September 09, 1942 : Japanese bomb U.S. mainland

Introduction

On this day in 1942, a Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on an Oregon state forest-the first and only air attack on the U.S. mainland in the war.

Launching from the Japanese sub I-25, Nobuo Fujita piloted his light aircraft over the state of Oregon and firebombed Mount Emily, alighting a state forest–and ensuring his place in the history books as the only man to ever bomb the continental United States. The president immediately called for a news blackout for the sake of morale. No long-term damage was done, and Fujita eventually went home to train navy pilots for the rest of the war.

Article Details:

September 09, 1942 : Japanese bomb U.S. mainland

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    September 09, 1942 : Japanese bomb U.S. mainland

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-bomb-u-s-mainland

  • Access Date

    December 12, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks