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Aug 26

Dimout ordered for the West Coast, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune August 18, 1942.

A county-wide dimout was ordered for the county as part of a West Coast program to limit navigation aids for enemy aircraft and ships.
Barbecue fires were also restricted at night.

American bombers flew in force over enemy territory in Europe as a new front was opened in the war against Germany. Bombing would now be around the clock as British bombers flew at night and the U.S. Army Air Force undertook daylight raids. The British tried to convince the Americans to join them on night missions. Bitter experience had shown losses to be heavy during daylight raids but the Americans were confident that their Flying Fortress airplanes would be able to defend themselves.

PG&E ad explains dimout rules during World War II.

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