World War II: Pearl Harbor Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC) Documents - Download

World War II:  Pearl Harbor:Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC) Report and Commanding Officers' Narratives

850 pages, February 1942 Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC) report and commanding officers' narratives covering the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The report titled, "Report of Raid on Pearl Harbor, 7 December, 1941," was completed and submitted to the Secretary of the Navy on February 15, 1942. The actual pages of this particular report were not officially declassified until January 2013. This report covers the activities of the U. S. Pacific Fleet. Prior to 2002, the Combatant Commander of United States Pacific Command held the title of Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC).

A significant section of the report contains the first hand accounts contained within the narratives submitted by commanding officers of the events of the Pearl Harbor attack.

The report's narrative and the accompanying graphic representations are divided into five phases. The report points out that this is arbitrary and does not properly express the continuous action which occurred on the morning of December 7, 1941, but the division does give clarity to the narrative.

The timeline divisions are:

Phase I - 0755-0825 Combined torpedo plane and dive bomber attacks.
Phase II - 0825-0840 Lull in attacks.
Phase III - 0840-0915 Horizontal bomber attacks.
Phase IV - 0915-0945 Dive bomber attacks.
Phase V - 0945 Waning of attacks and completion of Raid.

This report is divided into four parts:

Part I - Organization.

Part II - Situation in Pearl Harbor Just prior to Japanese Raid, 7 December, 1941.

Part III - Narrative of events during Japanese Raid on Pearl Harbor, 7 December, 1941, with graphic representations.

Part IV - Casualty Report; Damage Report; Ammunition Report; Recommendations for awards; Narrative Reports of Commanding Officers; Enclosures.

Material in the report includes:

Chart Diagrams showing Phase I to Phase V of Pearl Harbor Raid

Chart Diagram showing plots of Enemy Planes shot down by Anti-aircraft fire

Chart Diagram showing ship sorties made on 7 December, 1941

Composite Chart Diagram of entire action

Photograph of Enemy Horizontal Bombers

Damage Report - Ships

Damage Report - Aircraft

Narrative Reports of Commanding officers

Chart Reports of Commanding Officers
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