I saw a related video on the YT sidebar a few days ago, but I thought it was a joke. When the gals from One People Round Table mentioned it (see my last post), I did a search for ‘Japan bombs Oregon.’ Guess what? I found some verification here. The reason I originally thought it was a joke was because I’ve been reading a lot of WW II books while writing my sci-fi Space Marines novels. In my reality, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and that was as far as they got to the mainland. This may not be the only aberration, mind you, as I see a couple of other strange video titles from this same channel. If these titles are legit, I’ll post them next!
From the Youtube description: Between November 1944 and April 1945, Japan launched over 9,300 fire balloons. The balloons were released from the Japanese island of Honshu, and one or more eventually found their way to the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Michigan, and Iowa, as well as British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories in Canada. Some even reached northern Mexico.
The fire balloons consisted of a simple hydrogen balloon that carried a variety of incendiary devices or bombs. They were a weapon that could be very cheaply produced in Japan and let loose to be carried by the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean to North America. The fire balloons intended targets were Canada and the United States where the bombs could potentially kill people, destroy buildings, or set fires to cities, forests, or farmland upon their arrival.
The fire balloons remain one of the lesser known weapons employed during WWII, responsible for one of the few successful attacks carried out on North American soil during the war. It was also the first intercontinental weapon used in warfare. The six fatalities caused by a fire balloon in Oregon are the only known deaths in the continental United States as a result of an enemy assault during World War II.
Title: When Japan Bombed Oregon In WWII (YT link) Uploaded by Wanderlust: Travel, History And Science.