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"The object...caught in the center of the lights like the hub of a bicycle wheel surrounded by gleaming spokes. The fire seemed to burst in rings all around the object."
The fire seemed to burst in rings all around the target. But the eager watchers, shivering in the early morning cold, weren't rewarded by the sight of a falling plane. Nor were there any bombs dropped. "Maybe it's just a test," someone remarked. "Test, hell!" was the answer. "You don't throw that much metal in the air unless you're fixing on knocking something down." Still the firing continued, muttering angrily off toward the west like a distant thunderstorm. The targeted object inched along high, flanked by the cherry red explosions. And the householders shivered in their robes, their faces set, watching the awesome scene.
"They sent fighter planes up and I watched them in groups approach it and then turn away. There were shooting at it but it didn't seem to matter."
"I'll never forget what a magnificent sight it was. Just marvelous. And what a gorgeous color!", she said
In Feb 1942, the Japanese launched a submarine based plane to
drop firebombs in the forests of Oregon. It was unsuccessful.
The bombs were dropped but caused no fires.
On Monday night, February 23,1942, while President Roosevelt was speaking to the nation on the radio, alarge Japanese submarine surfaced and shelled an oil refinery in Santa Barbara.Timed to have a great political significance, the submarine fired 15-25 shell sat the Bankline Oil Co. in Goleta, Ca. just north of Santa Barbara. The attack did little damage, but it did shake up the locals and increase the cries for removal of the Japanese from coastal areas.
Good work verifying the articles - there was so much information regarding the LA Times article, I didn't think it was a hoax, but it's good to know it is actually there in the Archives. I might order a copy anyway, as it might make a cool wall poster... right next to my "I want to believe" poster...
Originally posted by Gazrok
I can't concur with the holograph theory.... For one, I simply don't think we had the tech to do this in '42. I'm not so sure we have the tech to do it now (as described by witnesses), let alone then. There were reports of planes also prior and after the event, but then of course, these were likely army planes (air force not around yet). Later reports mention the unidentified object/s as registering on radar. Radar was still rather secret in those days, so you wouldn't see that mentioned in the papers.
The explosions register as bold white dots above the lit up object in the image. Really looks to me like a UFO deflecting the large explosive AAA rounds as they explode off the UFO's exterior.
It is said by some locals that the skipper or one of the officers on the Japanese sub had worked in the Ellwood oil field some years prior to the outbreak of the war. The story claims that the man had been mistreated by some of his co-workers during that time, had returned to Japan before the war began, and had then subsequently helped lead the submarine back to the area to make it's attack.
from the Wendy Connors article
It is a strange fact that the Army Air Corps 4th Interceptor Command’s aircraft were warmed up and ready to go throughout the whole ordeal, but orders to action was never received. It appears obvious that the “enemy” over Los Angeles was neither Japanese military aircraft nor U.S. commercial aircraft.
Originally posted by Gazrok
Interestingly enough, in my research on this, I saw a blurb that Spielberg made a movie based on this story, but it tanked (before his successes). I'll try and see if that's legit or not...
The U.S. Army anti-aircraft searchlights by this time had the object completely covered. "They sent fighter planes up (the Army denied any of its fighters were in action) and I watched them in groups approach it and then turn away. There were shooting at it but it didn't seem to matter." Katie is insistent about the use of planes in the attack on the object. The planes were apparently called off after several minutes and then the ground cannon opened up. "It was like the Fourth of July but much louder. They were firing like crazy but they couldn't touch it." The attack on the object lasted over half an hour before the visitor eventually disappeared from sight. Many eyewitnesses talked of numerous "direct hits" on the big craft but no damage was seen done to it. "I'll never forget what a magnificent sight it was. Just marvelous. And what a georgeous color!", said Katie.