When the Japanese Bombed Oregon

On 9 September 1942 the Japanese submarine aircraft carrier, I-25, surfaced quietly off the Oregon coast and at 0600 Warrant Flying Officer Nobuo Fujita took-off in a Glen floatplane on the only aerial bombing mission over the US mainland during the Second World War.

Fujita’s mission was to drop two 170lb incendiaries and start extensive forest fires in the Pacific Northwest near Brookings, Oregon. The Japanese had hoped that the mission would draw valuable US military resources away from the war in the Pacific, but heavy rain the night before had meant that the forest was still very damp and the US Forest Service were able to quickly extinguish the fires. Continue reading “When the Japanese Bombed Oregon”