On Sunday Dec. 7, 1941, 72 years ago today, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor, in the Hawaii, causing the death of 2,402 Americans, wounding 1,282 others, sinking four warships and damaging many others.
The attack, unexpected because negotiations were still apparently in progress, led to the entry of the U.S. into World War II and President Roosevelt to proclaim Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”
Japanese aircraft prepare to take off from Shokaku aircraft carrier to attack Pearl Harbor.
Naval dispatch from the Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) announcing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Not only warships anchored in the harbor were attacked during the Japanese air raid. 188 U.S. planes were destroyed and 159 damaged during the attack.
USS Arizona explodes in Pearl Harbor at 08.10 AM: half of the total number of victims of that day were aboard this battleship.
Rescue boat nears the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the Japanese attack.
Japanese dive bomber hit by the anti-aircraft fire: about 30 Japanese planes were downed during the attack.
Panorama view of Pearl Harbor, during the Japanese raid. Note the anti-aircraft shell bursts overhead.
PBY Catalina is recovered at Kaneohe airfield.
A destroyed B-17 after the attack on Hickam Field.
Routes used by the Japanese fleet to approach Pearl Harbor.
Image credit: U.S. Navy