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Filing Cabinet - Pearl Harbor

Japanese Plane Crashes
Near Naval Hospital

Wings of Japanese Plane

At 07:52, a Japanese plane burst into flames and crashed on the tennis court next to the Naval Hospital on Ford’s Island.

The following is from Lt. Ruth Ericksonson’s first hand account of this event:

I leaped out of my chair and dashed to the nearest window in the corridor. Right then there was a plane flying directly over the top of our quarters, a one-story structure. The rising sun under the wing of the plane denoted the enemy. Had I known the pilot, one could almost see his features around his goggles. He was obviously saving his ammunition for the ships. Just down the row, all the ships were sitting there--the [battleships] California (BB-44), the Arizona (BB-39), the Oklahoma (BB-37), and others.

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