By the Numbers: The Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor
It has been 77 years since since President Franklin Roosevelt issued the speech declaring Dec. 7, 1941, as a “date that will live in infamy” (often misquoted as the day of infamy) after the surprise Sunday morning Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forced the United States into World War II. The attack was later ruled a war crime because it took place without a declaration of war.
The number of U.S. Navy ships that were sunk in the attack, raised, repaired and present at Tokyo Bay during Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. It was the USS West Virginia.
The number of aircraft carriers in the Japanese task force, carrying 360 bomber and 48 fighter aircraft.
The number of battleships moored at Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor the morning of Dec. 7. Two were a total loss – the USS Arizona, which sank in the harbor and rests on the bottom to this day as a memorial, and the USS Oklahoma, which was lost in transit to a California scrap yard.
The number of civilians killed in the air attack by the Japanese. Another 35 were wounded.
The number of Marines who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Another 69 were injured.
The number of Japanese killed in the attack. They also lost 45 aircraft and four midget submarines.
The number of Japanese aircraft in the first wave at 7:48 am.
The number of U.S. military aircraft lost in the two-hour attack. Another 159 were damaged.
The number of Army Air Force members who were killed during attacks on Hickam, Wheeler and Bellows Fields.
The number of Army Air Force members who were wounded during attacks on Hickam, Wheeler and Bellows Fields.
The number of sailors killed in the attack on the USS Oklahoma.
The number of sailors wounded in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The number of sailors killed in the attack on the USS Arizona.
The total number of Americans who died in the attack; another 1,178 were wounded.