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USS New York BB34 attempted to shoot down the planet Venus in 1945

Since we're just making suppositions...
"On December 8, 1984, I interviewed Mr. D. P. [Name on file with MUFON-CF-] of North Bennington, Vermont, on a very interesting event which occurred during World War Two, and which both he and several thousand others were witness to. The following is my documented report of the interview I had with him. Please note that this incident happened some forty years ago, and although Mr. P. does remember much of what happened that day, there are still a few details, which because of the time span, he has forgotten.
In mid-March of 1945, the battleship U.S.S. New York was in the South Pacific in the area of the Admiralty Islands. The ship had just spent three weeks there making repairs on damage it had received earlier during the battle of Iwo Jima. The New York had with it at the time two destroyers as its escorts

Cpl. Donald P. was aboard the battleship as part of the FMF PAC (Fleet Marine Force Pacific). The weather that day was warm, very sunny, and clear. The ship and its escort were on its way to join up once again with the Seventh Fleet.

Suddenly during the early afternoon around 1300 hrs, the ship was called to General Quarters. Every man ran to his battle station thinking that this might be a Japanese suicide attack. Everyone was in position; all guns were manned and ready. Cpl. P. at the time was a gunner on one of the ship's 40 mm gun mounts. All hands waited at their battle station for something to fire at, for the sky was clear as far as the eye could see. Inside the ship, a single distinct blip had appeared out of nowhere on the radar scope. A few seconds later and the blip became visible in the sky... almost directly over the battleship. There it hovered, motionless.

By this time, the ship's captain, Capt. K. C. Christian, was out on deck looking at the object through binoculars. It wasn't long before most of the ship's two thousand personal (sic) were also observing it either through binoculars or with the naked eye.

The object was described as being silver in color and very shiny. It was much larger than what the brightest star would be, but smaller than a full moon. There was no noise that anyone could detect, and it did not change color, split up, [or] perform any erratic manauveurs (sic), but remained above the ship, matching speed and course with it.

After about a half an hour had passed, Capt. Christian and many members of the crew were getting a bit nervous. Was it a Japanese trick or some new kind of weapon? Capt. Christian didn't know and wasn't going to take any chances. Quickly, he ordered two of the ship's 3 inch anti-aircraft mounts to open fire on it. For about the next half hour the 3 inch guns hammered away at the object... but to no avail. It must have been out of their range because the shells did not seem to be reaching it. Later it was learned that at that time, the object was at an altitude of twenty thousand feet."

Subject: USS New York

Just read your account of the sphere hovering over the battleship New York. I was on watch that day and my job was radar operator on an anti-aircraft gun director. The captain ordered us to get a range on the object, but the radar did not detect anything. I then moved to the optical rangefinder and determined it was beyond the range of that instrument. However, an officer overruled my range and the captain ordered various guns to commence firing. When the 3" guns began to fire, the navigator, who was sleeping in a nearby cabin, was awakened. He thought we were being attacked, but when he looked skyward, he said, "For #&*&^%$#, you guys are firing at Venus!

That's the true version. I was there and I am sooooo glad I didn't take a range on Venus.
My name is Arthur T. Criste. I was an FCO3/c Fire Control Operator. I had just turned 20, but I remember that incident so well. Who wouldn't??"

I think bigfoot (Daryl) was flying over the ship in a silver weather balloon.
Yeah, that's the ticket, bigfoot in a silver weather balloon...
 

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This reminds me about the story how nuclear war was almost started because a Russian launch detection satellite detected a massive ICBM launch had occured. Until someone finally figured out, it was just the sun.
 
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This reminds me about the story how nuclear war was almost started because a Russian launch detection satellite detected a massive ICBM launch had occured. Until someone finally figured out, it was just the sun.
Actually, it was the moonrise over Norway and it happened in Oct 1960, The radar was in Thule Greenland, sensing Eastward and it's signature was reflected off the rising moon. NORAD did go to high alert but it was from the beginning, thought to be a false alarm since Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was in New York City at the time as head of the soviet UN delegation.
 

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Actually, it was the moonrise over Norway and it happened in Oct 1960, The radar was in Thule Greenland, sensing Eastward and it's signature was reflected off the rising moon. NORAD did go to high alert but it was from the beginning, thought to be a false alarm since Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was in New York City at the time as head of the soviet UN delegation.
Bit different story.


"It was subsequently determined that the false alarms were caused by a rare alignment of sunlight on high-altitude clouds and the satellites' Molniya orbits"
 

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