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

By Ross Coen

Near the top of worldwide struggle II, in an try to assault the us mainland, Japan introduced its fu-go crusade, deploying hundreds of thousands of high-altitude hydrogen balloons armed with incendiary and high-explosive bombs designed to stick to the westerly winds of the higher surroundings and float to the west coast of North the US. After attaining the mainland, those fu-go, the japanese was hoping, could terrorize americans and ignite devastating woodland fires around the western states, finally inflicting the U.S. to divert wartime assets to house the household challenge. whereas the fu-go offensive proved to be an entire tactical failure, six american citizens misplaced their lives while a found balloon exploded.

Ross Coen offers a desirable inspect the vague 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. battle division who built security tactics. The ebook delves into panic, propaganda, and media censorship in wartime. Fu-go is a compelling tale of a little-known episode in our nationwide heritage that opened up almost unseen.

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Research team from Noborito conducting launch tests at Ichinomiya in 1943. “Nishida Group,” Bert Webber Papers, Box 10, Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University detailed wind charts. Engineers at Noborito now firmly believed that a transoceanic balloon flight was possible. our red blood burns Students at the Yamaguchi Girls High School gathered in the shade of a large ginko tree in the schoolyard on a hot summer day in 1944. The girls, all in their mid- to late teens, had been summoned to the yard to receive a visitor from the nearby Kokura Arsenal, an industrial weapons production compound.

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. He then returned to Casper with the remnants of the suspected bomb, intending to pass them along to an ordnance expert at the base. A snowstorm on Friday, December 8, temporarily halted the search efforts.

7. Pressure relief valve recovered in Alaska, date and location unknown. 21 The opposite problem occurred during nighttime when cooler temperatures would cause the balloon to descend below 30,000 feet and drop out of the wind currents. The problem would be exacerbated each successive day of the balloon’s journey as more and more unrecoverable gas was released during the daytime. A system of ballast weights that could be jettisoned whenever the balloon dropped below preset minimum altitudes represented the best possible solution.

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