- June 1945 - The Curious Case Of The Jack LeMonde UFO
- Photo of Jack LeMonde on horseback, 1945... and a strange
'visitor' in the distance
- This is one of those UFO cases that leaves you scratching
your head. Jack LeMonde was photographed on horseback near the Pickwick
Riding stables in Burbank, California on a June morning in 1945. LeMonde
was in full military uniform, having served in the South Pacific with the
US Marine Corps. But something strange appeared in the photo, once developed.
Dismissed at first as a defect, closer examination revealed rather detailed
structure. The second thought was that perhaps the peculiar object floating
in the sky behind LeMonde was some kind of street lamp, and the bright
background had merely obscured the lamp pole, or perhaps it even hung from
one of the power lines which are not visible in the photo, but assumedly
run right along that same direction. But what kind of light fixture is
attached directly to a power-line like that? No one could recall such an
ornate street light or one like it, much less one that attached to a power-line.
There was definitely something very strange about this object.
- One can see in the second photo example, that there is
some kind of building behind LeMonde to the left with an arched, decorative
facade, probably an art deco gateway of some kind or perhaps a sign. But
the strange object must be considerably farther away from LeMonde than
the building judging by the graininess, suggesting certain distance. That
would mean if it were a street lamp of some kind hanging from the powerline,
it would be closer to LeMonde than the building, not farther away (or at
best, of almost equal distance), and it is large enough that it would not
appear grainy, like something considerably distant. Judging by the graininess
and black levels of the telephone pole and trees in the far lower right
of the photo, it appears to be almost equal in visual intensity with these
very distant objects, if not more so.
Upper right: Part of an archway or perhaps a sign. Red lines indicate
of power/phone lines if they run along the roadside
- The photo shows absolutely no indication of power or
phone lines, poles or any kind of extension to explain the suspended object.
It is very likely that the power/phone lines of the pole in the far right
distance stop there and do not cross in font of where LeMonde and the horses
are positioned, since there is not even the faintest trace of them anywhere
in the image. Additionally, Pickwick stables was located in a very rural
area, so limited power and phone lines would be likely, and ornate lighting
fixtures very unlikely. In fact, using high contrast adjustment and a Photoshop
tool to 'find edges' no immediately apparent, a distinct powerline or phoneline
can be seen in the upper left portion of the picture, but clearly not related
to the strange object whatsoever. One has to wonder why this phone or power
line is visible, and the others invisible? Surely there would be some trace.
This mysterious object in the sky is very reminiscent of the Sutton photo
of 1932, another case of a distinct and rather elaborate looking UFO, unseen
at the time of the taking of the photo, yet photographed in a place where
no such light fixture would have been; though many, upon seeing the photo,
automatically assumed that is what it must be. In the Sutton case, even
more so, as the image was taken along a very rural road, and the height
of such a fixture, and judging the distance from the man in the photo,
would make it truly enormous. Again, the black levels and grain of the
object contrasted with foreground objects clearly places it at great height
and considerable distance, with no trace of wire, line or pole.
- Street Lamps On Power Lines
- From the skeptical point of view, however, there is the
simple possibility that a street lamp, fairly common in the 20s and 30s,
hanging from power or trolley lines, is the object in question and the
line/wire is simply not visible in the photograph(s). Though this is far
more unlikely in the extremely rural Sutton photo, it is reasonably likely
in the LeMonde image. Here are some examples of such lamps, which do bear
a striking resemblence, if not virtually identical give or take a few very
- For more detailed information and analysis of the LeMonde
UFO photo, see...
- June 21, 1947 - Pre-Arnold/Pre-Roswell UFO Fleet Encounter
- It was approximately 2pm when Harold A. Dahl, the captain
of a coastguard patrol based on Tacoma, Washington, had his amazing UFO
- Dahl and his crew of U.S. coastguards were patrolling
the southern end of Puget Sound, Washington - a place abundant with islands
and fjords - when they put the launch into an eastern bay off Maury Island,
a small, thinly populated island some three miles from the mainland.
- At the time there were two members of Dahl's crew, his
son and a dog on board. As they entered the bay, Dahl looked up from the
wheel and was startled to see "six very large doughnut-shaped machines"
in the air. He judged them to be approximately 2000 feet up, virtually
overhead, stationary and silent.
- Intelligent Balloons?
- Initially he thought they were balloons until one decided
to descend, followed by the other five. This lone machine seemed to be
in trouble. Dahl though - although the others closely followed it at a
range of approximately 200 feet above.
- It continued on a downwards movement until it was directly
overhead, about 500 feet above the water. They remained totally silent
and Dahl couldn't see any visible means of propulsion - they didn't appear
to have any engines.
- Metallic Craft
- Dahl reckoned they were each about 100 feet in diameter
and each had a hole in its center, about 25 feet in diameter. The clouds
were low and thundery, but when the sunlight broke through, Dahl noted
that it reflected from the metallic surfaces of the strange craft. However,
there was not one brilliance, but many.
- In addition, the craft appeared to have what appeared
to be 'portholes' equally spaced around the outside of their hulls. Dahl
also reported what looked like dark and circular windows on the inside
and bottoms of them.
- Dahl later said, "Fearing that the central and lowermost
machine was going to crash in the bay, we pulled our boat over to the beach
and got out our harbor patrol camera. I took four photos of these balloons,
as I still thought they were. All the time, the five were circling around
the one which was stationery. Five minutes passed, and then one of the
circling machines detached itself from the formation and came right down
to the stationery one. It seemed to touch it, and stayed motionless for
about four minutes.Then we heard a dull thud, and the central craft spewed
out what looked like thousands of newspapers from the inside of its center.
But these falling fragments turned out to be a white type of very light
metal that fluttered to earth, and also fell into the bay. The machine
then seemed to hail on us in the bay, and over the beach, black and darker
type metals, which hit the beach and the bay. All these latter fragments
seemed molten. Steam rose when they hit the water. We ran for shelter under
a cliff and got behind logs. My son's arm was hit by a falling fragment
of metal, and our dog was killed. Then the rain of metal stopped. The strange
craft silently lifted and went westward towards the Pacific. All the time,
the center one remained in the formation. We found the fallen metal too
hot to touch, for some time. But when it cooled, we loaded a large number
of pieces into our launch."
- Electrical Malfunctions
- When he climbed back towards the launch, Dahl found that
his radio refused to work.
- "When I started out on patrol, my radio had been
in perfect order. But now, the static was so great, I could not make contact
with our shore station! Yet the weather could not have caused all that
interference. Our wheel-house had been hit by the rain of metal, and damaged.
I started up the engines and returned to Tacoma, where my boy had to be
attended in hospital. I reported the adventure to my superior officer,
Mr Fred L. Chrisman; but I could see he did not believe me! I gave him
the camera and the films and also the metal fragments we had collected
in the island. Later, Chrisman went out to the island to look for the 20
tones of metal which I judged had been spewed from the strange machine.
When my films were developed, they showed the strange aircraft, but the
negatives were covered with white spots, as though they had been exposed
to some radiation."
- Apparently specimens of the strange metal were taken
to Chicago University for analysis, who described them as "metal that
had fallen from a great height in the sky and landed in sand."
- Strange Geology!
- Some skeptics have said that Maury Island is rich in
this type of metal as geological and natural deposits. Further analysis
reported that the metal was an alloy of calcium, iron, zinc, and titanium.
Also present were aluminum, manganese, copper, magnesium, silicon, nickel,
lead, strontium and chromium together with traces of silver, tin and cadmium.
This seems a very remarkable alloy to be found in a natural state all over
- One odd note added, was that the content of calcium was
unusually high and that it had not been oxidized, as it does when heated
- in terrestrial conditions.
- Cosmic Protection
- One theory which was put forward at the time was that
the calcium had been cast into the hull of the strange machines to absorb
the lethal cosmic rays out in space beyond our earth's orbit.
- Enter the Men in Black
- Not only is this story extremely fascinating, if only
by pre-dating similar events - the metal seems similar to that allegedly
recovered the following month at the Roswell crash site. However, the following
day Dahl was interrogated by what could be one of the first incidents involving
MIB (Men in Black):
- According to Dahl, the following morning a strange man
drove to his house and got out of a black Buick car of sedan type. He was
dressed in a dark suit, was around 40 years old and in Dahl's words, looked
like "an insurance agent".
- Dahl got out his own car and drove downtown - with the
stranger following him. Why he didn't use the stranger's car for a lift
is not recorded.
- Threatening Warnings
- Over breakfast in a hotel, Dahl was asked some curious
- Stranger: "Are you happy at your job, and in your
- Dahl: "What the blazes are you getting at?"
- At this point, the stranger merely gave a peculiar smile
and proceeded to tell Dahl of the previous events on Maury Island. This
conversation puzzled Dahl as, so far, he had not told anyone about his
experience and there had been no one on the island apart from his crew
- and he did not think they had been talking.
- "Mr Dahl," said the stranger, still smiling,
"you had better forget what you have seen, and stop talking. Silence
is the best thing for you and your family. You have seen what you ought
not to have seen!" The stranger then abruptly got up and left the
- Further Verifications
- Kenneth Arnold later arrived on the scene after being
asked to investigate the strange story. Arnold later interviewed Dahl's
superior officer, Chrisman, who told his own fantastic story:-
- Two days after Dahl had reported to me about these strange
machines over Maury Island, I went out in the patrol launch. It was on
the morning of June 23rd. I looked at some of the tons of metal on the
beach. As I did so, one of the strange aircraft suddenly appeared from
nowhere! It circled the bay, banked at an angle of 10 degrees, and shot
up into the center of a cumulus cloud, high in the sky. I have never seen
any aircraft before go into the center of such a cloud. It is very rough
in there. The strange thing looked like a large inner tube to me. It was
not squashed as Dahl had said. It had large portholes round the whole hull,
and its brassy, golden surface seemed burled. I noticed, too, an observation
window in it. When the sun shone on it, it was unusually brilliant. I picked
up a load of the fragments of fallen metal and went back with them in the
launch to Tacoma."
- Military Investigations
- Arnold then spoke to Lieutenant Frank Brown of the U.S.
military intelligence, who had also seen the fragments of metal when he
flew over the location in a B.29 bomber.
- He sketched, for Arnold, photos that had come to intelligence.
One of the sketches showed a photograph taken some three weeks previously
by Wm. A. Rhodes over Phoenix, Arizona. It showed a strange vessel, looking
like the heel of a shoe, ie. parabolic in shape, with a hole near one of
- Rhodes had said that there were two tails of vapor trailing
from the edges of the 'heel'. One even more remarkable picture shown to
Arnold looked exactly like Arnold's own (famous) sighting of nine strange
machines flying in formation on June 24th 1947.
- The startling thing was that this picture was taken by
a Captain F.W. Banner of the British barque, 'Lady of the Lake', in mid-ocean
off the coast of Liberia on March 22nd, 1870 - 77 years BEFORE Arnold's
- It looked like a half moon with a tail in it, or like
a half-peak in the center of the disc. The object was flying against the
wind and was visible for half an hour.
- This account seems to have all the hallmarks of a classic
sighting; strange metallic craft, fragments of strange metal recovered
and even being followed by a MIB encounter.
- (Source: http://www.cropcircleresearch.com/enigma/issue5/ufo.html
- June 24, 1947 - Kenneth Arnold's Famous UFO Sighting
- PENDELTON, Ore., June 25 (AP)
-- Nine bright saucer-like objects flying at "incredible speed"
at 10,000 feet altitude were reported here today by Kenneth Arnold, a Boise,
Idaho, pilot who said he could not hazard a guess as to what they were.
- Arnold, a United States Forest Service employee engaged
in searching for a missing plane, said he sighted the mysterious objects
yesterday at 3 P.M. They were flying between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams,
in Washington state, he said, and appeared to weave in and out of formation.
Arnold said he clocked and estimated their speed at 1,200 miles an hour.
- Note: Arnold estimated the speed of the UFOs at around
1,200 mph, or, at 10,000 feet above sea level, Mach 1.63. The fastest aircraft
in the military at that time topped out at 700 mph. It was not until 1962
that the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird took flight achieving Mach 3.2, at altitudes
of 40,000 ft. or more.
- Kenneth Arnold has been credited widely for having coined
the term "Flying Saucer," but in reality, Arnold didn't see saucers.
He described a one-piece, winged "heel" sort of craft, or a crescent
with a domed top, and commented that their movement in the sky was like
saucers "skipping" across water which reporters then drafted
into the lexicon of contemporary lingo.
- Nonetheless, what Arnold saw and described was certainly
not conventional aircraft known to any civilians at that time, though we
do know that Nazi Germany was working frantically on craft of similar design and
shape just before the end of the war and may have perfected it, the
knowledge then falling into the hands of the Allies. It is certainly possible
that the US Government/Military had such advanced aircraft as part of blackops
projects in '47, but we simply don't know. One then has to contend with
the myriad of reports of alien pilots found at the Roswell (and other)
crash sites, seen by many eye-witnesses, and the total similarity in the
description of the crashed craft. It would be unlikely that the skies were
being shared by men and extraterrestrials alike in the same kind of ships.
Authenticity and Source: Unknown. Apparent "Nazi" Saucer Photograph
For further material on Kenneth Arnold....
- Click Here for a transcript of Edward R. Murrow's interview
with Kenneth Arnold
Click Here to
read Arnold's account in his own words, with diagrams (note the similarity
in Arnold's diagram and the heel shaped craft below)
The Arnold-Roswell-Rhodes Craft Connection
- These images, often called "the Roswell craft"
photos, (as it is widely reported that the Roswell craft was not a saucer,
but a "delta" winged craft) appeared in several Southwestern
newspapers around the time of Arnold's sighting and match his basic description
of a heel shaped, domed flyer; These images were photographed the same
day as the Roswell crash which took place in the evening of July 7,
1947, just one state away, in New Mexico.
William Rhodes Photos, Phoenix, AZ, July 7, 1947
- June 5, 1955 - UFO Photographed Over Belgium
- Three photographs were taken on June 5, 1955 at about
7:30 P.M. near Namur, Belgium. The witness indicated that he had visually
seen a sharp gleam moving high in the sky without any noise and at high
speed. He indicated that the gleam accompanied an object of discoidal shape
leaving a white trail behind it. The second photograph: The witness
stated that the object lost altitude, made a turn and then went upwards
to reach his own vapor trail. The third photograph: The object joined
its trail, the trail was dissipating, the UFO then accelerated and left,
while luminous particles were ejected behind it.
- (Source: http://www.ufocasebook.com/bestufopictures.html
- June 18, 1959 - UFO Photographed Over Waikiki
- Here is one of the most breathtaking
photos ever taken of a UFO, Joseph Sigel of Bellevue, Washington, took
it June 18, 1959 in Waikiki, Hawaii, the same day that the blue book "unknown"
case 6400 happened at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
- The original is a color photograph. Saucer appears to
have rounded top, and twinkling lights at bottom, giving window effect.
Sent to Project Blue Book team. It was evaluated as sun glare on lens,
though from shadows on shore sun seems to be at camera's rear.
- Nevertheless, the photograph has been discussed at the
UFO symposium for the Congressional Hearings of 1968 by Dr. Robert N. Sheppard,
who pointed out possible similarities with other UFO photographs.