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What the attack on Pearl Harbor looked like from the air and ground

By Johnny Simon
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The Japanese surprise attack on US military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, happened 77 years ago today (Dec. 7) in 1941. The attack, which killed more than 2,300 US service members and 68 civilians, ushered in the US’s involvement in World War II.

One of the few military strikes ever to occur on US soil, the attack on Pearl Harbor also left 55 Japanese military members dead.

The sight of a foreign military attack wouldn’t be familiar to most Americans. These images from both American and Japanese photographers show the conflict and its aftermath from the air, as well as the chaos left behind on the ground.

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