Diary May 4, 1942

USS Lexington burning

USS Lexington burning after been hit by Japanese aircraft in the Battle of Coral Sea.

WW2 War Diary for Monday, May 4, 1942:

Sea War

Pacific – BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA (May 4-8): First carrier-versus-carrier naval battle (opposing surface ships never exchange fire). US fleet carrier Lexington and Japanese light carrier Shoho sunk; Japanese fleet carrier Shokaku seriously damaged. Japanese decide to abandon imminent landings at Port Moresby, New Guinea.

Southeast Asia

Burma: Japanese capture Akyab Island.

Air War

Britain: German night raid on Isle of Wight (repeated May 24-25 and June 3-4).

Call of War
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