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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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The Brenner Pass, Austria, in March 1943:

Case number:

ACUFO-1945-03-00-BRENNERPASS-1

Summary:

Apparently, this case was first reported in a ufology book by Belgian Michel Bougard. He indicated that in March 1945, while carrying out his 37th mission above the Brenner Pass, between Austria and Italy, a B-25 pilot saw a foo-fighter, arriving "like a shooting star" and coming to rest one meter from the right wing of the aircraft. The size of a basketball, and bright white in color, it accompanied the bomber for two to three minutes; then, suddenly, it left as it had come, speeding through the sky.

Bougard said that, disturbing coincidence or a real omen, the next day, during its mission No. 38, this plane was shot down above the Brenner, and the entire crew perished with the exception of the pilot, the main witness to the UFO observed the day before.

A second version appeared in a ufology catalogue of 1984 by Dr. louis Winkler, giving "OUFO (v.l, n.2)" as source reference. The UFO in this version is not white but yellow-white, it is not the size of a basketball but smaller than a basketball, and we are told that the "pilot felt as if he were being observed by intelligence" - the rest of the report being similar.

A few other versions appeared on the Web in the 2000's, based on Winkler's version.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: March 1943
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1977
Reporting delay: 3 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Austria
State/Department: Tyrol
City: The Brenner Pass

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1 ou plus.
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: OUFO?
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: Yes.
UFO departure observed: Yes.
UFO action: Approches plane fast, stays 1 meter from the wing, goes away.
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 ou plus.
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 7.62 mmm machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 3
ACUFO: Unknown credibility.

Sources:

[Ref. mbd1:] MICHEL BOUGARD:

It was also in March 1945, while carrying out his 37th mission above the Brenner Pass, between Austria and Italy, that a pilot of a B-25 saw a foo-fighter. The object arrived "like a shooting star" and came to rest one meter from the right wing of the aircraft. The size of a basketball and bright white, the UFO accompanied the bomber for two to three minutes; then, suddenly, it left as he had come, speeding through the sky. A disturbing coincidence or a real omen, the fact remains that the following day, during its mission no. 38, this plane was shot down above the Brenner. The entire crew was to perish with the exception of the pilot, the main witness to the UFO observed the day before.

[Ref. lwr1:] DR. LOUIS WINKLER:

Scan.

1945 Mar/Brenner Pass, Europe/OUFO (v.l, n.2)

A yellow-white light, smaller than a basketball, approached the airplane at an incredible speed. It almost attached itself to the wing of the airplane and synchronized its motion with the airplane's. The pilot felt as if he were being observed by intelligence. Duration 2 to 3 min.

[Ref. gvo1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1945, March

between AUSTRIA and ITALY

While flying his 37th mission over Brenner Pass, the pilot of a B-25 saw a foo-fighter. The object arrived like a shooting star and came to rest one meter from the right wing of the aircraft. The size of a basketball and bright white, the UFO accompanied the bomber for two to three minutes, then, suddenly, it left as it had come, speeding through the sky. Disturbing coincidence, the next day, during its mission no. 38, this plane was shot down above the Brenner. The entire crew was to perish, with the exception of the pilot, the main witness to this observation. (Michel BOUGARD: "The chronicle of UFOs" – Delarge 1977- p. 273) (vog note: no plane crash or loss on this date and in this place in March, in April several JUNKERS planes shot down without survivors... in the database http://www.planecrashinfo.com/database.htm Copyright 1997-2004 Richard Kebabjian)

OTHER VERSION: (...) a white-yellow light, smaller than a basketball, approached at high speed (PROJECT ACUFOE, Catalog 1999, Dominique Weinstein)

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

528: 1945/03/00 00:00 2 11:31:00 E 47:00:00 N 3311 WEU AUS TRL 6:8
BRENNER PASS,AUSTR-ITL:SML XFAST WHT NLT ATTACHES/WING/MIL.PLANE:MATCHES MNVRS
Ref#150 WEINSTEIN,D; UFO/AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERS Page No. 6 : IN-FLIGHT

[Ref. dwn1:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Scan.

March, 1945

Brenner Pass, Germany ?

The pilot of a military aircraft observed a yellow-white light, size of basket-ball, which came close his plane at an incredible speed. Then the object seemed like hanged to the aircraft's wing and synchronised its movements with the plane.

Source: Analysis of UFO-like data before 1947, FUFOR p.63

[Ref. dwn2:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Scan.

Case 102

March, 1945

Brenner Pass, Germany (?)

The pilot of a military aircraft observed a yellow-white light, size of basket-ball, which came close to his plane at an incredible speed. Then the object seemed like hanged to the aircraft's wing and synchronised its movements with the plane.

Source: Analysis of UFO-like data before 1947, FUFOR p.63

[Ref. ekl1:] EGON KRAGEL:

This author indicates that in March 1945, while flying over the Brenner Pass which separates Austria from Italy, a pilot at the controls of his B-25 spotted a foo fighter, an object, which appeared from nowhere, like a shooting star, and came to rest 1 meter from the right wing of the aircraft. It was a luminous white sphere, the size of a basketball. The foo fighter escorted the aircraft for 2 to 3 minutes, then suddenly stalled and disappears into the sky.

The author adds that the next day, our pilot was again on mission (mission No 38). But his plane was shot down over the Brenner. All the crew lost their lives... "except for him who miraculously escaped. Coincidence?"

The author indicates that the source is "Michel Bougard, La Chronique des Ovni, Jean-Pierre Delarge, 1977, p. 273."

Aircraft information:

The North American B-25 "Mitchell" (Below)was a high-performance medium bomber, used during WWII in Europe and the Pacific by the US Army Air Force.

Its crew was normally 8 men, its range was 2,170 km, its defensive armament was, depending on the versions, from 2 to 18 12.7 mm caliber machine guns.

B-25.

Discussion:

The Brenner pass joins Austria and Italy.

Map.

The B-25 had been used in Europe by both the British Royal Air Force and the US Army Air Forces.

Michel Bougard certainly cannot be the first source, and he doid give his source. Dr. Winkler indicates the source as "OUFO" Volume 1, No. 2, a publication of which until now I have not found any trace, and of which I do not know the credibility.

Evaluation:

Unknown credibility.

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 16, 2023 Creation, [mbd1], [lwr1], [gvo1], [lhh1], [dwn1], [dwn2], [elk1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 16, 2023 First published.

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