Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 05:53:59 -0500
From: Francis Ridge <>
Subject: Pacific Ocean Off Korea, Night in Fall of 1951

Lt. Cmdr. M.C. Davies, U.S.N.:
My background is a Naval Instructor with approximately 4000 hours. At the time of the incident I was deployed with an Anti-Submarine Squadron aboard a CVE class carrier. I was assigned Air Crew Officer and prior to deployment had attended CIC Air Controller School at Point Loma, also Airborne Air Controller School and Airborne Early Warning School both located at NAS, San Diego. 

It was at night, I was riding with a radar operator which I often did to check on their proficiency. We were flying at 5,000 feet, solid instruments, with our wingman flying a radar position about 3 miles astern and slightly to our right or left. The target, which was slightly larger than our wingman, I picked up on our scope, had been circling the fleet; it left the fleet and joined up on us a position behind our wingman, approximately the same position he held on us. 

I reported the target to the ship and was informed that the target was also held on the ship's radars, 14 in number; and for us to get a visual sighting if possible. This was impossible because of the clouds. The target retained his relative position for approximately 5 minutes and then departed in excess of one thousand miles an hour. He departed on a straight course and was observed to the maximum distance of my radar which was two hundred miles. 

Upon completion of my flight an unidentified flying object report was completed, at which time I was informed that the object was held on ship's radars for approximately seven hours.

Extracts from a letter to NICAP dated May 16, 1957
Signed by Lt. Cmdr. M.C. Davies, U.S.N.
U.S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida