Attack History On Sunday December 7 th 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the American Pacific Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbour. By planning the attack on a Sunday the Japanese Admiral Nagumo hoped to catch the entire American Pacific Fleet in port. As luck would have it three aircraft carriers and one battleship were not in port. The aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise was returning from delivering some aircraft, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington was away ferrying aircraft, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga and the battleship U.S.S. Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States. In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers, his main targets, Admiral Nagumo decide to continue his attack with his task force of six aircraft carriers and escort vessels.
At a range of 230 miles North of Oahu at 06:00 hours he launched the first wave of his surprise attack. This consisted of 183 aircraft, a mix of Kate torpedo bombers, Val dive bombers, Zero fighters and high altitude bombers. Their targets were the American Pacific Fleet moored in Pearl Harbour and the military airfields at Hickham Field, Kaneahe Field and Ewa Field. At 07:15 hours the second wave of 167 aircraft was launched consisting of the same mix of aircraft and with the same targets. At 07:53 hours the first wave stuck at airfields and the harbour. Within the next hour the second wave arrived and continued the attack. When it was over, the United States losses were considerable. Casualty Statistics United States Army 218 Killed 364 Wounded United States Navy 2,008 Killed 710 Wounded United States Marine Corps 109 Killed 69 Wounded Civilians 68 Killed 35 Wounded
Damage Statistics Battleships U.S.S. Arizona BB-39 Total loss when a bomb hit her magazine U.S.S. Oklahoma BB-37 Total loss when she capsized and sank U.S.S. California BB-44 Sunk at her berth, later raised and repaired U.S.S. West Virginia BB-48 Sunk at her berth, later raised and repaired U.S.S. Nevada BB-36 Beached to prevent her sinking, later repaired U.S.S. Pennsylvania BB-38 Light damage, later repaired U.S.S. Maryland BB-46 Light damage, later repaired U.S.S. Tennessee BB-43 Light damage, later repaired U.S.S. Utah AG-16 Former battleship used as a target vessel. Sunk
Cruisers U.S.S. New Orleans CA-32 Light damage, later repaired U.S.S. San Francisco CA-38 Light damage, later repaired U.S.S. Detroit CL-8 Light damage, later repaired U.S.S. Raleigh CL-7 Heavily damaged, later repaired U.S.S. Helena CL-50 Light damage, later repaired U.S.S. Honolulu CL-48 Light damage, later repaired Destroyers U.S.S. Downes DD-375 Destroyed, parts salvaged U.S.S. Cassin DD-372 Destroyed, parts salvaged U.S.S. Shaw DD-373 Very heavy damage, later repaired U.S.S. Helm DD-388 Light damage, later repaired
Minelayer U.S.S. Ogala CM-4 Sunk, later raised and repaired Seaplane Tender U.S.S. Curtis AV-4 Severely damaged, later repaired Repair Ship U.S.S. Vestal AR-4 Severely damaged, later repaired Harbour Tug U.S.S. Sotoyomo YT-9 Sunk, later raised and repaired
Aircraft United States Navy 96 destroyed United States Army Air Corps 92 destroyed