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1948-00-00; USA, Arizona, Kingman


Category: UFO Crash


Crash and retrieval confirmed by first-hand CSETI Witnesses.







1948-01-07; USA, Kentucky, Godman AFB


Category: UFO Chase


While chasing a UFO, Captain Charles Mantell crashed his P-51 and subsequently died.




Document: Thomas Mantell Case





1948-02-01; USA, Ohio, Circleville


Category: UFO Sighting


Mr. B. Stevenson observed a glowing orange disc, 60ft in diameter and 12ft thick, hover over his farm. He was attracted to the object by the sudden fright his animals exhibited. Mr. Bruce Stevenson sighted a large saucer shaped craft hover low to the ground. The craft emitted a high-intensity orange light before ascending into the night sky. Mr. Stevenson reported the sighting to the local police who had no explanation.


Document: Circleville, Ohio 1948




1948-02-13; USA, New Mexico, Aztec


Category: UFO Crash


An alien craft was found on February 13, 1948 on a Mesa near Aztec New Mexico February 13, 1948 - Aztec, New Mexico - Three radar units tracked a falling UFO. Secretary of State George C. Marshall requested a search party be dispatched from Camp Hale in Colorado. A helicopter team found a crashed 30-foot disc 12 miles northeast of Aztec and recovered 2-12 badly burned humanoids. The disc is stored in Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio.


Document: Aztec New Mexico Feb 1948





1948-03-25; USA, New Mexico, Aztec


Category: UFO Crash


Another craft was located on March 25, 1948 in Hart Canyon near Aztec New Mexico. It was 100 feet in diameter, with 16 dead aliens aboard.


Document: Aztec, New Mexico Mar 1948





1948-07-07; Mexico, Nuevo Laredo


Category: UFO Crash


Another famous case was the of the incident in Laredo Texas, which for many years was confused with the Aztec crash.


The main source of information came from Todd Zechel, of Ground Saucer Watch, who has obtained many important UFO related documents from the Government under the FOIA. Zechal obtained his information from an anonymous air force technician who was based at Carswell AFB.


The source claims that on 7th July 1948, he had been involved in cordoning off an area near a town of Laredo. He claimed that a 90ft disc had impacted at the area and was recovered.


Further supportive evidence came form various sources. Leonard Stringfield learnt from other witnesses that a hairless 4ft entity which had died had been recovered. A U.S Naval officer claims that he witnessed the wreckage being loaded onto trucks at the sight.


Also radar operators and pilots witnessed the object as it flew over Albuquerque at an estimated speed of 2,000mph.


Years later a photo was released of the dead 'alien', however, this was quickly proved as a hoax because the photo depicted that of a dead human pilot severely burned. Unfortunately the hoaxes didn't realize that the photo also contained the dead mans sunglasses!.


This incident is now widely thought to be a case of mistaken identity. Government papers since released indicate that the Air Force were experimenting with modified Nazi V-2 Rockets. The crash is thought to of been one of these crashing by mistake with the 'alien' being a monkey.


August 1948 - Laredo, Texas.


Four officers witnessed the crash of an object and the recovery of bodies 38 miles south of Laredo, Texas, in Mexico. The information came from an NBC affiliate in Chicago, who received it from a source in Army security.


Another publication about this event mentions that one body has been recovered, and that the date of the event is July 7/8, 1948.


Either there is a date confusion, as one date could be the event and the other the date of its report, or these are two different cases, as we have one body or more than one body, or there is no truth at all in this information.


Sources: (bad link)


1948-07-24; USA, Alabama, Montgomery



Category: UFO Sighting / Radar


On July 24, 1948, two experienced Eastern Airlines crew members, pilot Clarence S. Chiles and his co-pilot, John B. Whitted, en route from Houston to Atlanta, encountered a one hundred-foot-long, wingless, finless, cigar-shaped object with two rows of large, square windows that emanated a bright, glowing light from within.


On a seeming collision course with the UFO, Chiles threw his DC-3 airliner into a tight left hand banking turn, and the object, with a forty-foot orange red flame flashing from its tail, shot past not more that seven hundred feet away.


The object was tracked on Radar and no explanation of the sighting has ever been made.


More Information: Why Don't Pilots See UFOs?





1948-08-19; USA, California, Death Valley


Category: UFO Crash


Two prospectors named Mace Garney and Buck Fitzgerald claimed to have watched an object crash in the desert. It was a 24-foot disc. The story appeared on page 13 of the local Bakersfield newspaper the next day.


Most references point to this being in Aug 1949.


Source: (bad link)




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