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Secret Weapon from 1947...?

From: Kenny Young <ufo@fuse.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 17:18:41 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 17:47:39 -0400
Subject: Secret Weapon from 1947...?

There is no indication for certain that the strange story to follow
[which I have had stashed away in my files for a number of years] is
of any relation to the UFO subject, but perhaps someone on this list
may have knowledge of the account. I found the enclosed newspaper
article while strolling through microfilm of 1947 newspaper articles
looking for information about Kenneth Arnold's UFO sighting.

My interest in the article even went as far as making a few phone
calls trying to locate relatives of the Mr. Snodgrass mentioned in
the report. I probably called about 6 or 7 numbers in this area, but
to no avail.

If anyone has additional information to shed some light on this one,
please let me know.

Kenny Young


The Cincinnati Enquirer
June 15, 1947: page-1

Awful as A-Bomb, Cincinnatian Says
Based on British Idea from Tarawa Battle, Not Biological

A devastating new instrument of war placed in the Anglo-American
arsenal by scientists working secretly in New Zealand yesterday
was termed "as awesome in its effects as the atomic bomb" by a
Cincinnati bio-physicist who aided in its development.

James Marion Snodgrass, 39, chief engineer of the motion picture
division of the Dayton Acme Co., consultant engineering firm,
declined otherwise to lift the cloak of mystery surrounding the

Pressed by reporters, Snodgrass said only that it was not
connected with the atomic bomb and had no relation to biological
warfare.  He would not say whether it was intended to be
directed against humans, aircraft or ships.


Development of the weapon started after the invasion of Tarawa
Island in the Pacific by American forces, Snodgrass *line of
text not legible* loss of life.

Asked whether the weapon had any bearing on the casualties or a
military problem encountered on the island, Snodgrass replied
tersely, "Could be."

Snodgrass, who lives at 150 Somerset Dr., College Hill, was a
civilian when he was assigned to a group of British and New
Zealand scientists engaged in the development project.  The
weapon was conceived by the British, Snodgrass said, and
research was pressed despite lack of enthusiasm shown by the
U.S. Navy officers who received reports during development.


Existence of the weapon first was disclosed when Prof. T.D.J.
Leech of New Zealand was mentioned in the birthday honors list
of King George VI in London.  A news dispatch reported Professor
Leech as calling the weapon an effective alternative to the
atomic bomb.

Asked whether the weapon could replace the atomic bomb,
Snodgrass said only: "First reports are substantially true, but
perhaps they are exaggerated a little."

The research was conducted in New Zealand because of fears of
espionage, Snodgrass said, although it had been planned to
transfer the work to Florida.

Snodgrass, who is married and has two children, formerly was an
instructor of psychology at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.
Before the war, Snodgrass said, he performed considerable
research on the effect of electric currents on the human body.

End of article


"Pledged To Silence On Secret Weapon, Cincinnatian States" The
Cincinnati Enquirer, page-1 June 16, 1947

James M. Snodgrass, Cincinnati biophysicist, yesterday refused
to describe any further the secrecy-shrouded weapon of war that
he and a group of British and New Zealand scientists devloped in
New Zealand during World War II.

As speculation developed concerning the weapon which Snodgrass
termed "as awesome as the atomic bomb." The scientist said that
he was "under obligation" to remain silent.

Although only the barest of facts have been made public
concerning the weapon, it is known that it was developed
following the invasion of Tarawa Island and was never used in
the war.

End of article

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