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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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Austria, in May 1944:

Case number:



In 1984, Dr. Louis Winkler, an astronomer at the Pennsylvania State University, completed a catalogue he compiled for the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR), about UFO reports.

A part of his catalogue was about encounters of UFOs by pilots, and an entry therein stated that in May 1944, in Austria, "a German pilot photographed one of the objects."

He indicated that this came from "OUFO" Volume 1, issue 2.


Temporal data:

Date: May 1944
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1984
Reporting delay: Decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Austria

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0

Ufology data:

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


Sensors: [X] Visual: 1
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[X] Photo: Not found.
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: ?
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 2
ACUFO: Totally insufficient and doubtful information.


[Ref. lwr1:] DR. LOUIS WINKLER:


1944 May/Austria/OUFO (v.l, n.2)

A German pilot photographed one of the objects.

Aircraft information:

No information on the aircraft is available, except that there was a German pilot involved.



I was unable to find anything on the publication "OUFO" which would be the source for this story, neither its nature, nor publication dates.

Moreover, neither the alleged photo nor any other information about this case seems to exist.


Totally insufficient and doubtful information.

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 21, 2023 Creation, [lwr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 21, 2023 First published.

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