Now It Can Be Shown – Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

A navy photographer snapped this photograph of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, just as the USS Shaw exploded. (80-G-16871)

One year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Movietone News is allowed by navy censors to release in full, for first time, cameraman Al Brick’s exclusive coverage of the Japanese attack. Convoy at sea. Explosions. Battleships USS Arizona, Tennessee, and West Virginia burning after Japanese aerial bombardment. USS Maryland damaged. Warship Oklahoma capsized. Nevada beached. Long shot of Ford Island. Footage of wrecked airplanes. Destroyed planes at Hickam Field. Planes being repaired. Pan airplanes. Tennessee being repaired in background. Deck of the Nevada. Water being pumped from the California. Refloating the minelayer Oglala. West Virginia in drydock. At sea. California being towed. Leaving port. Sailors aboard the Nevada. Battleships firing guns. Al Brick arriving in U. S. says, “We won’t be satisfied until we slap the Japs right off the map.”

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