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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/16/1992 12:00 (Entered as : 04/16/1992 12:00)
Reported: 7/21/2005 8:44:09 AM 08:44
Posted: 9/2/2005
Location: Bowling Green, KY
Shape: Disk
Duration: 1 hour
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object emitted beams, There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
Strange Witness Encounter: Famous Shootdown of US Aircraft by UFO

I am sending you this message to report a very strange encounter that took place at the place where I work regarding the now famously reported shootdown of a P-51 Mustang USAF aircraft, or some other military aircraft, back in 1948? by a UFO. I think the downed pilot was named Mentel if I can remember correctly. This UFO shootdown supposedly occured over, or near, Simpson County Kentucky. Back in 1992 I had never even heard of this story before, so I at first dismissed it all as a silly hoax. So here is the story. As I was working one day an older man and woman came in to my workplace and asked me for any information that I could provide to them related to the possible location of the crash site of a P-51 Mustang aircraft etc. which had crashed back in 1948? near Simpson County, Kentucky. These two people did act very strangely, and were very secretive at first. They seemed to be looking around the room in my workplace a lot for some odd reason. I asked them what the crash was related to, and the man frankly told me that the crashed plane that he wanted to locate was shot down by a very large flying disk, or UFO. I at first considered this man and woman to be some sort of pranksters. So I proceded to ask the man how that he knew that this story was true. Also, I told him that the US Military had probably already retrieved the downed aircraft a long time ago anyway. Yet, he persisted and then told me an astonishing story-true or untrue. The man informed me that he was a good friend of the pilot that was shot from the sky that day back in 1948?. He told me that he was flying in formation with Mentel that day and witnessed the whole incident. He said that he saw the object very clearly himself, and it was no balloon or anything like that. The man indicated that it was indeed a very large and bright flying disk that he saw. Strangely, he also said that he even saw the beam of light come out from the UFO that destroyed the military aircraft. I told him that I would have to look in some older newspaper journals etc. and see if I could find him any material related to this subject. He gave me his e-mail address and they both left. I still thought this might be an elaborate hoax or prank. Later on though I read in a UFO book that some sort of incident like this DID supposedly happen back in 1948? or so. Needless to say I was a little bit shocked. Could this man have been telling me the TRUTH about a very strange incident like this? I tried to e-mail this man and woman in Indiana with this new information I found for them. Yet, I never received a reply back from them. Later on I found out that nobody with their names given to me even lived in Indiana. Who were these people? This story seems really creepy to me now after the encounter. I don't know if their story is true or untrue, but it makes one wonder though. Hoax, or no hoax, this story is somewhat interesting and odd. We can only speculate as to it's accuracy. I thought you might like to read this. Thank you.----JG

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))