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Diary December 7, 1941


burning battleships West Virginia and Tennessee
The burning battleships ‘West Virginia’ and ‘Tennessee’ after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
WW2 War Diary for Sunday, December 7, 1941:

Sea War

Pacific: JAPAN ATTACKS PEARL HARBOR. 350 dive bombers, torpedo planes and Zero fighters in 2 waves from 6 carriers attack US Pacific Fleet and air bases in Hawaii. Battleship Arizona explodes, battleships California, Nevada, Oklahoma, West Virginia sink; Maryland, Pennsylvania and Tennessee damaged. 10 other warships sunk or seriously damaged. 188 US aircraft destroyed.
Casualties – American: 2,403 killed, 1,178 wounded; Japanese: 55 killed (29 aircraft lost). Midget submarine attacks on Pearl Harbor fail completely: 5 midgets sunk (‘mother’ submarine I-70 sunk December 10).
Japanese land at Singora and Patani (Thailand) and Kota Bharu (Malaya).

see also: US Navy in late 1941

Politics

Japan: GOVERNMENT DECLARES WAR ON USA AND BRITISH COMMONWEALTH.

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