The Battle of Los Angeles, also known as the great Los Angeles Air Raid, is an incident that happened over the skies of Los Angeles on the night of February 24th 1942. Just 3 months after the attacks on Pearl Harbor that catapulted the United States of America into World War II, tensions on the west coast of the United States were high. Fearing another surprise attack by the Japanese, the US military had stationed anti aircraft guns all along the California coast.
On the night of February 24th, air raid sirens began blaring around Los Angeles, and a city wide black out was ordered. Thousands of Air Raid Wardens were summoned to their positions and at 3:16 AM on the morning of February 25th, the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing .50 caliber machine guns and 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells into the air at reported aircraft. For almost an hour, spotlights around the city tracked the movements of something in the air while 1,400 shells were shot at the mysterious aircraft.
At 4:14 AM the All Clear was sounded, and at 7:21 AM on the morning of February 25th, the black out order for the city of Los Angeles was lifted. Several buildings and automobiles were damaged as a result of the engagement, and 5 civilians died as an indirect result of the artillery barrage.
Almost immediately following the event, the government spin machine went into overdrive. At first, it was reported that a weather balloon had been misidentified as enemy aircraft. Then, the Secretary of the Navy stated that the entire incident was a false alarm due to anxiety and “war nerves.” Some contemporary press outlets suspected a cover up. An editorial in the Long Beach Independent wrote, “There is a mysterious reticence about the whole affair and it appears that some form of censorship is trying to halt discussion on the matter.” Representative Leland Ford of Santa Monica called for a Congressional investigation, saying, “…none of the explanations so far offered removed the episode from the category of ‘complete mystification’
It seems unlikely that the incident was a mass hallucination considering thousands of Los Angeles residents, as well as military personnel, saw craft in the sky. Photographers from the Los Angeles times also snapped photos of the incident clearly showing something being illuminated by the spotlights. It also seems unlikely that a weather balloon would have survived an hour long barrage of over a thousand rounds being shot at it.
The coastal waters surrounding Los Angeles have long been associated with both UFO, and USO (Unidentified Submerged Objects) sightings. The first USO sightings near Los Angeles was on July 7, 1947 when two San Raphael teen-agers saw a “flat glistening object” emerge from the water, fly around and then dive back into the water 400 yards from shore in the Santa Catalina Channel. The Santa Catalina Channel separates mainland California from the island of Catalina, this particular stretch of water is as deep as Mount Everest is high. Other sightings in the area were reported in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1970, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 2004.
The June 14th, 1992 incident is of particular interest. Independent witnesses claim that there were in excess of two hundred USO’s that emerged from the water, hovering momentarily before accelerating off into the sky at a high rate of speed. Witness reported no sounds coming from the crafts. Recently, an anomaly was found in the area using Google Earth at coordinates 34° 1’23.31?N 118° 59’45.64?W. It is claimed by some that this anomaly is an undersea alien base. If true, could it be the base that the craft involved in the Battle of Los Angeles were either going to or coming from?