'Disk crash' in China: U.S. balloon...?
“Flying Disc Falls on Outskirts of Chengtu”
Chengtu, July 21 --- A flying disc was discovered to have fallen on the
Hwayangshiang Village on the outskirts of Chengtu on July 18. Someone picked
it up and sent it to the Szechuan University for examination. The disc
is found to be a transparent square box with two layers which are equipped
with simple devices. Attached to the box is a trumpet shaped like a bushel.
The back of the box has four tapes attached to it.
Source: Sin Wen Pao (KMT-supervised, C.C. Organ), Shanghai
July 22, 1947
[U.S. Consulate Shanghai, July 22, 1947 #404]
The head of the College of Science of the University, Mr. Chang, told
our reporter that the alleged flying disc is in fact a high altitude atmospheric
barometer which is used in aviation. The four tapes attached to the box
are tied to the balloon for recording atmospheric conditions. A lable “Made
in U.S.A.” written in English was found on the box. However, where it came
from is unknown.
“Flying Saucers” Said Seen in Nanking”
Nanking, July 21 – Nine “Flying Saucers” were seen in Nanking last midnight.
Peace Daily (Ministry of National Defense Organ), Mukden
July 22, 1947
[US Consulate Mukden July 22, 1947 38/1947]
“Flying Saucer” Riddle Solved
A villager in Chengtu saw the “flying saucer” fall from the sky. He picked
it up and sent it to the Szechuan University for study. According to Mr.
Tseng Yu, Head of the College of Science of the University, it was a meteorological
observation apparatus used by the air force.
Central Daily News
July 23, 1947
[US Consulate Kumming China July 23, 1947 #223]
The “flying saucer” was seen in Nanking in the evening of July 20. The
Air Defense Headquarters in Nanking also received reports from its three
observatories, stating that such a thing was seen in the same evening.
The Headquarters is now collecting related materials to make a careful
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