Pearl Harbour under attack by Japanese forces
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How my ‘guardian angel’ saved me at Pearl Harbor

On 7 December 1941, Japan launched a surprise strike on the American naval base, Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii.

Thousands of American servicemen were killed or injured in the attack, which severely damaged the US Pacific Fleet. Four US battleships were sunk and nearly 200 aircraft destroyed.

The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan and America entered World War II.

Adolph Kuhn was a US Navy mechanic stationed at Pearl Harbor when the bombs began to fall.

Witness is a World Service programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

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