The Attack of the Japanese Balloon Bombs

A Japanese rubberized balloon recovered from sea / A shot-down fire balloon reinflated by Americans in California. U.S. Army Air Force photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives | Public Domain

Picture this: It's late 1944, and you, like thousands of other people on the west coast of North America, have noticed bizarre, jellyfish-like objects floating through the sky. You call the local authorities, maybe even the Air Force, only to be ignored. You don't see anything about this in the papers or on the radio. You are in the midst of a real-world conspiracy of silence -- until, that is, the bombs begin to explode. Listen in to learn more about the attack of the Japanese balloon bombs.