At 6:05 am on 7 December 1941, 183 Japanese aircraft were launched from six aircraft carriers of the Japanese Imperial Navy (Akagi, Kaga, Sōryū, Hiryū, Shōkaku, and Zuikaku) which were steaming south from a location approximately 500 nautical miles north of Oahu. The first strikes of the attack occurred shortly before 7:55 am Hawaiian Time. Targets of the attack included US battleships in Pearl Harbor, Ford Island NAS, Wheeler Field, Hickam Field, and Kaneohe Bay. A second wave followed; the entire attack lasted over 90 minutes, leaving over 3,500 Americans dead or wounded and 18 US ships sunk or or badly damaged. The next day, the United States entered World War II.
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