1, 1952; Lancaster, California. 1:14 a.m. Witnesses: sheriff's deputies
and other persons, one named Mallette. Two brilliant red lights hovered
and maneuvered for 5 minutes.
Aug 1, 1952; Bellefontaine, OH. Listed as an unknown in PBBSR No.8.
Radar- visual. Ground radar tracked object at 20 miles. F-86's got gun camera
shots of object estimated at 24-40' in diameter. Report
Aug. 2, 1952; Lake Charles, Louisiana. 3 a.m. Witnesses: USAF lst Lt.
W.A. Theil, one enlisted man. One red ball with a blue flame tail flew
straight and level for 3-4 seconds.
August 3, 1952; Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Three cylindrical
objects sighted. Report
Aug. 4, 1952; Phoenix, Arizona. 2:20 a.m. Witness: USAF A/3c W.F. Vain.
One yellow ball which lengthened and narrowed to plate shape, flew straight
and level for 5 minutes.
Aug. 4, 1952; Mt. Vernon, New York. 11:37 a.m. Witnesses: one woman,
two children. One object, shaped like a lifesaver or donut, emitted black
smoke from its top and made a 15' arc in 1.5 minutes. Observed for 2 hours.
Aug 5. 1952; Haneda AFB, Japan. 11:30 p.m. Witnesses: USAF F-94 jet
interceptor pilots lst Lt. W.R. Holder and lst Lt. A.M. Jones, and Haneda
control tower operators. Airborne radar tracked a target for 90 seconds.
Control tower operators watched 50-60 minutes while a dark shape with a
light flew as fast as 330 kts. (380 m.p.h.), hovered, flew curves and performed
a variety of maneuvers. Report
Aug. 6, 1952; Tokyo, Japan. This is a continuation of the Haneda AFB
Aug. 6, 1952; Port Austin, Michigan. Case missing from official files.
Aug. 7. 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 9:08 a.m. Witness: Mrs. Susan Pfuhl.
Four glowing white discs: one made a 180* turn, one flew straight and level,
one veered off, and one circled during the 70 minute sighting.
Aug. 9, 1952; Lake Charles, Louisiana. 10:50 a.m. Witness: USAF A/3c
J.P. Raley. One disc-shaped object flew very fast and then hovered for
2 seconds during a 5-6 minute sighting.
Aug. 13, 1952; Tokyo, Japan. 9:45 p.m. Witness: USAF Marine Corps pilot
Maj. D. McGough. One orange light flew a left orbit at 8,000' and 230 m.p.h.,
spiraled down to no more than 1,500', remained stationary for 2-3 minutes
and went out. An attempted interception was unsuccessful.
Aug. 18, 1952; Fairfield, California. 12:50 a.m. Witnesses: three policemen.
One object changed color like a diamond, and changed directions during
the 30 minute sighting.
* Aug. 19, 1952; near West Palm Beach, about 9:45 p.m. "Desvergers Case,
driving three members of his scout troop home, saw lights descend into
the woods beside the road. Desvergers stopped, entering the woods on foot.
Desvergers' told local law enforcement and Project Blue Book investigators
he had encountered a low-hovering flying saucer and been rendered unconscious
by a ball of red flame. Originally written off as a hoax. Report
Update - Pflock
Aug. 19, 1952; Red Bluff, California. 2:38 p.m. Witness: Ground Observer
Corps observer Albert Lathrop. Two objects, shaped like fat bullets, flew
straight and level, very fast for 25 seconds.
Aug. 20, 1952; Neffesville, Pennsylvania. 3:10 a.m. Witnesses: Bill
Ford and two others. An undescribed object flew at 500' altitude for several
minutes. No further data in files.
Aug. 21, 1952; Dallas, Texas. 11:54 p.m. Witness: Jack Rossen, ex-artillery
observer. Three blue-white lights hovered then descended; 1.5 minutes later,
one of them descended more.
Aug. 23, 1952; Akron, Ohio. 4:10 a.m. Witnesses: USAF 2nd Lt. H.K. Funseth,
a ground radar observer, and two U.S. Navy men. One pulsing amber light
was seen to fly straight and level for 7 minutes.
Aug. 24, 1952; Hermanas, Mexico. 10:15 a.m. Witness: Georgia Air National
Guard F-84G jet fighter pilot Col. G.W. Johnson. Two 6' silver balls in
abreast formation, one turned grey rapidly, the other slowly. One changed
to long grey shape during a turn. Sighting lasted about 10 minutes.
Aug. 24, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 5:40 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. George
White. One large round, metallic, white light with a vague lower surface,
flew slowly, then fast With a dancing, wavering motion, for about 1 minute.
Aug. 24, 1952; Levelland, Texas. 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mr.
and Mrs. Elmer Sharp. One object, shaped like a spinning top, changing
color from red to yellow to blue, and with a fiery tail, hovered for 20
minutes, whistling, then flew away. It, or another like it, returned an
Aug. 25, 1952; Pittsburg, Kansas. 5:35 a.m. Witness: radio station musician
William Squyres. One dull aluminum object, shaped like two meat platters,
face to face, estimated at 75' long, 45' wide, and 15' thick. Through a
window in the front section shone a blue light; the head and shoulders
of a man could be seen. The mid section had numerous windows through which
could be seen some kind of regular movement. A series of small propellers
were spaced close together along the outer edge of the object, revolving
at high speed. The object was hovering about 10' above the ground, 100
yards off the road, with a slight rocking motion. It then ascended vertically
with a sound like a large covey of quail starting to fly at the same time.
Vegetation showed signs of having been disturbed under the object.
Aug. 25, 1952; Holloman AFB, New Mexico. 3:40 p.m. Witnesses: civilian
supervisor Fred Lee, foreman L.A. Aquilar. One round silver object flew
south, turned and flew north, made a 360 turn and flew away vertically
after 3-5 minutes.
Aug. 26, 1952; Lathrop Wells, Nevada. 12:10 a.m. Witness: USAF Capt.
D.A. Woods. One large, round, very bright object with a V-shaped contrail
having a dark cone in the center, flew very fast, hovered, made an instantaneous
90 turn, followed by a gentle climb and finally sudden acceleration.
Aug. 28, 1952; Chickasaw and Brookley AFB, Alabama. 9:30 p.m. Witnesses:
USAF control tower operators, officer from USAF Office of Special Investigations,
and others. Six objects, varying from fiery red to sparkling diamond appearance,
hovered, flew erratically up and down for 1 hour and l5minutes.
Aug. 29, 1952; Colorado Springs, Colorado. 8:35 p.m. Witness: pilot
C.A. Magruder. Three objects, 50' in diameter, 10' high, aluminum with
red-yellow exhaust, flew in trail at estimated 1,500 m.p.h. for 4-5 seconds.
Aug. 29, 1952; west of Thule, Greenland (77' N., 75* 15' W.) 10:50 a.m.
Witnesses: two U.S. Navy pilots flying a P4Y-2 patrol plane. Three white
disc-shaped or spherical objects hovered, then flew very fast in a triangular
formation, in 2-3 minutes.
Sept. l, 1952; Marietta, Georgia. 10:50 p.m. Witness: ex-AAF B-25 gunner.
Two large white disc-shaped objects with green vapor trails flew in trail
formation, merged, flew away very fast.
Sept. 1, 1952; Marietta, Georgia. 10:30 p.m. Witness: one unidentified
person using binoculars. Two large objects shaped like spinning tops and
displaying red, blue and green colors, flew side by side, leaving a sparkling
trail for 30 minutes.
Sept. 1, 1952; Atlanta, Georgia. 9:43 p.m. Witnesses: Mrs. William Davis
and nine other persons. One light, similar to the evening star, moved up
and down for a long period of time.
Sept. l, 1952; Marietta, Georgia. 10:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. Bowman (ex-artillery
officer) and 24 others. A red, white, and blue-green object which spun
and shot off sparks for 15 minutes.
Sept. 1, 1952; Yaak, Montana. 4:45 a.m. Witnesses: Visual sighting by
two USAF enlisted men, radar tracking seen by three men using AN/FPS-3
radar set. Two small, varicolored lights became black silhouettes at dawn;
flew erratically. One hour.
Sept. 2, 1952; Chicago, Illinois. 3 a.m. Witness: radar tracker Turason
(ground controlled approach) at Midway Airport. 40 targets flew in miscellaneous
directions, up to 175 m.p.h. Two seemed to fly in formation with DC-6 airliner.
Total of 8 hours.
Sept. 3, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 99 a.m. Witnesses: civilian pilots McCraven
and Thomas. One shiny, dark ellipse made three broad, curving sweeps in
Sept. 6, 1952; Lake Charles AFB, Louisiana. l:3O'a.m. Witnesses: T/Sgt.
J.E. Wilson and two enlisted men. One bright star-like light moved about
the sky for 2 hours.
Sept. 6, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 4:55 p.m. Witnesses: ex- Congresswoman
Mrs. Isabella King and Bill McClain. One orange teardrop-shaped object
whirled on its vertical axis, descended very fast, stopped, retraced its
path upwards, while whirling in the opposite direction. 1.5 minutes.
Sept. 7, 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 10:30 p.m. Witnesses: chemist J.W.
Gibson and others. One orange object or light (the color of 2,000' F.)
exploded into view. Seen for from 3-20 seconds by various observers.
Sept. 9, 1952; Rabat, French Morocco. 9 p.m. Witness: E.J. colisimo,
a civilian illustrator with USAF Intelligence. One disc with lights along
part of its circumference, flew twice as fast as a T-33 jet trainer, in
a slightly curved path for 5 seconds.
Sept. 12, 1952; Allen, Maryland. 9:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. David
Kolb, of the Ground Observer Corps, using binoculars. One white light with
a red trim and streamers flew northeast for 35 minutes.
Sept. 13, 1952; Allentown, Pennsylvania. 7:40 p.m. Witness: private
pilot W.A. Hobler, flying a Beech Bonanza. One object, shaped like a fat
football, flaming orange-red color, descended and then pulled up in front
of the witness' airplane. Seen for 2 seconds.
Sept. 14, 1952; Santa Barbara, California. 8:40 p.m. Witness: USAF C-54
transport pilot Tarbutton. One blue-white light traveled straight and level,
then went up. Seen for 30 seconds.
Sept. 14, 1952; North Atlantic, between Ireland and Iceland. Witnesses:
military persons from several countries aboard ships in the NATO "Operation
Mainbrace" exercise. Among the sightings: one blue-green triangle was observed
flying 1,500 m.p.h; three objects in a triangular formation gave off white
light exhaust at 1,500 m.p.h. Report
Sept. 14, 1952; White Lake, South Dakota. 7 p.m. Witness: Ground Observer
Corps observer L.W. Barnes, using binoculars. One red, cigar-shaped object,
with three puffs behind it, flew west, then south, and then was gone. Seen
Sept. 14, 1952; Ciudad Jaurez, Mexico. 11:30 p.m. to 1:20 a.m., Sept.
15. Witnesses: consulting engineer R. J. Portis and three others. Six groups
of 12-15 luminous spheres or discs, which flew in formations varying from
arcs to inverted-Y's, very fast.
Sept. 14, 1952; Olmstead AFB, Pennsylvania. Time not known. Witness:
pilot of Flying Tiger Airlines airplane N67977. One blue light flew very
fast on a collision course with the airliner. Note: the summary card attached
to the file showed completely different information.
Sept. 16, 1952; Portland, Maine. 6:22 p.m. Witnesses: crew of U.S. Navy
P2V Neptune patrol plane, visually and via radar. A group of five lights
was seen at the same time a long, thin blip was being tracked on radar.
Note: consideration was given to this being USAF KC-97 airplanes involved
in a refueling operation. The sighting involved 20 minutes.
Sept. 16, 1952; Warner-Robbins AFB, Georgia. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses: three
USAF officers, two civilians. Two white lights flew abreast, at 100 m.p.h.,
for 15 minutes.
Sept. 17, 1952; Tucson, Arizona. 11:40 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs.
Ted Hollingsworth. Two groups of three large, flat, shiny objects flew
in tight formations: the first group slow, the second faster. Seen for
Sept. 23, 1952; Gander Lake, Newfoundland, Canada. No time shown. Witnesses:
Pepperell AFB operations officer and seven other campers. One bright white
light, which reflected on the lake, flew straight and level at 100 m.p.h.
for 10 minutes.
Sept. 24, 1952; Charleston, West Virginia. 3:30 p.m. Witnesses: crew
of USAF B-29 bomber. A lot of bright, metallic particles or flashes, up
to 3' in length, streamed past the B-29 for 15 minutes.
Sept. 26, 1952; 400 miles NNW of Azores Islands. 11:16 p.m. Witnesses:
pilot, copilot, engineer and aircraft commander of USAF C-124 transport
plane. Two distinct green lights were seen to the right and slightly above
the C-124, and at one time seemed to turn toward it. The lights alternated
leading each other during more than 1 hour of observation.
Sept. 27, 1952; Inyokern, California. 10 p.m. Witnesses: two couples,
using a 5x telescope. One large, round object, which went through the color
spectrum every 2 seconds, was seen to fly straight and level for 15 minutes.
Sept. 29, 1952; Rochester, England. 3:55 p.m. Witnesses unknown, but
report came via the Rochester Police Dept. Two flat objects hovered for
3 minutes, and then sped away.
Sept. 29, 1952; Southern Pines, North Carolina. 8:15 p.m. Witnesses:
U.S. Army Res. lst Lt. C.H. Stevens and two others. One green ellipse with
a long tail orbited for 15 minutes.
Sept. 29, 1952; Aurora, Colorado. 3:15 p.m. Witness: USAF T/Sgt. B.R.
Hughes. Five or six circular objects, bright white but not shiny, circled
in trail formation for 5-6 minutes.
Oct. 1, 1952; Shaw AFB, South Carolina. 6:57 p.m. Witness: USAF lst
Lt. T.J. Pointek, pilot of RF-8O reconnaissance jet. One bright white light
flew straight, then vertical, then hovered, and then made an abrupt turn
during a 23 minute attempted intercept.
Oct. 1, 1952; Pascagoula, Mississippi. 7:40 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. and
Mrs. C.C. McLean and one other person. One round, milky-white object, shaped
like a powder puff, hovered for 5-10 minutes then flew away very fast in
an arc. A loud blast was heard at the start of the 22 minute sighting.
Oct. 7, 1952; Alamagordo, New Mexico. 8:30 p.m. Witness: USAF Lt. Bagnell.
One pale blue oval, with its long axis vertical, flew straight and level
for 4-5 seconds, covering 30 in that time.
Oct. 10, 1952; Otis AFB, Massachusetts. 6:30 p.m. Witnesses: USAF S/Sgt.,
two other enlisted men. One blinking white light moved like a pendulum
for 20 minutes, and then shot straight up.
Oct. 17, 1952; Taos, New Mexico. 9:15 p.m. Witnesses: Four USAF officers
One round, bright blue light moved from north to northeast at an elevation
of 45* for 2-3 seconds and then burned out.
Oct. 17, 1952; Killeen, Texas. 10:15 p.m. Witnesses: Ministers Greenwalt
and Kluck. Ten lights, or a rectangle of lights, moved more or less straight
and level for 5 seconds.
Oct. 17, 1952; Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. 11 p.m. Witness: one military
person (no detail). One white streamer moved at an estimated 3,000 m.p.h.
in an arc for 20 seconds. No further details in files.
Oct. 19, 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 1:30 p.m. Witness: one ex-USAF aircrewman
Woolsey. Three circular aluminum objects, one of which was olive-drab colored
on the side, flew in a rough V-formation. One object flipped slowly, another
object stopped, during the 3-4 minute sighting.
Oct. 19. 1952; 500 miles south of Hawaii. 6:58 p.m. Witnesses: crew
of USAF C-50 transport plane. One round yellow light, with a red glowing
edge, estimated at 100' in diameter, flew at 300-400 kts. (350-450 m.p.h.)
for 20 seconds.
Oct. 21, 1952; Knoxville, Tennessee. No time given. Witnesses: persons
at airport weather station. Six white lights flew in a loose formation
for 1-2 minutes, and made a shallow dive at a weather balloon.
Oct. 24, 1952; Elberton, Alabama. 8:26 p.m. Witnesses: USAF Lt. Rau,
Capt. Marcinko, flying a Beech T-ll trainer. One object, shaped like a
plate, with a brilliant front and vague trail, flew with its concave surface
forward for 5 seconds.
Oct. 29, 1952; Erding Air Depot, West Germany. 7:50 a.m. Witnesses:
USAF S/Sgt. Anderson, A/2c Max Handy. One round object, silhouetted against
a cloud, flew straight and level and smooth at 400 m.p.h. for 20 seconds.
Oct. 31, 1952; Fayetteville, Georgia. 7:40 p.m. Witness: USAF Lt. James
Allen. One orange, blimp-shaped object, 80' long and 20' high, flew at
treetop level, crossed over Allen's car (at which time his radio stopped
playing), then climbed out at 45' and tremendous speed at the end of a
1 minute sighting.
Nov. 3, 1952; Laredo AFB, Texas. 66:29 p.m. Witnesses: two control tower
operators, including Lemaster. One long, elliptical, white-grey light flew
very fast, paused, and then increased speed during a 3-4 second observation.
Nov. 4, 1952; Vineland, New Jersey. 5:40 p.m. Witness: housewife Mrs.
Sprague. Two groups of 2-3 whirling discs of light flew toward the southeast
over a period of 30 seconds.
Nov. 12, 1952; Los Alamos, New Mexico. 10:23 p.m. Witness: security
inspector. Four red-white-green lights flew slowly over a prohibited area
for 15 minutes.
Nov. 13, 1952; Opheim, Montana. 2:20 a.m. Witness: radar tracking by
USAF 779th AC&W station. An unexplained track was followed for 1 hour,
28 minutes, at 158,000' altitude (30 miles) and a speed of 240 m.p.h. Radar
was FPS/3 (PPI).
Nov. 13, 1952; Glasgow, Montana. 2:43 a.m. Witness: U.S. Weather Bureau
observer Earl Oksendahl. Five oval-shaped objects, with lights all around
them, flew in a V-formation for about 20 seconds. Each object seemed to
be changing position vertically by climbing or diving as if to hold formation.
Formation came from the northwest, made a 90* overhead, and flew away to
Nov. 15, 1952; Wichita, Kansas. 7:02 a.m. Witnesses: USAF Maj. R.L.
Wallander, Capt. Belleman, A/3c Phipps. One orange object (a blue streak?)
varied in shape, as it made jerky upward sweeps with 10-15 second pauses
during a 3-5 minute sighting.
Nov. 24, 1952; Annandale, Virginia. 6:30 p.m. Witness: L.L' Brettner.
One round, glowing object flew very fast, made right angle turns and reversed
course during a 1 hour sighting.
Nov. 27, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 12:10 p.m. Witnesses: pilot
and crew chief of UAAF B-26 bomber. A series of black smoke bursts (4-3-3-4-3),
similar to antiaircraft fire, was seen over a 20 minute period. C. 12:30
a.m. Witnesses: radar
Nov. 30, 1952; Washington, D.C. l operators at Washington National Airport.
Radar trackings similar to those of July 26, 1952.
* Dec 6, 1952; Gulf of Mexico Case. B-29 crew tracked several small,
one large, object; saw speeding lights coinciding with radar tracks. 5240-9,000
mph, 18,000'. Report
Dec. 8, 1952; Ladd AFB, Alaska. 8:16 p.m. Witnesses: pilot lst Lt. D.
Dickman and radar operator lst Lt. T. Davies in USAF F-94 jet interceptor
(s/n 49-2522). One white, oval light which changed to red at higher altitude,
flew straight and level for 2 minutes, then climbed at phenomenal speed
on an erratic flight path. Sighting lasted 10 minutes.
Dec. 9, 1952; Madison, Wisconsin. 5:45 p.m. Witnesses: Capt. Bridges
and lst Lt. Johnson in USAF T-33 jet trainer. Four bright lights, in diamond
formation, flew at 400 m.p.h. and were passed by the T-33 at 450 m.p.h.
during the 10 minute sighting.
* Dec. 10, 1952; Near Hanford Plant, Washington, DC. Pilot & radar
observer in an F-94 observed an object at 26,000 feet, with two "windows".
Lost visual but obtained radar lock-on. At times collision seemed imminent.
Explained as balloon by Blue Book. Report
* Dec. 16, 1952; Goose Bay, Labrador. F-94 and T-33 report UFO changed
colors while maneuvering. F-94 had a radar track. Report
Dec. 28, 1952; Marysville, California. Case missing from official files.
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