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Fire balloon fragment
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Fire balloon fragment

Object 2005.011.001

Fire balloon fragment

Fire balloon fragment

A flattened, irregular-shaped piece of laminated mulberry paper from a World War II Japanese air balloon bomb that was recovered near Hay River in June 1945. The Japanese launched approximately 9,300 of these hydrogen filled balloons in 1944 and 1945, and they were carried in the jet stream to North America. Most balloons carried small bombs and they were intended to cause panic, chaos and start forest fires.

Object Details
Accession No. 2005.011.001
Maker Japanese manufacturer
Location /
Era 1945
Culture