Brookings in Curry County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Japanese Attack on Oregon
Early on the morning of September 9, 1942, the Japanese submarine I-25 surfaced off Brookings. The crew quickly assembled a specially designed seaplane, and within a few minutes pilot Nobuo Fujita, observer Shoji Okuda, and two 170 pound incendiary bombs were catapulted airborne. The plane flew toward Cape Blanco Light and crossed the coastline, following a course southeast for about 50 miles to drop its payload on Wheeler Ridge and become the first enemy aircraft to bomb the US mainland.
The Japanese intended to ignite the forests of the Pacific Northwest and cause panic. The attempt was frustrated by an unusually wet fire season and vigilant U.S. Forest Service lookouts atop Mt. Emily and at Bear Wallow. The fires were quickly extinguished and 50 pounds of bomb fragments were turned over to U.S. Military and FBI Investigators.
Twenty days later the I-25 surfaced 50 miles west of Cape Blanco.
This time Fujita crossed the coastline near Port Orford. Forest Service lookouts spotted the plane, and so did ranchers along the
Fujita returned to Oregon in 1962, but this time his mission was peaceful. While attending Brookings’ annual Azalea Festival, he surrendered his 400 year-old Samurai-type sword to the Mayor as ‘The finest possible way of closing the story. To pledge peace and friendship.’ Nobuo Fujita returned again in 1992, to plant a redwood seedling at the bombed site on the 50th anniversary of the attack.
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
Location. 42° 3.34′ N, 124° 16.423′ W. Marker is in Brookings, Oregon, in Curry County. Marker is at the intersection of North Bank Chetco River Road and Oregon Coast Hwy (U.S. 101), on the right when traveling south on North Bank Chetco River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookings OR 97415, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. March 11, 2011 Tsunami (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Oregon Travel Experience - Japanese Attack on Oregon. (Submitted on January 12, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.