Pearl Harbor Attack: 10 Incredible Photos

Pearl Harbor Attack: 10 Incredible Photos

72 years ago this past Saturday: The United States naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese planes. Four U.S. battleships were sunk and four others were damaged. Over 2,400 Americans were killed, including 1,177 on the battleship Arizona. Here are 10 incredible photos from that awful day (photos courtesy of AP and U.S Navy):

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Three U.S. battleships are hit. From left are: USS West Virginia, severely damaged; USS Tennessee, damaged; and USS Arizona, sunk.


The light cruiser Phoenix steams out past the burning USS Arizona and takes to sea with the rest of the fleet.

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Heavy black smoke in the foreground is caused by burning fuel oil. In the rear is the U.S. battleship Maryland, center, and the hulk of the capsized USS Oklahoma to the right of it.

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Sailors stand among wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station as they watch the explosion of the USS Shaw in the background.


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The Battleship Arizona topples into the sea.

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A Japanese dive bomber heads toward the ground in flames after it was hit by Naval anti-aircraft fire.

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Destroyers Downes and Cassin received significant damage.

Destroyed Catalina Patrol Aircraft at Ford Island.

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The wing of a Japanese bomber on the grounds of the Naval Hospital at Honolulu.

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View of Pearl Harbor looking south to the north. Anti-aircraft shell bursts overhead. Large column of smoke in lower center is from USS Arizona. Smaller smoke columns further to the left are from the destroyers Shaw, Cassin and Downes.

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