Close Encounter Directory
Preliminary Rating: 5
April 7, 1954; Enewetak Atoll
In this incident an unidentified luminous object passed, low and fast, over the ship from bow to stern. The Curtiss was not an aircraft carrier but an airplane tender ship (AV-4) refurbished for carrying components for nuclear weapons for the upcoming tests at Operation Castle, at Enewetak Atoll. There were six shots. The crews of the Bairoko, Estes, PC 1546, Phillip, and other ships at Operation Castle were caught in the heavy fallout of the runaway thermonuclear detonation of Bravo. These once secret documents prove an exposure to radiation far in excess of that allowed for other JTF 7 personnel. From Table 60, operational activities during the CASTLE test series, CASTLE SERIES, DNA 6035F, 1 April 1982. Page 341 is from the logbook of the USS CURTISS, Shot KOON 7 Apr 1954. "Steamed independently in operating area BG 28-36-1." ... "At 1138 anchored berth N-6, Bikini; at 1948 left berth en route to Enewetak at 2305 an unidentified luminous object passed over ship from bow to stern, yellowish-orange in color, traveling at a high rate of speed and a low altitude."
In 1998 I established the Nuclear Connection Project and this was one of over 200 incidents we discovered. It had been investigated by Robert Hastings and Dan Wilson. Many historical documents were located and some of the witnesses have been interrogated. Larry Hatch (NCP member) provided the printout: #057 DEFENSE NUCLEAR AGENCY docm# DNA 6035F: Castle Series Nuclear Weapons Tests. pp 64+274+341 c/o Daniel Wilson, 15 Parkview Dr., Painesville,OH 44077.
Some people in the Pentagon had the idea that there were beings, earthly or otherwise, who might be interested in our activities in the Pacific, as they seemed to be in Operation Mainbrace. Consequently Project Blue Book had been directed to get transportation to the test area to set up a reporting net, brief people on how to report, and analyze their reports on the spot.
If that's not enough, there is even more reason to believe that the U.S. Government knew that UFOs might appear at Operation Castle in the spring of 1954. One 1004-page document attests to this on pages 555 and 556. from Ref. 1 below. CIRVIS reporting and JANAP 146 are mentioned. These are also mentioned in another document on Page 59 of 65 under Paragraph 3., Simulated Combat Training, in Ref. 2 below) and includes mention of AF Letter 200-5. Copies of those regulations are on the NICAP site: AF Letter 200-5 and JANAP 146. Four other lengthy documents were purged from the internet sources we had previously cited and quoted with proper credit.
It might be of interest that the "Morgenstern" device tested as CASTLE KOON was called a thermonuclear dud -- the secondary didn't detonate.
Detailed reports and documents
UFO sightings aboard the U.S.S. Curtiss AV-4 (Robert Hastings)
UFOs At Operation Castle - Historical Documents (Daniel Wilson)
Beings..might be interested in activities in the Pacific (Capt. Edward Ruppelt)
Table 60; U.S.S. Curtiss (AV-4) Operational Activities During Castle Test Series [pdf file] (Dan Wilson)
Ref. 1. Operation Castle, 1954, US Atomic Veterans [pdf file] - Declassified Documents (was removed from the internet)
Mike Device and the U.S. Curtiss / UFO Sightings (Daniel Wilson)
Mike Device and the U.S. Curtiss / UFO Sightings, Page 2 (Daniel Wilson)
USS Curtiss Carried Nuclear Weapons (Leroy Peffer / Daniel Wilson)
Dark Sun - The Making of the H Bomb / UFO Connection (Daniel Wilson)
Heavy fallout in area where UFO was seen (Dan Wilson)
World Fallout Patterns and UFO Wave of 1954 (Daniel Wilson)
Ref. 2. History of Weather Recon Element [(pdf file] (was removed from the internet)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships [pdf file] (USS Curtiss [AV-4])
USS Curtiss (AV-4) Atomic Page (was removed from the internet)
Operation Castle - Pacific Proving Grounds 1954 (was removed from the internet)