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During the 2nd World War the “foo fighters” would fly alongside both Allied and Axis aircraft at night. Sightings continued during the Korean War
and were even reported by civilian aircrews. “Foo Fighter” was a term that may have not been commonly used until the near to the end of the war by
British flight crews who referred to them simply as the ‘light’ or strange balls of light. There were times when crews had fired at the lights but
they never appeared to fight back.
A number of MoD documents, declassified in the 1990s, mention unusual phenomenon sighted by RAF crews . A case from 1942 describes a raid on Turin the
night of November 28/29, when an object an estimated at 200-300 ft. in length, 40-50 ft. in diameter, and travelling at an estimated 500 mph, with
four equally spaced red lights along its length was reported. The pilot, Captain Lever, said he saw a similar object during the summer, north of
Amsterdam. The crew was adamant of the story despite ridicule. On the night of 26/27th May 1943, during a raid on Essen, Germany, the crew of an RAF
bomber reported a large cylindrical object similar to the one mentioned earlier. There were a number of "portholes" spaced evenly along its length.
It was much larger than their aircraft and departed at a speed estimated to be in the "thousands of mph!”. Many other reports were of bright,
small spherical objects that would follow the aircraft as they carried out their missions.
Information on specific RAF sightings on the internet though is somewhat sparse. It seems to be one of the most well known but least detailed chapters
in Ufology. Even official investigations conducted for the MoD failed to mention them during a very paranoid period of the Cold War.
One interesting comment came from Comedian Michael Bentine, sadly no longer with us, who was an intelligence office during World War II. He is on
record as having said :
‘When I was an intelligence officer in Bomber Command in the winter of 1943-44, I debriefed several crews about some lights that had attacked
them when they were over the Baltic. They fired at the lights, which didn’t shoot back. These lights didn’t seem to do anything, just pulse and go
round. We put it down to fatigue, but later, after I had sent the reports in, an American G2 Intelligence Officer told us that their bombers saw
lights in the sky - ‘foo-fighters’ he called them.’
In summary though it seems that the Foo fighters were not fighters at all. By 1994 they were more famous as a rock band.
Further reading: rotwang5.tripod.com...
A UFO Crash Retrieval in Britain?
After a visit to the UK, US journalist Dorothy Kilgallen alleged that the British
Government had recovered a crashed UFO just after the war. An article she wrote in the Los Angeles Examiner on 23 May 1955 stated:
“British scientists and airmen, after examining the wreckage of one mysterious flying ship, are convinced these strange aerial objects are not
optical illusions or Soviet inventions, but are flying saucers which originate on another planet. The source of my information is a British official
of cabinet rank who prefers to remain unidentified. ‘We believe’ he said on the basis of our enquiry thus far, that the saucers are staffed by
small men – probably under four feet tall. It is frightening, but there is no denying that the flying saucers come from another planet. This
official quoted scientists as saying a flying ship of this type could not have possibly been constructed on earth. The British Government, I learned,
is withholding an official report on the flying saucer examined at this time, possibly because it does not wish to frighten the public. When my
husband (Richard Kollmer, Broadway producer and radio commentator) and I arrived here in Britain for a brief vacation, I had no premonition that I
would be catapulting myself into the controversy over whether flying saucers are real or imaginary. In the United States all kinds of explanations
have been advanced. But no responsible official of the United States Air Force has yet intimated that the mysterious flying ships had actually vaulted
from outer space.”
It is widely believed that Kilgallen’s source was Earl Mountbatten who relayed this to her at a cocktail party he hosted in May 1955. But the story
has also been dismissed as a hoax by many.
Dorothy Killgallen was a very popular newspaper columnist who involved herself in the investigations of a number of conspiracy theories and died
somewhat mysteriously after interviewing Jack Ruby regarding the JFK assassination which is beyond the scope of this thread.
More on Killgallen’s death here:
There is however more to a story of a crashed UFO on British soil during this era.
Ghost Rockets, Flying Bombs and the Westerham Incident 1947
Reginald Victor Jones had played a key role in predicting and countering German
technical advances in radar, radio-beam navigation, V-1 and V-2 rockets and the early German nuclear programme. He was appointed Assistant Director of
Intelligence (Science) in 1941 and promoted to Director of Intelligence in 1946.
Jones also became involved in investigations of the post-war Ghost Rockets wave in Scandinavia. At first the Soviets were suspected of launching test
missiles over Sweden. Eventually though, by autumn of 1946, Swedish intelligence, were dumbfounded and could not trace the source of these rockets
despite assistance from the British. Close to a thousand incidents had been logged with around 80% dismissed as “celestial phenomena”. But some
cases included visual, radar and other detection methods as evidence. Most fragments retrieved from potential crash sites turned out to be ordinary
slag. Jones was never convinced by the stories and asked for tangible evidence of the ghost rockets.
So in early 1947 a substance that allegedly fell from a “ghost rocket” over Sweden was sent for scientific tests to Farnborough in England. The
investigation showed 98% of it was of an unknown element. The story circulated around the globe. Then Jones stepped in. Jones declared that just by
looking at the substance anyone could see it was “a lump of coke”. His lifelong friend and scientist Sir Charles Frank is mentioned as being in
agreement with him. But up until that point it seems no one had questioned it.
The conundrum is that had a real unknown piece of material been identified then it would almost certainly have been buried in a veil of secrecy with a
mundane cover story issued to the press. Reginald Victor Jones would have been the ideal man in Britain to provide such a cover a story.
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