The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942

On the night and early morning of February 24 and 25, 1942, a singular event unfolded in the skies over Southern California – the continental United States was attacked by an enemy... or was it? The reports of this vary, from a squadron of Japanese bombers, a weather balloon, and even alien spacecraft, and the subsequent government conspiracies that followed. We do know that something happened; too many people witnessed the event to dispute that fact, but what really happened?

Was it an enemy attack, hysteria, or a UFO? Although the mystery has never been solved, the Fort MacArthur Museum is staging a recreation of the Great Los Angeles Air Raid on February 23rd, 2008. Link -via Grow-A-Brain

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Footage of the army firing on the craft. It also shows the picture from the LA times archive. Definitely not a fire balloon like the first guy said.
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It was hysteria. I believe doctors were at work around the clock afterwords, relieving many female victims of their hysteria.

This led to the first identification of carpal tunnel syndrome in many doctors, and the invention of a certain hand-held labour-saving device to help relieve doctors of the strain.
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