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What Do You Know About the First Wave?

What do you know about What Do You Know About the First Wave?
Try this US World War II History quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - History Made Easy powered by ABE.

The first attack wave of 183 planes was launched north of Oahu. Who led the first wave?

  1. Commander Mitsuo Fuchida

  2. Commander Zeke Fuchoodera

  3. Commander Mitsuo Mitsubishi

  4. Commander Nipon Muchedi

2) How many planes failed to launch due to technical difficulties?

  1. Two

  2. Four

  3. Six

  4. Ten

3) As the first wave approached Oahu, it was detected by the U.S. Army SCR-270 radar near the island's northern tip. What is the northern point?

  1. Pilia Bay

  2. Opana Point

  3. Baldwin Beach

  4. Waimea Bay

4) This post had been in training mode for months, but was not yet operational. Although the operators, Privates George Elliot Jr. and Joseph Lockard, reported a target, a newly assigned officer at the thinly manned Intercept Center, Lieutenant Kermit A. Tyler, presumed it was the scheduled arrival of six B-17 bombers. The direction from which the aircraft were coming was close (only a few degrees separated the two inbound courses), while the operators had never seen a formation as large on radar; they neglected to tell Tyler of its size, while Tyler, for security reasons, could not tell them the B-17s were due (even though it was widely known).

  • True or False?

5) As the first wave planes approached Oahu, they encountered and shot down several U.S. aircraft. At least one of these radioed a somewhat incoherent warning. Other warnings from ships off the harbor entrance were still being processed or awaiting confirmation when the attacking planes began bombing and strafing.

  • True or False?

6) The air portion of the attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time (Japanese Standard Time, as kept by ships of the Kido Butai), with the attack. What was the Japanese Standard Time?

  1. 3:18 a.m. December 7

  2. 3:18 p.m. December 7

  3. 12:18 a.m. December 8

  4. 3:18 a.m. December 8

7) How many Japanese planes in two waves reached Oahu.

  1. 253 planes

  2. 353 planes

  3. 453 planes

  4. 553 planes

8) The only aerial opposition came from a handful of U.S. aircraft. What is one type of U.S. aircraft at Pearl Harbor?

  1. B-52

  2. P-36 Hawks

  3. P-40 Warhawk

  4. SBD Dauntless dive bomber

9) The only commissioned officer aboard USS Nevada, got the ship underway during the attack but lost a leg. The ship was beached in the harbor by the Senior Quartermaster. Who was the commissioned officer?

  1. Cuba Gooding, Jr.

  2. Rex Reason

  3. Ensign Joe Taussig, Jr.

  4. Mark Reynolds

10) One of the U.S. destroyers got underway with only four officers aboard, all ensigns, none with more than a year's sea duty; she operated at sea for 36 hours before her commanding officer managed to get back aboard.  What was the name of the U.S. destroyer?

  1. USS Bennion

  2. USS Ranger

  3. USS Walker

  4. USS Aylwin

What Do You Know About the First Wave?

1) A  2) C  3) B. 4) True  5) True  6) D.  7) B.  8) A.  9) C.  10) D.

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