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Enemy Planes Sighted Over L.A.! February 25, 1942

February 20, 2009 |  7:00 pm

Feb. 24, 1942: The Times reports a submarine attack near Santa Barbara.

Feb. 25: Southland on alert.

Feb. 26: What happened?
The Army's Western Defense Command insisted a blackout and an antiaircraft barrage were in response to the sighting of enemy aircraft. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox dismissed it as "jittery nerves."

The Times' Elina Shatkin is looking for people who remember this incident. If you do, e-mail her at