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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

July 6, 1947, Chickamauga Creek, Tennessee, USA, W. D. Secrest:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Via the US ufology historical research group "Project 1947", focused on year 1947, it surface that in Chickamauga Creek, Tennessee, on July 6, 1947, at 02:00 p.m., W. D. Secrest was hunting turtles in a creek when he saw three flying disc shaped objects over the area. Scared, at first he hid behind a tree.

He then noticed one of the discs descend and hover over a nearby field. He was able to obtain a good look at the object and was able to see a cockpit with two pilot-like figures inside as the object tilted. He also noted a black hump behind the cockpit, which he believed housed the engines.

The other two discs remained high in the air, while the lower disc apparently surveyed the field. It suddenly zoomed upward, took a leading position in front of the other two discs and all three took off at incredible speed.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000263
Date of event: July 6, 1947
Earliest report of event: Not known.
Delay of report: Not known.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology historical research group.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Albert Rosales.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: June 22, 2007
This file last updated on: June 22, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Tennessee
Type of location: Field
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Were in UFO cockpit.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, helicopters. Insufficient data.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Chickamauga Creek, Tennessee, on July 6, 1947, at 02:00 p.m., W. D. Secrest was hunting turtles in a creek when he saw three flying disc shaped objects over the area. Scared at first he hid behind a tree.

He then noticed one of the discs descend and hover over a nearby field. He was able to obtain a good look at the object and was able to see a cockpit with two pilot-like figures inside as the object tilted. He also noted a black hump behind the cockpit, which he believed housed the engines.

The other two discs remained high in the air, while the lower disc apparently surveyed the field. It suddenly zoomed upward, took a leading position in front of the other two discs and all three took off at incredible speed.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Project 1947.

Points to consider:

In the brief summary, nothing is said about the presence and absence of noise.

While the craft are described as discs, they were possibly not literally disks, the witness describing "a black bump behind the cockpit".

Thus, nothing in the report makes it possible to exclude that the witness saw a group of helicopters, probably of Bell 47 type, craft that were not very widely known at that time.

Bell 47

Bell 47 helicopter.
Two pilots in a cockpit and
"... a black hump behind the cockpit, which he believed housed the engines".

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe June 22, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe June 22, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No information on objects noise or lack of noise. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe June 22, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Meager description of the objects and pilots. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe June 22, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No trace of investigation , resulting in no indication on delay of report and nature of report, no information on witness age at the time of observation, no indication that helicopters possibility was thought of and discarded. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion. Insufficient data.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 22, 2007 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 22, 2007 First published.

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