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UFO. United States

ID #1632255792
Added Tue, 21/09/2021
Author July N.
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Source date: 
08.01.1948
Location: 
Луисвилл, KY
United States

Toronto, Ontario, GLOBE AND MAIL, January 9, 1948, page 9

The pilot of the National Guard was killed in the pursuit of "flying saucers"

Louisville, Kentucky, January 8. (AP) - Several areas of Kentucky and surrounding states were agitated today by reports of "flying saucers" that led to the death of one National Guard pilot and fruitless harassment by several other pilots.

The National Guard headquarters in Louisville said that 25-year-old Captain Thomas Mantell was killed late on Wednesday while chasing a "flying saucer" near Franklin, Kentucky.

Two other members of the Kentucky National Guard, also assigned to a flying investigation into reports of "flying disks" in the area near Fort Knox, have returned to their base in Louisville.

Two Hopkinsville pilots, James Garrett and William Crenshaw, said they were chasing a flying object that they believed was a balloon.

Astronomers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, reported seeing an object in the sky on Wednesday afternoon that they believed was a balloon, but the Nashville Weather Bureau said it did not know of any balloons in the area.

Meanwhile, in Southern Ohio, observers reported seeing a flaming red cone near the Army Air Base in Wilmington. Representatives of the army said that they have no information about the object or about its origin.

 

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Toronto, Ontario, GLOBE AND MAIL, 9 January 1948, page 9

National Guard Airman Killed While Chasing 'Flying Saucers'

Louisville, Ky., Jan. 8 (AP) - Several areas of Kentucky and adjoining states were excited today over reports of "flying saucers" which led to the death of one National Guard flier and fruitless chases by several other pilots.

The National Guard headquarters at Louisville said Capt. Thomas Mantell, 25, was killed late Wednesday while chasing what was reported as a "flying saucer" near Franklin, Ky.

Two other members of the Kentucky National Guard, also assigned to a flying investigation of reported "flying disks" in the area near Fort Knox, returned to their Louisville base.

Two Hopkinsville pilots, James Garret and William Crenshaw, said they chased a flying object which they believed to be a balloon.

Astronomers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., reported they saw some object in the sky Wednesday afternoon which they believed to be a balloon, but the Nashville Weather Bureau said it knew of no balloons in that vicinity.

In Southern Ohio, meanwhile, observers reported seeing a flaming red cone near the army air base at Wilmington. Army spokesmen said they had no information on the object or its origin.

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