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The Battle of Los Angeles revisited

By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2009 · Comment icon 35 comments



Image Credit: Los Angeles Times
The Battle of Los Angeles occured early on February 25th 1942 when a number of unidentified objects in the sky over the city were fired upon by anti-aircraft artillery. It was thought at the time that the objects were Japanese aircraft however this turned out not to be the case, in fact to this day nobody is sure what the objects were. Theories range from weather balloons and blimps to spacecraft of an otherworldly origin.
Pat Carrell was 3 years old and living with her parents and baby brother in Hawthorne when she was awakened by the sound of booming antiaircraft guns in the morning hours of Feb. 25, 1942. Less than three months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the West Coast was on edge. Carrell remembers the shades being drawn, the fear in her parents' eyes, the warning to keep the lights off. After what must have seemed like an eternity to a toddler, the explosions finally stopped and daylight broke. But for years, Carrell wasn't sure what had happened during what came to be known as the Great L.A. Air Raid. To this day, no one is."


Source: LA Times | Comments (35)


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Comment icon #26 Posted by GlenBoy22 14 years ago
Even a monkey can tell the difference between a cloud and something solid
Comment icon #27 Posted by aquatus1 14 years ago
Even a monkey can tell the difference between a cloud and something solid That explains all the humans that have mistaken clouds for UFO's. Look, the simple fact of the matter is that at 3:00 in the morning, with air raid sirens blaring, and the radar bleeping, tensions are going to be high and people have a habit of shooting till they run out of ammo. It's happened before, it'll happen again.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Czero 101 14 years ago
That explains all the humans that have mistaken clouds for UFO's. Look, the simple fact of the matter is that at 3:00 in the morning, with air raid sirens blaring, and the radar bleeping, tensions are going to be high and people have a habit of shooting till they run out of ammo. It's happened before, it'll happen again. Lets also not forget that there was a general air of tension around that time. Naval Intelligence had issued a worning of a possible raid just hours before. As has been stated, it was only a few months after Pearl Harbour, Dolittle's raid hadn't happened yet, so the general fe... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
Well, if it was a Japanese airplane it sure made a wasted trip because it didn't shoot back, or drop any bombs. I was thinking similarly. Japanese are known for being a kamikaze spectacle during that time as well.
Comment icon #30 Posted by CurlyQLink 14 years ago
Firing at nothing but there own fears for hours on end. BULL! Come on guys. If all the search lights were on one spot then its pretty clear whether it is exploding AA shells or a solid object. Get off the grass! Wow, now that was quite an argument. So, you must have first hand knowledge on the psychological effects the trama of war had on the psyche of the soldiers and civilians alike. Please, enlighten me! (But put the doobie down first!)
Comment icon #31 Posted by GlenBoy22 14 years ago
Here is a radio report of a Blimp like object observed by many. I guess they all we seein things. Thats a much more likely explanation. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP185xsDJ4s...feature=related
Comment icon #32 Posted by CurlyQLink 14 years ago
OK.....and? The report stated first unidentified aircraft, then mentioned planes, a possible blimb and more planes. They could have been shooting at a cloud for all I know. I wouldnt put alot of faith in news reports, as they always tend to sensationalize. They had reports of subs in the area and every one was very tense and looking for a fight. The first thing that moved, they opened fire. I still say it was nerves...
Comment icon #33 Posted by aquatus1 14 years ago
Here is a radio report of a Blimp like object observed by many. I guess they all we seein things. Thats a much more likely explanation. It certainly is. Some were seeing clouds of smoke from the shells. Some where seeing imaginary enemies. Some weren't seeing anything but shooting anyway. All of these are things that we know to occur.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Ashiene 14 years ago
its actually very obvious what that 'craft' really is. imagine that one searchlight thought that it spotted something in the sky and pointed the beam at it. in a dense, low-cloud-covered sky, the beam will cast a circular shape onto the bottom of the clouds. then, more searchlights are focused on that spot in the sky, presumably because the first searchlight team alerted the other searchlight teams of an alleged enemy plane in the sky. as more and more searchlights are focused on a single point, a very bright spot will appear on the bottom of the clouds and take the appearance of a UFO. this e... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by bbdll18 14 years ago
Radar was in its infancy then. Anything could have set it off. How about nerves? It was only a few days after Pearl harbor and the populace was on edge. I agree with radar in its infancy. We couldn't really call it a software glitch either. 1942!! Computers took up entire rooms. Everything was in its infancy. To me, the close up image resembles the "craft" from the old 1953 version of "War of the Worlds". I realize that this was 11 years after this so called incident, which was approximately 45 years after it was written by H.G. Wells. It really could have been anything. I like the fact it was... [More]


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