Photo #: 80-G-16811
Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942
View on the flight deck of USS Lexington (CV-2), at about 1700 hrs. on 8 May 1942, as the crew prepares to abandon ship, after the series of explosions that produced uncontrollable fires and brought her to a stop.
Photographed from the ship's island, looking forward, with fire hoses and debris (including an aircraft landing gear wheel) visible on the flight deck.
USS Minneapolis (CA-36) is faintly visible in the center, crossing Lexington's bow.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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19 April 2000