Out of many UFO incidents that have fascinated ufologists over the past decades, the incident of 1942 in the United States is particularly noteworthy. The U.S. Army opened fire on objects that are considered to be the Japanese military aircraft. In the end, it turned out that it was something completely different, and now, this event is known as the Battle of Los Angeles.
The incident occurred on February 24, 1942. That day, the U.S. Navy services noticed several luminous objects in the sky around Los Angeles. An anti-aircraft alarm was announced in the evening, and anti-aircraft gun positions were prepared. For several hours, this seemed like a false alarm, but at 2:15, an unidentified object was detected on the radar. The alarm was canceled only at 7:21, but what happened then went down in history as one of the most interesting phenomena associated with unidentified flying objects.
As soon as the sirens turned on, the headlights examined the sky. In parallel, an order was issued that anti-aircraft artillery opened fire. In addition, the aircraft was put on standby, but the fighters remained on the ground. Civilians were sent to cover in anticipation of an air raid that ultimately did not occur. However, a luminous object was observed in the sky, which today many describe as an UFO object.
Reports from that period indicate that the people who lived at that time and the army officers did not know what they were shooting at. According to available data, a luminous object (or objects) was constantly fired from the ground. Vehicles flew over the coast from Santa Monica to Long Beach. When they reached Signal Hill, they began to maneuver – first turned to the ground, and then turned back to the Pacific Ocean, where they eventually disappeared.
Hours later, Fleet Secretary Frank Knox called a press conference explaining that the whole incident was a false alarm. The day after Knox’s comments, army statements appeared that reflected General George C. Marshall’s suggestion that the incident could have been caused by enemy agents who used commercial aircraft in psychological warfare to cause panic. Secretary Henry L. Simmons, in his interview, however, stated that the military observed nearly 15 “planes” moving at different heights. Therefore, the military considered them Japanese reconnaissance vehicles.
After the war, the Japanese government stated that during the war it did not fly over Los Angeles. In 1983, the U.S. Air Force History Department stated that evidence in this case indicates a meteorological balloon. They allegedly not only caused panic in the US Army but also survived the shelling of American guns.
Here, one cannot fail to mention the photograph published in the Los Angeles Times on February 26, 1942. Many ufologists say that military spotlights focused on an alien spaceship are clearly visible in the photograph. Although there is no reason to doubt its authenticity, keep in mind that the photo itself was greatly altered by retouching the photos before publication. In those days, it was a common graphic practice to improve contrast in black and white photographs.
As a result of these events, several buildings and vehicles were damaged by rocket fragments.
Could the events in Los Angeles be the work of an alien civilization that was trying to connect with people?
If we make a rational decision, it is worth referring to the fact that the remains of these alleged balloons or civilian aircraft, which for several hours avoided 14 thousand US Army missiles, were never found. Apparently, they fled from the shelling and completely disappeared from the face of the Earth.
In this whole story, of course, there is a second bottom, but achieving it in so many years may turn out to be an unattainable goal. Available reports of those events are often contradictory, and the fact that they were accompanied by fear of war definitely exaggerated people’s imagination. However, if a Japanese fighter squadron, a meteorological balloon, or a machine from another civilization did not fly over Los Angeles, what caused such a massive panic?