From Project Blue Book files
PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD
1. DATE 2.
LOCATION 12. CONCLUSIONS
20 Jul 58 4 Miles North of Glennie, Michigan
3. DATE-TIME GROUP 4.
TYPE OF OBSERVATION
Local (Blank) In Water
5. PHOTOS: 6.
7. LENGTH OF OBSERVATION 8. NUMBER OF OBJECTS 9.
10. BRIEF SUMMARY OF SIGHTING 11. COMMENTS
An object hit water, made a circle 10 Not falling
within definition of
ft across w/foam on edge of circle UFO.
2-3 ft high.
Object sizzled as if
sizzling lasted 1-½ minutes.
sound as it
hit was heard two yards
took zig-zagging course
surface for 200 ft,
violent movement in the water.
into 50ft of water as
ATIC FORM 329 (Rev 26 Sep 52)
Other facts brought out from telex:
B. (1) THE LOUD SOUND AS IT HIT THE LAKE WAS HEARD TWO
YARDS AWAY PD
... (2) ON LAKE SURFACE 170 DEGREES
(3) ON LAKE SURFACE 180 DEGREES.
E. 4435N 8345W. FOUR MILES WEST OF ROUTE M-65 AND FOUR
MILES NORTH OF CLENNIE, MICHIGAN. ON A TWELVE ACRE PRIVATE LAKE WITH ONE
OBSERVER IN BOAT AND ONE ON THE BANK OF THE LAKE AND ONE TWO HUNDRED YARDS
F. [BLACKED OUT NAME] RANCH LAKE RESORT OWNER CLENNIE,
MICHIGAN PROBABLY RELIABLE [BLACKED OUT NAME] COIAHOGA FALLS, OHIO VACATIONER
SUNNY RANCH LAKE RELIABILITY UNKNOWN [BLACKED OUT NAME] CLENNIE MICHIGAN
RELIABILITY UNKNOWN PD
G.(1) CLEAR. (Appears to apply to weather-CF-)
(2) SURFACE 110 DEGREES 11 KTS 10,000 FT 245
DEGREES 15 KTS
(3) 3500 FT.
(4) 15 MILES.
K. 2ND LT.
JOHN B. MCKINNON 445TH FINCEPTRON INTELLIGENCE OFFICER. OBSERVERS COMMENT
SOUNDED AS IS (SIC) SOMETHING HOT HIT THE
WATER AND THE COOLING CAUSED THE SIZZLING. WEATHER BALLOONS FROM GREENBAY,
WISCONSIN AND MILWAKEE (SIC), WISCONSIN
HAVE BEEN RECOVERED IN THIS AREA AND COULD IF STILL CONTAINING AIR MAKE SUCH
MOVEMENTS IN THE WATER. A SMALL HOT METEORITE MIGHT ALSO CAUSE A DISTURBANCE.
THE DEPTH OF THE WATER PREVENTED A RECOVERY OF THE OBJECT SIGHTED. NOTE
HANDWRITTEN ON PAPER –WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION: CONCUR WITH ABOVE, BUT WOULD
LIKE SOMETHING MORE CONCRETE AS TO THE ACTUAL OR PROBABLE IDENTITY OF THE
OBJECT THAT HIT THE WATER.
DD FORM 173 JOINT
MESSAGE FORM AUG. 04, 1958 0900.
FROM: COMDR, ATIC.
TO: COMMANDER, 412TH FIGHTER GP, WURTSMITH AFB, MICH.
INFO: COMMANDER, 1006TH AISS ENT AFB, COLORADO SPRINGS,
RE ALLEGED OBJECT SEEN BENEATH SURFACE OF WATER, SIZZLING AND LEAVING FOAM IN
WAKE THREE FEET HIGH OBSERVED BY THREE WIDELY SEPARATED OBSERVERS.
REPORT IMPLIES LARGE EXPLOSION OR THUD HEARD JUST BEFORE OBJECT HIT WATER AND
ZIG-ZAGGED ACROSS LAKE SURFACE FOR 200 FEET. THIS MESSAGE IN 2 PARTS. PART 1:
REQUEST FOR DETERMINATION IF OBJECT ACTUALLY UFO WITHIN MEANING OF AFR 200-2.
PART 2. REQUEST FOR OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION AND TO PROVIDE SOME BASIC GUIDANCE
TO ASSIST IN THIS MATTER IF OBJECT DETERMINED TO BE VALID UFO.
PART 1: A. NOWHERE IN THE REPORT IS THERE ANY INDICATION
THAT THE OBJECT WAS ACTUALLY SEEN IN THE AIR OR APPROACHING FROM THE AIR
BEFORE IT HIT THE WATER: REPORT BEGINS WITH STATEMENT OBJECT WAS FIRST
OBSERVED IN THE WATER. B. IF OBJECT OBSERVED EVEN FOR A BRIEF INSTANT ITS
GENERAL SIZE, SHAPE, APPEARANCE AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS MUST HAVE BEEN
OBSERVED. NOTHING GIVEN UNDER THIS REQUIREMENT IN YOUR REPORT ALTHOUGH
PHENOMENON OBSERVED FOR ALMOST 2 MINUTES. HIGHLY IMPROBABLE THAT THE THREE
OBSERVERS IN THE AREA WOULD ALL HAVE HAD THEIR BACKS TURNED TO THE OBJECT AS
IT DESCENDED FROM THE SKY. C. IF OBJECT DID NOT COME OUT OF THE AIR AND ONLY
AN UNDERWATER COMMOTION WAS OBSERVED, SUCH AS MIGHT BE CAUSED BY AN
UNDERGROUND FISSURE, PRESSURE OR OTHER CAUSE THEN OBJECT ???? A UFO AND
THEREFORE NOT SUBJECT OF A REPORT UNDER AFR 200-2. IF SO MUST BE CONSIDERED A
UWO (UNIDENTIFIED UNDER WATER OBJECT). PART TWO: A. IF DETERMINED OBJECT
VALID UFO, REQUEST INVESTIGATION OF INCIDENT WITH THE VIEW OF DETERMINING
CAUSE IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 4B AND PARAGRAPH 6B, AFR 200-2. B. REQUEST
PARAGRAPH 5, THIS REGULATION, BE REVIEWED WITH VIEW TO ASSISTING IN THIS
MATTER. C. REQUEST YOUR FINDINGS BE PREPARED ON STANDARD INTELLIGENCE REPORT
AF FM 112. D SOME BASIC CLUES IN GUIDANCE TO ASSIST IN THIS MATTER:
TRIANGULATION INDICATES THAT INCIDENT TOOK PLACE JUST OUTSIDE NORTHEAST
CORNER OF AF RESTRICTED AREA R-81 AND WEST OF RESTRICTED AREA R-91 WHICH ARE
USED EXCLUSIVELY BY YOUR BASE FOR AERIAL BOMBING AND GUNNERY. ALSO TWO OTHER
RESTRICTED AREAS WEST AND NORTHWEST OF UFO LOCATION USED FOR AERIAL TRAINING
AND EXERCISES. [NEXT SENTENCE IS LINED OUT] THAT
PARTLY INFLATED BALLOON IMME (SIC) SUBMERGING
UNDER WATER UPON IMPACT NOT CONSIDERED VALID. HOWEVER, POSSIBLE FOR ANY
NUMBER OF ARMAMENT AND ORDINANCE ITEMS TO HAVE DROPPED OR ACCIDENTALLY
DETACHED FROM AIRCRAFT AND FALLING INTO WATER. FOR EXAMPLE, SEMI-DUD BOMB
THAT COULD HAVE EXPLODED UNDER WATER OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF PRESSURE DEVICES
HEAVY ENOUGH TO SUBMERGE POSSIBLY AN INVESTIGATION MIGHT FIRST BE MADE WITH
PILOTS AND AIRCREWS OF YOUR BASE. IF FEASIBLE TO ATTEMPT TO RECOVER OBJECT BY
DREDGING OR OTHER MEANS DESIRABLE THAT YOU DO SO. AGAIN, ACTION REQUESTED IN
THIS PART ONLY IF OBJECT DETERMINED TO BE UFO.
AFCIN-4E4 Dr. Miley, AFCIN-4E Col. Gilbert, AFCIN-4X1 Mr. Arcier
AF FORM 112 – Air
Intelligence Information Report
Activity Submitting Report: 412th Fighter Group, Wurtsmith
AFB, Oscoda, Michigan.
Date of Report 13 Aug. 1958. Preparing Individual: John B. McKinnon, 1/Lt, USAF
Purported object was never seen in the air so would not come under definition
of “UFO”, although the observer thought the object came from the air.
Description of reported object cannot be given because it was below the
surface of the water at all times. The commotion in the water caused by the
object was all that was seen.
checks indicate restricted area AF-R-81 was not in use on the date of
sighting and there were no reports of lost armament or aircraft assembly on
observer neither heard nor saw any aircraft activity in the area within a two
hour period of the sighting.
Handwritten Note: 2. Close case – other /not UFO.
Comment: some underwater disturbance or commotion, caused by reasons unknown.
Distribution by originator: Commander, Air Technical
Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
This reference: Unclassified US Air Force documents as
to my fellow researcher who does not wish to have his name publicized.
Thoughts: (by CF):
1. From the Project 10073 Record Card, it
is stated that the sound was heard 2 yards away. This is six feet! I would
imagine that a pebble at this distance could have been heard. However, in the
telex paragraph “E,” the distance to an observer is given as 2 HUNDRED yards.
This would make more sense than the 2 yards. Of course, the number 200 is
also the distance traveled by the object in feet, so is one being confused
with the other?
2. From telex: “Weather balloons from
Greenbay, Wisconsin and Milwaukee, Wisconsin have been recovered in this area
and could, if still containing air, make such movements in the water.” And
yet from DD form 173, we get the crossed out statement, “That partly inflated
balloon imme (sic) submerging underwater upon impact not considered
valid.” Change the fact to fit the
3. From DD form 173 “Part 1: A. Nowhere in
the report is there any indication that the object was actually seen in the
air or approaching from the air before it hit the water,” and yet one
explanation is, “However, possible for any number of armament and ordinance
items to have dropped or accidentally detached from aircraft and falling into
water.” Do these weapons enter the water by some other means than through the
air? In any event, Paragraph 3 and 4 of AF FORM 112 puts the entire ordnance/aircraft
parts issue to rest.
4. In defense of the UFO hypothesis, the
witnesses only heard the impact – not the approach. UFOs are known for their
relative silence; can this be said for an artillery shell or descending
aircraft part whistling in the air?
5. From DD form 173, “If object did not
come out of the air and only an underwater commotion was observed, such as
might be caused by an underground fissure, pressure or other cause”. An
active fissure should have registered seismically? Not investigated?
UFOCAT PRN – 31184
UFOCAT URN – 31184 Project Blue Book (files counted in
official statistics), date of publication
North America – United States, Michigan
Glennie, Michigan Latitude
44-33-38 N, Longitude 83-43-33 W (D-M-S)
Clennie, Michigan Unable to locate and was probably a misspelling of
Greenbay, Wisconsin Latitude
44-30-48 N, Longitude 88-00-48 W
Milwakee, Wisconsin Misspelling
Wisconsin Latitude 43-02-20 N,
Longitude 87-54-23 W
Michigan Latitude 44-25-13 N,
Longitude 83-19-51 W
Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States
of America, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the
U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington, D.C., 1990
Coiahoga Falls, Ohio Unable to locate. Google gave the alternate as Cuyahoga Falls,
Falls, Ohio Latitude 41-08 N,
Longitude 81-29 W (D-M)