The Real Battle: Los Angeles
On March 11, 2011 a movie was released calledÂ Battle: Los Angeles. The plot centered around an alien invasion that began after what was thought to be meteors that landed off the coast of Los Angeles. But in fact they were alien ships and an all out war began between the aliens and the armed forces.
Of course this was just a movie, but what if it was based on an actual event of the past. Did aliens attempt to invade Los Angeles years ago, good question. Here is the real Battle: Los Angeles.
It was called The Great Los Angeles Air Raid. In late evening on February 24th, 1942 it began, and ended early February 25th, 1942, when anti-aircraft artillery lit up the night. It was three months after the bombing of pearl harbor and one day after a Japanese attack on coastal targets in Santa Barbara, California. The initial thought was another attack was underway from the Japanese. But in a press conference Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy, was quoted saying â€śfalse alarm,â€ť but newspapers published the incident as being a cover-up on an alien attack.
In 1983 the U.S. Office of Air Force History stated it was a case of â€śwar nerves,â€ť and most likely is was a weather balloon. Japanese attack,Â a weather balloon, or an alien spacecraft, no one really knows what actually went on that evening.
During the ordeal as air raid sirens were blaring, a total blackout was ordered and air raid wardens stood at their positions. At 3:16 am an aircraft was reported over the city and 1,400 12.8 pound anti-aircraft shells were fired into the night sky at the presumed craft which was illuminated by spot lights. At 4:14 am the â€śall clearâ€ť was given and the blackout was lifted at 7:21 am on February 25th. In the process of the barrage of shells fired over the city, several buildings were damaged 4 – 5 civilians were killed and 3 more died from a heart attack.
Some said it was staged to generate panic, others said it was do to anxiety from the war, but what exactly were they shooting at, a UFO alien space craft as some others claimed and it was a cover up. A Congressional investigation was conducted and their findings were that it was a complete mystery, but theorized it was a practice raid to scare 2,000,000 people, mistaken identity, or it was an excuse to remove Southern Californiaâ€™s war industries further inland.
Before the actual event that evening unidentified objects were reported around the area and caused a succession of alerts. A warning from naval intelligence stated an attack could be expected within 10 hours. At 7:18 pm on the 24thÂ blinking lights and flares were reported and alert was called, but lifted at 10:23 pm. Radar picked up a unidentified target 120 miles west of the city and anti-aircraft batteries were alerted at 2:15 am on the 25th.Â Reports of enemy planes over the city sparked the unleashing of the anti-aircraft fire, and for 1 hour the sky was lit with spot lights, flares, and gun fire. But in the process not one enemy plane was shot down, nor was there any return fire whatsoever, and not one of our planes left the ground to engage. When the war ended the Japanese government said they did not send any planes over in that time frame.
Like in most UFO sightings a weather balloon is to blame, but none were shot from the sky. Same as enemy planes, none were shot down and there was no return fire, so that theory is void. So what would create such a panic, maybe it was a real alien craft. It could have been.
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