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Yorktown

The aircraft carrier Yorktown was sister ship to Enterprise and shared her specification. When the Japanese attacked on 7 December, Yorktown was taking additional aircraft to reinforce Midway in response to the war warning messages received by Admiral Husband E. Kimmel (Kimmel, Husband E.). She therefore survived the Hawaii Operation unscathed. In the Battle of Midway (Midway, Battle of) her SBD2 Dauntless aircraft played a vital part in sinking three Japanese aircraft carriers, but planes from the Hiryu made a desperate effort to hit Lexington and ultimately succeeded. The burning wreck was abandoned and sunk by a Japanese submarine on 7 June 1942.

See also: Midway, Battle of; Enterprise; Hawaii Operation; Hiryu; Kimmel, Husband E.; SBD2