BLUFDuring WW2, the Japanese released 9,000 balloons, each carrying a bomb—1,000 balloons reached the USA—apart from the party from Oregon, there were no other casualties.
Francine Uenuma writing in Smithsonian Magazine, makes the following points:
- The Japanese bombs were the first intercontinental weapon system.
- The USA censored all stories about Japanese balloons to prevent panic.
- The Japanese discontinued the balloon program when they heard nothing on US radio about the balloons.
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References from the Web:
- Balloon Bombs: Japan's Answer to Doolittle-National WW2 Museum
- FEB 2023 As US planes bombed Japan in World War II, the Japanese sent balloons across the ocean to try to set the US on fire-Business Insider