There was speculation, that the unidentified object, might have been a blimp-although veteran lighter-then-air-experts in Akron, O., the nations center of such construction, said Japan was believed to have lost interest in such craft following experiments in World War I. Anti-aircraft guns fired steadily for two minute periods, were silent for about 45 seconds, and continued that routine for nearly a half an hour. The public’s or the Army’s?”. Not Yet Seen . (CBSLA) The blaze broke out at … God I love you, Banana. If we knew the distance of the camera from the beam convergence and the focal length of the camera we could calculate the approximate size. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was selected unanimously to the NFL All-Pro team, the league announced Friday. In January 1942 US forces engaged an unidentified flying object above Los Angeles. It was after three in the morning. The following are excerpts from the primary front page story of the LA Times on February 26th. Object Disappears Over Signal HillObservers said the object appeared to be 8000 ft or higher. The US didn’t land a force in North Africa until late 1942, and most resources destined for the Pacific will already be assembled on the west coast. Much of the firing appeared to come from the vicinity of aircraft plants along the coastal area of Santa Monica, Inglewood, Southwest Los Angeles, and Long Beach. When daylight and the all-clear signal came, Long Beach took on the appearance of a huge Easter egg-hunt. Army intelligence, although uncommunicative, scoffed at reports of civilian observers that as many as 200 planes were over the area. It protrudes upward at some angle, probably not the angle in the photo. The recapture of Hawaii is probably the next major goal for the US. A few minutes later they were treated to a gigantic Fourth-of-July-like display as huge searchlights flashed along a 10-mile front to the south, converging on a single spot high in the sky. Cookies help us deliver our Services. - Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox said today that there were no planes over Los Angeles last night. Anti-aircraft guns thundered over the metropolitan area early today for the first time in the war, but hours later what they were shooting at remained a military secret. Consider the beam at the right side of the photo. Thousand of southern Californians were an hour or more late to their jobs. Neon signs were glowing inside stores. If there was a lot of smoke swirling around the volume of air illuminated by the beams, I would expect to see variations in bream brightness (brighter where there was smoke)., The Battle of Los Angeles, 1942” by Terrenz Sword. Tracer bullets and exploding shells lit the heavens. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. The Battle of Los Angeles, also known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raid, is the name given by contemporary sources to a rumored attack on the mainland United States by Japan and the subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage which took place from late 24 February to early 25 February 1942, over Los Angeles, California. Press J to jump to the feed. The northwest sky was lit up with bursting shells and searchlights. ), THE STORY, AS REPORTED IN VARIOUS SOURCES. 14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Anti-Aircraft Guns Open FireMoments later the anti-aircraft guns opened up, throwing a sheet of steel skyward. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The beams are quite bright before they reach the “object” and zero or nearly zero afterward. There were no reports of dropping bombs, but several instances of damaged property from anti-aircraft shells. With Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ramon Rodriguez. If the slant angle of the beam was less than 30 degrees then the calculated sizes would have been larger. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns. All the action, clearly spotlighted for ground observers by 20 or so searchlights, was just a few miles west of Los Angeles proper. The “object” width is oriented horizontally (parallel to the ground) whereas the beam is assumed to be tilted at about 30 degrees. If at 2000 ft the calculation yields D = 45 ft and W = 90 ft. One estimate of the height of the object was 8,000 ft. For a 30 degree slant angle of the beam from ground level up to 8,000 ft the distance along the beam would be about 8,000/sin 30 = 16,000 ft. I did not see any planes but the younger men with me said they could. Hence the horizontal width of the beam, W, (not perpendicular to the beam axis) would be W = D/sin (angle of elevation) = D/sin(30) = 2D for the assumed 30 degree elevation angle. Also,]. Hood, local chief, said, “at the request of Army authorities we have nothing to say.”. Henry B. Ayers, 63-year-old state guardsman, died at the wheel of an ammunition truck during the black-out. Woah, any scientific explanation for that video? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, **The conspiracy subreddit is a thinking ground. “Cities in the Los Angeles area were blacked out at 2:25 a.m. today on orders from the fourth interceptor command when unidentified aircraft were reported in the area,” the western defense command said.“Although reports are conflicting and every effort is being made to ascertain the facts, it is clear that no bombs were dropped and no planes were shot down.”“There was a considerable amount of anti-aircraft firing. What this means: Please keep any "meta" discussion directed at specific users, mods, or r/conspiracy in general in this comment chain only. We're here to explore alternate history scenarios in interesting ways. The Battle of Los Angeles was an incident on February 24-25, 1942 where a stray weather balloon or alien ship depending on how you view things was misidentified as a Japanese aircraft. (See BEYOND EARTH: MAN’S CONTACT WITH UFOs by Ralph Blum, 1974, page 68. While my father went about his air-raid warden duties, my late mother and I watched the glowing object, which was caught in the glare of searchlights from both Palos Verdes and Malibu/Pacific/Palisades and surrounded by the puffs of ineffectual anti-aircraft fire, as it slowly flew across the ocean from northwest to southeast. It headed inland over Redondo Beach, a couple of miles to the south of our vantage point, and eventually disappeared over the eastern end of the Palos Verdes hills, what’s today called Rancho Palos Verdes. This is a discussion of the photographic print obtained by Frank Warren which was made from the original negative. Aircraft factories continued operation behind blackened windows, while ack-ack guns rattled from batteries stationed near-by. The (UFO) group passed along from one battery of searchlights to another, and under fire from the anti-aircraft guns, flew from the direction of Redondo Beach and Inglewood on the land side of Fort MacArthur, and continued toward Santa Ana and Huntington Beach. It’s likely that the regulars and Marines (especially armored units) do the bulk of the offensive work. IF this is so, i.e., if the print image is well saturated, no amount of analysis will “dig out” the totality of brightness information (variations in the high brightness levels) contained within the negative. Great read. Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove. Observers lent some credence to the blimp theory by pointing out that the object required nearly thirty minutes to travel 20 or 25 miles-far slower then an airplane. Long Beach Police Chief J.H. Eltermann described the searchlight as being 5 ft in diameter and with a divergence of about 1.25 degrees or about 20 milliradians. Just how much optical density of smoke this requires I do not know. Shooting at the aerial intruders were gunners of the 65th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) Regiment in Inglewood and the 205th Anti-Aircraft Regiment based in Santa Monica. All newspaper quotes taken from “The Battle of Los Angeles, 1942” by Terrenz Sword, which appeared in Unsolved UFO Sightings, Spring 1996 issue, pages 57 through 62.) Three Japanese, two men and a woman, were seized at the beach city of Venice on suspicion of signaling with flashlights near the pier. Who had such technology and resources to create such an indestructible atmospheric scanning device ? But that of course never happened. I'm talking an invasion fleet shelling the coastline as troops land from San Jose to Long Beach. There is a really good alternate history book series about a potential Japanese conquest of Hawaii. Traffic signals continued to flash in some areas. My family and I observed the entire episode through the large bay window of our home facing west. A garage door was ripped off in a Los Angeles residential district and fragments shattered windows and tore into a bed where a few moments before Miss Blanch Sedgewick and her niece, Josie Duffy had been sleeping. McClelland said, “I watched what was described as the second wave of planes from atop the seven-story Long Beach City Hall. However, I would guess that the f-stop was low (lens “wide open”; f/2 or 3?) There was a period of silence following that, then the thumping of antiaircraft fire. Without more solid information to go on this has to be no more than a WAG (wild...rear-end... guess) (but I bet its close to right! A few days later, on February 23 — the night before the “Battle of Los Angeles” — a Japanese submarine opened fire on the Ellwood oilfield near Santa Barbara, California. Rule 2 does apply throughout the rest of this thread. Los Angeles doused its lights first, at 2:25 a.m.. San Diego, just 17 miles from the border did not receive its lights out order until 3:05 a.m. The unknown alien species are a caste-based species who launched a surprise planet-wide invasion on Earth, most likely motivated by a need for a new home or a colony. The offica.explanation makes zero fucming sense. They were removed to FBI headquarters, where Richard B. There are variations, but they are uniform and agree with the distance (from the searchlight) and width of the beam. The whole incident last, at least from our perspective, lasted about half an hour, though we didn’t time it. But what if, on the night of February 24, it wasn't a weather balloon, it was a Japanese reconnaissance plane, and Japanese troops actually landed in California shortly after? To get the true relative image brightnesses it is necessary to scan the original negative and then adjust the “gamma” (relation between film image density and the about of light which made the image) to match the gamma at development. What would happen? He added that “ none have been found and a very wide reconnaissance has been carried on.”. The exposure could have been several seconds. I don’t know the film speed or the f stop of the camera. And even if it was a weather balloon. Hpw could a weather balloon hold up to all that artillery?? A State Guardsman died of a heart attack while driving an ammunition truck, heart failure also accounted for the death of an air raid warden on duty, a woman was killed in a car-truck collision in Arcadia, and a Long Beach policeman was killed in a traffic crash enroute to duty. As it was, attacking Hawaii was already at the extreme limit of Japanese logistics. The original footage was very difficult to see any details due to the brightness. Mathematically, Japan’s results will have to depend on the size of army they can deliver as well as their ability to continue to supply ammunition, other provisions, and manpower replacements. We hope to challenge issues which have captured the public’s imagination, from JFK and UFOs to 9/11. That is, the variations are consistent with each beam getting dimmer as it travels away from the searchlight. ** Los Angeles firefighters battle a suspected arson fire on Dec. 19, 2020, at a church at 9165 Woodman Ave. in Panorama City, one of five fires they fought that night at … More posts from the HistoryWhatIf community. When brightness reduction and increasing contrast were applied it reveals what appears to be a winged angel of light. Battle Los Angeles is a film that showcases an alien invasion of the west coast, today we break down how one can survive in a situation like this. The Battle of Los Angeles occurred during the night of 24-25 February 1942 — though how appropriate the word "battle" is may be disputable as only one "side" seems to have done anything hostile. Hence if the object were 1000 ft from the projection lens it was about 2 x 25 = 50 ft wide. As early as the 1970s, the idea that an extraterrestrial invasion was responsible for setting off the Battle of Los Angeles began to circulate in the UFO community. However, certainly a solid metallic object would be sufficient to block the beams. A Japanese vegetable man, John Y. Harada, 25, was one of three persons arrested on charges of violating a county black ordinance. “That’s our understanding,” he said. The species was considered by the humans to be incredibly intelligent. IF there were smoke within any beam it should cause an increase in scattered light where there is smoke (which is how we see the beams anyway... light bounced or scattered from dust or smoke particles in the air). LeBron Gets 28, Lakers Hold Off Bulls 117-115 Without DavisLeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles … Also, just to clarify, they don't attack Oregon, Washington, mainland Alaska, and the Canadian province of British Columbia. The … Respect other views and opinions, and keep an open mind. Many used the L.A. Times doctored photo as proof, along with the fact that the floating object had appeared immune to gunfire. I found a research article by Dr. Louis Eltermann that reports research in the latter 1940’s in which he used an army searchlight to probe the upper atmosphere in order to determine the vertical distribution of dust in the atmosphere. I was quite the aviation buff back then, as I am now, but I must admit that I had a devil of a time trying to identify the objects, what with the awe, excitement and speculation of the moment, the bursting shells, tracers, etc. Aaron Donald of … We thus had a grandstand seat. Battle of Los Angeles was the conspiracy to coverup foreign aerial surveillance being conducted over Los Angeles in 1942. The all-clear signal came at 7:25 a.m.”. I’m reading through it all now, One of my favorite events! Just thought I’d let you know that I was an eyewitness to the event back in February of 1942. Rule 2 does not apply when replying to this stickied comment. The Battle of Los Angeles is the third studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine, released on November 2, 1999 by Epic Records.The album was nominated at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and was recognized by both Time and Rolling Stone magazines as the best album of 1999. The Battle: Los Angeles sequel is a rumored sequel to the 2011 film Battle: Los Angeles.Although the first film's ending makes the possibilities of a sequel neverending, nothing is official yet. Army Gunners Fire At UFOs Over Los AngelesCourtesy UFO ROUNDUPVolume 3, Number 8February 22, 1998Editor Joseph TrainorOn Wednesday, February 25, 1942, at precisely 2 a.m., diners at the trendy Trocadero Club in Hollywood were startled when the lights winked out and air raid sirens began to sound throughout greater Los Angeles. He said they were silver in color. 32 TV shows 346 movies Law Abiding Citizen 2009 Movie . Damn what a great post! We need more posts like these in this thread.... Wow! Ergo, the action followed the coastline.It could have been two, or three, or up to six miles away, I can’t recall exactly since it occurred so long ago. The story of the Battle of Los Angeles near the start of WWII as told by newspapers and witnesses from several sources follows the photo analysis. An unidentified object moving slowly down the coast from Santa Monica was variously reported as a balloon and an airplane. The blackout was not without its casualties, however. Battle Los Angeles and 6 more... 0 likes A few months ago View 9 movies Britt_Aero @brittmmeyer. I was surprised in the days that followed to discover that with all that aggressive firepower there was no evidence that we had brought anything down.I lived on Virginia Road, a half block south of West Adams Boulevard and one-quarter mile south of what is now the Interstate 10 Santa Monica Freeway; about 5.5 miles southwest of what is now the Los Angeles Civic Center; and approximately 10.5 miles due east of the Pacific coastline of Santa Monica.We were looking in a westward direction from our large living room bay window which gave us an unobstructed panorama of view facing the northwest, west and southwest. **Our intentions are aimed towards a fairer, more transparent world and a better future for everyone. Wailing air raid sirens at 2:25 a.m. awakened most of the metropolitan’s three million citizens. Though he praised Aaron Eckhart's performance, Ebert heavily criticized the film's writing, effects designs, camerawork and editing. A squad of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a … All of southern California from the San Juaquin valley to the Mexican border was blacked out. Remember, this was less than three months after Pearl Harbor. Above all else, we respect everyone's opinions and ALL religious beliefs and creeds. Quantum Of Solace 2008 Movie . The City received 3,200 Moderna vaccines for its initial distribution for first respondersLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles firefighters and paramedics became the City’s first frontline workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine today — part of the supply of 3,200 Moderna doses to be administered in this initial phase of vaccinations. Later on, we all expected “them,” that is, the Military, to tell us what was really up there after the war. If this were so, then the beam diameter at that height would have been about 165 ft and the horizontal width of the object would have been about 330 ft. Now almost 70 years later, the alien invaders have returned. Noted film critic Roger Ebert panned Battle: Los Angeles in a lengthy review, calling the movie "noisy, violent, ugly and stupid", giving the film a mere half star rating. First we have the print as provided by Frank Warren: Sometimes it is helpful to see a negative. Note that there is not a SINGLE description of the object even though is was clearly locked in the focus of dozens of searchlights for well over half an hour and seen by hundreds of thousands of people: Army Says Alarm RealRoaring Guns Mark BlackoutIdentity of Aircraft Veiled in Mystery; No Bombs Dropped and No Enemy Craft Hit; Civilians Reports Seeing Planes and BalloonOvershadowing a nation-wide maelstrom of rumors and conflicting reports, the Army’s Western Defense Command insisted that Los Angeles’ early morning blackout and anti-aircraft action were the result of unidentified aircraft sighted over the beach area. Not a physical object, but a fallen angelic being. I remember distinctly the convergence of searchlights reflecting off the bottom of some kind of slow moving objects, apparently flying in formation. There were no reports of any attempt to bomb southern California from the air although many war-vital factories, shipyards and other defense industries were on the route the object followed. The blobs of light which show at apex of beam angles were made by anti-aircraft shells.”. At 2:15 AM Los Angeles area anti-aircraft batteries were put on Green Alert --- ready to fire --- and at 2:21 AM the regional controller ordered a blackout. Suppose the elevation angle were 30 degrees. Would the U.S. military be able to repel the attack? Radio stations went off the air with the first alert, and were not permitted to resume broadcasting until 8:23 a.m. I’d expect a mixed force of regular Army, Marines, National Guard, and Reserves to be assembled with the intent of denying the Japanese the ability to move, although destroying them will depend on resource availability and equipment. 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