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On this Day in Aviation History — Dec 7, 1941

Posted: December 7th, 2016, by AircraftWriter

At approximately 7:55 AM (local time), on Dec 7, 1941, a US Navy was pounded by a Imperial Japanese Navy, and a US army were held totally off guard. 96 ships were stationed during Pearl Harbor, though a Japanese aircraft’s primary targets were a large battleships moored on Battleship Row during Ford Island. The Japanese aircraft fast sank and/or shop-worn 8 battleships, 3 light cruisers, 3 destroyers and 188 airplanes.


The Japanese charge force consisted of all 6 of a first-line aircraft carriers, including a Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku and Zuikaku with over 420 airplanes embarked on these ships. The charge force also enclosed dual battleships, dual cruisers, 9 destroyers, and a dozen other aspect ships. Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo ordered a operation.

Japanese casualties were really light, with usually 29 airplanes. At a finish US casualties numbered some-more 3,560 including 2,403 deaths, 1,177 of that died on a USS Arizona. Only about twenty US airplanes were means to get off a belligerent and enclosed Curtiss P-40s, P-36 Hawks and 5 Seversky P-35s. Most of these were shot down.


There were dual raids by a Japanese and a initial conflict of 183 airplanes separate off into dual groups. One pounded Hickman Field and a second headed for Battleship Row on Ford Island. Thirty mins after a second call of 167 airplanes attacked, and encountered complicated antiaircraft fire, inflicting usually teenager damage. Nearly 90 percent of a repairs was finished during a initial raid. Hickman Field was ravaged and twenty USAAC Boeing B-17s, twelve Douglas A-20 Havocs and 32 Douglas B-18s were destroyed.


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Japanese Aircraft Distribution

Carrier A6M Zero          B5N Kate           D3A Val              Total

Akagi     18                          27                           18                           63

Kagai     18                          27                           27                           72

Soryu    18                          18                           18                           54

Hiryu     18                          18                           18                           54

Shokaku   18                      27                           27                           72

Zuikaku 18                         27                           27                           72

Total      108                        144                         135                         387


D3A Val


B5N Kate


US Aircraft

On a 7th of Dec 1941, there were 223 Army aircraft on Hawaii.

Airplane              Total     Destroyed           Damaged             Combat Ready

B-17 D                   12           4                              4                              4

B-18 A                   33           12                           10                           11

A-20 A                   12           2                              5                              5

P-40 C                   12           5                              5                              2

P-40 B                   87           37                           25                           25

P-36 A                   39           4                              19                           16

P-26                      14           0                              0                              14

Total                      223         64                           82                           77

Twelve USAAC B-17 bombers arrived during a attack. (B-17C and B-17E) They were unarmed, nude for a abroad tour to Philippines. One was destroyed, 3 others badly damaged.


P-40 Warhawk
Fortunately, several critical targets were left untouched. The shipyard was undamaged, oil-storage comforts were total and there were a series of American ships still afloat. The Japanese had hoped to locate US carriers in a harbor, though a USS Saratoga, USS Lexington and USS Enterprise were out to sea during a attack.


P-26 Peashooter


Seversky P-35A


Douglas B-18


A-20 Havoc

A third call was scheming to launch however, not meaningful where a American carriers were, Admiral Nagumo motionless to finish a conflict and lapse home. The component of warn was mislaid and he knew that a American carriers would be looking for him.