USS Downes (DD-375)
Damaged at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941



When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, USS Downes was "high and dry" alongside USS Cassin (DD-372) undergoing modernization in Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. At the end of the attack, both destroyers were wrecks, hit by bombs and bomb fragments, gutted by fire and flooded with water. Their hulls were badly distorted and their plating wrinkled and weakened by heat. Downes had a huge hole in her starboard midships hull from the explosion of one of her own torpedoes and her pilothouse was demolished.

This page features all our views of USS Downes (DD-375) during and shortly after the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

For additional images of USS Downes, see:

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Photo #: 80-G-32580

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


View looking toward the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard from Ford Island, with a dredge in the middle distance, 7 December 1941.
USS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372) are burning in the front of Drydock Number One, center, with USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) also in the dock, at left center. USS Shaw (DD-373) is burning at right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection

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Photo #: 80-G-32953

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


View looking down Pier 1010 toward the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's Drydock Number One, in center, which holds the battleship Pennsylvania (BB-38) and the burning destroyers Cassin (DD-372) and Downes (DD-375).
Alongside Pier 1010, in the center middle distance, are the light cruiser Helena (CL-50), listing slightly from a torpedo hit, and the capsized minelayer Oglala (CM-4).
Taken on 7 December 1941.

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

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Photo #: 80-G-474789

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


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.
In the foreground is the capsized USS Oglala (CM-4), with USS Helena (CL-50) further down the pier, at left. Beyond Helena is Drydock Number One, with USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and the burning destroyers Cassin (DD-372) and Downes (DD-375).

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

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Photo #: 80-G-19943

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


The wrecked destroyers USS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372) in Drydock One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, soon after the end of the Japanese air attack. Cassin has capsized against Downes.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) is astern, occupying the rest of the drydock. The torpedo-damaged cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) is in the right distance, beyond the crane. Visible in the center distance is the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37), with USS Maryland (BB-46) alongside. Smoke is from the sunken and burning USS Arizona (BB-39), out of view behind Pennsylvania. USS California (BB-44) is partially visible at the extreme left.
This image has been attributed to Navy Photographer's Mate Harold Fawcett.

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

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Photo #: NH 64482

USS Cassin (DD-372)
(capsized, right)
and
USS Downes (DD-375) (left)

In Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 7 December 1941, immediatly following the Japanese attack. Both ships had been severely damaged by bomb hits and the resulting fires.
In the background, also in Drydock Number One, is USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), which had received relatively light damage in the raid.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32511

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Downes (DD-375), at left, and USS Cassin (DD-372), capsized at right, burned out and sunk in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard drydock on 7 December 1941, after the Japanese attack.
The relatively undamaged USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) is in the background.

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

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Photo #: NH 54561

USS Downes (DD-375)


Burned out in Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's Drydock # 1, soon after the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941.
View shows the ship's forward 5"/38 guns and her demolished pilothouse, seen from off her starboard bow.

NHHC Photograph.

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Photo #: 80-G-32430

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Downes (DD-375) burned out and sunk in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's Drydock # 1, soon after the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack.
This photo shows the ship's starboard forward superstructure, from the pilothouse forward to the bow.
Railway car in the right background is marked "NYPH", "Shop 24", "Storage Car".

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

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Photo #: NH 54559

USS Downes (DD-375)
, nearest to camera,
and
USS Cassin (DD-372), capsized against Downes

In Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 8 December 1941, the day after they were wrecked by Japanese bombs and the resulting fires.

NHHC Photograph.

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Photo #: 80-G-32431

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Cassin (DD-372) burned out and capsized against USS Downes (DD-375), in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard drydock on 7 December 1941, after the Japanese attack.

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

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Photo #: 80-G-387598

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Vertical aerial view of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 10 December 1941, showing damage from the Japanese raid three days earlier.
In upper center is the floating drydock YFD-2, with the destroyer Shaw (DD-373), whose bow was blown off, floating at an angle at one end.
The torpedoed cruiser Helena (CL-50) is in Drydock Number Two, in center, for repairs. She was the first ship to use that newly constructed dock.
Drydock Number One is just below Drydock Number Two. It holds the relatively undamaged battleship Pennsylvania (BB-38) and the wrecked destroyers Cassin (DD-372), capsized, and Downes (DD-375).
Note dark oil streaks on the harbor surface.

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

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