Tora! Tora! Tora! The film that took a balanced view of America’s great war shock, made at a time when America wasn’t ready for it.
Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 Japanese-American coproduction depicting the events that led up to the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Filmed in an era when WWII movies still largely tended to portray Axis combatants as irredeemably evil caricatures, this film was unique in its impartial depiction of Japanese characters, and the attempt to show their side of the story. Perhaps as a result, at its initial release the movie flopped in the US, but was a hit in Japan.
21 Mar 43: Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) pilot Cornelia Fort is killed during an aircraft ferrying mission in Texas, becoming the first female pilot in American history to be killed in active military duty. She was a civilian instructor pilot at an airfield near Pearl Harbor on 07 Dec 41. #WWII #History
"Tora, Tora, Tora" is the Commemorative Air Force's recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that signaled the beginning of the American involvement in World War II. Designed as a living history lesson, "Tora, Tora, Tora" is intended as a memorial to all the soldiers on both sides who gave their lives for their countries. Photo by Luigino Caliaro of Aerophoto