Go Back Report # 1131



       Those “flying saucers” are casting a lot of confusion. Yesterday a woman in Lutz, five miles north of Tampa, reported she saw them last March 30. Last night the Times received a tip that a woman in St. Petersburg had also told friends she saw them on March 30, but the staff was unable to track her down.      

       Now comes a former naval officer to report a queer thing he saw on a radar screen in the Pacific during the summer of 1945.     

USS Salamaua CVE-96

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       E. L. Wells, Magnolia Hotel, then Lt. J.G. aboard the Salamana (sic – Salamaua) (CVE-96), an escort aircraft carrier, was interceptor officer. Around 11 o'c1ock in the morning, while south of Okinawa, he said 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.          
       “Of course we couldn't distinguish any shape, but the object was estimated to be traveling at about 1,000 miles an hour," Wells said.

       “It was moving on a course of zero one zero, coming in from the direction of Formosa and traveling toward Japan. We thought at first it was a Baka1 bomb, but it was too fast for that.           

       “We just braced ourselves and waited for it to hit. Then, after tracking it to just a few miles from the ship, as the radar made another sweep, we lost it.

       "We never heard another thing about it, but we wondered a lot what it was. Now with all these stories about flying saucers, (it) made me think of it again and I wondered if anybody ever had seen those saucers on a radar screen. . . That would tell quite a lot about them."            

This reference: St. Petersburg Times, Sunday, July 6, 1947, p. 29

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/  

Note 1: Baka bomb - This was the American unofficial code name for the Ohka suicide weapon, a winged aerial torpedo with a human pilot, deployed by the Japanese near the end of World War Two.-H J- 


       A report by a naval radar officer who requests anonymity is dated "summer 1945" and involves some unexplained radar returns. We will quote directly from his report:     

       I can't recall any dates, but it was during the summer of 1945, at sea between Guam and Saipan. Our air search radar on several occasions picked up a large group of pips (sic-blips?) approximately one hundred miles away on a course that would bring them directly overhead. We challenged them but got no response. Their speed on our plot indicated over one thousand miles per hour. Visual lookouts were alerted but saw nothing. These groups passed overhead at approximately two thousand feet and showed up on the radar screen as definite solid [not fuzzy] objects. When our visual spotters reported there was nothing in view, I personally went out and searched the sky with no luck. I believe these were reported to the Naval Bureau but can't be sure. Our gear was carefully checked and calibrated and was in good order. These were definitely not ionized clouds, inversions, sea gulls, mechanical defects, or any of the other common explanations. After many months of operating radar gear, one knows when they have a definite solid object on the screen, and, for my money, these were solid although invisible objects.           

This reference: UFOs: The Whole Story by Coral Lorenzen, p. 255, © 1969

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/  

UFOCAT PRN - 60897

UFOCAT URN – NONE  St. Petersburg Times, Sunday, July 6, 1947, p. 29

UFOCAT URN – 60897 UFOs: The Whole Story by Coral Lorenzen, p. 255, © 1969
UFOCAT URN – 57372 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Témoignages, Claude Poher, #0345,

Pacific Ocean. Body of water is the Philippine Sea.

Okinawa          Latitude 26-42-00 N, Longitude 128-11-00 E (D-M-S) [Island]

Taiwan             Latitude 23-30-00 N, Longitude 121-00-00 E [Variant - Formosa] [Island]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

Guam               Latitude 13-26-40 N, Longitude 144-44-12 E (D-M-S) [Island]

Saipan             Latitude 15-11-33 N, Longitude 145-44-53 E [Island]

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.

For ship’s history see:



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