A Piercing Blow: The Aerial Attack on the USS Arizona


Zo972. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.
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A Piercing Blow: The Aerial Attack on the USS Arizona

A living piece of American WWII history on display in perpetuity at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

When I visited the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on the 25th of May 2020, I noticed the USS Arizona Relic, recently displayed here. I researched its history and took these pictures and share them herewith.

The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum put out this information and I copied it from this URL, click here:

On December 7, 1941, shortly after 8:00 a.m., 10 Japanese Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” torpedo bombers attacked the USS Arizona. From an altitude of 10,000 feet, four bombs were dropped on the ship.

The first three bombs did minor damage, starting small fires on the decks below. The fourth bomb plunged down five decks near turret No. 2 into a black powder magazine, igniting the ammunition and powder stores of the forward turrets.

The resulting explosion burst with tremendous force, collapsing the decks and sinking the Arizona in just a few minutes. A total of 1,177 lives were lost and the United States was catapulted into a global war that would define a generation.

Explore our newest exhibit A Piercing Blow: The Aerial Attack on the USS Arizona, and learn about the “date which will live in infamy” from an entirely new perspective – the aircraft that delivered and returned fire on that fateful day.

From the ashes of the USS Arizona, explore our battle-scarred hangars and discover how aviation rose out of the ashes to inspire hope, redefine freedom and galvanize a nation to overcome.
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Zo973. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker. Image, curtesy of the Aviation Museum.

Zo974. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker. Image, curtesy of the Aviation Museum.

Zo975. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.
USS Arizona Relic Now on Display at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Rare rusted and oil-stained bulkhead of the legendary USS Arizona takes center
stage as Museum reopens
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HONOLULU — Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, March 2020, announced the unveiling of its newest
permanent exhibit, A Piercing Blow: The Aerial Attack on the USS Arizona.

The relic at the center of the exhibit, towering at nearly twelve feet tall, is a charred section of
the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, the surviving
salvage features the portholes and framing portion of the galley’s vegetable locker.

The Museum has purposefully juxtaposed the USS Arizona exhibit near the two attacking
Japanese aircraft it has on display – the Nakajima B5N “Kate” bomber and the Mitsubishi A6M
“Zero” – poetically telling the story of the aerial attack on Pearl Harbor that launched America
into World War II.
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Zo976. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. These images are the relic information plaques, presented here, left to right. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.

Zo977. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. These images are the relic information plaques, presented here, left to right. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.

Zo978. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. These images are the relic information plaques, presented here, left to right. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.

Zo979. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. These images are the relic information plaques, presented here, left to right. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.

Zo980. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. These images are the relic information plaques, presented here, left to right. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.

Zo981. One of several images about the USS Arizona Relic exhibit, newly displayed in March 2020, at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. These images are the relic information plaques, presented here, left to right. It is a charred section of the ship’s main deck framing on the port side of the ship. Rusted and oil-stained, it is part of the galley’s vegetable locker.
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The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum made pictures of the USS Arizona relic available, click here:

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The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum made this graph and story available in their 2020 Winter NOTAM, pdf file, click here:

Zo982. The USS Arizona relic graph from the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum 2020 Winter NOTAM. Image, curtesy of the Aviation Museum.

Zo983. The USS Arizona relic story from the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum 2020 Winter NOTAM. Image, curtesy of the Aviation Museum.

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