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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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Japan, on April 3, 1945:

Case number:

ACUFO-1945-04-03-JAPAN-1

Summary:

In 1999, US ufologist Jan Aldrich indicated on his historical ufology Prolect 1947 that there was a sighting report in the Report of Operations of April 3-4, 1945, of the XXIst Bomber Command of the US Army Air Forces.

It said that on April 3, 1945, at night, over Japan, a B-29 formation reported two orange balls of fire, one over the Initial Point and the other over the target, which appeared to come from the ground and then move even with the B-29s along the flight paths. No explosions were reported.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 3, 1945
Time: Night.
Duration: ?
First known report date: April 4, 1945
Reporting delay: Hours.

Geographical data:

Country: Japan
State/Department:
City:

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2 to many.
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Military operations report, ufologist Jan Aldrich.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes.
UFO action: Come from the ground and fly with the planes.
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: 2 to many.
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: NL
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 12 Browning M2 12.7 mm machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 3
Strangeness 1-3: 2
ACUFO: Insufficient information.

Sources:

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

N - 1945.04.03 - Night, Japan

B-29 formation, two orange balls of fire. One near IP and the other over the target appeared to come from the ground and then move even with the B-29s along the flight paths. No explosions. (Report of Operation 3-4 April 1945, HQ 21st Bomber Command)

[Ref. dwn1:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

April 3, 1945

Japan

At night, the crews of USAAF B-29s formation observed two orange ball of fires coming from the ground and moving with the B-29s along the flight pathes. No explosions.

Sources: Project 1947, Jan Aldrich / Report of operation 3-4 April 1945, HQ 21st Bomber Command.

[Ref. dwn2:] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Case 114

April 3, 1945

Japan

At night, the crews of USAAF B-29s formation observed two orange balls of fire coming from the ground and moving with the B-29s along the flight path. No explosions.

Sources: Project 1947, Jan Aldrich / Report of operation 3-4 April 1945, HQ 21st Bomber Command.

Aircraft information:

The Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" was the heaviest bomber of the US Army Air Force, used in operations from May 8, 1944 and on. Its maximum speed was 574 km/h.

Its defensive armament was 12 Browning M2 12.7 mm machine guns.

B-29.

Discussion:

Map.

Balls of orange fire that seem to come from the ground then fly with the B-29s could be extraterrestrial craft, but also enemy planes equipped with searchlights. Anti-aircraft rockets, which had indeed been used by the Japanese, but without success, seem to be excluded since there was no explosion. The Japanese suicide flying bomb "Baka" also seems to be excluded since this craft did not take off from the ground but was dropped from a carrier plane.

Two distinct, although similar, observations seem to be mixed together in a single report, and the information appears to be insufficient to maintain a firm conclusion on this or these cases.

Evaluation:

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 January 16, 2024 Creation, [prt4], [dwn1], [dwn2].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 16, 2024 First published.

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