This whole story sounds like a movie, but it is the true story of a veteran who survived this battle against the Japanese troops. About 8 p.m. during the crackling and hustle and bustle of the communications system, artillery and anti-aircraft unit officer Benny Motto caught the attention of increasingly panic-stricken pilots emanating from the USS Enterprise radio transmitter. They shouted at each other, “Hey, did you see that army plane shooting at me?” It was the beginning of the most horrible day of his life. “This is not an army plane! This is a Japanese plane! Look at the red circles on his wings! ”A tense conversation continued, with the Sixth Squadron and Japanese pilots flying in the background of Pearl Harbor.
The Beggining of Hell
After finishing the guarding, Benny hurried past the trumpet player on duty and the deck officer, then through the helmsmen. He ran to a secret radar control panel. Benny found Jack Baumeister, a USS Enterprise radar officer, hiding behind a long, black curtain. Insanely beating his heart, Benny told Jack what he had heard on the pilots radio.
The radars only showed a lot of unrecognized objects, but they were a hundred and forty miles away, so they were supposed to fly very high, so it seemed like just a technical flaw. Still, many planes then sent USS Enterprise messages confirming the worst. Benny and Jack stood staring at the screen together – the top half of the screen looked like a bustle of ants. A few seconds later, the sirens of the ship started to sound. The radio operator received an official coded message: “Enemy raid over Pearl Harbor X. This is not an exercise”.
Rush and Fear
The admiral issued an alarm, activating seventeen blood-curing warning sirens. As the men rushed to occupy their combat positions, an alarm was repeatedly masked through the ship’s speakers. Meanwhile, at the Airspace Control Station, Benny gave quick but brief instructions in preparation for a possible attack on the USS Enterprise itself, first to the men at large five-inch anti-aircraft guns and then along the team chain to the machine guns.
Benny shouting orders to his artillery, Admiral Halsey from the flag bridge shared his own. After sending a combat air patrol (CAP) to search for enemy ships, he gave a signal to the liaison officers. In an instant, a new set of multicolored flags was pulled from their flag bags and raised on the nose. Message to the Navy: “Prepare for Battle”. Since the flags of the USS Enterprise fluttered in battle flags, a signal was sent to the ships accompanying it to do the same. From a top position on the ship, Benny watched the first moments of the USS Enterprise war.
However, over the next two hours, enemy forces led by Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto destroyed the American navy in Pearl Harbor. Four Japanese bombs hit the ship, killing 1,700 men, including 23 pairs of brothers. Benny estimates at least twenty ships have been sunk or damaged. He wondered with fear how many dead men he knew.