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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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Trondheim, Norway, on November 22, 1944:

Case number:

ACUFO-1944-11-22-TRONDHEIM-1

Summary:

In 1999, Jan Aldrich, initiator of the historical ufology website Project 1947, catalogued a case he learned about from a letter or report form from U-K. ufollogist Andy Roberts' collection.

On November 22, 1944, at about 10 p.m., in the West-South-West of Trondheim, Norway, a plane of the IX Squadron of the Royal Air Force was returning from mission, when the flight officer, the engineer and the rear gunner saw a clearly defined “pyrotechnic pink” spherical object following their plane.

The object made violent acceleration and deceleration and swift jerky movements side to side.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: November 22, 1944
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1999
Reporting delay: 6 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Norway
State/Department:
City or place: West-South-West of Trondheim

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Letter or report to ufologist Andy Roberts.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
UFO action: Follows, makes violent maneuvers.
Witnesses action: ?
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Sensors: [X] Visual: 3
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: NL
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 8 7.62 mm machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 2
Strangeness 1-3: 3
ACUFO: Possible extraterrestrial craft.

Sources:

[Ref. prt4:] JAN ALDRICH - "PROJECT 1947":

N - 1944.11.22 - About 2200 hours, Norway, WSW of Trondheim.

RAF IX Squadron. Returning from mission Flight officer, engineer and rear gunner saw a clearly defined “pyrotechnic pink” spherical object following plane. Object made violent acceleration and deceleration and swift jerky movements side to side. (Letter, Report Form, Andy Roberts' collection)

[Ref. gvo1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1944, November 22

NORWAY, west-southwest of Trondheim

The flight engineer and gunner of the RAF plane (IX Squadron) saw at 10 p.m. a spherical object following the plane. The object accelerates and decelerates violently. (PROJECT ACUFOE, Catalog 1999, Dominique Weinstein)

[Ref. dwn1:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

DATE TIME COUNTRY LOCATION TYPE OF PLANE AND WITNESSES UFO DESCRIPTION Radar
CODES
G X E
SOURCES
44.11.22 22:00 Norway West-southwest of Trondheim One RAF aircraft (IX Squadron) Flight officer, engineer + gunner one spherical object followed the plane, made violent acceleration and decceleration. 03/37

The sources “03” and “37” are detailed as:

03 Project 1947 Reports, newsclippings and documents (cases from Jan Aldrich and Barry Greenwood)

37 List of ACUFOE cases prior to 1947, Jan Aldrich, Project 1947

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

516: 1944/11/22 22:00 3 10:22:00 E 63:25:00 N 3333 WEU SCN NRW 6:8
nr TRONDHEIM,NORW:3/RAF 9th Sqdrn:SPHERE PACES PLANE:SPEEDS+SLOWS:NFD:/r150
Ref# 65 HALL,Richard: Frm AIRSHIPS to ARNOLD Page No. 24: IN-FLIGHT

[Ref. dwn2:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Case 58

November 22, 1944

over Germany

At about 2200, returning from a mission against targets in Trondheim (Norway), Dennis Nolan, the flight officer, engineer and rear gunner flying an aircraft of RAF IX Squadron were over Germany at an altitude of approximately 12,000 feet when they saw a clearly defined “pyrotechnic pink” spherical object, flutuacting in brightness, following their plane. It made violent acceleration and deceleration and swift jerky movements from side to side. The rear and mid-gunners thought that it could have been a German jet fighter but did not fire ont the object which did not attack them. Back at their base, the intelligence officers debriefing them showed great interest in their sighting but offered no explanation. The pilot underwent further interrogations by intelligence officers with the N°5 Group Intelligence section back at Morton Hall.

Comments: N°5 Group's ongoing investigation of “rocket” phenomena sightings had begun more than a year earlier.

Sources: Project 1947, Jan Aldrich / Letter, report from Andy Roberts' Collection / Strange companies, Keith Chester, 2007

(Ref. nip1:) "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

(1944) Nov. 22, 1944; Germany

Spherical object, fluctuating in brightness, pyrotechnic pink in color, changing speeds violently, swift and jerking movements. (Page 89 Ref.1)

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

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: Nov. 22, 1944

Location: Germany

Time:

Summary: Spherical object, fluctuating in brightness, pyrotechnic pink in color, changing speeds violently, swift and jerking movements.

Source:

[Ref. ute1:] A "UFO TIMELINE" ON THE WEB:

1944

- November West-southwest of Trondheim an RAF Pilot reported seeing a spherical object followed the plane, made violent acceleration and deceleration.

Aircraft information:

The Avro 683 Lancaster was a four-engine night bomber built in more than 7,000 units and it became, with the Handley Page Halifax, the main bomber of the Royal Air Force from 1942 on.

Its defense against German fighter planes was 8 7.62 mm machine guns.

Avro Lancaster.

Discussion:

Map.

The XI Squadron of the Royal Air Force was a night bomber squadron equipped with Lancaster bombers; the performed a significant raid against Peenemünde in August 1943, they bombed and permanently disabled the battleship Tirpitz in Tromso, Norway, on November 12, 1944.

Evaluation:

Possible extraterrestrial craft.

Sources references:

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

File history:

Authoring:

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

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 2, 2023 Creation, [lhh1], [gvo1], [prt4], [dwn2], [nip1], [tai1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 2, 2023 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 17, 2024 Addition [ute1].

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