Remembering Pearl Harbor

Historical photographs depict the destruction of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.

This photograph, from a Japanese film later captured by U.S. forces, was taken aboard the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, just as a Nakajima "Kate" B-5N bomber was launching off deck for the second wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.


Believed to be an image of the first bomb dropped on Pearl Harbor, this picture was found torn to pieces at Yokusuka Base by Photographer's Mate 2/C Martin J. Shemanski of Plymouth, Pa. A Japanese plane is shown pulling out of a dive near the bomb eruption (center) and another in the air at the upper right.

This picture, taken by a Japanese photographer, shows how U.S. ships were clustered before the surprise Japanese attack. Minutes later, the full impact of the assault was felt, and Pearl Harbor became a flaming target.

The destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs.


In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a Navy launch pulls up to the blazing USS West Virginia to rescue a sailor.


The battleship USS West Virginia is seen on fire.


A Japanese bomber goes into its last dive as it heads toward the ground in flames after it was hit by naval anti-aircraft fire.


The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea. The ship sank with more than 80 percent of its 1,500-man crew, including Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd.

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Heavy damage is seen on the destroyers USS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372).

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The wreckage of a drugstore smolders in Waikiki.

One of the first pictures of the raid: a P-40 plane that was machine-gunned while on the ground.


Hawaii residents comb through wreckage.