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USS Arizona burning after the attack on Pearl Harbor

The sunken USS Arizona, seen shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On 7 December 1941, Japanese aircraft struck the US' Pacific Fleet as it lay in port. Arizona was struck several times before a bomb blew up the forward ammunition magazines, causing a cataclysmic explosion. The ship's destruction killed 1,177 of the 1,512 crewmen on board at the time, representing almost half of the American fatalities in the attack.

Photo: Unknown; Restoration: Mmxx

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