Time line Pearl Harbor
59 Years Ago
December 7, 1996 Anniversary Remembrance
0342 Minesweeper CONDOR sights periscope off Honolulu
Harbour ...notifies patrol destroyer WARD to investigate.
0458 Minesweeper CROSSBILL and CONDOR enter Pearl
Harbor... defective submarine net remains open.
0600 - 200 miles south of Oahu carrier ENTERPRISE
launches 18 aircraft to scout ahead...then to land at Ford
Island, Pearl Harbor...ETA 0800.
0610 - 220 miles north of Oahu Admiral Nagumo orders
launching of 1st wave of 183 aircraft off three carriers...2 are
lost during takeoff.
0630 Destroyer WARD again notified of submarine
sighting this time by supply ship ANTARES off Pearl Harbor
entrance...Navy patrol plane (PBY) dispatched to the scene.
0645 WARD opens fire on target hitting conning
tower...as she closes in drops depth charges..air attack by
0653 WARD'S commander Captain Outerbridge sends message
to Commandant 14th Naval District: "We have attacked, fired
upon and dropped depth charges upon submarine operating in
defensive sea area".
0700 Commander Fuchida flying towards Oahu directs his
pilots to home in on local radio station.
0702 Private's Lockhard and Elliott of Opana Radar
Station pick up what appears to be a flight of unidentified
aircraft bearing in 132 miles north of Oahu...discussion
0706 Private Elliott phones switchboard operator Joseph McDonald at Information Center, Ft. Shafter, telling of a large formation of aircraft approaching the Island.
0715 Capt. Outerbridge's attack message, delayed in
decoding is delivered to duty officer, 14th Naval District,
and to Admiral Kimmel's duty officer...Japanese launch 2nd
wave of 168 assault aircraft...
0720 Joseph McDonald finding Lt. Tyler in Information Center, calls Opana and patches Lt. Tyler thru to Private Lockard who describes the large flight picked up on radar and is told, "Well don't worry about it." ( see Pvt.Joseph McDonald's account under the Survivor Rememberances "An Army Private is one of the 1st to know of the coming attack)"
0733 Important message from Gen Marshall from
Washington to Short received via RCA in Honolulu...cablegram
has no indication of priority...messenger Tadao Fuchikami
proceeds on normal route...
0735 Reconnaissance plane from cruiser CHIKUMA reports
main fleet in Pearl Harbor...
0739 Opana Station loses aircraft on radar 20 miles off
coast of Oahu due to "dead zone" caused by surrounding
0740 1st wave sights North Shore of Oahu...deployment
for attack begins...
0749 Commander Fuchida orders attack...all pilots to
begin assault on military bases on Oahu...
0753 Fuchida radios code to entire Japanese Navy "TORA
TORA TORA" indicating success...maximum strategic
surprise...Pearl Harbor caught unaware...
0755 Island wide attack begins...Japanese dive bombers
to strike airfields Kaneohe, Ford Island, Hickam, Bellows,
Wheeler, Ewa...Aerial torpedo planes begin their run on ships
in Pearl Harbor...
** ATTACK ERUPTS AT PEARL HARBOR**
Along Battleship Row, battlewagons feel the sting of the newly
perfected torpedoes specifically designed for the shallow
waters of Pearl Harbor At 1010 dock violent explosions rock
light cruiser HELENA on her starboard side crippling both her
and minelayer OGLALA moored beside her.. On the other side of
Battleship row, Ford Island, target ship UTAH also feels the
sting of the torpedoes...and like the battleship OKLAHOMA
begins to capsize... Light cruiser RALEIGH moored ahead of the
UTAH takes measures to prevent capsizing... Commander Logan
Ramsey of Ford Island Command Center sends out message for all
radiomen on duty to send out in plain English "AIR RAID PEARL
HARBOR THIS IS NO DRILL"...2nd dispatch orders all patrol
planes to seek out enemy... Simultaneously the call for
General Quarters echos throughout Pearl Harbor...each ship and
their personnel in turn swing into action against the
attacking Japanese...one quarter of all guns respond to the
0800 B-17's from the mainland reach Oahu after 14 hour
flight...Aircraft from carrier ENTERPRISE arrive Ford
Island...both caught between enemy and friendly fire...
0802 Machine guns on battleship NEVADA open fire on
torpedo planes approaching her port beam...two planes
hit...however one missile tears huge hole in ship's port
0805 Repair ship VESTAL moored outboard of battleship
ARIZONA opens fire...Admiral Kimmel arrives CINCPAC
headquarters..Battleship CALIFORNIA receives second torpedo
"portside at frame 110"... prompt action directed by Ensign
Edgar M. Fain prevents ship from capsizing...High level
bombers begin their run "on both bows" of battleship row...
0808 KGMB radio interrupts music calling for: "All
Army, Navy, and Marine personnel to report to duty"... High
level bombers unleash armour piercing, delayed action bombs
from altitude of 10,000 feet scoring hits on battleships...
0810 Forward magazines on battleship ARIZONA suddenly
ignite resulting in a tremendous explosion and huge fireball
sinking the battleship within nine minutes...concussion of
explosion blows men off repair ship VESTAL...
0812 General Short advises entire Pacific Fleet and
Washington, "Hostilities with Japan commenced with air raid on
0815 KGMB interrupts music with 2nd call ordering all
military personnel to report for duty...
0817 USS HELM first of several destroyers to clear
Pearl Harbor spots a midget submarine struggling to enter
harbor...shots fired misses target...sub frees itself from
reef and submerges...
0825 Using a Browning Automatic Rifle Lt. Stephen
Saltzman and Sgt. Lowell Klatt shot down enemy plane making
strafing run on Schofield Barracks...
0826 Honolulu Fire Department responds to call for
assistance from Hickam Field...3 firemen killed...6 wounded...
0830 3rd call out for military via local radio
0835 Tanker NEOSHO half loaded with high octane
aviation fuel moves clear of Battleship Row and oil tanks on
Ford Island... Damage reported in city...Police warn civilians
to leave streets and return to their homes...
0839 Seaplane tender CURTISS sights midget sub in
harbor and commences to fire..Destroyer MONAGHAN heads for
intruder at ramming speed...
0840 Submarine surfaces after sustaining
damage...MONAGHAN hits sub and drops depth charges as she
passes...1st explanation over local radio stations. "A
sporadic air attack...rising sun sighted on wing tips"...
0850 Lt. Commander Shimazaki orders deployment of 2nd
wave over military bases on Oahu...
0854 Attack run begins...54 high-level bombers hit
Naval air stations, 78 dive bombers hit ships in Pearl, 36
fighters circle over harbor to maintain air control...
0900 Crew of the Dutch liner JAGERSFONTEIN opens up
with her guns, the first Allies to join the fight...Radios
throughout the island crack out urgent messages "Get off roads
and stay off.. Don't block traffic...Stay at home...This is
the real McCoy"...
0930 Tremendous explosions rocks destroyer SHAW sending
debris everywhere... bomb falls near Governor's home...
1000 First wave arrives back on carriers, 190 miles
north of Oahu...
1005 Governor Poindexter calls local papers announcing
state of emergency for entire territory of Hawaii
1030 Mayor's Major Disaster Council meets at city
hall...Reports from local hospitals pour in listing civilian
1100 Commander Fuchida circles over Pearl
Harbor...assesses damage then returns to carrier task
force...All schools on Oahu ordered to close...
1115 State of emergency announced over radio by
1142 As per orders by Army local stations go off the
air...General short confers with Governor regarding martial
1146 First report of many false sightings of enemy
troops landing on Oahu...
1210 American planes fly north in search for enemy with
1230 Honolulu police raid Japanese embassy...find them
burning documents...Blackout to begin at night ordered by
1240 Governor confers with President Roosevelt
regarding martial law...both agree it necessary that the
military take over the civilian government...
1300 Commander Fuchida lands on board carrier
AKAGI...discussion follows with Admiral Nagumo and staff
concerning feasibility of launching 3rd wave...
1330 Signal flags on carrier AKAGI orders Japanese task
force to withdraw... Territorial director of civil defense
orders blackout every night until further notice...
1458 Tadao Fuchikami delivers message from
Washington...message decoded and given to General Short
regarding ultimatum from Japan to be given at 1300 Washington
time..."Just what significance the hour set may have we do not
know, but be on the alert accordingly"...
1625 Governor signs Proclamation...martial law put into
Time line courtesy of Tri-City Chapter 31,
Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
Chapter meets the First Sunday of each month at:
Oceanside Senior Center
455 Country Club Lane,
Oceanside, CA 92054
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