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Bombers Over Battleship Row

USS Arizona Memorial

 
 
Bombers Over Battleship Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2008
1. Bombers Over Battleship Row Marker
Inscription. The Japanese raided Pearl Harbor and other military targets on Oahu with carrier-launched aircraft which included fighters, horizontal bombers, torpedo planes, and dive bombers. The planes truck here in two waves, beginning at 7:55 a.m., with a 15 minute lull about 8:30.

Finding the American aircraft carriers absent, the Japanese zeroed in on U.S. battleships. Seven of them were lined up beside the mooring blocks (quays) visible across the channel in front of you. It was here, on “Battleship Row” that Japanese bombs destroyed USS Arizona. Twenty other vessels were sunk or damaged.

As the Japanese planes winged back to their carrier, smoke from burning battleships darkened the sky here. The U.S. Pacific Fleet had suffered a serious blow, but not a fatal one. The American aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, and most of the cruisers escaped damage. The Navy’s shipyard, fuel storage tanks, submarine base, and communications facilities---all strategically important---remained untouched. (Inscription beside the photo in the lower center) In the foreground, USS Arizona burns on Battleship Row after being hit by as many as seven bombs. One 800-kilogram bomb ripped through the battleship’s upper decks and detonated a magazine, destroying the forward section of the vessel. The explosion blew men from decks
Bombers Over Battleship Row-USS Arizona Mooring Block image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2008
2. Bombers Over Battleship Row-USS Arizona Mooring Block
of neighboring ships. Tragically, 1,177 of Arizona’s crew were killed.

Battleships USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee are visible behind Arizona.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper right)
The remarkable photo above, taken from a Japanese plane, shows Battleship Row under attack. Note the oil slicks and shock waves caused by torpedo hits. Canvas awnings on sterns and bows appear as white patches. The forward section of USS Arizona has not yet exploded.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 21° 22.027′ N, 157° 56.389′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker can be reached from Arizona Memorial Place. Click for map. The marker is on the Ceremonial Lawn of the USS Arizona Memorial which is a unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sunday Morning (here, next to this marker); Pearl Harbor Panorama-West (a few steps from this marker); Pearl Harbor Panorama-North (a few steps from this marker); Island of Oahu (a few
USS Arizona-Gun Turret #3-Oil still leaking from this hatch after 70 years image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2008
3. USS Arizona-Gun Turret #3-Oil still leaking from this hatch after 70 years
steps from this marker); USS Seawolf (SS-197) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); USS Swordfish (SS-193) (about 500 feet away); USS Tang (SS-306) (about 500 feet away); USS Wahoo (SS-238) (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Honolulu.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Water near Hatch #3 showing the oil leaking image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2008
4. Water near Hatch #3 showing the oil leaking
USS Arizona Memorial at a distance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2008
5. USS Arizona Memorial at a distance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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