Shuttle Runs to Truk
Air Cover For Occupation of Tulagi
Attacked By B-17s
Battle of the Coral Sea
At 11:10am, SBD Dauntless from VS-2 began dive bombing and were intercepted by the fighters and missed the carrier which maneuvering and one Dauntless was shot down by the Zero. Shoho lauched three additional A6M2 Zeros as other SBDs began dive bombing at 11:18 and scored two hits with 1,000 lbs bombs on the flight deck that exploded inside the hanger igniting fuel and aircraft. After his attack, Lieutenant Commander Robert E. Dixon, commander of VS-2, radioed his famous message to the American carriers: "Scratch one flat top!" US Navy Admiral Fletcher aboard USS Yorktown. At the same time, Devastators from VT-2 launched torpedoes from both sides of the carrier, scoring five hits and knocking out steering and power, flooding the engine and boiler rooms.
Next, carrier aircraft from USS Yorktown attacked, with SBDs diving at 11:25 and scored hits with eleven more 1,000 lbs bombs leaving the carrier dead in the water. Devastators from VT-3 attacked at 11:29 and claimed tem more hits, but the Japanese reported only two more. Leaving the target, they were intercepted by the CAP but F4F Wildcats from VF-3 calimed two A5M Claudes and an A6M2 Zero shot down.
Captain Izawa ordered the ship abandoned at 1131. She sank four minutes later, stern first on an even keel, with three CAF A6M2 Zeros still airborne. Afterwards, the remaining Japanese ships turned to the north to avoid further attacks and the invasion force turned back to Rabaul.
Shōhō was the first Japanese aircraft carrier lost during the Pacific War. In total, attacked by 92 planes over 23 minutes. At least 13-14 bombs and 7 torpedoes hit the carrier. In total, three SBD Dauntless were lost attacking the carrier including SBD Dauntless 4679.