Destroyers alongside USS Lexington CV-2 to assist in the carriers abandonment
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, National Archives.