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Veteran Talks Of The 'Foo Fighters'

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 11:05:53 -0400
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Subject: Veteran Talks Of The 'Foo Fighters'

Source: The Sarastoa Herald-Tribune - Florida, USA


April 21, 2007

Veteran Talks Of The 'Foo Fighters'

By Frederic O. Sargent as told to Abby Weingarten

Frederic Sargent was studying economics at Colby College in
Maine when the draft for World War II beckoned. In 1942, the 22-
year-old joined the 415th Night Fighter Squadron of the Army Air
Forces and studied at a series of radio schools.

For 31/2 years, he was stationed throughout North Africa,
Sicily, Corsica, Germany and England. As a corporal, he never
flew, but his principal job was to take care of the lights on
the landing strips for night fighters.

He peeled potatoes in the kitchen police and learned the
mechanics of aircraft engines. In 1946, as the historian for the
group, he wrote an unpublished account of his unit's interaction
with foo fighters, titled "Foo Fighters and the 415th."

Sargent went on to teach economics at various U.S. universities
before retiring to Sarasota with Shirley, his wife of 60 years.
(Below are some of Sargent's writings and ruminations on the
topic of foo fighters.)


"The British developed radar and night fighting, so when the
U.S. went into World War II, we had to learn everything from the
British. My squadron was the first one to do that.

Our pilots and crew chiefs would go to England and Scotland to
learn from the British. I was in the ground echelon, so I met up
with them in North Africa.

Pilots in the 415th encountered and reported 'foo fighters' (or
luminous, unidentified objects) during the night over the
German-occupied Rhine River valley. The sightings were recorded
between November 1944 and April 1945, when the 415th was
operating from landing strips in Dijon and Ochey, France.

The sightings posed a baffling question to air war buffs,
scientists, the media and the public. What were they? The pilots
could find no explanation that fit all of the sightings. The Air
Force was in a position to answer the question, as they had
sequestered tons of German air war records. But their focus was
on developing the next generation of fighters and bombers, not
in information dissemination.

The proliferation of sightings, or imagined sightings, of UFOs
and flying saucers by people everywhere complicated the search
for an answer. When the Allies captured the area east of the
Rhine River, the foo fighter sightings ceased.

A few investigative air science researchers studied records and
archives in Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Recent
investigators point out a possible line of progressive
development of radar invisibility from the foo fighter to the
stealth fighter and bomber.

Eventually, as the U.S. becomes militarily secure, the Air Force
will probably declassify its records of German World War II

Some excerpts from the unit's log:

"Nov. 27, 1944: Lt. Edward A. Schleuter returned from a mission
and reported that he saw a red light flying through the air. It
came in about 2,000 feet off starboard and then disappeared in a
long red streak.

Dec. 15, 1944: A pilot's mission report stated: 'Saw a brilliant
red light at 2,000 feet going east at 200 miles per hour in the
vicinity of Erstein. Due to AI failure, could not pick up
contact but followed it by sight until it went out. Could not
get close enough to identify object before it went out."


Abby Weingarten may be contacted via e-mail at:


[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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