Japanese Launches Surprise Attack

Pearl Harbor: Bombed!

The Bombing

On the morning of December 7, 1941, The Japanese carried out a surprise bombing on the U.S. naval base located in Pearl Harbor. The attack came in two waves, the first wave at around 8:00, consisting of 181 planes, and the second around 8:30, consisting of 170. It lasted two hours, and thousands were killed. This is part of their plan to take over the Pacific.

Immediate Effects:

  • 2,403 American casualties (68 civilians)
  • 1,178 Americans wounded
  • 188 Aircrafts destroyed
  • 159 Aircrafts damaged
  • All of the 8 U.S. Navy battleships damaged; 4 were sunk