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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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Germany, in September 1944:

Case number:

ACUFO-1944-09-00-GERMANY-2

Summary:

True magazine in the USA, in the 1950s and 1960s, published several articles about the sighting reports of unidentified flying objects. Its editor, Ken Purdie, had received a telegram on the matter, from Richard B. Anderson, of Wichita, Kansas.

Mr. Anderson suggested that Ken Purdie should look into US Military Intelligence reports regarding the 56th Fighter Group dated around September 1944, to find reports of "glass bubbles" or silver discs seen above Germany.

As the magazine had contact with Donald Keyhoe, head of the National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) at the time, who had written several articles about UFOs for the magazine, Ken Purdie gave him this telegram, which was then found in the NICAP archives.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: September 1944
Time: Probable day.
Duration: ?
First known report date: The 1960's.
Reporting delay: Hours, 2 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Germany
State/Department:
City:

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Information by potential witness to True magazine.
Visibility conditions: Probable day.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
UFO action: ?
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: ?
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 8 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 2
Strangeness 1-3: 3
ACUFO: Insufficient information.

Sources:

[Ref. nip1:] NICAP - DONALD KEYHOE ARCHIVE:

Scan.

NA040 DL PD=WICHITA KANS 21 1110A
KEN W. PURDY, EDITOR TRUE MAGAZINE
64 WEST 44 ST

:RE FLYING SAUCERS - SUGGEST YOU REVIEW INTELLIGENCE REPORTS
OF 56TH FIGHTER GROUP ABOUT SEPTEMBER, 1944, FOR REPORTS
OF FLYING "GLASS BUBBLES" OR SILVER DISCS SEEN OVER GERMANY.

RICHARD B. ANDERSON WICHITA KANSAS

Aircraft information:

The 56th Fighter Group of the 8th US Army Air Forces was equipped throughout the war with the Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt", a powerful single-seat, single-engine fighter used to defend the day bombers of the US Army Air Forces during their raids on the Germany.

P-47.

Discussion:

Map.

Former US Marines officer Donald Keyhoe was leading the large ufology group National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) in the 1950-'s and 1960's, and as he had published several articles about UFO reports in True magazine, people would contact the magazine to recount their own experiences.

56th Fighter Group operated by day.

Evaluation:

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 October 27, 2023 Creation, [nip1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 27, 2023 First published.

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