World War 2

How many American women and children were killed on American soil by the Japanese balloon bombs?

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July 16, 2015 7:19PM

One woman & five children on a church sponsored outing at Mt. Gearhart, Oregon were the only casualties on American soil by Japanese balloon bombs.

Richard V. Horrell

WW 2

Mrs. Elsie Mitchell, who was pregnant, along with Sherman Shoemaker, 12, Jay Gifford, 12, Eddie Engen, 13, Joan Patzke, 11, and Dick Patzke, 13, were killed by the Japanese on May 5th, 1945, in Oregon.

Here is a copy of the original 1945 Seattle Times newspaper article after it happened: