When the radar image of the first wave of attacking Japanese airplanes in “Pearl Harbor” is mistaken for a group of American B-17 bombers, it was more than a blip in a summer blockbuster for Lee Embree.
Embree was a 26-year-old aerial photographer on one of those U.S. planes flying from California, which arrived at Pearl Harbor minutes after the December 7, 1941 attack.
As the Flying Fortress’ pilot attempted to land, Embree took the first U.S. aerial combat photos of World War II.
On Tuesday, Embree was one of 18 North Olympic Peninsula veterans of the infamous attack to watch “Pearl Harbor” at Deer Park Cinemas.
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