(1942 Incidents)


By Rob Arndt


In the span of a few mere minutes on the morning of February 25, 1942 all of southern California was scanning the skies watching in disbelief as intense searchlight beams converged on an unknown disc aircraft of huge diameter. Although a blackout was in effect tens of thousands of people turned on their lights and ran into the streets to catch the unfolding battle. Air Wardens did their best to control the mobs but the battle raged for some time and was quite intense.

The 37th Coastal Artillery Battery opened up with 12 lb shells firing multiple volleys at the slow moving disc that seemed to just ￿hang in the air￿ despite being hit by hundreds of rounds.


The barrage lasted more than thirty minutes with 1,430 shells fired. These caused the deaths of six civilians on the ground and damaged hundreds of dwellings, businesses, and littered the streets as hundreds of thousands of terrified citizen onlookers feared another ￿Pearl Harbor￿ attack with waves of Japanese planes.

Image enhancements reveal disc form and approx. diameter of between
50-100 feet

At first the volley fire of the coastal artillery gave the impression of waves of aircraft but soon it became apparent that once the searchlights were coordinated onto the object it was one craft - described as a type of ￿flying magic lantern￿.


The object itself was glowing and was not physically damaged by earlier attempts by USAAF fighters to down it nor the thousands of shells fired at it.


Even as the ￿Battle of L.A.￿ died down the object continued on its course, traveling 20 miles in 30 minutes at very low speed (40 mph), giving the impression of an aerostat. It disappeared from view after passing Long Beach. The cannons then became silent.


Key eyewitness testimony came from a female volunteer Air Warden named Katie who described the object as a ￿huge round slow moving craft glowing pale orange￿. She is the best source of reliable information because she was the first to get a clear view of the craft before the 37th Coastal Artillery Battery opened up.


Not living far from Santa Monica, she was awakened from her sleep by her supervisor and briefed on the situation of a large menacing object moving in her direction. Immediately, she went to the window and saw the huge machine slowly moving across the sky towards downtown Los Angeles.


Testimony from the masses of people on the street claimed everything from waves of Japanese aircraft, to balloons, to dirigibles. The hysteria of that early morning encounter seems to have taken its toll.

Lone disc aircraft caught in the searchlights

But fortunately the L.A. Times took photos of the incident and from the negatives the lone disc is clearly seen in the searchlights.


Now comes the inevitable question of where did the disc originate from? Since only Germany had this type of technology under development in 1942 it would seem that the disc had a German origin. But Germany was across the Atlantic Ocean, not the Pacific!


However, Germany began in 1941 to technology transfer by long-range cargo transports and U-boats documents and hardware on a disc aircraft - the WNF Feuerball (Fireball) followed in 1942 by transfers concerning the AEG Kugelwaffen (spherical Ball Weapons).

It is believed that these weapons were received and operated by Mitsubishi and Nakajima for both the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy. The Japanese through diplomatic channels and technical advisors in
Germany may have also known of the occult Thule-Vril disc technology.

Subaru Motors Logo, showing the
6 visible stars of the Pleiades

Nakajima is reputed to have unofficially named one of their craft ￿Subaru￿ which translates as ￿the 7 stars of the Pleiades￿. Like their German counterparts, the Japanese launched these weapons in clusters for attack.

Modern, popular underground Japanese Subaru emblem

The Pleiades are a cluster of stars, luminous objects. Postwar Subaru Motors came from Nakajima and the stars emblem is still there today - mere coincidence?


Most Japanese wartime aircraft were named after dragons, mountains, winds, clouds, lightning, birds, trees and flowers. Just five were named after stars, predominantly by Yokosuka. Nakajima named one aircraft the Gekko (Moonlight) that was a night fighter, reflecting its role.

Nakajima J-IN-1 Gekko (Moonlight) night fighters













The Western ￿Seven Sisters￿ of the Pleiades to the right,

a.k.a. Japanese ￿Subaru￿ or ￿Matsuraboshi￿ (Six Stars)








But none of the star designations were described as ￿luminous￿. Nakajima must have had a motive for naming this very secret aircraft after the Pleiades. Perhaps from German influence. Like the Vril fascination with Aldebaran, the Pleiades also sit in the Taurus Constellation. Another coincidence?


Japan experimented with and used both Feuerballs and Kugelwaffen from 1941-1945, but specific attacks on Allied combat aircraft didn￿t commence until post VE-Day. Sightings of the mystery ￿Foo Fighters￿ in the PTO began in August 1945 and continued briefly after VJ-Day. The Japanese then destroyed the last of the weapons, having feared these weapons as ￿demonic, spirit-driven abominations￿ due to lack of understanding concerning EMG drives and possibly ion-plasma or mercury-plasma engines.


So this 1942 mystery disc might have been an earlier experimental German-Japanese model, possibly built by Nakajima. Exact dimensions of a Feuerball are not known since the fire halos they created distorted any attempt at judging their accurate size, but some were reported as very large luminous objects, according to the 20th and 21st Bomber Commands.

Unknown disc craft above China during war years

Better view of possibly Japanese disc craft

The people of Los Angeles weren￿t the only ones that were afraid of a Japanese attack in 1942. Over Tientsien, China during the same year ANOTHER unknown disc aircraft slowly moved in broad daylight above the Chinese Province of Hopeh.


Although of different configuration and not luminous, the Hopeh Province mystery disc was also slow moving, suggesting a recon role or flight test.


Japan had attacked China prior to Pearl Harbor and used biological weapons on the Chinese. The US feared the same type of warfare so any unidentified aircraft or object spotted over US soil was considered hostile; hence, the intense 30 minute ￿Battle of L.A.￿. The Chinese, however, were virtually powerless against the Japanese so the Hopeh disc was not fired upon.

FUGO balloon bomb

The reasonable fear of unconventional weapons became a reality later in the war in the form of the Japanese Intercontinental FUGO balloon bombs which carried incendiaries (instead of bio agents) which started several fires in the US and killed a family in Oregon when one of its members tampered with explosives from the balloon.


These fire attacks were put out by the 555th Parachute Infantry Division a.k.a. the ￿Triple Nickles￿- a special all-Negro smoke-jumper unit operating under ￿Operation Firefly￿ to keep the fire weapon information suppressed from 1944-1945.

The 555th ￿Triple Nickels￿




The Japanese launched over 9,000 of these balloons which were in crude form the first intercontinental weapons. They too were slow moving and only perhaps 1,000 actually made it to the US mainland.


As for the 1942 objects flown over the Pacific Ocean and northern China - they remain a mystery. Postwar, the USAF took a keen interest in both the FUGO balloon weapon and German disc technology for new combined use as an aerial reconnaissance platform that would eventually lift a secret parabolic lifting body over Soviet installations - possibly the mystery Roswell craft of 1947.



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Perhaps we will never know what the luminous objects were￿ but Germany had sent over to Japan the hardware and documentation to construct this type of technology. There is no reason Mitsubishi or Nakajima could not have experimented with disc-shaped aircraft of their own since they eagerly copied German jet engine, jet and rocket aircraft, and guided missile designs.



10-15-1948; Fusuoka, JA 11:05 p.m.

Witnesses: pilot Halter and radar operator Hemphill of a P-61 "Black Widow" night fighter. Up to six objects tracked on radar, only one seen visually. Dull or dark object shaped like a dirigible with a flat bottom and clipped tail end. Six seen on radar separately Pilot attempted to close on visual object, but it dove away fast.

This photo comes up on some sites as a German-Japanese co-operation disc...