Fu-go: The Curious History of Japan's Balloon Bomb Attack on by Ross Coen

By Ross Coen

Near the tip of worldwide warfare II, in an try and assault the U.S. mainland, Japan introduced its fu-go crusade, deploying millions of high-altitude hydrogen balloons armed with incendiary and high-explosive bombs designed to keep on with the westerly winds of the higher surroundings and waft to the west coast of North the United States. After achieving the mainland, those fu-go, the japanese was hoping, could terrorize americans and ignite devastating woodland fires around the western states, eventually inflicting the us to divert wartime assets to accommodate the family predicament. whereas the fu-go offensive proved to be a whole tactical failure, six american citizens misplaced their lives whilst a came across balloon exploded.

Ross Coen offers a desirable check out the imprecise heritage of the fu-go crusade, from the japanese schoolgirls who synthetic the balloons by means of hand to the generals within the U.S. warfare division who constructed safeguard approaches. The booklet delves into panic, propaganda, and media censorship in wartime. Fu-go is a compelling tale of a little-known episode in our nationwide historical past that spread out nearly unseen.

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On August 29, 1944, one of the first balloons to include the prototype ballast mechanism was released on a test flight from Ichinomiya. It did not carry bombs. The balloon instead carried a radiosonde specially designed by the Army Weather Bureau. Previous devices had alternately failed in the extreme cold of the upper atmosphere or lacked the transmitting power to consistently send signals from the farthest reaches of the Pacific. The Weather Bureau devised numerous radiosondes with dual two-watt batteries capable of transmitting for up to eighty hours in stratospheric conditions.

17 The sheets the girls produced, five layers of paper set with their fibers in alternating directions for added strength, were inspected for flaws by being placed atop a large light box. Small tears or areas where the sealant had been insufficiently applied showed clearly as glowing spots on the paper and were subsequently patched. After washing the paper in soda ash, water, and glycerine in order to make it pliable and prevent cracking, girls in the assembly room measured and cut the sheets into long trapezoidal panels, some six hundred of which were required for each balloon.

He showed the pilot the pieces of metal recovered that morning — circular bands that had apparently been riveted around a cylindrical object, shards with threaded ends, and flat pieces clearly identifiable as tail fins. The sheriff hadn’t discounted the missing plane for which he planned to continue his search, but the metal fragments and apparent bomb crater discovered by Hoagland added a new dimension to the mystery. The army pilot flew over the Hi-Line Mine and surrounding area for a few hours without seeing anything unusual.

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