Brookings, Oregon: Japanese Bombed Here, TooIt was a World War II balloon bomb launched from far east in the Pacific, and its diabolical intent was to start a forest fire, and it didn't.
- Mt. Emily Rd, Brookings, OR
- Just south of town and the Chetco River, turn inland off of US 101 onto Lower Harbor Rd/CR-808/South Bank Chetco River Rd. Drive five miles. Turn right onto Mt Emily Rd/NF-1205. Drive 12.5 miles. Once you pass NF-260, Bombsite Trail will lead off of the road one-half mile to the site.
Visitor Tips and News About Japanese Bombed Here, Too
In the mountains east of Brookings, Oregon, you can hike a trail and see where a Japanese bomb landed during WWII. There were no people there then, and there aren't any now, on 1/7/00.[Janebird, 01/08/2000]
One incendiary bomb was dropped on Sept 9, 1942 by the same intrepid sub-launched seaplane pilot who bombed Port Orford (that bomb didn't explode). In the 1960s pilot Nobuo Fujita was invited to Brookings, where he presented the town with his 350-year old samurai sword.