The Coral Sea is located off the eastern coast of Queensland in Australia and including the Great Barrier Reef. To the north is the southern end of the Solomon Islands. To the northwest is Papua New Guinea and to the east is Vanuatu (New Hebrides) and New Caledonia. To the south is the Tasman Sea.
The Battle of the Coral Sea during May 4–8, 1942 happened in the Coral Sea and was the first naval engagement
of history fought without opposing ships making contact. Only carrier and land based aircraft attacked the opposing fleets. This was the first carrier engagement of the Pacific War.
On May 7, 1942 three B-17s might have accidentially bombed the "ANZAC squadron" including HMAS Australia, USS Farragut DD-348 and USS Perkins DD-377. Lost returning in the afternoon was B-17E 41-2652 (crew rescued) and B-17E 41-2631 (crew survived).
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January 27, 2019