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Japanese 'War Tubas' - not - but 'War Balloons' - yes...

#1 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:26 am

https://www.history.com/news/attack-of- ... -years-ago

another article - https://web.mst.edu/~rogersda/forensic_ ... %20new.htm

I had never heard about these....!

I guess the Palestinians are using them currently against Israel.
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#2 Post by jeepnik » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:46 am

Started a few fires but largely ineffective. Interesting idea using the jet stream to aerially attack ones enemy. And it pretty much works only one way.

With today’s radar and aircraft I doubt it would work even more poorly.
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#3 Post by 3leggedturtle » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:15 am

You be amazed to read about Bats as Bombs in WWII then.
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#4 Post by Pisgah » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:59 pm

I am not surprised most people don't know about these. Americans don't know history. Not long ago I had a conversation with a fellow who believed the Battle of the Bulge happened outside of Petersburg, VA during the Civil War. When I said he was wrong, that the Bulge was in Europe in WW2 and the one at Petersburg was the Crater, he said I was wrong, and could not be convinced otherwise! :roll:

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#5 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:00 pm

I have been to the site on Gearhart Mountain in southern Oregon where those children were killed. It is a sad place to contemplate the Japs' hatred for us in those days.

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#6 Post by Pisgah » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:01 pm

3leggedturtle wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:15 am
You be amazed to read about Bats as Bombs in WWII then.
How about the pigeons used as the guidance system in early "smart" bombs?

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#7 Post by wm » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:11 pm

People chuckle about the ineffectiveness of the balloon bombs without realizing how close we came to real disaster. Look up "Unit 731" and " Unit 1644" & then you'll realize what the ultimate goal of a balloon bomb over Los Angeles or San Francisco was.

Truman knowingly or unknowingly probably prevented millions of civilian deaths on the west coast of the USA by dropping the Atomic bombs and compelling a surrender.

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#8 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:23 pm

Pisgah wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:59 pm
I am not surprised most people don't know about these. Americans don't know history. Not long ago I had a conversation with a fellow who believed the Battle of the Bulge happened outside of Petersburg, VA during the Civil War. When I said he was wrong, that the Bulge was in Europe in WW2 and the one at Petersburg was the Crater, he said I was wrong, and could not be convinced otherwise! :roll:
Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen wrote a great book chronicling the Battle of the Crater.
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#9 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:48 pm

wm wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:11 pm
People chuckle about the ineffectiveness of the balloon bombs without realizing how close we came to real disaster. Look up "Unit 731" and " Unit 1644" & then you'll realize what the ultimate goal of a balloon bomb over Los Angeles or San Francisco was.
One of the more chilling aspects of the 731 story "....In spite of this, many Unit 731 researchers never stood trial for war crimes. Instead, the United States, eager to beat the Soviet Union in the global arms race, granted them immunity on the condition that they give the U.S. the information they gathered when conducting their experiments. Two declassified government documents reveal that the U.S. eventually paid over $2.3 million (in today’s dollars) for that data."
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#10 Post by jeepnik » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:31 pm

The US and England both offered German scientists safe haven in return for their knowledge. German "Vengeance" weapons killed many more than the balloons.
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