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USS Yorktown CV-5 bomb damage

Photo #: NH 95573

USS Yorktown (CV-5)

View of damage on the third and fourth decks, amidships, caused by a 250 kilogram bomb hit received during the Battle of Coral Sea, 8 May 1942.

This view looks forward and to starboard from the ship's centerline at frame 110. The photographer is in compartment C-301-L, shooting down through the third deck into compartment C-402-A. The large hole in the deck was made by the bomb's explosion. Many men were killed or badly injured in C-301-L, a crew's messing space that was the assembly area for the ship's engineering repair party.

Copied from USS Yorktown war damage report of 20 May 1942.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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