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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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Dijon, France, on January 12, 1945:

Case number:



It was reported on the web in the 2000's, that according to the 1971 book "Intercept But Don't Shoot" by Renato Vesco, on January 12, 1945, in Dijon, France, "Several groups of bombers reported the sightings of 'Foo fighters'".


Temporal data:

Date: January 12, 1945
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1971
Reporting delay: 3 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: France
State/Department: Côte-d'Or
City: Dijon

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: UFO book by "nazi saucers" proponent Renato Vesco.
Visibility conditions: ?
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: ?


Sensors: [X] Visual: Several.
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed.
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 2
ACUFO: Distorted story by "nazi saucers" promoter.



January 12, 1945 Dijon, France

Several groups of bombers reported the sightings of "Foo fighters".

Source: Intercept but don't shoot, Renato Vesco, p.83

Aircraft information:

There is no aircraft information, except that it was claimed they were bombers.



Renato Vesco, source for this report, was a promoter of fantasy "nazi saucers" who claimed the "Foo-Fighters" in WWII were a secret nazi weapon called "Kugelblitz" - all interviewed German officers and technicians who were involved in advanced aerial programs denied any involvment or knowledge that the "Foo Fighters" may have been anything German.

Vesco made many claims, which started in 1969 only, that were proven fraudulent, mainly by ufologists Kevin McClure and Maurizio Verga.

For example, he claimed that he had "commanded the technical section of the Italian Air Force" in 1944. But he was born in 1924, so that it is impossible that he received such a prestigious position at age 20. He claimed to have studied at the "German Institute for Aerial Development", but he would have been 15 then.

Vesco claimed in his second book that the British landed on the moon in 1951 and on Mars in 1954 using secret Nazi technology! (The "nazi saucer" buffs keep this under wraps because they do not want you to find out that the person they are claiming to be an "aviation expert" was just one of many scammers.)

(Refer to my 2006 article about the nazi saucers fraud).

The case shown here is obviously fraudulent. There is no corroboration whatsoever. Vesco likely heard about Foo-Fighters sightings in early 1945 made by airmen of the 415th Night Fighter Squadron, a unit based on airfields near Dijon at the time, and this then changed in his book into sightings over Dijon, by bombers instead of night fighters.


Distorted story by "nazi saucers" promoter.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:


Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 24, 2023 Creation, [dwn3].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 24, 2023 First published.

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