aerial battleship

This aerial photograph of Pearl Harbor was taken three days after the attack. The black streaks are oil leaking out of the sunken ships. The USS Arizona is on the bottom right.

(Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives)

“Day of Infamy” (U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt)

75 years ago today - 7 December 1941

Vertical aerial view of “Battleship Row” at Pearl Harbor, beside Ford Island, during the early part of the horizontal bombing attack on the ships moored there. Photographed from a Japanese aircraft.

Ships seen are (from left to right): USS Nevada; USS Arizona with USS Vestal moored outboard; USS Tennessee with USS West Virginia moored outboard; USS Maryland with USS Oklahoma moored outboard; and USS Neosho, only partially visible at the extreme right.

A bomb has just hit ‘Arizona’ near the stern, but she has not yet received the bomb that detonated her forward magazines. 'West Virginia’ and 'Oklahoma’ are gushing oil from their many torpedo hits and are listing to port. Oklahoma´s port deck edge is already under water. 'Nevada’ has also been torpedoed.

Japanese inscription in lower left states that the photograph has been officially released by the Navy Ministry.

(Source Official U.S. Navy photograph NH 50472; U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.488.029.033)

(Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)