Go Back Report # 1072


While many sightings of UFOs were made in Australia during the period from 1945 to 1953, few were widely publicised at the time. Many were reported later. Here is one example.

In October 1949, two men observed a UFO near Townsville, Queensland. One of them, Mr. J. Baxter, recalled the event in a 1967 letter to the UFO Investigation Centre. I was a commercial fisherman, fishing at the time for Spanish mackerel with a chap named John Campbell ... It was a bad season, and we were fishing desperately to get out of the red. We would not have been easily distracted. We were fishing off North Palm Island... on a clear, bright, sunny day with perfect visibility when we saw this object---a bright, shining, metallic cigar-shaped construction over 30 metres [98.4 feet] long, poised about 25 metres [82 feet] above the sea, and about 500 metres [1,640 feet] distant. There was no sign of wings, propellers, or portholes... At the time we were making circles in the boat to try and excite the mackerel... We would lose sight of it as we turned for a minute or maybe two. But we kept watching it, mainly because we were intrigued by the fact that it was motionless, just poised there, between sea and sky ... We had a noisy engine, so we did not hear any noise from it. We watched it, as we made our tight circles, for maybe half an hour, and while I was intently watching, the bow swung between us and it, and it was gone--without any fuss, or even a contrail [vapour trail]. This was incredible, and really rocked us, that anything could get out of sight on a clear day, almost instantaneously. Not even the modern planes of today could equal such a performance.

This reference: The Oz Files by Bill Chalker, pp.49-50, 1996

UFOCAT PRN - 151407

UFOCAT URN 151407 The Oz Files by Bill Chalker, pp.49-50, 1996

UFOCAT URN 169636 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 01461, 2002

Australia - Queensland

Townsville Latitude 19-15-00 S, Longitude 146-48-00 E (D-M-S)

North Palm Island Latitude 18-34-00 S, Longitude 146-30-00 E

Reference: http://gnswww.nga.mil/geonames/GNS/index.jsp

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 18.63 S, Longitude 146.67 E (D.%)


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