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"I could feel the bullets hitting the plane and smelled smoke," he said.
"The attack, to me, is like yesterday," Heim said.
Heim managed to grab a machine gun and ran outside, where he began shooting at Japanese aircraft overhead.
"When I come to, I was on all fours, crawling along the wall," he said. "Blood was coming out of somewhere. It scared me to death. I thought I was dying."
"I saw another airplane coming down, and something dropped down from underneath it. Then there was another explosion," he said, adding, "I saw a big red ball."
"As I was writing 'Dear Bob,' I heard lots of airplanes," he said. Navy pilots flying maneuvers so early in the morning.
He recalls the ordeal lasting more than an hour, a time that is etched in his memory.
When he finally reached his post in one of the base hangars, a bomb blew through the ceiling and slammed him against a wall.
Heim went on to train as a pilot and flew 78 combat missions during the war, some of them over the Balkans, France and Germany. He piloted missions in Korea and later flew for the Strategic Air Command.
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Heim tried three times to run to his duty post but each time was strafed by enemy machine gunfire and forced to turn back.
The surprise Japanese air and naval assault on the Hawaiian island of Oahu claimed 2,390 American lives and drew the United States into World War Two. warships and destroyed 323 aircraft, badly crippling the Pacific fleet.
Heim, then 22, was writing a letter to his brother from his barracks at Pearl Harbor when Canada Goose Discount Chilliwack Bomber New Zealand the attack began.
His complaint was cut short by a tremendous explosion, Heim recalled from his home in Pennsylvania earlier this week.