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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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Bari, Italy, in June 1944:

Case number:

ACUFO-1944-06-00-BARI-1

Summary:

Circa 1999, Jan Aldrich, managing the historical ufology website Project 1947, indicated that in June 1944, at 11:00 hours, on the Adriatic Sea, just northeast of Bari, three P-38s of the 1st Fighter Group at 33,000 feet saw a round silver disc above them at about 50,000 feet. It dropped to about 40,000 feet and stayed with the formation for 3 minutes, then sped north out of sight.

Aldrich indicated that the source is a report form at Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS).

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: June 1944
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Duration: 3 minutes.
First known report date: 1999
Reporting delay: 5 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Italy
State/Department: Puglia
City: Bari

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: CUFOS sighting report form.
Visibility conditions: Day.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes.
UFO action: Follows, goes away.
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: 1 to 3.
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: DD
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 1 20 mm gun, 4 machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 2
ACUFO: Insufficient information, unknown credibility.

Sources:

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

N - 1944.06. - 1100 hours, Adriatic Sea, just northeast of Bari

3 P-38s of the 1st Fighter Group at 33,000 feet saw a round silver disc above them at about 50,000 feet. It dropped to about 40,000 feet and stayed with the formation for 3 minutes, then sped north out of sight. (Report form, Center for UFO Studies, (CUFOS))

[Ref. gvo1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1944, June

Italy, Adriatic Sea, northeast of Bari

The pilots of 3 USAAF P38 planes of the 1st Fighter group, observed at 11 a.m. a silver disc flying at 50,000 feet for 3 minutes with their planes (PROJECT ACUFOE, Catalog 1999, Dominique Weinstein)

[Ref. dwn2:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Case 42

June, 1944

Adriatic Sea, Northeast of Bari, Italy

At 1100, the pilots of three USAAF P-38 from the 1st Fighter Group one round silvery disc flying above them at 50,000 ft. It dropped to about 40,000 ft and stayed 3 minutes with the formation of planes, then sped north out of sight.

Source: Project 1947, Jan Aldrich / Report form CUFOS

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

496: 1944/06/05 11:00 3 17:10:00 E 41:20:00 N 3313 WEU ITL SEA 6:A
ADRIATIC NE/BARI,ITL:3 P38 CREWS:SLVR DISK/50k':^+PACES/3mins:>>N:/r65p22
Ref#209 UFO: Rivista di Info.Ufologica/CISU Issue No. 13: IN-FLIGHT

Larry Hatch indicates the source "Rivista di Informazione Ufologica" of the Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici (CISU), No. 13, December 1993; but I found nothing about this cse in this source.

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

[1944] June 1944; Adriatic Sea

At 11:00 a.m. a flight of three P-38 fighters at 33,000 feet saw above them, at an estimated altitude of 50,000 feet, a silver disc. The object descended to about 40,000 feet and paced the fighters for 3 minutes, then accelerated and sped away. (Ref. 3; Jan Aldrich, Project ACUFOE, from CUFOS report form.)

[Ref. rpl1:] ROBERTO PINOTTI AND ALFREDO LISSONI:

These Italian ufologists indicate that during the Second World War, according to case studies collected by ufologists, mysterious foofighters have been seen on several occasions by military pilots, including a round silver disk that appeared over Bari in June 1944.

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

Date: June 1944

Location: Adriatic Sea

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Summary: At 11:00 a.m. a flight of three P-38 fighters at 33,000 feet saw above them, at an estimated altitude of 50,000 feet, a silver disc. The object descended to about 40,000 feet and paced the fighters for 3 minutes, then accelerated and sped away.

Ref. 3; Jan Aldrich, Project ACUFOE, from CUFOS report form

Aircraft information:

The three "P-38" correspond to the Lockheed P-38 "Lightning", an American twin-engine, single-seat fighter plane used at this time of the Second World War, capable of a maximum speed of 666 km/h or even 712 km/h with WEP compressor.

P-38.

It was armed with a 20 mm HS-404 cannon, 4 12.7 mm M2 machine guns, and could carry 2 bombs, or a torpedo, or 10 127 mm rockets.

Discussion:

Map.

Apparently, the source is a "report form" held at CUFOS. Typically, a report form is a form filled by someone to report a UFO sighting; hence, the credibility of the report is unknown.

I also miss the date when this was reported. CUFOS, the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, in the US, was founded in 1973, and in 2023, it still exists. So, the report form may have been filled between 1973 and 1999 when US ufologist Jan Aldrich found it.

The report appears to be of high strangeness, but is very meager, and no witness name is given.

Evaluation:

Insufficient information, unknown credibility.

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 October 21, 2023 Creation, [prt4], [dwn2], [nip1], [tai1], [rpl1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 21, 2023 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 2, 2023 Additions [gvo1], [lhh1].

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