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Foo Fighters - NY Times Jan 2 1945

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 03:07:11 +0200
Fwd Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 21:36:06 -0400
Subject: Foo Fighters - NY Times Jan 2 1945

Posted to "alt.ufo.reports" July 15.



Subject:      Foo-Fighters
From:         stoney@bga.com (stoney)
Date:         1998/07/15
Message-ID:   <35ac33e7.1309522@news.supernews.com>
Newsgroups:   alt.ufo.reports

This is my first time to visit this group, so forgive my
intrusion if "foo-fighters" have already been discussed to
death. I was doing research tonight on an unrelated matter that
took place in 1945 when I ran across the following article in
the 2 January 1945 New York Times, p. 1.  I am quoting it

Balls of Fire Stalk U.S. Fighters in Night Assaults Over Germany

[ Associated Press]

American Night Fighter Base, France, Jan. 1 --

The Germans have thrown something new into the night skies over
Germany -- the weird, mysterious "foo-fighter," balls of fire
that race alongside the wings of American Beaufighters flying
intruder missions over the Reich.

American pilots have been encountering the eerie "foo-fighter"
for more than a month in their night flights. No one apparently
knows exactly what this sky weapon is.

The balls of fire appear suddenly and accompany the planes for
miles. They appear to be radio-controlled from the ground and
keep up with planes flying 300 miles an hour, official
intelligence reports reveal. "There are three kinds of these
lights we call 'foo-fighters,'" Lieut. Donald Meiers of Chicago
said. "One is red balls of fire which appear off our wing tips
and fly along with us; the second is a vertical row of three
balls of fire which fly in front of us, and the third is a group
of about fifteen lights which appear off in the distance--like a
Christmas tree up in the air--and flicker on and off."

The pilots of this night-fighter squadron--in operation since
September, 1943--find these fiery balls the weirdest thing that
they have yet encountered. They are convinced that the
"foo-fighter" is designed to be a psychological as well as a
military weapon, although it is not the nature of the fire-balls
to attack planes.

"A 'foo-fighter' picked me up recently at 700 feet and chased me
twenty miles down the Rhine Valley," Lt. Meiers said. "I turned
to starboard and two balls of fire turned with me. I turned to
the port side and they turned with me. We were going 260 miles
an hour and the balls were keeping right up with us."

"On another occasion when a 'foo-fighter' picked us up, I dove
at 360 miles per hour. It kept right off our wing tips for
awhile and then zoomed up into the sky.

"When I first saw the things off my wing tips, I had the
horrible thought that a German on the ground was ready to press
a button and explode them. But they don't explode or attack us.
They just seem to follow us like will-o'-the-wisps."

[An Associated Press report from Paris on Dec. 13 said that the
Germans had thrown silvery balls into the air against day
raiders. Pilots then reported that they had seen these objects,
both individually and in clusters, during forays over Germany.]

Lt. Wallace Gould of Silver Creek, NY said that the lights had
followed his wing tips for a while and then, in a few seconds,
zoomed 20,000 feet into the air out of sight. Lt. Edward
Schlater of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, said that he had seen the
"foo-fighter" on two occasions and it "looked like shooting
stars." In his first experience with them, Lt. Gould said, "I
thought it was some new form of jet-propulsion plane after us.
But we were very close to them and none of us saw any structure
on the fire balls."

Can someone clarify what these things are, or should I begin
believing in UFOs after all? 1945? Who on earth had such
capabilities? I look forward to your public responses. Your
combined knowledge should create an intriguing discussion.