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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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Ta´wan, in 1945:

Case number:

ACUFO-1945-00-00-TAIWAN-1

Summary:

In his 1957 book about UFOs "Inside Saucer Post ...3-0 Blue", US ufologist Leonard H. Stringfield mentioned that a got a good report from a reliable source, the sighter having been a radio operator of a B-24 during a mission over Formosa in 1945.

His report, says Stringfield, described a vertical chain of luminous globes, one following the other in a spiral climb toward his aircraft. Showing no menace, they continued to climb out of view.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: 1945
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1957
Reporting delay: 13 years.

Geographical data:

Country: Ta´wan
State/Department:
City:

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology book Leonard H. Stringfield.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
UFO action: Fly up in spiral to the plane and continue 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: 1
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 7.62 mm machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 2
Strangeness 1-3: 2
ACUFO: Insufficient information, possible flares.

Sources:

[Ref. lsd1:] LEONARD H. STRINGFIELD:

Scan.

Next, was the possibility of getting two more good reports from reliable sources. I promptly secured one, the sighter having been a radio operator of a B-24 during a mission over Formosa in 1945. His report described a vertical chain of luminous globes, one following the other in a spiral climb toward his aircraft. Showing no menace, they continued to climb out of view.

[Ref. lwr1:] DR. LOUIS WINKLER:

Scan.

1945/Formosa/Stringfield (1957)

A chain of luminous globes followed one another in a spiral climb, passing the airplane and going out of sight.

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

N - 1945.------ ------ Formosa.

Radio operator on a B-24 saw a vertical chain of luminous globes, one following the other in a spiral climb towards the aircraft. They continued to climb out of view. (Stringfield, Inside Saucer Post.....Blue, page 8.)

[Ref. gvo1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1945

FORMOSA

The radio operator of a USAAF B24 sees a string of spiraling light globes climbing toward the aircraft. (PROJECT ACUFOE, Catalog 1999, Dominique Weinstein)

[Ref. dwn1:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

1945

Formosa

The radio operator of a USAAF B-24 observed a vertical chain of luminous globes in spiral which climbed toward the plane.

Sources: Project 1947, Jan Aldrich / Inside Saucer Post Blue, Leonard Stringfield, p.8

[Ref. dwn2:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Case 79

1945

Formosa

The radio operator of a USAAF B-24 observed a vertical chain of luminous globes in spiral which climbed toward the plane.

Sources: Project 1947, Jan Aldrich / Inside Saucer Post Blue, Leonard Stringfield, p.8

Aircraft information:

The Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" (photo below) was an American heavy bomber used during World War II by the Allied air and naval forces.

By April 1944, some B-24s had been equipped with H2X radars. Its long range of action had allowed it roles as maritime patrols, anti-submarine patrols, and reconnaissance, in the Atlantic and the Pacific.

B-24.

Discussion:

Map.

The report is not very detailed; spiraling luminous objects in other UFO reports were sometimes explained as rockets out of control. In this case, I would suggest that the spiraling luminous objects could have been flares fired by enemies on the ground.

Evaluation:

Insufficient information, possible flares.

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 December 2, 2023 Creation, [lsd1], [lwr1], [prt1], [gvo1], [dwn1], [dwn2].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 2, 2023 First published.

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