UFO Sighting Chronology
1939-1946; The WWII Years & "Foo-Fighters"

Created: December 18, 2006, update July 9, 2007
 "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

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.)

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

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)

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
Formation of silvery objects directly overhead, numbering close to 150; mighty roaring sound (Page 28 Ref. 1)

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]

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)

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.)

October 9-10, 1942; Guadalcanal
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. (Ref. 3; MUFON UFO Journal, No. 185, July 1983; tape-recorded witness interview.)

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)

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

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)

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

Oct. 24, 1943; Schweinfurt, Germany
Silver-colored discs. (Page 46 Ref.1)

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.)

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)

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; 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; 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; 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; 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. 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)

Late November, 1944; Lingayen Gulf, Philippines
Bright green globe. (Page 95-96 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; near Okinawa, Guam
Ground radar. No details.

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

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

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
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
Sailors and Marines on the Battleship U.S.S. New York near the Admiralty Islands at 1:00 p.m. 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)

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.)

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." (  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)

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; WA, United States
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. (Page 188 Ref.1)

Mid-July, 1945; Hanford Plant, Washington
UFO sighted over Hanford nuclear plant.

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

Aug. 28, 1945; near Iwo Jima, at sea
C-46 had engine trouble, lost altitude, as three UFOs were observed from plane.

Aug. 28, 1945; Bt. Ie Shima and Iwo Jima, Japan
Three teardrop-shaped objects, brilliant white, like burning magnesium, about the size of a dime held at arms length flying in tight formation, and seemed intelligently controlled. (Page 191-193  Ref.1)

Sept. 1945; Buckner Bay, Okinawa, Japan
A stationary bluish-white light, about the size of a dime at arms length, move and then return to original position. (Page 195-196 Ref.1)

May 1946; Angelholm, Sweden
At twilight while walking home, a prominent industrialist saw a light in the woods and went to investigate. He saw a disc with dome and oval windows on the ground. Around it were about 11 beings with transparent helmets and uniform-like clothing apparently working on the craft. Later he saw the craft take off emitting bright red light, then speed away. Burned grass and other trace marks were found at the site.  (Ref. 3; Flying Saucer Review, March-April 1972.)

May 1946; LaGrange, Florida
A Navy gunnery and radar officer observed a dark elliptical object which moved slowly overhead, disappearing in a cloud bank. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, I]

Aug. 1, 1946; Florida
Observation of cigar-shaped UFO by Air Corps transport pilot. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III] 

Aug. 14, 1946; Bt. Malingsbo and Krylbo, Sweden
10:02 a.m. Two witnesses flying a SAAB B-18 bomber on a navigational training flight at 200 meter altitude observed a cigar-shaped object described as 1 meter wide by 15 meters long. (Credit: John Schuessler; AFU Newsletter, Issue 44, Sept. 2002)

July-August, 1946; Sweden
"Ghost rocket" sightings. [NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, X]

Aug. 1, 1946; near Tampa, FL
Puckett case, military incident.

Aug. (late) 1946; Oklahoma City, OK
Disc-shaped craft with windows, humanoid figures visible inside, hovered at low altitude. After about 1-1/2 minutes the object rotated, then sped away disappearing in seconds.  (Ref. 3; Case summary by Ted Bloecher, 14 pages. Interviews by Bloecher, Lucius Farish, and Mildred Higgins.)

Oct 1946; Paterson, New Jersey
A horseback rider observed a silent, slow moving bluish white light.  The horse she was riding, normally calm and docile, became extremely nervous and reared. The witness wondered if the horse heard something that the witness’s ears could not hear. The object was estimated to be at an altitude of 300-500 feet over a mountain about 5 miles away [The two locations mentioned are closer to 3 or 4 miles apart—jw]. The horse and rider were on an elevated area overlooking the city of Paterson.  (Woodward)

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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