A letter from George C. Marshall to President Roosevelt about the Los Angeles Air Raid. The government always denied this the existence of this memorandum, but it was declassified under the Freedom of Information Act in 1974.


                              SECRET   
 
                                                     February 26, 1942.
                                                     
    OCS  21347-86
    
    
         MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT:
         
                   The following is the information we have from GHQ
         at this moment regarding the air alarm over Los Angeles of
         yesterday morning:
         
                   "From details available at this hour:


                     "1. Unidentified airplanes, other then American
            Army or Navy planes, were probably over Los Angeles, and
            were fired on by elements of the 37th CA Brigade  (AA)
            between 3:12 and 4:15 AM.  These units expended 1430
            rounds of ammunition.
             
                     "2. As many as fifteen airplanes may have
            been involved, flying at various speeds from what is
            officially reported as being very slow to as much
            as 200 MPH and at elevations from 9000 to 18000 feet.
             
                     "3. No bombs were dropped.
                      
                     "4. No casualties among our troops.
                      
                     "5. No planes were shot down.
                     
                     "6. No American Army or Navy planes were in
            action.
            
                "Investigation continuing. It seems reasonable to con-
            clude that if unidentified airplanes were involved they may
            have been from commercial sources, operated by enemy agents
            for purposes of spreeding [sic] alarm, disclosing location of
            antiaircraft positions, and slowing production through
            blackout. Such conclusion is supported by varying speed
            of operation and the fact that no bombs were dropped."
            
                                                  Gen. George C. Marshall
                                                  
                                                       Chief Of Staff

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