REPORTED IN NEW JERSEY --IN U.S. & ABROAD SIGHTINGS CONTINUE
A series of New Jersey police
sightings after a reported disc landing in a reservoir -- important because
police and several newspapers openly rejected an attempted "hoax"
began on September 15.
At 5 p.m., two shiny discs were seen over Oradell, N.J. At 6 p.m., two shiny,
round UFOs were sighted by former Navy flying officer J. J. McVickers just across the state line. At 7:50, NICAP
member Victor Cipolla saw a glowing object descend
toward Oradell, and other witnesses saw it dart back and forth near the
reservoir. At 7:55, three teen-aged boys saw a bright, oval-shaped object land in the
reservoir with a loud splash. A man working nearby also heard the splash,
according to police. After a moment the strange device took off, climbed
silently at high speed.
AFB began an investigation, new reports came in. On September 21, four
Hawthorne police officers watched a device with two beam-like
headlights hover over a quarry. Officer George Jediny,
in a report to NICAP, said the UFO -- which he sketched as a disc -- seemed
to revolve. The quarry night watchman, Wm. Stocks, said the UFO had also
appeared the night before. When he drove a Jeep nearer to check up, the
object maneuvered to keep out of the headlights. (Similar reaction often
midnight, September 24, the same or a similar device was seen over the quarry
by over a dozen Hawthorne police officers and the chief reporter of the N. J.
State Press, George Della Penta. When a police-car
spotlight was pointed up at the UFO, it began to move. Before it left, Mr.
Della Penta shot 18 feet of color film. (Analysis
Later, Oradell police received a letter
signed "The Bergenfield Pranksters," purporting to be from some
boys who said they faked the sightings with aluminum-coated model aircraft
supported by helium balloons. This was promptly rejected by the police and newspapers
that checked the facts, among them:
The Newark Evening News, Science Writer
Philip Del Vecchio: "It would have been
impossible for them (the Bergen County boys) to put their model planes so
high that they could be seen in Hawthorne... No object such as they could
have put together could have moved at the lightning speeds attributed to the
UFO. The light... could not have been produced by amateurs. This newspaper
makes an appeal to other residents ...with the assurance that reports will be
treated with dignity.
The Hawthorne Observer, rebuking those who
accepted an unsigned letter from a town miles away,
said it was time to treat the reports seriously.
The Riverdale Sunday Trend: "Suppose
the real hoax is the letter purporting to explain the whole thing?"
The Hawthorne News Record: "To imply
so flippantly that our police officers spent almost half an hour looking at a
balloon and then watched it speed away at an incredible rate -- all in quite
an opposite direction from Oradell--is insulting."
The Newark Sunday News: "Flying
saucers are still a big mystery...are seen with great regularity by sane and
logical inhabitants of the planet Earth. What they are and where they come
from and what their mission is has not yet been satisfactorily
of the final outcome, these New Jersey sightings have shown that an
increasing number of newspapers no longer accept quick brush-off answers to
sightings by competent witnesses.
This reference: UFO
Investigator (NICAP), Vol. 11, No. 6, October/November 1962, pp. 3-4.
With thanks to the Donald E. Keyhoe Archives.
NOTE: There are many
more references to the 15ths sighting, but only three have a
reference to the water. I have highlighted these in yellow below.-CF-
UFOCAT PRN - 35880 [DOS:
035880 UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, November 1962, p. 3
UFOCAT URN 035886 The UFO Evidence 1, Richard Hall, p.
152, © 1964
UFOCAT URN 035887 Anatomy of a Phenomenon by Jacques
Vallee, p. 140, © 1965
UFOCAT URN 069648 UFO Investigator, publication of
NICAP, March 1968, p. 5
UFOCAT URN 035883 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J.
Vallee, # 547, © 1969
UFOCAT URN 035881 Data-Net Report, May 1970
UFOCAT URN 035882 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #3070
by Jacques Vallee, no © date
UFOCAT URN 165212 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry
Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002
UFOCAT PRN - 35885 [DOS:
035885 UFO Investigator (NICAP), Vol. 11, No. 6, October/November 1962,
UFOCAT PRN - 35886 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN 087829 Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard
Cramp, p. 252, © 1966
UFOCAT PRN 35888 [DOS:
035878 UFO Investigator (NICAP), Vol. 11, No. 6, October/November 1962
UFOCAT PRN 35888 [DOS:
087830 Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard Cramp, p. 252, © 1966
North America United States, New Jersey, Bergen
Oradell Latitude 40-57-31 N, Longitude 74-02-14 W (D-M-S)
40-59-28 N, Longitude 74-01-59 W
Harrington Park Latitude
40-59-01 N, Longitude 73-58-49 W
40-56-57 N, Longitude 74-09-15 W
This reference: The
National Gazetteer of the United States of America, prepared by the U.S.
Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names,
Washington, D.C., 1990.
Note: There are
many different latitude and longitudes assigned in UFOCAT,
so rather than present a meaningless list, I will give only the U.S. governments
coordinates for the Oradell Reservoir.-CF-
Oradell Reservoir Latitude
40-57-22 N, Longitude 74-01-44 W (D-M-S)