Go Back Report # 46
SM-00-1942

SM-??-1942

Summer 1942           
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MICKEY MOUSE VS. THE CHESHIRE CAT (Cat follows Mouse)
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       This case has several references for it, however, they go back primarily to two cases both published in 1955.

       The first is The Saucerian, #6, spring of 1955, pp. 30-31, written by Vaughn Maynard Greene and published by Gray Barker. Note: no date or season given.

       The other reference is from the book Flying Saucers Uncensored pp. 215-216 by Harold T. Wilkins, published 1955. [NOTE: Date given as summer of 1942 (not long after the Japanese attack on Darwin, which was 02-19-1942) – their summer, not northern latitudes summer-CF-].

I received the article from Frank Reid at CUFOS (Center for UFO Studies) with the following note attached:

       “I knew Gray Barker. When he visited Chicago in 1956, I actually remarked on Wilkins having a version of Greene’s story---Barker wasn’t puzzled. I got the impression he published the story simply because it amused him, not because he found it at all believable. As the latest items in Wilkins’s book are 35 pages on and dated June 1955, and the book is essentially a scrap-book, it’s quite possible that Wilkins’s source just reworked The Saucerian tale just enough to make the average naïve kid (like me) worry the differences like a puppy worries a bone.

       Anyway, for this case, the unnamed-ness of the source (s) makes me not take it seriously.”
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       Bill Chalker who has also researched this case writes: “I think we can be fairly certain the tale has no validity and should not be listed as a credible event, unless of course the “source” story turns up.
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The stories follow.
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THE SPACESHIP
By Vaughn Maynard Greene
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       The last issue of THE SAUCERIAN drew a most amazing narrative from a man who experienced a most unusual and close-up space ship sighting. I had just received the issue in the mail and had stopped into a corner drug store for a sandwich.

       I was looking over the issue at the counter when a man next to me asked what I was reading and a long conversation about flying saucers ensued. But it seemed the man was wanting to tell something but yet was afraid to do so.

       He was formerly a Canadian who served with the RCAF during the war, then came to settle in the U.S. We were swapping aircraft experiences, but I could tell by the way he was hedging around he had something very important to say. Finally, after we had bought each other a couple of Cokes, I wormed the following story out of him.

       He was serving on air patrol duty in Australia as a turret gunner in a squadron of Blackburn "Skuas" (torpedo) planes [See bottom text & photo-CF-]. They began receiving calls from fishermen on the south side of Tasmania who reported seeing lights at night at sea, so a patrol was set up on the underside of Australia for they feared the lights could be Japanese submarines.

       They spotted nothing until one day when they were about 500 miles out, not too far from Antarctica, about four o'clock on a very clear afternoon - the usual South Pacific weather, sunlight and a few scattered clouds.

       As they were emerging from one of the few cloudbanks, the flier received the shock of his life. Flying parallel to them, only 100 feet away was an immense bullet-shaped craft! They were cruising at 190 miles an hour, and he estimated the other ship was doing perhaps 230 miles per hour.

       More than 200 feet long and about 30 feet in diameter, it seemed to be made of a dull but glistening blue-black metal. On its nose was a long snout, which seemed scalloped, and there was a long black slit up front which apparently was the cabin cockpit because he saw some kind of movement inside which he thought might have been the reflection from metal helmets.

       The sides of the ship had scars and pits in it, and the tail was diamond-shaped, but about it and beneath it there were electrical-like flashes of blue fire.

       Now here is the most incredible thing -- and I questioned the man very carefully about it. I tell it at the risk of the entire story's being laughed at soundly, but, after all, it is a part of the account and could be most important.

       JUST IN BACK OF THE FORWARD SLIT THERE WAS A LARGE, PAINTED (not really painted but more like inlaid art work) CIRCLE WITH A PICTURE OF -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT - MICKEY MOUSE! The figure was shown walking with one hand thumbing its nose and a large grin. Frankly I can't figure this one out nor could the witness. It is the first time I have heard of the disks acknowledging our culture in any way - therefore it must have some significance.

       Both ships flew parallel to each other, and then, as if both pilots suddenly recovered their wits, both ships veered sharply away from each other.

       As the large rocket veered, it increased acceleration at a fantastic rate and went into a long, banking dive. At the termination of the dive, it went into the ocean! It seemed to hit the water about 10 miles away at a speed of at least 700 miles per hour. As the ship veered off, it had revealed its underside, and the gunner noticed two triangle-shaped fins protruding from the belly. After the plane returned to base, the men compared notes and agreed not to mention what they had seen to anyone, for fear of becoming the laughing stock of the squadron.

       The gunner had never mentioned the incident to anyone until he told me the story, feeling, perhaps, at last here was a person who would not laugh at the fantastic story.

       You're not likely to believe this story. Neither would I, perhaps, had I not heard it from the man directly. Had I not heard his voice break slightly as he nervously fidgeted with the Coke glass to regain control.                                                                                                                       

This original reference: The Saucerian, #6, spring 1955, pp. 30-31, published by Gray Barker

With thanks to Frank Reid at The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
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ALSO
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       In the summer of 1942 a fantastic incident occurred in the waters off Tasmania, a large island off the south Australian coast. My informant is a major in the Australian R.A.F. whom I will call Brennan. He is now stationed at the secret weapons and long-range missiles experimental desert station of Woomera:   
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       "The whole yarn is so odd that I must ask you not to give my name if you write of it. We had orders not long after the Japanese attack on Darwin to patrol the Bass Strait where fishermen had reported seeing mysterious lights on the sea at night.

       "At 5:50 P.M., of a lovely, sunny evening, we were flying some miles east of the Tasman Peninsula when, on a sudden, there came out of a cloud bank, a singular airfoil of glistening bronze color. I'd say it was around 150 feet long and about fifty feet in diameter. It had a sort of beak at its prow, and the surface seemed burled, or rippled, or fluted. On its upper surface was a dome, or cupola, from which I seemed to see reflected flashes as the sun struck something, which might or might not have been a helmet worn by something inside. The other end of the airfoil fined out into a sort of fin. Every now and again there came from its keel greenish-blue flashes. It turned at a small angle towards us and I was amazed to see, framed in a white circle on the front of the dome, an image of a large, grinning Cheshire cat!

       "The damn thing flew parallel to us for some minutes, and then it abruptly turned away and, as it did so, it showed four things like fins on its belly-side. It went off at a hell of a pace, turned and dived straight down into the Pacific, and went under, throwing up a regular whirlpool of waves! Just as if it had been a submarine. No, the Japs had nothing in the amphibian line like that mysterious bird!

       "I've read your 'Flying Saucers on the Attack,' and saw what you said of the 'Foo Fighters.' We were in the same predicament as those American airmen. If we reported to intelligence what we'd seen, we should likely have been grounded as suffering from nerve-strain. So we did not report it! What do you think the damned thing was?"                                                                       

Original reference: Flying Saucers Uncensored by Harold T. Wilkins, pp. 215-216, © 1955     
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UFOCAT PRN – 121364 [DOS: UNDATED]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    The Saucerian, #6, spring 1955, pp. 30-31, published by Gray Barker
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UFOCAT PRN – 121364 [DOS: MM-??-1942]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucers Uncensored by Harold T. Wilkins, pp. 215-216, © 1955

UFOCAT URN – 143559 World Atlas of UFOs by John Spencer, p. 162, © 1992          

UFOCAT URN – 121364 Aircraft UFO Encounters by Dominique Weinstein, 006-11, © 1999

UFOCAT URN – 146156 From Airships to Arnold by Richard Hall, p. 162, © 2000

UFOCAT URN – 011212 Computerized Catalog (N=3173) by Luis Schoenherr, no date of

                                        publication. 
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UFOCAT PRN – 121364 [DOS: SM-??-1942]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    APRO Bulletin, Vol. 30, No. 10, p. 5-6 
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UFOCAT PRN – 121364 [DOS: 08-??-1942]

UFOCAT URN – 151405 Oz Files by Bill Chalker, p. 35, © 1996

UFOCAT URN – 169630 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 00473, © 2002      
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Australia

Bass Strait                   Roughly 40.0 S, 146.0 E (D.%)

Tasman Peninsula        Roughly 43.1 S, 147.9 W        
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Blackburn Skua

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The Blackburn Skua was a naval combat aircraft operated by the British Fleet Air Arm and combined the dual functions of dive-bomber and fighter. The prototype first flew in 1937 with a Bristol Mercury powerplant, but production models used the Bristol Perseus.

Built to specification O 4/34 it was a radical development for the FAA, being of all-metal construction and their first service monoplane. Its retractable undercarriage and enclosed cockpit were also new to a service that was primarily equipped still with open cockpit biplanes such as the Fairey Swordfish. Performance for the fighter role was compromised by the aircraft's low speed and relative lack of power. But the aircraft's armament of four fixed wing machine-guns and a single rearward-firing weapon were certainly effective in situations where crews were able to close with the enemy. For the dive-bombing role, a single 500-lb bomb was carried on a special swinging crutch under the fuselage which enabled the bomb to clear the propeller arc on release.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackburn_Skua       

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