Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015
From: Loren Gross
Subject: Aug. 4,  1947; Bethel, Alaska

The rogional director of the weather bureau at Anchorage, Alaska, was recipient of strange report on August 4th by some pilots employed by regional flight service. Why the aviators contacted the weather bureau is a mystery itself/nonetheless/the forecasters in Anchorage forwarded the report to the Alaska Military Communication System at Seattle, Washington, thus getting it into Intelligence channels. As for the sighting, it seems that Captain J. Peck and his co pilot, V. Daly, were flying their plane near Bethel, Alaska, small town in the western part of the state not far from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River, when the pilots radioed the regional weather station something was dead ahead which they couldn't identify (perhaps the flyers first believed the thing to be weather instrument?); anyway, the object was silhouetted against the sky which was lit brilliantly by the sun low on the horizon. Captain Peck hauled back on his controls to bring his plane up to safer altitude. Now thousand feet higher, the pilots glanced downward and spotted the UFO closer but on changed course. Still dark against the sky, it looked to be as large as a C-54. Intrigued, Captain Peck dived on the object as it pulled away doing his best to get better view, but it speeded up to an estimated 500 mph and was lost to view in four minutes, fantastic performance for something smooth surfaced with no apparent engines of any kind. 222.

(This was after the famous Tacoma hoax)  This fervent castigation of the saucers put a certain Signal Corps operator in Seattle in vacillating mental state, for he was sitting on the UFO report from the weather bureau at Anchorage, Alaska, concerning the sighting made by Captain Peck. The Captain was well known in the Northwest because he was the chief pilot for regional company air service, 17 year veteran of flying and definitely no nonsense guy. The Signal Corpsman wondered: should he send the report to Washington ? Hesitating only briefly he passed it along to higher headquarters with personal note attached in which he did his own castigating by infixing that Captain Peck's observation was of "national interest?" 224 This caused some perturbations in Washington when the message arrived in the offices of the High Command, but for the moment that story will have to wait. (UFOs A History 1947, Loren Gross)