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7th December 1941

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Events On This Day

Russian Front, Marshal Semyon Timoshenko's armies continued their advance from Rostov. Russian troops forced their way into Kalinin.

In Africa, Intensive fighting throughout Libyan battle area. Afrika Corps armoured divisions moving west. Sidi Rezegh recaptured by British. Italian Bologna division badly cut up.

Far East, Japan declared war upon Britain and the United States. Japanese air raids launched against United States of America naval bases in the Pacific, Pearl Harbour (Oahu Island), Wake Island and Guam heavily attacked. Raids on army and naval bases in the Philippines.

Hawaiian Air Force. First wave of Japanese carrier based aeroplanes (almost 200) hits United States naval base at Pearl Harbour and Hickam Field at 0755. Attacks follow quickly against Wheeler and Bellows Fields. A second wave of Japanese aeroplanes strikes other naval and military facilities. Hawaiian Air Force loses 163 men, with about 390 others wounded or missing; has 64 of its 231 assigned aircraft destroyed. Only 79 of the remaining aircraft are deemed usable, and much of the airfields ground facilities are destroyed. These losses are light in comparison with the Navy's: more than 2,000 killed or missing, and more than 900 wounded, 4 battleships sunk, 3 battleships, 3 cruisers, and 3 destroyers damaged; and over half of the Navy's 169 aeroplanes in the area destroyed. The Japanese lose 20 aircraft over Hawaii, including 4 claimed destroyed by 2d Lieutenant George S Welch (47th Pursuit Squadron) piloting a P-40, one of the few United States fighters to successfully attack aeroplanes during the day. About 20 other aircraft are lost by the Japanese during carrier landings. Altogether the Japanese pay a small price for the damage done to the Americans on Oahu. For the remainder of the day, following the attacks, Army Air Forces carries out fruitless searches for the carriers.

Alaska Defence Command. Upon learning of the Pearl Harbour attack, the Command 6 B-18 Bolo medium bomber and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters take to the air to avoid being caught on their fields.

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