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Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! -- Part 6





  Feb. 26, 1942, Searchlights  

  July 8, 1947, Flying Disk  

July 8, 1947: The first links between the searchlight photo, the Battle of Los Angeles and flying saucers seem to have emerged in the late 1940s.  A Times editorial dismissing UFOs compared them to the mystery object targeted during the 1942 air raid. “…antiaircraft bursts caught in searchlight beams were magnified into 27 twin-engined Japanese bombers, majestically flying in formation," The Times said. 

In 1952, Times columnist Bill Henry  referred to "the Battle of Los Angeles of 1942 in which something resembling a flying saucer -- it was really an errant weather balloon -- touched off the gosh-durndest artillery barrage that our community has witnessed before or since."
 
Today, an Internet search reveals a vast number of websites devoted to the searchlight photo and UFOs.

Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! – Part 1

Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! -- Part 2


Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! – Part 3

Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! – Part 4

Another Good Story Ruined: Saucers Over L.A.! – Part 5

Another Good Story Ruined: The Battle of Los Angeles




 
  July 8, 1947, Flying Disk  

  March 1, 1962, Battle  

  March 1, 1962, Battle  

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Aug 1, 1952, Flying Saucer
 
 
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