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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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Between eastern France and Western Germany, in December 1944:

Case number:

ACUFO-1944-12-00-FRANCEGERMANY-1

Summary:

Ufology sources on the Web in the 2010's indicate that in the 2007 book "Strange Company - Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II" by Keith Chester, we are told that in December 1944, somewhere bwween Eastern France and Western Germany, a string of lights, 12 to 15 in number, orange to yellow in color, approximately four feet in diameter, stretching twice the length of crews aircraft, were seen, whereas there was no radar contact.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 1944
Time: Probable night.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2007
Reporting delay: Hours, 6 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: France or Germany
State/Department:
City: Between eastern France and Western Germany

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: UFO book Keith Chester.
Visibility conditions: Probable night.
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: Several.
[ ] Airborne radar: Negative.
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed, machine guns and / or 20 mm cannons.
Reliability 1-3: 2
Strangeness 1-3: 2
ACUFO: Totally insufficient information.

Sources:

(Ref. nip1:) "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

(Dec. 1944; Somewhere bt. eastern France and Western Germany

String of lights, twelve to fifteen in number, orange to yellow in color, approximately four feet in diameter, stretching twice the length of crews aircraft; no radar contact. (Page 120 Ref.1)

The reference 1 is described at the end of the document as "Strange Company (2007), Keith Chester".

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

Date: Dec. 1944

Location: Somewhere bt. eastern France and Western Germany

Time:

Summary: String of lights, twelve to fifteen in number, orange to yellow in color, approximately four feet in diameter, stretching twice the length of crews aircraft; no radar contact

Source: Page 120 Ref.1

Aircraft information:

I have no information about the aircraft so far; they may have been Beaufighters or P-61's as there is a mention of lack of radar contact.

Discussion:

The information is quite poor sir far: the mention that the string of light "stretching twice the length of crews aircraft" would suggest it was in the air not too far from the aircraft rather than something on the ground. But as it stands, it could be a string of flare.

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 November 13, 2023 Creation, [nip1], [tai1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 13, 2023 First published.

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