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REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR -- THE PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM -- WHERE HISTORY FLIES

“ATTACK WILL BE LAUNCHED AS FOLLOWS: BOMBARDMENT, ATTACK TO BE MADE ON FORD ISLAND AT 7:30 A.M.”

— Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell, Report to the War Dept., July1924

By W. Knox Richardson

No one knew they were coming, it is thought. No one knew the Japanese would attack Hawaii that quiet Sunday morning 65 years ago. Right? Oahu was completely unprepared for the surprise aerial assault that came at 7:50 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941—a full 20 minutes later than Billy Mitchell forecast more than 17 years earlier.


August 2013
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