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in the Ardennes, France, on December 28, 1944:

Case number:

ACUFO-1944-12-28-ARDENNES-1

Summary:

Ufology sources in the 2010's indicated that in the 2007 book "Strange Company - Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II", by Keith Chester, it was reported that on December 28, 1944, in the Ardennes, in Belgium, a "large white light" was observed, without radar contact. It went straight up at a tremendous speed and disappeared.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 28, 1944
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2007
Reporting delay: Hours, 6 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Belgique
State/Department: In the Ardennes area.
City:

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Keith Chester UFO book.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes.
UFO action: Went straight up.
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: Negative.
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed.
Reliability 1-3: 2
Strangeness 1-3: 1
ACUFO: Probable V-2 rocket launch.

Sources:

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

(1944) Dec. 28, 1944; Ardennes, Belgium

Large white light; no radar contact; went straight up at a tremendous speed; disappeared. (Page 108-110 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. 28, 1944

Location: Ardennes, Belgium

Time:

Summary: Large white light; no radar contact; went straight up at a tremendous speed; disappeared.

Page 108-110 Ref.1

Aircraft information:

No information on the aircraft is available. I can only suspect that it was a night fighter plane since a radar set is mentioned.

Discussion:

Below: the Belgian part of the Ardennes:

Map.

It is obvious that the description in this report bears no resemblance to those of the "Foo-Fighters" that caused a sensation.

A priori, the explanation should be obvious: a V-2 rocket launch.

The V-2 (photo below) emits a strong white light, rises very fast, leaves the atmosphere, then falls back to reach its target.

V-2.

V-2.

The "classic Foo-Fighters", for their part, are most often red in color, arrive towards a plane from the rear, alone, in pairs or even in groups, and demonstrate behavior guided by intelligence when the pilot attempts evaasive maneuvers: they follow the maneuvers. Nothing like it here!

V-2 operational units are said variously to have launched between 2,970 and 3,280 missiles between September 1944 and April 1945.

At www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/timeline.html there is a list of the known V-2 rocket launches; here are those of December 28, 1944:

04.49 - Batt. 1./836, Hachenburg, Hillscheid (Site 604), V-2 rocket fired (failure). (*JP)
04.49 Batt. 1./836, Hachenburg, Hillscheid (Site 604), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
06.50 Batt. 3./836, Hachenburg, Gehlert (Site 605), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
08.55 Batt. 2./485, (Site 163), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
09.48 Batt. 2./485, (Site 161), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
10.15 Batt. 2./485, (Site 163), V-2 rocket fired, impacted Oorderen, Antwerp. (*JP)
11.12 Batt. 3./485, (Site 131), V-2 rocket fired, probable impact Meerlenhoflaan, Hoboken. 10 Properties destroyed. (*JP)
12.17 Batt. 2./485, (Site 158), V-2 rocket fired, impacted open ground near Lindenstraat, Ekeren. 1 Dead, 25 properties damaged. (*JP)
12.59 Batt. 3./485, (Site 131), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
14.30 Batt. 2./485, (Site 163), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
14.53 Batt. 2./485, (Site 163), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
15.18 Batt. 3./485, (Site 131), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
16.22 Batt. SS 500, Hellendoorn, Eelerberg (Site 400 - first period), V-2 rocket fired, exploded at launch site.
16.35 Batt. 3./485, (Site 131), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
17.28 Batt. SS 500, Hellendoorn, Eelerberg (Site 400 - first period), V-2 rocket fired, impacted Pretoriastraat, Antwerp / Berchem. 4 Dead, 17 properties destroyed. (*JP)
20.13 Batt. 2./485, (Site 163), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
21.22 Batt. SS 500, Hellendoorn, Eelerberg (Site 400 - first period), V-2 rocket fired, (impact unknown).
21.24 Batt. 3./485, (Site 131), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)
23.25 Batt. 3./485, (Site 131), V-2 rocket fired (impact unknown). (*JP)

On December 27, 1944, there were only two launches, from Hachenburg, Hillscheid, one at an unknown hour, the other at 15:31.

It is known that the troops of V-2 Battery 444 were located on a stretch of the "Baraque de Friture" roadway east of Samree, Belgium. (War Diary: Batterie 836)some time after September 5, 1944. Battery 836 was in the "South", i.e. the South of Germany as opoiste to the North, as there was a North Group and a South Group of V-2 units.

On December 29, the launches started at 6:11 a.m.

V-2's launches from Hachenburg, Hillscheid, Hellendoorn, Hoboken and other locations would have been easily visible from a plane flying over the Belgian Ardennes.

In conclusion, the description corresponds to a V-2 launch as seen from an aircraft in flight, and on the date of this observation, there was ample V-2 launches visible from the position of the plane to make it impossible to rule out this explanation.

Evaluation:

Probable V-2 rocket launch.

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 16, 2023 Creation, [nip1], [tai1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 16, 2023 First published.

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