Japanese bomb balloons bound for the U.S. are shot down; examination of parachute and bomb apparatus
United States USA Date:1945, July Duration:2 min 32 sec Sound:Yes
Evaluation of Japanese bomb-carrying balloons sent across the Pacific to the United States by Japan during World War 2. Gun camera footage of American fighter planes from Aleutian Island bases firing at Japanese balloons en route to the Pacific coast of the U.S. A balloon and bomb which reached the shores of the U.S. but did not explode is examined by U.S. Army soldiers. They unfold the rice paper parachute portion of the balloon and examine its construction. Close-up views of the balloon control mechanism are shown, including a circular frame that would hold anti-personnel and encendiary bombs. Details of the wet cell battery and ballast weights are shown, including barometric aneroid switches which would operate to release ballast from simple hooks, as needed, to control balloon altitude. Narrator indicates it is believed the main purpose of the bombs was to start brush and forest fires.
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