U.S. NAVY 1942 SIGHTING
Paul C. Cerny,
Western States Director
Robert Neville, Nevada State
before the WWII Pacific Guadalcanal invasion by American troops to retake
this Japanese occupied island, an unforgettable and astounding event involved
the nearby U.S. Navy Fleet. One Navy witness, a chief at the time aboard the
destroyer U.S.S. Helm #388, had an
excellent observation of an incredible encounter with an unknown,
unidentified intruder. At 10:00 a.m. the fleet received a radar report from one of the
cruisers, and a little later a visual sighting of the object was made from
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The object was approaching the fleet on the wrong radio
beam, which changed daily. Since the object was coming in on the wrong beam,
it was considered to be enemy or hostile. All ships went to battle stations. When the unknown approached to
within 3,000 yards, the crews opened fire on it. The unknown then made
a sharp right turn and headed south from an approach heading of 320°. The UFO
increased its speed and then circled the entire fleet once, now at about 3,500
yards away. The object was traveling at such a tremendous speed that the gun
crews could not coordinate a lead point fast enough on the target to hit it. All
of the gun crews were just firing wildly, trying to get a hit. The target
then circled the fleet one more time, then headed
south again roughly at the approach point.
the gun control director estimated the vehicle had reached speeds of up to 10,000
m.p.h. The whole incident lasted only about 5 minutes or less.
The witness, who still does not want his name revealed, was on watch duty at
the time. He had a pair of 7x50 binoculars and got a pretty good look at it.
It appeared to be a fairly flat, silvery disc with a dome right in the middle
of the top side. There was no trail or exhaust and no sound. Its altitude remained
relatively between 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Distance remained close to 3,500
incident was over, all the crews and personnel were shaken by the incredible
experience of encountering something so unbelievable in its speed and maneuvering
capabilities. The captain of the destroyer stated that to at least pacify his
crew, he would make a determined effort to find out what it was. Since it was
only two days prior to invasion time of Guadalcanal, radio silence between
ships was imperative and it was maintained. Any messages were relayed only
through flying aircraft (PBY's).
after the invasion took place, the captain called most of the crew together
and relayed a message to them from Command Headquarters that the object they
had encountered was neither Japanese nor German [duplicate
words deleted-CF-], not an enemy, nor was it one of ours. For months
afterwards, the witness and other crew members continued to inquire of the captain
for any further information as to what the object was. He told them he simply
could not find out any more details relative to the incident.
WW2 PACIFIC FLEET ILLUSTRATION DEPICTING DOMED
DISC UFO CIRCLING U.S. NAVY SHIPS OFF GUADALCANAL
OCT. 1942. SPEEDS UP TO
Fleet ships involved at the time were three cruisers and
seven destroyers; all fired at the unknown intruder. The crews were all
apprehensive for days that more of the strange visitors might return in force
to possibly attack them.
which this “aircraft” displayed and somehow eluded the thousands of shells
fired at it gave the crews the uneasy feeling they were no match for it. This
was very unnerving.
estimates on the craft's diameter, as speculated by the various ships’
commands, was about 90 feet.
still feels the exact details and collected naval information on this
particular incident is no doubt still under high security wraps. The date of
the experience he places at either October 9th or 10th, 19421. Due to the length of time
involved, he said he has lost track of his other shipmates, but felt the
information was definitely on file somewhere in Navy Intelligence files in Washington.
interview with this witness is on a tape cassette in our possession.
This reference: The
MUFON UFO Journal, July 1983, pp. 14-15
The witness to this sighting chose to remain anonymous.
It should be noted that on 11-13-74 the witness stated in a "MUFON UFO
Sighting Report Form" that his sighting had occurred sometime
between October 8-10.
But further questioning by investigator Neville revealed the sighting occurred two days prior
to the Guadacanal invasion. This author
believes the witness wrote the wrong date, and the actual date was August, which would match
official military history and documented UFO sightings also occurring in
early August of 1942.
This reference: Strange
Company by Keith Chester, p. 226, © 2007
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UFOCAT URN – 11209 Computerized
Catalog (N=3173), #0059 by L. Schoenherr, no ©
UFOCAT URN – NONE From Airships to Arnold by Richard
Hall, p.22, © 2007
UFOCAT URN – NONE Strange Company by Keith Chester, p.
226, © 2007