WHEN the Lexington was fatally hit in May 1942 there were many survivors, but the secret of her death was so well kept that the Japs were led to believe she might still be afloat. As a result, they probably overestimated the force that later disrupted their program at Midway. Had Lexington survivors given any hint about the sinking of their ship, the Jap plan of campaign might have been altered.
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