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 At Sea
12 December, 1941
From:Ensign C. J. Dobson, A-V(N), USNR, (Pilot of 6-S-8).
To:The Commander, Scouting Squadron Six.
Subject:Report of Action on Oahu on 7 December, 1941.
Reference:(a) Art. 874 U.S. Navy Regs.
  1. On December 7, 1941, I was sent off the carrier with Ensign C. T. Fogg, USN, to search sector 125° to 135° for a distance of 150 miles then to proceed to Ford Island. As we approached the island a large amount of black smoke was rising from Pearl Harbor area. As we flew over Ewa Field I noticed planes burning on the mat. As we neared Pearl Harbor gunfire was seen from all station and ships. We turned around and went back to Barbers Point where we joined three other Scouting Squadron SIX planes. We circled off the point a distance of 5 - 6 miles bearing 230° to 250° for approximately forty-five minutes. We saw enemy planes circling about 10 miles seaward from us and the senior pilot present reported then. After the gun fire died down at Pearl Harbor the flight (now seven (7) planes) started in to land. I landed at Ford Island Field in a barrage of gunfire from the shore batteries.
(Signed) C. J. DOBSON

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