Navy Planes And Ships Track UFO Near Kodiak Alaska
Date: January 22 & 23, 1950
Location: Kodiak, AK
An abundance of good information appears in the FBI's files for 1950. The first item is a report from the old Office of Naval Investigation regarding UFO sightings on January 22 and 23, 1950, in the area of Kodiak,
Alaska. The report lacks a number of enclosures which were once with the original but many details remain:
Date of Report: 10 Feb. 1950
Place: Kodiak, Alaska
DIO/17ND Source: Official U.S. Navy Evaluation: A-2
Subject: Unidentified phenomena in vicinity of Kodiak, Alaska
1: At 220240W January Lt. Smith, USN, patrol plane commander of P2V3 #4 of Patrol Squadron One reported an unidentified radar contact 20 miles north of the Naval Air Station, Kodiak, Alaska. When this contact was first made, Lt. Smith was flying the Kodiak Security Patrol. At 0248W, 8 minutes later a radar contact was made on an object 10 miles southeast of NAS, Kodiak. Lt. Smith checked with the control tower to determine known traffic in the area, and was informed that there was none. During this period the radar operator, Gaskey, ALC, USN reported intermittent radar interference of a type he had never before experienced. Contact was lost at this time, but intermittent interference continued.
2: At some time between 0200 and 0300W, Morgan was standing watch on board the USS Tillamock, ATA 192, which was anchored in the vicinity of buoy 19 in the main ship channel. Morgan reported sighting a very fast moving red glow light, which appeared to be of exhaust nature, seemed to come from the southeast, moved clockwise in a large circle in the direction of, and around Kodiak and returned but in a generally southeast direction. Morgan called Carver, also on watch, to observe this object, and they both witnessed the return flight. The object was in sight for an estimated 30 seconds. No odor or sound was detected, and the object was described to have the appearance of a ball of fire about one foot in diameter.
3: At 220440W, conducting routine Kodiak security patrol, Lt. Smith reported a visual sighting of an unidentified airborne object at a radar range of 5 miles, on the starboard bow. This object showed indications of great speed on the radar scope. The trailing edge of the blip gave a tail like indication. At this time Lt. Smith called attention of all crew members to the object. An estimated ten seconds later, the object was directly overhead, indicating a speed of about 1800 MPH. Lt. Smith climbed to intercept and attempted to circle to keep the object in sight. He was unable to do this, as the object was too highly maneuverable. Subsequently the object appeared to be opening the range, and Smith attempted to close the range. The object was observed to open out somewhat, then to turn to the left and come up on Smith's quarter. Smith considered this to be a highly threatening gesture, and turned out all lights in the aircraft. Four minutes later the object disappeared from view in a southeasterly direction.
4: At 230435W, the day following Lt. Smith's sighting, Lt. Causer and Lt. Barco of Patrol Squadron One were conducting the Kodiak Security Patrol and sighted an unidentified object. At the time of the sighting the aircraft in which those officers were embarked was approximately 62 miles south of Kodiak. The object appeared to be on an ascending westerly course, and was in sight for ten minutes. During this period the object was observed by Lt. Causer & Barco, and Paulson, ADi, plane captain. At no time was radar contact made on the object. Lt. Causer was unable to close the object at 195 MPH.
5: The objects sighted have been described as follows:
5.1: To Lt. Smith & crew it appeared as two orange lights rotating about a common center, like two jet aircraft making slow rolls in tight formation. It had a wide speed range.
5.2: To Morgan & Carver it appeared as a reddish orange ball of fire about one foot in diameter, travelling at a high rate of speed.
5.3: To Causer, Barco & Paulson it appeared to be a pulsating orange yellow projectile shaped flame, with a regular period of pulsation on 3 to 5 seconds, off 3 to 5 seconds. Later, as the object increased the range the pulsation appeared to increase to on 7 to 8 seconds and off 7 to 8 seconds.