Pearl Harbour
Pearl Harbour in the Hawaiian islands was a major base for the US navy fleet in the Pacific. In the early morning of 7 December 1941, a Japanese task force of six aircraft carriers and their support ships took position northwest of the Hawaiian Islands

Launching two waves of torpedo bombers, bombers and fighters, they attacked the docked US navy 8Th fleet at 07:48 AM.

Within ninety minutes the Japanese air borne forces had sunk 4 battles hips and seriously damaged 15 more as well as destroying nearly 200 aircraft and killing 2402 naval personnel.

This battle changed the perception of naval power as well as ending policy of neutrality on World War Two.
For naval planners, the threat was no longer other surface ships but the aircraft capable of targeting and destroying the great battle ships from the air.

US Losses

4 battleships sunk
3 battleships damaged
1 battleship grounded
2 other ships sunk
3 cruisers damaged
3 destroyers damaged
3 other ships damaged
188 aircraft destroyed
159 aircraft damaged
2,402 killed
1,247 wounded

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Help & About

Thanks must go to those who gave support to this project and include;

Kent County Councillors
Eileen Rowbotham
Mike Eddy
Mr McKenna
Mr Neaves
Mr Birkby

and the Dover Harbour Board.

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Jim Williams

Jim Williams - Coordinator of the Memorials and Project Leader of Schools IT Project.

Peter Nixon

Peter Nixon - Chairman of Channel Dash Memorial Trust.

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For teachers

This site covers the section "challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day" as defined by the History programmes of study:key stage 3 National curriculum in England (Reference: DFE-00194-2013).

The key area covered is the Second World War and the key historical event is the Battle of The Atlantic.

Study notes are based on understanding the individual events in the context of the consequence of these events to the Battle of The Atlantic.