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Battle of the Coral Sea

Last Updated: 18 December 2011

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Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho under attack in the Coral Sea by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of May 7, 1942.
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Scene on the USS Neosho's (AO-23) main deck in early May 1942, as she refueled USS Yorktown (CV-5) in heavy seas shortly before the Battle of the Coral Sea.
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View on the flight deck of the USS Lexington (CV-2), at about 1500 hours on May 8, 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Smoke is rising around the after aircraft elevator from fires burning in the hangar.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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A heavy explosion on board the USS Lexington (CV-2) blows an aircraft over her side. This is probably the "great explosion" from the detonation of torpedo warheads stowed in the starboard side of the hanger. The USS Hammann (DD-412) is backing away.
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A wave breaks over the USS Neosho's (AO-23) main deck, engulfing the hose crew, as she refuels USS Yorktown (CV-5) in early May 1942, shortly before the Battle of Coral Sea.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) during the Battle of the Coral Sea, seen from USS Yorktown (CV-5), May 8, 1942. The photo was taken early in the morning, prior to launching the strike against the Japanese carrier force.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) in Battle of Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho is hit during attacks in the Coral Sea by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of May 7, 1942.
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Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho is torpedoed, during attacks in the Coral Sea by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of May 7, 1942. Photographed from a USS Lexington (CV-2) plane.
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Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku under attack in the Coral Sea by USS Yorktown (CV-5) planes, during the morning of May 8, 1942. Flames are visible from a bomb hit on her forecastle.
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Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho under attack in the Coral Sea by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of May 7, 1942.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) under Japanese dive bomber attack, shortly before noon on May 8, 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
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USS Yorktown (CV-5) arrives at Pearl Harbor after the Battle of Coral Sea, May 27, 1942, with her crew paraded in whites on the flight deck. After repairs, she departed on May 30 to take part in the Battle of Midway. The tug Hoga (YT-146) is in the center foreground. The mainmast of the sunken USS Arizona (BB-39) is visible in the distance, just right of Yorktown's stern.
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USS Yorktown (CV-5) in dry dock #1 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, May 29, 1942, receiving urgent repairs for damage received in the Battle of the Coral Sea. She left Pearl Harbor the next day to participate in the Battle of Midway.
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USS Lexington (CV-2) burning and sinking after her crew abandoned ship during the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 8, 1942.
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USS Neosho (AO-23) refueling USS Yorktown (CV-5), May 1, 1942, shortly before the Battle of the Coral Sea. Neosho was bombed by Japanese carrier planes on May 7, 1942 and scuttled on May 11.
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Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho under attack in the Coral Sea by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of May 7, 9142. A TBD "Devastator" is visible in the lower right center and another plane can be seen in the top center.
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Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho under attack in the Coral Sea by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of May 7, 1942. A TBD torpedo plane is visible against the smoke in the center of the view.
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Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho under attack in the Coral Sea by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of May 7, 1942. A TBD torpedo plane is visible at right, beyond the large splash.

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