December 7, 1941
The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway Island on the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The USS Saratoga was in San Diego being refitted. The 8" turrets were removed at this time.
On January 11, 1942 the Saratoga was torpedoed near Hawaii and required four months of repair work on the west coast.
January 1942, Raids on the Marshalls
The Lexington provided distant cover for a raid in the Marshall Islands.
During the first carrier vs. carrier battle the Lexington was hit in the port side by two torpedos. After the attack a spark ignighted fuel vapors causing a massive explosion. The Lexington had to be abandoned and destroyers (USS Phelps) delivered the final shots that sunk her. 216 crew lost their lives.
June 1942, Ferrying Aircraft
The Saratoga was ferrying aircraft to the Central Pacific and missed the Battle of Midway.
August 7, 1942, Guadalcanal
Aircraft from the Saratoga were used in the invasion of Guadalcanal. The Ryujo was sunk by aircraft from the Saratoga.
August 31, 1942, Torpedoed
On August 31, 1942, the Saratoga was torpedoed by the I-68. She took six days to limp back to Pearl Harbor where it took six weeks to make repairs.
November 10 - December 10, 1943 Operation Galvanic
The Saratoga took part in Operation Galvanic.
1944, Cooperation with British and Free French
In early 1944 the Saratoga was sent to the East Indies for joint operations with the British and Free French.
February 21, 1945, Iwo Jima
While supporting the landing on Iwo Jima the Saratoga was hit by a kamikaze. After being repaired at Bremerton / Pearl Harbor she was used for training starting in May 1945.
End at Bikini in Operation Crossroads
On July 25, 1946, the Saratoga was sunk at Bikini Atoll during atomic bomb tests.