Photo #: 80-G-16643
Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942
USS Lexington (CV-2) afire and down at the bow, but still steaming and operating aircraft, shortly after she was hit by Japanese torpedoes and bombs during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
This view was taken about Noon on 8 May 1942, before fires were extinguished from a bomb hit on the carrier's smokestack.
Plane overhead is a Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighter.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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19 April 2000