0610 hours) lead the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, sees the Japanese aircraft carriers rocking on a rough sea.Crewmen hold on to the aircraft to keep them from going over.
The U.S. destroyer Ward
0645 hours) The Ward’s captain, Lt William w Outerbridge, has been in command for only two days. He orders men to start firing. The first shot misses. The second strikes the submarine at the waterline.
the naval 14 station
0653 hours) dropped depth charges upon sub operating in defensive sea area.Then a more detailed message came in We have attackedfired upon, and dropped depth charges upon submarine operating in defensive sea area.
The Army’s Opana Mobile Radar Station
0702 hours) one of the two privates on duty looks at the radar oscilloscope. and he confirms the sighting: 50 or more aircraft on a bearing for Oahu. The privates call the Fort Shafter information center.
the Opana radar station report
0720 hours) The lieutenant believes that the radar had picked up a flight of U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress bombers heading from California to Hawaii.
U.S. code breakers
0733 hours)Because atmospheric static blacks out communications with Hawaii, Marshall’s message goes via commercial telegraph
0743 hours) Planes of the first wave take off from the Japanese carriers—49 high-altitude bombers, 51 dive-bombers, 40 torpedo planes, 43 fighters. They fly through clouds, wondering if Pearl Harbor will be visible.
0749 hours)He orders his telegraph operator to tap out to, to, to: attack. Then other taps: to ra, to ra, to ra: attack, surprise achieved.
Minesweeper condor is on patrol
(0342 hours) The officer of the deck sees something “about fifty yards
The Condor sends a blinker-light message to the destroyer Ward: “Sighted submerged submarine on westerly course, speed 9 knots.
The Ward had sent out its message
0715 hours) that it had attacked an unidentified sub—in code. At headquarters.