Go Back Report # 1186



December 6, I953: An hotel worker at a place near Racine, Wisconsin, on the western shore of Lake Michigan, reported to the police that four strange men in green dresses and caps with red stars came ashore in a rubber lifeboat and asked him where was the nearest airfield. He refused to say, and they got into their boat and went to another craft, about 200 yards offshore. Coast Guard vessels patrolled the lake, and Air Force planes searched a wide area north of Chicago. At the end of the hunt, General R. M. Woodward, Illinois Director of Civil Defence, called the report a "fantastic hoax." (N.B. [See note 1] Apart from the unlikely fact that a man who has to get his living would be so foolish as to try to hoax the U.S. State police and security forces with a silly story and invite a long gaol [British jail] sentence, Chicago correspondents of mine write that there are unconfirmable rumours that these four strange men wore a dress like that of "midget saucer men" seen on a lonely lake in Ontario in early July 1950. (Vide [see] chapter XI, p. 254.) [See note 2]


Reference for the above text is: Flying Saucers on the Attack by Harold T. Wilkins, pp. 306-307, © 1954.


Note 1: N.B. = "Now, pay attention!"

That's the basic meaning of N.B.--the abbreviated form of the Latin phrase "nota bene" (literally, "note well"). N.B. still appears in some forms of academic writing as a way of steering readers' attention toward something especially important.

Reference: http://grammar.about.com/b/2007/01/07/nb-latin-abbreviations-are-tricky.htm


Note 2: This refers to a case that became an admitted hoax—Steep Rock Lake, Canada, 07-02-1950 (CF).


UFOCAT PRN - 19854

UFOCAT URN – 019854 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #0016 by L. Schoenherr, No. 0511.

UFOCAT URN – 134072 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0633, © 1980

Both of the above are based on: Flying Saucers on the Attack by Harold T. Wilkins, pp. 306-307, © 1954.


North America – United States, Wisconsin, Racine County. Body of water is Lake Michigan.

Racine              Latitude 42-43-34 N, Longitude 087-46-58 W (D-M-S)

Lake Michigan    Latitude 43-41-05 N, Longitude 086-31-49 W

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=139:1:584016604572706


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