Great Los Angeles Air Raid
In 1942 a giant UFO was seen hovering above Los Angeles by hundreds of witnesses. This incident is called the battle of Los Angeles or the great Los Angeles air raid.
Three months after the U.S. entered WWII as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Navy of Japan, a giant UFO was spotted hovering above Los Angeles, California. The incident occurred from the night of February 24 to the morning of February 25, 1942.
The Spotted UFO
During WWII the sky was being watched as never before. When the giant UFO hovered above Los Angeles the military and civilian watchers were immediately alerted.
A woman Air Raid Warden eyewitness reported about the UFO:
"The object was huge! It was really enormous! It was practically hovering right over my house. I had never seen anything like it in my life!"
"It was just hovering there in the sky, it hardly moved at all. It looked like a lovely pale orange and about the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I could see it very good because it was really close. It was enormous!"
The complete California southern area was using searchlights on the skies in a matter of minutes. All the searchlights were aiming on one spot in the night sky, on this spot they spotted an UFO.
Another witness about the UFO: "I will never forget what a magnificent sight it was. Just gorgeous. And what a beautiful colors!"
UFO taking direct hits
The Air raid alarms were sounded and a total blackout was ordered. Thousands of air raid soldiers were ordered to take their position. The 37th Coast Artillery Brigade started shooting 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells at the reported flying object at 3:15 am. Nearly 1,500 shells were fired into the air.
The UFO took direct hit after hit, but there wasn't any damage done. The 4th Interceptor Command was alerted but their airplanes remained on the ground. The anti-aircraft kept firing until 4:15 am. At 7:20 am the "all clear" was given and the blackout order was lifted.
The upon UFO fired shells felt down over the entire area, there was no safe place that night. Many were injured, and some civilians even died that night. In a newspaper report eyewitnesses said that the UFO was looking like a "surreal, hanging, magic lantern." and "It was like the Fourth of July but so much louder. The military was shooting like crazy on it, but they couldn't deal any damage."
During the incident three civilians were killed by friendly fire, another three had a fatal heart attack caused by the stress of the hour-long shooting, and buildings were hit by the anti-aircraft shells. The "attack" was first-page news in the US Pacific coast, it also gained national coverage from the media in the whole nation.
"False Alarm" or Cover-Up?
The military thought it was a Japanese air attack, but not long after the incident the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox said on a press conference that the incident was a "false alarm."
After the incident newspapers published many articles and speculations of a cover-up by the military. In 1983 The U.S. Office of Air Force History considers, after an analyse of the event, the incident to be a case of "war nerves" and said the UFO was likely a lost weather balloon.
A newspaper a day after the UFO incident, in which is claimed the alarm was real
Only the news of the war kept this event away from both the national and international media. This incident must have crossed President Ronald Reagan's mind when he warned us about an "alien threat, from outside of our world."