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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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the Devil's Sea, Japan, in 1943:

Case number:

ACUFO-1943-00-00-DEVILSSEA-1

Summary:

A photo on the web in the 2020's claims to show "three planes" that are "supposed Japanese torpedo bombers, over the Pacific's Devil's Sea, in 1943." And, "In the far corner of the snapshot are UFOs."

Screenshot.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: 1943
Time: Day.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2020's
Reporting delay: 2 to 8 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Japan
State/Department: Devil's Sea
City:

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: "greyfalcon" UFO Website.
Visibility conditions: Day.
UFO observed: ?
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: ?

Classifications:

Sensors: [ ] Visual:
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo: 1
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: DD
Armed / unarmed: Amed. machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 1
ACUFO: No credibility, probably not UFOs.

Sources:

[Ref. gfn1:] WEBSITE "GREY FALCON":

Screenshot.

This photograph appears with the caption:

Interestingly enough, with all the sightings and reports, and all the gun cameras and high altitude photographs, no truly GOOD pictures of Foo Fighters from the period have surfaced.

[...]

These three planes are supposed Japanese torpedo bombers, over the Pacific's Devil's Sea, in 1943. In the far corner of the snapshot are UFOs.

Aircraft information:

The planes in the photo are not very distinct; they could be Kawasaki Ki-61 "Tony" fighter planes, or Aichi B7A "Grace" or Yokosuka D4Y "Judy" attack planes.

Discussion:

The "Devil's Sea" (Japanese: Ma no Umi), (below), also known as the "Devil's triangle", the "Dragon's Triangle", the "Formosa Triangle" and the "Pacific Bermuda Triangle", is a region of the Pacific Ocean, south of Tokyo, sometimes considered as a "paranormal" location, in the manner of the "Bermuda Triangle" and other many sea areas where claims of "unexplained" disapperances of planes and ships are alleged.

Map.

The three vague lighter spots in the corner of the photo could be just about anything. To think that these are extraterrestrial spacecraft requires, in my opinion, an act of great faith...

No known account corroborates such a thing.

The origin of the photo is never indicated on the Web. Most of the other similar photos of "Japanese Foo-fighters" come from a book by Paul Dong called "UFOS over China" (1983), and, according to American ufologist Jan Aldrich, we learn that the images in the book come from the UFO group "Cosmic Brotherhood Association" (C.B.A) in Japan, of which the late ufologist Jun-Tchi Takanashi declared that all their photographs of "Foo-Fighter" were dubious, published without pedigree.

Evaluation:

No credibility, probably not UFOs.

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 January 29, 2024 Creation, [gfn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 29, 2024 First published.

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