The new movie Battle: Los Angeles is a big sci-fi movie about an alien invasion on the west coast. However, Columbia Pictures would like audiences to know that there actually was a Battle of Los Angeles. They gathered a group of leading UFO experts to bring some SCI to the FI in their movie.

UFO Investigator Bill Burns described the WWII era event. “There really was a Battle of Los Angeles involving we believe a UFO because at least that’s what the war department said,” Burns said. “It took place January of 1942, weeks after Pearl Harbor when an unidentified flying object flew right here, Santa Monica Beach and Redondo Beach. Thousands and thousands of anti-aircraft shells because the batteries were mobilized, were fired at this object. Searchlights lit up the night sky. They couldn’t hit it. They couldn’t bring it down. What was it? The official story was it was a balloon. Air raid wardens in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach and the City of L.A. were told that it was an unidentified flying object. A piece of it came down and I hope to get my hands on that piece and analyze it but 1942, Battle of LA was a real battle with probably a UFO over Santa Monica bay.”

To back Burns up, two military personnel shared their stories of UFO encounters. Capt. Robert Salas was a missile launch officer in 1967. He controlled the 10 millies at the Oscar-1 launch facility.

“On March 24th, the main guard calls down and says, ‘Sir, I’m looking at the front gate and I see this glowing red object that’s oval shaped. It’s about 30 feet long and it’s just hovering over the front gate.’” Salas said. “The missiles started going no go. They were shutting down. We got guns and control system failure. We have a way of querying the system and they all had guns and control system failures while this object was still up there. The guards had no way of perpetrating any kind of a hoax. They had no control over these missiles. By the way, I couldn’t go up and look at this UFO because we were locked in. I made sure I talked to the security man and he confirmed absolutely that what he was telling me was the truth.”

Col. Charles Halt had an even more elaborate encounter in 1980. Long story short, he was chasing flying objects with multicolored lights and laser beams. “

“One of the objects to the south at very high speed approached, stopped overhead, 2 or 3, maybe 4000 feet and sent down a beam at our feet,” Halt described. “The best way I can equate it is a laser beam. It didn’t radiate like a light does. It came straight down. It was 10, 12, 15 inches in diameter. We’re standing there almost in shock thinking is it weapon? Is it some method of communication? Is it a warning? Just as suddenly as it appeared, it disappeared…. The object receded and stayed in the sky.”

Interviews with the stars and filmmakers of Battle: Los Angeles are coming next week. This was the background Columbia offered readers, with the anniversary of the real battle this month.