Monday, February 25, 2008

Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942: Wartime Jitters or UFOs? (Greg Bishop)

Gunnery officers claimed hundreds of direct hits, but no aircraft, balloons, blimps, or other things authorized to be in the air at the time were found in a tangled wreck on the ground. The next day, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox stated "as far as I know the whole raid was a false alarm and could be attributed to jittery nerves." This of course did not explain the thousands of sightings and whatever it was that trained soldiers had seen.

With rare audio clip.


Elan said...

Another great article by Monsieur Bishop.
Is there a book of substantial scholarship and research on this episode?

Mac said...

Is there a book of substantial scholarship and research on this episode?

I'd like to think so.

W.M. Bear said...

I always suspect stories like this of being, at least in part, the stuff of urban legend. So where is the photograph of the supposed "saucer-shaped object"? Didn't see that anywhere. You would think with the military on full alert, somebody would have been taking pictures in an official capacity. In my own experience, I've also noticed that searchlights refracted off of low clouds can produce very interesting UFO-like effects. Clouds are notorioulsy difficult to shoot down. And please don't give me that "trained military observers" bullshit. Keep in mind that these are the same "trained military observers" who brought you Pearl Harbor....

mr. intense said...


Here you go:

Above url all one line, no spaces.

Something is seen in the conflux of spotlights--question is just what was it?