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  • "Battle of the Pips".

    I came across this interesting little story whilst browsing through an Encyclopaedia of WWII. If I hadn’t read it in a serious book, I’d have laughed it off as a joke.

    Apparently “The Battle of the Pips” took place on 26/07/43 after a US flying boat reported radar contact with 7 ships 200 miles SW of one of the Aleutian Islands.

    American warships were sent to investigate and they too picked up radar contact, assumed it was a Japanese convoy – and proceeded to engage it.



    A total of 1,000 shells were fired, torpedo wakes were sighted and flares and lights reported. Below decks, men apparently felt the “shock” of imagined near misses and one had a battle-induced nervous breakdown.

    While the “battle” was raging, the Japanese evacuated one of the islands, completely uninterrupted and it was not until dawn that the radar targets were identified as return echoes from mountains over 100 miles away.



    Does anyone else have any more information about this?

    Thanks,

    Dr. S.
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  • #2
    There is an excellent detailed account of the "battle" in Brian Garfield's book "The Thousand Mile War". An account of WW II in the Aleutians and Alaska.

    There is still some speculation as to what caused the radar pips to appear 22 000 yards off Mississippi's starboard bow. Some say radar waves bouncing off ionized clouds, some say false echo returns from distant mountains.
    Maybe giant seals ??

    The battle only lasted about 30 minutes before the pips disappeared. A search following the battle revealed no debris, no bodies and no enemy.
    Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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    • #3
      A bit embarassing if you ask me.
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      • #4
        Another one of those "1941" type incidents.

        "WHAT ARE YOU SHOOTING AT SOLDIER!"

        "WHATEVER THEY'RE SHOOTING AT SIR!"
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        • #5
          Maybe it was a pre-cold war Russian Trawler...

          I remember reading/seeing that the Japanese had skidaddled before the forces even landed and that more casualties (meaning any) were lost due to non-combat than combat in the whole Aluetian campaign. Not surprising given the weather...
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          • #6
            Just shows that even technology does not completely overcome the fog of war. A famous incident on Lake Champlain was the Battle of Dunner Rock when a british sloop fire several volleys at what it thought was an American gunboat. It was only with the rising of the sun they discovered they had been pounding away on a large boulder jutting up out of the lake.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by JSMoss
              Just shows that even technology does not completely overcome the fog of war. A famous incident on Lake Champlain was the Battle of Dunner Rock when a british sloop fire several volleys at what it thought was an American gunboat. It was only with the rising of the sun they discovered they had been pounding away on a large boulder jutting up out of the lake.
              Who won?

              Dr. S.
              Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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              • #8
                Well, the rock never sank...
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                • #9
                  you sure it was a british vessel and not a french?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jeremy Scott
                    you sure it was a british vessel and not a french?
                    Positive - it it had been a French Sloop the crew would have surrendered to the boulder immediately.

                    Dr. S.
                    Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

                    www.sinisterincorporated.co.uk

                    www.tabletown.co.uk

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                    • #11
                      thats why I asked doc. just wanted to make sure
                      Govenour Of Texas and all southern provinces. Kepper Of The Holy Woodchipper.

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