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The Tradate hoax (page 90-93) produced a lot of coverage on the Italian press and soon became a classic in UFO literature. Unfortunately, it was considered a genuine landing and even doubled in a second case, placed ten days later in Monza.

What remained of the paper-covered frame used by the pranksters.

I recently came across a new clipping from the newspaper “La Patria” dated October 30, 1954 showing (on the first page of the daily) a picture of the crude frame assembled by the pranksters making using of wood, paper, lamps and other materials. This is a previously unkwnon picture.

The hoax didn’t took place inside the local small staidum, but on a field. The owner of the field was the same man friend of Mr. Facchini, the witness of the famous 1950 UFO encounter in Abbiate Guazzone. Abbiate Guazzone is a suburb of Tradate. Such a man was one of the very first persons to learn about that event and he was possibly the one who told the story to the journalists. 

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The (last) small fragment of the 1950 Facchini case

Close-up of the surface of the fragment

On April 24, 1950 a man named Bruno Facchini observed a landed odd-looking aircraft with four people around it, one seemingly soldering something on the surface of the object. Facchini was pretty near his home in Abbiate Guazzone, a suburb of Tradate, in Northern Italy.

This soon became a super-classic UFO close encounter, also because of the metallic fragments found by the witness on the landing spot. The witness was interviewed a few times by journalists and UFO buffs, but some points of the events are still pretty obscure.

My book put together all the available information about the case, highlighting some controversial points about this fantastic one-witness close encounter.

In the spring of 2008 I and Corrado Guarisco, a local UFO investigator, made contact with the last surviving son of the witness, who died in the eighties. The man was completely bored with UFO enthusiasts regularly calling or visiting him in search of “news” about his father’s experience. He wanted to avoid it, since it was the cause of many personal troubles to him and his late brother. The people of the local village ridiculed both of them and their father for many years.

At last the man accepted to talk to us, but his memory was extremely vague and deeply influenced by what he read and heard from other people. I helped him to get a better overview about the whole event.

The witness’ son remembered the trouble his father and his family suffered because of the publication of the story on the then popular “La Domenica del Corriere” weekly. I had the chance to meet briefly the witness’s sister. After 58 years she still remembered the episode and the “yellow face” of Mr. Facchini when she met him a few days after his encounter, on May 1st 1950. He was strangely quiet and he looked like sick.

I met again the witness’s son a couple of times in September 2009 and he kindly borrowed me the last metallic fragment that his father found on the landing spot. All the few others went lost or were given to other people and never returned, though it is not clear how many fragments were found and collected.

We are currently seeking a laboratory able to carry out a non-destructive analysis on the fragment. The witness’ son strong desire is to avoid the loss of this last “souvenier” left to him by his late father. The search for a suitable laboratory isn’t easy for many reasons, anyway we will post any result we should get in the future.

In 1953 some small fragments were analyzed by a metallurgical laboratory in Novara (Northern Italy) after the paid order by Renato Vesco, then a young UFO enthusiast (later he authored three books claiming that the flying saucers were man-made, a British  achievement after the advanced projects developed by the Nazis in 1944-1945). Nothing unearthly emerged: it was suggested they were parts from the overlay of a ball bearing.

Though the case has still some unclear points (for example: why the case emerged two years later? How did it become public?), the reliability of Mr. Facchini looks unquestionable. The possibility he invented the whole story seems remote. All the available evidence outlines a simple and honest man with no apparent reason to conceive such a fantastic story and then bear all the later social consequences. This does not necessarily mean he had a truly real experience, but he was completely sure of that. It seems he was aware of the “flying saucers” and it is likely he had a chance to see (a couple of weeks before his encounter) the nice cover of the “La Domenica del Corriere” weekly, depicting a saucer chased by an American jet.

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