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On the warm summer evening of August 4, 1943, 18-year-old Ronnie Austin had been having a great time. He had gone to a drive-in theater to catch a flick with his girlfriend Phyllis Bruce, and shortly before midnight they began their drive home in Wayne City, Illinois. As they drove, they noticed something very strange up ahead in the sky at about treetop level, which looked like a bright, round light with “fuzzy edges,” and estimated as being about “the size of a washtub.” They at first thought that it might be an aircraft, but whatever it was had no flashing lights and was perfectly round, leading them to suspect this was something else. They marveled at it for a few minutes, but the encounter would get stranger still when they noticed that the object seemed to be following them. And so would begin a wild high speed chase along rural country roads by a mysterious UFO.

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