December 7th 1941.
96 US ships are located in Pearl Harbor, but the Aircraft Carriers are gone.
The USS Enterprise, the heavy cruisers Northampton (CA-26), Chester (CA-27), and Salt Lake City (CA-24) and nine destroyers were ferrying 12 Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats of Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 211 to Wake Island. During the attack on 7 December 1941 foshe was about 215 miles west of Oahu.
The USS Lexington sailed from pearl Harbor on 5 December 1941, to ferry 18 Vought SB2U-3 Vindicators of Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 231 on Midway Island. Dawn on 7 December 1941 found Lexington, heavy cruisers Chicago (CA-29), Portland (CA-33), and Astoria (CA-34), and five destroyers about 500 miles southeast of Midway.
The USS Saratogahaving recently completed an overhaul at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, reached NAS San Diego [North Island] late in the forenoon watch on 7 December. She was to embark her air group, as well as Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 221 and a cargo of miscellaneous airplanes to ferry to Pearl Harbor.
Around six in the morning on December 7th (US TIME) six heavy Japanese aircraft carriers and their 24 escort ships launched the first wave of 181 attack aircraft against the US fleet and army facilities on Hawaii. They were 200 miles north of Oahu during the launch. Thirty to forty minutes later, the Japanese Fleet launched the second wave of 170 attack aircraft.
The first Japanese Aircraft started their attacks around 8am. The aerial attacks ended by 10 am.
Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged: the battleships USS Arizona USS California, USS Maryland , USS Nevada, USS Oklahoma , USS Pennsylvania , USS Tennessee and USS West Virginia.
The cruisers USS Helena , USS Honolulu and USS Raleigh. The destroyers USS Cassin(DD-372), USS Downes (DD-375), USS Helm (DD-388) and USS Shaw (DD-373); seaplane tender USS Curtiss(AV-4); target ship (ex-battleship) USS Utah (AG-16); repair ship USS Vestal (AR-4); minelayer USS Oglala (CM-4); tug USS Sotoyomo (YT-9); and Floating Drydock Number 2.
US aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged, the majority hit before the had a chance to take off.
American dead numbered 2,403. That figure included 68 civilians, most of them killed by improperly fused anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu. There were 1,178 military and civilian wounded.
Japanese losses were 29 planes, which failed to return to their carriers. Some of them having crashed in route to Pearl Harbor.
All but three of the sunken US ships were eventually raised and repaired.
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