Jan. 26-31, 1945; Between Solomon Islands. Louis Graci and 4 other sailors USS McCracken, APA 198, Troop Transport. Submerged round object about the size of gun turret, 20', with a dull finish sharply outlined and no sound. Ship passed over it laying still in the water. Not reported as sailor thought at the time it was a sea turtle. (International UFO Bureau report form date 25 Sept. 1976)
Reference for the above text is: Website: NICAP: UFO Sighting Chronology 1939-1945:
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
Solomon Islands. Body of water is the Solomon Sea.
Russell Islands Latitude 09-04-12 S, Longitude 159-09-00 E (D-M-S) [islands]
Russell Islands consists of the following two islands:
Pavuvu Latitude 09-04-18 S, Longitude 159-07-10 E (D-M-S) [island]
Mbanika Latitude 09-06-17 S, Longitude 159-11-27 E [island]
After shakedown and training along the U.S. West Coast, McCracken embarked troops at San Pedro, California, and sailed for Pearl Harbor 27 December. Arriving there 2 January 1945, she departed for the South Pacific Ocean 10 January. Carrying troops and cargo, she reached Noumea, New Caledonia, 20 January. Thence between 26 and 31 January, she steamed via the Russell Islands to Guadalcanal, Solomons, where she began 6 weeks of intensive training. Assigned to TransDiv 52, she departed Guadalcanal 15 March and steamed for the invasion of Okinawa.
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