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Timeline of the Pearl Harbor Attack 1941

Dates and times of events are local time, Hawaiian time.


 

 


 

December 6, 1941 — Afternoon
An Australian pilot is shot down over the Gulf of Siam after spotting the Japanese invasion fleet. He is the first ally to die in the Pacific phase of World War II.

 

December 7, 1941 0645 hours
USS Ward sinks a Japanese midget submarine outside the entrance of Pearl Harbor. This is the first shot fired by the United States in the Pacific phase of World War II.

 

December 7, 1941 0650 hours
Japan invades Malaya by attacking Kota Bharu. The forces of the United Kingdom will retreat from Malaya to Singapore on February 1, 1942.

 

December 7, 1941 0730 hours
Japanese submarine sinks US merchant ship Cynthia Olsen 1000 miles northeast of Hawaii. All 31 crew members take to their lifeboats and eventually all die at sea.

 

December 7, 1941 0755 hours
Japanese attack on Oahu begins with an attack on Wheeler Airfield, soon to be followed with attacks on military installations at Kaneohe, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Ewa, and Bellows.

 

December 7, 1941 0830 hours
First attack wave on Oahu ends.

Japan invades Thailand at Singora and Patani. Thailand surrenders a few hours later.

 

December 7, 1941 0850 hours
Japanese ambassadors present the US with a message breaking off negotiations - one hour after the attack on Oahu began. It was supposed to be delivered at 1300 hours - twenty minutes before the attack began.

 

December 7, 1941 0900 hours
Second attack wave on Oahu begins.

 

December 7, 1941 0930 hours
Japan attacks the International Settlement in Shanghai, captures American and British servicemen and the USS Wake - the only US Navy ship to be captured during the war.

 

December 7, 1941 0945 hours
Japanese attack on Oahu ends.

 

December 7, 1941 1030 hours
Japan raids Singapore with planes. It will later invades Singapore on February 8, 1942. The forces of the United Kingdom will surrender on February 15, 1942.

 

December 7, 1941 1157 hours
Japan attacks Guam. The forces of the United States will surrender on December 10, 1941.

 

December 7, 1941 1200 hours (12:00 p.m.)
Japan attacks the Philippines at Batan Island. The forces of the United States will surrender there on April 9, 1942, and at Corregidor on May 6, 1942.

 

December 7, 1941 1330 hours (1:30 p.m.)
Japan attacks Hong Kong. The forces of the United Kingdom will surrender on  December 25, 1941.

 

December 7, 1941 1428 hours (2:28 p.m.)
Japan attacks Wake Island, southwest of Hawaii. The forces of the United States will surrender on December 23, 1941.

 

December 7, 1941 1500 hours (3:00 p.m.)
A telegram which arrived on Oahu at 07:33 a.m. finally reaches General Walter Short, stating that Japan is planning to present an ultimatum at 07:30 a.m. Hawaii time, and advising General Short to be on alert accordingly.

 

December 7, 1941 1610 hours (4:10 p.m.)
Japan issues Imperial War Rescript declaring war on the United States and the British Empire - eight and nine hours after attacking Hawaii (US) and Malaya (Great Britain.)

 

December 7, 1941 1800 hours (6:00 p.m.)
US planes are caught on the ground at Clark Field and destroyed by a Japanese air attack - ten hours after Hawaii was attacked.

 

December 7, 1941 2115 hours (9:15 p.m.)
Six fighter planes from the USS Enterprise trying to land on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor are shot down by friendly fire. Three of the six airmen are killed.

 

December 7, 1941 2200 hours (10:00 p.m.)
Japanese destroyers Ushio and Sazanami shell Midway Island, northwest of Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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