On March 13, over Naples, Italy, the U.S. Ninth Air Force's 376th Bomb Group twice sighted “Roman Candle” lights. The first sighting “came up from the water and glowed in the sky for a few seconds.” About thirty minutes after leaving Naples, the second sighting, a “bright, very large red light” appeared at the aircraft's altitude (17,000 feet). The crew said “it looked like a huge irregular mass of neon, and was a steady light, not a reflection.” Turning away from the light, the crew said it “remained motionless in the place where first seen.” 93
The so-called “Roman Candle” sighting was a new American term used in describing unusual lights. Unfortunately, the War Department's intelligence summary on the episode offers no further information; it remains unknown if the second light came up from the water and whether it disappeared, dissipated, or remained in view until the American aircraft traveled beyond visual range.
Reference for the above text is: Strange Company: Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II by Keith Chester, pp. 38-39.
Reference note # 93 is: U.S. Army Air Forces in the Middle East, Periodic Intelligence Summary, March 20-March 27, issued on March 27. NARA.
UFOCAT PRN - NONE
UFOCAT URN – NONE Strange Company: Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II by Keith Chester, pp. 38-39
Europe - Italy
Naples Latitude 40-50-00 N, Longitude 014-15-00 E (D-M-S)
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