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The Wilmington news release on January 8, 1948 described events that occured the night before, on the very day of Thomas Mantell’s death associated with a UFO encounter. The following is a transcript of the news document ( See image here ):



NEWS RELEASE

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
ALL WEATHER Flying Center
Clinton County Army Air Field
WILMINTON, OHIO

_____________________________________________________________8 January 1948

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE


WILMINGTON, Ohio, Jan. 8-- A sky phenomena, described by observers at the Clinton County air Base as having the appearance of a flaming red cone trailing a gaseous green mist, appeared in the southwest skies of Wilminton last night between 7:20 and 7:55 P.M.

S/Sgt. Gale F. Walter and Cpl. James Hudson, control tower operators at the air field, first saw the phenomena at 7:20 P.M. and observed its maneuvers in the sky until 7:55 P.M. when it reported disappeared over the horizon. The sky phenomena hung suspened in the air at intervals and then gained and lost altitude at what appeared to be terrific bursts of speed. The intense brightness of the sky phenomena pierced through a heavy layer of clouds passing intermittently over the area and obscuring other celestial phenomena.

MSgt. Irvin H. Lewis, S/Sgt John P. Haag, Sg. Harold E. Olvis and T/Sgt. Leroy Ziegler, four members of the alert crew, joined the control tower operators in observing the sky phenomena for approximately 35 minutes.

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