Date: February 1948
Location: Straits of Malacca, near Sumatra, Indonesia
Summary: A series of distress calls were sent out by the Dutch freighter Ourang Medan in the Straits of Malacca, “All officers including captain dead, lying in chartroom and on bridge, probably whole crew dead” This chilling message, accompanied by a spate of desperate SOS calls, was followed by indecipherable Morse code then a final message just two stark words, “I die.” Boarding parties found the dead radio operator, his hand on the Morse key, eyes wide open. The entire crew even the ship’s dog were discovered in the same terrified posture, all dead. According to a frequently mentioned document, called ‘The Proceedings of the Merchant Marine Council” the crew were found “teeth bared, with their upturned faces to the sun, staring, as if in fear” Following this grim discovery, a fire broke out in the ship’s hold. The boarding parties were forced to abandon her. Shortly after, a violent explosion described in some accounts as so violent the vessel “lifted herself from the water” and she quickly sank.
Source: http://www.neswa.org.au/Library quoting Fortean Times September 1999
Date: February 1948
Location: Berridale Tasmania Australia
Summary: Two witnesses standing on their back garden sighted a bright round object hovering low above them. Sitting on the edge of the object were several small green colored humanoids that appeared to be making a weird singing like sound.
Source: Keith Roberts, TUFOIC
Date: February 1 1948 BBU
Location: Circleville, Ohio
Time: early morning
Summary: Farmer B. Stevens woke up early in the morning to go check the farm animals, on his way to the cattle shed he spotted a metallic saucer-shaped object hovering low above one of the barns. Stevens immediately realized that the object was real and solid and that it measured about 60 feet in diameter and was about 10 to 12 feet thick. The center seemed to be shaped like a dome, which gave off a brilliant orange light. The dome was transparent, because when the object inclined slightly he was able to see a silhouette of a man-like figure inside. The occupant of the saucer seemed to be concentrating his glance on the several barns on the farm. Stevens thought that it was because he had a green lighting one of the barns. Soon the dome darkened and Stevens could no longer see the occupant. The object then flipped over and shot away at high speed.
Source: Michael David Hall, “UFOs a Century of Sightings” 1999
Date: February 5 1948
Location: London England
Summary: During a hypnotic like trance, the witness was caught up in a suction force & drawn aboard a conical shaped object. She entered a round room with controls and dials, also holes along the sides. The room was cold and its air difficult to breathe. She observed the occupants unseen by them. The tall man from a previous encounter was present, also small non-human creatures, described as egg shaped but with legs and webbed feet and large eyes. These beings placed some sort of material in holes in the object and she caught fragments of a conversation about a base in the stratosphere.
Source: N S W Chibbett, FSR Special Issue # 3
Date: Feb. 18, 1948
Location: Stockton, Kansas
Time: 4:56 p.m.
Summary: A farmer saw a 4-foot wide disc that approached to within six feet and appeared to aim some type of tube or pipe at him. The UFO then wobbled and emitted some flames. It shot away flying toward the northwest. At 5:05 p.m. a Mr. Wray took a photograph of an irregular-shaped UFO north of Norton, Kansas.
Source: Omaha Herald, February 18, 1948; Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers on the Attack, p. 91, Kenneth Arnold and Ray Palmer, The Coming of the Saucers, p. 179
Date: Feb. 20, 1948
Location: Emmett, Idaho
Time: 1:15 pm.
Summary: Six surveyors saw a small flat, heart-shaped UFO flying in the sky. It was fuzzy across its back edge as if “dipped in cream”, and was flying point first below the cloud level at between 2,000 and 4,000 feet.
Source: Emmett (ID) Messenger, February 26, 1948; Aime Michel, The Truth About Flying Saucers, p. 69; UNICAT database, case # 206, citing Kenneth Arnold, Fate Magazine, July 1948, p. 13
Date: February 1948