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Giant Bird Sighting in 1948

In April of 1948 The St. Louis area was inundated with reports of unusually large birds. At least 13 witnesses reported seeing a gigantic, grayish-black bird with a torpedo-like body soaring in the skies above South St. Louis, Alton, Glendale, Overland, and Richmond Heights. People described the creature as “immense,” “incredible,” and “enormous.” A police patrolman and a corporal saw it as well.

Officer Francis Hennelly said that “Its wings were flapping, and it was headed southwest, flying at an altitude of several hundred feet. I thought it was a large eagle, but I’ve never seen one that big before.” One witness said that unlike normal birds, this creature flapped one wing, then the other. Another witness watched as the giant bird flew towards the Mississippi bluffs, where he surmised would make a good habitat for such a creature.

There have been multiple reports of gigantic birds and/or Mothman type creatures across the Midwest since at least the 1700's, but from 2012 to 2022, a large number of reports of winged humanoids, pterodactyls, and large birds came in from from the greater Kansas City area. Chicago has also had multiple reports of large winged humanoids. Perhaps whatever this creature is has followed the Rivers from Chicago, to St. Louis, and across the state to Kansas City.

The original story posted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was titled “The Gigantic Bird Mystery: That Thing in the Sky- is it Really a Bird or is it a Plane or a Witch? Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 29, 2017

To file a report of a winged cryptid contact Margie Kay at

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