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Description:Sinking of the USS Yorktown (CV5) in the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. The Yorktown lists heavily to the port side with smoke billowing from her single funnel after an attack by Japanese aircraft June 4, 1942. Later, a Japanese submarine scored two direct torpedo hits on the crippled aircraft carrier and she went to the bottom June 7. The Yorktown, commanded by Capt. Elliott Buckmaster, USN, carried a complement of some 2,000 officers and men and approximately 80 aircraft. Destroyers spent an entire day seeking out the Japanese submarine that sunk the Yorktown and her escort destroyer, USS Hammann, and were believed to have heavily damaged and probably sunk it with depth charges. (National Archives, US Navy 80-G-17062).
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