Cat 1, Distant Encounter

  September 20, 1947; Off the coast of San Diego, California


       Earlier, on 20 September 1947, the Coast Guard at San Diego, Calif., were told that a flaming object had fallen into the sea off that coast, but no check of airports revealed any missing liner or plane, and the Observatory at Griffith Park did not think it was any sort of meteor. Over Toronto,Canada, on the same day, two people photographed an object like a yellow ball with a trail of streamers. The photos showed an oval white spot trailing two milky lights.

       I am told that the U.S. military and naval authorities were so perturbed by these frequent reports that came from responsible people, that orders came from high quarters that every effortshould be made to trail these mysterious phenomena.                                                            

This reference: Flying Saucers on the Attack by Harold T. Wilkins, pp. 77-78, 1954.           

Note: Sanderson uses the above text in his book but adds this important information . . . : 

. . . Odd indeed, since it sounded very much like a meteor, and this is normally orthodoxy's first line of defense in such a case. However, further inquiry elicited the fact that the damned thing maneuvered, and for some time, and had thereby considerably peeved the Coast Guard.   

This reference: Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 36, 1970        

UFOCAT PRN - 13215

UFOCAT URN 013215 Flying Saucers on the Attack by Harold T. Wilkins, p. 77, 1967

UFOCAT URN 073284 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 36, 1970

UFOCAT URN 141510 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0140, 1980

UFOCAT URN 013214 Catalog Through 1950 by H. Edward Hill, #194, date unknown

UFOCAT URN 068782 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0184 by Peter Rogerson,
                                        no date.   

North America  United States, California

San Diego        Latitude 32-42-55 N, Longitude 117-09-26 W (D-M-S)

Griffith Park      Latitude 34-08-09 N, Longitude 118-18-02 W


UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 34.12 N, Longitude 118.28 W (D.%) [Griffith Park]

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 32.72 N, Longitude 117.18 W (D.%) [San Diego]     

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