Photo #: 80-G-7406
Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942
An explosion amidships on USS Lexington (CV-2), while she was being abandoned during the afternoon of 8 May 1942. This may be the explosion reported to have taken place at 1727 hrs, which was followed by a "great explosion" aft as stowed torpedo warheads detonated on the hangar deck.
Note whaleboat underway in the foreground.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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24 April 2000