A very dark day in history

PEARL HARBOR - December 7th, 1941
All pictures in the Pearl Harbor series are compliments of Joe Schwaab
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S.
Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  By planning his attack on a Sunday, the
Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port.  As luck
would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port.  (The
USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some
aircraft.  The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and
USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States).  In spite of the latest
intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets),
Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423
aircraft.  At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a
two-wave attack.  Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and
torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl harbor  and the airfields in Hickam,
Kaneohe and Ewa.  The second strick, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aricraft,
which again struck at the same targets.  At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40
Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high
altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor within the next hour, the
second wave arrived and continued the attack.