Japanese Bombing of
On December 7, 1941
These pictures were allegedly found in an old Brownie camera stored in a foot locker. They were taken by a sailor on the USS QUAPAW ATF-11O, and provided to former Naval Aviator Rodney Stich by former a former Marine. When the name of the sailor who took the pictures is determined, his name will be placed here.
Details of the Attack
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the
Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at
Pearl Harbor , Hawaii . By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese
commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck
would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in
port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just
delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway,
and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United
In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.
At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.
Thanks to the stupidity, or is it a standard American culture, the warning signs were ignored. These warning signs included, for instance:
Radar operator spotting and
reporting the approach from the northwest, of dozens of aircraft, a
report ignored by Peal Harbor military officers, stating planes were
coming from California. There was a slight difference between a half
dozen planes coming from the east and dozens of aircraft coming from
Two mini Japanese
submarines were spotted and attacked outside Pearl Harbor several
hours before the attack.
War was expected at any time, but the war-footing called for by the warnings were ignored as aircraft and personnel were placed as if in peaceful days.
When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was over, the U.S. losses were:
USA : 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
USN: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.
TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-44) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) - Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.
USS New Orleans (CA-32) - Light Damage..
USS San Francisco (CA38) - Light Damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8) - Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50) - Light Damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48) - Light Damage..
USS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin - (DD-37 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.
USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)
Same Mentality and Culture Today
That Made December 7, 1941 Possible
The efforts to warn and correct the conditions that enabled 9/11 to occur reveals an even worse set of conditions then existed on December 7, 1941. Sampling of links with information showing this condition:
Index of culture and conduct that enabled the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Comparison of blame for 9/11.
Decades of cover-ups of catastrophic-enabling events, and related culture, by people in key government positions. Examples:
On September 11, 2001, a multitude of warnings were received of airliners being hijacked by terrorists, but the same American culture from December 7, 1941, hadn't changed. And probably never will!