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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 June 19, 1945:

Case number:

ACUFO-1945-06-19-JAPAN-1

Summary:

In the 2000's, ufology sources on the Web indicated that in the 2007 book "Strange Company - Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II", by Keith Chester, it was said that on June 19, 1945, in Japan, a B-29 was followed by a strong white light.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: June 19, 1945
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2007
Reporting delay: Hours, 6 decades.

Geographical data:

Country: Japan
State/Department:
City:

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: UFO book Keith Chester.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
UFO action: Follows.
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 to 11.
[ ] Airborne radar:
[ ] Directional ground radar:
[ ] Height finder ground radar:
[ ] Photo:
[ ] Film/video:
[ ] EM Effects:
[ ] Failures:
[ ] Damages:
Hynek: ?
Armed / unarmed: Armed, 12 Browning M2 12.7 mm machine guns.
Reliability 1-3: 2
Strangeness 1-3: 1
ACUFO: Possible enemy plane with searchlight.

Sources:

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

June 19, 1945; Japan

B-29 followed by strong white light. (Page 180 Ref.1)

The reference 1 is described at the end of the document as "Strange Company (2007), Keith Chester".

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: June 19, 1945

Location: Japan

Time:

Summary:

Source: B-29 followed by strong white light.

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.

The report is obviously extremely meager; for example, it is not known whether this took place during the day or at night, and the B-29s at this time operated both during the day and at night.

In mission reports from this period, it is sometimes stated that enemy planes used a searchlight to try to locate American B-29s; this could clearly be the explanation for this case.

We do not know whether the witnesses thought that this white light was something other than that.

Evaluation:

Possible enemy plane with searchlight.

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 22, 2023 Creation, [nip1], [tai1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 22, 2023 First published.

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