June 2, 1942, the Japanese war machine turned its attention to America, Japan launched a series of assaults on American Soil - at Midway Island off Hawaii, and on tiny but strategic islands in the Aleutian chain. Dutch Harbor was attached, and Japanese forces occupied the islands of Kiska and Attu. American citizens were imprisoned and tortured; some were sent to POW camps in Japan - some disappeared and never returned. The fact that American soil was invaded and actually occupied by Japan was kept hidden from the American public to prevent a drop in morale.
Even worse, the infamous Unit 17 of the Japanese Army conducted medical and bio-warfare experiments on living POWs and civilian prisoners alike, including infecting prisoners with experimental viruses.
In November 1944, during the height of the bombing campaign on Northern Japan, Bomber Flight 18, a B-25, departed Attu for an emergency flight to Elmendorf Airforce Base at Anchorage. The following transcript from their final radio transmission has been recently declassified by the Department of Defense:
Elmendorf AFB Tower 11/14/44 06:45hrs transcript as follows:
BOMBER 18: May Day, May Day, May Day! This is U.S. Bomber Flight 18. We are inbound from Attu. Position approximately 700 miles west of Anchorage. Extremely low on fuel. Be advised we have wounded on board. Request immediate assistance, vector for emergency landing, over.
ELMENDORF CONTROL: Flight 18. This is Elmendorf Control. Received transmission garbled. Say again? Over.
BOMBER 18: Elmendorf, Bomber 18. We need medical assistance! …Attacked by [garbled]. Possible… [garbled] biochemical warfare. Virus... [garbled] on board. Medical experiments... [garbled] Some kind of...[garbled] not dead! Oh, Christ, they’re---!
ELMENDORF CONTROL Ah, say again, Bomber 18… We’re losing your signal… Bomber 18, Elmendorf, do you read?... Bomber 18, this is Elmendorf, come in…
Bomber 18 was never heard from again. Or was it?
The following story appeared on UPI wire in 2014:
UPI - May 28, 2014 Petropavlosk-Kamtchatsky. Russian Mountaineers climbing the slopes of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, claim to have discovered the nearly intact wreckage of a World War Two era B25, entirely buried and almost perfectly preserved within the snows of a glacier for the last sixty-four years. The bodies of several crewmembers, preserved by sub-zero temperatures were discovered within the sealed fuselage. The area has been cordoned off by Russian Military Police and no members of the public or press have been allowed to view the crash site. Forensic recovery specialists of the Russian military have been called in to determine the identity of the aircraft, and an attempt will be made to recover and identify the human remains of the crew. President Putin has notified President Obama of the find and has promised to promptly repatriate the remains of any US service men, if any are recovered... Family members of missing Flight 18 are hopeful that their loved ones will finally be put to rest.