Monday, 2 October 2017

PEARL HARBOR VISIT

Earlier last month my brother and myself went on a holiday to Hawaii for 10 days -
plenty of beaches, swimming in 30° plus heat , we also flew to the big Island for 5 days and hired a car there so we got to see most of the volcanic areas on the island which was good to see.- black rock and dried lava flows everywhere !

In Honolulu we made the visit to Pearl Harbor and we went to the Arizona memorial and stood over the sunken ship, they had a WW2 veteran on hand to ask questions where he explained what was now seen above the waterline, and where the ship was hit - it was quite a lucky Japan dive bomber that hit the Arizona as its bomb hit and penetrated through the deck right between the forward big guns , this happens to be where the ship is at its most vulnerable as it is where the Powder magazine is held.



you can see the turrets in black that were damaged,
the Japanese dive bombers bomb hit right in between the two turrets.

A map showing the damaged/sunk ships during the attack on Pearl harbour


 As well as the Arizona memorial and the pearl harbor displays there are 3 other main attractions to see at the Pearl harbor center, theirs the Pacific Submarine Museum featuring the Bowfin Sub, The Missouri Memorial with "Might Mo" Battleship, and also the Pacific Aviation Museum.  Now with having been to Battleship Cove in Boston a few years ago and going aboard the Massachusetts Battleship we just decided on a visit to the Aviation Museum.

The first thing you see once arriving at the aviation museum is the red and white striped control tower "as seen from the Pearl harbor movie" where the ground crew setup an ambush and shoot down a zero with small arms fire ......


The Aviation Museum is split into two hangers , one where most of the planes are held and the other is where they work on the restoration of the planes,  they even have the original glass in tact showing the bullet holes where the japs shot at the hanger.

They have a fair number of WW2 and modern planes on display within the hanger ranging from a B25-B Mitchell similar to the ones used in the Doolittle raid on Japan, a SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber, a F4F Wildcat, a P-40 Warhawk, and also a restored Japanese Zero that crash landed on the Hawaiian island of Niihau

Japanese Zero plane


P-40 Warhawk


Dauntless Dive Bomber


B-25B Mitchell


F4F Wildcat

Mig of some sort


Currently restoring a B-17 Flying Fortress


A P-38 Lightening Cockpit (without the wings each side)

Bullet holes in the original Hangers windows
So all up a great day at the Pearl Harbour sites,


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