1. Pursuing UFOs, an army captain died
On January 7, 1948, Goldman Air Force Base at Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA received a report from the Kentucky Highway Patrol that a UFO was detected in the air near Maysville. UFOs, estimated to be between 76m and 91m in diameter, were seen in Owensboro, Irvington and Kentucky.
Quentin Blackwell, who was in the control tower at Fort Knox, saw a UFO around 1:45 pm. Two other witnesses saw a white UFO, Colonel Guy Hicks - commander of the base, described its shape as follows: "Very white, this object is about the size of a quarter of the full Moon..." . If the UFO is observed with a telescope, it appears to appear red on the surface and the object is stationary for about an hour and a half.
Aerial observers from the Clinton County Army in Ohio tracked the UFO for 35 minutes, showing the object's center to be a fiery red, and a green mist could be seen from its tail. Another observer said that the UFO stayed quite close to the ground for 10 seconds, then flew up 120 degrees at a very fast speed, to an altitude of more than 3,000 meters above sea level, and then disappeared, perhaps speed Its is more than 800km/h.
The 165th Fighter Squadron of the Kentucky Air National Guard is conducting flight training with four P-51 Mustangs under the command of Air Force Captain Thomas Mantel. He is a seasoned fighter pilot with 2,167 hours of flight time and a proven track record in aerial combat during World War II.
Captain Mantell received instructions to approach the UFO, so the 165th Fighter Squadron began approaching the UFO. During this process, one of the two pilots abandoned the UFO chase mission due to the fighter running out of fuel, Captain Mantel and the other two pilots continued to approach the UFO.
Lieutenant Albert Clemons and Lieutenant Hammond stopped their pursuit after reaching an altitude of 6,900m, leaving only Captain Mantel to continue climbing, and eventually crashing in Franklin, Kentucky. This incident became known as the "Mantel UFO Incident" because Captain Mantel died in the line of duty.