The attack left more than 2,400 dead, 68 of them civilians. Waves of Japanese carrier-based fighters and bombers turned the naval base in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor into an inferno. Nine ships were sunk and many more severely damaged, crippling the US Pacific Fleet. Nearly half the casualties of the day resulted from the sinking of the battleship Arizona, which today still rests on the bottom of the harbor beneath a memorial.
The photo above is from Dec. 7, 1941: The Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor was littered with the wreckage of crippled planes. A bomb from a Japanese plane had just hit the fuel dump when this picture was taken. In the background, clouds of smoke and flames shot high into the sky. LANE TURNER and LISA TUITE