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Deaths and Disappearances
Ontario, STAR, 24 November 1953, page 1
Aboard U.S. Jet Missing Near Soo
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - Snow and low visibility today
hampered planes searching for a United States F89 air force
jet fighter missing over the bleak waters of Lake Superior
since Monday night.
The missing plane with two high-ranking air force officers
aboard mysteriously disappeared at 7:55 p.m. after taking
off an hour earlier from Kinross air force base south of
Kinross officials said the plane was equipped with two rubber
rafts and each officer aboard wore a Mae West life jacket.
The men were not identified.
Four DC3s from Trenton and Centralia RCAF bases arrived
today to take part in the search. It was expected the weather
would clear considerably this afternoon so that the search
can get into top gear.
The jet took off at 6:22 p.m. (EST) with about two hours
of fuel in the tanks, Kinross spokesmen said. It was last
noted by radio some 60 miles northeast of the Keweenau peninsula.
This would have put the plane somewhere off the forbidding
shores of the stormy lake.
A coast guard cutter was hurriedly dispatched to the area
Monday night. Air-sea rescue units were alerted. And state
police were joined by conservation officers in the widespread
hunt along the shoreline.
The coast guard station at Houghton and the St. Ignace state
police post reported early today that the fliers were still
The plane was reported to be carrying flotation gear and
officials said it might be adrift in Lake Superior. They
said they have received two reports that a plane was down
in the water.
Planes from the Selfridge field near Detroit joined the
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 24 November 1953, Page 1
FORCE JET MISSING OVER LAKE
Two Aboard Plane 160 Miles North
A stormy Lake Superior and its rugged shores have not yet
revealed the fate of a United States Air Force all-weather
interceptor which disappeared Monday night, somewhere between
the Keweenaw Peninsula and Michipicoten Island, 160 miles
northwest of Sault Ste. Marie.
The interceptor, an F89 Scorpion, on a routine air defence
training flight, was reported to be carrying two high-ranking
officers, but Air Force officials did not identify them
The plane left its base at Kinross at 6:22 p.m. Monday,
and was last reported about 160 miles northwest of the Sault
over Canadian waters, at 7:55 p.m. Both radar and radio
contacts were lost at about that time.
Four DC-3s from Centralia and Trenton, under Squadron Leader
Campbell, search master, joined in the search today, but
were hampered by bad weather conditions and high seas. Visibility
was about one mile. Planes from the Kinross Air Base, air-sea
rescue units from Selfridge Field at Mt. Clemens and Coast
Guard amphibious planes were called in to help, as were
Coast Guard cutters and State Police and Conservation officers
who patrolled the rugged shores of Lake Superior.
Officials said the area where the plane was last reported
was storm-bound with snow showers and 20 mile-per-hour winds.
Heavy, whitecapping seas prevailed throughout the day.
The U.S. Air Force reported that the plane was equipped
with flotation gear, and that each of the flyers had rubber
life rafts and wore Mae West life jackets.
The reports had been received that a plane was in the water,
and the Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush, which was in the vicinity
at the time, was dispatched to begin a search.
Weather conditions early today, kept most of the planes
grounded, but it was expected that it would clear up considerably
later, this afternoon, and permit an all-out search of the
Disappearance of the plane is the third in the Lake Huron-Superior
area within the space of one year.
A single-engine plane carrying four football fans to the
Grey Cup game from Edmonton, Alberta, disappeared last November
28, in the Georgian Bay region, with no trace of it ever
Two Detroiters taking off from the American Sault Municipal
Airport last August 12, and pointing for Wawa, disappeared
without a trace in the Lake Superior region.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 25 November 1953, Page 1
Hunt For Lost Plane
Flying in five-hour relays, so that planes are constantly
in the air, the United States Air Force and RCAF, today,
continued the search for a U.S. F89 Scorpion interceptor
missing since Monday evening, over Lake Superior.
The plane was last heard from over Canadian waters about
160 miles northwest of the Sault, a few minutes after it
left the Kinross Air Base, 20 miles south of the border
Ontario, STAR, 24 October 1978, page 1
TRACE OF YOUNG PILOT AFTER REPORTING APPROACH OF UFO
MELBOURNE (AP) - Boats and aircraft have found no trace
of a young pilot and flying-saucer enthusiast who disappeared
with his plane after radioing he was being chased by an
unidentified flying object (UFO).
The Australian Air Force said it has received 11 reports
of UFO sightings from people along the coast of Bass Strait
where the plane disappeared Saturday night.
The pilot, Frederick Valentich, 20, was on a 200-kilometre
training flight when he told air traffic controllers in
Melbourne he was being buzzed by a UFO with four bright
lights about 300 metres above him.
Controllers said in his last message, taped in Melbourne,
he radioed: "It's approaching from due east towards
me. It seems to be playing some sort of game, flying at
a speed I can't estimate."
not an aircraft. It's. . .It is flying past. It is a long
shape. I cannot identify more than that. It's coming for
me right now."
A minute later he reported: "It seems to be stationary.
I'm also orbiting and the thing is orbiting on top of me
also. It has a green light and a sort of metallic light
on the outside."
Valentich then radioed the engine of his single-engine Cessna
182 was running roughly. His last message said: "It
is not an aircraft."
Valentich's father, Guido, said he hopes his son has been
taken by a UFO and has not crashed.
fact that they have found no trace of him really verifies
the fact that UFOs could have been there," he said.
Valentich said his son used to study UFOs "as a hobby
using information he had received from the air force."
was not the kind of person who would make up stories. Everything
had to be very correct and positive for him."
Ontario, STAR, 3 November 1978, page 10
son kidnapped by space aliens
MELBOURNE (AP) - The father of an Australian pilot who disappeared
after reporting a UFO was shadowing him said today he still
believes his son was "snatched by beings from outer
else explains it," Guido Valentich said. "That
explanation is as good as any."
would rather think he was alive and well on another planet
away out there somewhere than dead at the bottom of the
Frederick Valentich, 20, and his rented single-engine Cessna
disappeared on a night flight off the southern Australia
coast 12 days ago.
He radioed air traffic control in Melbourne that a long
shiny craft with four green lights was "playing games"
Then he reported his engine was idling roughly. Seconds
later there was a strange metallic sound from his radio
and he and his plane vanished.
Australian federal transport investigators are still stumped.
A week-long search by eight light planes and an Australian
air force maritime reconnaissance plane found no wreckage
and no indication his plane had plunged into the sea.
clippings courtesy of The Sault Star and The Sudbury Star.