An account of events during the 1942 pearl harbor bombing

The sneak attack sparked outrage in the American populace, news media, government and the world.

An account of events during the 1942 pearl harbor bombing

The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7: Poster commemorating the attack, Behind them they left chaos, 2, dead, destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships.

In one stroke the Japanese action silenced the debate that had divided Americans ever since the German defeat of France left England alone in the fight against the Nazi terror.

Approximately three hours later, Japanese planes began a day-long attack on American facilities in the Philippines. Because the islands are located across the International Dateline, the local Philippine time was just after 5 AM on December 8.

Farther to the west, the Japanese struck at Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand in a coordinated attempt to use surprise in order inflict as much damage as quickly as possible to strategic targets.

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These assets formed the foundation for the American response that led to victory at the Battle of Midway the following June and ultimately to the total destruction of the Japanese Empire four years later.

Within minutes she sinks to the bottom taking 1, lives with her. The sunken ship remains as a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives during the attack. Nightingale was aboard the Arizona that fateful Sunday morning: Having no anti-aircraft battle station, I paid little attention to it.

Suddenly I heard an explosion. I ran to the port door leading to the quarterdeck and saw a bomb strike a barge of some sort alongside the NEVADA, or in that vicinity.

The marine color guard came in at this point saying we were being attacked. I could distinctly hear machine gun fire.

The Attacks Begin

I believe at this point our anti-aircraft battery opened up. General Quarters sounded and I started for my battle station in secondary aft.

An account of events during the 1942 pearl harbor bombing

As I passed through casement nine I noted the gun was manned and being trained out. The men seemed extremely calm and collected. I reached the boat deck and our anti-aircraft guns were in full action, firing very rapidly. I was about three quarters of the way to the first platform on the mast when it seemed as though a bomb struck our quarterdeck.

I could hear shrapnel or fragments whistling past me. As A captured Japanese photo shows Battleship Row under attack. Hickam Field burns in the distance soon as I reached the first platform, I saw Second Lieutenant Simonson lying on his back with blood on his shirt front. I bent over him and taking him by the shoulders asked if there was anything I could do.

He was dead, or so nearly so that speech was impossible. Seeing there was nothing I could do for the Lieutenant, I continued to my battle station.He covers the night time attack on Pearl Harbor during March 4, The book opens with the Battle of Midway, covers American code-breaking, the development of aircraft-carrying submarines and the aircraft carrier, and the strategic bomber programs that Japan wasn't able to get off the barnweddingvt.coms: Thursday, March 19, Captain Duncan arrived in Pearl Harbor and briefed Nimitz and Halsey about the planned bombing raid on Japan.

Duncan made it clear that this was not a proposal but a mission to be carried out as soon as possible. But like the Doolittle bombing raid on Tokyo a month later, this second attack on Pearl Harbor was to have unintended consequence at Midway Island in June On April 12, , Lt.

Col. James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle led a squadron of 16 B bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to carry the war to Japan and give a needed boost to.

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