Let me start out with a simple answer and finish with a broader answer.
By December 17, 1941 there were nine Japanese submarines off the West Coast of America. They were looking for ships destine to reinforce the forces at Pearl Harbor. There were few sinkings, before they received orders to fire all their 4.7" ammunition against various coastal areas of American on December 24. Just hours before the shelling was to begin the orders were changed and the subs ordered back to Japanese bases.
On February 25, 1942 the Japanese submarine I-17 surfaced in the area of Santa Barbara at 5:30 pm. Its target was the Elwood Oil Field. They fired 17 shells before stopping.
A day or two later the air-raid sirens of Los Angeles were sounded. Someone spotted a Japanese airplane over the city, and all the guns of the city fired into the sky. For weeks after this many cars were getting flat tires from all the metal splinters that lay on the roads from the shells fired that night. I had a friend that swore he saw a truck drive by his house with something in its trailer. The object was covered by canvas, but part of the canvas was not tied, and he saw a Japanese "meatball" (symbol) on the wing of a plane. The truth is that there were no Japanese submarines in the area, and no Japanese aircraft either. It demonstrated the tension that seized the people after the shelling near Santa Barbara shortly before.
After the Battle of Midway some submarines that were part of the decoy group near Alaska were ordered to the North American West Coast. On June 20, '42 the Japanese submarine I-26 shelled the Canadian telegraph station at Estewan Point, Vancouver. The next day submarine I-25 shelled Fort Stevens in Oregon.
On September 9, 1942 the submarine I-25 surfaced off the coast of Oregon. It carried, in a special container, an airplane. It was launched, and following orders, ignored ships. Its job was to start large forest fires. Its bomb were capable to showering out fires to a diameter of 200 yards. Two such bombs were dropped. After storing the aircraft in its container the I-25 sailed for northern California and the redwood forests. However the waves were too strong to launch an aircraft, so the I-25 returned to Oregon where there previous bombings were repeated.
After this Japanese submarines were needed more to protect the combat areas of the Japanese Empire, so the American coastline was safe from submarines. =============== Well there is the "simple" answer. Now for the rest of the story. While the Japanese could not use submarines or aircraft to attack us, they were still determine to set fires in the United States. Project Fu-Go was launched on the Meji Emperor's birthday (November 3, 1944). This was an attack used gas-filled balloons. The balloons carried two fire bombs and one explosive bomb. There was a timer that was based on the expected number of days it would take the balloons to be carried by the winds from Japan to America. Records indicate they landed in an area as far north as Alaska, as far south as the California/Mexican border, and as far east as the Great Lakes! Here are the records of the launchings: November 1944 700 December 1,200 January 1945 2,000 February 2500 March 2500 Early April 400
In modern times we have "Smoke Jumpers" that are dropped by air to fight fires in areas where there are no roads capable of getting fire fighters to the fire. The first fire fighters were a group of Black paratrooper that were not used in the war, but were used to fight this "secret war" in the forests of America. Very little information about the Japanese balloon attacks, and the fire fighting involved have been revealed over the years. The reason then was to prevent panic in America. Why not much has been written since about these Black "Smoke Jumpers" is sad. It could have been a serious problem. Fortunately the period of the year that had the best winds for the Japanese were mainly in the winter months, when the forest were covered with snow.
Hope this helps, John
The Black "Smoke Jumpers" that you refer to were the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. An excellent history of the 555th to read is: The Triple Nickles
by Bradley Biggs Hamden. Conn. Archon Books 1986
Richard V. Horrell
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because the allies were attacked by the japanese in 1945 at pearl harbor so we bombed them to get them back.
Of all the combatant nations during WW2; only the US factories were not bombed or attacked. Japanese forces attacked the US in Alaska, and a Japanese airplane (submarine launched) bombed Brookings Oregon, and a Japanese I-Boat (sub) shelled Santa Barbara California with it's deck gun...but other than those attacks, the US was perfectly safe during WWII; and could produce anything without being harmed, destroyed, or otherwise interferred with.
Japanese bombed Darwin I believe
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States Military was attacked.
No, not at the same time. It was bombed superficially, later.
Australia was attacked once in Sydney Harbour by Japanese mini submarines. and was also repeatedly bombed in the northern territory by the Japanese air force.
the japanese empire attacked December 7, 1941 which put us in Wold War 2.
The Japanese surprised attacked the sailors because they thought it was a routine training mission. They also bombed the harbor.
The first raid (carried out by the same carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor) was on 19 February 1942. There were 63 raids after that.
Among many other things not at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 2941, the US aircraft carriers were on exercises at sea and so not available to be bombed by the Japanese.
Very few large Japanese cities didn't get bombed.
In WWII The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and in return, the Americans bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki... I think :)
Hawaii was not yet a US state when the Japanese attacked on Dec 7, 1941. Hawaii was a US Territory.
The reason why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor was because Japan wanted to takeover some islands that were heavily guarded so they bombed Pearl Harbor so it is easier to take over the islands.
Pearl Harbor war bombed and attacked in World War 2
The first place in Australia bombed by the Japanese was Darwin, on 19 February 1942.
The ship that is still at pearl harbor after the Japanese bombed is the USS Arizona
From Alaska to Kamchatka; From Australia to California (California was shelled by a Japanese submarine); From California to Oregon (Oregon was bombed by a Japanese airplane); From the Santa Cruz Islands to the Philippines; From New Guinea to India; From Ceylon to Madagascar (off the African east coast).
it was bombed by the Japanese in 1942,
Pearl Harbour, Hawaii was attacked by aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy, early on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor ,HI. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor ,HI.
actually the Japanese people who bombed pearl harbor thought the US knew about the battle... there commander lied to them... they killed 2,403 Americans that day in less than 2 hours.
the confederate soilders attacked it
1. Some Japanese mini-subs reached US territory in 1941 (Pearl Harbor). 2. One Japanese submarine shelled Santa Barbara California with it's deck gun. 3. One Japanese submarine launched an airplane which bombed Brookings, Oregon.