by Jon Austin March 26, 2018 (express.co.uk)
• On February 24/25, 1942, just a couple of months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which brought the United States into WWII, a UFO was spotted hovering in the sky over Los Angeles, slowly drifting southward along the coastline over Culver City and Santa Monica. The military illuminated the UFO with searchlights and began firing shots at it in the late evening of February 24th. (Actual photograph of the incident above.) This continued for several hours well into the early morning of February 25th.
• Ufologist Jason Gleaves recently published a book entitled UFO PHOTO presenting his research on the UFO “attack” (also known as “The Battle of LA”). Gleaves says that “The US Army started its constant non-stop bombardment firing thousands of artillery rounds at the unknown object, all to no avail.” The Coast Artillery Brigade began firing .50 calibre machine guns and 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells at the reported unidentified object; over 1,400 shells would eventually be fired at the object in total. “The unknown object eventually moved at a steady speed over nearby Long Beach and vanished out of view over the Palos Verdes hills as the guns finally fell silent.”
• Several buildings and vehicles were severely damaged by falling shell fragments. Five civilians died as an indirect result of the anti-aircraft fire: three killed in car accidents in the ensuing chaos and two of heart attacks attributed to the stress of the action.
• The American coastal forces initially thought they were under attack from the Japanese Air Force or the German Luftwaffe, said Gleaves. “Little did they know the object could have possibly come from a more far distant place, maybe out of this world.”
• The incident made front-page news on the West Coast. Then the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, officially called it a ‘false alarm’ despite thousands of witnesses who saw something very real. Later, the United States Coast Artillery Association would identify the unknown object as a meteorological balloon. In 1983, the U.S. Office of Air Force History attributed the incident to a case of ‘war nerves’ triggered by a report of a lost rogue weather balloon.
• [Editor’s Note] Insiders claim that two UFO craft were actually shot down. The Navy recovered one of them at sea, and the Army recovered the other inland. It is surmised that they were taken to Wright Field Army Air Corps Base near Dayton, Ohio (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base)
A huge illuminated UFO was fired at by the US military for several hours as the craft hovered over Los Angeles, but the case was covered up, it has been claimed. The unknown object appeared moving slowly over the California skyline in Culver City and Santa Monica, according to UFO expert Jason Gleaves.
He has analysed a photograph of the bizarre event, that he suggests was then covered up by officials, who explained it away as a weather balloon.
Mr Gleaves research has been published in the book UFO PHOTO, published by Flying Disk Press.
He said: “The US Army started its constant non-stop bombardment firing thousands of artillery rounds at the unknown object, all to no avail.
“The first shots rang out starting late evening on February 24 and continued well into the early hours of the 25th.
“At 3.16am the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing .50 calibre machine guns and 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells at the reported unidentified object; over 1,400 shells would eventually be fired at the object in total.
“US Air Force pilots of the 4th Interceptor Command Squadron were alerted and put on standby but their aircraft remained grounded.
“The artillery fire continued sporadically until 4.14am when the ‘all clear’ was finally sounded and the total blackout order lifted at 7.21am.
“Several buildings and vehicles were severely damaged by falling shell fragments and five civilians died as an indirect result of the anti-aircraft fire: three killed in car accidents in the ensuing chaos and two of heart attacks attributed to the stress of the action.
“Considering the duration which elapsed and thousands of people who witnessed the unforgettable event there aren’t many clear quality photographs available to analyse.
“The one true detailed image available had been taken at the time by a newspaper photographer working for the Los Angeles Examiner.”
The UFO expert looked at this photograph in detail for the book.
He said: “Upon analysing the best quality image available in more detail using up-to-date digital enhancement software, it brings to life and enhances the never seen before detail of the object revealing its in-depth features surrounding the structure, which importantly raise more questions as to its original origin.
“The photograph of the initial incident was taken over the Los Angeles area at night over an estimated area of five miles.
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