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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

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Summer 1947, at sea 20 miles south of Malta, Pawlu Zammit and others:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

It seems that David Pace, an amateur astronomer from Malta, told in his book about UFOs over Malta, apparently published in the 2000's, about a case of "underwater" UFO and little men, that occurred at sea 20 miles south of Malta in the summer of 1947.

The "Malta UFO Research" website who told about this report says that fishermen on a boat were raising their nets with a catch of fish, when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine.

The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine.

At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area, and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat but whenever the light illuminated the "little men", they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist.

After a few minutes, the "little men" entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the fishermen could not see the object. It then submerged.

When the reporting witness, one Pawlu Zammit, was asked how tall these men were, he replied, "About the size of a 10-year-old boy".

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001738
Date of event: Summer 1947
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: 5 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Book on UFO sightings over Malta.
First certain record by: Ufology website Malta UFO Research.
First alleged record type: Book on local UFO sightings.
First certain record type: Ufology website.
This file created on: October 11, 2018
This file last updated on: November 9, 2018
Country of event: Malta
State/Department: N/A
Type of location: From fishermen boat at sea 20 miles southe of Malta.
Lighting conditions: Night?
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Several.
Witnesses ages: Adults.
Witnesses types: Fishermen.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Small, 10-year-old child size.
Entities outfit type: Not visible, some sort of apparatus around the waist.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Little men.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Are on the UFO on sea surface, run on the UFO deck, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible submarine and crew.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. mu1:] "MALTA UFO RESEARCH":

Summer 1947

Witnesses : Pawlu Zammit and others

Location : 20 miles S of Malta

Object : Black submarine

Sound : None

Notes : Fishermen on a boat 20 miles south of Malta were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine. At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat but whenever the light illuminated the "little men", they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist.

When the witness was asked how tall these men were, he replied, "About the size of a 10 year old boy". After a few minutes, the "little men" entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the fishermen couldn't see the object. It then submerged.

Reference : "UFOs fuq il-Gzejjer Maltin" by David Pace

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

13.

Location. 20 miles south of Malta, Mediterranean Sea

Date: Summer 1947

Time: unknown

Anglers were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The men were frightened at the object's appearance, saying that it looked like a monster. They quickly started the boat's engine. Suddenly a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The men could make out that the little men carried some sort of apparatus around their waists. They were about the size of a 10-year old boy. After a few minutes the little men entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the anglers could not see it anymore. It then apparently submerged.

HC addition # 3232

Source: David Pace, UFOs over the Maltese Islands

Type: B

High Strangeness Index: 7

Reliability of Source: 7

Comments: Early report of humanoids seen on USO or unidentified submerged object. This is a rare type of case otherwise.

[Ref. wu1:] "WATERUFO" WEBSITE:

6~8-??-1947 (Summer of 1947)

A USO report from MUFOR on the internet as follows:

Witnesses: Pawlu Zammit and others

Location: 20 miles S of Malta

Object: Black submarine

Sound: None

Notes: Fishermen on a boat 20 miles south of Malta were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine. At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat but whenever the light illuminated the "little men", they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist.

When the witness was asked how tall these men were, he replied, "About the size of a 10 year old boy". After a few minutes, the "little men" entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the fishermen couldn't see the object. It then submerged.

This reference: From the Website: http://www.mufor.org/ ( Note MUFOR stands for "Malta UFO Research" )

Original reference: "UFOs fuq iI-Gzejjer Maltin" by David Pace

UFOCAT PRN: None

Mediterranean Sea - Malta

20 miles south of Malta is Approximately: Latitude 35.39 N, Longitude 14.25 E ( D-M )

Reference: Malta gazetteer, U.S. Army Topographic Command, Washington, D.C., November 1971

[Ref. ni1:] THE NICAP WEBSITE:

June 8 (??), 1947; 20 mi S. of Maltaw

Evening. Fishermen Pawlu Zammit and others on a boat 20 miles south of Malta were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine. At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat, but whenever the light illuminated the "little men," they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist. When the witness was asked how tall these men were, he replied, "About the size of a 10 year old boy." After a few minutes, the "little men" entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the fishermen couldn't see the object. It then submerged.

[Ref. ni1:] THE NICAP WEBSITE:

Early July, 1947; Near Malta, Mediterranean Sea

2:30 p.m. (EDT). Fishermen on a boat 20 miles south of Malta were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine. At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat but whenever the light illuminated the "little men", they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist. Original reference: "UFOs fuq iI-Gzejjer Maltin" by David Pace

[Ref. ni2:] THE NICAP WEBSITE:

Category 7, ENTITY

Preliminary Rating: 5

Submarine-Like Object With "Little Men"

June 8 (??), 1947

20 mi. S. of Malta (Mediterranean)

Fran Ridge:

June 8 (??), 1947; 20 mi S. of Malta

Evening. Fishermen Pawlu Zammit and others on a boat 20 miles south of Malta were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine. At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat, but whenever the light illuminated the "little men," they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist. When the witness was asked how tall these men were, he replied, "About the size of a 10 year old boy." After a few minutes, the "little men" entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the fishermen couldn't see the object. It then submerged.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/470608malta_report.htm (Rullan)

[Ref. ni3:] THE NICAP WEBSITE:

Near Malta

June 8???, 1947, Summer 1947

A USO report from MUFOR on the internet as follows:

Witnesses: Pawlu Zammit and others

Location: 20 miles S of Malta

Object: Black submarine

Sound: None

Notes: Fishermen on a boat 20 miles south of Malta were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine. At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object. The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat but whenever the light illuminated the "little men", they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist.

When the witness was asked how tall these men were, he replied, "About the size of a 10 year old boy". After a few minutes, the "little men" entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the fishermen couldn't see the object. It then submerged.

This reference: From the Website: http://www.mufor.org/ ( Note MUFOR stands for Malta UFO Research)

Original reference: "UFOs fuq iI-Gzejjer Maltin" by David Pace

UFOCAT PRN None

Mediterranean Sea - Malta

20 miles south of Malta is Approximately Latitude 35.39 N, Longitude 14.25 E ( D-M )

Reference: Malta gazetteer, U.S. Army Topographic Command, Washington, D.C., November 1971

Points to consider:

David Pace, who seems to be the most primary known source for this case, is an amateur astronomer from Malta interested in UFOS, who wrote a 64-page book about UFO sightings in Malta. The book exists, however I was unable to find out when it was published (likely in the 2000's):

Unfortunately I do not have this book; which is written in the Maltese language that I would not understand anyway.

It seems that only one witness reported the alleged sighting, the date of reporting is not known and may be very late,

The first issue here is the totally unknown credibility of the report.

The second issue is obvious: this reports looks just like the sighting of a surfaced submarine and its crew. The "USO" does not fly, it dives. The crew looks like "little men", but it might have been an estimate error.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 11, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source [dp1]. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible submarine and crew.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 11, 2018 Creation, [mu1], [ar1], [wu1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 11, 2018 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 9, 2018 Additions [ni1], [ni2], [ni3].

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