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1942, Los Angeles Anti-Aircraft


Subdeacon Joe

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http://www.latimes.com/visuals/framework/la-me-fw-archives-1942-battle-la-20170221-story.html

 

Feb. 25, 1942. Retouched version of searchlight photo after work by Los Angeles Times artists.

 

 

It was on the night of Feb. 25, 1942, that Los Angeles experienced the Great Los Angeles Air Raid. It was a night when everyone's fears apparently were realized — Japan had brought the war to mainland America, and Los Angeles was the target.…

The Great Air Raid began at 2:25 a.m. on that clear moonlit night when the U.S. Army announced the approach of hostile aircraft, and the city's air raid warning system went into action for the first time in the war.

Suddenly, the night was torn by sirens. Searchlights swept the sky. Gun crews at army posts along the coastline began pumping ack-ack into the moonlight. (In the entire episode, 1,433 rounds would be fired.) …

Thousands of volunteer air-raid wardens tumbled from their beds and grabbed their boots and helmets--those who had helmets — and rushed into the night. Tens of thousands of citizens, awakened by the screech of sirens and the popping of shells, jumped out of bed and, heedless of blackout regulations, began snapping on lights. It was pandemonium. …

Although no bombs were dropped, the city did not escape its baptism of fire without casualties, including five fatalities. Three residents were killed in automobile accidents as cars dashed wildly about in the blackout. Two others died of heart attacks.

 

 

 

Of course, since there had been shelling of oil facilities in Ellwood, CA a day or two before.

http://californiamilitaryhistory.org/Ellwood.html

 

http://goletahistory.com/attack-on-ellwood/

 

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