Speaker Michael Unsworth

Japanese Balloons in Michigan During World War II  Unsworth

Michael Unsworth, a retired history librarian at Michigan State University, uses PowerPoint and video to how Michigan was threatened by Japanese balloons during World War II. The Japanese army launched over 9,300 balloons from the home islands; two traveled over 7,500 miles to Allegan and Wayne counties. Mr. Unsworth discusses the strategy, design, and use of the balloons as well as their impact on Michigan and the American war effort.

Available year-round.

Fees: Travel and Lodging (if necessary)


Michael E. Unsworth
Collections Management
MSU Libraries
Michigan State University
100 Libraries
East Lansing MI 48824-1048
(517) 432-6123 x125


Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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