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Re: Playing With '42 LA UFO Pic - Young

From: Bob Young <YoungBob2@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 23:47:15 EDT
Fwd Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 22:45:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Playing With '42 LA UFO Pic - Young

 >From: Paul Novak <nib68@yahoo.com>
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 12:06:20 -0700 (PDT)
 >Subject: Re: Playing With '42 LA UFO Pic

 >>From: Don Ledger <dledger@ns.sympatico.ca>
 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >>Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 14:35:37 -0300
 >>Subject: Re: Playing With '42 LA UFO Pic


 >The balloon in question was noted in "THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN
 >available online from the Museum of San Fransisco. The balloon
 >in question I believe was a common flare balloon and these were
 >reported fairly often during the war though whether or not all
 >these reports were correct is unverifiable.

 >Nowhere in any official accounts are there any mentions of any
 >objects being "caught" in the spotlights. Only in the
 >sensationalized versions available from pro ufo sources. The
 >balloon in question is most likely simply responsible for only
 >for beginning the whole affair. Concerning the areas proximity
 >to the ocean and givin that we do not know the prevailing
 >directions of the winds at the time it is concievable that if
 >indeed a balloon was shot down it could easily have ended up in
 >the water never to be found if it was even indeed hit.

 >The battalions on duty had been berated for their lack of
 >response to the previous nights attack on Ellwood Oil Field. A
 >major concern at the time was attack on our west coasts and the
 >Ellwood attack confirmed these worries and intensified them. The
 >public was highly agitated as is evident from various accounts
 >of the period and the reactions to the fiaso by the public
 >afterwards. Even more nervous would be the AAA units and
 >commanders berated for, and responsible for, failing to respond
 >to the previous nights attack. This all resulted in what the
 >Army eventually admitted was probably a case of jittery nerves
 >on the part of it's personell.

 >They were hit with several alerts immediately prior to the
 >event. They were placed on "Green" alert which means "ready to
 >fire". Radar which at the time was notorious for it's
 >unreliability had reported a bogey then lost it. Apparently all
 >it took was a sighting of "something" over the city and all was
 >bedlam thereafter. They were apparently taking no chances.


I think that you are absulutely correct here. I had not realized
that the japanese sub attack on the oil facilities had been the
night before. Jeez, what does it take to have the jitters during
enemy attacks instead of myserious flying saucers?

Artillery units launched meteorological balloons to determine
wind direction and speed. Anti aircraft artillery needed this
data even more because of the high angle of fire often employed.

But, I wonder if balloons with flares were used for target
ranging, or at night? My experience was with field artillery and
missile units 30 years ago. Maybe somebody on this list with
info on AAA balloon use during that era could help out.

Clear skies,

Bob Young

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