At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol
of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above
the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed,
descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious
assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S.
Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.