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UFO Sightings Elsewhere in Ontario

October 22, 1947
March 13, 1948

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 2 July 1947, Page 9


OTTAWA - (CP) - It sounds screwey, but those flying saucers somebody saw out in Oregon last week have been careening their 1,200-mile-an-hour way across the Ottawa Valley.

H. S. Gauthier, and two companions of equally sound mind and body, reported seeing one of these supersonic missiles as it crossed over Lake Deschenes, eight miles west of here, during the weekend.

The Ottawa trio were sitting in a boat - minding their own business - when the "thing" came silently across from the north. It passed them, says Mr. Gauthier, in 30 seconds and was flying at 1,200 feet.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 9 July 1947, Page 11

London Area Sees First "Flying Disc"

LONDON - (CP) - London has had its first "flying saucer" visitation. Attested to by three witnesses in the family of James (Lucky) Ferguson, Langfarth Avenue, the mysterious disc was reported skimming along in a northwest direction last night. "It looked to be about as big as one of those balloons used by the weathermen at the airport, but was flattened out, more like a pancake" said Mr. Ferguson, well-known London steeplejack.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 9 July 1947, Page 16

St. Kitts' Resident Saw Flying Saucer

ST CATHARINES - (CP) - A "flying saucer," white in color and believed to be flat in shape, was reported flying from west to east over the north end of St. Catharines about 10:30 p.m. Monday, it was reported yesterday.

The report came from W. S. Griffis, an insurance agent, who claims the object travelled fairly fast and flew level. He said it made no noise and appeared bright against the sky.

Griffis said some other people nearby saw the object but he did not obtain their names and no others have reported seeing it. Other residents in the downtown area reported, however, that an airplane flew over the city in an easterly direction at about that time, showing red and white navigation lights.

Griffis, however, reported there was no sound accompanying the object he saw.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 11 July 1947, Page 2

Whistling Sound By "Flying Disc"

OWEN SOUND - (CP) - Mrs. Thede Seaman of Hepworth today reported she saw and heard a "flying saucer" over the mouth of the Sauble River 20 miles west of here.

It had an irregular edge like a meshed gear, was colored half blue and half white, appeared to be twirling and made a whistling sound as it came on over Lake Huron, she said.

Reaching the river's mouth, it slowed and dropped low, then rose again and disappeared in the direction of Wiarton.

Mrs. Seaman was alone at the time.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 12 July 1947, page 11


Ripley, July 12 (CP) - Even in this town, namesake of the "believe it or not" man, a man driving a tractor isn't dreaming when he sees flying saucers in the air.

So says Francis Boyle, Huron township farmer, who claims the saucers appeared at 4:46 a.m. yesterday and passed in formation - not once, but three times - before disappearing.

He was so impressed he left his tractor and raced indoors to jot down notes on the discs which he said were dark in color, smooth on the bottom and rough on their upper outlines.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 30 July 1947, Page 6

"Flying Saucer" Goes a-Courting

OWEN SOUND - (CP) - There isn't anything mysterious or dark about those silvery projectiles called flying saucers; they come right out and wink at you, says Mrs. Mary Waltenburg of Southhampton, Lake Huron summer resort 20 miles west of here. A pain in her right shoulder kept her awake last night long enough to see a sign in the east "a lighted object about nine inches in diameter which opened and closed three times, revealing bright lights or stars inside."

North Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 22 October 1947, page 3

More Than 100 See Flying Disc At Brantford

Brantford, Ont., Oct. 22 - (CP) - Employees of the Massey Harris Company here gazed with amazement today at what they described as a "flying saucer" in the sky.

The saucer, seen by about 100 workers and other citizens at 7:15, was travelling southward and disappeared at 7:45.

One employee said the saucer was like a disc and at times "flew" on its side and at others floated flat. "It looked like a burnished star against the sun and was perhaps 100 miles away," said another man. He had stood watching it for 20 minutes.


HAMILTON, Oct. 22 - (CP) - Said by observers to have been a "mile high and silver colored," a round balloon-like object floated across the sky this morning from south to north causing several telephone calls to the local newspaper office.

On checking the airport at Mount Hope, it was found that no weather balloons had been released so the object floated off northward still unexplained.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 12 March 1948, Page 2

Floating Apparition Seen Over London

LONDON - (CP) - Flying saucers, mysterious lights over Lake Huron - and now an airborne smoke ring.

From the airport last night it appeared to be south of London. Those who saw it told their friends and soon dozens of calls were streaming into newspaper offices and the police station seeking an explanation of the floating apparition.

A news photographer went chasing it but all he reaped was the full sweep of cold night air from atop a hill. The smoke ring had disappeared from the sky.

Reasons for the phenomenon were bandied like chaff before a windstorm.

Officials at the control tower of London city airport adopted a more practical - if less imaginative point of view. They thought the "smoke ring" which they described as "large enough to fly an aircraft through" was probably a cloud formation. When the cloud began to disintegrate, a circular role of sky poked through the middle, forming what looked like a floating ring of smoke.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 March 1948, page 1


Moose Factory, March 13 (CP) - A big ball of blue flame, seemingly the size of a football, streaked out of the sky on Thursday night and exploded near this Northern Ontario community, near the shores of James Bay. V. J. Pratt, of the Hudson's Bay Company, made this report today.

The explosion lit up the entire area brighter than daylight. The whole ball disappeared and a second later a streak of orange light shot upward from where the ball was last seen, he said. The orange streak was gone within a second. Witnesses heard no noise of any kind.

The incident tied up with earlier reports from Cochrane, 150 miles south of here, where several citizens reported seeing what they believed was a meteor about 11:40 o'clock Thursday night.

One witness there, Mrs. Charles Giles, said the object plunged downwards like a spent rocket in the northern sky. She described it as about the size of a full moon, which gave the appearance of disintegration as it fell.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 March 1948, Page 7

Meteor Sighted In Cochrane District

COCHRANE - (CP) - Several citizens of this northern Ontario community saw the flash of what they believed was a meteor about 11:40 p.m. E.S.T. Thursday night.

Mrs. Charles Giles, looking out of a window towards the north when the object came in view, said it plunged downward like a "spent rocket." She described the "meteor" as the size of a full moon, incandescent and giving the appearance of beginning disintegration as it fell.

While residents said it gave the appearance of descending only a few miles north of here, no reports have been received from that area.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 10 August 1948, page 1

'Saucers' Fly In Vicinity Of Windsor

WINDSOR, Aug. 10 (CP) - The "flying saucer" has returned to the Windsor area.

Monday night, Mrs. Vernon Fitzpatrick reported seeing a large, football-shaped object tearing through the skies, giving off a strange light - and a neighbor backed up her story.

At first, the woman thought they saw an airplane from the Windsor Airport but a second look assured them it was a "flying saucer."

It was a year ago the same phenomenon was "seen" in the skies of the Border City and at points all over Canada and the U.S.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 18 March 1950, Page 1


TORONTO - (CP) - Two repair men said today they had seen four mysterious "flying discs" while atop a 300-foot radio tower near Aurora last Tuesday.

Art Gendron and Jarvis Weir said the objects remained visible for 15 minutes at an estimated 2,000 feet.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 30 March 1950, Page 13

'Saucer' Sounded Like Diesel Engine

OWEN SOUND - Here's a report about a flying saucer that "sounded like a diesel engine."

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Blakey of nearby Wareham District in Osprey Township said today that early March 26, they watched a strange object in the sky for half an hour.

Mrs. Blakey described the sight in the northwestern sky as "a sheet of light and above it, a disk of light as large as the moon." She said the object made a noise louder than a truck, and similar to that of a diesel engine.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 31 March 1950, page 1


Brantford, March 31 (CP) - Police and newspaper offices were deluged with telephone calls by citizens who were watching the formation of what appeared to be a vapor trail pattern in the eastern sky.

Most reports revealed that the trails could actually be seen forming but that the object responsible was not visible. The pattern could be seen for more than an hour before it drifted away.

Three separate trails were reported - one in the morning and two in the afternoon. Employees of the Brantford Expositor watched the third trail. It started to form from an object flying in a southerly direction, which made a complete vertical loop and sped off towards the north. The object was too far away and too high to be seen.

Many citizens speculated about flying saucers.

Traffic control officials at Malton Airport, near Toronto, said today that "a number of aircraft were on operations" over the Brantford district. They declined to give details but said the planes were flying at about 25,000 feet.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 27 June 1950, Page 2

"Flying Saucer" Seen At Windsor

WINDSOR - (CP) - It's flying saucer season again, this time in Windsor.

Jessie E. Christie reported she saw a "saucer" flying over the Windsor area, last night. She said the object was "silvery, and appeared big and round, and seemed almost like a star."

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 14 July 1950, Page 18


CHATHAM - (CP) - Another "flying saucer" has appeared over Kent County. It was spotted last night by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Thackeray of Chatham while driving near Thamesville. Mr. Thackeray estimated the height of the object at 3,000 feet, and said "it looked like a ball with the upper side flattened."

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 15 July 1950, Page 2

See Object in Sky May Have Been Jet

KEMPTVILLE, ONT. - (CP) - Residents in this town 35 miles southwest of Ottawa today reported seeing a strange object travelling through the sky at high speed and leaving a white trail marked with flames and sparks.

R.C.A.F. officials in Ottawa said a jet plane could account for the high speed and the vapor trail but not for the flames and sparks unless the aircraft was in trouble.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 18 July 1950, Page 2

Three Windsor Men See Flying Saucer

WINDSOR - (CP) - A "flying saucer" rode into Windsor, Monday night, on the wings of a lightning storm, three Windsor men said today.

A "luminous object" was reported by Charles Walters, who said he saw it hovering above the tree-line about five miles from his home, during the brief storm.

"It might be a saucer and it might not," he said. "All three of us saw it, so it wasn't an hallucination."

"It hovered back and forth in the sky for about three minutes, then zoomed straight up and disappeared, leaving a luminous trail."

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 October 1950, Page 1


TORONTO - (CP) - The Telegram says today in a dispatch from Moose Factory that Indians and white residents of fur-trading communities on James Bay are in a state of fearful excitement because of a series of weird events for which they know no reasonable explanation.

The story, written by Don Delaplante, roving reporter in Northern Ontario, says detailed reports have gone to Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Ottawa.

It lists these events:

Appearance of a water-borne object which three educated Indians insist was a submarine;

A strange red light which hung almost stationary in the sky around the Hudson's Bay Company post at Nemaska, 80 miles inland from Rupert's House on the east coast of the bay, and was observed by the factor and his assistant;

Appearance of a large airplane accompanied by a smaller one which stood still in the sky over northern Quebec and sent Indians racing 50 miles west to Nemaska;

Three huge explosions "like earthquakes" inland from the east coast last March which shook every building at old Factory River.

Strange white men who ran to hide in the forest when seen by Indians around Fort George.

At Ottawa, Commissioner S. T. Wood of the R.C.M.P. said headquarters had received a report of Indians sighting "either a large sea creature or a submarine." However, he said the idea of a sub had been discarded as impractical because at the point of sighting James Bay was too shallow for submarine operations.

The commissioner said the R.C.M.P., convinced there was no submarine involved, was doing nothing about the matter.

"We have not heard anything about the other weird stories mentioned," he added.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 29 November 1951, page 13

Flying Saucer Pilot Leaves Calling Card
(Special to The Sudbury Daily Star)

ESTAIRE - The flyers of the flying saucers are now writing their initials in the stratosphere.

S. Tissier, on his way home here recently, saw what he believes was one of the controversial objects ripping across the sky at a terrific rate. For a few seconds Tissier was dazzled by the glare from the saucer; blinked, looked again and saw a perfect letter "Z" where once the phenomenon raced.

North Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 17 April 1952, page 1

Flying Teardrops, Too

TORONTO (CP) - Strange things are reported, these days, in the skies over Ontario.

Forty-five persons said they saw what appeared to be an unusual form of blimp hanging motionless above Hamilton, last night. Gordon Cordiner said it hovered just off the lakefront for about 15 minutes, and then disappeared.

Mrs. Marie Woodland said she was riding in an automobile with four other women along Burlington Beach, when she saw the thing.

"It had a halo-like fringe of color around it," she said. "But the main body seemed black. It was like something out of this world."

In Haliburton, 65 miles north of Lindsay, Mrs. Wesley Baker and a neighbor, a Mrs. Henderson, watched what they described as a "flying teardrop." It circled high overhead, travelling swiftly, described a semi-circle and disappeared in five minutes, to be followed by another.


Mrs. Baker said: "It was coming from the northeast, shaped sort of like a teardrop or a glorified tadpole. It had a long silver tail behind it that might have been smoke."

"Then I saw a second one following the first one. It was shaped exactly the same and seemed almost as though it was being pulled by the first one."

And at Windsor, a mystery about red lights in the sky was cleared up when an airline announced it had installed a row of the lights on top of its planes.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 April 1952, page 24

Mystery Plane Speeds At 1,000 Miles an Hour

LONDON (CP) - An unidentified aircraft streaked across Western Ontario Sunday at a speed estimated as "in excess of 1,000 miles an hour."

It left a vapor trail from horizon to horizon.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 April 1952, Page 1

Toronto-Detroit In 12 Minutes

TORONTO - A dark, cylindrical object which streaked across Ontario skies yesterday, at a speed estimated to be as high as 1,000 m.p.h., revived talk today, of "flying saucers."

Leaving a long vapor trail, which stretched from horizon to horizon, the object was first reported over Toronto, and then, over Hamilton - before Toronto Airport officials had a chance to telephone ahead to warn of the approach of the object.

One Toronto newspaper, in a report from R.C.A.F. officials in Ottawa, said it was a British Canberra jet bomber enroute from Montreal to Omaha, Neb., and thence to Baltimore, Maryland, where the aircraft is to be made under license by the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co., a large U.S. producer of warplanes. However, the top speed of the British jet is estimated to be in "excess" of 600 m.p.h. The Toronto newspaper report estimated the craft's speed at "in the neighborhood of 1,000 m.p.h."

Within a reported 12 minutes of passage over Toronto, Detroit Airport Control messaged that the trail was visible north of that city.

The vapor trail was sighted above Toronto by airport officials, about noon, and shortly afterwards over London, Ont. RCAF officials said the jet bomber, one of the fastest planes in the air, flew at a height of about 30,000 feet, and it was going so fast that it sped over Toronto before its flight plan reached Air Traffic Control officials.

At London, fighter aircraft from No. 420 Squadron attempted to intercept the plane, but it quickly left them behind. The mustang fighter pilots pushed their craft to speeds of 450 miles an hour in the futile chase.

R.C.A.F. officials at Ottawa said that Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Lloyd, chief of the R.A.F. Bomber Command, arrived at Montreal Saturday, in a Canberra and took off yesterday, in the same plane for Omaha. His ultimate destination is Baltimore, Maryland, where the Canberra will go into production.

The R.C.A.F. said there is a possibility the Canberra created the controversy.

But the reports that it was going 1,000 miles an hour stump them.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 22 April 1952, Page 1

Plane or Saucer? Take Your Choice

OTTAWA - (CP) - The Air Force was pretty sure today that southwestern Ontario's Sunday "mystery aircraft" was a 600-mile-an-hour British jet bomber. However, some skeptics still had doubts, including one Air Force Wing Commander who saw it.

Defence Minister Claxton communicated the R.C.A.F. feeling to the Commons the object "almost certainly" was an R.A.F. Canberra bomber flying from Montreal to Omaha, Neb., with Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Lloyd aboard.

In London, Wing Cmdr. A. D. Haylett, officer commanding No. 420 City of London Reserve squadron of the R.C.A.F. estimated that the object must have been doing 2,000 miles an hour.

North Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 28 July 1952, page 3

Blue-White Ball Streaks Across Cornwall Skies

CORNWALL (CP) - Robert Armour reported he saw a bright blue-and-white object streaking across the sky over Cornwall last night. It travelled from north to south then veered sharply to the east.

"It was quite round and left no smoke trail," said Mr. Armour, a member of the office staff of a rayon plant. "At first I thought it was a plane, but it was travelling so fast and turned so fast it could not have been."

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 28 August 1952, Page 2

New Disc Report Says Saucer Has 30-foot Diameter

WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - A Windsor man told today, of seeing a luminous, disc-shaped Aobject@ 30 feet in diameter, in a field south of this city.

Gabriel Durocher said he was walking home about 1:30 a.m., when he saw the object in the field. "It was sort of blue all over and glowed like phosphorus."

He ran to within 30 feet of the object and "started yelling at it," he said.

"Then I saw these sparks come out of one part of the sides. They were blue and yellow and red. The saucer started spinning, and there was a sort of blue mist formed under it, and it went straight up and away."

Four other persons said they saw "something" hovering over that area of the city where Gabriel said he saw his object.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 3 September 1952, Page 1

Red Light Mystery In Lake Simcoe

BARRIE (CP) - Provincial Police and residents of the northeast end of Lake Simcoe played tag, last night and early today, with a red light.

The light, first reported late in the evening, was said to have appeared at many points around the lake. Police checked each report, but the cause of the light has not been determined.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 2 November 1953, page 3

Saucers Back Again In Southern Ontario

LONDON, Ont. (CP) - Those flying saucers have come back to haunt southwestern Ontario skies.

A Talbotville report two weeks ago hinted that "flying discs" were back in circulation again but a 45-year-old Lambeth man pinned it down positively Saturday night.

"It couldn't have been an aircraft," said Oscar Plewes. "It was flying low and I got a good look at it. Besides it was completely noiseless."

Mr. Plewes said "it was about 1,000 feet high and must have been travelling at least 500 m.p.h."

The front half, said Mr. Plewes, was shaped like a V and was brilliantly lit up. The back part was round. "It was a monstrous size, bigger than the giant American B36 planes," he added.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 March 1955, page 2

Spot Mysterious 'Flying Machine' At Parry Sound

PARRY SOUND - Flying saucers are back again.

At least if it wasn't a flying saucer, it was some kind of a mysterious flying machine that Mrs. Leo Boudreault, 10 Logan's Lane, told The Sudbury Daily Star she saw flying in the sky over here at 10 o'clock Saturday morning.

Lawrence Russell, 8, a neighborhood boy, said he saw two of them and told his mother and Mrs. Boudreault. When they came outside one apparently had disappeared, for they saw only the one.

They described it as a "bright aluminum ball very high in the sky." It stopped right overhead for a while, they said, and then "shot across the sky" south, toward Toronto.

Both Mrs. Boudreault and Mrs. Russell said there was no sound nor smoke coming from the object.

Similar objects that have been spotted in the Sudbury district have been identified as large weather balloons released from the U.S. weather station at Sault Ste. Marie.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 July 1955, page 3

Silver Ball Spotted In Sky Over Simcoe

SIMCOE (CP) - Residents of nearby Long Point Bay summer resort say they have been seeing a huge silver ball high in the sky.

They say the silver ball, on which a black figure eight has been spotted through binoculars, appears clearly about 5,000 feet high at 5:30 p.m. After an hour it disappears.

Joe Shannon, a Turkey Point storekeeper, said "it certainly isn't a balloon and it's too big for a blimp. It doesn't float through the air - it appears, then vanishes."

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 8 December 1955, page 3

Watch, Snap 'Flying Saucer'

TILLSONBURG (CP) - A family of four say they have seen, watched for several minutes, photographed and are prepared to describe in detail a noiseless, exhaustless, round object which moved through the sky near their home recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Huron Clark, their sons, George, 19, and Floyd, 16, watched one sunless day this week while the object traveled below low-hanging clouds, against the wind, in a northerly direction, then made a right-angle turn to the east and disappeared.

But the object, shown in the above picture, took so long to do this, George had time to run inside the farm home, return with his inexpensive camera and make two exposures.

Tuesday when the film was developed and printed by the London Free Press, there appeared in the upper left hand corner, an oval-shaped ring with a light-colored centre.

The family was the butt of flying saucer jokes until the photographs appeared.

North Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 7 November 1957, page 5

Many Mystery Objects Seen Wednesday Night

Mystery objects in the sky - ranging in description from "egg-shaped" to "a pinkish thing" - were reported Wednesday night from various parts of Ontario. Most came after 6:25 p.m. EST when Sputnik I was scheduled to pass over the province.

Gustav Bakos, an official at Dunlap Observatory near Toronto, said "red lights" reported could have been Venus which set Wednesday night around 8 p.m. He said the observatory had received several reports of objects.

Mrs. Sheila Funnel, of Meadowvale, 11 miles west of Toronto, said she saw a stationary bright light four times as big as the North Star. When she looked a second time, it had turned amber. Then it vanished in a red streak.

At Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto, a "brilliant glowing star," a "glowing red object" and the "pinkish thing" were reported by residents.

At Belleville, there were several reports of "red lights" in the sky.

Strange lights were also reported in Northern Ontario.

At Port Arthur, on the northwest shore of Lake Superior, residents of the Lakehead and surrounding district saw a "very bright egg-shaped" object travelling "fairly low on the horizon at a fast speed."

Harold Guest, regional operator for the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission, said several reports had been phoned to him. He also had seen the object.

But air traffic controllers at the Lakehead airport reported nothing unusual.

At Shallow Lake, near Owen Sound, Donald Lennert, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lennert, said he saw a "large blood-red object."

Sputnik II is expected to pass over Ontario at 5:11 a.m. EST Friday.

Sudbury, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 18 August 1958, page 1

Strange Things Cross Sky Near Stratford

STRATFORD (CP) - Unidentified and unexplained objects in the southeast sky were observed by John Till of the Stratford district early Saturday. Police and RCAF officials were notified but no explanation has yet been offered.

Mr. Till, who resides about two miles south of Stratford, said he first noticed the objects about 1:40 a.m. when he was returning to his farm home. He said they continued periodically until about 3 a.m.

"Altogether about 60 crossed in the sky to the southeast, travelling roughly in a north and south direction. About 25 were included in the first group and another group of 15 followed," he said.

"They were individual lights and sort of hazy. I wouldn't say they were actually as bright as a star, but they were about 12 times as wide and were yellowish-green in color."

"Strange lights" were also seen in the sky in the Guelph-Kitchener area and one explanation offered was that they were caused by a searchlight bouncing its beam off low-lying cloud layers.

Recently Stratford district residents had reported objects in the sky but in that case the "phenomenon" was traced to a spotlight in the Woodstock area.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 23 November 1960, Page 29

Many Ontario Areas View Satellite

Bright objects flashing through the sky were reported in various sections of Southern Ontario, today, minutes after the launching of a United States weather satellite.

A Thor-Delta rocket carrying the 280-pound satellite, blasted off the launching pad at Cape Canaveral at 6:13 a.m. EST.

Between 6:20 and 6:27, dozens of residents near Sarnia, London, Peterborough, Kitchener and Toronto, reported seeing objects crossing the sky.

Radio stations at Sarnia, London and Detroit had calls reporting "flashing lights."

John Tomlinson, who lives outside Kitchener, said two star-shaped objects he saw crossing the eastern sky had "tail pieces shaped like white fans" and were visible for about 15 minutes.

A woman caller told a Peterborough radio station she saw two objects shaped like half-moons.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 22 July 1965, page 3

Flying Objects In Windsor Area Are Unidentified

WINDSOR (CP) - The weather office at the city airport here has been flooded with calls this week from persons who say they have seen fast-moving lights high in the heavens that either blink or are steady.

The sightings of what officials call UFOS (unidentified flying objects) have been reported during the last three days from as far away as Leamington, 40 miles southeast of here, to Amherstburg, 15 miles south, as well as in neighboring Michigan state. Most persons say their sightings have been around 9:15 p.m.

A weather office spokesman said Thursday that weather balloons are sometimes released at about 6 p.m. but they do not carry lights and could not be seen after dusk.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 7 September 1965, Page 13

'Fireball' Lights Up North Sky

Sault Ste. Marie residents went to their telephones after sighting an object in the sky Sunday night.

"Several inquiries" were made of the city police by local people, as similar reportings were made from the Hearst-Kapuskasing area of Northern Ontario to the northern two-thirds of Michigan.

From Marquette, Michigan, state police noted a "pretty large fireball with a tail" - apparently a meteor - was sighted by scores of persons in northern Michigan.

The Federal Aviation Agency centre at Minneapolis, Minn., reported two pilots had watched a meteor fall into Lake Superior, the Coast Guard said.

The Hearst-Kapuskasing area was reported lit up briefly Sunday night by a strange light in the sky.

Witnesses in both Hearst and Kapuskasing, about 60 miles apart, reported that a light, extremely bright, burning into an orange glow, illuminated the area about 10 p.m.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 13 November 1965, page 3

Puffing Smoke 'Flying Saucer' Spotted Twice

ERIEAU, Ont. (CP) - Residents of this tiny Lake Erie fishing village agree they have seen a mysterious flying object - but their descriptions are varied.

"I noticed two puffs of smoke from a bright object in the sky and when I went into the living room, the room was bright as day," says Mrs. Leroy Burke who saw it early Thursday morning.

"We did see it, and I don't know what it was. It was too big to be a star and it wasn't an airplane," said Mrs. Arthur Huffman after seeing "something" Wednesday night.

"It's a round light and it moves up and down and back and forth. The light went out and came back three times during a half-hour," said Harvey Vidler who first spotted the object last week and saw it again Wednesday night.

It appears the object looks like "a bright white light, similar to a car-light hanging in the sky."

When it was first spotted, the RCAF and Coast Guard started an investigation, but neither confirmed a sighting of the unidentified object.

Erieau is 24 miles southeast of Chatham.

Kirkland Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 29 March 1966, page 12

UFO's Reported In Toronto Area

TORONTO (CP) - Unidentified flying objects were reported in Toronto, Barrie, Hamilton, Sarnia and Kitchener areas Sunday night.

Two Toronto men reported seeing a moving white light in the sky near Barrie.

John Waller and his companion, John Upper, said they watched it moving slowly to the south until it disappeared.

"We thought it was a star at first until we realized it was moving," said Mr. Waller. "It might have been a satellite making a pass around the earth and reflecting the sun's rays. I have never seen anything like it."

Lawrence Bresette, who runs a store at Kettle Point, about 25 miles northeast of Sarnia, said he saw a disc-shaped object about 8 p.m. and watched it through field glasses as it flashed red, white, blue and green lights.

About 100 watchers saw it hover for more than an hour until it slowly rose and disappeared.

Two University of Toronto engineering students said they saw a bright whirling object fly across the sky from their rooftop observation point.

An Inglewood, Ont., man described a multi-colored object he saw briefly while driving north on Highway 10 to Caledon, 30 miles northwest of Toronto.

"It changed from a deep red or maroon to orange to dull yellow," he said. "It appeared hazy and changed back to deep red again."

North Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 5 April 1966, page 17

Report UFO's

PRESCOTT, Ont. (CP) - Residents in this community reported sighting four unidentified flying objects Tuesday night and plan more careful observation tonight. Police said several residents phoned them to report spotting a large object, bright red, green and blue in color and smaller objects similarly colored but not so brilliant.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 19 August 1966, page 2

Gravenhurst Cottagers Sight 'Spinning Disc'

GRAVENHURST, Ont. (CP) - Fifteen cottagers reported the sighting Thursday night of an unidentified flying object over Browning's Island in Muskoka Lake near this town, 25 miles north of Orillia.

Spectators, outside to watch the northern lights, said they first saw the object hovering over trees on the island.

One of the 15, who all have cottages on Brydon Bay, was Mrs. John Lewis of St. Catharines, who described the object as having red, green and orange lights. She said the object was similar to ones she had seen earlier over Oakville and Port Dalhousie, Ont.

Mrs. Robert Worts of Oakville also said she has seen similar objects over the Oakville area. She supported her 12-year-old son Douglas's description of the UFO.

Douglas said it was a spinning disc with colored flashing lights in the centre and shafts of white lights streaking out of it.

The cottagers first spotted it about 10:15 p.m. and watched it for an hour before it veered off up into the sky.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 4 April 1967, Page 2

Saucer Visits Toronto

TORONTO (CP) - A flashing white and red unidentified object flashed across a clear Toronto sky late Monday night, sending hundreds of residents to their telephones to report it.

Two young amateur photographers, Jim Dorman, 18, and Steve Harris of suburban Etobicoke, said they have pictures of it.

Mr. Dorman said he and his friend were taking a time-exposure of a star when the object appeared in the view finder of their camera.

The pictures show a series of disc-shaped objects with pulsating red and white lights, he said.

An official at the Toronto International Airport control tower said the tower staff was aware of such an object in the vicinity of the airport, but he would not comment except to say the object caused no interference to aircraft.

Mr. Dorman said the flashing object caught his eye at 9:13 p.m. It rose out of the southwest sky, made a half circle, then disappeared to the south four minutes later, he said.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 26 February 1968, page 5

Two Reports Made Of UFO at London

LONDON, Ont. (CP) - An unidentified flying object that hovered and then flashed through the sky in a westerly direction was reported almost simultaneously Sunday night by a London man and a Dorchester family.

The first report of the sighting was made about 7:30 p.m. by David Priest of Dorchester.

Moments later, a similar sighting was reported by Bruce Philips of London.

Mr. Priest said he, his wife, and house guests Mr. and Mrs. Blake Emmons of Nashville, Tenn., viewed the object for "six or seven minutes."

"We weren't really able to identify the shape of it because of the black (sky) background, but it did have a very bright white light at the front of the vehicle and three red lights in a triangular pattern at the rear," Mr. Priest said.

Mr. Priest said the object hovered, moved up and down slightly, then took off at a terrific speed in a westerly direction towards London.


"All of a sudden, it stopped, moved up and hovered there while a second vehicle moved to the same spot and hovered directly below," he said.

Mr. Philips also reported seeing a bright light at the front of the vehicle but he thought it was two, "like car headlights, but very much brighter."

"I first noticed it as I was driving home," he said. "I dashed into the house for a pair of binoculars and watched it for six to seven minutes."

In addition to three red lights set in a triangular pattern, Mr. Philips said he saw two smaller white lights and one green light. None of the lights blinked while it was hovering, he said.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 11 March 1968, page 3

'Flying Saucer' Morning Visitor To Beef Farmer

PETERBOROUGH (CP) - A beef-cattle farmer has seen an unidentified flying object in the sky northwest of his back porch three nights last week.

Alfred Sturzenegger, who rises at 3 a.m. every morning to check on his herd of beef cattle, says the object appeared Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and disappeared at 4:05 a.m.

Axel Sjoberg, reporter for the Peterborough Examiner, watched the object with Mr. Sturzenegger Thursday.

"Vaguely cigar-shaped, it changed in size from a pinpoint of dim light to a flaring thing about the size of a small cup," he said.

"The pulsating blue cone seemed to shift position from the front of the phenomenon to the back while a red mass not unlike flame coming from a blowtorch appeared now at the bottom of the craft, now at the top."

"For my money it was a flying saucer of some description and it's going to take some pretty convincing scientific facts to make me change my mind," he said Friday.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 20 March 1975, Page 4

UFO - This is a 150X enlargement of a 35 mm. negative shown in contact print taken by a Hamilton man, Pat McCarthy, 19, of Waterdown Wednesday. He took a group of shots of this phenomenon while on an outdoor stroll. (CP Wirephoto)

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 21 March 1975, page 3

Hamilton boy's photograph of UFO baffles the experts

HAMILTON (CP) - Staff in The Spectator's photography department reported Thursday that a saucer-shaped object photographed Tuesday by a 19-year-old amateur astronomer has protrusions from its body that resemble legs or antennae.

Pat McCarthy, a high school student, had gone to a disused quarry to photograph birds and was walking back "when I suddenly saw this massive object in the sky."

"I'd been focusing on a branch when I saw this thing like a frisbee, zig-zagging around above me," he said in an interview. "I just started snapping away as soon as I could."

Pat immediately called The Spectator and was told not to take the film out of the camera. The film then was processed in the newspaper's darkroom by staff.

Each of the four pictures was magnified about 150 times and two thin protrusions were discovered emanating from the object.

Scientists, aeronautics experts on unidentified flying objects, military personnel and astronomers who were interviewed said they were baffled about what the object was.

The photographs will be studied by the United States Centre for Unidentified Flying Objects at Dearborn University, Evanston, Mich.


A spokesman for the centre said today that "we're obviously interested - it's rare that photographic evidence of this kind is available and from what we can understand, the pictures really are exciting."

On Wednesday, a group of physicists at McMaster University studied a blow-up of one of the photographs and looked at the pictures through a microscope.

One of the scientists said later that "all we can say with absolute certainty is that it is an unidentified flying object. Beyond that, it's all hypothesis."

"Unfortunately, people tend to think UFO means spaceship," he said. "It doesn't - it just means that it's an object, it's in flight, and nobody can tell you what on earth it is."

Air traffic controllers in the area said that nothing unusual showed up on radar screens. But one spokesman said "that doesn't mean a thing."

"We pick up aircraft on our radar system, but if this object was composed of an alien material, then conceivably we wouldn't get a bleep," he said.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 12 April 1975, page 15

Flashing red, green and blue lights
Four people sure they saw 'something'

Erik Watt, managing editor of Oshawa Times and a star-gazer and former aviation writer, saw something strange in the sky early Friday. The following story, copyright by Oshawa Times, is an account of his experience.

OSHAWA, Ont. (CP) - There may not be little green men in flying saucers over Durham region, but there's something up there, by George!

I know. I saw it, as did at least three other people, a young married couple, and a city policeman.

What it was, none of us knows; it was too far distant to make out any shape. But whatever it was, it was flashing red, green, and white, and just hanging there, about 30 degrees above the northern horizon, shortly after midnight Thursday night.

From what I saw, the UFO seemed to be the same sort of object reported about a month ago near the Pickering nuclear power station by several observers.

It wasn't a star and it wasn't an aircraft or helicopter - unless someone has a helicopter with red, white, and green flashing strobe lights clustered tightly together.

The colors - red, green and white - are the colors of aircraft running lights, and many newer aircraft have strobe-type running lights. But these lights followed no discernible regular frequency, which an aircraft's lights would. Nor did they always appear to be in the same relative position.

A receding aircraft, viewed from directly astern, would show a red light at the left, a white light at centre and a green light at right. But these lights shifted position all the time.

When I first saw the UFO, a few minutes after Paul Smith of Oshawa called The Times at midnight, it was alone in that section of the sky. He and his wife had been watching it for about half an hour before I arrived, and he said it appeared to be moving slowly north.

I watched the object for about 10 minutes.

Earlier, Mr. Smith had talked to someone at Oshawa Airport, who said there were no aircraft in the vicinity. Then I drove to my home to pick up my binoculars, which are a bit more powerful than Paul Smith's.

By the time I got home, the UFO had moved slightly to the east and was more distant than when I first saw it.

But by now it was forming the lower point of an inverted triangle, with two stars on the top points.

"I checked each of the stars and the UFO carefully, to see whether some atmospheric trick was making the stars appear to flash. The stars stayed steadily white. The UFO continued to flash red, green and white, with the same strobe-light intensity."

I drove downtown to the Durham regional police headquarters to see whether police had picked up any reports. They hadn't.

Constable Norm Treen and I both saw the UFO through my glasses from the police station, though it was by then much farther away, still moving north, and fainter.

The Smiths had continued to watch the UFO from a different position. They saw it gradually receding until it disappeared completely, around 2 a.m.


I'm one of those UFO nuts myself: I believe there's something up there. I have done a lot of star-gazing in the past and I've seen the planet Venus often enough not to confuse it with anything else; certainly not what I saw early today.

I spent about 15 years as a reporter specializing in aviation and I'm still keenly interested in flying and aircraft. And that was no aircraft or helicopter as far as I'm concerned."

What it was, I haven't a clue. But any reservations I have had in the past about the legitimacy of UFOs no longer exist today.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 15 April 1975, page 2

Nine people see UFOs flashing over Brockville

BROCKVILLE (CP) - Residents of the city got an unexpected, unexplained display Monday night as several objects were sighted high in the sky, about 10 miles to the north and west.

Falling into the category of unidentified flying objects, they were described as round in shape with alternating, flashing red, green, and white lights.

They were seen by at least nine people, including an Ontario provincial police officer and his wife, who said several of the objects disappeared shortly after they were first seen about 9 p.m. but that one stayed in view until about 10:30 p.m.

A check of Uplands Airport officials in Ottawa indicated nothing was recorded in the area on their radar screens.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 1 September 1976, page 11

Flying objects are reported at Walkerton

WALKERTON, Ont. (CP) - Several persons reported seeing unidentified flying objects in the sky east of here, police said.

The persons said that at times it appeared there were two objects hovering near each other. One of the objects had a predominantly white light with smaller red and blue lights flickering alternately.

Police said employees at the Telesat station between nearby Hanover and Durham were unable to account for the phenomenon.

The station is the control, transmission and receiving base for Canada's domestic communications satellite, Anik. Walkerton is about 60 miles northeast of Kitchener.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, STAR, 7 March 1978, Page 3

20 report seeing UFO in Windsor

WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - More than 20 callers reported sighting an unidentified flying object pass across the northeast section of the city, Monday night.

The calls were received by UFO Investigation, a month-old reporting office created by Richard and Nancy Little. Similar reports were made to Windsor and Detroit newspapers and Ontario Provincial Police.

Descriptions of the object ranged from red and yellow to blue and green, and while some said it was the size of an airplane, one caller said it resembled a traffic light.

John Redmond Jr., a service station owner, said the object looked like a ball of fire over Lake St. Clair.

"I know darn well it wasn't a plane," he said. "I have never seen anything like it."

Ben and Emma Fontaine said the flaming object appeared to be about 15 metres above the lake when it disappeared.

A spokesman at the Windsor Airport control tower said there were no reports of aircraft in distress and the object was not likely to be a weather balloon.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 8 March 1978, page 11

UFO reported across southern Ontario
witnesses describe it as a ball of fire

TORONTO (CP) - Residents in an area of Ontario stretching from Windsor to Barrie and east to Cobourg reported sighting an unidentified flying object at about the same time Monday night, Tom Grey, of the Northeastern UFO organization said Tuesday.

Grey said radio stations in Collingwood and Owen Sound reported seeing the objects which were described as being large, oval-shaped with bright lights and flying at a low altitude.

Radio station CFOS in Owen Sound received about a dozen calls from residents who said the low flying object caused television interference and blackouts, he said.

Four residents in the Wiarton, Ont., area said Tuesday they twice observed a ball of fire in the sky Monday night.

Barry Gilbert and his wife, Brenda, and visiting neighbors, Moon Wilson and his wife, Marie, said in interviews that they saw the ball of fire twice within an hour.


Provincial police stations and the town's air marine station at the airport said Tuesday they had no similar reports in the area about 25 kilometres northwest of Owen Sound.

Grey said the sightings occurred about 8 p.m. in each community.

Areas that reported sightings included Milton, Brampton, Collingwood, Barrie, Wiarton, Windsor, Wasaga Beach, Thornbury, Cobourg, and Chatham.

Chris Rogers, a graduate student at the University of Toronto's Dunlop Observatory, said there is a natural phenomenon known as a fire ball.

He said the fire ball is chunk of rock that enters the earth's atmosphere and can come within 50 kilometres of the earth's surface.

These occurrences cannot be predicted, he said.

In Windsor, more than 20 persons reported sighting an unidentified flying object pass across the northeast section of the city Monday night.

At about 7:15 p.m., UFO Investigation, a month-old reporting office, received its first call.

Similar reports were made to Windsor and Detroit newspapers and OPP.

Descriptions of the object ranged from red and yellow to blue and green.

Steve Walsh, 57, an editor with Chatham Daily News in Chatham, Ont., said he looked out his living room window just before 8 p.m. and saw a brilliant white light in the sky.

It was travelling fast and appeared to be below the level of the treetops, he said

John Redmond Jr., a service station owner in Windsor, Ont., said the object looked like a ball of fire over Lake St. Clair.

Ben and Emma Fontaine said the flaming object appeared to be about 15 metres above the lake when it disappeared.

A spokesman at the control tower of Windsor Airport said there were no reports of aircraft in distress and the object was not likely to be a weather balloon.

Sudbury, Ontario, STAR, 17 September 1981, page 14

Lights spotted in sky, spark flurry of calls

SARNIA, Ont. (CP) - Provincial police reported "a flood of calls" from area residents wondering what strange object lit up the skies Monday night.

Neither police nor airport spokesmen were able to offer a solid explanation for the spectacle - at least they weren't able to satisfy Brian Fader of nearby Camlachie.

Fader said he was driving off Highway 402 on to a country road when he saw lights reflecting off his car window.

"There were three big white lights flying very slowly in a V shape and two smaller lights in the centre that looked sort of like tail lights," he said.

They moved slowly across the sky toward the city and were "very, very low to the ground," he said. "They didn't make a sound, no engine or anything."

Fader said the lights remained motionless for about five minutes and he watched them for 15 minutes before they vanished. About 30 other motorists on Highway 402 also stopped to watch, he said.

"They (lights) were so big that, if whatever it was had landed, it would have been bigger than a football field."

Fader was one of the people who phoned provincial police at nearby Forest and Constable Glen Bell said an officer also saw the lights and phoned the Sarnia airport.

Airport manager Brian Greene said no planes were arriving or departing at the time - about 10 p.m. - but the person on duty speculated it was "some sort of military aircraft flying in formation."

Greene's other explanation was that "there was a full moon last night."

Fader was not convinced at least about the military aircraft.

"No way," he said. "Those lights were too close to the ground and they didn't make a sound."

News clippings courtesy of The Sault Star, The Kirkland Lake Northern Daily News, The North Bay Nugget and The Sudbury Star.