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U.S.S. Yorktown CV-5 on patrol
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- TONGATABU 1942 -
Naval History Giclee Art Prints By Mark Churms
WWII United States Navy Aircraft Carriers
U.S.S. YORKTOWN CV5, 1942
|The famous WWII aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown
CV-5 (paint scheme - Measure 12 ) is at anchor at Tonga in the Pacific before
the Battle of the Coral Sea.
|| Her next valiant action will be her last.
She will be sunk at the Battle of Midway
by a combination of Japanese air strikes
and submarine torpedoes in 1942.
mighty aircraft carrier at rest
USS Yorktown (CV-5) lies quietly anchored
at Tongatabu in South Pacific, April 1942.
She has a flight deck the length of three
American football fields and is in need of
maintenance and replenishment after 2 months
in the Coral Sea. Soon she will sail once
more to the Coral Sea and do battle against
the Japanese Imperial Navy. Battle commences
on May 7, 1942 This battle is the first ever
fought in the history of the US Navy between
enemy ships that are completely out of sight
of each other. Combat airplanes launched
from mighty flat tops will dominate WWII
naval battles in the Pacific.
The Battle of the Coral Sea
At the Coral Sea, the Yorktown
is under attack
from the air; her captain, Elliott
maneuvers the ship and avoids
all but one
bomb strike from a Japanese Navy
The fires are extinguished and
continue. The USS Lexington (CV2)
so lucky and is sunk by direct
Kates (Nakajima B5N2 torpedo
Vals (Achi D3A1 dive-bombers)
from the Yorktown sink one of
aircraft carriers. The Battle
of the Coral
Sea is of great strategic importance
war as it halts the tide of Japanese
of the South Pacific and assault
The US fleet retires to Pearl Harbor Naval
base in Hawaii to make emergency repairs.
In just 3 days the Yorktown is ready again
for combat as the center of United States
Navy Task Force 17.
The Battle of Midway
The Battle of Midway begins on June 4, 1942.
Planes from USS Yorktown, and USS Enterprise
attack the enemy's aircraft carriers. They
quickly sink Soryu, Akagi and Kaga, but vengeance
is swift as three Japanese Vals score direct
hits on the Yorktown followed by 2 torpedoes
from Kates, which rip into her hull and mortally
wound this mighty warship. Yorktown is the
only carrier at Midway that comes under attack
by enemy aircraft. While the crew struggle
to save the ship the Yorktown's planes join
with the attack on the last Japanese aircraft
carrier, the Hiryu, and leave her as a burning
hulk. A total of four enemy carriers are
sunk at The Battle of Midway.
Yorktown is now listing but remains afloat
through the night. The US Navy destroyer
USS Hamman (DD-412), ties up alongside to
provide much needed assistance, but Japanese
submarine, I-168, has found it's prey and
launches a salvo of 'fish' at the stricken
carrier and it's escort. In vain, the destroyer's
crew fire 20 mm machine guns at the approaching
torpedoes. One torpedo breaks the back of
the destroyer, which rapidly sinks, and 2
more slam into the Yorktown. Only one misses
its target as the enemy sub dives to make
Yet, the Yorktown still refuses to sink.
The next morning however, she slowly succumbs
to her lethal wounds, rolls over on her port
side and slips into the deep, blue ocean.
Captain Buckmaster's warship is awarded 3
battle stars for her part in the Battles
of The Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway.
The Yorktown is the only U.S. aircraft carrier
to fight in both of these great battles.
She descends to at rest on the ocean floor
with her battle flags hoisted aloft.
Yorktown Warplanes at Midway:
* Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Divebombers of VB-3
* TBD Devastators Torpedo Bombers of VT -3
* Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats - "Flying Three"
Dedicated to the crew of U.S.S. Yorktown
With special thanks to Yorktown Veteran Sam
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