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Santa Monica

Santa Monica (118.493W 34.013N) is a city on the Pacific coast twelve miles (19 km) west of Los Angeles. It was the location of a Douglas aircraft plant.

Douglas-Santa Monica.  The production schedule of this aircraft plant was as follows:

Aircraft Type Average Airframes Per Month Starting Month Ending Month
A-20 Havoc    
136
<12-1941
1944-12
C-47 Skytrain
21
<12-1941
1943-9
C-54 Skymaster
14
1942-11
1945-8

The city featured prominently in the "Battle of Los Angeles", 24-25 February 1942, when numerous spurious aircraft sightings led to three hours of antiaircraft fire at nonexistent targets. The gunners were at a heightened state of alert due to a mistaken Navy intelligence indicating a possible raid that night and the submarine bombardment of the Ellwood oil field the previous night. Based on the available evidence, a plausible hypothesis is that the gunners first opened fire at a real but harmless weather balloon over Santa Monica.

Rail connections

Mines Field


References

Craven and Cate (1947; accessed 2011-4-23)


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