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USS Lexington CV-2 is abandoned

Photo #: 80-G-7407

Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942

USS Lexington (CV-2) is abandoned, during the afternoon of 8 May 1942. One destroyer is alongside her starboard side, and another is standing off her stern.

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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