Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! -- Part 4
Oct. 29, 1945: The Times publishes the searchlight photo to accompany a story about the Air Force account of the incident.
Almost as soon as the shooting stopped, people began arguing over whether the 1942 air raid was a genuine sighting. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson insisted that 15 planes had been seen over the city while Secretary of the Navy William Franklin Knox dismissed the incident as a false alarm.
After the war, the military was more forthcoming with information and in preparing its official history, the 4th Air Force stated that there were unidentified airplanes, possibly Japanese, over Los Angeles that night. However, a Japanese Navy official dismissed the account, saying that no Japanese aircraft were involved.
Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! – Part 1