New Photos of PBY Flying Boat sunk before Pearl Harbour Attack

PBY Flying Boat Kaneohe

Before Pearl Harbour was attacked, other military installations on Oahu were hit. The bombers were specifically targeting aircraft in order to prevent American forces from getting airborne and fighting back. The PBY-5 Catalina patrol bombers, known at the PBY flying boat, is a seaplane with a range of 2,000 miles. With such a long range, it

Day of Infamy Speech

Delivering Day fo Infamy Speech

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy Speech” is one of the most famous speeches by a US president. It is second only to President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Many people know the beginning, “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by

Admiral Kimmel, Husband E.

admiral husband kimmel

In February of 1941, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel became the commander-in-chief of the US Pacific Fleet. The Pacific Fleet had been moved to Pearl Harbour in 1940. Admiral Kimmel, shortly after being placed in this command expressed his concern about a surprise attack. He did not, however, make any apparent changes to prepare for such

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the key strategist of the attack on Pearl Harbour. Although he had serious reservations about a war with the United States, as Admiral he had a responsibility.  The air raid of Pearl Harbour was his idea. The Pearl Harbour attack was considered tactically brilliant, while at the same time strategically foolish. The strategy

Chuichi Nagumo, Vice Admiral IJN

Chuichi Nagumo

Despite the fact that he was opposed to the attack on Pearl harbour, Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo was in command of the carrier-centered Mobile Force (Kido Butai). The task force was made up of 6 carriers, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, and 9 destroyers. His forces were split into three carrier commands: Nagumo: carriers Akagi and

Mitsuo Fuchida, Japanese Commander at Pearl Harbour

Mitsuo Fuchida

Commander Mitsuo Fuchida led the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbour. He was the pilot who famously sent the signal Tora, Tora, Tora, the code words that they had achieved complete surprise. As a child during the victory over Russia, Commander Mitsuo Fuchida developed strong aspirations to be in the Japanese Navy. He entered the

Emperor Hirohito

Emperor Hirohito

On Christmas Day 1926 Prince Hirohito became Emperor of Japan. He was 25 years old and reigned as the 124th Emperor. Hirohito chose the name “Showa”, meaning “enlightened peace”, to be remembered by. He was considered a pacifist, however, at the same time he encouraged the role of the Japanese military. In an important meeting