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Overview An almost exhaustive volume of literature has described and analyzed the Japanese attack on the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, Yet despite the key role played by Japanese dominance of the air space over Oahu, little has been published on the role of the Army Air Forces and its unpreparedness to accomplish it air defense mission. In addition, too few are aware of the nature and extent of the damage the Hawaiian Air Force sustained that day.
The book begins with a look at the overall position of the Hawaiian Air Force before December 7 — its leadership, assigned personnel and aircraft, and air defense system. Next, it examines in detail the three main air fields on Oahu — Hickam, Wheeler, and Bellows — and their duty, training, equipment, and morale.
It then describes the actual attack from the perspective of each of the bases and concludes with a post mortem of the aftermath. Stirring personal accounts of the attack and the courageous reaction of Army Air Forces personnel in the face of overwhelming odds bring home the terrible reality of total war. In one case, a witness describes pausing to lace in the lining of his World War I-vintage helmet — a stark example of how unprepared American forces were that day. The day of infamy reminds us of the need to maintain the nation's defense at a high state of readiness.
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It also symbolizes the beginning of nearly four years of war in the Pacific, in a geographical area stretching from the Aleutians to Australia. Few people understand why the Hawaiian Air Force was so unprepared to accomplish its air defense mission or realize the extent of the damage and casualties it sustained on that "Day of Infamy. In this writing we have attempted to answer several important questions. Why was the American air arm with over aircraft, including long-range bombers, six radar stations, a trained ground observer unit, and extensive antiaircraft weapons units unable to perform its primary job of protecting the fleet?
Why were all available aircraft unarmed and lined up like sitting ducks on the flight line at each base? Why were the radar stations shut down at on the morning of the attack? Where was the central fighter control unit, and why was it not activated prior to the attack? Advanced Search Find a Library. Your list has reached the maximum number of items.
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