The Only Mainland U.S. Casualties in World War II
Unfortunately, the media blackout meant that most Americans were unaware of the balloons’ existence. On May 5th, 1945, a group of five schoolchildren and their teacher discovered what they saw as a white sheet. Intrigued, they tried to drag it out of the woods, when it blew up. After this, the military allowed for greater public awareness of these balloons, warning people not to go near them and spreading signs warning of the dangers of the balloon bombs. These six deaths were the only U.S. casualties on the mainland during World War II.