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USS Lexington CV 2

USS Lexington CV 2 Book Review

By Stephen Sutton

Date of Review August 2010 Title USS Lexington CV 2
Author Steve Wiper Publisher Classic Warships Publishing
Published 2010 ISBN 978-0-9823583-3-7
Format 72 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.00

Review

Classic Warships has released another in a series of warship pictorial books, this time they reach in their archives to bring us the USS Lexington CV-2 the” Gray Lady” aircraft carrier from World War II.  She was considered the lead ship of the Lexington Class, even though her sister ship the Saratoga was commissioned a month earlier.

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The book focuses on her operations in the opening months of the Pacific War and her eventual loss.  Her many refits of new antennas and guns are covered in detail along with her many missions with Task Force 11 and TF-12.  Hour by hour, longitude and latitude, and time are given during her final battle against the Japanese Imperial Navy torpedo dive bomber aircraft.  Never seen before photographs are found within the book with close-ups of the carrier deck, funnel, and bridge are captured in full page views. 

All photos within the book are in black & white, however the camouflage markings of the Lexington are described within the text for each photograph.  Snippets from the booklet of General Plans are included to illustrate three view scale drawings of her along with alterations and crew size.

This is definitely the book to add to your collection.

Thanks goes out to Steve Wiper of www.classicwarships.com for the review sample.

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