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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

July 4, 1947, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, a young woman:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

British pioneer ufologist Brinsley Le Poer Trench reported in his 1966 book that in 1947, in Fort Worth, Texas, in daytime, a young woman driving in the outskirts of Fort Worth saw a discoidal craft. 25 feet in diameter passing overhead.

Jumping out of the car, she waved; the object tipped, and its occupants waved back to her. The disc then flew away in silence.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001731
Date of event: July 4, 1947
Earliest report of event: 1966
Delay of report: Day, 2 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: UFO boook Brinsley Le Poer Trench.
First certain record by: Ufology website Donald Johnson.
First alleged record type: UFO book.
First certain record type: Ufology webiste.
This file created on: November 8, 2018
This file last updated on: November 8, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Texas
Type of location: From road near Fort Worth.
Lighting conditions: Daytime.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2 or more.
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Were in flying UFO, waved back at witness, flew away.
Entities/witness interactions: Waved back at witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, waved, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable helicopter.
Explanation certainty: Medium.



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1947 - A young woman driving in the afternoon on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Texas saw a 25-foot diameter flying disc. She got out of her car and waved. The object tipped and the human-appearing occupants waved back to her, and then the disc flew away in silence. (Source: Brinsley Le Poer Trench, Mysterious Visitors, p. 91).

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Location. Fort Worth, Texas

Date: 1947

Time: daytime

A young woman driving in the outskirts of Fort Worth saw a discoidal craft 25 ft in diameter passing overhead. Jumping out of the car, she waved; the object tipped, and its occupants waved to her. The UFO then flew away in silence.

Humcat 1947-6

Source: Peter Rogerson

Type: A Humanoid seen onboard UFO.

HSI: "6"

ROS: "7"

Comments: Unfortunately there is no description of the "occupants" available.


1947. Day.


A young woman was driving on a highway on the outskirts of Fort Worth, when a discoid object 8m diameter flew overhead. The witness stopped her car and waved at the object, which tilted, the occupants gesturing back. The silent object then moved off.

Trench 1966 p97

Points to consider:

Brinsley The Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clancarty (1901 - 1995) is famous in ufology for being the founder and first editor of the Flying Saucer Review from 1956 to 1959. If I have never found that he "invented" stories, but I have to state the man was quite wacky in his interpretations and ideas - he believed for example in the arrival of a "new Adam", that the Earth is hollow, etc...

Of course the whole story might have been just a hoax. No primary source is known. Le Poer Trench being British, he is certainly not the first the witness reported to.

Unfortunately, I do not have any Fort Worth newspaper for 1947, and in the three dozen other Texan newspapers of 1947 I have, I found nothing on the case.

I am not sure that the precise date of July 4 given by Donald Johnson is certain; all other "copycats" of the Le Poer Trench story indicate only "1947".

We have a flying craft with human occupants waving back at a woman.

From 1939 and on, prototype helicopters were being used in the US, such as the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300; in which the pilot - here inventor Sikorsky - is very visible. Obsolete prototypes such as this one or later ones may have been still flying around.

Here are some helicopters flying in 1947 in the US:

Seibel YH-24.

USN Sikorsky Hos-1 in flight in January 1947.

Sikorsky H-5 of the US Army Air Force on 1947..

There were several other models, such as the Bell YR-13 who was an early version of the Famous Bell 47, etc.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 8, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Unkown and missing primary source. Help needed. Opened.


Probable helicopter.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 8, 2018 Creation, [dj1], [ar1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 8, 2018 First published.

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