Japan destroys American fleet in Philippines, December 8, 1941
One day after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese struck again, five thousand miles west across the open Pacific. Shortly after noon, a flight of Japanese fighter bombers from the Eleventh Air Fleet destroyed the American air base at Clark Field in the Philippines. Two days later, more waves of Japanese aircraft flew unopposed over the Cavite Navy Yard, laying waste to the docks. Capturing the Philippines would effectively give Japan control of the western Pacific.