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Re: Blimps - Aldrich

From: Jan Aldrich <project1947@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 10:23:57 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 17:15:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Blimps - Aldrich

 >From: Paul Novak <nib68@yahoo.com>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 16:07:28 -0700 (PDT)
 >Subject: Re: Blimps

 >>From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com>
 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >>Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 08:02:55 -0500
 >>Subject: Re: Blimps

 >>"Assuming these objects over Los Angeles in 1942 were Japanese
 >>Terror Blimps (JTBs), where did they get the non-flammable
 >>helium necessary to keep them in the air?"

Hydrogen is easily generated in a number of different way.
However, I doubt that such proposed blimps or even balloon were
responsible for this incident.

 >Japan did have the ability to send aloft lighter than air craft.
 >However, there is no basis to assume a Japanese blimp was
 >responsible for the incident. A blimp quite obviously would not
 >have lasted very long. No blimps were sighted and the only
 >mentions of any are sheer speculation. Also, it is not at all
 >proven there was indeed any object for shells to explode against
 >and much reason to believe there was not.

 >However, Japan did use balloon bombs called Fugos. They were
 >fueled with hydrogen, not helium, and carried antipersonel and
 >incendiary bombs.


Fugos were a much later development toward the end of the war.

The Battle of Los Angeles is a very complicated and still
mysterious incident. The comments here so far haven't even
scratched the surface.

There was not just one object involved in the incident. Multiple
objects were involved.

The famous picture is another feature of the sighting apparently
unrelated to a third feature, a meteorological balloon.

Witnesses talk about multiple objects over Los Angeles. At the
same time there appears to be a large object moving up and down
Southern California, the picture about which everyone is
commenting. And finally, the Anti Aircraft Artillery had
previously released a meteorological balloon which the AAA
thought accounted for the target they fired on.

All official and press accounts are confusing and do not give a
clear picture about what occurred.

The incident starts off with the Navy giving the alert. (How did
the Navy know something was up? Radar? Observations from picket
ships? None of this is clear.)

The Japanese did have aircraft which could be launched from
submarines. One such craft bombed Oregon during the same time

Large amounts of ammo were expended against the object in the
photograph. These were the day before the proximity fuse, so a
direct hit or hit by flak dispersed at pre-determined altitudes
was necessary. In the case of a balloon penetration should have
brought it down.

Since the incident was so close to Pearl Harbor, official
probably obscured the reports of this event. The Army and the
Navy publicly disagreed on the extent and importance of the

Jan Aldrich
Project 1947
P. O. Box 391
Canterbury, CT 06331
(860) 546-9135

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