July 4, 1945; near Yokohama, Japan
UFOs witnessed by the crew of a B-29
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
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."
The B-29 that A/C Charles Chauncey was flying was called "GOIN
JESSIE" which became the top performing B-29 of World War II.
Chauncey of the 5th Squadron, 9th Bomb Group, was stationed at
North Field on Tinian in the Mariannas Islands. Tinian was where the
Enola Gay of the 509th Composite Group took off from to drop the
atomic bomb on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945.
Reference: THE GLOBAL TWENTIETH: AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE 20TH AF IN
WWII, VOLUME II. Edited by Chester Marshall and Scotty Stallings.
See page 164.