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

The ACUFO catalogue 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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Van Buren, Missouri, USA, in 1937:

Case number:

ACUFO-1937-00-00-VANBUREN-1

Summary:

US scientist and ufologist Harley D. Rutledge, PhD, in his ufology book "Project Identification", in 1981, wrote that during a telephone inquiry he made for permission to use of the Forestry Service fire survey towers for his UFO observation stations, a high official in a Missouri state agency told him that he had chased a flying disc while flying his private aircraft near Van Buren in 1937.

Nothing more seems to be known about this case.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: January 1937
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1981
Reporting delay: 4 or 5 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: USA
State/Department: Missouri
City: Van Buren

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology book by Harley D. Rutledge.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
UFO action: ?
Witnesses action: Approach.
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Sensors: [X] Visual: 1
[N/A] Airborne radar:
[N/A] Directional ground radar:
[N/A] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Unarmed.
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 1
ACUFO: Totally insufficient information.

Sources:

[Ref. hre1:] HARLEY D. RUTLEDGE:

The primary source appears to be what was noted by scientist and ufologist Harley D. Rutledge, PhD, in his book "Project Identification" in 1981:

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[...] Apparently UFOs were seen in the region prior to World War Il. During a telephone inquiry I made concerning the use of the Forestry Service fire towers, a high official in a Missouri state agency volunteered the information that he had chased a flying disc while flying his private aircraft near Van Buren in 1937.

[Ref. jah1:] JAN ALDRICH:

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1937 Jan, Van Buren, Missouri, A local pilot chased a flying disk. The pilot would later became a state government official.

Source: PROJECT IDENTIFICATION by H. D. Rutledge, page 213 Hatch, Larry, *U* database.

[Ref. gvo1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1937, January

USA, Van Buren, Missouri,

A local pilot chases a flying disc. This pilot would later become an official figure in the US government. (PROJECT IDENTIFICATION by H. D. Rutledge, page 213; Hatch, Larry, *U* database)

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

424: 1937/01/00 00:00 3 91:00:00 W 37:00:00 N 3111 NAM USA MSO 6:6
nr VAN BUREN,MO:PRIVATE PLANE CHASES FLYING DISK:PILOT NOW STATE GOVT OFFICIAL
Ref# 31 RUTLEDGE,H.D.:PROJECT IDENTIFICATION Page No. 213 : IN-FLIGHT

[Ref. prt1:] JAN ALDRICH - "PROJECT 1947":

Some time around 2000, the ufology website Project 1947 ([prt1]) listed it in an aircraft - UFO encounter catalogue as:

Screenshot.

1937: January, Van Buren, Missouri

A local pilot chased a flying disk. The pilot would later become a state government official.

A/C Code: P GXE codes: _ __

Sources:

PROJECT IDENTIFICATION
by H. D. Rutledge, page 213.
Hatch, Larry, *U* UFO database

Aircraft information:

The only information about the plane is that it was a private plane.

Discussion:

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Unless some late miracle occurs, I do not see how anything more could surface about this story.

Evaluation:

Totally insufficient information.

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 September 24, 2023 Creation, [hre1], [lhh1], [prt1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 24, 2023 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 9, 2023 Additions [jah1], [gvo1].

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