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Date: Mid , 1948
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Time: Afternoon
Summary: An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight. One silver oval object was observed by one male witness at a lake for 18 seconds (Didelot). No sound was heard. Moved at rapid pace W rapidly to the east, parallel to the shore line of Lake Erie. When it reached position over city of Erie, Pennsylvania it abruptly shot straight up, 3x faster.
Source:  Sullivan, Edward CSI/LA investigation files


Date: Mid , 1948
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Time: Around 1500
Summary: One object was observed by several witnesses for 12 seconds (Lemke).
Source:  NICAP 


Date: Mid , 1948
Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
Time: Around 2000
Summary: Objects were observed. Electromagnetic effects were noted. Several objects were observed by two male witnesses for a few minutes (Mitchell).
Source: NICAP 


Date: Mid , 1948
Location:  Rogers, Arkansas
Time: Around 2000
Summary: Unusual objects were sighted, that had unconventional appearance and aerobatic performance. Three blue-green balls were observed by seven witnesses in a yard for 30 minutes (Duty). No sound was heard. Bouncing balls moved vertically, veered off horizontally, regained bobbing motion. No vapor trail, exhaust or noise.
Source: Sullivan, Edward CSI/LA investigation files


Date: Mid , 1948
Location:  Newtown, Connecticut
Time: Around 2200
Summary: Three objects, about 300 feet across, were observed by six witnesses (Rose).
Source: Arnold, Kenneth Coming of the Saucers Authors, Amherst, 1952


Date: Mid , 1948
Location: Poynette, Wisconsin
Time:  Night
Summary: 40 feet diameter silver colored disc paced car, came within a few feet. When another car came along the object ascended several hundred feet, then hovered. Circular rim spun around middle portion.
Source: Sullivan, Edward CSI/LA investigation files


Date: July , 1948
Location: Asotin, Washington
Time: Daytime
Summary: Two objects were observed by three witnesses for two minutes (Ruckman).
Source: NICAP 


Date: July , 1948
Location: Pasco, Washington
Time: 13:00
Summary: Black disc dives, climbs away fast. Near nuclear facility. A flying disc was observed. One black disc was observed by four male witnesses near a nuclear test site for two minutes (Newman). Private Pilot incident.
Source: Fund Weinstein, Dominique Aircraft UFO Encounters Project ACUFOE, Paris, 1999


Date: July , 1948
Location: Alaska
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Summary: Two 
Source: Fund 


Date: July 4, 1948
Location: Camden, New Jersey
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Summary:  One object was observed by a male witness at a park (Thompson).
Source: Fund Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2


Date: July 4, 1948  BBU
Location: Dravosburg, Pennsylvania 
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Source: McDonald list; FUFOR Index


Date: July 4, 1948
Location: Nr. Longmont, Colorado
Time: Around 1400
Summary: Revolving silver circular object soared upward at ”terrific speed.” observed by two witnesses on a farm for 12 seconds
Source: UFOE, XII


Date: July 7 1948: ‘Tomato Man’ Photographs and Laredo, Texas UFO Crash


Date: July 8, 1948  BBU
Location: McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
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Source: McDonald list; FUFOR Index


Date: July 8, 1948
Location: Fairborn, Ohio
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Summary:  Nocturnal lights were reported.
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2


Date: July 8, 1948
Location: Concoules, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Time: 20:00
Summary: Nocturnal lights were reported.
Source: Vallee, Jacques


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Date: July 9, 1948
Location: Alaska
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Summary: Two Air Force officers reported approximately 20 discs or spheres milling around information and making a jet-like sound.
Source: Fund Report C-7; 2 pp.


Date: July 9, 1948   BBU
Location: Fielding Lake, Wash.
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Source: McDonald list; FUFOR Index


Date: July 9, 1948     BBU
Location:  Osborn, Ohio 
Time: 9:47 p.m. 
Summary: AMC Technical Intelligence Division officer and pilot, Lt. C. W. G., of  MCIAXO-4, saw to the N about 70° elevation a luminous yellowish-white object traveling E to W at estimated 3,000-4,000 ft about 500-600 mph, illuminated at regular intervals, first 1-2 secs, then dark 3 secs, lit 1-2 secs again, dark 3 secs, then lit 1-2 secs again disappearing to the W slightly above the horizon N of Patterson Field. No sound or trail. Moon 1/4 illuminated seen rising to the WSW (actually setting to the W at 272° azimuth 21° elevation 15% illuminated).
Source: FOIA


Date: July 10, 1948
Location: Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal
Time: Around midnight
Summary: Electromagnetic effect: all clocks in airport stopped working when white, cylinder-shaped UFO passed over at 12,000 feet altitude. Many witnesses. An object was observed. Electromagnetic effects were noted. One white cylinder was observed by numerous witnesses at an airport for 45 minutes. No sound was heard.
Source: Hatch, Larry


Date: July 10, 1948
Location:  Smithton, Pennsylvania
Time: Evening
Summary: One object was observed by two witnesses briefly (Cutright).
Source: Newspaper 


Date: July 12, 1948
Location:  Huntington, Indiana
Time: Night
Summary:  One object was observed by two witnesses briefly (Goshorn).
Source: Bloecher, Ted R. 


Date: July 13, 1948
Location: Concord, Massachusetts
Time:
Summary:  An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by one experienced male witness (Vaughan, Dr C).
Source: Bloecher, Ted R. 


Date: July 14, 1948
Location: Boise, Idaho
Time: Daytime
Summary:  More than six objects were observed by three witnesses (Shangle).
Source: Fate Magazine


Date: July 15, 1948
Location:  Alajarvi, Finland
Time: 21:30
Summary: Large silent glowing metallic cigar flew W rapidly to the east. Had no wings. A cigar-shaped object was observed. One luminous cigar-shaped object was observed by two military witnesses in a residential area for over one minute. No sound was heard. Army Major incident
Source: Contact U.K.


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Date: July 17, 1948   BBU
Location: 5 miles S of San Acacia Dam, New Mexico
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Summary: 4:50 p.m. 2 Kirtland AFB Sgts. on a fishing trip with their families saw a group of 7 aluminum circular possibly spherical objects approach from the S at 20,000 ft pass overhead at 1,500 mph if the altitude was correct (5°/sec angular velocity), at first appearing like snub-nosed jet fighters of unknown type, shifting from V formation to L formation to circular formation to no regular formation, at which point a regular pulsating flashing light appeared in the group at 30° from zenith to the N, and at this oblique angle the objects did not appear circular. No noise or trail. [10-30 secs?]
Source: FOIA


Date: July 19 1948
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Time: 0330A
Summary: The witness woke late at night to see five little men carrying his mother down the stairs. He tried to get up and go after her, but he was warned by one of the little men who told to stay in bed or else he would die (!). Frightened he stayed in his bed but a bright light coming through the window made him look outside. Outside he saw the little men and his mother walk into the light. He didn’t remember going to sleep but then he woke up. His mother greeted him and then told him that his dog Rusty had jumped out the window and accidentally hung himself, possibly in attempt to chase an intruder.
Source: Mysterious Reality, UFO Reports


Date: July 20 1948
Location: Alameda, Andalusia, Spain
Time: evening
Summary: 17-year old shepherd Lucas del Pozo was guarding his family watermelon patch when he suddenly noticed what appeared to be a “whirlwind” appeared within the patch. The dust or dirt covered the whole field and the witness feared that the crop had been lost. As he approached the field he was surprised to see a large metallic bowl-shaped object sitting in the middle of the field that seemed to have come out of nowhere. From the object a short humanoid figure with long dangling arms and short legs emerged. The humanoid had small beady black eyes; slick back black hair that appeared glued to his head, small fingers, and moved around in strangely coordinated moves. It wore a very tight-fitting mustard colored coverall. Afraid the witness fled the area and did not see the humanoid or object depart.
Source: Alberto Guzman, July 11 2004


Date: July 20, 1948
Location:  Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
Time: 13:30
Summary: A cigar-shaped object with two rows of windows was seen four times in Arnhem, Holland around 1:30 in the afternoon. It moved through the sky very fast.  was observed by two witnesses on a farm briefly
Source: Project Bluebook


Date:  July 21, 1948  BBU
Location: Van Nuys, Calif. 
Time: Afternoon
Summary: One ball was observed for two hours (Richardson).
Source: McDonald list


Date: July 21, 1948
Location: Chisholm, Alberta, Canada
Time:   21:30
Summary: One object was observed by two witnesses for under one minute (Smith).
Source:  Newspaper 


Date: July 22, 1948
Location: Covington, Georgia
Time: 03:00
Summary: Nocturnal lights were observed by two witnesses.
Source: Fund Wilkins, Harold T. Flying Saucers on the Attack Ace Star A-11, New York, 1967


Date: July 24, 1948
Location:  Blackstone, UK
Time: 02:40
Summary:  One luminous cigar-shaped object was observed by two experienced male witnesses briefly (Feldvary). No sound was heard. Glowing cylindrical object leaves trail. Moved at terrific speed, heading rapidly to the southwest.
Source: Fund 


Date: July 24, 1948: The Chiles-Whitted Case


Date: July 24, 1948
Location: Robins AFB, Georgia
Time: 02:50 a.m. (Eastern)
Summary:  Walter C. Massey, a member of civilian alert, observed a squash-shaped object with flaming exhaust headed south at terrific speed. Seven other witnesses from Augusta, Georgia, also observed the object.  (BB Microfilm). “In none of these instances does a meteorological or astronomical explanation suffice to explain the sightings.” 
Source: McDonald


Date: July 24, 1948
Location:  Tulsa, Oklahoma
Time: Around 1400
Summary: A hovering object was observed. One light was observed by one witness for a few seconds (Luscombe Silvaire; Petty). Bright pulsating light, hovered, moved away when pilot headed toward it, then disappeared.
Source: Weinstein, Dominique Aircraft UFO Encounters Project ACUFOE, Paris, 1999


Date: July 24, 1948
Location: Rayne, Louisiana
Time: 20:00
Summary: One box-shaped object was observed by two witnesses in a residential area for over one minute. Wingless box with windows flew east to west. Wrote letter to Project Blue Book. Teacher incident.
Source: Hatch, Larry


Date: July 25, 1948
Location: Yakima, Washington
Time: At 2:00 P.M. and at 4:20 P.M.,
Summary:  a silvery moon-sized flying blob was seen by hundreds of witnesses over the city of Yakima. Hundreds of calls flooded into the CAA office concerning the flying object.
Source: Project Bluebook


Date: July 25, 1948
Location: Nc Border, Virginia
Time: 02:30
Summary: A cigar-shaped object was observed. One luminous cigar-shaped object was observed by one witness for over one minute (Rubb).
Source: Fund Ruppelt, Edward J. Report on Unidentified Flying Objects Doubleday, Garden City, 1956


Date: July 25, 1948
Location:  Noblesville, Indiana
Time: Night
Summary:  One object was observed by more than three witnesses for a few seconds (Davis).
Source:  Newspaper 


Date: July 26, 1948
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Time: 15:45
Summary: Less than 30 objects were observed by two witnesses (Hansen; McKittrick).
Source: Newspaper 


Date: July 26, 1948    BBU
Location: Chamblee (near Atlanta), Georgia
Time:  8:45-9 p.m.
Summary: 5-15 (?) students outdoors at Georgia Tech at Chamblee saw a green light with a silver tail about the size of a football [at arm’s length??] in steady flight to the SE slowly descending as if for a landing, completely silent. At 9 p.m. Atlanta Naval Air Base tower observer saw a blue-white object in horizontal level flight at high altitude travel from NE to SE in a few seconds then gain altitude and suddenly turn to the S, completely noiseless. Independent witnesses include City Editor of Atlanta Chronicle newspaper and 9 others.  few secs?
Source: FOIA


Date: July 27, 1948
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Time: 8:35 a.m. 
Summary: A University of New Mexico scientist  saw a flat metallic disc-shaped object that hung motionless in the sky for ten minutes. 
Source: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 54


Date: July 27, 1948
Location:  Warrenton, Georgia
Time: 10:30
Summary: One object was observed by one witness briefly (Hill).
Source: Newspaper 


Date: July 27, 1948
Location:  Prichard, Alabama
Time:   21:15
Summary:  A meteor-like object was observed. One object was observed by four military witnesses at an airfield briefly (Browning; Bryan; Taylor).
Source: Arnold, Kenneth Coming of the Saucers Authors, Amherst, 1952


Date: July 27, 1948
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Time: Night
Summary: Several objects were observed by a male witness.
Source: Newspaper 


Date: July 28, 1948
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Time:
Summary: Unidentified objects were sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. Physiological effects were noted. Many objects, about 40 feet across, were observed by two witnesses.
Source: Fund Scully, Frank Behind the Flying Saucers Holt, 1950


185-01Date: July 29, 1948 (BBU # 185)
Location:  Indianapolis, Indiana
Time: 9:58 a.m:
Summary: Witnesses: James Toney, Robert Huggins, both employees of a rug cleaning firm.
One shiny aluminum object, shaped something like an airplane’s propeller, with 10-12 small cups protruding from either blade. Estimated size 6-8′ long, 1.5-2′ wide. The object glided across the road a few hundred feet in front of their vehicle and apparently went down in a wooded area. Sighting lasted a few seconds.

Case I (Serial 0573.00)

Two men employed by a rug-cleaning firm were driving across a bridge at 0955 hours on July 29, 1948, when they saw an object glide across the road a few hundred feet in front of them. It was shiny and metallic in construction, about 6 to 8 feet long and 2 feet wide. It was in a flat glide path at an altitude of about 30 feet and in a moderate turn to the left. It was seen for only a few seconds and apparently went down in a wooden area, although no trace of it was found.
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Date: July 30, 1948 
Location: Alice, Texas
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Summary: A hovering object was observed. One object was observed.
Source: Hill, H. Edward Catalog Through 1950


Date: July 30, 1948
Location:  Richmond, Indiana
Time:
Summary: Nocturnal lights were observed by a male witness (Bradfield).
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2


Date: July 30, 1948
Location:  Santa Fe, New Mexico
Time: Daytime
Summary: Four objects were observed by two witnesses (Fuller).
Source:  Newspaper


Date: July 31 1948: Domed Disc Seen in Indiana


Date: July 31, 1948
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Time: 16:30
Summary: A flying disc was observed. Multiple independent witnesses. One disc, about 40 feet across, was observed by three witnesses in a city for over one minute (Geshorn; Price; Watson). No sound was heard.
Source: Project Bluebook


Date: Jul-Aug 1948 (BBU # 191)
Location: Marion, Virginia
Time: 
Summary: Shortly after sunset. Max Abbott, flying a Bellanca Cruisair four-passenger private airplane, saw a single bright white light [take off?] accelerate [to 300 mph?] and turn up a valley. 
Source: Berliner; cf. Project 1947


Date: July-August 1948
Location: Sosnowiec, Poland
Time: afternoon
Summary: It was harvest time and all the villagers were working in the fields except for the witness a 12-year old boy at the time that remained behind guarding his house. He was very bored and switched on the radio but instead of music there was only a strange whistling sound. The radio seemed to be broken. So he took off the headphones and realized that the strange and unbearable noise was coming from outside. The boy then opened the window and saw two small, very thin creatures both dressed in shining tight-fitting outfits. The entities had large heads and dark slanted piercing eyes. One of them had horns or wore a horned helmet. The witness became frightened and shocked and then fainted, remaining unconscious for several hours. His parents found him lying on the floor. When he recovered he told them that he had seen the “devil”. All his life he thought that he had been cursed by the “devils” and they were responsible for his failures and illnesses.
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