UFOs in the South Atlantic by Gordon Creighton
The following report 1
was given by a young Brazilian airline pilot to Commander Auriphebo Simoes,
who is himself a pilot, one of the senior officials of a Brazilian airline
and one of the best known of the UFO investigators in Brazil.
During a very hot night in the summer of 1952, the young
pilot, exhausted after a tiring day, walked out from the little town of Itanhaém
(on the coast of Brazil, due south of São Paulo) to a wooden summer cottage
which he had near the beach. Living at the cottage with him was his
grandmother, a Russian emigrant lady named Chaskova.
Finding the cottage oppressive and
airless, the pilot opened the door before turning in. The cottage had bunk-type
beds, and Senhora Chaskova was already asleep in the lower bunk.
After being asleep for what seems to
have been only half an hour or so, the young pilot was suddenly jolted into
consciousness by a tremendous explosion, "like a great thunderclap."
Jumping down from the bunk, not properly awake, he perceived an intense,
"fluorescent," bluish-white light shining in through the open door,
but concluded that it was merely the dawn coming and that the noise had been
a brief thunderstorm in the nearby hills. He went back to sleep.
Next day he was astonished to learn
from his Russian grandmother, speaking in her very imperfect Portuguese, that
at about 3 a.m. she had heard a great explosion in the sky overhead and that
this was followed by an intensely bright light outside which lasted for some
seconds. She soon realized that the extraordinary light could not be
lightning, so, her curiosity aroused, she got up and went into the garden to
By the time she got out there the
light had gone. There was now just the dark sky, filled with stars. She turned to glance out to
sea (the South Atlantic) and was astonished to perceive a large number of
what appeared to be disc-shaped "machines," vividly lit up by an
orange glow. The craft resembled "inverted soup plates" and were
stationary at what she estimated to be some 200 metres from the cottage and,
as she felt, at a height of only a metre or so above the surface of the sea.
She stood there looking at the objects
for half an hour. During this time, she saw two figures, apparently human,
emerge on to the top of one of the discs.2 They remained standing there for a
while, apparently looking up at the sky and out over the sea, as though
waiting for something. They then descended into the interior of the machine,
and shortly after this all the machines took off, one after the other,
vanishing into the sky at a tremendous speed "like luminous
When young Chaskov had heard this
extraordinary description of the night's events, his curiosity was such that
he deluged his grandmother with questions, to the point that after a while
she became irritated over the whole affair and disliked talking of it. It was
too much for her, her Portuguese was poor, and the grandson knew no Russian.
Some time went by, but he continued to
raise the matter at intervals, until one day the Adamski story appeared in a
translation in the Brazilian magazine O
Cruzeiro. He took the article to her and showed her the reproductions of
Adamski's alleged photos of his "Venusian scout ship." The
grandmother agreed that it was very similar to what she had seen, except that
the craft hovering over the sea were a good deal flatter on top than
Commander Auriphebo Simoes was
impressed by the account, felt that it was unquestionably genuine, wondered
whether the great noise heard by the two people in the cottage might not have
been the explosion of one of the craft, and whether the other discs might not
have been waiting there over the sea for signs of survivors.
It will be pertinent in this
connection to mention the many South American rumours and stories of
underwater UFO4 bases along the South Atlantic coast of
Brazil and Argentina. Moreover, Itanhaém is very near to São Sebastião, where
the Brazilian jurist Professor João de Freitas Guimarães of the Faculty of
Law at Santos says he encountered a luminous, domed craft which came up out
of the sea one evening in July 1957, landed on the beach, and contained a
number of tall, fair-skinned, long-haired men who took him for a flight with
And we have, finally, a case which
sounds identical. La Prensa,
Argentina's leading newspaper, reported on November 16, 1963,6
that on the previous evening hundreds of persons in the central streets of
the great coastal city of Mar del Plata had seen a number of extremely
luminous objects out at sea and very close to the surface of the water. A
cigar[-shaped object] and various discs had
been seen over the city the day before.
1. From the book Os Discos
Voadores-Fantasia e Realidade by Commandante Auriphebo
Slmoes, published by Livraria Edart, São Paulo, 1957(pp. 375-376).
2. Compare the famous Papuan case
of June 26, 1959 (FSR November/December 1959, p. 7).
3. Father Gill's
"Papuan" saucer was also flat on top.
4. Gordon Creighton, Argentina
1962 (FSR July/August 1964, p. 13).
5. SBEDV Bulletin No. 4, July 1967;
FSR November/December 1957, p. 2; FSR
1961, pp. 18-20; FSR The Humanoids, p. 36, case 19.
Gordon Creighton, Argentina 1963-64, Part II (FSR January/February 1966, p.
reference: Flying Saucer Review,
Vol. 14, No. 1, January/February, 1968
Note: In the following UFOCAT references,
we have a conflict between the middle of the year and January. I'm sure this
came about because of the use of "summer." (The middle of the year
in the northern half of the sphere is winter in the southern half.)
is as shown below in this case. –CF-:
Seasons in Brazil are the reverse of those in Europe and the US:
September to 21 December
Summer: 22 December
to 21 March
PRN – 18730 [DOS: MM-??-1952]
– 071044 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports by Peter Rogerson, no © date
PRN – 88243 [DOS: MM-??-1952]
– 088243 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, January/February, 1968, p. 13
PRN – 88244 [DOS: 01-??-1952]
– 088244 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, January/February, 1968, p. 13
– 018730 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee, # 0090, © 1969
– 018744 Les Extra-Terrestres by Jader Pereira, p. 21, © 1974
– 018731 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #0327 by L. Schoenherr, no © date
– 018808 Pablo Petrowitsch investigation files, no date of publication
– 115294 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0181 by D. Webb, no © date
South America – Brazil, São
24-10-59 S, Longitude 46-47-20 W (D-M-S)
Sebastião Latitude 23-45-36
S, Longitude 45-24-35 W
Paulo Latitude 23-32 S, Longitude
46-37 W (D-M)
Brazil Gazetteer, prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the
Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 24.18S, Longitude
46.78 W (D.%)