June 1942 • Flight Lt. Roman Savinsky, Squadron 301 of the Royal Air Force, Polish Division, describes his close encounter with a UFO while on a bombing mission over Europe: “We were flying over the Ruhr Valley in Germany. We dropped the bombs on the target and on the way back we were flying over Holland. My rear gunner reported an aircraft approaching from the rear. I told him if this object comes too close then we will have to open fire on him. My idea was that it was perhaps a German fighter equipped with a searchlight in the nose. So when this thing came close I wouldn’t take any chance on it and I told my rear gunner to give him a blast. Then he opened fire on him, maybe at 200 yards. At that distance this object was about the size of the moon which was also visible at the same time, maybe a lot bigger. “While the rear gunner was shooting we could follow the trajectory of the tracer shells which were entering that particular target. Now the peculiar thing about it is that they were just going in and that was the end of it; they wouldn’t fall away. Those tracers would just enter and that was it. That lasted for maybe two minutes and after that time this shiny object changed position and at terrific speed moved over to our port side, almost at the same distance, about 200 yards from the wing, and then it stayed there. Then both the rear gunner and front gunner opened fire on my order. I could see the tracers entering the target again from the two angles. After a while it took off at fantastic speed at a 45-degree angle and just disappeared in the stars. The aircraft that was behind me had the same experience within a few minutes after I had mine.”
“I would have given anything to have had a camera with me,” he said. “It was definitely there,” hovering above the rolling farmland some 25 miles north of Pendleton, Oregon. That same afternoon, Kenneth Arnold landed his plane in Pendleton and told reporter Bill Bequette he’d just seen nine shiny, flat objects streaking across the sky at incredible speed.
“My boss told me about a flying disc story and I told him I saw one too,” Schuening said. “I told my wife about it. She said that I was crazy to say anything about it. Everyone said we were just seeing things.” Lester King, for whom Schuening was ranch foreman for 17 years, convinced him to go to town and tell others what he’d seen. And Schuening says he saw more than just a disc.
“There were two little guys in green suits with white helmets standing right underneath it. They were no taller than this,” holding his hand at waist level. Schuening said he watched the helmeted beings for a few seconds and then “they were gone. How they got in (the craft) I’ll never know. Suddenly they were just gone. Moments later the craft zipped away toward the Columbia River, made a big circle, and headed over the mountains.” (The East Oregonian,
Pendleton, OR (6/26 and 30, 1947 & 6/24, 1987)
June 1952 • “The day was hot and clear, except for scattered clouds,” reported John C. Williams, a former Navy pilot. “It was about 6:30 p.m., and the sun was still fairly high. My wife and one of our guests were watching the sunset reflections on Cochise’s Hide-Out, north across the valley, when they sighted a strange object flying toward Tombstone, Arizona, from the direction of Tucson. My wife called the rest of us and we were amazed to see this huge, circular object in level flight somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 feet.” Suddenly, Williams said, the UFO stopped in midflight. It hovered, oscillating or tilting from side to side for several moments. Then it reversed its direction and retraced its course. “Two times, it repeated this performance,” Williams said. “There was no noise whatever. We saw no lights or any evidence of a jet stream or exhaust.” As the UFO hovered, Williams and his guests could distinctly see the shape of the strange craft. “It looked like two saucers, one inverted on top of the other,” Williams said. “I estimated the diameter to be at least 300 feet, though it could have been greater, depending on the altitude. It left at a slight climbing angle. Its speed was unbelievable. It headed northwest toward Tucson, diminishing to a tiny speck and then vanishing, in about four seconds.” The former Navy lieutenant commander’s opinion, based on his sighting and evidence he had heard, was that UFOs are controlled, apparently metallic, machines from outer space. “I don’t know where they come from, but I have the feeling we are being observed and studied by these outer space beings.” (Flying Saucers: Top Secret by Major Donald Keyhoe)
June 1957 • On the night of the fifth, several Indians brought a friend to a village named Uriman in Bolivar, Venezuela, to have a deep gash in his arm treated. A Captain for the Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Airlines, who was on the scene, questioned the Indians and was told that they had seen a luminous object land and little beings emerge from it. They tried to catch the short occupants, one of whom slashed at an Indian and cut his arm. The Indians became frightened, let the little beings go, and hurried to the village to have their comrade treated. These details were related to another airline pilot by the LAV pilot who interviewed the Indians. The general consensus of opinion in Uriman was that the Indians saw and experienced what they claim they did. (The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, July 1957)
• The crew and passengers of a Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Douglas DC-3 reported seeing a strange luminous UFO which passed within a few meters of the aircraft at tremendous speed on the ninth. The plane was piloted by Captain Vivas with copilot Rafael Hernandez while flying the route between Puerto Cabello and Valencia, Venezuela. All observers agreed that the object was luminous, flat, slightly round and traveling at a fantastic rate of speed. On the ground, people residing in the region of El Cambur, near the highway connecting Puerto Cabello and Valencia, also reported seeing the UFO, thus confirming the sighting from the aircraft. (The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, July 1957)
June 1967 • (The following report was investigated by the Department of National Defense, Canada, and was released for publication by Dr. Peter Millman, of the National Research Council, Canada.)
While returning home by boat on a lake in northern Ontario, Canada on the 18th, Mr. and Mrs. G. noticed a bright oval-shaped object with a slight rise on top hovering about 50 feet above the treetops approximately a quarter of a mile away. They turned their boat toward the object to observe more closely when the UFO suddenly and at great speed descended toward their boat. Mr. G. made a very hasty retreat, using full power to make shore and get out of the boat. The object then returned to its original hovering position. A second attempt to move the boat was aborted when the UFO appeared to make another rapid descent toward the boat. The object hovered in the area for 10 to 15 minutes and then rapidly disappeared to the west-northwest. The couple said the object was about 25 to 30 feet in diameter and about 10-15 feet at the thickest point. No sound was heard. (The UFO Experience by Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
June 1972 • Two police officers and a farmer fired a total of 15 shots at a hovering UFO on the 26th near the town of Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Bernardus Smit, 40-year-old owner of Braeside Farm, located nine miles from Fort Beaufort, sent an employee to inspect a dam about 8 a.m. The worker, Boer de Klerk, saw something burning among thick trees. “Who is making fire?” de Klerk shouted. When no answer came, he moved closer. He sighted a glowing, shiny object bobbing up and down and then moving to an overhead position. The laborer ran to the farm and led Smit to the site. The oval-shaped craft was still there, glowing brightly and changing colors. A white, spherical, star like light glowed on the right hand top edge. “I was really scared,” Smit said. Smit called the Fort Beaufort police. Station Commander Warrant Officer Peter Van Rensburg and Sergeant P.C. Kitching arrived at the farm about 10 a.m. Smit, the two policemen, and three other farm workers proceeded to the sighting location several hundred feet from the UFO, Smit and Sergeant fired at it. “After both Smit and Sergeant Kitching had fired a couple shots; we saw a round, black, shiny object emerge from behind the trees,” Officer Van Rensburg said. Then Smit, who had a reputation as an excellent marksman, advanced to pointblank range. At about 30 feet from the object he fired again. “The eighth shot seemed to hit it, as a thud was heard,” Smit said. “As the UFO disappeared downwards I fired at the star ... and the object no longer changed colors once the star had been hit. It remained a mere darkish gun-metal body.” As Smit moved closer a humming, machine-like noise was heard. The object, after four and a half hours in the area in bright sunlight, streaked away.
The seven witnesses discovered nine strange depressions in the soil at the spot under which the object had hovered.
Mrs. E. Verschoor of Fort Beaufort later examined the imprints and said, “Thin but clear streaks running from one imprint to another look like pads and seem to indicate a slight sliding movement.” Brigadier A. Vosloo, Police Eastern-Cape Divisional Commander, concluded the unknown object was definitely a “controlled device.” Warrant Officer Rensburg said, “I did order Sergeant Kitching to shoot it ... with a .303 rifle belonging to Mr. Smit.”
When asked why he gave the order to shoot, he said, “The matter is closed.” The mayor of Fort Beaufort, an ex-policeman, backed the police action: “They didn’t use the right rifle. They should have used an FN rifle. I’m telling you, if the boys had brought that thing down, they’d be heros. I saw the thing during the day, and I can tell you it was no joke.”
“Incredible, isn’t it, that policemen and a farmer could have tried to shoot out of the sky in broad daylight what might have been a spacecraft from a friendly planet?” asked the Durban Natal Mercury on the 28th.
“If it was a vehicle from outer space, manned by intelligent beings, do you suppose they now regard the inhabitants of Earth as hostile? Belligerent, aggressive, or just plain stupid?” On July 9th,
Mr. and Mrs. Smit were ordered by police not to give any more information about the UFO or allow anyone on the farm. (The Star, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6/29/72; The Star, Auckland, New Zealand, 9/18/72; The Register, Santa Ana, CA, 1/3/73; Fate magazine, Sept. 1973)
June 1977 • Mrs. Talmage DeWitt, of Lubbock, Texas, said her Irish setter jumped awake about 5 a.m. on the 24th, waking her because of the sudden movement and the dog tags. “The dog went to the bedroom door where she goes when she wants out and stood at attention without moving,” Mrs. DeWitt said. “When I first woke I could hear the sound of about a million crickets in all the trees here. But almost immediately, it was just deathly silent, not a sound. Then I could feel something as well as hear it, a pulsating, vibrating noise.” She said she noticed a golden glow in the sky, got out of bed and went into the bathroom to look out the east window. “Above the neighbor’s house was this object,” Mrs. DeWitt said. “It was a long, narrow cigar-shaped object. Coming from underneath, above it and the ends was this glow, almost like rays. At the two ends, shooting up and down were long streaks of brilliant light and it was pulsating at the same rhythm I had been hearing.” After watching for about three minutes the object moved away at a high rate of speed. (The Avalanche Journal, Lubbock, TX, 6/25/77)
June 1992 • Ginger Harris, 16, can’t shake the memory of the “humongous” triangular-shaped craft with brilliant lights that hovered over her head for several minutes. Miss Harris said she left work, in Pineville, North Carolina, about 11 p.m. on the eighth for her one mile walk home along N.C. 51. “It was real quiet,” she said. “That’s usually a very busy street, but there weren’t any cars around.” In the next instant, she said, “I saw a weird object in the sky. It was very big, and it came right over me and stayed there for what seemed like 10 to 20 minutes, although I know it couldn’t have been that long.” The craft, which she estimated came within 300 feet of where she stood, was shaped kind of like a boomerang but more like a triangle. “It really tripped me out,” she said. “I was afraid to look at it because of all the white lights.” In the distance, a car approached. “Then it (the UFO) just zipped away, just like that,” Miss Harris said. (The News, Charlotte, NC, 1/7/83)