The Bombing of the US Mainland in World War II
|Brookings, Oregon coastline|
In fact, they did.
|The true Amerika Bomber.|
an enemy plane bombed the United States.There had been rumors of bombers over Los Angeles the previous December, but those were ultimately proven false. And, of course, U.S. territory in one form or another was bombed in Guam, Hawaii, Alaska and a few other areas in the Pacific - but those were not States at the time. It would be as if something happened today in Puerto Rico - sure, American, but not actually a State of the Union.
However, one man actually did it - he flew his plane over the lower 48, dropped his bombs on target, and returned safely home. Mission accomplished. Twice.
That man was Nobuo Fujita.
|Nobuo Fujita - an enemy during World War II, but a class act afterward|
|Fort Stevens during World War II|
|The news dispatch.|
|A shell crater on US soil put there by the Japanese.|
|American soldiers examine the shell holes from the June 1942 attack.|
|Shell splinters are given out as souvenirs.|
|Japanese submarine I-38, similar to I-25|
|A floatplane similar to Fujita's takes off.|
|Cape Blanco lighthouse|
|Nobuo Fujita presents his family's Samurai sword to Brookings, Oregon in 1962|
|A typical launch of a "Glen."|
''Incendiary Bomb Dropped on Oregon State. First Air Raid on Mainland America. Big Shock to Americans.''
|Nobuo Fujita places his sword in its ceremonial location at the Brookings library.|
|Nobuo Fujita passed away in October 1997.|
|Fujita and his plane.|
|The Brookings trailhead to the bombsite at Mt. Emily.|