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Saturday, November 20, 2021

One of Albert Rosales' interesting stories, on Facebook

Albert S Rosales

Location. Zelyenyi Island, River Don, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Date: end of April 1941 Time: 2300

A 10th grade female student named N.A. Shirokova resident of the village of Zimnyatskiy, Serafimovich area north of Stalingrad witnessed several red and black globes floating over the forest. The objects were the size of the setting Sun. When they met there appeared to have been a “struggle” between them. As a result of this possible “dogfight” one alien craft attempted to escape south and began gaining altitude but was eventually shot down at about 350 km southeast of the original observation point.

The craft fell at very high speed on Zelyenyi Island on the River Don, just opposite to Rostov-on-Don. Many civilians reported hearing a loud boom of a possible heavy impact. In 1941, the island was not connected with bridges to the mainland, and only mobile pontoon bridges were used to visit it. In the morning several locals went to investigate the cause of the loud explosion and accidentally stumbled upon a crashed object.

Parts of the silver metal were scattered all over the terrain, covering at least several dozen square meters. The object had apparent split into several small and large sections as a result of the strong impact. Some sections of the craft were deeply imbedded into the earth. Amid the wreckage, damaged and partially mutilated biological remnants of several alien bodies were most probably found. Soon rumors began spreading in and around Rostov-on-Don that the island was now occupied by NKVD troops and no specified reason was given. Local residents also noticed several trucks covered with tarpaulin transporting something out of the island, this occurred only at nights, and they used a hastily constructed pontoon bridge. 

According to local lore the NKVD troops quickly cordoned off the site and blocked any civilian access to the island. In order to study the crash a laboratory was constructed on the very site. The crashed “UFO” was first reportedly thought to have been a German spy aircraft of a brand-new design. All the necessary equipment needed for the investigation was brought to the island. It took several months to collect all fragments of the UFO; some had penetrated the soil very deeply. Apparently, the craft was originally quite large, no less than 20-30 meters in diameter. Parts of the wreckage were taken away to an NKVD laboratory in Moscow for further study. The rest was studied on the island. (Later all the fragments were possibly removed to Novosibirsk).

 As was later found out the crash site and wreckage emanated substantial dosages of radiation, but researchers ignored this apparently hot knowing what it really was, knowledge of radiation was scant during the time. As a result, practically all the persons that visited the crash site, evacuated and studied the debris and wreckage died from radiation disease and the rest were killed during the Great Patriotic War (WWII) leaving practically no witnesses to the event. Because of the high radiation an order was given to bury all parts of the crashed disk in a remote location. Parts of the alien bodies were cremated; apparently the bodies were also emanating radiation. (The power plant of the UFO apparently used trans-uranium fuel).

2 months after the crash Germany invaded the Soviet Union (June 22 1941) and the event was temporarily forgotten. On November 20 1941 German tank troops reached Rostov-on-Don. The island was defended by the 230th convoy regiment of NKVD, which apparently put up very stiff resistance, apparently guarding the laboratory at the site. Reportedly the regiment covering the retreat of the NKVD troops dug up the last fragments of the crashed UFO and evacuated the laboratory and the wreckage to an area far away from the front lines, probably to the city of Novosibirsk (Western Siberia). Again, the radiation killed most of those involved in the operation. 

The rest of the wreckage apparently buried in Siberia. In the early 1980’s the city authorities of Rostov-on-Don decided to create a “Pioneer republic” on Zelyenyi Island and a number of pioneer camps, sports fields and children attractions were ordered built. Soon the expensive construction work started, but suddenly all the work was stopped for some unknown reason and an explanation was never given. Only during the “perestroika” years it was established that rare chemical elements have been discovered on the ground, apparently deadly in nature. Reportedly the elements discovered in the soil had no relation to the local industry nor to aircrafts from the nearby local airports, those elements were only present on the island. Cherry trees which grew on the island were reportedly 4-6 times larger than normal, an apparent sign of radiation.

HC addendum

Source: Vadim A. Chernobrov “Chronicles of UFO visits” Moscow 2003

Alexey K. Priyma, “XX Century, Chronicle of the Unexplained” Moscow 1999, Alexey K. Priyma “UFOs Witnesses to The Unknown” Moscow 1997 and

Oleg Gayvoronskiy and Ruslan Melnikov in: “Megapolis Express” December 1999 also Anton Anfalov Type: H


  • Thanks for providing this. Not sure what to say to all of that. Without being able to read the original sources my instinct is to assume that the accounts from which the writeup derives are mostly fictitious offerings of Russian "ufologists" who want their own Roswell.


    By Blogger Martin Black, at Saturday, November 20, 2021  

  • Maybe it's the fictional elements that I like in such accounts, Martin.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, November 20, 2021  

  • Lots of interesting stories in ufology. But to whom are they being addressed? Not the general public; perhaps the audience is more select. In 1941, were the forerunners of the CIA and KGB trading tales to keep each other chasing ghosts?

    By Blogger Ron, at Saturday, November 20, 2021  

  • Ron:

    For me one of the first questions is whether any claims of this kind were even present in 1941. None of the sources listed is even close to that year: all are much later. I can't get away from the feeling that some patriotic "ufologists" over there want us to think that a glorious Soviet UFO crash happened before the inferior capitalist US Roswell crash!


    By Blogger Martin Black, at Saturday, November 20, 2021  

  • One of the problems with Albert's stories, which are collected or provided to him from second or third sources, not first hand witnesses, and not from the period of the episode, but much later, as recollected or reported by others not the person's involved.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, November 20, 2021  

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