What the attack on Pearl Harbor looked like from the air and ground

The Japanese surprise attack on US military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, happened 77 years ago today (Dec. 7) in 1941. The attack, which killed more than 2,300 US service members and 68 civilians, ushered in the US’s involvement in World War II.

One of the few military strikes ever to occur on US soil, the attack on Pearl Harbor also left 55 Japanese military members dead.

The sight of a foreign military attack wouldn’t be familiar to most Americans. These images from both American and Japanese photographers show the conflict and its aftermath from the air, as well as the chaos left behind on the ground.

Pearl Harbor Attack Panoramic view of Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7. AP Photo Panoramic view of Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7. WWII U.S. Pearl Harbor Attack Smoke from the burning battleship Arizona spreads over the Pearl Harbor naval base. AP Photo/US Navy Smoke from the burning battleship Arizona spreads over the Pearl Harbor naval base. WWII U.S. Pearl Harbor Attack A photo taken by a Japanese photographer, near the beginning of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. AP Photo/Toshio Hasimoto A photo taken by a Japanese photographer, near the beginning of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. USS ARIZONA The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea. AP Photo The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea. PEARL HARBOR ANNIVERSARY American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. AP Photo American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor Attack US aircrafts destroyed as a result of the Japanese bombing on Pearl Harbor. AP Photo/Department of Defense US aircrafts destroyed as a result of the Japanese bombing on Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor Attack Flaming oil throws a billow of smoke skyward in the Japanese attack on Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor. AP Photo Flaming oil throws a billow of smoke skyward in the Japanese attack on Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor Attack A Japanese plane flying over Pearl Harbor. AP Photo A Japanese plane flying over Pearl Harbor. WWII Pearl Harbor Ships Destroyers in drydock at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii are battered by bombs. AP Photo Destroyers in drydock at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii are battered by bombs. WWII Pearl Harbor Ships The wreckage of the USS Oklahoma. AP Photo The wreckage of the USS Oklahoma. WWII U.S. Pearl Harbor Attack Japanese bombs destroyed this hangar at the US Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor. AP Photo/US Navy Japanese bombs destroyed this hangar at the US Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor. WWII Pearl Harbor Attack Smoke from the attack is seen in the distance from officer’s quarters at Pearl Harbor. AP Photo/Mary Naiden Smoke from the attack is seen in the distance from officers’ quarters at Pearl Harbor. WWII U.S. Pearl Harbor Attack Fires are fought following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. AP Photo/US Navy Fires are fought following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. WWII Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor A running soldier near a blazing house on the island of Oahu. AP Photo/Joe Custer A running soldier near a blazing house on the island of Oahu. WWII U.S. Pearl Harbor Attack Oil supplies are ablaze at this US Army airfield during the attack. AP Photo Oil supplies are ablaze at this US Army airfield during the attack.



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