I have located a PDF of the USS Marblehead's Bomb Damage Report from 4 Feb 1942. The report lists plates of photographs which are not included in the report I have found.

Do copies of this report exist online that include the photos? I have found for-pay sites that also host the report but am reticent to make a purchase without knowing for sure that the photos are included.

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    The Wikipedia entry on USS Marblehead (CL-12) includes one relevant black-and-white photo. If you look up its provenance (U.S. Navy photograph 80-G-237439) this points (indirectly) to a couple of other relevant sites, e.g. here. A collection of the verbatim damage report photos mentioned in the report is (seemingly) not a among them, though.
    – Drux
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 4:17

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Well, I've found a couple on WWII Archives.

USS Enterprise (CV-6) War Damage Report - 5 September 1942 (Eastern Solomons) - War damage report of Captain A. C. Davis of details of damage to USS Enterprise (CV-6) as a result of three direct hits during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24 August 1942.

USS Enterprise (CV-6) War Damage Report - 8 November 1942 (Eastern Solomons) - Captain O. B. Hardison's report of damage from 2 direct hits and several near misses which caused extensive damage to USS Enterprise (CV-6). Photographs of damage are enclosed.

USS Hornet (CV-8) War Damage Report - October 26, 1942 (Santa Cruz) - War Damage Report for Hornet (CV-8). Loss in Action. Santa Cruz. 26 October 1942

USS Lexington (CV-2) War Damage Report - June 15, 1942 (Coral Sea) - War Damage Report for Lexington (CV-2) Coral Sea. 15 October 1942

USS Yorktown (CV-5) War Damage Report - 28 November 1942 (Coral Sea) - War Damage Report for Yorktown (CV-5). Bomb Damage. Coral Sea. May 8, 1942.

USS Yorktown (CV-5) War Damage Report - May 20, 1942 (Coral Sea) - War Damage Report for Yorktown (CV-5). May 20, 1942.

USS Yorktown (CV-5) War Damage Report - March 9, 1943 (Midway) - War Damage Report for Yorktown (CV-5). Loss in Action. Midway. June 4-7, 1942.

In fact, this website has plenty of information, including Action Reports, War Diaries, Casualty Lists, Code Books and Intelligence Summaries and Intercepts and a fair bit more.

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