RADCAT Case Directory
  Category 9, RADAR  
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RADCAT is a revitalized special project now being conducted jointly by NICAP & Project 1947 with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of RADCAT, Martin Shough, to create a comprehensive listing of radar cases with detailed documentation from all previous catalogues, including UFOCAT and original RADCAT.

Groups of Lights / IFF Signals (BBU 2496)
March 14, 1953
Nr. Hiroshima, Japan

March 14, 1953.  N of Hiroshima, Japan
11:43 p.m. (Japan time UTC+9).
at 37°25' N, 132°25' E, Sea of Japan). USN pilot Lt. (later Capt.) Robert J. Wooten, copilot Lt.JG J. A. Rose, navigator Lt.JG D. W. Carey, AD3 Gibert R. Truelove, radarmen AT2(T) George F. Deimel and ATAN Richard D. Kelly, radiomen AL3(CA) Jimmy Schaefer and AL3 Jerry L. Chavers, fire controlman AO3 Lewis B. Brown and mechanic AN(CA) George E. Noiseux, crew aboard U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet P2V-5 anti-submarine patrol plane, based at Patrol Sq 29, NAS Atsugi, Japan, running ASW patrol for Task Force 77 at 160 kts IAS at 10,000 ft [traveling about 200 mph to ESE] saw “electrifying display” of groups of 5-10 colored lights, totaling 90-100, slowly move aft of the left side of the airplane at a range of 3-7 miles as estimated by copilot, maintaining “extreme precision” in formation with no relative motion.  Pilot alerted turret gun crews.  Unidentified target tracked at 7 miles range by airborne APS-20 radar from 45° to 250° relative bearing.  Attention drawn by IFF signals from 2-3 unidentified aircraft (about 35 mins prior to sighting?), one of which was radar tracked, unclear if these or other IFF aircraft were connected to subsequent UFO’s.  See similar incident on April 14, 1953.  (Sparks;  McDonald files;  Jan Aldrich;  NICAP;  Saunders/FUFOR Index) 
Loren Gross:
The plane was a P2V-7 Neptune anti-submarine warfare aircraft equipped with an elongated tail that housed MAD gear (magnetic airborne detector).  If true UFOs were involved, they may have been attracted to the MAD equipment (I'm not an expert on this. The MAD equipment may operate in a passive manner and not emit any EM energy)

Detailed reports and documents
Blue Book documents (10) and newsclipping (Loren Gross, UFOs: A History, 1953 March-July, Pgs 12-18)
Case Report Synopsis (Dominique Weinstein)
MAXW-PBB18-274-306.pdf (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)
Sea of Japan: Comments (Martin Shough)

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