Go Back Report # 817


The following is from a handwritten letter received by NICAP (National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena) on April 4, 1966. –CF-:

April 1, 1966

Dear Sir:

             Many times from many places I have postponed writing to you. I presumed even you would not believe my story. I write to you now because of an article I read recently in (author) Martin Caidin’s book Hydrospace, Chapter Two.

       On (sic-In) January 1952, while employed as a rigger on Shemya, a “two-by-four” island in the Aleutians, the following happened.

       It was my day off and I was wandering around looking for blue fox burrows when a whirring, whining sound caused me to look up.

       About 300 feet above me, falling leaf-like towards the water was a gray, bat-shaped craft. It was about 30 feet across. The leading edge of its wing was spaced with round openings emitting a greenish-yellow glow. Top center of the wing was a dome emitting a pulsating red glow from inside. Underneath and aft of the wing was a long rod or shaft.

       Around 75 feet above the water, this craft commenced hovering for a few seconds, then fell off into a steep angled glide and disappeared beneath the water. I gaped and waited quite some time for it to surface - it never did.        

       In addition, on (sic-in) August 1949, while employed as a brakeman on the Alaska Railroad, I sighted a similar craft --- minus the protruding rod or shaft.

       To conclude, I want you to know I have not mentioned either case to anyone over the years. Why? (Perhaps) Hell! The scoffers said---“Fox on Shemya---you’re nuts and blue at that.”

But! Sir, the fox are there. Imagine! If I had used the “verboten” phrase –“U.F.O.”

Most sincerely,

Eldon L. White


This reference, as stated, is a handwritten letter received by NICAP on April 4, 1966. My thanks to CUFOS http://www.cufos.org/ for forwarding a copy of it to me. –CF-       

UFOCAT PRN – 61144 [DOS: 01-13-1952 – Source of date unknown-CF]

UFOCAT URN – 61144 NICAP case investigation files – Letter dated April 1, 1966.    

Pacific Ocean – United States, Alaska, Aleutian Island chain

Shemya            Latitude 52-43-27 N, Longitude 174-07-08 E (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 52.75 N, Longitude 174.08E (D.%) 


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