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William McCash Research Collection Relating to his book, Bombs Over Brookings (2005)

Identifier: Coll 308

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains photocopies of documents used by William McCash to do research for his book, Bombs Over Brookings. Documents contained within this collection include: Newspaper articles ranging in date from 1942 through 2007; translated and untranslated Japanese documents include Maru Magazine; other magazines from 1942 through 2007; books undated and from 1943 through 2007; correspondence from February 2001-2007; military manuals, including manuals on the Aircraft Warning Service, Japanese aircraft, and submarine operations; documents from the U.S. Coast Guard/Navy, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Forest Service. Other documents included in this collection are from the Oregon State Defense Council; the Coos Forest Fire Patrol; the FBI; the Joseph Kane court martial records; the Internet; release forms; interviews; the City of Brookings; documents from 1962; and 1985, and other miscellaneous documents. All of the documents in this collection, except for the military manuals, are copies. The collection is maintained in the original order received from Mr. McCash.


  • 1942-2007

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

On September 9, 1942, a site near Brookings, Curry County, Oregon was bombed by a Japanese floatplane piloted by Nobuo Fujita. Fujita was a Warrant Flying Officer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. His floatplane was launched from an I-25 submarine and carried incendiary bombs. Its mission was to start massive forest fires throughout the Pacific Northwest; however, the attack was a failure due to heavy rains the previous night. Two decades after the attack, in 1962, Fujita was invited back to Brookings as a sign of friendship. At that time he gave the town his family’s 400-year old samurai sword. Additionally, he was granted honorary citizenship in Brookings shortly before his death in 1997.


2.25 linear feet (5 containers)

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On September 9, 1942, Curry County, Oregon was bombed by the Japanese during World War II. The collection contains copies of newspaper clippings, untranslated and translated Japanese documents, magazines, books, correspondence, military manuals, U.S. Coast Guard/Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Forest Service, and other miscellaneous documents relating to the bombings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of William McCash in 2007.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Zach Wegner.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the William McCash Research Collection Relating to his Book, Bombs Over Brookings (2005)
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Finding aid prepared by Zach Wegner and Linda J. Long
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA