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Mikesh, Robert C. Japan’s World War II Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1973.” (Image Credit: Reprinted from Mikesh (1973), courtesy of Smithsonian Institution.) While the US government managed to restrict reporting about the Japanese balloon bombs appearing over the mainland US in 1944, they did not stop photographers from capturing what they looked like. Below are images, taken by both the Japanese and Americans, of the bombs. Balloon caught on a fence, "Japanese balloon and apparatus recovered 13 March, 1945." (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Ballast ring with rulers - The Signal Corps took this photo of the ballast ring of a balloon bomb that was recovered near Holy Cross, Alaska in January of 1945. (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Ballast with wires. Caption: "Bottom view of lower metal ring showing center plugs of Japanese balloon. One plug had blown, the fuse leading to the other was cut and plug failed to operate." (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Balloon in hangar: A caption reads: "Overall photograph of Japanese balloon inflated with apparatus properly suspended." (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Balloon over the ocean. (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Man showing valve: A caption reads: "Japanese rubberized balloon recovered at sea on 23 April, 1945." (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Fuse with measuring tape (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Recovered balloon in Kansas. Caption: "Japanese balloon with bombs attached was found near Bigelow, Kansas." (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Recovered balloon in Oregon. (Please note this is NOT the balloon that claimed the lives of the civilians from Bly, Oregon.) (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Japanese girls assembling balloon bombs (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) Japanese girl making washi paper for the Fu-Go (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) Japanese girl using washi paper to construct the skin of the balloon (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) Japanese girls assembling balloon bombs (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) Fu-Go assembly site (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) A Fu-Go in Japan (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) A Fu-Go in Japan (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) A downed balloon bomb on power lines, location unknown (Photo Credit: National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas) The consequence of loose lips and stray talk was also reinforced by Allied Propaganda (Image Credit: Gift of the American Friends of the Victoria & Albert by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko Wanted! For Murder, Her Careless Talk Costs Lives. (Image Credit: National Archives and Records Administration, Artist: Victor Keppler 1944)

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