“Air Raid Pearl Harbor – This is No Drill!” Presentation by J. Michael Wenger
Where: Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Museum Theater
When: Friday, December 7, 2018 | 1:00 pm
J. Michael (Mike) Wenger, noted military historian and author, will give a presentation titled, “Air Raid Pearl Harbor — This is No Drill!” Mike’s presentation is an outgrowth of the new book, This Is No Drill: The History of NAS Pearl Harbor and the Japanese Attacks of 7 December 1941, co-authored by J. Michael Wenger, Robert J. Cressman, and John Di Virgilio. Historically, there has been an intense focus on the events that immediately preceded the attack on Pearl Harbor, about which many mistaken perceptions have arisen over the years. This presentative provides a summary of the progression of the bombing attacks with a special focus on Ford Island, using both Japanese and American records. Since NAS Pearl Harbor served as a base for long-range patrol aircraft, the Japanese aimed to put the station out of action to prevent U.S. planes from searching for their carrier force. Initial attempts to locate the Japanese fleet originated from Ford Island, and Mr. Wenger shares some of the stories of those naval aviators and their exploits. The compelling human side of the opening day of the Pacific War provides a counterbalance for the traditional narrative of strategy, tactics, and combat.
This event is free and open to the public.