UFO di Papua 1953

Pukul 11.00 WIT, 23 Agustus 1953, dari sembilan foto yang diambil oleh T.P. Drury, Deputi Kementrian Penerbangan Sipil, lima foto terbaik dilaporkan “hilang” oleh CAD, yang meminjamnya untuk Angkatan Udara AS, Washington.

“Saya sedang berdiri di atas jalan di tepi pantai memandang ke pangkalan pesawat di Port Moresby bersama istri dan anak saya. Waktu itu sekitar jam 11.00 pagi, tanggal 23 Agustus 1953. Langit benar-benar cerah, tidak seperti biasanya. Istri saya memberitahu ada sebuah gumpalan awan yang tiba-tiba muncul di langit yang biru yang entah dari mana datangnya dan mulai membentuk semacam kepulan dengan cepat. Istri saya ingin saya memperhatikannya dan saya lihat benda tersebut memang dengan cepat membentuk sebuah awan kumulus putih. Tidak ada awan lain di langit dan sepertinya tak ada yang aneh."

"Karena tertarik dengan fenomena meteorologis, saya putuskan untuk memotretnya. Tiba-tiba, sebuah obyek berwarna perak melesat diantara kepulan awan. Benda tersebut berbentuk memanjang mirip peluru. Bentuknya terlihat jelas meruncing di bagian depan namun di bagian belakangnya terpotong, meskipun bagian tersebut tertutupi oleh asap. Benda tersebut tidak punya sayap atau sirip. Saya memotret dengan sudut kira-kira 45 derajat ke obyek yang bergerak paling tidak lima kali kecepatan pesawat jet yang terbang dengan kecepatan suara."

"Benda tersebut tidak pernah mengurangi kecepatan atau mengubah tujuannya, namun benda tersebut terlihat kabur di kebiruan langit dan setelah itu asapnya memudar. Jejak asap terlihat jelas, padat, putih dan beriak dan terekam di dalam film yang masih saya miliki. Benda itu tidak mengeluarkan suara meski pun kecepatannya supersonik dan terlihat dari jarak cukup dekat.”

“Saya sangat ingin tahu dengan munculnya benda yang luar biasa tersebut di langit. Lalu saya meluncur ke Bandara Jackson dan menanyakannya ke bagian Pengawas Lalu Lintas Udara. Tidak ada pesawat aneh yang keluar, hanya sebuah pesawat DC3 dan DC4. Saya lalu melaporkan penampakan tersebut kepada RAAF namun mereka tidak bisa memeriksanya. Lalu saya kirimi mereka film yang kemudian terkirim ke seluruh dunia, tapi tak ada yang bisa menjelaskan obyek tersebut. Saya sunguh-sunguh yakin itu benar-benar terjadi dan saya tahu semua tipe pesawat udara. Saya sudah pernah menerbangkan 32 tipe pesawat.”

Ini merupakan laporan pertama mengenai UFO di atas teritorial / wilayah Papua Nugini dan satu-satunya yang pernah difoto oleh T.P. Drury yang mengatakan ketika filmnya dikembalikan setelah dikirim ke Amerika dan sejumlah negara lain, gambar-gambar terbaik telah hilang dan yang tersisa hanya bagian yang berisi awan dan jejak asap.


11.00 a.m., August 23, 1953, of nine photographs taken at Port Moresby by T.P. Drury, Deputy Minister of Civil Aviation, the five best shots were "lost" by CAD, who had loaned them to the United States Air Force, Washington. **[I will type up and post the full report on this particular sighting shortly. It is contained in the complete, original 45 page report entitled "Flying Saucers Over Papua - A Report on Papuan Unidentified Flying Objects." dated March 1960, by the Revd. Norman E.G. Cruttwell, M.A. Oxon, of the Anglican Mission, Menapi, Papua, New Guinea, and documents a lot of the 79 Papuan sightings of the time, including the full report on the 'Father Gill' case. M.W.]**


"I was standing on the coast road overlooking the Flying Boat Base at Port Moresby with my wife and children. It was about 11:00am on August 23, 1953. The sky was perfectly clear, which is unusual. My wife noticed a wisp of a cloud suddenly appear in the blue sky from nowhere and start to build up rapidly into a white puff. She called out to draw my attention to it, and I watched it rapidly build up into a thick white mass of cumulus. There were no other clouds in the sky and there seemed nothing to account for it. Being interested in meteorological phenomenon I decided to take a film of it. Suddenly, an object like a silver dart shot out of the cloud. It was elongated in shape like a bullet. It was very clear-cut, sharp in front but apparently truncated behind, though the tail may have been hidden by the vapour trail. No wings or fins were visible. It shot out of the cloud upwards at an angle of about 45 degrees and was travelling at least five times as fast as a jet plane travelling at the speed of sound. It never slackened speed or changed direction, but simply faded upwards into the blue and its vapour faded after it. The vapour trail was very clear, dense, white and billowing, and is visible in the remaining portion of the film still in my possession. In spite of the supersonic speed and nearness of the object, there was no sound whatever.

"I was greatly concerned about the appearance of such an extraordinary object in the sky and drove straight to Jackson’s Airport and checked with Air Traffic Control. There were no unusual aircraft out, only a DC3 and a DC4. I reported the sighting to the RAAF but they were unable to account for it. I later sent them the film which was sent all over the world, but no-one could explain the object. I am absolutely certain of its reality and I know all types of aircraft. I have flown 32 of them myself”

This appears to be the first record of an unidentified flying object over the Territory of Papua New Guinea, and it remains the only one to have been photographed. Mr Drury claims that when the film was returned to him after being sent to America and other countries, the best frames had been removed and the remainder showed only the cloud and the vapour trail. [source]