Go Back Report # 1601


By United Press

   Reports of flying saucers whizzing through the sky fell off sharply today as the Army and the Navy began a concentrated campaign to stop the rumors.  
   One by one, persons who thought they had their hands on the $3,000 offered for a genuine flying saucer found their hands full of nothing.      
   Headquarters of the Eighth Army Air Force, at Fort Worth, announced that the wreckage of a tin-foil covered object found on a New Mexico ranch [Roswell] was nothing more than the remnants of a weather observation balloon. AAF headquarters in Washington reportedly delivered a “blistering” rebuke to officers at the Roswell, NM, base for suggesting that it was a “flying disk.” 
   A 16-inch aluminum disk equipped with two radio condensers, a fluorescent light switch and copper tubing found by F.G. Harston near the Shreveport, La., business district was declared by police to be “obviously the work of a prankster.” Police believed the prankster hurled it over a signboard and watched it land at Harston’s feet. It was turned over to officials at the Barksdale army air field.        
   U.S. Naval intelligence officers at Pearl Harbor investigated claims by 100 Navy men that they saw a mysterious object “silvery colored, like aluminum, with no wings or tail” sail over Honolulu at a rapid clip late yesterday. The description fit a weather balloon, but five of the men, familiar with weather observation devices, swore that it was not a balloon.        
   “It moved extremely fast for a short period, seemed to slow down and then disappeared high in the air,” said Douglas Kacherle, of New Bedford, Mass. His story was corroborated by Donald Ferguson, Indianapolis, Morris Kzamme, Lacrosse, Wis., Albert Delancey, Salem, W. Va., and Ted Pardue, McLean, Tex.
   Adm. William H. Blandy, commander-in chief of the Atlantic fleet, said like everyone else he was curious about the reported flying saucers “but I do not believe they exist.”      
   Lloyd Bennett, Oelwein, Iowa, salesman, was stubborn about the shiny 6½ inch steel disk he found yesterday. Authorities said it was not a “flying saucer” but Bennett said he would claim the reward offered for the mysterious disks.
   There were other diehards. Not all the principals were satisfied with the announcement that the wreckage found on the New Mexico ranch was that of a weather balloon. 
   The excitement ran through this cycle:      
 1. Lt Warren Haught, public relations officer at the Roswell base, released a statement in the name of Col. William Blanchard, base commander. It said that an object described as a “flying disk” was found on the nearby Foster ranch three weeks ago by W. W. Brazel and had been sent to “higher officials” for examination.    
   2. Brig. Gen. Roger B. Ramey, commander of the Eighth Air Force, said at Fort Worth that he believed the object was the “remnant of a weather balloon and a radar reflector,” and was “nothing to be excited about.” He allowed photographers to take a picture of it. It was announced that the object would be sent to Wright Field, Dayton, O., for examination by experts.         
   3. Later, Warrant Officer Irving Newton, Stetsonville, Wis., weather officer at Fort Worth, examined the object and said definitely that it was nothing but a badly smashed target used to determine the direction and velocity of high altitude winds.
   Ramey made a special radio broadcast over a Fort Worth radio station to deny that the object found in New Mexico was a “flying disk.” He said it was the “remnants of a tin-foil covered box kite and a rubber balloon.” He said the kite originally carried instruments, but that none was found with the wreckage.  
   In addition to the Army weather balloons, hundreds of others are sent aloft daily by government weather forecasters. U.S. meteorologists in Chicago said about 80 large balloons five feet in diameter, and hundreds of others from 18 inches to two feet in diameter were released in the nation every day.         
   However, the weathermen couldn’t agree on whether people were seeing the balloons. The Chicago forecaster said the balloons rose too rapidly. J. C. Huddle, Kansas City weatherman, said he considered them a like
[sic – likely] source of some of the reports.          

Reference for the above text is: The Amarillo Globe, Amarillo, Texas, Wednesday, July 9, 1947, pp. 1-2.    

UFOCAT PRN – 066550        
UFOCAT URN – NONE The Amarillo Globe, Amarillo, Texas, Wednesday, July 9, 1947, pp. 1-2
UFOCAT URN – 06650 Ted Bloecher investigation files, July 09, 1947
UFOCAT URN – 012771 Report on the UFO Wave of 1947 by Ted Bloecher, #769, © 1967    
UFOCAT URN – 162494 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 01082, © 2002        

Pacific Ocean – United States,
Honolulu, Hawaii          
Pearl Harbor   Latitude 21-21-09 N, Longitude 157-59-44 W (D-M-S) [Naval Station Pearl Harbor]      
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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