Six Oregonians Killed by Japanese Balloon Bomb

Photo by Discover Klamath

On May 5, 1945, a pregnant Sunday school teacher and her five students were killed by a Japanese fire balloon in rural eastern Oregon. The six victims are the only known fatalities caused by balloon bombs and the sole deaths caused by the enemy in the continental United States during World War II.

Reverend Archie Mitchell and his wife Elsie had driven up to Gearhart Mountain with…