Go Back Report # 1625

   Meanwhile on the west coast of the U.S., February marked the end of a three-month spree of "unusual blips" picked up by the Naval Air Station in Pasco, Washington. The "blips appeared out of nowhere and proceeded from northwest of the Air Station to the southwest and consequently off the radar screens." Responding to the "blips" on at least two occasions was a F6F Hellcat fighter, which was "given orders to shoot down anything that appeared to be hostile." During each pursuit, no aircraft were located, so the Hellcat returned to base.         
   On another occasion Naval officer R.W. Hendershott, flying a SNJ aircraft, was contacted by ground radar "to make contact with one" of the blips, flying at a "very high" altitude. According to the radar operators, two blips were traveling about the same speed as a single-engine Piper cub aircraft. Though Officer Hendershott saw nothing, he was convinced the radar "blips" were real.363        

Note 363: "Handwritten report" by Commander R.W. Hendershott, USNR, Seattle, Washington, "of a sighting given to Aerial Phenomena Research Association, Seattle, Washington (Board members of APRA are also acting as NICAP Subcommittee, Washington Unit #1) - signed June Larson, NICAP Subcommittee, Washington Unit #1, February 10, 1961. Document provided by Jan Aldrich.       

Reference for the above text is: Strange Company: Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II by Keith Chester, p. 142.    

UFOCAT PRN – 72128 [DOS: 01-??-1945]    
UFOCAT URN – 72128 NICAP investigation files, on-site investigation 

North America – Washington, Franklin
Pasco Naval Air Station   Latitude 46-15-52 N, Longitude 119-07-04 W (D-M-S) [historical-military]  
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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