Pearl Harbour Remembrance Day: 10 facts about the deadly attack which claimed more than 2,000 lives

Published: 07th December 2017 12:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2017 04:44 PM  

President Franklin D Roosevelt declared on 7th December 1941 'a date which will live in infamy'. The deadly surprise attack by Japanese on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour damaged 21 warships and destroyed more than 150 planes; 2,400 were killed. And 960 left missing. 'Remember Pearl Harbour!' became a rallying cry for the U.S. during World War II. Today on Pearl Harbour Remembrance day, here are some interesting facts about the deadly attack. (Photo | AP)
The deadly surprise attack which commenced at 7:55 on Sunday, December 7, 1941 lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. (Photo | AP)
When Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida called out, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (“Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!”) upon flying over Pearl Harbor, it was a message to the entire Japanese navy telling them they had caught the Americans totally by surprise. (Photo | AP)
The Japanese traveled 3,400 miles across the Pacific to execute their attack on Pearl Harbour. The Japanese attack force stationed itself approximately 230 miles north of the Hawaiian island of Oa. (Photo | AP)
The Japanese specifically chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and thus less alert on a weekend. Many U.S. servicemen were either still in their pajamas or eating breakfast in the mess halls when the attack began. (Photo | AP)
A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded. IN PIC: National Parks Service Historian John McCaskill, of Washington D.C., reacts to the national anthem during the Pearl Harbour memorial ceremony. (Photo | AP)
Only 28 Japanese planes were shot down and 5 midget submarines sunk. The Japanese lost 65 men, with an additional soldier being captured. (Photo | AP)
The United States declared a war on Japan on December 8, 1941, the day following the attack on Pearl Harbour. The dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki helped bring an end to World War II in 1945. (Photo | AP)
The USS Missouri is docked at Pearl Harbour and serves as a museum. In the foreground are remnants of the sunken USS Arizona sticking up out of the water. IN PIC: Pearl Harbour survivors. (Photo | AP)
There was a floating National Monument erected on the hull of the sunken Arizona in 1962. IN PIC: Anniversary: With the US Arizona Memorial in the background, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Commander Seishi Goto reads a historical placard in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. (Photo | AP)
It was also one of the best-planned and best-prepared operations of the Second World War. Involved was the secret passage of an entire fleet including six aircraft carriers, two battleships and three cruisers over a distance of some 3,700 miles across the North Pacific. IN PIC: Pearl Harbor survivor Mal Middlesworth sings the national anthem as he salutes the Color Guard during the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. (Photo | AP)
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