The storied U.S.S. Utah in the fight at Pearl Harbor: "Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels" by Ken W Sayers.

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(Photo: In early December 1941, Utah was moored off Ford Island in berth F-11, after having completed another round of anti-aircraft gunnery training. Shortly before 08:00 on the morning of 7 December, some crewmen aboard Utah observed the first Japanese planes approaching to attack Pearl Harbor, but they assumed they were American aircraft. The Japanese began their attack shortly thereafter, the first bombs falling near a seaplane ramp on the southern tip of Ford Island. At the same time eighteen Nakajima B5N torpedo bombers from the Japanese aircraft carriers Soryu and Hiryu flew over Pearl City approaching the west side of Ford Island. The torpedo bombers were looking for American aircraft carriers, which usually anchored where Utah was moored that morning. The flight leaders identified Utah and rejected her as a target, deciding instead to attack 1010 Dock. However six of the B5Ns from Soryu led by Lieutenant Nakajima Tatsumi broke off to attack Utah, not recognizing that the shapes over the barbettes were not turrets, but boxes covering empty holes. Six torpedoes were launched against Utah, two of them struck the battleship while another missed and hit the cruiser Raleigh.[6])

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The storied U.S.S. Utah in the fight  at Pearl Harbor: "Uncommon Warriors: 200 Years of the Most Unusual American Naval Vessels" by Ken W Sayers.

https://www.amazon.com/Uncommon-Warriors-Unusual-American-Vessels/dp/1591147603/ref=laB001K8O8X61_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524888465&sr=1-1