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This was originally tagged by the censor dept as "killed by Japanese Shrapnel" but was never released as such. It is currently considered the driver was accidentally killed by friendly fire but I am not so sure. The original tag seems more likely to me, but it was probably withheld because of its distressing nature rather than its inaccurate content?
I wonder it’s still possible today for shrapnel to fell on like that, considering our peacetime regulations at the time. I’m think as an American, we’re far more prepared than ever.
The Japanese planes were strafing the harbor. As such, much of the AA fire directed at them would be low-angle, not way up into the air. Many low-angle shells would impact the earth or anything else on the ground. And we’re talking thousands of shells.
At Pearl they were using, among other AA cannon, the 1.1-inch "75-cal" AA gun, a quad-mounted 28mm AA cannon with impact fuses. So anything that fell from the sky would explode on contact with the ground. Numerous reports of unintentional damage by this weapon were recorded from the Pearl Harbor attack.
I’ve seen this photo several times, but usually the caption explains that the car had been strafed by the IJN. This is the caption from the same photo at pinterest:
>Civilian car strafed by Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor. | Pearl Harbor Start …