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The same Japanese air attack that fatally injured USS Lexington also hit the carrier Yorktown (CV-5). The more smaller and more nimble Yorktown evaded several enemy torpedoes that came her way, but she was dented and punctured by dive bombers' near misses off her port side amidships and off the starboard bow. More seriously, a third bomb hit the flight deck near the after end of the island, penetrated five decks down into the ship and exploded above the fourth deck. Its blast and the resulting fires killed and injured dozens of crewmen.

 

Fires were controlled quickly and Yorktown's effectiveness was not seriously harmed. However, structural damage was serious enough to require correction at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard during the ship's two day emergency repair period late in May. The near miss damage amidships also needed shipyard attention, as it had ruptured fuel tanks, producing a highly visible oil slick.