS Lexington CV-2

Photo #: 80-G-7403

Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942

Destroyers alongside USS Lexington (CV-2) to assist in the carrier's abandonment, after she had been mortally damaged by fires and explosions during the afternoon of 8 May 1942.
Photographed from a cruiser (probably USS Minneapolis). Note SOC scouting plane, with a damaged wingtip, on the cruiser's port catapult.

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


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