The Hidden Reports
The Navy Korean
by the following NICAP Board members: Reverend Albert Bailer, Dr. Earl
Douglass, Mr. Frank Edwards, Colonel R. B. Emerson, Professor Charles A.
Maney, and Rear Admiral H. B. Knowles.
It was a night in '51. Under lowering
clouds, a United States task force of fourteen ships was cruising near Korea.
Down in the Combat Information Center of a CVE-class carrier, intercept
officers and radar men were keeping a routine watch.
Suddenly a strange blip appeared on the CIC
radarscopes. Some unknown machine, larger than carrier aircraft, was
circling the fleet.
In minutes, Navy interceptors were
boring up into the clouds that hid the intruder. At first, the CIC men had thought
it was some new Red aircraft spotting the fleet by radar. But an hour passed
with neither an attack nor message to bring enemy bombers. Even before this the CIC men
knew, from the object's speed and maneuvers, it had to be a UFO.
As the hours went on, fresh pilots
replaced the first group. Again and again, flying by instruments in the misty
dark, they risked collision for a look at the unknown craft. But the UFO
stayed deep in the clouds.
Down in the CIC, puzzled intercept men
watched the mysterious "target." What could explain the hours of
circling up in the overcast? Could "they" see through those
tight-packed clouds by some unknown device—or a different kind of vision?
What was behind this long surveillance—curiosity, or something more ominous?
Near the end of the seventh hour,
another squadron was launched. Abruptly, the UFO stopped circling. As the
tense CIC men watched, it swung in behind the nearest Navy plane.
joining up on wingman!" the lead pilot reported.
"Close in for visual on
target!" ordered the CIC, fearing an attack on the wingman.
Though the clouds
made it almost hopeless, the leading pilot turned. Swiftly, the UFO speeded
up, leaving the plane behind. In less than ten minutes, the radarscopes showed it was two hundred
The signed report later certified by
Board members was given to NICAP by one of the pilots involved, now a
lieutenant commander on duty in this country. The unknown machine, officially logged as a UFO, was
tracked by radar operators on all fourteen ships. Its long
surveillance of the task force remained a mystery.
reference: Flying Saucers: Top Secret
by Major Donald E. Keyhoe, pp. 262-263, © 1960
Fall 1951; Korean Area
Following are extracts from
a letter to NICAP dated May 16, 1957, signed by Lt. Cmdr. M. C. Davies,
U.S.N., then stationed at the U. S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida.
My background is a Naval Aviator with
approximately 4000 hours. At the time of the incident, I was deployed with an
Anti-Submarine Squadron aboard a CVE-class carrier. I was assigned Air Crew
Training Officer and prior to deployment had attended CIC Air Controller
School at Point Loma, also Airborne Air Controller School and Airborne Early
Warning School both located at NAS, San Diego...
It was at night. I was
riding with a radar operator which I often did to check on their proficiency.
We were flying at 5000 feet, solid instruments, with our wingman flying a
radar position about 3 miles astern and slightly to our right or left. The
target, which was slightly larger than our wingman, I picked up on our scope,
had been circling the fleet; it left the fleet and joined up on us a position
behind our wingman, approximately the same position he held on us.
I reported the target to the ship and was
informed that the target was also held on the ship's radars, 14 in number,
and for us to get a visual sighting if possible. This was impossible because
of the clouds. The target retained his relative position for approximately 5
minutes and then departed
in excess of one thousand miles per hour. He departed on a straight
course and was observed to the maximum distance of my radar which was two
Upon completion of my
flight, an unidentified flying object report was completed, at which time I was informed that the object
was held on ship's radars for approximately seven hours.
reference: The UFO Evidence by
Richard M. Hall, Vol. 1, p. 84, © 1964
UFOCAT PRN – 56404 [DOS:
URN – 017117 Flying Saucers: Top Secret by
Donald Keyhoe, p. 262, © 1960
URN – 017118 The UFO Evidence by Richard M. Hall, Vol. 1, p. 84, © 1964
URN – 056404 Donald E. Keyhoe investigation files
URN – 100165 Flying Saucer Magazine
(Palmer), June 1970, p. 19
URN – 113357 J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO
Studies, June 1977, p. 9
URN – 144397 Advanced Aerial Devices Reported
During the Korean War by Richard
Haines, p. 32, © 1990
URN – 121571 Aircraft UFO Encounters by
Dominique Weinstein, #014-16, © 1999
UFOCAT PRN – 56404 [DOS:
URN – 136638 UFOs and the National Security State by Richard Dolan, 494-078,
URN – 181995 UFOs and the National Security State by Richard Dolan, 400-078,
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