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Flight deck of USS Lexington CV-2 1500 hrs 8 May 1942

Photo #: 80-G-16802

Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942

View on the flight deck of USS Lexington (CV-2), at about 1500 hrs. on 8 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea. The ship's air group is spotted aft, with Grumman F4F-3 fighters nearest the camera. SBD scout bombers and TBD-1 torpedo planes are parked further aft. Smoke is rising around the after aircraft elevator from fires burning in the hangar.

Note fire hose, wheels, propellers, servicing stands and other gear scattered on the flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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