The Japanese Bombed Pearl Harbor.
On this Sunday of December 7, 1941 the Japanese Imperial Navy, attack the Island of Oahu, Hawaii at or about 8:00 am Pacific Time. The surprise attack had been orchestrated by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and commanded by Mitsuo Fuchida who led over a striking force of approximately 353 Japanese aircraft. With no formal declaration of war, the United States Navy lost over a dozen battleships and destroyers. Although the American Navy was able to a total of twenty-eight Japanese aircraft. at 7:55 A.M. on Sunday morning.
Japanese force of 183 airplanes attacked U.S. military and naval facilities on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands without warning. For 30 minutes, dive-bombers, and torpedo planes struck airfields and naval vessels. After a 15-minute lull, a second wave of 170 planes launched another attack at 8:40 that lasted 1 hour. Casualties to U.S. service personnel were 2,343 killed, 960 missing, and 1,272 wounded; 151 U.S. planes destroyed on the ground and all eight U.S. battleships at anchor in Pearl Harbor were either sunk or damaged. At a cost of only 28 airplanes shot down, the Japanese had dealt the U.S. a staggering blow. On Dec. 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan. Germany and Italy, bound by treaty with Japan, declared war on the U.S. on Dec. 11. The U.S. then declared war on these two Axis partners of Japan.
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