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USS Lexington CV-2 - 8 May 1942

Photo #: 80-G-16569

Battle of Coral Sea, May 1942

USS Lexington (CV-2) during the action, seen from USS Yorktown (CV-5), 8 May 1942.

Large number of planes on deck and low sun indicate that the photo was taken early in the morning, prior to launching the strike against the Japanese carrier force. Yorktown has several SBDs and F4Fs on deck with engines running, apparently preparing to take off. Lexington, whose silhouette has been altered by the earlier removal of her 8-inch gun turrets, has planes parked fore and aft, and may be respotting her deck in preparation for launching aircraft.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.

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