Go Back Report # 167
02-21-1959

02-21-1959  

       On 21st February 1959, dockworkers in the Polish port of Gdynia see a radiant object fall into the harbour basin, and their account of the matter is so accurate that the spot where it fell could be ascertained exactly. The port authorities send three divers to the scene who, after going down into the ice-cold water and reporting that their investigations are hindered by a thick layer of mud, nonetheless come back to the surface with a piece of metal. The newspapers then report that the metal bears not the slightest trace of rust--which might well suggest that it may indeed be a fragment of the object concerned. After being examined by the Polish navy, it is sent to Gdynia's Polytechnic University. The final results of these two examinations are not known, and neither do we know as yet what the object is and what happened to it. It did, however, come to light that certain "misfortunes" occurred during the investigations, as a result of which some of the material was lost. This story bears some striking likenesses to the one about a piece of magnesium which people said derived from a UFO picked up in the Brazilian Ubatuba (see Bibliography 4 and 7).

       This does not mean that there was necessarily anything "mysterious" in itself about this odd affair: if we suppose that the object sighted was, for instance, a rocket of any kind or origin, then we can understand both the concern of the authorities involved and their reticence about the results of the examinations. But what is really "mysterious," in fact very much so, is the outcome of the story as it was told in Gdynia: several days after the "object" had plunged into the harbour, men guarding the beaches met a strange figure which was clearly male dragging himself exhausted along the sand. This creature spoke no known language and was dressed in a "sort of uniform"; a part of his face and hair appeared to be burnt. The man was taken to the university hospital, isolated, and examined. But it was at once apparent that it was impossible to unclothe the creature, as the "uniform" had no means of opening. It was not of ordinary material such as wool or leather but of a metal which could only be cut open by means of special tools and after a great deal of effort. The doctors noted that their "patient's" organs were quite different from ours: the blood system was new to them and the number of fingers and toes was not the normal one. The creature remained alive until a kind of armband was taken off and the "mortal remains" were sent for further examination to the Soviet Union. Polish ufologists readily link up the metal object and the living being with unidentified flying objects and everything associated with the latter.

       Any critical and skeptical reader who is familiar with our usual approach to reports such as these will read this account of a story that appeared in Polish newspapers of the time (inter alia Wiezoor Wybrzeza) with a certain amazement. He will feel that we are using the story as an example of UFO hysteria and expect us to refuse categorically to have anything to do with this sort of tale--Eastern European ufology is riddled with such stuff. The reader will hope we shall do this not only because the accounts tend to be incredible, but also because they threaten study of the real problems arising from the observations of "genuine UFO's." Surely our previous UFO research published in the press and other mass media was a clear attempt to free the UFO phenomenon from the labyrinth of prejudice, bathos, and mysticism with a view to helping the establishment of proofs that they "exist."

       Thus we disappoint any critical and skeptical reader. A case like the one just given-- and there will be several other similarly mysterious cases carefully selected by us--we do indeed include in our list of UFO reports recorded in Poland, and it does have a part to play when it comes to any judgment upon Polish UFO's and the whole Eastern European UFO situation. The reasons for this are that whenever anywhere in the world genuine UFO activity is reported, it seems to be associated with phenomena which, for the sake of convenience, we describe as "rumors." These rumors may come from any part of the world and are identical in pattern.  

This reference: UFO’s from Behind the Iron Curtain by Ion Hobana and Julien Weverbergh, pp. 1-2, © 1972       

UFOCAT PRN – 89337 [DOS: 02-LL-1959]

UFOCAT URN – 115586 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0087 by D. Webb, no © date

UFOCAT URN – 081758 Ted Bloecher investigation files         

UFOCAT PRN – 31955 [DOS: 02-21-1959]

UFOCAT URN – None     UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain by Ion Hobana and Julien Weverbergh,

                                         p. 1, © 1972

UFOCAT URN – 174777 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 05681, © 2002

UFOCAT URN – 031955 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #2831 by Jacques Vallee, no © date

Europe - Poland

Gdańsk            Latitude 54.21 N, Longitude 18.40 E (D-M)

Gdynia             Latitude 54.30 N, Longitude 18.33 E

Reference: Gazetteer of Poland, Vol. 1 (A-L), published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., August 1988                      

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 54.50 N, Longitude 18.36 E (D.%)   [URN 81758]

                                      Latitude 54.37 N, Longitude 18.68 E             [URN 115586 & 31955]

                                      Latitude 54.53 N, Longitude 18.55 E             [URN 174777] 


 



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