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Dorothy Kilgallen and UFOs

From: Kenny Young <ufo@fuse.net>
Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 08:11:59 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 11:15:03 -0500
Subject: Dorothy Kilgallen and UFOs

EBK and list;

Regarding Dorothy Kilgallen and UFOs, here may be some helpful
info on the situation.

My interest in this was due to the report available there
(already mentioned by EBK). The source is listed as Mr. Todd
Biggs, it states:


May, 1947 - Spitzbergen, Norway

A report by journalist Dorothy Kilgallen stated that British
scientists  and airmen were excavating the wreckage of a
mysterious flying ship. The Swedish military acknowledged its
extraterrestrial origin and reported 17 bodies were found. The
story appeared as a tiny blip for only one day in the U.S. news
media before it was silenced by the military. I personally saw
this news story years ago.


In trying to verify the claim of a Kilgallen article briefly
referencing a Spitzbergen, Norway 'mysterious flying ship'
wreck, I conducted a little library investigation to validate
the data some time ago.

Through correspondence with two knowledgeable Kilgallen
historians/researchers that I located, neither were familiar
with the material referenced. I was told that during May of
1947, her articles were not yet syndicated nationally, appearing
exclusively in the newspaper entitled: "The New York Journal

With some bureaucratic difficulty and through an 'Interlibrary
Loan,' I acquired 5-microfilm copies of The New York Journal
American from Texas University. The microfilm from April of 1947
through June of 1947 were reviewed at the Hamilton County Public
Library in September of 1998, and for a nearly 4-hour duration,
each Kilgallen article during this 1947 time period was
reviewed. Her daily 'Broadway' column did contain brief segments
and topics of varying interest, yet there was no such
"mysterious flying ship" reference by Kilgallen from her columns
within this time period that I was able to locate.

There is a Kilgallen article, however, which appears in
newspapers across the United States dated May 23, 1955. This
article also appears on the front page of The Cincinnati
Enquirer, from which I have a copy. The article quotes a
'confidential source,' being a British official of cabinet rank,
and a most unusual story is told to her.

Enclosed below is the text of her article:


Those "Little Men" On Flying Saucers? Real, Says Kilgallen

Remember the creepy stories about flying saucers and little men
from outer space? Dorothy Kilgallen has run into a new one in
London. Here is her dispatch to the New York Journal-American on
what a British official thinks about those "little fellows."

By Dorothy Kilgallen
Distributed by International News Service

London, May 22 - British scientists and airmen, after examining
the wreckage of a mysterious "flying ship," are convinced that
these strange aerial objects are not optical illusions or Soviet
inventions, but actually 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, on the basis of our inquiries thus far, that the
'saucers' were staffed by small men - probably under four feet
tall," my informant told me today.

"It's frightening but there is no denying the flying saucers
come from another planet."

This official quoted scientists as saying a flying ship of this
type could not have been constructed on earth.

The British government, I learned, is withholding an official
report on the "flying saucer" examination 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 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

But no responsible official of the U.S. Air Force has yet
intimated the mysterious flying ships had actually vaulted from
outer space.

End of article


After review of the information and Kilgallen articles from
April until June of 1947, I am satisfied that any reference of a
Spitzbergen, Norway crash of a 'mysterious flying ship' does not
appear in her articles. The Spitzenbergen reference must
therefore have appeared in articles from another time-period, if
at all, and not in the May, 1947 date indicated in the Biggs'
message posted on the internet.

It may be possible that the author of this material could have
worked from memory to recall the article, but instead of May,
1947, actually had the May, 1955 article in mind instead. It is
rather strange that someone would get this confused with the
specific location of Spitzbergen, Norway, however, as there is
nothing within the 1955 piece to lead one to recall this
exacting location.

Unless a more specific date is acquired regarding a Kilgallen
article referencing a Spitzbergen recovery, it could be very
possible that this information is baseless and untrue.

Further information regarding the Kilgallen/UFO connection have
located at the following URL:


There, in a segment entitled: "CASE HISTORY No. 1: The British
Roswell," the author states:

"Retired diplomat and intelligence officer Gordon Creighton
said he believed Kilgallen's source [for the 1955 article] was
Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Kilgallen's story was backed up by Dr Olavo Fontes, a Brazilian
UFO researcher of the 1950's.

I am interested in gathering more information on Fontes,
Mountbatten and Creighton, any tips are appreciated...

Kenny Young
UFO Research