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Japenese attack California coast...



Item # 655416

February 24, 1942

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 24, 1942 

* Attack on California coast
* Ellwood oil field shelling
* Japanese submarine I-17


The front page banner headline proclaims: "SUBMARINE SHELLS CALIFORNIA OIL PLANT" with subheads. (see)
This brief yet very historic shelling only caused minor damage to the oil field—a pump house and a single oil derrick were destroyed—but its implications were severe. The bombardment at Ellwood was the first shelling of the mainland United States during World War II, and it sparked an invasion panic among an American populace not used dealing with war on the home front. A day later, reports of enemy aircraft led to the so-called “Battle of Los Angeles,” in which American artillery was discharged over Los Angeles for several hours due to the mistaken belief that the Japanese were invading.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day with much more on World War II. Complete with all 38 pages, rag edition in great condition.

Category: World War II

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