WW2 History: Japanese Randomly Sent Fire Bombs by Balloon to Terrorize the US.

This is copied from the museum. It can be found at 00:40 in my video:

FUGO: The Windship Weapon:

The “Doolittle Raid” during World War 2 was planned against Japan to cause confusion and impede production. Although the bomb loads of these B-25 bombers could not do enough physical damage to permanently delay the war, Americans hoped it would produce a psychological blow to the Japanese. Ironically, the mission also sparked the invention by the Japanese of the world’s first intercontinental weapon, the FUGO, or balloon bomb known as the windship weapon.

The Japanese worked for two years testing and preparing before the first bomb carrying balloon was released on American cities, forest and farmlands. In the dry season, widespread scattering of these weapons could literally burn out the vast forests of the Pacific Coast. This was Japan’s purpose along with the associated psychological effect upon the American people.Over 6,000 balloons were launched between November 1944 and April 1945, and an estimated 1,000 reached the US. The balloons took an average of 60 hours to cross the Pacific Ocean and were found from Atu in the Aleutians as far east as Michigan and reaching south of Mexico. Only a few hundred balloons have been tracked, located and recovered or destroyed. Of those remaining, there is no trace.

Considering the widespread dispersion of these balloon bombs, the primary goal of the US was to prevent the Japanese from learning of their effectiveness. The Office of Censorship requested newspaper editors and radio broadcasters to give no publicity whatsoever to balloon sighting or incidents.

Historians may make light of this last ditch effort by the Japanese to retaliate agaist the US, however, had this balloon weapon been further exploited by using germ or gas bombs, the result could have been disastrous to the American people.


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