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Pearl Harbor Attack - Murata Escapes after Strike

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In this captured Japanese photo, we see Lt. Commander Murata - leader of the torpedo assault team - escaping in his plane after striking the Oklahoma.

We learn more about this captured photo from the Naval History & Heritage Command:


Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance.

A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland, and California.

On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit and Raleigh, target and training ship Utah and seaplane tender Tangier.  Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port.

Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right.


Click on the image for a much-better view.


Media Credits

Photo, courtesy U.S. Navy Historical Center.

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