A “Single White Light” Out Of The Misty Sky
The Canadian Destroyer H.M.C.S. Iroquois left Pearl Harbor shortly after 6 pm one evening in May 1952 en route to Guam. It was midnight that same evening when MacFarlane took over the post of Officer on the bridge. An hour later, just after 1 am, a “single white light” began to penetrate out of the “thin layer of mist” in the air. MacFarlane estimated the light was around a mile away from the ship. However, it was moving at a “rapid rate” with the mist causing a “halo” to appear around it as it moved. R5MacFarlane would request confirmation of the sighting on radar. However, no object appeared on their screens. According to the radar operator, there was nothing there. He checked the logs to see if any military activity was in the area. There was none. And they were seemingly too far away from the coast – around 100 miles – for it to realistically be a small plane at this time of night. As MacFarlane continued to watch this mysterious craft, another light appeared in the sky. It traveled from the same direction as the first craft, although appeared to move much faster. Like the first object, the radar operator failed to confirm anything on their screens. He continued to watch the aerial display for nearly an hour. The mist was now almost gone and above them was a clear dome of black. Then, came another sighting by the unnerved but curious naval officer.
A Disc-Shaped Metallic Craft With Black Windows!
Shortly after 2 am, a series of lights began appearing in the skies overhead. MacFarlane remained at his post, perhaps unintentionally ideally placed to witness the events. Many of the lights “were in formation”, and all of them seemed to come from a destination to the south of their location. The lights were in sets of three, five, or six. They would also appear and disappear in a second, “at the same speed a computer screen operates”. At one stage there were as many as thirty lights in the sky at one time. MacFarlane began to become so overwhelmed with counting them that he could no longer keep up. Then, one of the lights came close up to the ship. The closer it got, it was no longer just a light. It was a solid object. It had a disc-shape with a glowing metallic appearance to it. Around the edge were several “black windows”. It simply remained, motionless and silent, hovering over the ship for nearly fifteen minutes. Through binoculars, he managed to count around 24 separate windows, although he couldn’t see any activity beyond them. Interestingly, MacFarlane would state that although the object “glowed brightly” it didn’t prevent him from “looking directly at it”. In fact, he didn’t even need to squint. This suggests some kind of advanced illumination, a detail that resides in several other similar close contact events. As he continued to watch, the object suddenly vanished. By 3 am, almost all of the lights had vanished from view. Although he had requested information from the radar operator, he hadn’t yet informed the captain of the ship. Or anyone else for that matter. Realizing the bizarre nature of his potential claims, he opted against saying anything at all.
“Many Meteorites” Visible Through The Night
After having already decided against reporting the incident, he would still have to enter something into the official log. And it would have to correspond to his requests of the radar operator and the log he would keep. With this in mind, he would enter into the log that “many meteorites” were visible during the night. At 4 am, he switched with another officer (Lieutenant Doug Tutte), ending his watch. He didn’t mention anything of the sighting at all. However, when Tutte met up with MacFarlane in the ship’s canteen for breakfast, obviously having read his comments in the log as he wrote his own, he asked why he hadn’t mentioned anything to him of the “meteor” sightings when they switched over. MacFarlane eventually relented and gave his reasons for keeping tight-lipped about the incident. Then, safe in MacFarlane’s confession, Tutte revealed he had seen similar things. And he too had decided against reporting his sighting to the captain. And for exactly the same reasons. However, as the two officers spoke discreetly and compared their experiences, both would agree they had feelings of being under some kind of strange “hypnotic control”. Almost as if their decision, as much as they understood it, was influenced by a higher understanding. Ultimately, each would agree to keep these most mysterious events to themselves. Neither would mention the incident again until MacFarlane, several years after Tutte’s death and decades after the events, would make his report to UFO investigators. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
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