UFO CASEBOOK: 1948

This selection of "UFO CASEBOOK" contains the Blue Book "Unknowns" and will soon provide  the best links to these cases (where available). Appropriate additions to these and other Casebook files (*), in particular, those filed AFTER Blue Book closed down in December of 1969, will eventually be  provided by reputable private researchers and official UFO organizations.

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* January 7, 1948. Afternoon. Nr. Fort Knox, KY. Still very controversial incident where F-51 Mustangs were vectored into a UFO situation and the pilot of one, Captain Thomas Mantell, was killed in a crash. Report

April 5, 1948; Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Afternoon. Witnesses: Geophysics Lab balloon observers Alsen, Johnson, Chance. Two irregular, round, white or golden objects. One made three loops then rose and disappeared rapidly; the other flew in a fast arc to the west during the 3O^second sighting.

* Summer, 1948; Goose Bay, Labrador. USAF and RCAF ground radar independently tracked unidentified target. Speed: 9,000 mph. Altitude: 60,000 ft. Report

* July 24, 1948; Nr. Montgomery, AL. 2:45 AM. Eastern Airlines pilots Clarence S. Chiles and John B. Whitted watched a bright light head for their airliner and pass on the right. The craft was cigar-shaped and had a double row of windows along it. A flame shot out of the back. Air Force conclusion: Astro: Fireball. Report

July 29, 1948: Indianapolis, Indiana. 9:88 a.m. witness*: James Toney, Robert Huggins, both employees of a rug cleaning firm. One shiny aluminum object, shaped something like an airplane's propeller, with 10-12 small cups protruding from either blade. Estimated size 6-8' long, 1.5-2' wide. The object glided across the road a few hundred feet in front of their vehicle and apparently went down in a wooded area. Sighting lasted a few seconds.

July 31, 1948; Indianapolis, Indiana. 8:25 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Swigert; he was an electrician. Object was shaped like a cymbal, or domed disc; about 20' across and 6-8' thick, and was white without any shine. It flew straight and level from horizon to horizon in about 10 seconds, shimmering in the sun as if spinning

July or August, 1948; vicinity of Marion, Virginia. Shortly after sunset. Witness: Max Abbott, flying a Bellanca Cruisair four-passenger private airplane. A single bright white light accelerated and turned up a valley.

Sept. 23, 1948; San Pablo, California. 12 noon. Witnesses: Sylvester Bentham and retired U.S. Army Col. Horace Eakins. Two objects: one, a buff or grey rectangle with vertical lines; the other a translucent "amoeba" with a dark spot near the center. The arms of the "amoeba" undulated. Both objects traveled very fast.

* October 1, 1948; Fargo, North Dakota. Air National Guard F-51 had "dogfight" with small flat UFO. Report

October 15, 1948; Fusuoka, Japan. 11:05 p.m. R/V. Witnesses: pilot Halter and radar operator Hemphill of a F-61 "Black Widow" night fighter. Up to six objects tracked on radar, only one seen visually. Dull or dark object shaped like a dirigible with a flat bottom and clipped tail end. Six seen on radar separately Pilot attempted to close on visual object, but it dove away fast.  Report

* November 1, 1948; Goose Bay, Labrador. UFO tracked by ground radar at 600 mph. Report

* November 6, 1948; Japan. Air Force ground radar tracked two maneuvering UFOs for over an hour. On scope, looked like two planes dogfighting. Report

* Nov. 18, 1948; Nr. Washington, DC, Air Force T-6 pilot flying out of Andrews Air Force Base, chased oval-shaped UFO for 10 minutes (III). Report

* Nov. 23, 1948; Munich, Germany. R/V. UFO tracked, reddish star-like object observed visually. Climbed 23,000 feet in a few minutes. Report

Dec. 3, 1948; Fairfield-Suisan AFB, California. 8:15 p.m. Witness: USAF Sgt., control tower operator. One round, white light flew for 25 seconds with varying speed, bouncing motion, and finally a rapid erratic climb.

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