Object 2005.011.001

Fire balloon fragment

Fire balloon fragment

A piece of laminated mulberry paper from a World War II Japanese air balloon recovered near Hay River in June 1945. The Japanese launched approximately 9,300 of these hydrogen-filled balloons in 1944 and 1945. They were carried by air currents to North America. Most balloons carried small bombs, intended to cause panic and start forest fires.

Object Details
Accession No.2005.011.001
MakerJapanese manufacturer
Culture
Region
LocationHay River, Great Slave Lake
Date1945