Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy
It was seventy-four years ago today, December 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers, attacked without warning. attacked the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, damaging eight battleships and sinking four of them, and killing 2,403 Americans and wounding 1,178.
They also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, one minelayer, and 188 American aircraft.
Because the attack was a surprise and the Americans were completely unprepared, the Japanese Empire only lost 29 aircraft and five midget submarines; and 64 of them were killed. One Japanese sailor,Kazuo Sakamaki, was captured.
All American battleships but the Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.
The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on December 7, 1941 was the immediate cause of the United States’ entry into World War II.