- It has recently been suggested that the picture which
appeared in the Los Angeles Times on "February 26, 1942 that captured
a "disc shaped object" surrounded by "exploding artillery
shells" had been "doctored" in some manner. Below is a copy
of a print of the photograph produced from the original negative, followed
by a photocopy of the same, taken from existing available microfilm of
the archives of the newspaper.
- You be the judge:
- Click Either Image For Full Scale Pics
- From Original LA Times Negative
- From LA Times Microfilm
- Dr. Bruce Maccabee's Analysis Of The Object In The Photo
- Katie Saw It All
- By Jeff Rense
- Pay close attention to the convergence of the searchlights
and you will clearly see the shape of the visitor within the illuminated
target area. It's a BIG item and seemed completely oblivious to the hundreds
of AA shells bursting on and adjacent to it which caused it no evident
dismay. There were casualties, however...on the ground. At least 6 people
died as a direct result of the Army's attack on the UFO which slowly and
leisurely made its way down to and then over Long Beach before finally
moving off and disappearing. ___
- In February, 1942, Katie was a young, beautiful, and
highly-successful interior decorator and artist who worked with many of
Hollywood's most glamorous celebrities and film industry luminaries. She
lived on the west side of Los Angeles, not far from Santa Monica. With
the outbreak of the war with Japan and the rising fear of a Japanese air
attack, or even invasion of the West Coast, thousands of residents volunteered
for wartime duties on the home front. Katie volunteered to become an Air
Raid Warden as did 12,000 other residents in the sprawling city of Los
Angeles and surrounding communities.
- In the early morning hours of February 25th, Katie's
phone rang. It was the Air Raid supervisor in her district notifying her
of an alert and asking if she had seen the object in the sky very close
to her home. She immediately walked to a window and looked up. "It
was huge! It was just enormous! And it was practically right over my house.
I had never seen anything like it in my life!" she said. "It
was just hovering there in the sky and hardly moving at all." With
the city blacked out, Katie, and hundreds of thousands of others, were
able to see the eerie visitor with spectacular clarity. "It was a
lovely pale orange and about the most beautiful thing you've ever seen.
I could see it perfectly because it was very close. It was big!"
- The U.S. Army anti-aircraft searchlights by this time
had the object completely covered. "They sent fighter planes up (the
Army denied any of its fighters were in action) and I watched them in groups
approach it and then turn away. There were shooting at it but it didn't
seem to matter." Katie is insistent about the use of planes in the
attack on the object. The planes were apparently called off after several
minutes and then the ground cannon opened up. "It was like the Fourth
of July but much louder. They were firing like crazy but they couldn't
touch it." The attack on the object lasted over half an hour before
the visitor eventually disappeared from sight. Many eyewitnesses talked
of numerous "direct hits" on the big craft but no damage was
seen done to it. "I'll never forget what a magnificent sight it was.
Just marvelous. And what a georgeous color!", said Katie.
- --Jeff Rense
Bruce Maccabee's analysis of the Battle of LA photograph