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USS Yorktown (CV-5) sank on June 7, 1942 in the battle of Midway as a result of battle damage and Japanese torpedo hits.

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Sinking a Carrier: Proof of Concept

USS Yorktown (CV-5) at the bottom, more than 3 miles down — deeper than the wrecks of the Titanic or Bismarck. Discovered in May 1998 by underwater explorer Robert Ballard.

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MaritimeQuest - USS Yorktown CV-5 Page 1

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USS Yorktown (CV-5) is abandoned after receiving damage from two Japanese aerial torpedoes, 4 June 1942.

Battle of Midway, June 1942 Diorama by Norman Bel Geddes, depicting the explosion of depth charges from USS Hammann (DD-412) as she sank alongside USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the afternoon of 6 June 1942. Both ships were torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-168 while Hammann was assisting with the salvage of Yorktown. USS Vireo (AT-144) is shown at left, coming back to pick up survivors, as destroyers head off to search for the submarine.

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USS Yorktown (CV-5) after being hit by Japanese bombs shortly after noon on 4 June 1942.

Two Type 97 shipboard attack aircraft from the Japanese carrier Hiryu fly past USS Yorktown (CV-5), after dropping their torpedoes during the mid-afternoon attack, 4 June 1942.