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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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East of Okinawa, Japan, on May or June 1945:

Case number:

ACUFO-1945-05-00-OKINAWA-1

Summary:

US ufologist Jerome Clark indicated in his 2003 book "Strange Skies - Pilot Encounters with UFOs" that in May or June 1945, the crew of a Marine transport plane flying east of Okinawa noticed something unusual in the cloudless sky about a quarter of a mile away. On first impression, the observers thought it was a large balloon, bit on second look they saw that it was an immense cylindrical-shaped structure, with three much smaller metallic discs behind. The discs then entered the cylinder, giving witnesses the clear impression that it was a carrier vessel. The cylinder then shot off at a fantastic speed.

In his ufology database, US ufologist Larry Hatch gave the source as the monograph "From airships to Arnold: a catalogue of UFO reports in the early 20th century (1900-1946)", by Richard H. Hall, first published in 2000.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: May or June 1945
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2000
Reporting delay: 5 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Japan
State/Department: Okinawa
City: Okinawa

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufologist Richard Hall.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes.
UFO action: Absorbs 3 smaller discs and flies 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: Several.
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Unarmed.
Reliability 1-3: 1
Strangeness 1-3: 3
ACUFO: Possible extraterrestrial craft, unknown credibility.

Sources:

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

543: 1945/06/00 12:00 1 127:44:00 E 26:41:00 N 3211 ASP JPN OKN 7:6
OKINAWA:PLANE CREW:3 DISKS ORBIT LRG CYL:ENTER CYL+CYL >> away:/Letter>:NICAP
Ref# 65 HALL,Richard: Frm AIRSHIPS to ARNOLD Page No. 27: IN-FLIGHT

[Ref. jck1:] JEROME CLARK:

The author says that in May or June 1945, the crew of a Marine transport plane flying east of Okinawa noticed something unusual in the cloudless sky about a quarter of a mile away. On first impression the observers thought it was a large balloon. On second look they saw that behind the immense cylindrical-shaped structure were three much smaller metallic discs. The discs then entered the cylinder, giving witnesses the clear impression that it was a carrier vessel. The cylinder then shot off at a fantastic speed. In later years there would be no shortage of reports of comparable disc-carrying cylinders, which ufologists would call "motherships."

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

May or June, 1945; Okinawa

Daylight. The crew of a Marine transport witnessed a cylindrical object with three smaller dics which appeared to enter the larger object, then took off with tremendous acceleration. (NICAP)

Aircraft information:

All that we are told is that the plane was a Marine transport plane.

Discussion:

Map.

The case is obviously extraordinary, but its credibility is not assured; it is not known where the story comes from, no witnesses are named, etc.

Evaluation:

Possible extraterrestrial craft, 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 4, 2023 Creation, [lhh1], [jck1], [nip1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 4, 2023 First published.

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