May 5, 1945 – The Japanese Military Launched A Balloon With A Bomb In Oregon

Forest officials examine fragments from a bomb dropped by a Japanese airplane in September 1942. (Folder 5, Box 17, Defense Council Records, OSA)

On May 5, 1945, the Japanese military launched a seaplane from a submarine off of the Oregon coast. That plane launched a balloon armed with a bomb. After the balloon deflated, a man and his five children approached the balloon and were killed by the bomb blast that was activated. Those civilians were the only American civilians to be killed within the continental United States by an axis attack during the war.

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