Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.
The attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed nearly 300 U.S. planes, disabled the Pacific Fleet’s battleship force by damaging or destroying 18 American ships, claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people and wounded more than 1,000 more. The attack, which lasted less than two hours, made it impossible for the U.S. to carry the fight to Japan to spoil the Japanese expansion in the Pacific.
The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Three days later, after Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States – and again Congress reciprocated.
More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.
In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, here are photos of the attack on Pearl Harbor:
Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Hawai‘i flight adventure tours available. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. There are many air tours in Hawai‘i, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
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