Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Battle of Los Angelos

We're talking about the actual event, not the new sci-fi movie coming out and sadly, not the EXCELLENT Rage Against the Machine album.

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the event known as The Battle of Los Angeles and also The Great Los Angeles Air Raid.

On the night of February 24, 1942 air raid sirens went off and the city of LA was ordered into a blackout. Just three months after Pearl Harbor everyone thought that Japanese planes had been spotted and were on their way to bomb the city.

Los Angeles Times, February 26, 1942 -
This is an actual picture published in the newspaper

"At 3:16 a.m. the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells into the air at reported aircraft; over 1,400 shells would eventually be fired. Pilots of the 4th Interceptor Command were alerted but their aircraft remained grounded. The artillery fire continued sporadically until 4:14 a.m. The "all clear" was sounded and the blackout order lifted at 7:21 a.m."

What was the United States firing at? It wasn't the Japs. For all these years it's been thought that is was a giant UFO the guns were targeting. And of course as in the Roswell case, the official explanation is that is was "meteorological balloons." Again, those damn weather balloons to the rescue. What a convenient excuse.

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