The First Wave
The first wave started at 7:55 a.m., December 7, 1941. 183 torpedo bombers, dive bombers, level bombers and escorting fighters took off from the carriers and headed for the island of Oahu where Pearl Harbor and the capital city Honolulu are located. The first group was targeting battleships and aircraft carriers. There were 50 Nakajima B5N bombers that were armed with 1760 pound of armor piercing bombs witch organized in four sections. Also 40 B5N bombers were armed with 91 torpedoes, and in four sections. For the second group, they were targeting Ford Island and the Wheeler Field. there were 54 Aichi D3A dive bombers that were armed with 550 pound general purpose bombs. The third group was targeting aircraft at Ford Island, Hickam Field, Wheeler Field, Barber’s Point, and Kaneohe. Also there were 45 Mitsubishi A6M fighters for air control and strafing. While the first wave approached O‘Oahu, a U.S. Army SCR-270 radar at Opana Point near the island's northern tipdetected them and called in a warning. (A post not yet operational or being in training mode for months is a northern tip).