Delaware, MORNING NEWS, 9 July 1954, page 31
100 Mystery Flying Objects Spotted Here
Force Permits Ground Observer Corps Release Data on Phenomena
Sighted In Past 2 Years, Confirmed Elsewhere
than 100 "unidentified flying objects" - many
of which have been confirmed by the U. S. Air Force at the
Baltimore Filter Center - have been sighted over Wilmington
within the past two years, it was revealed yesterday for
the first time.
revelation was made by Mrs. Elizabeth C. Bacon, supervisor
of the Ground Observer Corps, a civilian auxiliary of the
U. S. Air Force, after permission had been granted by the
Baltimore Filter Center and by Lt. Col. D. Preston Lee,
director of the State Office of Civil Defense, to release
the two-year "log" of the corps here.
Lee and Maj. Richard Dixon, filter center liaison officer
to the Delaware CD director, conferred with Mrs. Bacon yesterday
and gave her permission to publish the log.
to this, reports made by observers at the GOC headquarters,
Ninth and Rodney Streets, had been relayed promptly to the
filter center in Baltimore. The Air Force then digested
the reports, and advised the local GOC headquarters, but
publication of the accounts was restricted to Air Force,
CD and similar groups.
Bacon said that Air Force and CD authorities formerly felt
that releasing the reports to the public might "give
people the idea that we are indulging in fantasies."
per cent of the UFO's sighted have been observed at night,
the log shows. A typical log entry is the following:
5 (the most recent) - Southwest of post (Ninth and Rodney
Streets), flying southeast, a slow, blinking, greenish light
with a fast-moving object, at 9:39 p. m. Air Force (filter
center) said it was still trying to find it. It appeared
the way the Air Force talked that they knew about it. 9:40
- Air Force confirmed it as UFO." This report was signed
by two members of the GOC, Robert O'Connor and Frank Garosi.
June 14 report contains the following account:
bright light southeast of observation post (hovering). (Confirmed
by Air Force.) Watched for 20 minutes and reported to filter
center. Air Force told observers to keep constant watch.
Object 70 miles from Wilmington and 15 miles in air. Thought
to have been the one which hovered over Washington June
12. Baltimore Filter Center had it on radarscope for over
two hours." The report was signed by Salvatore Pingue,
log also brings to light the so-called "mother ship,"
a mysterious object described as "long, cigar-shaped,"
which is supposed to have been sighted over Wilmington April
18, 1953, at about 11:15 a. m.
so-called "mother ship" was sighted by Miss Margaret
J. Curran, a ground observer, and was described as flying
at a high rate of speed towards the northwest.
Bacon explained that the UFO's reported by the GOC, many
of which have been confirmed by the U. S. Air Force, are
not the only type brought to her attention.
explained that imaginative people call her home, at 2135
Faulkland Road, Stony Crest, "any time of night or
day," reporting such things as "flashing lights"
and the popular "flying saucers."
woman was so worked up that she told me over the telephone
she had sighted a hammer and sickle in the sky. I just couldn't
believe that," the GOC head explained, laughingly.
the case of observers sighting authentic phenomena or any
mysterious flying object, the information is immediately
relayed to the Baltimore filter Center.