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    Came across and looked into the "Battle of L.A.". I thought these were interesting. Here, for your benefit too:

    New York and San Francisco Dec/41:
    http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist9/aaf1.html

    [FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=-1] As these and other forces took up their defensive positions, coastal communities suffered from an “invasion fever” which first showed itself with the calling of an alert in San Francisco on 8 December. In the afternoon of the 8th, rumors of an enemy carrier off the coast led to the closing of schools in Oakland.
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    [FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=-1] Disturbing rumors of enemy threats continued to mount on 9 December. Early that morning unidentified planes were reported off southern California, and the Eleventh Naval District ordered preparations made to repulse a raid by sea or air. Later the Navy relayed to the AAF a “red hot tip” which announced that thirty-four enemy vessels were standing off the coast near Los Angeles, waiting for the fog to lift before stage an attack. Army planes were dispatched and found that the alarm had been occasioned by the presence of a group of American fishing boats. Later in the day a report told with convincing detail of a “Japanese cruiser 20,000 yards off the west tip of Catalina Island.” Other witnesses insisted that a cruiser and three destroyers, flying Japanese flags, had been spotted off the coast. This of course was the period when whales were mistaken for enemy submarines, and when floating logs were bombed by inexperienced and overeager aircrews. [/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=-1]On 9 December an air raid warning, the first of the war, swept New York City and the northeast states. At noon, advices were received that hostile planes were only two hours’ distance away. Fighter aircraft from Mitchel Field took the air to intercept the raiders, and radio stations left the air. No general hysteria was noted, but the warning was taken for the real thing on Wall Street, where a wave of selling on the exchanges brought security quotations down hundreds of millions of dollars in the worst slump of the stock market since the collapse of France. The alarm spread to Boston, where police shifted heavy stores of guns and ammunition from storage vaults to stations throughout the city, and where industrial establishments were advised to prepare for a raid. [/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=-1]Lt. Gen. John L. DeWitt of the Western Defense Command strongly denounced those who treated the alert lightly. In the San Francisco News of 10 December he was quoted as follows: “Last night there were planes over this community. They were enemy planes! I mean Japanese planes! And they were tracked out to sea.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    Los Angeles Feb/42:
    http://www.militarymuseum.org/BattleofLA.html

    The first and only known instance of continental U.S. bombed by an enemy aircraft. Sep/42:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookout_Air_Raid

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    There's also a Little known incidents of a Japanese submarines shelling. One was a oil refinery in 1942. I-17's captain (Kozo Nishino) had been a merchant marine officer so knew the layout of the facility near Ellwood California. I-25 shelled the coast artillery Fort Stevens in 1942 also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LineDoggie View Post
    There's also a Little known incidents of a Japanese submarines shelling. One was a oil refinery in 1942. I-17's captain (Kozo Nishino) had been a merchant marine officer so knew the layout of the facility near Ellwood California. I-25 shelled the coast artillery Fort Stevens in 1942 also.
    wan't there a movie called "1941" about possible Japanese attack on California shore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LineDoggie View Post
    There's also a Little known incidents of a Japanese submarines shelling. One was a oil refinery in 1942. I-17's captain (Kozo Nishino) had been a merchant marine officer so knew the layout of the facility near Ellwood California. I-25 shelled the coast artillery Fort Stevens in 1942 also.
    Yes, lots of submarine activity on the coasts...

    Here a couple of good articles of the early ones:
    http://www.historynet.com/japanese-s...ne-in-1941.htm
    http://www.americainwwii.com/article...erican-waters/

    Shelling of Ellwood:
    http://www.militarymuseum.org/Ellwood.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by thounaojamtom View Post
    wan't there a movie called "1941" about possible Japanese attack on California shore?
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078723/

    Somewhat based on the shelling mentioned above. I'll watch any movie that has John Candy AND Robert Stack in it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunemetal View Post
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078723/

    Somewhat based on the shelling mentioned above. I'll watch any movie that has John Candy AND Robert Stack in it!
    Not to mention the legendary John Belushi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Baba Person View Post
    Not to mention the legendary John Belushi.
    http://www.ftmac.org/AirRaid2013.htm

    have them every year

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunemetal View Post
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078723/

    Somewhat based on the shelling mentioned above. I'll watch any movie that has John Candy AND Robert Stack in it!
    Vinegar Joe crying at Dumbo cracks me up every time.

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    It's not really an air raid, but a great aunt of mine was killed by the Japanese balloon bombs near the end of WWII. Wikipedia has a decent article on them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_balloon

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    RIP to your auntie and the other five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copterdoc View Post
    It's not really an air raid, but a great aunt of mine was killed by the Japanese balloon bombs near the end of WWII. Wikipedia has a decent article on them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_balloon
    Even today Bly, OR is lonely country by western US standards. Talk about winning the unlucky lottery...

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