The Day Japan Lost the War

Pearl Harbor was a smashing victory—and a ghastly mistake

The Japanese who were there, 40 years ago next Monday, Dec. 7, remember it as a day of breathtaking accomplishment and extraordinary luck. Lieut. Heijiro Abe was navigating the lead plane in a formation of Nakajima bombers over Pearl Harbor's "battleship row" when his chance came; a bomb from his plane soon tore into the bowels of the West Virginia. On the eastern edge of Oahu, at Bellows Field, Sub-Lieut. Iyozoh Fujita, flying a Zero fighter from the Japanese carrier Soryu on his first combat...

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