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UFO Sighting Chronology
1939-1945; The WWII Years & "Foo-Fighters"




Created: December 18, 2006, updated March 3, 2014
 "Strange Company,  presents one of the greatest wartime mysteries, one that has been shrouded in ignorance for more than sixty years. And it suggests that while an immense twentieth century war was raging on Earth, there appeared to be someone, or something, from somewhere else, watching us." - Keith Chester (Ref. 1)

This 11-page report is a comprehensive listing of UFO incidents that occurred during World War II. These entries  were derived from three major sources: 1) Strange Company (2007), Keith Chester; 2) the Magonia Database, sightings catalogued by Jacques Vallee and presented in his great work, Passport to Magonia, and,  3) The UFO Evidence, 1964, Richard Hall. American states are abbreviated with two letters, the same practice used in all other chronologies. The words "United States" are used where the reader might, in some cases, get confused amid the many foreign sightings. All of these entries will be listed on the NICAP Database.

For helping me produce this very comprehensive listing, we  must give our thanks, in particular, to Keith Chester, who made most of the 1939-1946 incidents available from his blockbuster new book, "Strange Company". Soon to be entered is the complete collection of reports from the P-47 website files, generously provided by Jan Aldrich. Also, to be added will be reports from Richard Hall's, "From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946)". Last, but not least, and thanks to Jean Waskiewicz for getting these incidence into the ever-growing NICAP Database.

The paper, The Ghost Rockets, Guided Missiles and UFOs: A Tangle of Fear - 1937-53, by Joel Carpenter is an excellent source of information.

Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator

1939

July, 1939; Pennsylvania, United States
Resembled a modern day jet airliner without wings; weird glow (Page 14 Ref. 1)

Oct. 1939; Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Egg-shaped object with spots like portholes observed through an astronomical reflector telescope. (Ref. 3; Report in NICAP files.)

Nov. 13, 1939; Brockworth, England
Motorist heard high-pitched humming sound, saw a gray bell-shaped object hovering over a field, dark window-like patches visible on its side. Wave of green light emanated from underside. After about 2 minutes the green light retracted as if solid, the object tilted at a steep angle and silently flew away. (Ref. 3; Jenny Randles & Peter Warrington, Science & The UFOs, 1985, p. 3.)

1940

Spring 1940; Hinsdale, IL
William T. Powers (later associated with the Center for UFO Studies) saw five disc-shaped objects traveling at about 100-200 m.p.h. They disappeared into a cloud and did not re-emerge. (Ref. 3; Jerry Clark Encyclopedia, 1992, Vol. II, p. 380.)

May 30, 1940; Toledo, OH
At sunrise a dark ellipse was seen moving northeast, then making a 90-degree turn. Color visible on the dark object changed from red to orange to yellow. (Ref. 3; Report in NICAP files.)

June 1940; Hoy Island, The Orkneys, Scotland
On a bright sunny day an anti-aircraft unit member focused a height and range-finder on a flattened sphere moving rapidly on a horizontal course and tracked it for 10 seconds. It's height was computed to be 38,000 feet. (Ref. 3; Randles & Warrington, 1985, p. 9.)

1941

1941, Spring; Cape Girardeau, MO
Charlotte Mann, a Texas woman whose grandfather was a pastor of the Red Star Baptist Church, told Leonard Stringfield, that her grandfather was called out to give last rights to some crash victims, who were described as from a crashed object. There were three bodies all described as "not human". (Stringfield, July 1991 Status Report)
 
April 5, 1941; Charleston, MO
"Submarine" bobs up in Mississippi and takes aboard a negro farmer before disappearing. (News clipping)

Sept. 1941;  Bt. African mainland of Mozambi
Que and Island of Madagascar strange globe glowing with greenish light about half the size of full moon. (Page 17 Ref. 1)

Early Dec. 1941; Georgia, United States
Light moving in counterclockwise circles (Page 17-18 Ref. 1)

Dec. 22, 1941; NY, United States
Round sharply outlined object with bright aluminum or chrome finish (Patrick, delete single quotes) (Page 18 Ref. 1)

1942

1942; Tientsien Province, Northern China
Photos of UFO observed down city street. Appears to have been faked since people are pointing at object and their distance and alignment are flawed.

Feb. 25, 1942; Los Angeles, CA
Known as the "Battle of Los Angeles". This incident involved thousands of witnesses and comes with photographic evidence. What is really unusual about the case is the fact that it occurred five years before the first UFO wave of 1947. (Page 19-22 Ref. 1)

Feb. 25, 1942; Los Angeles, CA
2:30 AM. Radar/visual. Formation of 6-9 luminous white dots in triangular formation in NW, moving very slowly. Steady radar blip coming in from sea, over aircraft factories. Five people killed by AA fire. "Battle of Los Angeles) Multiple UFOs, anti-aircraft fire.  (Source: UFOCAT)

Feb. 25, 1942; Los Angeles, CA
3:00 AM+.  Radar/visuals. (Source: UFOCAT)

Feb. 25, 1942; Los Angeles, CA
Even. Radar/visual. White disc hovered high in sky. Steady radar blip coming in from sea, over aircraft factories. (Source: UFOCAT)

Feb. 27, 1942, Timor Sea
Large disc; departed location at 3,500 miles per hour (Page 23 Ref. 1)

March 14, 1942; Banak, Europe, Norway
5:35 PM. Radar/visuals, Ground radar and German pilot. 100 meter long cigar, 15 meter diameter, hovered, shot straight up at impossible speed. (Source: UFOCAT)

March 25, 1942; Zuider Zee, Holland
An RAF bomber returning from a raid on Essen, Germany, was followed by a luminous orange disc or sphere. As it came closer the tail gunner opened fire on it, to no apparent effect. Finally it sped away at an estimated 1,000 m.p.h. (Ref. 3; Flying Saucer Review, March-April 1962.)

Spring 1942; Kentucky, United States
Powerful searchlight shining down, emanating from unidentifiable object; sometimes remained motionless (Page 23 Ref. 1)

Spring 1942; Illinois, United States
Light gray, sharply defined rectangle; gray in color (Page 23 Ref. 1)

June 25, 1942; Holland
Shining copper object, like setting sun, the size of a full moon (Page 23-25 Ref. 1)

Summer 1942: Guam, Western Pacific
A US Navy radar officer who requested anonymity recalled several incidents of unexplained radar returns on his vessel's air search radar in the area between Guam and Saipan during the summer of 1945. Typically they appeared as "large groups" of echoes detected at about 100 miles range on courses inbound towards the ship. Plotted speeds were over 1000 mph. The targets "passed overhead at approximately two thousand feet and showed up on the radar screen as definitely solid objects." Visual lookouts on alert deckside saw nothing, and the radar officer himself on one occasion went on deck to search the sky, but he too saw nothing. He was adamant that the targets were not due to "ionized clouds, inversions, sea gulls, mechanical defects, or any of the other common explanations." The equipment was carefully checked and found to be functioning properly. (Martin Shough)

Summer 1942; Tasman Peninsula, Bass Strait between Island of Tasmania and Australia
A singular airfoil of glistening bronze color; domed upper surface; possible crew member, Cheshire cat emblem on dome. (Page 29 Ref 1)

June (late), 1942; Cussey-sur-l'Ognon, Doubs, France
Several witnesses heard a motor-like sound and saw a blue-gray oval object with a dome on top hovering just above the ground in a wooded area. It had portholes and a tripod landing gear, with light emanating from the portholes. As witnesses approached to within 20 meters, the object took off vertically and disappeared. A 1.5-meter diameter circle was found in the grass. (Ref. 3; 'La chronique des OVNI', Jean-Pierre Delarge, Paris 1977, p. 261.)

Aug. 5, 1942; Solomon Islands
Saucer shaped cigar with round dome on  top; approximately ninety feet in diameter (Page 27 Ref. 1)

Aug. 11/12, 1942;  Nr. Aachen, Germany
A phenomenon described as a bright white light (Page 29-30 Ref. 1)

Aug. 12, 1942; Solomon Islands, Tulagi
Daytime. During lull in fighting air raid siren was sounding. Formation of silvery objects directly overhead with slight wobbling, numbering close to 150; mighty roaring sound. Reported by Sgt Stepen J Brickner. USMC, 1st Marine Division (Page 28 Ref. 1)

Aug. 13, 1942; Washington, DC
11:00 PM. Radar/visual. 68 UFOs over capitol, photos, big CAA investigtion. (Source: UFOCAT)

Aug. 17/18, 1942; Osnabruk, Germany
A rocket with a long white tail of light (Page 30 Ref.1)

Mid Aug.1942; Tula Region, near Moscow, Russia
Huge cigar-shaped object something like a Zeppelin, but much bulkier and rounder at the front; aluminum hued color. (Page 30-31, Ref 1)

Aug. 29, 1942; Columbus, MS.
Control tower operator at Army Air Base saw two round reddish objects hover over field. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III]

Fall 1942; Long Branch, NJ
A research engineer saw a dark elliptical object sharply outlined against the star field in the night sky. A flickering light was visible at the trailing end as it sped from horizon to horizon in 10-15 seconds.  "I saw a nose view, side view, and tail view", the witness said. (Ref. 3; Report in NICAP files.)

October 1942; Radway Green, Cheshire, England
In the evening two witnesses saw an elongated object with a dome on top and lights at either end descend toward the ground. At the apparent landing site a circular burned area and footprints were found. (Ref. 3; Michel Bougard, 'La chronique des OVNI', Jean-Pierre Delarge, Paris, 1977, p. 263.)

Oct. 9-10, 1942; Guadalcanal
10:00 AM. R/V. During the Guadalcanal invasion U.S. Navy fleet radar detected an incoming unidentified object which also was observed through binoculars. When it approached within 3,000 yards gunners opened fire on it, whereupon the object made a sharp turn, accelerated and circled the entire fleet twice at very high speed at about 3,000 to 4,000 feet altitude. It was visually observed to be a silvery disc with dome on top, and portholes around the dome. (UFOCAT; Ref. 3; MUFON UFO Journal, No. 185, July 1983; tape-recorded witness interview.) (Update: Kevin Randle has the deck logs from the dates in question and there is no mention of the incident. This was originally published in the MUFON. UFO Journal, but has been unable to verify the information).

Nov. 28/29, 1942; Turin, Italy
Object two to three hundred feet in length 500 mph & four red lights spaced at equal distances along its body. (Page 34-35 Ref. 1)

Nov. 1942; Bay of Biscay, England
Thing massive in size; no wings; electronic interference. (Page 35-36 Ref. 1)

Dec. 1942; French coast, over mouth of Somme River
Two amber and orange lights, flying in unison; not aircraft. (Page 36 Ref.1)

1943

1943; Persian Gulf
Seaman Matthew Mangle, from the bow of his ship, sighted a huge disc beneath the surface of the water. The object glowed with a soft greenish light, paced the ship at about 12 knots before speeding up and moving out of sight. (Report 1011)

1943 Early; Bearing Sea, N. of Alaskan Peninsula
2300 hours. While patrolling the Bearing Sea, N. of Alaskan Peninsula and bearing north at about 20 knots, a gunner on starboard 20 mm gun was on watch on the USS Williamson. It was a very dark night and he reported a row of at least eight red lights in a row, traveling parallel and slightly ahead of his ship. The row was canted at about a 15 degree angle to the surface of the sea. The lights paced the ship for about an hour until the watch was relieved. Witness wasn't able to find out what happened after his incident.

Approx. 1943; Washington, D.C.
Sighting of UFO formation by Metropolitan policeman. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, VII]

1943; Russell Islands
Lloyd Kenyon, shipfitter, aboard ship with several others who observed a number of high speed objects. (Portand, Oregon Journal, 6/27/1947)

Mar. 13, 1943; Naples, Italy
Roman candlelight's; bright very large red light that looked like a huge irregular mass of neon. (Page 39, Ref. 1)

April 5, 1943; Long Beach, CA
Flight instructor and student pilot saw a glowing orange disc dive at their aircraft and hover alongside, then accelerate and climb away out of sight. (Ref. 3; Witness report to Jan Aldrich, Project 1947.)

May 1943; Norwich, England
Sighting of dome-shaped object and humanoid beings. (Ref. 3; Anders Liljegren, AFU Bibliography.)

May 12/13, 1943; Duisburg, Germany
Object like meteor; reddish orange in color; emitted a burst giving off a green star. (Ref. 1 Page 39)

May 23/24, 1943; Dortmund, Germany
Large number of so-called rockets (Page 39-40  Ref.1)

May 27/28, 1943; Essen, Germany
Cylindrical object, silvery-gold in color, with several portholes evenly spaced along its side; motionless until speeding away at several thousand miles per hour. (Page 40-41 Ref.1)

May 1943; English Channel
Large, stationary orange balloon on or near the sea. (Page 41 Ref.1)

Summer of 1943; North Atlantic
PB2Y5 paced by red-orange object. Pilot made several turns but object matched maneuvers, finally object took off ahead and disappeared in 30 sec. (Richard Hall, UFOE I, page 23; Interview with witness by Richard Haines)

Sept. 1943; Oncativo, Argentina
4:00 a.m. Navarro Ocampo, driving between Rosario and Cordoba, saw a large, saucer-shaped object on the ground 500 m to the left of the road. It glowed with a bluish-green light, made a whistling sound, rose to 100 m altitude, then left at fantastic speed. A strange metal block is said to have been found at the spot. (Magonia #50, GEPA Dec., 68)

Sept. 6, 1943; Stuttgart, Germany
Objects resembling silver discs. (Page 43  Ref.1)

Oct. 14, 1943; Schweinfurt, Germany
During a bombing run a B-17 crews of the 384th Group noticed, as fighter attacks suddenly fell off, they encountered a cluster of small discs, described as 3" wide by 1" thick. (Martin Caiden/Andy Roberts)   Document found

Nov. 1943; Escondido, CA
On a dark moonless night a family heard a soft humming sound and saw a disc with dome and square windows hovering about 15 feet above the roof of their house. Human-like silhouettes were visible through the windows. When the woman shone a flashlight, the object blinked out and disappeared. (Ref. 3; Greenwood, UFO Historical Revue, June 1998.)

Nov. 1, 1943; Enroute Milne Bay, New Guinea from San Francisco (base San Cristobal Island)
6:25-6:30 (1825-1830). Lt. A. Swalling, USNR, OOD, USS Gilliam APA 57. Radar indication bearing 185 deg. T. Distance 8000 yards. Commenced zigzagging, excercised general. Rada indication faded. (USS Gilliam Ship's Log).

Dec. 1943; Oslo, Norway
At 10:30 p.m. four women in a car saw an orange bell-shaped object ascending. Three automobiles in the vicinity experienced EM effects and the engines stalled. A 1.5-meter diameter area of melted snow was found on the ground. (Ref. 3; Australian Flying Saucer Review, No. 7, 1967; cited by Project 1947.)

Dec. 11, 1943; Edmen, Germany
Unidentified object; size of thunderbolt aircraft; streak-like vapor trail. (Page 51 Ref.1)

Dec. 14, 1943; Naples, Italy
Small round bright light. (Page 52  Ref.1)

1943 (exact date unknown); California, United States
Object, international orange in color, elliptical shape; wobbled in unstable manner; no wings, jet exhaust, smoke, or vapor trails. (Page 51 Ref.1)

Jan. 2/3, 1944; Halberstadt, Germany
Two rockets; altered course; fiery head and blazing stern. (Page 54  Ref.1)

Jan. 5, 1943; Kiel, Germany
Black plate-sized discs. (Page 55 Ref.1)

1944

Jan. 28, 1944; Somewhere over France
Airborne red light. (Page 56 Ref.1)

Jan. 29, 1944; Location unknown
Red ball; yellow/red flames followed aircraft through evasive action. (Page 56 Ref.1)

Feb. 1944; Bass Strait, Australia
At 2:30 a.m. A bomber crew at 4,500 feet altitude saw a dark shape pull alongside the plane and pace it at a distance of about 100 feet for about 18-20 minutes. A flickering light was visible at its trailing end, which illuminated the rear portion of the object. While the object was alongside all radio and direction-finding instruments on the plane malfunctioned. Finally the object accelerated and sped away. (Ref. 3; Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, 1996, pp. 35-36.)

Feb. 4, 1944; Frankfurt, Germany
Two sightings: stationary object of tear-drop shape, resembling a balloon; shiny silver ball looking like a very bright weather balloon with a metal sheen. (Page 59 Ref.1)

Feb. 4, 1944; Dutch coast
One long black stationary object, similar to a small flak burst floating. (Page 59 Ref.1)

Feb. 8, 1944; Frankfurt, Germany
Silver-colored ball-like object changing stationary. (Page 59  Ref.1)

Feb. 19/20, 1944; Leipzig-Berlin area, Germany
Two objects: glowing balls; snake-like motion. (Page 59-60 Ref.1)

Feb. 19/20, 1944; Coblence and Aachen, Germany
Silvery cigar-shaped object like an airship; appeared to be a line of windows along the bottom of the object. (Page 60 Ref.1)

Feb. 24/25, 1944; St. Quentin, France
Three silver objects & resembling zeppelins & moving independently of the wind & not interconnected. (Page 60 Ref.1)

March, 1944; Carlsbad, NM
Air Force pilot saw fast-moving UFO speed out of sight over horizon. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III]

April 11, 1944; Location unknown, probably Germany
Projectiles resembling glider bombs; a large orange glow & smoke trail. (Page  66 Ref.1)

April 25, 1944; France
Black tear-dropped craft; probable Me-163. (Page 63 Ref.1)

April 26, 1944; Essen, Germany
Things; four orange glows; short stubby wings; football-sized­; looking like large oranges. (Page  64-65 Ref.1)

June 1944; Normandy, France
Luminescent discus-shaped object. (Page 67-68 Ref.1)

June 1944; Palmyra Atoll
About midnight. Anchored at Palmyra Atoll, Edward W. Ludwick, Executive Officer on a Coast Guard crewed cargo vessel was witness to an unusual object.   After searching for a lost Navy aircraft, a moving star-like light which began to swell like a balloon as it came closer. Viewed with binoculars: it was a round sphere hovering 5X brighter than stars, it moved slowly for half an hour covering 90 degs, then headed northward. (Clark & Farish, Foo-Fighters of WWII).                

June 1944; Adriatic Sea
At 11:00 a.m. a flight of three P-38 fighters at 33,000 feet saw above them, at an estimated altitude of 50,000 feet, a silver disc. The object descended to about 40,000 feet and paced the fighters for 3 minutes, then accelerated and sped away. (Ref. 3; Jan Aldrich, Project ACUFOE, from CUFOS report form.)

June 6, 1944; just off Omaha Beach, France
Edward Breckel,  gunner on the USS George E. Badger, reported that a dark ellipsoidal object was seen five miles away about 15 ft above water moving in a circular course for 3 minutes. (Chester, page 67, CIRFO Orbit, Jan 1955)

June 6, 1944; Normandy Coast, France
Dark ellipsoidal object & blunted on each end like sausage. (Page 67 Ref.1)

June/July 1944; Normandy, France
Spheres approximately the size of a football. (Page 70 Ref.1)

July, 1944; Turk Island
An unidentified was tracked by radar only by 11 witnesses. (Martin) Sources are Condon Files, NICAP files Not much of a citation, but this is all we have.  Radar only doesn't mean much as the Navy and AAF were running into false returns around the Pacific. However, these are interesting as there were indications that the Navy did a special study during the war and indications are that other study(ies) during the Korean War were conducted. (Jan Aldrich,UFO DNA - PB4Y1)

July 1944; Brest, France
Two men of the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, saw a large rectangular object with no apparent source of propulsion move steadily over the front lines and out to sea. The UFO at one point passed in front of the moon, briefly obscuring it from view. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, IV]

July 1944; Normandy, France
Targets flying at extremely high altitudes. (Page 81 Ref.1)

Sept. 1944; Antwerp, Belgium
Around 9 p.m. in the evening a Canadian soldier, stationed near the front lines close to Antwerp, observed  "a glowing globe" traveling from the direction of the front line towards Antwerp. It seemed to be about a meter in diameter and looked as though it was of cloudy glass with a light inside. It gave off a soft white glow. Its altitude seemed to be about 13 metres, speed about 50 Km/h, and there was no sound of any sort. It was obviously powered and controlled. It was followed by another which in turn was followed by others, five in all." (Don Berliner files)

Aug. 1, 1944; Ploesti, Rumania
Yellow object traveling several times the speed of an aircraft. (Page 71 Ref.1)

Aug. 10/11, 1944; Palembang, Sumatra
Reddish orange balls, about the size of a baseball; spherical object, probably 5 or 6 feet in diameter, of a very bright and intense red or orange in color. (Page 71-74 Ref.1)

Aug. 12, 1944; Pelice, Southern France
Enormous disc; circular lights (changing from bright yellow top white) like portholes in a ship; motionless. (Page 75 Ref.1)

Aug. 13, 1944; Kaoe Bay, Indonesia
Very brilliant light appearing to hover in air for at least five minutes. (Page 76 Ref.1)

Aug. 1944; Bt. St. Lo and Vire, France
Cherry-red light; size of large star; sat motionless in sky before disappearing into clouds. (Page 79-80 Ref.1)

End Aug., 1944; Mattoon, IL
A mysterious man appeared at windows, as if in search of someone. He stunned witnesses by pointing at them a device that "made consciousness dissolve" and left a strange cloying smell behind (Magonia #51, FSR 61, 3) (Needs to be checked.  This did not check out, no newspaper reports could be found. Apparently the entire story was made up many years later.

Summer 1944; Normandy, France
Los Angeles columnist George Todt, in a party of four Army officers including a Lt. Col., watched a pulsating red fireball sail up to the front lines, hover for 15 minutes, then move away. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, IV]

Summer 1944; Italy
Egg-shaped, metallically glistening motionless object. (Page 78 Ref.1)

Sept. 1944; Oak Ridge, TN
Metal tube hovers over AEC plant.

Sept. 1944; Unknown Japanese island
White object & egg-shaped & very brilliant. (Page 76 Ref.1)

Late Sept. 1944; Dover, England
Solid black cylindrical-shaped; red glow emitting from rear. (Page 81-82 Ref.1)

Sept. 1944; England
Bright spherical object & like a rolling ball. (Page 83 Ref.1)

Sept. 1944; Antwerp, Belgium
Glowing globe, cloudy gas with a light inside & three to four feet in diameter. (Page 82-83 Ref.1)

Fall 1944; (p.84) Holland
Light moving high in night sky. (Page 84 Ref.1)

Oct. 1944; Southeast Holland
Field Artillery officer and men saw a brilliant object moving from NW to SW, crossing an arc of about 90 degrees in about 45 minutes. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, IV]

Oct. 10, 1944; Alghut, Sweden
At 8:00 p.m. a man on a bicycle was suddenly illuminated by a light beam from the woods, then he saw a large shining sphere rise rapidly from the ground and hover at treetop height. It appeared moon-like; golden in color, and made no sound. After about 5 minutes the object abruptly disappeared.  (Ref. 3; Anders Liljegren AFU archives.)

Aug. 10, 1944; Sumatra
Sighting of maneuvering UFO which paced B-29 (Reida case) during mission. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III]

Oct. 16, 1944; Formosa, Taiwan
Small black dot; hanging stationary. (Page  Ref.1)

Oct. 20, 1944; Po Valley, Italy
Red light appearance of an aircraft light. (Page 84 Ref.1)

Oct. 20, 1944; N. Florence, Italy
Two orange balls diving into the hills. (Page 84 Ref.1)

Oct. 25, 1944; Omura, Japan
Multiple sightings of possible balloons. (Page 78 Ref.1)

Oct. 29, 1944; Munich, Germany
Light blue colored ball of fire approximately three feet in diameter. (Page 85-86 Ref.1)

Oct. 30/31, 1944; Cologne, Germany
A ball of fire; circular, pale orange, clean edged light. (Page 86 Ref.1)

Nov. 1944; near Lingayen Gulf, Philippines
Night?. USS Gilliam ship's log reports that LTJG  Kendall Bruce, Fire Control Officer on the ship, while on watch observed a bright green globe-shaped object raising out of the headlands reach altitude and speed off. Too slow for missile. (Chester, pages 95-96, Letter to NICAP).

Nov. 1944; France
415th Night Fighter Squadron pilot saw formation of round objects. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III]

Nov. 5, 1944; Singapore, Malaya
A long purple-blue parabolic trail. (Page 77-78 Ref.1)

Nov. 5/6, 1944; Aachen/Bonn, Aachen/Cologne, Germany
Possible jet; single light; 5 free lance visuals on jets, no A.I. or G.C.I. contacts; several flares similar to jets. (Page 86-87 Ref.1)

Nov. 16, 1944; Enroute Leyte, Philippine Island
2355 or 11:55 pm local. USS Gilliam, enroute Leyte, Philippine Island, from Oro Bay, New Guinea.  Ship's log reports that Lt. J.L. Besmond, OOD, on USS Gilliam, APA 57, in company Task Unit 79.15.1. Combat reports unidentified object, distance 21 miles. [no further information]. (USS Gilliam Ship's Log) [See Nov. 1944 entry above]

Nov. 22, 1944; Germany
Spherical object, fluctuating in brightness, pyrotechnic pink in color, changing speeds violently, swift and jerking movements. (Page 89 Ref.1)

Nov. 24, 1944; Northern Italy
Round amber light, luminous orange-yellow, blinding light; felt unbearable heat. (Page  89-93 Ref.1)

Nov. 26, 1944; Mannheim, Germany
Red light that disappeared in long red streak. (Page 93-94 Ref.1)

Late November (possibly 28-30), 1944; Strasbourg, Germany
Eight to ten lights in a row, glowing orange, and moving at terrific speed. (Page 95 Ref.1)

Dec. 2, 1944; Villafranca, Ghedi Airdrome area, Italy
A steady, seemingly hanging light. (Page 96 Ref.1)

Dec. 5, 1944; Rhine River area, Germany
Alleged aircraft that climbed out of range in nothing flat. (Page 96 Ref.1)

Dec. 14/15, 1944; Erstein, Germany
Brilliant red light & appeared to be 4 or 5 times larger than a star going 200 mph. (Page 96,130 Ref.1)

Dec. 1944 (within first two weeks of Ardennes offensive); Germany
Amorphous reddish-glow that at times appeared cigar-shaped. (Page 97-98 Ref.1)

Dec. 17, 1944; Breisach, Germany
5 or 6 flashing red and green lights in T-shape. (Page 100,130  Ref.1)

Dec. 22/23, 1944; Hagenau, Germany
Two lights that appeared to be a large orange glow coming from ground - followed plane - appeared to be under perfect control (Page 102,130  Ref.1)

Dec. 23/24, 1944; Germany
Red streak in sky. (Page 103,130 Ref.1)

Dec. 23/24, 1944; Germany (no positive location)
Glowing red object shooting straight up; appeared to be aircraft doing a wingover and going into a dive and disappearing. (Page 103,130 Ref.1)

Sometime bt. Dec. 16 and 24, 1944; Germany
Amorphous reddish-glow that at times appeared cigar-shaped. (Page 103-104 Ref.1)

Dec. 26/27, 1944; Germany
Multiple sightings: red balls of fire; two yellow streaks of flame & disappeared from view; the crew thought they felt prop wash; a group of lights that made distinct lines, somewhat like arrows; row of vertical white lights. (Page 103,131 Ref.1)

Dec. 26/27, 1944; Worms, Germany
Circular, fiery ball; triangle of ovals three circular, reddish-blue in color, vivid lights, looking like flames, in a tight inverted triangle formation. (Page 104-106 Ref.1)

Dec. 27, 1944; Luneville, France
Two sets of three red and white lights. (Page 107-108,131 Ref.1)

Dec. 27, 1944; France
Orange lights, singly and in pairs, suspended in air, moving slowly before disappearing. (Page 108  Ref.1)

Dec. 28, 1944; Neuwied / Koblenz Germany
A green ball about six inches in diameter; motionless and did not appear to have anything supporting it. (Page 108 Ref.1)

Dec. 28, 1944; Ardennes, Belgium
Large white light; no radar contact; went straight up at a tremendous speed; disappeared. (Page 108-110 Ref.1)

Dec. 1944; Austria
B-17 pilot (William D. Leet) and crew, on a lone wolf mission, were followed by an amber-colored disc. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III]

Dec. 1944; Bt. Strasbourg and Manheim, Germany
Bright fuzzy round ball, twice the size of full moon; yellow, white, red tint that was not solid color; no radar return. (Page 118-119 Ref.1)

Dec. 1944; Bt. Frankfurt and Karlsrhue, Germany
Three to four very bright balls, completely illuminated red, yellow, white and blue in color; size of tennis ball at arms length. (Page 119 Ref.1)

Dec. 1944; Somewhere bt. eastern France and Western Germany
String of lights, twelve to fifteen in number, orange to yellow in color, approximately four feet in diameter, stretching twice the length of crews aircraft; no radar contact. (Page 120 Ref.1)

1945

1945; near Okinawa, Guam
Ground radar. No details.

1945; Tokyo Bay, Japan
Night (?). Photo obtained from Naval Intelligence. Aerial photo shows an object or light below aircraft (infrared?). Joe Chamberlin asked for intel reports on foo-fighters after his return from his visit from Europe and 415th Night Fighter Squadron. (No further information).(Lt. Col. Joe Chamberlain's Air Force papers within General of the Air Forcess H. H. "Hap" Arnold collection at Library of Congress).

1945; Hanford Plant, WA
This is a broad-daylight radar/visual, involving not the typical UFO, since the object had a "saucer-like appearance"

1945; Habbebishopsheim, Germany
An American soldier saw a disk-shaped object come down rapidly, oscillate, and land. The site could not be found in the dark. The event took place 35 km northwest of the town. (Magonia #52, Atic)

Jan. 1945; Germany
Another 415th Night Fighter Squadron pilot was followed by three red and white lighted objects over Germany. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III]

Jan. 1, 1945; Ardennes, Belgium
Pair of fog lights; bright yellowish orange; flying in tandem; three feet in diameter. (Page 114-117 Ref.1)

Jan.1/2, 1945; North of Strasbourg, France
Foo fighters. (Page 131 Ref.1)

Jan. 2, 1945; The New York Times
Carried an AP dispatch from France about several recent "foo-fighter" sightings. Lt. Donald Meiers said he had twice been followed by UFOs. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III]

Jan. 10, 1945; Iwo Jima, Japan
An amber light pass parallel and at same altitude. (Page 125 Ref.1)

Jan. 14/15, 1945; Ingweiller, Germany
A large orange glow in sky approx. 5 ft. in diameter. (Page 131 Ref.1)

Jan. 18, 1945; Oyster River, near Vancouver Island, Canada
Large silvery cylinder or balloon that appeared to discharge another balloon or object, each traveling in separate directions. (Page 132 Ref.1)

Jan. 26-31, 1945; Between Soloman Islands. Louis Graci and 4 otherv sailors USS McCracken, APA 198, Troop Transport. Submerged round object about the size of gun turret, 20', with a dull finish sharply outlined and no sound. Ship passedover it laying still in the water. Not reported as sailor thought at the time it was a sea turtle. (International UFO Bureau report form date 25 Sept. 19760.

Jan. 29, 1945; Bt. Wissembourg and Landau, Germany
Two amber colored lights about one foot in diameter. (Page 129,131 Ref.1)

Jan.-Feb, 1945; Pasco NAS, Washington
Commander R. W. Hendershot, USNR, reported that radar targets were detected and interception was attempted at least twice by F6F Hellcats with negative results. Flying an SJS, Hendershot attempted an interception of high altitude, of slow-moving blips. Negative results. (Chester, page 142. Letter from Hendershot to APRA in NICAP files. 4th Air Force Intel Summaries indicate overflight of Hanford Lab, and possible countermeasures using Navy assets at Pasco NAS [NARA]).

Feb. 2, 1945; Colmar, France
Unusual green light & moving rapidly. (Page 133 Ref.1)

Feb. 7, 1945; Alethea, Pacific
Afternoon. Lt. Commander Norman P. Stark in a F6F on Combat Air Patrol with the USS Wasp. Alert for bogie at 30,000', 10 miles west on radar. Interception ayttempted but by that time bogie had passed over the fleet heading back to W, outrunning pursuit. (Web site: A WWII F6F Navy Fighter Pilot's Experiences In The Pacific. By LCDR Norman P. Stark USNR(R), Jan. 1, 2000. Witness: Japanese jet recon aircraft.)

Feb. 8, 1945; Nr. Strasbourg, France
Yellow light. (Page 133 Ref.1)

Feb. 9/10, 1945; Riegel, Germany
Very bright light moving slowly. (Page 133 Ref.1)

Feb. 13/14, 1945; Bt. Rastatt and Bishwiller, Germany
Two sets of lights; separated after being attacked and then returned to original position. (Page 136 Ref.1)

Feb. 14/15, 1945; Freiburg, Germany
String of lights & (1 red one in center, 4 white ones on each side) blinking off and on. (Page 136 Ref.1)

Feb. 15/16, 1945; Pisa, Italy
Multiple sightings: flare; flare that seemed to spiral. (Page 136 Ref.1)

Feb. 15/16, 1945; Viareggio, Italy
Alleged jet; multiple spurts of flame; no radar return. (Page 136 Ref.1)

Feb. 16, 1945; La Spezia, Italy
Possible jet: dropped what looked like white flares; no radar contact. (Page 136-137 Ref.1)

Feb. 17, 1945; Central Po Valley, Italy
Observed two very bright lights appear directly in front of aircraft; fired upon without result. (Page 137 Ref.1)

Feb. 17, 1945; Massa and Central Po Valley, Italy
Red ball of fire that did not appear to be Jet A/C. (Page 137 Ref.1)

Feb. 17/18, 1945; La Spezia, Italy
Multiple sightings: (1) blinking light; (2) reddish white light going off and on in spurts, faded out during chase; (3) light, a glow alternating between weak and bright was chased several times, never caught. (Page 138-139 Ref.1)

Feb. 21, 1945; Po Valley, Italy
Alleged flares: cluster of 11 or more colored flares that remained motionless; cluster of 15 orange balls of fire. (Page 139-140 Ref.1)

Feb. 21, 1945; Piacenza, Italy
Two large red balls of fire; hovering. (Page 140 Ref.1)

Feb. 22, 1945; Nr. Leghorn, Italy
Three lights red-orange in color that did not appear to be flares. (Page 141 Ref.1)

Feb. 27, 1945; Bologna, Italy
Chased three lights in shape of triangle observed; no radar contact. (Page 141-142 Ref.1)

Feb. 1945; Chemnitz, Germany
Flying wing, giving off a yellowish-red intermittent glow. (Page 149 Ref.1)

Mar. 1945. Belfast, Maine
A man out hunting observed an elongated object flying very slowly, tilted toward the earth. It crashed into some trees at the end of a clearing. The enormous craft seemed undamaged as it rested briefly on the ground, then lifted again with a humming sound, started to spin, released a shower of fine silvery threads, and rose straight up, disappearing in seconds. (Magonia #53, FS May., 59)

Mar.1945; New Mexico, United States
Object aluminum colored, 12 to 14 feet off ground, motionless, swept away like dragonfly. (Page 142-143 Ref.1)

Mar. 1945; Aleutian Islands (Incorrect month. See Summer of 1945)
Aboard the US attack transport "Delarof," 14 sailors saw a dark sphere rise out of the ocean, follow a curved trajectory, and fly away after circling their ship. (Magonia #54, Evidence 30) An official report on the incident was sent to Washington. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, IV]

Mar. 3, 1945; Misburg, Germany
Two balloon-like silver balls. (Page 143 Ref.1)

Mar. 5, 1945; Either Holland or Northern Germany
Two sightings: (1) large orange ball hanging in air; (2) similar ball that was moving horizontally at same altitude. (Page 145 Ref.1)

Mar. 9, 1945; North Fresian Islands
Three lights; had the appearance of white flares dropped in air; called foo fighters. (Page 145-146 Ref.1)

Mar. 13, 1945; Bologna, Italy
Two sightings: (1) 100 hundred balls of orange fire; (2) two balls of  foo fire. (Page 147 Ref.1)

March (mid) 1945; South Pacific
1:00 p.m. Sailors and Marines on the Battleship U.S.S. New York near the Admiralty Islands saw through binoculars and radar detected an object hovering overhead at about 20,000 feet. It was silvery and very shiny. After about 30 minutes the captain ordered gunners to open fire, but shells could not reach the object. After a few more seconds the object climbed out of sight at a fantastic rate of speed and disappeared off of radar. (Ref. 3; MUFON UFO Journal, No. 203, March 1985.)

Mar. 18, 1945; Florence, Italy
Chased light, no radar contact, then light disappeared. (Page 148 Ref.1)

Mar. 19/20, 1945; Speyer, Germany
Saw 2 Foo fighters; one orange and one green ball. (Page 148 Ref.1)

Mar. 23, 1945; Bergamo/Ghedi, Italy
2 balls of foo fire. (Page 150 Ref.1)

Mar. 23, 1945; Germersheim, Germany
Stationary airborne object. (Page 150 Ref.1)

Mid-Mar. 1945; New Guinea
Object, silver in color, very shiny & much larger than the brightest star; unaffected by gunfire; departed upward at a fantastic rate of speed . (Page  151-152 Ref.1)

Mar. 24, 1945; Nagoya, Japan
Multiple sightings: yellow ball of fire about 6 inches in diameter; orange and red flashes; six white balls of fire; grayish ball of fire about size of soccer ball; red ball of fire. (Page 152-153 Ref.1)

Mar. 25, 1945; Bt. Mannheim and Darmstadt, Germany
Six or seven circular, yellowish-orange objects, solid color, and brightness; apparently individually controlled. (Page 153-154  Ref.1)

1945, Spring; Norman, Oklahoma
Day. Listed as winter (1944-45 but suggested closer to spring 1945) Naval Air Technical Training Center, South Base. Vern Seifert (then student) later a pilot. Standing in the chow line with others when one pointed out the spinning  shimmering aluminum or stainless  steel bright sphere which seemed to  have line lines running up and down giving it a texture.  It hovered, then seemed to instanteously skip over degs, then resume hovering.  It was below 1000 ft, about 35-40 ft in diameter.  Men moved into chow hall so did not see it disappear.(NIACP (NICAP?) Report Form 13 Feb 1967)

Apr. 3, 1945; Kawasaki, Japan
The records of the 20th Air Force reveal that as early as this date, flying from the Marianas on a night incendiary mission, some crews reported "Balls of fire followed our aircraft." Less than two weeks later after an early morning attack on Tokyo there is a note in the intelligence resume, "Several balls of fire observed." (Reference: Sky Giants Over Japan: A Diary of a B-29 Combat Crew In WWII, by Chester Marshall, pages 184-185--Article - A Flashback Great Balls of Fire.) This fireball article was related by Richard M. Keenan, member of the 444th Bomb Group, 58th Wing, at West Field on Tinian.

Apr. 3/4, 1945; Honshu, Japan
Multiple balls of fire sightings: size of basketball; streamer of light behind the ball of fire; ball of fire emitting a steady phosphorescent glow; wing in connection with ball of fire & amber colored searchlight; stream of fire emanating from object, twelve inches in diameter, followed through evasive action. (Page 157-158 Ref.1)

Apr. 7, 1945: North Sea
A wingless object, able to stop in mid-flight and travel thousands of miles per hour. (Page 158-159 Ref.1)

Apr. 7, 1945; Nagoya, Japan
Ball of fire changing colors; orange to red. (Page 161 Ref.1)

April 23, 1945; Atomic Fission Bombs Memorandum
A memorandum for the Secretary of War from General L. R. Groves, "Atomic Fission Bombs" says: "1. Within four months we shall in all probability have completed the  most terrible weapon ever known in human history, one bomb of which could destroy a whole city....5. The world in its present state of moral advancement compared with its technical development would be eventually at the mercy of such a weapon. In other words, modern civilization might be completely destroyed."


May 2, 1945; Fala Island, Truk Atoll
Two airborne objects & red circles of light & changing from a cherry-red to orange to a white lights and then cherry-red again; followed for over an hour; no radar return. (Page  163 Ref.1)

May 14, 1945; Nagoya, Japan
Red or flame-colored light, constant position, same size as B-29 landing light. (Page 166 Ref.1)

May 25, 1945; Tokyo, Japan
Fireball follows a B-29 of the 39th Bombardment Group for 50 miles. "A 'fireball' picked us up at the coast and followed us for 50 miles before falling off toward the sea." Crew 44, 62nd Squadron - 39th Bomb Group

May 25, 1945; Atlantic Ocean
In early morning on a sunny day with intermittent clouds, a B-17 bomber was en route from Morocco to Dakar, Senegal. A silvery disc or ellipse was observed opposite the sun position, estimated to be 5 to 10 miles distant. The object paced the aircraft, hovering at times.  (Ref. 3; Harley D. Rutledge, Project Identification, 1981, p. 251.)

May or June, 1945; Okinawa
Daylight. The crew of a Marine transport witnessed a cylindrical object with three smaller dics which appeared to enter the larger object, then took off with tremendous acceleration. (NICAP)

Summer 1945; Aleutian Islands
Aboard the US attack transport "Delarof," 14 sailors saw a dark sphere rise out of the ocean, follow a curved trajectory, and fly away after circling their ship. (Magonia #54, Evidence 30) An official report on the incident was sent to Washington. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, IV]

Summer of 1945; Okinawa, Pacific
11:00 am. Naval officer witnessed strange event on radar.  E. L. Wells, then Lt. J.G. aboard the escort aircraft carrier Salamaua (CVE-96), was interceptor officer. While south of Okinawa he and his group were disturbed by the appearance of a "blip" on the screen that appeared to be traveling toward them at a terrific rate of speed. They were unable to distinguish any shape, but the object was estimated to be traveling at about 1,000 miles an hour, moving on a course of zero one zero, coming in from the direction of Formosa and traveling toward Japan. At that time they feared it was a Baka bomb, but it was apparently moving too fast. They braced themselves and waited for it to hit. Then, after tracking it to just a few miles from the ship, as the radar made another sweep, they lost it. (Rullan)

Summer of 1945; Taganrog Bay, Sea of Azov, Rostov region, Russia
Daytime. 9-year old boy was alone fishing for his family’s meal and was about to return home when he watched a “giant plate” descend from the sky. The saucer smashed into the water causing a strong impact and creating a fountain of water spray all around the witness, which totally soaked him. The plate was about 5 meters in diameter; its hull was metallic reflecting the rays of the sun. Incredibly the witness felt no fear. The disc had descended on a sandbar, slightly covered by water only several meters from which the boy had been fishing. Suddenly, bubbles appeared around the disc and a “man” came out from the disc. The man was dressed in a silvery overall. He “jumped” from the top of the disc and approached the witness. He stopped at about 6 meters from the boy. His head was completely hidden under a non-transparent, oval-shaped helmet, and he had something resembling a large “can” behind his shoulders made of a dark-toned material resembling tinted glass. There was some communication (see full report) and then the "man" bade goodbye and climbed into the disc and vanished inside. The object rose up, hovered briefly, submerged into the water like a submarine. At this point the witness took his bucket and went home.   (Rullan) 

June-July 1945; area of Japan
Re: The 9th Bomb Group located on Tinian Island. "During our night missions in June and July a UFO phenomenon was reported. Our air crews started sighting balls of fire, i.e., glowing objects about the size of a full moon which flew around in the vicinity of our flying patterns over Japan. One of our crews reported that one of the objects followed their airplane half way to Iwo Jima. I saw them on two missions. I don't remember any reports of any hostile action by these objects and the reports of sightings stopped after a couple of months. The object of these reports was dismissed by some experts as the planet Venus. And, after these reports started coming in, some crews did mistake the rising full moon as one of these balls of fire. Some reports speculated that these balls of fire were exhausts from a Japanese development called a Baka Bomb, but exhaust flames can only be seen from the rear; and these objects appeared to have the same size and intensity in whatever direction they were traveling. I have never heard of any official assessment as to what these objects were. I had an occasion to ask General LeMay about them several years after the war and he had no explanation. I am sure that what I saw was neither Venus nor the moon nor a Baka Bomb; hence, for me, they were UFOs." ( http://www.9thbombgrouphistory.org/Chapters/Chapter_03.pdf  Page 27-28)

June 18, 1945; Japan
A fluctuating light round in shape that changed from bright red, to dim orange. (Page 180 Ref.1)

June 19, 1945; Japan
B-29 followed by strong white light. (Page 180 Ref.1)

June 19, 1945; Fukuoka, Japan
One bright ball of fire; no fuselage or any wings. (Page 180 Ref.1)

June 25, 1945; NE of HonoluluHawaii 26_08' N, 148_05' W
Daytime.. Navy ship not identified. Reported that an object described as a balloon was sighted at ship...travelling E. at an altitude of 30,000' estimated speed 20 knots. The actual time of the sighting is unknown. [Western Defense Command, Annex #3 to G-2 Periodic Report #183, 1200 GCT] (Jan Aldrich)

July 2, 1945; Japan
Several balls of fire much larger than supercharger glow, but of somewhat the same color. (Page 182-183 Ref.1)

July 4, 1945; near Yokohama, Japan
A/C Charles G. Chauncey was flying the B-29 on a bombing mission on a planned target of Kawasaki. Due to some evasive action the radar operator became confused and the bombs were dropped on Yokohama. Pilot Chauncey describes what happen next. "After coming away from our bomb drop, we saw the UFO's. I especially recall seeing two groups of them in single file. One group of six were lower than we were and coming towards us from the front, their heading taking them off to or left. The other group was more distant and headed in the opposite direction, but were at about our level. The each looked and appeared like a great ball of fire, but there was no fire trail. Their color was very subdued, not blazing like a torch. They did (not) bother us and we did not bother them."

July 7, 1945; Sasebo, Japan
Foo fighter; a big ball of fuzzy orange-red light; B-29 fired on object, appearing
to hit with no affect. (Page 186 Ref.1)

July 12, 1945; Honshu, Japan
Light phenomenon spotted enemy aircraft apparently trailed by large orange light traveling with it at same speed. (Page 186-187 Ref.1)

Mid-July 1945; Pasco NAS /Hanford Nuclera Plant, Washington
Noon. Roland D. Powell and 5 other F6F pilots. Object was very bright and had saucer-like appearance; was the size of three aircraft carriers, side-by side, oval shaped, very streamlined like a stretched-out egg and, and pinkish in color; Hovered in fixed position and then went straight-up and disappeared. (Chester, Page 188 Ref.1 / MUFON UFO Journal)

Summer 1945; Aleutian Islands
Crew saw large round object emerging from sea; 150-20 feet in diameter; object circled ship; three white flashes observed in direction object departed. (Page 188-189 Ref.1)

Aug. 1945; Ulithi
Twilight (just after sunset). Andrew Cimbals reported a red streak like a hot bar of steel, not a flame in the sky in the east, travelled overhead toward Japan. Duration about 40 seconds. (Wilkins, Harold, Flying Saucers Uncensored, Farish & Clark).

Aug. 1945; Okinawa, Japan
Cigar-shaped, metallic, and without markings or visible openings, and 35 to 50 feet in length. (Page 189-190 Ref.1)

Aug. 6, 1945: Hiroshima
The United States called for a surrender of Japan in the Potsdam Declaration on 26 July 1945, threatening Japan with "prompt and utter destruction". The Japanese government ignored this ultimatum. American airmen dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, followed by Fat Boy over Nagasaki on 9 August.
August 1945; 600 miles ENE of Kyusha, Japan
(Possibly after Hiroshima bomb abt. 2:00 a.m) Dan MacDougald, Jr., Officer of the Deck; the Quartermaster (unnamed by MacDougald), and a sailer named Troina (rating not recalled0 who MacDougald remembered as very competenton in both radar and optical range finding, all from the USS Bradford. Star like object travelling horizontally with the horizon.  Checked with three radars with no indication. Optical range finder on infinity so more than 40,000 yards. Had crossed the bow and was apparently increasing its distance. Its color was white with a reddish tinge.  After reaching 10 degrees on the Port bow it seemed to turn to its right, increase its speed and altitude and disappeared on an upward line of flight changing color to white with a bluish tinge. Task commander voice came over the TBS asking for reports of the object. Others ships answer, but MacDougald remained silent when the Admiral wanted to know who observed the object. (Letter to Congressman E. Mendel Rivers, Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee, letter to NICAP)

Aug. 28, 1945; nr. Iwo Jima
Daytime. Sgt. Leonard Stringfield in a C-46 were flying at 10,000 feet, between the Japanese islands of le Shima and Iwo Jima, when their "C-46 suddenly developed trouble in the left engine." Suddenly, "the plane dipped," and the engine struggled to keep working. It "sputtered oil" and the C-46 began to lose altitude, dropping approximately 25-50 feet.  Looking out his "starboard-side" window, he was "shocked to see three teardrop-shaped objects." Looking carefully, he determined that the "three unidentifiable blobs" were "about the size of a dime held at arm's length." They were "brilliant white, like burning magnesium." Flying in a "tight formation," the objects "were traveling in a straight line through drifts of clouds, seemingly parallel to the C-46 and equal to its speed." (See detailed report) Note: "magnetic-navigation instrument needles" in the cockpit "went wild." (Keith Chester)

Sept. 2, 1945; Surrender of Japan

Date not known (but probably after Japanese surrender.; Okinawa to Samar, Philippine Islands
2400-0400 watch. LTGJ John Kopke, OD; Frederick M. Seehell, Quartermaster of the LSM 220 reported two green lights that appeared off port about 8-10 degs up bearing 333 degrees relative to course. Grew larger as it approached, passed 35-40 degrees to port, and disappeared at same elevation.  Circulat shape with haze behind 2X diameter of objects. (Letter 4 April 1952, to USAF in response to LIFE magazine article of April 1952)

Sept. 25-27 (exact date unknown), 1945; Buckner Bay, Okinawa
Night. George M Reynolds, Machinist Mate, First Class, USS Beaver AS-5/ARG-19 with Submarine Squadron 45. Bluish light moved to the south, turned right, went over to the west, stopped and stood still. When it moved again, back to the general area it started from. (Chester, 195-6)


References:
Ref. 1, Strange Company (2007), Keith Chester

Ref. 2, Project 1947 files, Jan Aldrich

Ref. 3; From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946)" by Richard H. Hall, UFO Research Coalition, 2000.

 

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