Monday, February 26, 2007

The Battle of Los Angeles - 65th Anniversary

Late at night, on February 25, 1952, strange flying objects in the sky over southern California created a scary scene right out of such movies as Independence Day or War of the Worlds. Air raid sirens awoke the residents of Los Angeles, and hundreds of thousands of eye witnesses watched the 37th CA Brigade fire a barrage of anti-aircraft shells at the invaders.

The reports as to the number of UFOs descending upon Tinsel Town are varrying. In the very early morning of the 25th, an unidentified object was picked up by radar about 120 miles west of Los Angeles. The information center was later flooded with calls concerning incoming "enemy planes" even though the object disappeared on radar while over the ocean.

Just before 3 AM, enemy planes were spotted near Long Beach, and minutes later, a coast artillary colonel reported seeing about 12 enemy planes flying towards Los Angeles. Soon, four batteries of artillary fired anti-aircraft shells at the UFOs.

The UFOs dropped no bombs, and despite being hit with over 1440 rounds of ammo, none of them crashed or suffered any damage. The UFOs simply hovered south, and quickly disappeared over the ocean south of Long Beach.

The next day, the following headline story ran in the Los Angeles Times:


Below is the inside page on this story that also ran in the Los Angeles Times on February 26th:

That top picture is actually a photograph of spotlights hitting the UFOs while anti-aircraft shells are being fired at it. We'll take a closer look of that one picture in a second. But as you can see, lots of shrapnel from the missiles also fell upon L.A. Six civillians were killed and others were injured.

Below is that top picture from the inside page article. This picture came directly from the negative, so it's much clearer than the photo from the 1942 newspaper article. If you look very closely, you see some very interesting things...


First of all, from this very clear picture, you can make out only one object - and it's triangular. Secondly, those little bursts of light underneath its hull is probably the explosions from the anti-aircraft shells. Now remember, this is 1942 - the time of "flying saucers." Those explosions could be mistaken as UFOs flying in formation, as many witnesses stated. Finally, it's interesting how the spotlights have converged onto one single spot. Later, the military would conclude there were NO enemy planes over Los Angeles. Yeah right. So what were the spotlights trained on? And what did the artillary unit shoot at?

But since L.A. was blacked out during the raid, other witnesses had a pretty clear view from their position. One witness, named Kate, lived on the West Side of L.A. She said that everyone thought it was the Japanese (even after the war, the Japanese insisted they never sent planes over Los Angeles). But when she went to her window to see, the sight amazed her:

"It was huge! It was just enormous! And it was practically right over my house. I had never seen anything like it in my life! It was just hovering there in the sky and hardly moving at all. It was a lovely pale orange and about the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. I could see it perfectly because it was very close. It was big!"

Following the "battle," the military began it's investigation. The Navy said there were no enemy aircraft at all. The Army went back and forth until saying it was a false alarm. And the Air Force said they didn't think there were any enemy planes above. After an investigation and hearing, the War Department disagreed and concluded that there were at least one to five planes that flew above Los Angeles, and were probably meant to figure out the coast's defenses.

If that's true, then they're admiting that their artillary unit guarding the West has to be the absolute worst marksmen in the universe.

Tens of thousands saw something over Los Angeles. And apparently, the military must've seen something when they were aiming at it and fired nearly 2000 rounds. The War Department and the military's disagreement simply deepens the mystery.

If something like this were to happen today, I wonder what Hollywood would do at such a moment. Will Smith's character was very heroic in the film Independence Day, but I think if Will Smith saw a gigantic craft hovering above his L.A. mansion, he'd probably soil his pants.


"I just shat in my drawers."

28 comments:

BrianAlt said...

Wow, that's pretty cool.

That's about all I can think of.

Vani said...

yeah, i think we would all soil our pants! i like to think there is something out there, just not sure if i'd like to see it..lol.

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Wow...that's some stuff to think about. I've never seen anything that couldn't be explained but I sure don't doubt that kind of stuff is out there!

goldennib said...

Maybe George Lucas was doing a school project?

angel, jr. said...

I would like to think there are other beings out there, but I want them to stay out there.

I am a big scardy cat, but you already know that.

KC said...

I once saw a flaming ball fly over highway 70 by the airport. It was about the size of a basketball. It was probably only blue ice, but I'm not sure if that stuff flames or not. It was wicked cool looking, though.

Jim said...

LOST TIME -- I lost 10 years between the beginning of the post 1952 and the middle 1942 -- I'z so ascared!!

Grafs said...

Okay so I can add UFO's to my list and cross off Los Angeles as a possible home. I thought scorpions were bad...sheesh.

David Amulet said...

I'm guessing it was a group of Hollywood egos. Aren't they in the stratosphere?

-- david

Keshi said...

I dun want Aliens to stalk me next.

Keshi.

phred said...

I would say, that`s a rather rude way to welcome visitors.
No wonder they have never made any real contact.

Mr Shife said...

Very cool story. It would be so nice to actually know the truth about these kind of stories. Like Mulder said the truth is out there, but the government doesn't think we can handle it.

Karen said...

Aliens and Hollywood go together!

DaBich said...

LOL at Goldie!

I'm suer there is other life in this universe besides ours here on earth...we're pretty big headed to think otherwise!

ozymandiaz said...

I just wish the alians would get on with the invasion cause these atomotons they left in charge are really f'n stuff up...
but I guess that is what they are supposed to do so we will welcome the otherworldly overlords.

On My Watch said...

Very interesting story. I looked up actors who were born in 1952 and listed a few below. it all makes sense to me now...

Dan Aykrod
Robin Williams
Jeff Goldblum
Lou Ferrigno
- last but not least - David Hasselhoff.

coincidence? I think not.

Big Pissy said...

Great story!

But did it happen in '52 or '42?

Just wondering.... :)

Pixie said...

LOL I think Will would probably soil his pant too!

Jay said...

I don't care what it was, if it gets Will Smith running around in a little tank top, then I say : bring it on!

On My Watch said...

big pissy has a point.

in that case, only Barbra Streisand and Jimi Hendrix fit the bill. but I'm sure there's some kind of connection to aliens and David Hasselhoff. :)

Phats said...

haha funny, and so totally true about Will Smith! The fresh prince would need fresh pants!

Jamie Dawn said...

Just another one of those unexplained things that happened and was witnessed by several people, not just one nut job.
It's mysteries like this that keep us wondering who or what the heck is out there.
(cue creepy music)

cube said...

I wish our guys had force field technology like that.

the weirdgirl said...

This is crazy! I live in California and I've never heard of this. And you know what a bunch of conspiracy nutjobs we are!

stephanie-austin.com said...

There is something in Phoenix called the Phoenix Lights:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/peoria/articles/0228gl-lights28Z2.html

It's kind of interesting.

goddess said...

I love it when you post paranormal stuff. I also just like your sense of humor.

Provident 360 said...

In my opinion, UFOs in the Bible are angles and are referred to as a cloud, fire, star, etc.

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