US pilot who dismissed Pearl Harbour reports dies

Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2010 - 10:50

San Diego: An American pilot who dismissed initial reports of what turned out to be the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour has died at age 96.
Kermit Tyler was on duty on December 07, 1941, when two privates reported a large blip on their radar screen. Tyler famously responded, "Don`t worry about it," thinking it was a flight of US B-17 bombers.

Those words haunted Tyler for years, though historian Daniel Martinez says congressional committees and military inquiries that looked into what happened at Pearl Harbour did not find the pilot at fault.

Tyler`s daughter, Julie Jones, says her father died January 23 in San Diego after suffering two strokes in the last two years.


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First Published: Friday, February 26, 2010 - 10:50

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