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This page documents and assesses a case in which a UFO or supposed or alleged UFO was reported to have been observed from an aircraft in flight.

Atlantic ocean, 1943

Circa 1999, ufologist Jan Aldritch prepared a catalog of summaries of early cases of aircraft - UFO encounters ([prt2]) that were sometimes previously unpublished or little-known. This was to help French ufologist Dominique Weinstein in compiling the latter's catalog of aircraft - UFO encounters. Aldrich explained that as Dominique Weinstein has many of the primary documents, the summaries are very short.

N [=New cas not in 1997 ACUFOE catalog] - 1943 Changed entry from N - 1945:

(An interview with Dr. Haines clarifies that this incident had to take place in 1943), Night, Atlantic, between USA and England, US Navy PB-2Y5, pilot and 8 crewmen, Single lighted red orange object flew formation off the wing of the aircraft. Pilot repositioned the aircraft several time. Each time the object matched the maneuver. UFO took off ahead of the aircraft and vanished from sight in 30 seconds. (Report to Paul Cerny and interview with Dr. Richard Haines)


The Consolidated PBY Catalina was a seaplane produced in the 1930s and 1940s. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations.

PBY Calalina.

Its range was about 2,520 miles (4,060 km, 2,190 nmi).

I could not find anything more on the sighting so far. Paul Cerny was a ufologist, the witnesses are not known and neither are the circumstances of the report.

The distance to the coast is not given, one would think that the red light would be that of a friendly plane.


Unidentified, possible plane, meager report.

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File history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross August 11, 2021 Creation, [prt2].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 11, 2021 First published.

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