Go Back Report # 1621
Assumed radar report 

UFO Observed From USS Gilliam         

Nov. 16, 1944 
Near Leyte, Philippines

Nov. 16, 1944; En route Leyte, Philippine Island        
2355 or 11:55 pm local. USS Gilliam, en route Leyte, Philippine Island, from Oro Bay, New Guinea. Ship's log reports that Lt. J.L. Besmond, OOD, on USS Gilliam, APA 57, in company Task Unit 79.15.1. Combat reports unidentified object, distance 21 miles. [no further information]. (USS Gilliam Ship's Log)

Reference for the above text is: Website: NICAP:   


Pacific Ocean - En route Leyte, Philippine Island         
Leyte   Latitude 11-22-11 N, Longitude 124-29-14 E (D-M-S) [populated place]       
Leyte   Latitude 10-50-00 N, Longitude 124-50-00 E (D-M-S) [island]           
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

Papua New Guinea      
Oro Bay   Latitude 08-53-00 S, Longitude 148-30-00 E (D-M-S) [bay]
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

The first of a new type of attack transport, Gilliam stood out of San Francisco Bay 16 October 1944 with 750 United States Army troops for Oro Bay, New Guinea, and delivered them to that port 4 November. Embarking nearly 1000 troops of the U.S. 11th Airborne Division, she sailed a week later and off-loaded her passengers at Leyte, subsequently returning to Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, 22 November. Gilliam got underway again 29 November under orders to steam to Leyte Gulf and embark elements of the 6th Army Headquarters for passage to Lingayen Gulf.      
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Gilliam_(APA-57)           

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