Form: 97 Report
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2007 15:37:13 +0100 (BST)
From: daniel wilson <>
Subject: May 2, Truk Atoll Sighting / The 509th Composite Group and the UFOs / May 1945
Cat: 11
To: Francis Ridge <>

Fran,  Excellent job on:  
UFO Sighting Chronology
1939-1946; The WWII Years
Details on the may 2, 1945 incident and an interesting sidelight below involving the 509th Composite Group
May 2, 1945; Fala Island, Truk Atoll
Two airborne objects & red circles of light and changing from a cherry-red to orange to a white light and then cherry-red again; followed for over an hour; no radar return. (Page  163 Ref.1)
Re: wrote:
       The 509th Composite Group and the UFOs
    During the latter part of the month of May 1945, the greater part of the 509th Composite Group arrived on Tinian Island in the Mariana Islands, western Pacific Ocean. The movement was done via C-54 or B-29 aircraft following a route from the United States to Hickman Field, Hawaii, to Johnston Island, to Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands, and then on to Tinian Island. (1)  
The first C-54, number 9009, of the Advanced Air Echelon flew from Kwajelein to Tinian on May 22, 1945.
This route can be plotted on the map link below.
One can see that the last leg of the journey from Kwajelein to Tinian crosses north of the Caroline Islands. The Caroline Islands is where Truk Atoll is located.
<>An extraordinary encounter with unidentified airborne objects occurred on May 2, 1945, between Truk Atoll and the Island of Guam, Mariana Islands.
APO #244
DATE: 2 MAY 1945 (GCT).
OBSERVATIONS: The crew of plane #616 over FALA ISLAND, TRUK ATOLL, at 021802Z observed 2 airborne objects at their 11,000 foot altitude changing from a cherry red to an orange, and to a white light which would die out and then become cherry red again. These objects were out on either wing and not within range of caliber .50 machine guns. Both followed the B-24 through all types of evasive action. A B-24 took a course for GUAM and one of the pursuers dropped off at 021900Z after accompanying the B-24 for an hour. The other continued to follow, never approaching closer than 1000 yards and speeding up when the B-24 went thru the clouds to emerge on the other side ahead of the B-24. In daylight it was seen to be bright silver in color. As the B-24 let down at GUAM, the pursuer took a course of 330 degrees at 15,000 feet to 20,000 feet altitude at 022130Z. One B-24 encountered eight intense flames light green in color, one of which burst and hung at 5,000 feet at 021013Z. There was no trail or warning until the actual burst. A B-24 reported 9 to 10 red tracer type trails of fire up to 5,000 feet. They came in pairs and one pair came within 50 to 100 yards of the tail of the B-24 at 021010Z. Source of each pair was at a different location."
Jo Chamberlin, in a 1945 article on the Foo Fighters published in the American Legion Magazine, provides what is the first secondary source [cha]:
Far to the south, a B-24 Liberator was at 11,000 feet over Truk lagoon, when two red lights rose rapidly from below, and followed the B-24. After an hour, one light turned back. The other kept on -- sometimes behind, sometimes alongside, sometimes ahead about 1,000 yards, until daybreak when it climbed to 15,000 feet and stayed in the sun, like a Jap fighter seeking game, but never came down. During the flight, the light changed from red to orange, then white, and back to orange, and appeared to be the size of a basketball. No wing or fuselage was observed. The B-24 radioed island radar stations to see if there were any enemy planes in the sky. The answer was: "None." A curious business, and one for which many solutions have been advanced, before the war was over, and since. None of them stand up. The important point is: No B-29 was harmed by the balls of fire, although what the future held, no one knew. The Japanese were desperately trying to bolster up their defense in every way possible against air attack, but without success. Our B-29s continued to rain destruction on Japanese military targets, and finally dropped the atomic bomb. Naturally, U. S. Army authorities in Japan will endeavor to find the secret -- but it may be hidden as well as it appears to be in Europe.


The '*' indicates sources that I own or checked, the '?' indicates sources that I have not been able to read yet.
  • [usa] 7th Bomber Command Mission Reports, 742.332 - 8 February - 16 May 1945.
  • [cha] "The Foo Fighters Mystery", article by Jo Chamberlin, in "The American Legion Magazine", December, 1945.
The Truk atoll of the Central Caroline Islands in Micronesia is located
in the Pacific Ocean at lat. 7 degrees 25 minutes N. and long. 151
degrees 45 minutes E. The atoll, comprising a barrier reef, volcanic
and coral islands, and a lagoon, covers some 822 square miles, of
which only about 38 square miles is dry land area.
Latitude: 7° 25 Min. 0 Sec.
Longitude: 151° 45 Min. 0 Sec.
Truk Atoll
Northern Mariana Islands

     TWENTIETH AIR FORCE, ACTIVATION to 15 AUGUST 1945, pages 19 - 24.