At 0748 Sunday morning December 7th, 1941 the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

More than 350 Imperial Japanese bombers, fighter planes and torpedo planes attacked the island after being launched from six aircraft carriers.

2,403 Americans were killed, eight US Navy battleships were damaged with four being sunk,  and more 185 US aircraft were destroyed in the surprise attack. The Japanese lost 29 aircraft and 64 personnel were killed.

The attack took place before a formal announcement of war was issued by the Japanese. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt later proclaim to the world that December 7, 1941, will be “a date which will live in infamy”.

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Official U.S. Navy Photograph

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack – Wikipedia

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Pearl Harbor October 1941 Photo Courtesy of US Navy
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Photo Showing Damage After The Attack By USN (Official U.S. Navy photograph NH 57670.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Wheeler Field P-40 Destroyed - National Park Service Photo
Wheeler Field P-40 Destroyed – National Park Service Photo
Wheeler Field Damage - National Park Service Photo
Wheeler Field Damage – National Park Service Photo

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Japanese Dive Bomber Pilots Before Attack – Photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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