Battle of the Coral Sea
This four-day World War II skirmish in May 1942 marked the first air-sea battle in history. The Japanese were seeking to control the Coral Sea with an invasion of Port Morseby in southeast New Guinea, but were intercepted by Allied forces. Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher commanded the American task forces, which included two large aircraft carries and other ships, and a British-led cruiser force mounted surface opposition.
There were a number of missed opportunities as the carrier airmen learned their trade. Air strikes from both sides either missed targets or found them only after using up their ordnance. The American carrier Lexington came under heavy fire, with the loss of 216 crewmen.
Battle of Coral Sea, 2009, History. com, viewed May 17, 2018, http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-coral-sea
- McIntyre, C 1990, 'Battle of the Coral Sea' in Battle at sea: World War II, Mallard Press, New York, pp. 70-74.
- Battle of the Coral Sea - Australian National Maritime Museum
- Battle of the Coral Sea, 4-8 May 1942 - The Australian War Memorial
- Battle of the Coral Sea - Royal Australian Navy
- 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea (April 14, 2017) - Cardwell & District Historical Society
- USS Lexington: WWII aircraft carrier found 76 years after it sank in the Battle of the Coral Sea - ABC