The Coral Sea is a body of water in the South Pacific. To the west is the Great Barrier Reef and east coast of Queensland in Australia. To the north is the Solomon Sea and the Solomon Islands. To the northwest is Papua New Guinea (PNG) and to the east is Vanuatu (New Hebrides) and New Caledonia. To the south is the Tasman Sea.
During the Pacific War, the Coral Sea was an important shipping route for Allied vessels crossing the Pacific from the United States to Australia. Also, American aircraft being flown across the Pacific traversed the Coral Sea before arriving in eastern Australia.
During May 4–8, 1942 the Battle of the Coral Sea was the first naval engagement
of history fought without opposing ships making contact. Only carrier and land based aircraft attacked the opposing fleets. The battle was also the first carrier engagement of the Pacific War and was fought entirely in the Coral Sea.
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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February 20, 2020