Go Back Report # 925
SM-00-1951

SM-??-1951   
Reproduction of letter.-CF-     

                                                                                                Witness’s address deleted

                                                                                                here for privacy

                                                                                                May 16, 1960

N.I.C.A.P.

1536 Connecticut Ave.

Washington, D. C.       

Gentlemen:     

Twice in the past few years, I have been involved in U.F.O incidents. For what it’s worth, I’ll pass this information along. Both times I was on active duty with the United States Navy.  

The incident that was definitely [a] U.F.O. occurred at the Naval Air Station, Quonset Pt., Rhode Island. I was Petty Officer of the Watch as Section Leader – First Section Overhaul, Repair Dept. Usually the Section Leader “sleeps in,” but on this night, I had occasion to be at the duty desk when the mid watch was relieved. The airman posted on Jet Runway Post 10 reported this occurrance (sic).          

“At about two o’clock a bright object, seeming (sic-seen) coming from the sea from the direction of Newport, approached his post dropping to a few hundred feet and then hovering directly above him and the jets.” He does not know what it was. He became extremely nervous and “charged” his carbine, and the moment he pulled the slide to load it, the object disappeared.           

The first emotion I had was he was “pulling my leg.” He did seem sincere, and he would have no reason to play this joke. About then, the watch at Sea Plane Hanger #2, Watch 4 reported in. He too reported a strange sighting. He reported a light coming out of the sea (from Newport) going over the airfield and being obscured from vision by going behind the overhaul and repair building. Now I had two sightings and although about two hours had elapsed, I awoke the Chief on duty and reported the U.F.O. sightings. The Chief was incredulous and wouldn’t be a party to such a report. I insisted that I enter it in the log for that watch, but the Chief and by now the duty officer were adamant that they weren’t going to be laughed out of the Navy, so no mention was made of it. I believe these sailors saw something – what I don’t know. I did leave orders that I be called immediately on any future occurance (sic), no matter if I had duty or not. I never was called so never saw the U.F.O. myself.

The time was summer of 1951.           

The other incident was trivial and enemy aircraft could account for this sighting.  It was February 1944. We had a big air raid on the island of Roi in the Kwagalain Atol (sic-Kwajalein Atoll).  The Japanese had flown in from Eniewetok Atol (sic-Atoll), probably from Engebi. They pounded Roi to bits with severe material damage and about twenty-four lives lost. After the raid and toward morning, I saw a low-           

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flying object hurtle over the island. At the time I thought it was a TBF as the squat shape seemed familiar. The only reason it was not is we had no aircraft up in the area. The island at this time had only three aircraft, all too badly damaged by the raid to fly. It is true the fleet was there, but night flying from carriers hadn’t been perfected yet, and anyway they had refused planes when asked. Surely the enemy hadn’t come back so low for one pass undetected. So this was a flying object and remains unidentified.      

I’m sure I haven’t been much help, but these are U.F.O. incidents never reaching official ears before.

                                                                                                            Sincerely yours,

                                                                                                            Witness’s signature    

This reference: Letter to NICAP by the witness dated May 16, 1960

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/  

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           
Possibly PRN & URN # 17137 – APRO Bulletin (No date or issue # given)

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 41.49 N, Longitude 71.31 W (D-M)  

North America – United States, Rhode Island

Quonset Point  Latitude 41-35-15 N, Longitude 71-25-13 W (D-M-S) [Quonset Pt., State Airport]

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


 



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