It was a little after 6 a.m. on Sept. 9, 1942. A tiny seaplane with red balls painted on its wings was making its way through the skies over Brookings, Ore. At the controls was a young man named Nobuo Fujita; behind him, in the observer’s seat, looking intensely at the ground, was another, named Shoji Okuda.
The two of them were looking for a good place to initiate the first airstrike ever to be made on the continental United States.
For the complete story by Finn J.D. John of The (Junction City, Ore.) Tribune News, click here.