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Date: April 2, 1952
Location: Lake Mead, Nevada
Time: 9:00 am.
Summary:  While on a fishing trip to Lake Mead with his wife and a friend, a man observed a UFO. It was silver in color, very large and at a tremendous altitude. It was described as a B-36 without wings. 
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Date: April 3, 1952
Location:  Marana, Arizona. BBU
Time: 8:15 [8:23-9:15? MST] a.m. 
Summary: Pilot of T-6 aircraft and 6 pilots on ground saw a bright aluminum shiny oblong object above 54,000 ft. 52-minutes. 
Source: Project 1947; FUFOR Index


Date: April 4, 1952
Location: Duncanville, Texas    BBU 1095
Time: 8:30 p.m. (CST) 
Summary: USAF Cpl. Billy D. Greer and PFC John W. Harrington of the Radar Maintenance Section, 147th AC&W Squadron, tracked unidentified target by FPS-10 radar first to the NW at 310°-315° azimuth at about 70 nautical miles (80 miles) moving at high speed of about 2,160 knots (2,500 mph) until it disappeared off the scope at maximum range of 260 n.mi. (300 miles). Height-finder reading not taken, estimated at 42,000+ ft due to radar beam coverage at max range.
Source: Jan Aldrich; FUFOR Index


Date: April 5, 1952
Location: Kadena AFB, Okinawa    BB
Time: 12:00 a.m. local time (approx).
Summary: A/1C P.T. Burnett, T/Sgt S. Ball, A/1C J.W. Johnston, and A/1C J.C. Holder of the 372nd Bomb Squadron, while in the tent area, observed an unidentified object flying an erratic course from the north horizon to the base area and then maneuvered over the base with violent high speed zig-zagging, stopping momentarily, and then maneuvering. Finally the object shot up out of sight to the west. All maneuvering was done at speeds higher that any conventional jet aircraft. The speed was estimated at 1000 knots. The object was a white steady noiseless light at an estimated altitude of 20,000 feet. The total time of observation was 10 minutes.
Source: BB files, Dan Wilson


Date:  April 5, 1952
Location: Phoenix [Glendale?], Arizona BBU 1096
Time: 10:40 a.m.
Summary: Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Ryan, R. L.. Stokes, and D. Schook saw a large, dull grey circular object, followed by 2 more, fly straight and level at high speed. 
Source: Berliner


Date: April 5, 1952
Location: Miami, Florida BBU 1097
Time: 9:15 p.m. 
Summary: L. E. VanDercar and 9 year old son saw 4 dark circular objects with mostly fuzzy edges, cross the face of the Moon [in the S at 175° azimuth 77° elevation, 83% illuminated or almost full], each 1/2 the angular size of Moon. 
Source: Berliner


Date: April 6, 1952
Location: Temple, Texas [Miller-Gaughan AFB?].   BBU 1099
Time: 2:59 p.m.
Summary: H. L. Russell saw 50-75 grey white discs change position within formation continually, tilting in unison every 12-15 secs. 
Source: Berliner


Date: April 8, 1952
Location: Nr. Big Pines, Calif.
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Summary: Disc-like UFO observed by TV network engineer. 
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Date: April 9, 1952
Location: Bet. Shreveport and Barksdale AFB, Louisiana (BBU)
Time: 2:30 p.m. (CST).
Summary:  USAF C-46 crew [pilot and copilot] flying E at 90° heading at 9,000 ft saw a 30-40 ft cream color disc-shaped object ahead of the plane at about 4,000 ft, object reversed course heading E [but was overtaken by C-46 and passed under it ??], C-46 and object both [?] made 360° turns, object climbing into clouds at 12,000 ft at 200­400 mph. Similar sighting at 2:45 p.m. by another C-46 5-6 miles N of Barksdale AFB of an object disappearing on a N heading at 11,000 ft.
Source: BB Status Rpt 6; cf. NARCAP


Date: April 9-10, 1952
Location: 6 miles W of Pecos [near Lackland AFB?],Texas   BBU
Time: 10:40 p.m. (CST).
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Source: Hynek UFO Rpt p. 43; FUFOR Index


Date: 1952: Giant Humanoids near Nimes France
Location: Near Nimes France
Time: : late night
Summary: The witness who was staying at an isolated stone building near the main house was awakened in the middle of the night by the sounds of her dogs growling. She went out to investigate followed by the dogs. Near another smaller stone building she came upon three giant human like figures and a smaller normal looking human. The human spoke perfect French and communicated with the witness, acting as a translator. The giant humanoids were well-built and dark complexioned, somewhat resembling “Hindus” one appeared older and seemed to be the leader. He had a half marble on his forehead and wore around his neck a strap holding a box with buttons. The “normal” human claimed that the aliens originally took him years ago when he had an encounter. The older giant explained that they had originally introduced the first human colony on earth, but as a penal colony. Later they showed her their craft that had been hidden nearby. It was huge and shaped like a straw hat, and hovered silently just above the ground. The witness was given various demonstrations of their ability to levitate and de-materialize objects. Before leaving the giants told the witness that they had come to take vegetation and mineral samples in order to evaluate the consequences of atomic explosions. The witness claimed numerous psychic experiences after the encounter.
Source:Joel Mesnard, Mufon Journal # 309


Date: April 12, 1952
Location: North Bay CFS, Ontario, Canada BBU 1108
Time: 9:30 p.m. 
Summary: RCAF Warrant Officer E. H. Rossell, Flight Sgt. R. McRae saw a round amber object fly fast, stop, reverse direction, climb away at 30° angle. 
Source: Berliner


Date: April 13 [12?], 1952
Location: Moriarty AFS, New Mexico BBU
Time: 4:45 p.m. (MST).
Summary:  4 USAF airmen saw silver disc-shaped object to the E traveling very erratically at high speed, then dove. [CPS-5 radar tracking?] 
Source: McDonald files; Jan Aldrich; BB Rpt 6; FUFOR Index


Date: April 14, 1952
Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin CIRVIS Report     BBU
Time: 12:35 p.m. 
Summary: Unidentified CAL (Central Air Lines) pilot saw several light colored objects fly in V-formation. Objects sighted from ground, tremendous speed.
Source: Berliner


Date: April 14, 1952
Location: Memphis, Tennessee   BBU 1112
Time: 6:34 p.m. 
Summary: U.S. Navy pilots Lt. jg. Blacky, Lt. jg. O’Neill flying on 18° (about NNE) heading at 2,000 ft over NAS Range Station saw to their left an inverted bowl glowing bright red, 3 ft long and 1 ft high, with vertical slots, approaching at high speed on 300° heading, straight and level at 2,000 ft, passing 300 ft from their aircraft and below overcast at 4,200 ft. [Red glowing trail?] 
Source: Berliner; McDonald files; Jan Aldrich; cf. NARCAP


Date: April 15, 1952
Location: Santa Cruz, California BBU 1115
Time: 7:40 p.m.
Summary: Mr. Hayes, brother of Master Sgt., saw 2 faint objects flying fast along the horizon through 20x spotting telescope. 
Source: Berliner


Date: April 16, 1952
Location: Madison, Wisconsin BB
Time: 8:15 p.m. CST. 
Summary: A witness by the name of Mr. Dino Laurenzi observed 5-6 yellowish-white glowing semi-circular shaped objects in a semi-circular formation almost straight up. The objects were heading to the east at high speed. After a few seconds the objects made a sharp turn left to a NW heading and gained altitude rapidly. As the objects disappeared they seemed to fuse or come together. No sound was heard from the objects. F-80 and F-86 aircraft were sent to the area to investigate. A Mr. Arthur Prchlik also sighted the objects. 
Source: Dan Wilson, BB files


Date: April 16, 1952
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana BBU
Time: 9:28 p.m. (CST).
Summary: Senior USAF pilot Capt. E. Maths [Mathis? Matthis?]. Course reversing light. 70-secs. ()
Source: Willy Smith pp. 25-29; FUFOR Index


Date: April 17, 1952
Location: Nellis AFB, Nevada
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Summary: Large group of circular UFOs. 
Source: UFOE, III


Date: April 17 [18?], 1952
Location: Yuma Test Station, Arizona BBU 1127
Time: 3:05 p.m. (MST).
Summary: Group of Army weather observation students, including several graduate engineers saw a flat-white, circular object flew with an irregular trajectory and a brief trail.
Source: Berliner


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Summary: April 17, 1952; Alaska / Atlantic
7:00 PM. Nationwide Air Defense alert triggered by vapor trails and radar detections indicated a possible Soviet attack. (Jan Aldrich)
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Date: 1952
Location: Longmeadow, Mass. BBU 1124
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Summary: April 17 [13?], 1952; 
8:30 p.m. S. B. Brooks and chemical engineer J. A. Eaton saw a round, deep orange object fly fast and erratic, occasionally emitting a shaft of light to the rear. (Berliner)
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Date: 1952
Location: Bethesda, Maryland    BBU 1128
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Summary: April 18, 1952; 
11:30 [1:30?] a.m. (EST). R. Poerstal [Parstel?], Mrage, Watkins and another man [Young?] saw 7-9 circular, orange-yellow lights in a 40° V-formation fly overhead silently from S to N. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)
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Date: April 18, 1952
Location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada  BBU 1129
Time: 4 [3:30?] a.m.
Summary:  Janitor C. Hamilton saw a yellow-gold object make a sharp turn, leaving a short, dark trail.
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index


Date: April 18, 1952
Location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada  BBU 1131
Time: 10:10 [9:40?] p.m.
Summary:   Reporter Chic Shave saw a round, yellow-gold object fly S then return.
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index


Date: 1952 April 18, 1952; 
Location: 50 miles NW of Kyushu, Japan  BBU 1130  [CCL Item # 29]
Time: 12:07 p.m. [9:07 p.m.?]
Summary:  A radar operator tracked unidentified target at 2,700 [2,100?] mph.  (Chop clearance list shows this as April 19. A T-6 pilot, Lt. D.C. Brigham, reported to ATIC the sighting of a small disc shaped object closing in on a fighter, maneuvering around it.)
Source: Berliner; UFOR Index


Date: April 19, 1952
Location: Pork Chop Hill, Korea   BB
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Summary: Four American Army Airmen reported seeing a white, rounded, delta-shaped object flying at 60 – 80 miles per hour today over Communist Territory on the Korean Western front. An official G-2 Intelligence Report said the object was reported seen in the old Baldy-Pork Chop Hill area. A spokesman for an American Division released excerpts from the official report. The report said: “At approximately 1:00 p.m. today aerial observers in two separate planes flying routine reconnaissance missions observed a white, rounded, delta-shaped object.”
Source: AP, BB files, Dan Wilson


Date: April 20, 1952: Several groups of UFOs fly over witnesses


Date: April 20, 1952; 
Location: Toronto, Canada
Time: At around 11:00 p.m. local time,
Summary: The Air Traffic Control at Cleveland Hopkins Airport received calls that objects were sighted west of Toronto heading west and leaving vapor trails. Toronto ATC requested Cleveland to call Niagara AC&W for identification. At 11:18 p.m., calls came in from 3 RCAF aircrew members who saw four objects traveling east to west. At 11:21 p.m., Buffalo Tower saw vapor trails NW of tower headed SE. At 11:28 p.m., London, Ontario, Tower saw trails north of London and Centralia Tower operator estimated they crossed from horizon to horizon in 3 seconds at between 30,000 and 35,000 feet. At this same time there were approximately 15 RCAF F-51 and T-3 aircraft airborne and most pilots reported seeing these objects. Trans-Canada Airlines pilots also saw these objects. One pilot reported he was able to track 11 objects on his radar equipment. He said they flew from horizon to horizon in 3 seconds.
Source: Canadian Dept. of National Defence documents; Dan Wilson


Date:  April 22, 1952
Location: Naha AFB, Okinawa.    BBU 1144
Time: 9 p.m. 
Summary: Crew of B-29 bomber, on ground saw an elliptical object, followed by 2 then another 2, each with a white light that blinked every 1-2 secs as they performed erratic maneuvers. 
Source: Berliner


Date: April 24, 1952;
Location: Bellevue Hill, Vermont     BBU 1147
Time: 5:00 a.m.
Summary:  Crew of USAF C-124 transport plane saw 3 circular, bluish objects in loose fingertip formation, 2 flying parallel to the plane. 
Source: Berliner; Project 1947


Date: April 24, 1952;
Location: Great Blue Hill near Milton, Mass.   BBU 1148
Time: 2:30 p.m. (EST) 
Summary: AF Cambridge Research Center, Radar Systems Lsb, Electronics Research Div, electronics engineers, Alfred P. Furnish and Herbert J. Brun, and MIT electrical engineering senior Joseph Page, were in an observation tower on top of Great Blue Hill saw to the NW 2 very thin flat, dull reddish orange squarish objects with no corners or ovals pulled in at the waist about 10-15 ft wide, with a lip around outer edges, fly wobbly in consistently undulating “swooping” motion in horizontal flight at about 2,000 ft altitude. Objects then climbed about 15° elevation at an estimated 240 mph, then flew away and disappeared due to distance. No trail or exhaust, no sound, visibility 70+ miles. [Unclear whether observers used 6x aircraft tracking telescope.] 
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index; Loren Gross Jan-May 1952


Date: April 24, 1952
Location: Clovis, New Mexico (BBU 1151)
Time: 8:10 p.m.
Summary: USAF Flight Surgeon Maj. E. L. Ellis saw many orange-amber lights, sometimes separate, sometimes fused, behave erratically, varying speed from motionless to very fast. 
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index


Date: April 24, 1952; 
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Time: 10:15 pm. 
Summary:  Civilian report in BB files but not a BBU.

Project 10073 Record Card: “Dark (object) with luminous glow, swept wing, no fuselage. Straight and level maneuvers. Possibly conventional a/c except for the absence of sound. If object was large and report indicates it was, an a/c could be heard…Disappeared behind roof line. Viewed through bare tree branches – no sound. 10 times larger than jet a/c.”
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Date: April 25, 1952
Location: Darmstadt, West Germany (BBU)
Time: 9:15 pm.
Summary: Air Force instructor pilot and his co-pilot in a C-47 observed a brilliant white circular object at a point 2,000 over Darmstadt, West Germany. The pilot, Capt. Wienieski, took evasive action when the light appeared to be on a collision course with their aircraft. He contacted the main Rhein Tower and they in turn contacted Frankfort Airways and they reported that no other aircraft were in the area. The object was last seen climbing at a high rate of speed.in a northwest direction.
Source: Weinstein; Jan Aldrich; FUFOR Index


Date: April 25, 1952: Scientist Reports Sighting Disc


Date: April 27, 1952
Location: Roseville, Mich. (BBU 1160)
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Summary:  H. A. Freytag [Freitag?] and 3 male relatives, including a minister, saw an silver oval roll, descend and stop. 2 silver cigar-shaped objects appeared, one departing to the E, one to the W; 3rd silver cigar flew by at high speed.
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index


Date: April 27, 1952
Location: Pontiac, Michigan
Time: 11:06 pm.
Summary:  Witness observed an object approximately 200 feet in diameter and approximately 200 feet off the ground. This one is labeled insufficient data for evaluation by Project Blue Book.
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Date:  April 27, 1952
Location: Yuma, Ariz.   BBU 1163
Time: 8:30 p.m. 
Summary: Off-duty control tower operator M/Sgt. G. S. Porter and wife saw a bright red or flame-colored discs, appearing as large as fighter planes; 7 sightings of one disc, one of 2 in formation. All seen below 11,000 ft overcast. 
Source: Berliner


Date: April 27, 1952
Location: Birmingham (NW of Detroit), Mich.
Time: 10:45-11:15 [10:06?] p.m.
Summary: Family of 4 of Mr. [John ?] Hoffman in a car saw a brilliant white round-flat object with 2 tiers of windows descend from the NE, hover with rocking motion at about 15° elevation, stop and start at 100 mph drifting to NW. Witnesses pursued in car, lights went off and on 4 times changed color to white ­orange, got 4 other witnesses, called police, Detroit Times newspaper and Selfridge AFB. Object disappeared over treetops to NW. [Same witness(es) as in May 25, June 18, 1952, cases??] 
Source: Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 70-73; FUFOR Index


Date: April 28, 1952
Location: Homewood, Illinois
Time: 5:00 pm.
Summary: Two civilian witnesses reported to the Air Force that an object in the SE that resembled a white parachute was apparently circling a large airplane for about three minutes. Not listed in BB unknowns or Sparks.
Source: CCPBBU


Date: April 29, 1952
Location: Marshall, Texas    BBU 1167
Time: 3:30 p.m
Summary: Private pilot R. R. Weidman [Weedsman?] saw a round, white object fly straight, with a side-to-side oscillation. 
Source: Berliner; FUFOR Index


Date: April 29 [28?], 1952
Location: N of Goodland, Kansas    BBU 1168
Time: 10 p.m.
Summary: B-29 bombardier Lt. R. H. Bauer saw a white fan-shaped light pulsing 3-4 times per second. 
Source: Berliner; Project 1947


Date: April 30, 1952
Location: Moriarty AFS, New Mexico BBU
Time: 7:40 and 7:46 a.m. (MST).
Summary: CPS-5 radar tracking of 4,000 mph first target at 230° azimuth (about SW) at 149 miles range moving 11 miles per 10-sec sweep for 4 sweeps heading into the radar site. 2nd track at 7:46 a.m. of 4,000 mph target at 280° azimuth (about W) at 140 miles moving 11 miles per 10-sec sweep for 6 sweeps [toward the radar] until disappearing at about 70 miles range.
Source: McDonald files; Jan Aldrich; FUFOR Index


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Date: 1952: Crash in Western Utah


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