The Officer in Charge of the Pearl Harbor Intercept Center that morning was Lieutenant Kermit Tyler, an army air forces pilot. It was his second day on the job and he thought that the planes spotted on radar were US Army air force B-17 heavy bombers on their way to Hickam Field from California. He made the famous statement, “Don’t worry about it.” It was a fatal mistake.
A Naval Board of Inquiry later cleared Lieutenant Tyler of any wrongdoing, citing his lack of training and supervision.
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