The Bat Bombs of World War II: Tiny bats to scatter bombs across Japan

Joris Nieuwint

The Marine Corps spent $2 million testing an idea cooked up by a Pennsylvania dentist: tiny bats to scatter bombs across Japan

On December 7, 1941, a Pennsylvania dentist named Lytle S. Adams was on vacation in the southwest at the famed Carlsbad Caverns, home to excellent spelunking and about a million bats. Adams had been particularly impressed with the bats during his time in New Mexico. So when he turned on the radio that infamous day and heard the news that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor, he began plotting a very unusual form of revenge on our World War II enemies.



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