From: David Acres <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 14:58:38 +1000 Fwd Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 06:37:04 -0400 Subject: Re: Blimps - Acres >From: Don Ledger <email@example.com> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 20:42:28 -0300 >Subject: Re: Blimps >>From: David Acres <email@example.com> >>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 23:53:49 +1000 >>Subject: Re: Blimps >>>From: Don Ledger <email@example.com> >>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>>Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 19:11:39 -0300 >>>Subject: Re: Blimps ><snip> >Take the UFO question out of the equation and there's still some >answers missing. If indeed people were injured, one would think >that someone would have had to answer for it. Now I know these >were different times and there was a war on, but where's the >wrap-up report? >I realise that there was hysteria involved but some cooler heads >must have prevailed and someone probably wrote it up. Hi Don! :) It seems the LA Times at least, never published an official closure on the subject! Which is strange considering in an early special edition on the morning of the 25th, the article states: " the planes flew in formations of eight to 20 craft, and the story quoted two sources as saying aircraft were shot down." Here are excerpts from a periodical feature written in early 2001: As a teenager, Dougan collected newspaper clippings of the war's big events, and Los Angeles papers never published a story in which government officials admitted the episode was a false alarm. "It was quite a deal," Dougan said of the Los Angeles air raid, "and as they say, I was there." The west coast false alarm made the news in The Topeka Daily Capital. A page 1 photograph showed a woman in Los Angeles examining a bed shredded by shrapnel when an antiaircraft shell exploded when it struck the ground and exploded near the bed. Just before the explosion, the bed had been occupied by two people, who got up to watch the antiaircraft guns firing, escaping death or injury, the caption to the photograph said. An Associated Press story in that edition of The Daily Capital quoted Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox as saying the event was a "false alarm" and that there hadn't been any planes over Los Angeles during the incident. But a military statement said "the aircraft" causing the Los Angeles blackout hadn't been identified, no enemy bombs were dropped, and no planes had been shot down. "The screeching wails of sirens awakened most of the area's 3 million sleepers and within a few minutes, they saw a slow- moving object, which many thought was a blimp, caught in an intensely bright patch of light where scores of searchlights converged," the AP story said. But a day after the episode, Stimson released an army report that said as many as 15 planes might have been flown by "enemy agents" over the Los Angeles area to spread alarm, test the area's antiaircraft defenses and to test the effectiveness of blackouts. Stimson said 1,430 rounds of ammunition were fired by the antiaircraft guns.... Also from that feature is the mention of US Fighter Planes scrambled, which the military apparently subsequently denies! : "When about 40 American P-38 fighters from a nearby field arrived, the gunners shut down to avoid hitting the fighters, which circled and eventually returned to their home field".
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