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Model Kits.  The USS Yorktown was commissioned in April of 1943 in Newport News Virginia.  The USS Yorktown weighed 27,100 tons and is an Essex Class Aircraft Carrier.  In August 1943 the USS Yorktown made its first strike against Marcus Island.  During the rest of 1943 the Yorktown fought at Wake Island in the Gilberts operation.  From January to May of 1977 the Yorktown was one of the Aircraft Carriers that covered the landings on the Marshall Islands and on Western New Guinea generally battering the Japanese forces throughout the Central Pacific.  In June of 1944 the USS Yorktown attacked Saipan and Guam as well as hitting the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. For the rest of June and into July the Yorktown fought other targets in the Marianas, the Bonins and Volcano Islands. 

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On Station
a Tom Freeman Print

Navy Art Print

Tom W. Freeman. Commissioned on April 15, 1943, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) capably served with Captain J.J. Clark at the helm. She was the fourth ship to carry the distinguished name Yorktown, and earned a Presidential Unit Citation and 16 battle stars for her service in World War II and Vietnam. Today, the Yorktown is moored at Patriots Point, South Carolina. 31"x 24" limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist.

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Flattop Fighting in World War II
Softbound Book

The Battles between American and Japanese Aircraft Carriers.
Degan. This work concentrates on the battles between U.S. and Japanese aircraft carriers in WWII, examining how strategies were planned and carried out on both sides. Presents the stories of the USS Hornet, the USS Yorktown, the USS Lexington, the USS Enterprise, and the Japanese battleship Yamato. 326 pages, 77 B&W photographs, maps, 6"x 8", softcover.

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Carrier Warfare DVD
The War File - DVD Movie

The aircraft carrier played a crucial role in America's naval offensive in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Through rare archival footage and 3D computer graphics, this program examines how these massive ships supported the Pacific fleet in the air, showing you pre-war carriers and carriers built during the war; their function in the Battles of the Coral Sea, Midway and Okinawa; the USS Yorktown; Kamikaze attacks; and more. B&W, 55 minutes.

 Battles of World War 2:  Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway
Flattop Fighting in World War II

DVD Movie.
ASIN: B00005Q654

# Format: Black & White, Color, DVD, NTSC
# Language: English
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
# Number of discs: 2
# Rated: NR (Not Rated)
# Studio: Delta
# DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
# Run Time: 155 minutes

The Fighting Lady DVD Documentary

This award-winning documentary, directed by William Wyler, makes you an eyewitness to intense U.S. Navy carrier action in World War II. The Fighting Lady, or "USS Yorktown" (CV-10) commissioned in 1943, fought in the battles of the Gilbert Islands, Tarawa, Saipan, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and others. Here, you'll climb into the cockpit with its carrier pilots as they battle the Imperial Japanese Navy for control of the Pacific and see the best color gun camera action ever recorded by American naval pilots. 1 hour.

  USS Yorktown CG-48 US Navy Cruiser

USS Yorktown was a Ticonderoga-class cruiser in the US Navy after its commissioning in July 1984 before being decommissioned in 2004. Perhaps its most famous incident occurred in the Black Sea in February 1988. While claiming the “right of innocent passage” through Soviet territorial waters, USS Yorktown was rammed by the Soviet frigate Bezzavetniy. Some labeled this as “the last incident of the Cold War.”



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USS Yorktown Launches at Midway.
Marii Chernev. Wildcat fighters provide Combat Air Patrol while the doomed USS Yorktown (CV-5) launches her strike group - a Dauntless is seen lifting off the flight deck - against the Japanese Fleet off Midway Island on June 4, 1942. 27"x 22" limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist.
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Naval Art Print

Mark Churms. USS Yorktown (CV-5) lies quietly anchored at Tongatabu Harbor in the South Pacific in April, 1942, a mere two months before she would meet her end at the Battle of Midway. 17"x 10" limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist.

Battlefield: The Battle of Midway -
The Battle (Time-Life) (1994).
A Battle Against the Odds: THE COMMANDERS: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz -As commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleets,  Nimitz brilliantly engineered a dance of death on the Pacific. Yet his Fleet almost let the enemy slip right by. Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto - Fresh from directing the devastation on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Fleet Commander in Chief Yamamoto executed the  surprise attack on Midway. Just a few short years earlier, he had served as a naval attach' in Washington, D.C. THE BATTLE: The Japanese expected a weakened foe. The Americans, armed with radar and the ability to read Japanese coded communications, bore down with surprising ferocity. THE CASUALTIES: America: the carrier Yorktown, a destroyer, 150  planes and 307 lives. The Invaders: four aircraft carriers, two heavy cruisers, three destroyers, 275 planes and 3,500 lives.  ASIN: B0006IQJ60

National Geographic's The Battle for Midway (1998)
The man who found the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard, took on the greatest technical challenge of his career when he traveled to the Pacific waters off Midway Island, site of a critical turning point of World War II, in search of the sunken aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown. This documentary not only details Ballard's challenge in finding the Yorktown, which rests three miles below the surface, a mile deeper than the Titanic, but also provides an intelligent and gripping narrative of the Battle of Midway, in which four Japanese carriers were also sent to the bottom in a furious day of fighting that turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. On the expedition with Ballard are four veterans, two Japanese and two Americans, who had been involved in the decisive 1942 battle, and who are at times overwhelmed by emotion as Ballard looks for their old ships. The dogged search for a Japanese carrier is fruitless, but finally Ballard finds a debris field that leads him to the Yorktown. Ballard's remarkable underwater cameras scan the great carrier, which rests upright on the ocean floor, its antiaircraft guns still pointed skyward as if to ward off yet another furious Japanese attack. As one might expect from a National Geographic production, this documentary is both intelligently conceived and beautifully photographed. --Robert J. McNamara.

One thousand miles from anywhere lies a lonely outpost of coral and sea called Midway. It was here in 1942 where the U.S. and  Japan fought one of the greatest naval battles of World War II that changed the course of history. And it is here again where Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard now leads a team of experts and four World War II veterans on the voyage of their lives. They're on a  race against time to do the impossible: find at least one of the five downed aircraft carriers, including U.S.S. Yorktown, more than  three miles underwater. Hear the heart-wrenching stories of four remarkable men and how each survived the war despite incredible  odds. And join them as they pay their final respects to their fallen comrades in THE BATTLE FOR MIDWAY. 
ASIN: 0792299914

U.S. Navy carrier action in World War II. The "Fighting Lady," or USS Yorktown (CV-10) commissioned in 1943, fought in the battles of the Gilbert Islands, Tarawa, Saipan, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and others

"The Battle of Midway was the most important battle of the War in the Pacific during World War II. By any ordinary standard, the U.S. Navy was hopelessly outclassed. They had no battleships, the enemy eleven. They had eight cruisers, the enemy twenty three. They had two working cruisers, the enemy had eight...and they actually knew very little of war. They were up against the finest fighting plane in the world: The Japanese Zero-yet somehow they prevailed?

The Battle of Midway, DVD.  The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942.  On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle.

Midway InquestWhy the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway
Isom. Why didn't the Japanese launch a bomber strike against the American carrier force before being attacked and destroyed by U.S. dive bombers from the Enterprise and Yorktown? Through primary records and interviews with dozens of Japanese veterans from the carrier air groups, this book examines why the Japanese - with an overwhelming advantage in firepower - lost the Battle of Midway. 432 pages, 18 B&W photographs and 2 maps, 6"x 9", hardcover.

USS Yorktown CV-10 WW2 Aircraft Carrier

Yorktown (CV-10) earned 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation during World War II and five battle stars for Vietnam service.

the USS Yorktown (CV-5) - which launched the planes that sank four Japanese carriers in the Battle of Midway before being sunk herself

USS Yorktown (CV-5) lies quietly anchored at Tongatabu Harbor in the South Pacific in April, 1942, a mere two months before she would meet her end at the Battle of Midway

The first Essex-class aircraft carrier to see combat in World War II, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) is the oldest Naval aircraft carrier afloat today

For most of the rest of 1944 the Yorktown underwent an overhaul then rejoined the fleet in November of 1944.  She then participated in attacks on Japanese positions in the Philippines, Formosa, Indochina and then on the Chinese Coast until January of 1945.  In February and March the USS Yorktown supported the landings on Iwo Jima then conducted air strikes against the Japanese homeland.  In March of 1944 she was struck by an enemy bomb but was able to remain in the action.  From late March to June of 1945 the Yorktown took part in the Okinawa Campaign.  on April 7th, 1945 her planes helped sink the Japanese Battleship Yamato and some of her escorts.  For the rest of World War 2, the Yorktown mostly made raids on the Japanese Homeland.  In January of 1947 the USS Yorktown was decommissioned.

In 1951 the USS Yorktown began a major modernization and overhaul.  She was then redesignated the CVA-10 and reentered active duty in February of 1953.  In August the Yorktown departed for the Far East to join the Seventh Fleet and in the early part of 1955 she supported the Tachin Islands evacuation.  Later in 1955 the Yorktown was again overhauled and modernized adding an angled flight deck and an enclosed bow.  After two more West Pac tours, the USS Yorktown was again redesignated the CVS-10 as an antisubmarine support aircraft carrier.

From the mid part of 1960 the Yorktown was used for support for the Viet Nam War.  In 1968 she played a major role in the motion picture "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and was a part of the Apollo 8 space flight recovery.  The Yorktown was decommissioned in June of 1970 and in 1975 she was moved to Charleston, South Carolina as a museum that you can visit today. Click Here to see the USS Yorktown CV-5 1937-1942.     Click Here to see a list of Aviation and Space Museums.      The Name carries on the first Yorktown was a sloop-of-war commissioned in 1840.  She was used in curtailing the slave trade off of Africa.  She sunk in September 1850 after hitting an uncharted reef off of Cape Verde Island.  The second Yorktown was a steel hulled gunboat commissioned in 1889.  She was decommissioned in 1921.  The Third USS Yorktown was the CV-5 which was commissioned in 1937 and sunk in the Battle of Midway on June 4th of 1942.  The fifth USS Yorktown was the CV-10 Commissioned in 1943 and decommissioned in 1970.  The USS Yorktown (CG 48), is named after the decisive battle of the American revolutionary war, and is the fifth ship to be so named. The following books, aircraft carrier models, DVD movies, videos, and pictures tell the whole story of the Yorktown and the Battle of Midway.

CV-10 was an Essex class ship started with the name Bon Homme Richard, but was renamed Yorktown before building was completed  to honor CV-5 lost a few months before at the Battle of Midway. Commissioned 13, April 1943, the carrier Yorktown was 890 feet  long and 196 feet wide. CV-10, designed to carry 90 planes into battle. The Yorktown saw her first action in World War two by  attacking the Japanese base on Marcos Island in the Pacific. She was the first of the brand new Essex class to see combat. The ship and  her crew stared in the 1944 war documentary The Fighting Lady, which became the ship's knick-name, and won an Academy Award. The ship was evolved in many of the major Pacific battles from 1943 thru 1945 when the war ended. Yorktown's planes inflicted heavy  losses on the enemy at Truk Islands and in the Marianas; the carrier supported American troops in the Philippines, at Iwo Jima, and at  Okinawa. Yorktown received 11 battle stars for her World War II service and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. In 1953, She  was reclassified as an Attack Carrier, CVA-10. In 1955, the ship was again reclassified, but this time as an anti-submarine carrier,  CVS-10. From 1965 to 1966, the USS Yorktown was again in combat into the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam. In 1969, the Yorktown returned home for the last time. She was decommissioned that year. However, in 1970, the ship was towed to Charleston South Carolina and became the first ship that was part of the Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum.  Grumman F6F Hellcats, Curtiss SB2C Hell- divers, Douglas SBD-3 Dauntlesses and Grumman TBF/TBM Avengers.


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