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Anniversary of Pearl Harbor 7th Dec : Rare Pics

December 6, 2011
December 7, 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan. The assault killed 2,390 Americans and drew the U.S. into World War II.

This captured Japanese photograph shows the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941. In the distance, the smoke rises from Hickam Field

The forward magazines of USS Arizona explode after it was hit by a Japanese bomb in Pearl Harbor

U.S. Navy battleship USS West Virginia burns and sinks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
Members of the U.S. Military stand near airplane wreckage during the surprise Japanese aerial attack at Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii

A view of the USS ARIZONA burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii

USS Nevada is seen ablaze off the Ford Island seaplane base, with her bow pointed up-channel

An aerial view of “Battleship Row” at Pearl Harbor, photographed from a Japanese aircraft, beside Ford Island, during the early part of the horizontal bombing attack on the ships moored on December 7, 1941.

Ships seen are (L-R): USS Nevada; USS Arizona with USS Vestal moored outboard; USS Tennessee with USS West Virginia moored outboard; USS Maryland with USS Oklahoma moored outboard; and USS Neosho, only partially visible at the extreme right.

A bomb had just hit Arizona near the stern, but she has not yet received the bomb that detonated her forward magazines. West Virginia and Oklahoma are gushing oil from their many torpedo hits and are listing to port. Oklahoma’s port deck edge is already under water. Nevada has also been torpedoed.

The U.S. Navy battleship USS California is seen ablaze

The USS Nevada is aground and burning off Waipio Point, after the end of the Japanese air raid in Pearl Harbor

Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 bombers takes off from the flight deck of the USS Hornet

In this April 18, 1942 file photo, one of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 bombers takes off from the flight deck of the USS Hornet for the initial air raid on Tokyo. Coming just four months after the Imperial Japanese Navy savaged the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle raid on Japan’s home did little damage, but lifted the spirits of Americans and electrified a world at war.

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