World War 2:

Images and Pictures of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

On the morning of December 7, 1941, warplanes took off from the decks of six aircraft carriers of the Japanese Imperial Navy. Their mission was to strike a crippling blow to the United States military forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. With the U.S. fleet out of commission, the Japanese leaders believed that they would then be able to seize lands and resources in East Asia.

Below are images, pictures, and photographs of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

USS Arizona

The forward magazines of USS Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb, 7 December 1941.

Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board USS Solace (AH-5).


 Battleship Row

 Vertical aerial view of "Battleship Row", beside Ford Island, during the early part of the horizontal bombing attack on the ships moored there. Photographed from a Japanese aircraft.


Wheeler Field

U.S. Army aircraft destroyed by Japanese raiders at Wheeler Air Field. Photographed later in the day on 7 December 1941, following the end of the attacks.


Pearl Harbor

View from Pier 1010, looking toward the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's drydocks, with USS Shaw (DD-373) in floating drydock YFD-2 -- and USS Nevada (BB-36) burning at right, 7 December 1941.

Outcome: Japanese tactical victory

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Conflict: World War II, Pacific War

Date: December 7, 1941

Location: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Outcome: Japanese tactical victory


United States of America

Empire of Japan


Husband Kimmel --Admiral, U. S. Navy

Walter Short -General--U.S. Army

Chuichi Nagumo --Admiral, Japanese Imperial Navy


8 battleships, 6 cruisers, 29 destroyers, 9 submarines, 390 planes

6 carriers, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 9 destroyers, 441 planes, 5 midget submarines


3,581 military, 103 civilians killed or injured; 5 battleships sunk, 3 damaged; 3 cruisers sunk; 3 destroyers sunk; 188 planes destroyed, 155 planes damaged

29 planes destroyed, 55 airmen killed, 5 midget submarines sunk, 9 submariners killed, 1 captured.


 Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 :Overview and Special Image Selection--U.S. Navy website



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