On the morning of 7 December 1941, did the USS Arizona (BB-39) succumb to a torpedo attack, or did she fall victim to precision horizontal bombing? From the same team who concluded in the December 1999 issue of Naval History that a second Imperial Japanese Navy submarine had entered Pearl Harbor comes this analysis of motion-picture photography showing the destruction of the Arizona. The image above is purported to be a frame from the original color film. A special featuring this analysis premieres 2 December on The Discovery Channel.
The battleship Arizona was moored with six other battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet on the northeastern edge of Ford Island, primary targets of an Imperial Japanese Navy air and submarine attack. As part of its intricate planning effort, Japanese naval staff members were well aware of the mooring profiles of the Pacific Fleet's capital ships, and the attack plan took these into account.
Death of the Arizona
By Commander John Rodgaard, U.S. Naval Reserve, Peter K. Hsu, Carroll L. Lucas, and Captain Andrew Biache Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)