MYSTERY FLYING OBJECT ROLLS ALONG A GERMAN ROAD
by Hubert Malthaner
Herr Malthaner, who
lives In Munich, has been an Investigator of the UFO problem for twenty
years. He served for twelve years in the technical branch of the Luftwaffe
and is now a teacher in a vocational school. His German text, and the English
version of it which he was good enough to supply, and which were dated March
1972, have been collated and edited by Gordon Creighton.
On April 9,
1970, a retired electrician named Max Krauss, aged 65, was walking along a
country road towards his home in Langenschemmern after a shopping trip to
Aufhofen (Kreis Biberach/Riss, Württemberg, South Germany), when he had the
strangest encounter of his whole life, which he is today still able to
describe precisely, in all its details. His account is as follows:
at about 4.00 p.m., a disagreeable sort of afternoon, with an almost
completely overcast sky. Just as I was leaving Aufhofen, I heard what seemed
like two sound-barrier bangs, though not as sharp and hard as they usually
are, but quite dull, as though muffled in cotton-wool.
"I was walking along on the
left side of the road, in order to face the oncoming traffic. The wind, quite
boisterous, was in the direction of 255°, and was catching me in the rear at
an angle of about 15° from the left. On the slightly sloping macadamized
road, to the right, was water from the recent rain, which was flowing out
from a field track.
"Suddenly, I can't say why, ! turned round, and was astonished to
see what looked like a torn-off portion of the skeleton of a plant coming
whirling along on the right-hand side of the road. I waited for the wind to
drive it into the ditch. But, on the contrary, despite the boisterous cross-wind,
the 'something' carried on its course, straight ahead, close to the ground.
Slowly it overtook me, on the right-hand side of the road, and I could now
see that this was no plant. What at first glance had looked like the skeleton
of a plant was in fact a transparent ball some 40 cms. wide, which had spokes
Detail map of the district showing the location of the sighting.
Key: a. direction of wind
route taken by witness
c. point where object took on
flight path of object
a dark spherical nucleus with hazy edges there came eight radials or spokes
which, as viewed together from the centre, all projected at an angle of 70°
or 75°. The spokes tapered off towards their outer extremities, their tips
extending to the perimeter of the globe, which was almost as clear as glass
but non-reflecting. Seen from where I was, the thing was rotating on a
vertical axis and anti-clockwise, and was floating, indeed gliding along,
rather than rolling, a mere hand's breadth above the ground.
The Scene of the Sighting
M along the road
B=Where it stopped and took in
it crossed the road
of vertical takeoff
the thing passed me, I increased my pace and stepped out after it. At the
moment of the encounter I was not frightened, merely astonished and curious.
But I was incapable of doing anything whatsoever: such as picking up a stone,
or going over to the thing and giving it a kick with my foot. I was stopped
from doing so, and could only look on and observe. The thing may have rolled
along in this way beside me for about 150 metres or so. Then it halted, did a
right-angle turn towards the little stream of water, and stopped there. The
rotation stopped too.
"What I now observed is
beyond my power to comprehend. From the dark centre of the ball there
emerged, downwards, something resembling a hose-pipe, which bent itself back
and upwards like a 'U' and then writhed about sideways several times (see
sketches). In the bend that was nearest to the ball there appeared a gleam
like brightly glowing hot iron. The glowing colour grew darker towards the
more distant convolutions, and was only visible on the outward facing sides of
each convolution of the hosepipe.
"The hosepipe started
wriggling about like a worm, extended itself, and went down to the ground. I
am convinced that it reached into the water. The 'worm' remained there
for a short while, and then was drawn back in again. At the same time, the
central part of the ball changed colour throughout half of its radius,
becoming milky, like water just before it boils. The outer shell of the ball
now displayed a bluish tinge, somewhat like the ionized air to be seen around
electrical high tension generators. Then the strange object slowly started
its rotating, gliding movement again, passed across the road, quite close to
me, to a point a pace or so into the field. And there it vanished, so
absolutely silently, and at such lightning speed, straight upwards into the
sky, that I was unable to follow it with my eyes.
thing however that did strike me was that, shortly before the occurrence, all
the birds had flown off in the opposite direction. Never before have I seen a
crow move its wings so fast.
day I made a search of the surroundings, but without finding anything
remarkable, I also took a photograph of the section of road in question. At
the time of the experiences I suffered no harmful effects in any respect. My
wife dismisses my story as a piece of fantasy. If the affair ever becomes
known here locally, I suppose it will be all up with my reputation.
assure you that I have told the truth in every respect."
* * *
been an investigator of the U FO Phenomenon for many years, I was able to
glean the following additional details in a thorough interrogation of Herr
(1) In the dark central portion of
the ball, which portion was only faintly visible, a tetrahedral prism was
seen briefly by the witness as the object passed by him.
(2) The spokes were telescope-shaped and
probably extensible. Their colour seemed to be greyish-green (as though
anodised). The thin outer points of the spokes were about 3 mm. thick.
(3) The four spokes on the left-hand side
showed a 45° displacement with regard to the four spokes on the right side.
(4) The hosepipe was ten times as thick as
the points of the spokes (i.e., it was 30 mm.).
(5) The diameters of the component areas of
the ball were approximately as follows:
Dark nucleus 10
Milky zone 20
Bluish transparent outer shell plus tips of the spokes 40 cms.
(6) Over the distance of about 150
metres for which the witness and the object were proceeding side-by-side, the
gap between them was no greater than precisely the mere width of the road,
that is to say 6 metres. Just before its take-off the distance between the
object and the witness was only 2 metres.
is a quiet, well-balanced man with over 40 years of experience in electrical
installations, automobile electrical equipment, and as a specialist on
engines. His hobby now that he has retired is amateur short-wave reception.
The sketches illustrating this article
were made by me under his guidance.
Note by Gordon Creighton
of the details are admittedly different, this case puts one most powerfully
in mind of Charles Bowen's Cross-Country Cog Wheels (FSR, September/October
1966) in which he describes the fantastic "cog wheel" which, at
Attignéville, France, at 1.30 p.m; on March 26, 1966, "rolled" in a
dead straight line across the fields without the slightest wobble or
deviation, for a distance of at least 700 metres, despite a very gusty
cross-wind, being observed by a shepherd and passing close to his flock of
sheep which were alarmed by it. The "cog wheel", estimated to be
about 80 cms. in diameter (or twice the size of Herr Krauss' ball) was doing
about 25-30 km.p.h., and the shepherd's two dogs apparently failed to catch
it. These two cases certainly deserve to be studied together.
This reference: Flying Saucer Review. Vol. 18, No. 4,
pp. 15-17, July/August 1972.
UFOCAT – 65154
UFOCAT URN – 075917 UFO
Nachtrichten, March 1971
UFOCAT URN – 065154 Flying Saucer Review, July 1972, p.
UFOCAT URN – 089542 APRO Bulletin April 1976, p. 4
UFOCAT URN – 088711 Flying Saucer Review, May 1976, p.
UFOCAT URN – 109643 MUFON UFO Journal, September 1976,
UFOCAT URN – 174208 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry
Hatch, # 09067 © 2002
Munich – München Latitude 48.09 N, Longitude 11.35 E
48.10 N, Longitude 9.48 E
Aufhofen Latitude 47.56 N, Longitude
Reference: Germany-Federal Republic and West Berlin
Gazetteers Vol. 1 & 2, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of
the Interior, Washington, D.C.
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 48.10 N, Longitude 9.80 E