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Underside of bomb entry hole on USS Yorktown - Coral Sea

Photo #: NH 95572

USS Yorktown (CV-5)

View of the underside of her flight deck structure, showing the impact hole made by the Japanese bomb that struck the ship amidships during the Battle of Coral Sea, 8 May 1942. This bomb penetrated several decks before exploding, killing or seriously injuring 66 crewmen.

This view looks upward, with a patch over the flight deck visible within the hole. Note structural beam in lower part of the photo, distorted by the bomb's passage.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.


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