Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941
Naval Air Station, Kanoehe Bay, during the Pearl Harbor Raid



Kanoehe Bay, on the east coast of Oahu, was the site of a major Navy patrol seaplane base. A new facility, with some of its buildings still under construction, this Naval Air Station was home to three Patrol Squadrons. It had 33 PBYs on the ground or floating just offshore when the Japanese arrived. Of those planes, all but six were destroyed, and the survivors were damaged. Only the three Kaneohe Bay PBYs then out on patrol were fit for service at the end of the raid.

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Photo #: 80-G-32836

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


PBY patrol bomber burning at Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu, during the Japanese attack.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: NH 97431

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Burning PBY at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, during or soon after the Japanese air attack.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 97432

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Sailors attempt to save a burning PBY at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, during the Japanese air raid.
This plane was set afire by strafing in the the initial phase of the attack and was sunk in a later strike.
Note dog observing the work.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 97429

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Hangar # 2 burning at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, during or soon after the Japanese air attack.
Note disrupted pavement in the foreground, possibly the result of a bomb explosion.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 97428

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Wrecked automobiles, some still burning, beside a damaged hangar at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, during or soon after the Japanese air attack.
The coupe in center bears a lower license plane marked "NAS Kanoehe # 3 1941".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 97430

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Aircraft wreckage and a badly damaged hangar at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, shortly after the Japanese air attack.
Plane in the foreground is a PBY of Patrol Squadron 12, marked "12-P-3".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32943

Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, T.H.


Aerial view of the hangar area, 9 December 1941, two days after the Japanese air attack destroyed nearly all of the station's patrol planes.
Note wrecked hangar in center. There are at least six PBY "Catalina" flying boats on the ramp and around the hangars.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: NH 97427

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Aerial view of the hangar area at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, on 9 December 1941, showing effects of the Japanese air attack two days earlier. View looks southeast.
The most distant hangar appears to have suffered significant damage and has a pile of aircraft wreckage immediately to its left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32858

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Sailor killed by Japanese air attack at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay. Photographed on 7 December 1941.
Note PBY aircraft wreckage in the right distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32854

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


A Marine rifle squad fires a volley over the bodies of fifteen officers and men killed at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay during the Pearl Harbor raid. These burial ceremonies took place on 8 December 1941, the day after the attack.
Note sandbagged emplacement atop the small hill in the right middle distance.
See Photo # K-13328 for another view of this location.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-13328 (Color)

"Farewell to Thee"

Following Hawaiian tradition, Sailors honor men killed during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu. The casualties had been buried on 8 December. This ceremony took place sometime during the following months, possibly on Memorial Day, 31 May 1942.
See Photo # 80-G-32854 for a photograph of the 8 December 1941 burial ceremonies.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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