Billy Mitchell Predicted Pearl Harbor

Billy Mitchell Predicted Pearl Harbor


Billy Mitchell, the founding father of the U.S. Air Force, predicted in 1924 that air attacks would be made by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.


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Years before Japanese military officers considered going to war with the United States, a Milwaukeean anticipated just such an attack.

Not only did Billy Mitchell think Japan would one day attack the United States, but he also thought it would be an aerial bombardment on ships in an American harbor.

He was right, although off by a couple of decades. After visiting Japan while stationed with the Army in the Philippines, Mitchell wrote in 1910, “That increasing friction between Japan and the U.S. will take place in the future there can be little doubt, and that this will lead to war sooner or later seems quite certain.”


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