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Yea it doesnt make sence to me, if its a UFO with advanced material it would still quickly move out of the way if weapons were being fired at it with the off chance it could damage it.
Originally posted by Drunkenparrot
reply to post by McGooferson
Its not a debunking so much as a correction of a misrepresentation.
It was an honest case of war nerves, the incident was well documented at the time however the flying saucer angle wasn't added until fairly recently.
In essence it was the west coast barely 3 months after Pearl Harbor when a Japanese attack of the U.S. mainland was a very real fear.
People were seeing Japanese submarines off the coast, both real and imagined in the weeks leading up to the air raid. To help bridge the gap in aircraft coverage radar sets were employed for the first time and were both unreliable and required highly trained technicians who themselves struggled to make sense of these primitive sets themselves.
As aerospace industry was considered a primary war industry, L.A.'s concentration of manufacturing necessitated an equal concentration of anti aircraft weaponry. As wind effects ballistics and speeds vary greatly with altitude, antiaircraft gun battalions also host a meteorologist who periodically releases a meteorological balloon and tracks it with a telescope like instrument called a theodolite.
To track the balloons at night a small candle was attached to the balloon as a light-source.
There was a large inquiry after the event and this is what the conclusions were...
A Japanese submarine had shelled an oil platform the day before and orders were given to the military to be prepared for a possible Japanese air raid.
Early the next morning one of the long range coastal radars reported an unknown contact approaching the coast and the AA gunners were given permission to fire.
An illuminated balloon was launched to get a current wind reading and drifted downrange over another AA site. One of the gunners started shooting and then more joined in amidst the confusion. It was quickly established by the first gun crew that they were shooting at a balloon but by then everyone around the city had heard and seen it and were convinced an attack was underway.
It was thought by some at the time that it had been a real air raid that had been repelled but post war IJN records have proven that not to be the case
The initial bombardment was followed by sporadic periods of fire over the next couple of hours that when mapped follow the prevailing winds of the area and match weather records from the time.
The popular photo has since been proven to have been enhanced to make the suggestion of a saucer shape more pronounced, the original is not nearly has clear.
If you Google around you can find quite a bit written on it sans the E.T. angle.