(Last Updated On: June 22, 2016)

Date: 1917
Location: Bonn, Germany
Summary: The flamboyant fighter pilot Baron Manfred von Richtofen, known as the Red Baron not only shot down 80 enemy planes for the Germans during World War I, he also was the first human in history to gun down an alien spaceship!  That’s the fascinating claim of former German Air Force ace Peter Waitzrik, who says he watched in astonishment as the deadeye fighter pilot shot a UFO with undulating orange lights out of the sky over Belgium in 1917. Then, Waitzrik says, he stared in disbelief as two bruised and battered occupants of the downed craft climbed from their spaceship and scampered off into the woods — apparently never to be seen again. “The Baron and I gave a full report on the incident back at headquarters and they told us not to ever mention it again,” the feisty, 105-year-old retired airline pilot recently told a reporter. “And except for my wife and grandkids, I never told a soul. But it’s been over 80 years, so what difference could it possibly make now?” The aging Waitzrik said he and Baron Manfred von Richtofen — the renowned Red Baron — were flying an early morning mission over western Belgium in the spring of 1917 when the UFO suddenly appeared in a clear, blue sky directly ahead of their Fokker triplanes. “We were terrified because we’d never seen anything like it before,” recalled the easygoing great-great grandfather of five.  “The U.S. had just entered the war, so we assumed it was something they’d sent up. “The Baron immediately opened fire and the thing went down like a rock, shearing off tree limbs as it crashed in the woods. Then the two little baldheaded guys climbed out and ran away.”  Waitzrik said he assumed the glittering silver spaceship was some sort of enemy invention until the flying saucer scare that began in the late 1940s convinced him that his buddy had shot down a UFO. “The thing was maybe 40 meters (136 feet) in diameter and looked just like those saucer- shaped spaceships that everybody’s been seeing for the last 50 years,” the awed oldster said. “So there’s no doubt in my mind now that that was no U.S. reconnaissance plane the Baron shot down, that was some kind of spacecraft from another planet and those little guys who ran off into the woods weren’t Americans, they were space aliens of some kind.

Date: 1917: First Known Abduction Case in Finland?

Date: 1917
Location: Salida, Colorado
Summary: Minister and family use a telescope to watch a silver UFO shaped like a wagon wheel.

Date: 1917
Location: Karkiyeki, Karelia Russia
Summary: Enni Lettu observed a saucer shaped object that landed near her house. After a short while something resembling a staircase protruded from the object, and small humanoid shapes descended to the ground. The beings apparently approached the frightened witness and insisted in taking her along, and she was taken to their ship. The object flew for several hours and throughout the journey she was engaged in telepathic communication with a being she thought to be the leader of the others, before being returned to Earth. After her abduction Enni became a famous soothsayer in the area.
Source: Paul Stonehill, The Soviet UFO Files

Date: 1917
Location: Peñascosa, Albacete, Spain
Time: afternoon
Summary: The Alguacil family was, working in a field when they saw a large hat shaped object descend to the ground and land on four legs nearby. Two men exited the object and briefly walked around the area. They were described as very tall, wearing metallic gray outfits. The family claimed to have seen a symbol resembling the letter “H” on the side of the object. .
Source: IOCUM Portal

Date: Spring 1917
Location: Over Western Belgium
Time: early morning
Summary: German Air Force Ace Peter Waitzrik and the famed Baron Manfred von Richtofen were flying a mission over western Belgium when an object with undulating orange lights suddenly appeared in a clear, blue sky directly ahead of their Fokker triplanes. Both were terrified and assumed it was some type of US aircraft (The US had just entered the war). The Baron immediately opened fire and the thing went down like a rock, shearing off tree limbs as it crashed in the woods. Then two little bald headed occupants climbed out of it and ran away. Waitzrik described the craft as silvery in color about 40 meters in diameter and resembling a saucer placed upside down. The two bruised but otherwise unhurt occupants ran into the woods and were never seen again. (The 105-year old Waitzrik recently broke his silence as to this allege incident that occurred over 80 years ago).
Source: Peter Waitzrik

Date: April 1917
Location: Portsmouth, Piscataqua River, New Hampshire
Time: 02:30 
Summary: An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. An unidentified object at close range was observed by three witnesses on a river
Source: Haines, Richard F. CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind Sourcebooks, Naperville, 1998 ISBN:1-57071-427-4

Date: June 13 1917
Location:  Fatima, Portugal
Time: Around 1200
Summary:   Close encounter with a craft and its occupants. An apparition of the Virgin Mary was observed by 50 witnesses in a rural area.
Source: FSR

Date: August 1917
Location: Mcpherson County, Nebraska,
Summary: A daylight disc was observed by a female witness (Reams).
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2

Date: August 1917
Location: Lake Manasarowar, Xichang, China
Time: Night 
Summary: An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by a male witness briefly (Schary).
Source: FSR

Date: October 1917
Location: Near Youngstown Pennsylvania
Time: 1230
Summary: John Boback, 17, was walking along the railroad tracks between Youngstown and Mt Braddock when he saw a saucer shaped object with a platform & rows of lights, sitting in a field 30 yards to his left. He watched the object for one or two minutes until it took off with a high-pitched sound, rising gradually like a slow plane. Its size was that of an average car. The top of the object was a dome with elongated windows, through which figures could be seen
Source: Orvil Hartle, A Carbon Experiment

Date: October 13 1917: The Guadalupe Event

Date: early November 1917
Location: Near Cambroncino, Spain
Time: late evening
Summary: Local pig farmer, 39-year old Nicolas Sanchez Martin known by his nickname of “Colas” was returning home, accompanied by two local women, Maria Iglesias and her sister Pepa, after selling some of the hogs at a nearby market. Near an isolated field all three noticed a strange light floating above the nearby river, concerned the two women decided to return and to continue no further, but Nicolas continued on with his donkey and armed with a machete. As he attempted to cross the river, the strange light flew in his direction and apparently waited for him on the other side of the river, floating just above the ground. Undaunted Nicolas and his donkey crossed the river but as immediately after the strange light blocked their path. It seemed that every time he attempted to move a certain direction the light would block him. Somewhat annoyed, “Colas” grabbed his machete and yelled at the light to leave or he would “make it leave”. At this, the light flew towards the donkey scaring the poor animal, which “Colas” had to almost drag away from the area. The light finally vanished, but “Colas” remained almost in shock and breathless. Soon “Colas” a healthy and strong man, became deathly ill, and during the following nine days remained bedridden in wrenching pain, he died finally on the ninth day. The attending physician Don Victor Sanchez Hoyos attributed his death to sudden pulmonary edema, but “Colas” family was convinced that the strange ball of light had caused their loved one’s demise.
Source: Ovnis en Las Hurdes, Leyendas

Date: 191?
Location: Lismore, Australia
Summary: Luminous cruciform UFO seen hovering over Lismore, N.S.W., Australia.

Date: 191?
Location: Waco, Texas
Summary: Edwin Bauhan, one of several soldiers at Rich Field in Waco Texas who observed a 100-150 foot long cigar-shaped object after leaving the mess hall. “It came directly overhead, and was no more than five hundred feet high so we got an excellent view of it.  It had no motors, no rigging, it was noiseless, a rose or sort of flame color, I could observe no windows. We all experienced the weirdest feeling of our lives, and sat in our tent puzzling over it for some time.

Date:  1917

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