Shoho burning during Battle of Coral Sea, photographed by a torpedo bomber pilot from Yorktown, 7 May 1942

Caption   Shoho burning during Battle of Coral Sea, photographed by a torpedo bomber pilot from Yorktown, 7 May 1942 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-17048
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Photos on Same Day 7 May 1942
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 22 Oct 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
2 Jan 2010 08:44:44 PM

Shoho was commissioned in 1941 she could only
carry (30) aircraft. At Coral Sea, Shoho had
in her Air Group.
(8) Zero Fighters (Zeke)
(4) Type 96 Carrier Fighters (Claude)
(6) Type 97 Carrier Attack Planes (Kate)

Shoho was sunk and took as many as (13) bomb
hits, and (7) torpedo hits also lost was her
entire air group.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
3 Jan 2010 09:55:27 AM

Hosho was Japan's first Aircraft Carrier and
gained experience and training developing her Naval aviation.
She was the first Major Japanese ship lost during the Battle of the Coral Sea on
May 8,1942.

"Scratch one Flattop" Radio message sent by
Lt. Commander Robert Dixon, leader of the Lexingtons-based dive bombers, that sent
Hosho to the bottom.

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