Tora! Tora! Tora!

Other mistake: When the Japanese planes take off for Pearl Harbor, some of the 3 man torpedo planes only have a pilot.

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Other mistake: During the attack there is a scene where a ground crew is trying to tow a PBY away from the fires. You can tell it is a fiberglass mockup because the bottom is cracked and jiggling from the stress of the tow vehicle.

Other mistake: When the message center in DC sends the warning as a telegram a young boy is setting next to the window, waiting I assume to deliver other post. After the attack on Pearl Harbor the same young boy delivers the same message.

Other mistake: The lieutenant who ignored the radar warning is called Tyler. The correct last name was Taylor. In the credits the name is listed correctly. (00:09:00)

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Factual error: In a scene where the USS Arizona blows up, a Kingfisher aircraft is seen toppling from the catapult on Arizona's number 3 turret. On the morning of the attack, Arizona's two aircraft were on Ford Island undergoing maintenance.

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Trivia: The code for successful surprise (and the movie's title) "Tora! Tora! Tora!" was a shortening of the words totsugeki (attack) and raigeki (the Japanese term for torpedo bombers), and was originally spelled "To ra, to ra, to ra!" Those two shortened words were interpreted by American radio operators, who happened to intercept them, as the Japanese word for "tiger"; hence "Tora! Tora! Tora!"

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