The Battle: LA incident, also known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raid, was a UFO incident that happened late at night on 24th February 1942 and ended in the early hours of the next morning.
On that night, a blackout was ordered, alarms were raised and the 37th
coast Artillery Brigade fired 1400 shells into the sky at an
unidentified object, which was believed to be an attacking force from
Japan, after the December attack on Pearl Harbour.
After the incident, Secretary of the Navy, Frank Cox, claimed that the
incident was nothing more than a false alarm and newspapers went on to
report suggestions of a cover-up. In 1983, the US Office of Air Force
History attributed the event to "war nerves" triggered by a lost weather
The incident became front page news along the US Pacific coast and
received mass media coverage, though there was much speculation about
the incident which many ufologists believe was an attempt to cover up
Despite official sources claiming the incident was the result of
conventional causes, former Director of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover, has
been quoted as saying "We must insist upon full access to disks
recovered. For instance, in the [battle] LA case the Army grabbed it and
would not let us have it for cursory examination."
The artillery ended fire at 4:14am damaging several building and
vehicles, whilst five civilians died as a result of the action, three of
them in car accidents and two from heart attacks caused by the stress.
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