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ACUFO is my comprehensive catalog of cases of encounters between aircraft and UFOs, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ACUFO catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA, on March 1, 1944:

Case number:



In a list of UFO sightings reported by U. S. Air Force Personnel, published in 1964 by the National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) in their book "The UFO Evidence", a case is noted for March 1, 1944, in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The report came from a NICAP affiliate and told that a B-17 pilot saw a high-speed glowing green object that lit the cockpit and moved out of sight over the horizon.


Temporal data:

Date: March 1944
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1964
Reporting delay: 2 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: USA
State/Department: New Mexico
City: Carlsbad

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: ?
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology group NICAP.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes.
UFO action: Flew.
Witnesses action:
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Sensors: [X] Visual: ?
[N/A] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 5 7.62 mm machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 2
Strangeness 1-3: 1
ACUFO: Probable meteor.


[Ref. rhl1:] RICHARD HALL - NICAP:

UFO Sightings by U. S. Air Force Personnel

[... Other cases...]

3/1/1944 Carlsbad, N.M.
B-17 pilot (conf. Report certified by Bluegrass NICAP Affiliate)
High-speed glowing green object lit cockpit, moved out of sight over horizon.

[... Other cases...]

March 1944--Carlsbad, N.M. Air Force pilot saw fast-moving UFO speed out of sight over horizon.

[Ref. obr1:] OTTO BINDER:

- March 1944, Carlsbad, New Mexico. A high-speed, glowing green object lit up a pilot's cockpit, moving out of sight over the horizon.

[Ref. mbd1:] MICHEL BOUGARD:

The author indicates that in March 1944, in Arlsbad [sic], New Mexico, a B-1 T pilot observed a bright, green object moving horizontally at high speed.


1944, March

USA, Arlsbad [sic] (New Mexico)

A B-17 pilot observed a bright, green object moving horizontally at high speed. (Michel BOUGARD: "La chronique des OVNI" – Delarge 1977- p. 266)

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

492: 1944/03/00 00:00 1 104:14:00 W 32:25:00 N 3311 NAM USA NMX 6:7
Ref#242 HALL,Richard:The UFO EVIDENCE /NICAP Page No. 129: IN-FLIGHT



Case 36

March, 1944

Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA

Captain Reida, a USAAF B-29 pilot observed a bright spherical green object with a flare flying at great speed. It made abrupt turns and disappeared above the horizon.

Sources: the UFO Evidence, Richard Hall, NICAP 1964 / Above top secret, Timothy Good / La chronique des ovnis p.266 / LDLN #330

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

[1944] March, 1944; Carlsbad, NM

Air Force pilot saw fast-moving UFO speed out of sight over horizon. (NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III)

The reference 1 is described at the end of the document as "Strange Company (2007), Keith Chester".


Date: March, 1944

Location: Carlsbad, NM


Summary: Air Force pilot saw fast-moving UFO speed out of sight over horizon.

NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall, III

[Ref. get1:] GEORGE M. EBERHART:


[... other cases...]

March - An Army Air Force pilot flying a B-17 sees a fast-moving, glowing green object light up the cockpit and speedout of sight over the horizon at Carlsbad, New Mexico. (UFOEv, p. 19)

[... other cases...]

Aircraft information:

The US B-17 "Flying Fortress" was a heavy bomber fitted with five 7.62 machine guns for its defense against enemy fighter planes.

B-17 formation.



There seems to be an error on the witness, indicated to be "Capt. Reida" in some sources. Captain Alvah M. Reida was a US Air Force pilot who said he witnessed an unexplained flying object, in 1944, not in Carlsbad USA, in March 1944, but in in Palembang, Sumatra, in August 10, 1944. In a NICAP list, the two cases appear one following the other, and the error probably came from a mix-up in the reading of both entries.

This is also why some source say this sighting was made from a B-29, correct for the Palembang case, when it was a B-17 in the Carlsbad case.

Concerning this case in Carlsbad, the information is very meager, and as it appears, it is not absurd to think that what was observed was a meteor.


Probable meteor.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:


Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 18, 1944 Creation, [rhl1], [mbd1], [lhh1], [dwn2], [nip1], [tai1], [get1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 18, 1944 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 30, 2023 Addition [obr1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 4, 2023 Addition [gvo1].

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