The Battle of Los Angeles

Posted by on Sunday, July 23, 2017
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The Battle of Los Angeles was the name given to the rumored enemy attack which took place from late 24 February to early 25 February 1942 over Los Angeles, California.

The incident occurred less than three months after the United States entered World War II. The target of the aerial barrage was thought to be an attacking force from Japan, but speaking at a press conference shortly afterward, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox called the incident a "false alarm."

Newspapers of the time published a number of reports and speculations of a cover-up.

Some ufologists and conspiracy theorists have suggested the targets were extraterrestrial spacecraft.

The United States Coast Artillery Association identified a meteorological balloon sent up at 1:00 am that "started all the shooting".

U.S. Office of Air Force History attributed the event to a case of "war nerves" triggered by a lost weather balloon.

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