On December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed. This is "a date which will live in infamy."
The international relationships with Japan were failing so Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisors knew that an attack was probable but unfortunately did nothing to increase security at Pearl Harbor.
At approximately 7:02 am two radio operators spotted large groups aircrafts heading toward the island. At the same time we were expecting B-17s so they were told not to sound the alarms.
At 7:55 am the Japanese dive bombers and torpedo bombers appeared out of the clouds above Oahu. 360 warplanes followed. The surprise attack lead us into WWII.
The second wave of planes consisting of 170 planes attacked at 8:54 am.
This bombing lasted for around 2 hours.
Damages to US
- Killed more than 2,300 Americans
- Completely destroyed U.S.S. Arizona
- Flipped U.S.S Oklahoma
- The attack sank 12 ships and destroyed 9 others
- 160 aircrafts destroyed 150 were damaged
The Japanese saw the base of our military supremacy their. They felt like we would leave the island leaving it for them.
Who was to blame?
Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short because they didn't take action when they saw planes on the radar.
We end up declaring war on Japan.