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Typical of the site, nothing ever happened, at least that was not routinely boring. However, on this night, at AM in the morning something changed. They picked up an unidentified aerial target on a south to east trajectory out over the Pacific exhibiting if nothing else, an exceedingly high rate of speed, an object that a few years later would be construed as a UFO or flying saucer.
However, when the object was sighted it was wartime and a whole different set of perils were tantamount. Nineteen minutes later residents of the Pacific Palisades and the surrounding area observed a huge airborne object east of them rising up over the Santa Monica Mountains from out of the north.
While the proposed Christmas day attack would not have approached anything near the massive destruction of the Hawaiian raid, the psychological damage would have been devastating, and for sure the physical damage would have been a great deal worse than anything the later Battle of L.
The two events were not related.
History has revealed all the workings behind the unfulfilled Christmas day attack by the Japanese and the reasons behind its last minute cancellation. However, nothing but speculation has surfaced trying to resolve the mystery surrounding the giant unidentified object that was seen by thousands that had the ability to withstand several hours of continous pounding from anti-aircraft shells, all the while staying aloft and seemingly escaping without damage.
The mystery continues to remain because after the war, although the Japanese admitted responsibility for a number of hostile acts against the United States along the Pacific coast, they insisted they had absolutely no hand whatsoever in any of the events, major or minor, that led up to or transpired over Los Angeles on February 25, The Imperial General Headquarters issued an expanded set of orders over the head of the IJN to also initiate attacks against the continental mainland, i.
To meet the immediacy of those orders with no traditional warships remotely in the pipeline or close by Vice Admiral Shimizu issued a detailed order for the submarines already dispatched to the area to comply.
To underscore the level of importance the Japanese high command put into the successful execution of the plan, one of the submarines, the I-9, even carried a Rear Admiral.
On December 22,three days before the attack was to be pulled off, Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku, the Commander in Chief, Combined Fleet, postponed the Christmas night attack until December 27th apparently because on that same day, the 22nd, the Japanese Combined Fleet Intelligence Bureau intercepted transmissions that seemed to impy three U.
Vice Admiral Shimizu redirected the I-9 which was on orders to Panama from Oregon, I, I and the I to rendezvous in an area considered safe some distance off the southern California coast near Mexico to coordinate plans to intercept and engage the battleships reported to be arriving in Los Angeles December 25th.
On Christmas day, December 25th, one of the three remaining submarines, the I, taking up a position in the narrow channel between Santa Catalina Island and the mainland just off Point Fermin near San Pedro, and possibly leaning rogue or breaking rank, torpedoed and damaged the unarmed U.
Although the Absaroka settled up to her main deck within minutes and abandoned, the crew reboarded her and a Navy tug towed her to a strip of sand below Fort MacArthur and beached. As for the submarines, all four primed for the December 27th attack were aircraft equipped.
It carried one fixed forward-firing. The E14Y carried a two person crew: It also had the capability of carrying two to four bombs or one torpedo. Even though on the surface of things it would appear that utilizing the planes would allow for a much better ability to select specific targets and inflict greater damage over a longer range and farther inland than the deck guns on the submarines they were NOT designated within the orders as an integral part of the operational plans.
There were two major weaknesses to their use. One was the logistics of launching the plane, followed then its retrieval.
Launching a plane too close to shore presented problems to above-surface-exposure, which meant in a practical sense, to launch would require the sub to be some distance back because of the time needed to make the plane airworthy such as unfolding of wings, etc.
On retrieval just the opposite would be true, especially at night where location lights would be needed. In any case, making the submarine a sitting duck.
At the very last minute on the same day of the rescheduled December 27th "land-attack" the Japanese General Staff totally rescinded the order, the official party line being that the shelling of densely populated areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco would result in potentially heavy civilian losses and possibly even heavier retaliation by the Americans.
Vice Admiral Shimizu canceled the attack within moments of the bombardment.
Which brings us to the second weakness. Once the planes were in the air they would be susceptible to exposure by radar, as too the subs would quickly become susceptible IF someone smart enough began backtracking where the planes came from.
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