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80-G-30554: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941

80-G-30554:  Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941.  Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland, and California.  On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit and Raleigh, target and training ship Utah and seaplane tender Tangier. Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port.  Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right. Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry.  Also at NHHC as NH 50930.  This image also exists at the Library of Congress.     Original Japanese caption reads, “Full View of Ford Island gasping under the attack of our Sea Eagles.   This distant view of Ford Island immediately after the attack of our assault force shows the enemy capital ships lined up on the opposite sides of the island.  In the foreground is a cruiser fleet, including the battleship Utah.  The enemy ships around the island have all become tempting targets for our Sea Eagles.  In the upper right, clearly appear the outlines of two of our Sea Eagles who are carrying out a daring low-level attack, reminiscent of the performance of the gods.”(9/22/2015).
Caption: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland, and California. On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit and Raleigh, target and training ship Utah and seaplane tender Tangier. Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port. Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right. Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry. Also at NHHC as NH 50930. This image also exists at the Library of Congress. Original Japanese caption reads, “Full View of Ford Island gasping under the attack of our Sea Eagles. This distant view of Ford Island immediately after the attack of our assault force shows the enemy capital ships lined up on the opposite sides of the island. In the foreground is a cruiser fleet, including the battleship Utah. The enemy ships around the island have all become tempting targets for our Sea Eagles. In the upper right, clearly appear the outlines of two of our Sea Eagles who are carrying out a daring low-level attack, reminiscent of the performance of the gods.” Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (9/22/2015).
Accession #: 80-G-30554
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