Strange But True: Stories of World War II by George Sullivan

By George Sullivan

Debts of 11 weird and wonderful yet precise incidents in the course of international struggle II contain a mystery alliance among the U.S. army and the Mafia and eastern bombing through balloon of our Midwest.

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Lanza and Espy visited the docks where the fish- in the Fish was able to talk to the crewmen easily and naturally, as if he were one of them. " The word was passed to huning boats tied up. Lanza dreds of fishermen that any sign of suspicious activshould be reported to Lanza. Through Lanza, Heffenden was able to place agents as workers in the market stalls and on fishing boats as crew members. The boats ranged as far north as Maine and as far south as the Carolinas, with the agents scanning the sea for submarine ac- ity tivity.

Perhaps it was a dolphin/' one officer said. "Perhaps it was a log," said another. When the report reached the captain that a suspicious object had been sighted in the water, he ordered an emergency alarm to be sounded. "It's better to be on the safe side," he said. By that time, 13 minutes had passed. Below the surface, Cameron swung the X-6 under the keel of the Tirpitz. He set the charges to go off in one hour and then ordered the men to release them. The two big bombs fell away from the X-6 and came to rest in the thick mud below the bottom of the Tripitz's hull.

The balloon was recovered almost intact with its bombs attached. It was rushed to the Naval Air Station in Sunnyvale, Cahfornia, for study. There 28 ONE BALLOON WAS RECOVERED INTACT, REFILLED WITH HELIUM, AND TEST FLOWN. (National Archives) the bullet holes were patched and the balloon was refilled with helium and test flown. Men kept a tight hold on the shroud lines so it would not sail away. Within a four- or five- week period, military experts obtained evidence of nineteen balloon incidents in five western states, plus Hawaii and Alaska (which were not states at the time) and three Canadian provinces.

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