Japanese World War II Balloon Bombs Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0558
Creators:
Mikesh, Robert C.
Dates:
1860-1988
bulk 1945-1983
Languages:
Multiple languages
Collection is in
English
and
Japanese
.
Physical Description:
1.51 Cubic feet
3 legal document boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection was gathered by National Air and Space Museum curator Robert C. Mikesh for his publication on this subject, "Japan's World War II Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America." The collection consists of the following: magazine and newspaper articles on the Japanese balloons; manuscripts and independent articles; 83 photos Mr. Mikesh used in his book and 68 miscellaneous photos collected for research purposes; also photocopies of Japanese balloon illustrations and Japanese balloon propaganda reports. The collection also includes the working files of Kiyoshi Tanaka, the Supervisor Technical Lieutenant Commander for the Japanese Navy balloon project, and multiple copies of Mr. Mikesh's publication.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as originally numbered and titled by Robert C. Mikesh. Additional folder title information has been added by the processing archivist in brackets.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
During World War II the Japanese constructed nearly 10,000 lighter-than-air balloons for the purpose of carrying destructive pay loads to the U.S. Between November 1944 and April 1945 these balloons made use of the prevailing west-to-east jet stream over the North Pacific Ocean. Nearly 285 sightings and fragment findings have been recorded in North America, and 5 deaths resulted. This was the first and only attack upon the American continent directly from an enemy homeland.

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Elizabeth C. Borja, 2018.
Author
Elizabeth C. Borja
Immediate Source of Acquisition
NASM Generated, Transfer, unknown, NASM.XXXX.0558.

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Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Preferred Citation
Japanese World War II Balloon Bombs Collection, Acc. XXXX.0558, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Air defenses -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
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