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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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Tampa, Florida, USA, on July 15, 1944:

Case number:

ACUFO-1944-07-15-TAMPA-1

Summary:

Peter Davenport, a US ufologist, set up the "National UFO reporting Center" so that anyone is able to report a UFO sighting by the Web.

One report was collected on June 14, 2001, and he reporter told that in July of 1944, with his brother, he saw a craft that they thought was a secret flying machine "of the Army Air Corps." They were watching P-38s dog fighting over the area of Lowery Park, North Tampa, when suddenly appeared over the P-38s, a very large black object that looked like a big piece of pipe. The P-38s quit dog fighting and quickly returned to base. The black object made several maneuvers and flew of very quickly. The sighting duration was noted as "3 or 4 minutes."

The reporter told that it would be years before he would realize that he had seen something very unusual and no doubt a UFO.

Peter Davenport noted that the reporting person submitted several reports to his National UFO reporting Center.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July 15, 1944
Time: ?
Duration: 3 to 4 minutes.
First known report date: June 14, 2001
Reporting delay: 6 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: USA
State/Department: Florida
City: Tampa

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Web report to NUFORC.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: Yes.
UFO departure observed: Yes.
UFO action: Maneuvers above dogfighting planes.
Witnesses action: Planes go away.
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Secret aircraft, later UFO.

Classifications:

Sensors: [X] Visual: 2
[N/A] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: ?
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 3
ACUFO: Possible invention.

Sources:

[Ref. nuc1:] NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER:

Scan.

NUFORC Sighting Report

Occurred: 1944-07-15 13:00:00 Local
Location: North Tampa, FL, USA
Shape: Cylinder
Duration: 3 or 4 minutes
No of observers: 0
Reported: 2001-06-14 00:00:00 Pacific
Posted: 2001-08-05 00:00:00
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

A black cylindrical object appears over P-38s dog fighting

In July of 1944 my brother and I saw a craft that we thought was a secret flying machine of the Army Air Corps. We were watching P-38s dog fighting over the area of Lowery Park which is in North Tampa, when suddenly appeared over the P-38s, a very large black object that looked like a big piece of pipe. The P-38s quit dog fighting and quickly returned to base. The black object made several maneuvers and flew of very quickly. It would be years before I would realize that I had seen something very unusual and no doubt a UFO.

NUFORC Note:

Date is approximate. One of several reports submitted by same source. PD

Aircraft information:

Lockheed P-38 Lightnings had actually been in operation with the US Army Air Forces since 1941.

The P-38 (photo below) was a twin-engine, twin-boom plane, with a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament, developed as a long-range interceptor and used during the World War II as fighter, night fighter, long-range bomber escort, ground attack plane, and aerial photography plane.

P-38.

Discussion:

Carte.

Evaluation:

Possible invention.

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 19, 2023 Creation, [nuc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 19, 2023 First published.

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