- The San Diego Union August 4, 1947
- Disc Mystery Still Unsolved
- TACOMA, Wash., Aug. 3 (INS)- United Air Lines was still
mystified tonight by a report that one of it's pilots, Capt. E.H. Smith,
had given the pilot and co-pilot killed in an Army bomber crash Friday
six "pieces of metal or lava" from a "flying disc"
to take back to Hamilton Field, Calif. A United spokesman said he knew
nothing about the pilot's story.
- ( At Boise, the Idaho Statesman printed a story that
Smith had telephoned the newspaper from Tacoma where he went to investigate
a disc or some object striking a boat. The United pilot reported a flight
of "flying discs" several weeks ago.)
- Smith, when questioned yesterday, would say only "that
he was in Tacoma on personal business and couldn't talk." He checked
out of his hotel room today and apparently had left the city.
- It was verified at the hotel, however, that Smith had
put in a call to Boise by telephone yesterday.
- (At Hamilton Field, a 4th Air Force officer verified
that Capt. William L. Davidson, of San Francisco, and Lt. Frank M. Brown,
of Vallejo, killed in the crash near Kelso, Wash., Friday, had flown north
to talk with Smith and others concerning the "discs."
- (However, the Air Force official said the report their
ill-fated bomber was returning with "classified" or secret material
is "just a flight of fancy.")