Bombers Over Battleship Row

Bombers Over Battleship Row (HM1CWW)

Location: Honolulu, HI 96818 Honolulu County
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Country: United States of America
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N 21° 22.027', W 157° 56.389'

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USS Arizona Memorial

The Japanese raided Pearl Harbor and other military targets on Oahu with carrier-launched aircraft which included fighters, horizontal bombers, torpedo planes, and dive bombers. The planes truck here in two waves, beginning at 7:55 a.m., with a 15 minute lull about 8:30.

Finding the American aircraft carriers absent, the Japanese zeroed in on U.S. battleships. Seven of them were lined up beside the mooring blocks (quays) visible across the channel in front of you. It was here, on "Battleship Row" that Japanese bombs destroyed USS Arizona. Twenty other vessels were sunk or damaged.

As the Japanese planes winged back to their carrier, smoke from burning battleships darkened the sky here. The U.S. Pacific Fleet had suffered a serious blow, but not a fatal one. The American aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, and most of the cruisers escaped damage. The Navy's shipyard, fuel storage tanks, submarine base, and communications facilities—-all strategically important—-remained untouched.(Inscription beside the photo in the lower center) In the foreground, USS Arizona burns on Battleship Row after being hit by as many as seven bombs. One 800-kilogram bomb ripped through the battleship's upper decks and detonated a magazine, destroying the forward section of the vessel. The explosion blew men from decks of neighboring ships. Tragically, 1,177 of Arizona's crew were killed.

Battleships USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee are visible behind Arizona.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper right)
The remarkable photo above, taken from a Japanese plane, shows Battleship Row under attack. Note the oil slicks and shock waves caused by torpedo hits. Canvas awnings on sterns and bows appear as white patches. The forward section of USS Arizona has not yet exploded.
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 6:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)4Q E 609916 N 2363148
Decimal Degrees21.36711667, -157.93981667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 21° 22.027', W 157° 56.389'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds21° 22' 1.62" N, 157° 56' 23.34" W
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Area Code(s)808
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Arizona Memorial Rd, Honolulu HI 96818, US
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