On Sunday 7th December 1941, Over 350 Aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy, launched from 6 Aircraft Carriers about 200 miles North of the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, attacked the US Pacific Fleet in a surprise raid at it's main base of Pearl Harbor. Several ships were destroyed or damaged some beyond repair. About 180 aircraft were also destroyed and around 4500 casualties suffered by the Americans. In what Franklin Delano Roosevelt later described as a "Day of Infamy" the US was finally dragged in to WW2 proper after months of posturing to stay out of the conflict. Now it truly was a global war ... Left - Chart showing the route taken by the Japanese Combined Fleet to a Point north of Hawaii. Right - Specified Targets for the attack : - 1. USS California 2. USS Maryland 3. USS Oklahoma 4. USS Tennessee 5. USS West Virginia 6. USS Arizona 7. USS Nevada 8. USS Pennsylvania 9. Ford Island Naval Air Station 10. Hickam Field Ignored in the attack (Red) A. Oil Storage Tanks B. CINCPAC HQ Building C. Submarine Base D. Navy Repair Yard & Dry Docks Nakajima B5N "Kate" Level/Torpedo Bomber. Aichi D3A "Val" Dive Bomber. D3A's getting ready to join the attack on Pearl Harbor from their Carrier. Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" Fighter. A6M2 "Zero" taking off from the Carrier "Akagi" to take part in the attack.