Allied Warships

USS Yorktown (i) (CV 5)

Aircraft carrier of the Yorktown class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft carrier
PennantCV 5 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down21 May 1934 
Launched4 Apr 1936 
Commissioned30 Sep 1937 
Lost7 Jun 1942 
Loss position30° 36'N, 176° 34'W

She was damaged by aircraft on 8 May 1942 during the battle at Coral Sea but underwent emergency repairs at Pearl Harbour.

USS Yorktown (Capt. E. Buckmaster) was thus present for Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942 and was heavily damaged by torpedoes and bombs from Japanese aircraft.

Finally she was hit by torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-168 (offsite link) on 6 June. She was abandoned, capsized and sank the next day in position 30º36'N, 176º34'W.


Commands listed for USS Yorktown (i) (CV 5)

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1Capt. Ernest Doyle McWorther, USN30 Sep 193716 Jun 1939 (1)
2Capt. Ernest Ludolph Gunther, USN16 Jun 19395 Feb 1941 (1)
3Capt. Elliott Buckmaster, USN5 Feb 19417 Jun 1942 (1)

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Shattered sword

Parshall, Jonathan
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That Gallant Ship USS Yorktown CV-5

Cressman, Robert J.

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