UFO CASEBOOK: 1952, Jan-Jun

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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* Jan 22, 1952; Nenana, Alaska. Good radar case, no visual. Ruppelt describes it very well. A radar expert comments on it, then the "identified" version is provided from the Air Force files. Three F-94's were scrambled. Report

* Feb. 2, 1952; Off the coast of Korea. Good radar/visual from the U.S.S. Phillipine Sea. Report

Feb. 11, 1952; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3 a.m. Witnesses: Capt. G.P. Arns and Maj. R.J. Gedson flying a Beech AT-ll trainer. One yellow-orange comet-shaped object pulsed flame for 1-2 seconds of a 1 minute straight and level flight.

Feb. 23, 1952; over North Korea. 11:15 p.m. Witness: Captain/B-29 navigator. One bluish cylinder, three times long as wide, with a tail and rapid pulsations, came in high and fast, made several turns and leveled out under B-29 which was evading mild antiaircraft fire. 45 second sighting.

March 20, 1952; Centreville, Maryland. 10:42 p.m. Witnesses: WWl/WW2 veteran A.D. Hutchinson and son. One dull orange-yellow saucer-shaped light flew straight and level very fast for 30 seconds.

March 23, 1952; Yakima, Washington. 6:56 and 7 p.m. Witnesses: pilot and radar operator of F-94 jet interceptor. On either occasion, a red fireball increased in brightness and then faded over 45 second span. Stationary both times. Note:  Project Blue Book Status Report #7 (May 31, 1952) says target was also tracked by ground radar at 78 knots (90 m.p.h.) at 22,500' and 25,000' altitude.

March 24, 1952; 60 miles west of Pt. Concepcion, California. 8:45 a.m. Witnesses: B-29 navigator and radar operator. One target tracked for 20-30 seconds at estimated 3,000 m.p.h.

* March 26, 1952; Fort Stockton, Texas. Project Blue Book Case #1079, radarscope photo only.  Scope Photo

March 29, 1952; 20 miles north of Misawa AFB, Japan. 11:20 a.m. Witness: Brigham, pilot of AT-6 trainer. One small, very thin, shiny metallic disc flew alongside the AT-6, then made a pass at an F-84 jet fighter, flipped on edge, fluttered 20' from the F-84's fuselage and flipped in the slipstream...all in 10 seconds.

* April 1952; Near Hawaii. Navy Secretary Dan Kimball & Admiral Arthur Radford were flying to Hawaii when two disc-shaped craft streaked in toward his Navy executive plane. The Navy enters the UFO arena. Report and an Update

April 4, 1952; Duncanville, Texas. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses: two radar operators of the 147th AC&W Squadron. One object was tracked for one minute by radar at an estimated 2,160 m.p.h.

April 5, 1952; Phoenix, Arizona. l0:40 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Ryan, R.L. Stokes, D. Schook. One large, dull grey circular object, followed by two more, flew straight and level at high speed.

April 5, 1952; Miami, Florida. 9:15 p.m. Witnesses: L.E. VanDercar and 9 year old son. Four dark circular objects with mostly fuzzy edges, crossed face of Moon; each was half the apparent diameter of Moon. 2:59 p.m. Witness: H.L. Russell.

April 6, 1952; Temple, Texas. 2:59 p. 50-75 grey-white discs changed position within formation continually, tilted in unison every 12-15 seconds during 3.8 minute sighting.

April 12, 1952; North Bay, Ontario, Canada. 9:30 p.m. Witnesses: Royal Canadian Air Force Warrant Officer E.H. Rossell, Flight Sgt. R. McRae. One round amber object flew fast, stopped, reversed direction, climbed away at 30' angle during a 2 minute observation.

April 14, 1952; LaCrosse, Wisconsin. 12:35 p.m. Witness: unidentified CAL airline pilot. Several light colored objects flew in V-formation. No further details in files.

April 14, 1952; Memphis, Tennessee. 6:34 p.m. Witnesses: U.S. Navy pilots Lt. jg. Blacky, Lt. jg. O'Neil. One inverted bowl, 3' long and 1' high, with vertical slots, flew fast, straight and level, 100 yards from observers' aircraft for 45-60 seconds.

April 15, 1952; Santa Cruz, California. 7:40 p.m. Witness: Mr. Hayes, brother of Master Sergeant. Two faint objects observed flying fast along the horizon for 6-8 seconds, using 20x spotting telescope.

April 17, 1952; Longmeadow, Massachusetts. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses: S.B. Brooks, chemical engineer J.A. Eaton. One round, deep orange object flew fast and erratic, occasionally emitting a shaft of light to the rear during a 40 minute sighting.

April 17, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 3:05 p.m. Witnesses: group of Army weather observation students, including several graduate engineers. One flat-white, circular object flew with an irregular trajectory and a brief trail, for about 7 seconds.

April 18, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. Time unknown. Witnesses: two Army weather observation students. One flat-white circular object flew for 5-10 seconds in a very erratic manner.

April 18, 1952; Bethesda, Maryland. l1:30 a.m. Witnesses: R. Poerstal and three other men. Seven to nine circular, orange-yellow lights in a 40^ V-formation flew overhead silently for 4-8 seconds, from south to north.

April 18, 1952; Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. l0:l0 p.m. Witness: reporter Chic Shave. One round, yellow-gold object flew south and returned during 1.5 minute sighting.

April 18, 1952; 50 miles northwest of Kyushu, Japan (129* 51' E., 34' 19' N.). Witness: one radar operator. Tracked unidentified target for 1 minute at 2,700 m.p.h.

April 18, 1952; Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. 4 a.m. Witness: janitor C. Hamilton. One yellow-gold object made a sharp turn and left a short, dark trail during l minute sighting.

April 22, 1952; Naha AFB, Okinawa. 99 p.m. Witnesses: crew of B-29 bomber, on ground. One elliptical object, followed by two and then another two, each with a white light that blinked every 1-2 seconds as they performed erratic maneuvers for 10 minutes.

April 24, 1952; Bellevue Hill, Vermont. 5 a.m. Witnesses: crew of USAF C-124 transport plane. Three circular, bluish objects in loose "fingertip" formation twice flew parallel to airplane during 3-4 minute period.

April 24, 1952; Milton, Massachusetts. 2:30 p.m. Witnesses: three Cambridge Research Center electronics engineers, one named Buruish. Two flat, red squares flew wobbly in level flight, climbed, leveled out during 1.5 minute observation.

April 24, 1952; Clovis, New Mexico. 8:10 p.m. Witness: USAF light Surgeon Maj. E.L. Ellis. Many orange-amber lights, sometimes separate, sometimes fused, behaved erratically. Speed varied from motionless to very fast during sighting.

April 25, 1952; San Jose, CA, Scientists report close encounter with small daylight disc. Report

April 27, 1952; Roseville, Michigan. 4:15 p.m. Witnesses: H.A. Freytag and three male relatives, including a minister. One silver oval rolled, descended and stopped. Two silver cigar- shaped objects appeared, one departing to the east and one to the west. A third silver cigar-shaped object flew by at high speed. Sightings lasted 45 minutes.

April 27, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses: M/Sgt. and Mrs. G.S. Porter (he was off-duty control tower operator). Bright red or flame-colored discs, appearing as large as fighter planes. May have seen one object eight times, or eight objects one time.

April 29, 1952; Marshall, Texas. 3:30 p.m. Witness: private pilot R.R. Weidman. One round, white object which flew straight, with a side-to-side oscillation for 1.5 minutes.

April 29, 1952; Goodland, Kansas. 100 p.m. Witness: B-29 bombardier Lt. R.H. Bauer. One white fan-shaped light pulsed 3-4 times per second for 2 seconds.

May 1, 1952; Moses Lake, Washington. 5:32 a.m. Witnesses: Two Atomic Energy Commission employees, Eggan and Shipley. One silver object without wings flew straight and level for 1.5 minutes.

* May 1, 1952; Davis-Monthan AFB/Tucson, AZ (Called the Missing Report Case). Crew of B-36 and military ground observers (one an Air Intelligence Investigator) observed two shiny flying saucers right near the aircraft. Report

May 1, 1952; George AFB, California. 10:50 a.m. Witnesses: three men on the arms range, plus one Lt. Colonel 4 miles away. Five flat-white discs about the diameter of a C-47's wingspan (95') flew fast, made a 90^ turn in a formation of three in front and two behind, and darted around, for 15-30 seconds.

May 5, 1952; Tenafly, New Jersey. 10:45 p.m. Witness: Mrs. M.M. Judson. Six or seven translucent, cream-yellow objects. One moved in an ellipse, while the others moved in and out.

May 7, 1952; Keesler AFB, Mississippi. 12:15 p.m. Witnesses: Capt. Morris, a Master Sergeant, a Staff Sergeant, and an Airman First Class. Ten times, an aluminum or silver cylindrical object was seen to dart in and out of the clouds during a 5-10 minute period.

May 7, 1952; Barra Da Tijuca, Brazil. 5 photos taken by press photographer. Report

May 9, 1952; George AFB, California. 5:20 p.m. Witness: A/lc G.C. Grindeland. One dull white, arrowhead-shaped object flew straight and level for 10 seconds.

May 10, 1952; Ellenton, South Carolina. 10:45 p.m. Witnesses: 4 duPont employees at the Savannah River nuclear plant. Up to four yellow, disc-shaped objects were seen on five occasions between 10:45 and shortly after 11:15.

May 14, 1952; Mayaquez, Puerto Rico. 7 p.m. Witnesses: Attorney and ex USAF pilot Mr. Stipes, Sr. Garcia-Mendez. Two shining orange spheres: one was stationary, while the other darted away and back for 30 minutes.

May 15, 1952; North Korea, two F-86 jet interceptors chased a UFO. Report

May 20, 1952; Houston, Texas. l0:l0 p.m. Witnesses: USAF pilots Capt. J. Spurgin and Capt. BB. Stephan. One bright or white oval object moved from side-to-side while making a gradual turn for 90 seconds.

May 25, 1952; Walnut Lake, Michigan. 9:15 p.m. Witnesses: seven persons, including John Hoffman, his family and friends. One large white circular object having dark sections on its rim, flew straight and level for 30 minutes, appearing red when behind a cloud.

May 28, 1952; Saigon, French Indo China. 10:30 a.m. Witnesses: many in crowd watching a ceremony. One white-silver disc-shaped object flew straight and fast for 2 minutes.

May 28, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1:45-2:40 p.m. Witnesses: two city fire department employees. Two circular objects--one shiny silver and the other orange or light brown-- were seen three times performing fast maneuvers.

May 29, 1952; San Antonio, Texas. 7 p.m. Witness: USAF pilot Maj. D.W. Feuerstein, on ground. One bright tubular object tilted from horizontal to vertical for 8 minutes, then slowly returned to horizontal, again tilted vertical, accelerated, appeared to lengthen and turned red. The entire sighting lasted 14 minutes.

* Summer of 1952; Albuquerque, NM. Secret fighter base in SW spoken about by Captain Edward J. Ruppelt: The F-86 Shooting Incident/RV. Report

June 1, 1952; Rapid City, South Dakota. 6 p.m. Witnesses: A/lc Beatty and two civilians. At least five long silver objects flew in a neat box formation with a leader for 15-20 seconds.

June 1, 1952; Walla , Washington. 1 p.m. Witness: ex-military pilot Reserve Maj. W.C. Vollendorf. One oval object with a "definite airfoil" performed a fast climb for 7 seconds.

June l, 1952; Soap Lake, Washington. 3+ p.m. Witness: Ray Lottman. Three glimmering objects flew straight and level for 10 minutes.

June 2, 1952; Bayview, Washington. 5:02 p.m. Witness: Larry McWade. One purple object seen for unknown length of time. No further information in files.

June 2, 1952; Fulda, West Germany. Time unknown. Witness: lst Lt. John Hendry, photo-navigator on an RB-26C reconnaissance bomber. One porcelain-white object flew very fast for an unknown length of time.

June 5, 1952; Lubbock, Texas. 11 p.m. Witnesses: Dan Benson, Mr. Bacon. A total of eight yellow circular objects, like large stars, were seen during 45 minutes. The first two were in a trail formation, the others were seen singly.

June 5, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 6:45 p.m. Witness: S/Sgt T.H. Shorey. One shiny round object flew 5-6 times as fast as an F-86 jet fighter for 6 seconds.

June 5, 1952; Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska. 11 p.m. Witnesses: 2nd Lt. W.R. Soper, a Strategic Air Command top secret control officer and former OSI agent; and two other persons. One bright red object remained stationary for 4.5 minutes before speeding away with a short tail.

June 6, 1952; Kimpo AFB, Korea. Case missing from official files.

June 7, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 11:18 a.m. Witnesses: crew of B-25 bomber #8840 at 11,500'. One rectangular aluminum object, about 6'x4', flew 250-300' below the B-25.

June 8, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10:50 a.m. Witnesses: Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Markland. Four shiny objects flew straight and level in a diamond formation.

June 9, 1952; Minneapolis, Minnesota. Case missing from official files.

June 12, 1952; Ft. Smith, Arkansas. 7:30 p.m. Witnesses: U.S. Army Major and Lt. Colonel, using binoculars. One orange ball with a tail flew with a low angular velocity.

June 12, 1952; Marakesch, Morocco. 11:26 a.m. Witness: T/Sgt. H.D. Adams, operating an SCR-584 radar set. One unidentified blip tracked at 650 kts. (750 m.p.h.) at greater than 60,000' altitude.

June 13, 1952; Middletown, Pennsylvania. 8:45 p.m. Witness: R.S. Thomas, Olmstead AFB employee and former control tower operator. One round, orange object travelled south, stopped for 1 second, turned east, stopped 1 second, and went down.

June 15, 1952; Louisville, Kentucky. 11:50 p.m. Witness: Edward Duke, ex-U.S. Navy radar technician. One large, cigar- shaped object with a blunt front, lit sides and a red stern, maneuvered in a leisurely fashion for 15 minutes.

June 16, 1952; Walker AFB, New Mexico. 8:30 p.m. Witness: USAF maintenance specialist S/Sgt. Sparks. Five or six greyish discs, in a half-moon formation, flew at 500-600 m.p.h. for l minute.

June 17, 1952; McChord AFB, Washington. Between 7:30 and 10:20 p.m. Witnesses: many and varied. From one to five large silver-yellow objects flew erratically, stopped and started for about 15 minutes.

June 17, 1952; Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 1:28 a.m. Witness: pilot of USAF F-94 jet interceptor. A light like a bright star crossed the nose of the airplane while being observed for 15 seconds. No further information in the files.

June 18, 1952; Columbus, Wisconsin. 9 a.m. Witness: R.A. Finger. One crescent-shaped object hovered for several seconds and then sped away.

June 18, 1952; Walnut Lake, Michigan. 10 p.m. Witnesses: Marron Hoffman and four relatives, using 4x binoculars. One orange light was observed zigzagging and then hovering for an unspecified length of time.

June 19, 1952; Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada. 2:37 a.m. Witness: 2nd Lt. A'Gostino and unidentified radar operator. One red light turned white while wobbling. Radar tracked a stationary target during the 1 minute sighting. Report

June 19, 1952; Yuma, Arizona. 2 p.m. Witness: USAF pilot John Lane. One round, white object flew straight and level for 10 seconds.

June 20, 1952; Central Korea. 3:03 p.m. Witnesses: four Marine Corps Captains and pilots of F4U-4B Corsair fighter planes. One 10-20' white or silver oval object made a left-hand orbit at terrific speed for 60 seconds.

June 21, 1952; Kelly AFB, Texas. 12:30 p.m. Witness: T/Sgt. Howard Davis, flight engineer of B-29 bomber at 8,000' altitude. One flat object with a sharply pointed front and rounded rear; white with a dark blue center and red rim, trailed sparks as it dove past the B-29 at a distance of 500', in l second.

* June 21, 1952; Oak Ridge, TN. GOC spotter reported slow-moving object near AEC plant. GCI radar had the target, but it faded from the scope. F-47 on combat air patrol saw the object which made "ramming attacks" at the aircraft. Blue Book said this was a balloon, but failed to explain how it was "blinking until it put on power". Report

`June 22, 1952; Pyungthek, Korea. 10:45 p.m. Witnesses: Two Marine Corps Sergeants. One 4 ft. diameter object dove at a runway shooting red flames, hovered briefly over a hill, turned 180 , flashed twice and was gone.

June 23, 1952; Spokane, Washington. 4:05 p.m. Witness: Airport weather observer Rex Thompson. One round disc with a metallic shine flashed, and fluttered like a flipped coin for 5-7 minutes.

June 23, 1952; McChord AFB, Washington. 9 p.m. Witness: 2nd Lt. K. Thompson. One very large light flew straight and level for 10 minutes. No further information.

June 23, 1952; Kirksville, Missouri. Case missing from official files.

June 23, 1952; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 3:30 a.m. Witness: secretary Martha Milligan. One bullet-shaped object with burnt-orange exhaust flew straight and level for 30-60 seconds.

June 23, 1952; Owensboro, Kentucky. 10:00 a.m. Witness: National Guard Lt. Col. O. L. Depp. Two objects looking like "giant soap bubbles", reflecting yellow and lavender colors, flew in trail for 5 seconds.

June 23, 1952; Location unknown, but information came via Japan Hq. "CV 4359". 6:08 a.m. Witness: USAF pilot of the l8th Fighter-Bomber Group. One black coin-shaped object, 15-20' in diameter, made an irregular descent.

June 25, 1952; Chicago, Illinois. 8:30 p.m. Witnesses: Mrs. Norbury, Mr. Matheis. One bright yellow-white, egg-shaped object which sometimes had a red tail, made seven circles in 1 1/2 hours.

June 25, 1982; Japan-Korea area. Case missing from official files.

June 26, 1952; Terre Haute, Indiana. 2:45 a.m. Witness: USAF 2nd Lt. C. W. Povelites. Undescribed object flew at 600 m.p.h. and then stopped. No further information in files.

June 26, 1952; Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 11:50 p.m. Witness: assistant manager of airport. Three sightings of flashing lights: two lights separated by 2 miles, with the leader flashing steadily and the other irregularly; two similarly flashing lights, but with l mile separation; finally a single light. Speed estimated at 150-250 m.p.h.. Total of 1/2 hour.

June 27, 1952; Topeka, Kansas. 6:50 p.m. Witnesses: USAF pilot 2nd Lt. K. P. Kelly and wife. One pulsating red object which changed shape from a circular to a vertical oval as it pulsed. Was stationary for about 5 minutes, then went out.

June 28, 1952; Lake Kishkanoug, Wisconsin. 6 p.m. Witness: G. Metcalfe. One silver-white sphere became an ellipse as it turned and climbed away very fast. 10 seconds.

June 28, 1952; Nagoya, Japan. 4:10 p.m. Witness: Capt. T. W. Barger, USAF electronics countermeasures officer. One dark blue elliptical-shaped object with a pulsing border flew straight and level at 700-800 m.p.h..

June 29, 1952; O'Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois. 5:45 p.m. witnesses: three USAF air policemen. One bright silver, flat oval object surrounded by a blue haze, hovered, then moved very fast to the right and to the left, and up and down for 45 minutes.
 
 

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