The Americans Fight Back
Nobody knows the exact minute the first bomb fell on Pearl Harbor, but the generally accepted time is 7:55.M. However, the first Japanese bullets hit Hawaii a few minutes earlier when fighters strafed Kaneohe Naval Air Station, almost due north of Honolulu, returned and strafed the amphibious base again, then bombed about half an hour later. Three of the station's thirty-six planes were on patrol; and twenty-seven of the remaining thirty-three were destroyed on the ground and the other six were damaged. Other planes hit Wheeler Field in the middle of the island, destroying forty-two planes and damaging the rest. These attackers then joined the others at Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field.
Very little damage was done to Bellows Field near Waimanalo. No bombs were dropped on it, but it was strafed by a group of planes that destroyed three of the craft on the ground. The only military target untouched was the new emergency field at Haleiwa because the Japanese apparently did not know it existed.
The major damage was done by the first wave of planes. Each of the seven battleships was hit then, and the Arizona and the West Virginia sank. The Tennessee was only slightly damaged. The California's stern was resting on the bottom. The Nevada managed to get under way but was badly damaged, and was beached rather than block the channel. The Oklahoma capsized when four torpedoes hit her. The Pennsylvania was badly damaged.
Several hundred men were killed and wounded at Hickam Field when bombs and bullets hit the barracks. Bombs also hit the guardhouse, dis-