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Only afterwards did he find out that that 300 people had been killed or wounded that night and that one third of all homes had been damaged or destroyed.
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The raids were planned in response to a devastating increase in the . Nevertheless, the raids resulted in over 1,600 civilian deaths and tens of thousands of damaged homes.
The raids were planned in response to a devastating increase in the effectiveness of the Royal Air Force's (RAF) bombing offensive, starting with the bombing of Lübeck in March 1942. The aim was to begin a tit-for-tat exchange with the hope of forcing the RAF to reduce their actions. The main set of raids began in late April 1942, and ended by the end of May, though towns and cities continued to be targeted for their cultural value over the next two years. By any measure, the attempt was an abject failure.
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On February 25, 1942, an infamous false alarm saw American military units . Air raid sirens sounded and a citywide blackout was put into effect. Chaos reigned over the next several minutes.
On February 25, 1942, an infamous false alarm saw American military units unleash a torrent of anti-aircraft fire in the skies over Los Angeles. It appeared that Los Angeles was under attack, yet many of those who looked skyward saw nothing but smoke and the glare of ack-ack fire. Imagination could have easily disclosed many shapes in the sky in the midst of that weird symphony of noise and color, Coastal Artillery Corps Colonel John G. Murphy later wrote.
Also noticed that a lot of people started leaving immediately after the "air raid" was over, compared to past years in which most of the crowd stayed over after and kept dancing till the very end of the event. Not so this time!!! WHY??
They only fired between 16 and 24 shells and actually missed a very huge petrol . Prior to the raid there was a great deal of suspicion, Felton says.
They only fired between 16 and 24 shells and actually missed a very huge petrol container that would’ve caused major damage, says historian Mark Felton, author of The Fujita Plan: Japanese Attacks on the United States & Australia During the Second World War, slated to be re-released by Thistle Publishing. In fact, the false alarm air raid has continued to play a role in the city’s history, says Stephen Nelson, director and curator of the Fort MacArthur Museum in San Pedro. The LAPD reported that Japanese citizens had been signaling Japanese aircraft, although there’s no evidence for that.
It demonstrated that the Japanese mainland was vulnerable to American air attack, served as retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, and provided an important boost to American morale.
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