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Topic: Did the radar actually pick up the attackers coming in?, The story of Opana Point and radar in Hawaii< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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PostIcon Posted on: Jun. 14 2001,4:12  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

The northern most radar station operators on Oahu spotted a large blip on the scope just after 7 am.  They didn't know what it was.  Nor did the young lieutenant who was the sole remaining officer at the Fighter Information Center (FIC), an as-yet nonfunctioning entity.  The blip was written off by Lt. Tyler as a flight of B-17s coming in from the Mainland.

There was great interest in how much could have been gained by a correct guess as to the composition of the southbound flight and the appropriate parties were grilled thoroughly.  Besides the radar operators and the Lt., questions were also put the men responsible for establishing the FIC and to a truely remarkable man who in Hawaii to share the knowledge of radar he had learned as a member of the Eagle Squadrons during the Battle of Britain.  

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INDEX TO WITNESS TESTIMONY REGARDING OPANA POINT RADAR.

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Hi, new poster here.

My comment is, how much difference would it have made in your opinion?  An hour is certainly not enough time for any sizable number of ships to sortie (though surely a few would have done so).  Could anti-aircraft guns have been manned and ready to fire in half an hour?  How many of the USAAF's P-40s could have been scrambled?  (If) there was a functioning FIC, which my understanding was scheduled to be on-line soon, or if one of the more informed senior commanders had been there that morning for some reason, what impact would it have on the success of the raid?  Would the damage to American ships and planes be reduced?  Would the IJN air groups suffer greater attrition?  If Kido Butai gets a bloody nose, does Nagumo run for home and leave Wake in American hands?  And does the American fleet subsequently sail into the Marshalls and get into serious trouble there (maybe worse than Pearl)?
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Aloha Marko,
Welcome to the facts of 7 Dec...be wary of "ifs"...there are so many "ifs" that we would waste costly band width with such second guessing and cloud the young readers about the facts. Yes, there would be changes..."If" such and so happened, it would affect later events. "For the want of a nail, the war was lost."
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