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Omaha, Nebraska: Plaque: Japanese Balloon Bomb Exploded Here

A bouncy weapon of war floated a long, long way in 1945 just to explode ineffectually above Omaha.

Underwood Ave., Omaha, NE
Mounted on the outside wall of a building on the south side of Underwood Ave., just west of N. 50th St.
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Dundee Bombed plaque detail.

Japanese Balloon Bomb Site

The Japanese Balloon Bomb Site plaque was outside Carl S. Baum Druggists, which has since gone out of business. However, the building was renovated a few years ago, and now houses a Subway Sandwich Shop and an eCreamery Ice Cream Shop. The locally famous Dundee Dell Restaurant is adjacent.

[Stacy, 08/01/2008]
Kohll's Rexall Soda Fountain - homeless Soda Jerks

I regret to inform you that the Kohll's Rexall soda fountain, which was in said drug store, in the Dundee neighborhood in Omaha, is gone. They finally took the soda fountain out, so the National Association of Soda Jerks will have no place to go if they meet in Omaha again.

[Don Fraysier, 05/30/2004]

Dundeed Bombed in World War II plaque.

Balloon Bomb Plaque, Soda Jerk Hang-out

In the quaint Dundee neighborhood of Omaha, there is a plaque commemorating the "Bombing of Dundee." A Japanese incendiary balloon exploded over the neighborhood in 1945. The Japanese made many such devices, but most exploded over the west coast. Few made it so far inland as the Dundee balloon.

Also of interest is the neighborhood itself, a former suburb, annexed in 1917 or so, by the city of Omaha. A little ways from the plaque marking the balloon explosion can be found Kohll's Rexal Drug, which has a working soda fountain, and has been a favorite hang-out for the National Association of Soda Jerks when they hold their convention in Omaha.

[Don Fraysier, 01/21/2001]

Photo added February 2008.

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