On December 7, 1941, the Japanese first targeted Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Kaneohe Bay was targeted minutes prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor to prevent air opposition and to eliminate the problem of U.S. planes from following them back to their aircraft carriers after the attack. As a result of the surprise attack, Kaneohe Bay suffered the destruction of 27 Catalinas and damage to six others. A total of 18 sailors perished in the attack.
The first Japanese aircraft destroyed in action were shot down at Kaneohe, along with Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer John William Finn becoming one of the first Medal of Honor recipients of World War II for valor on that day.
Learn about the Pearl Harbor history with these photos of the Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station:
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