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The Saucers Of Wartime

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 10:23:51 -0400
Archived: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 11:07:10 -0400
Subject: The Saucers Of Wartime

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
September 2, 2007

The Saucers Of Wartime
Scott Corrales
(c) 2006

The fact that the UFO phenomenon has always shown a curious
attraction to the armed conflicts of the human race is
undeniable. Even those who are only marginally interested in the
phenomenon can relate to the stories of the "foo fighters" that
pursued allied and Axis aircraft during the Second World War, or
the unidentified objects that prompted the so-called Battle of
Los Angeles in 1942. In past decades there was the widespread
belief in many countries that "flying saucers" had come to Earth
precisely because of humankind's discovery of nuclear energy and
its wartime applications.

But there are other incidents that aren't quite as well known,
and conjectures about the interest displayed by these strange
presences in our wars that are quite disturbing...

Aliens Of The Spanish Civil War

When Mariano Melgar was scarcely seven years old, he became an
accidental witness to an event that would stay for him the rest
of his life.

One hot summer morning in 1938, the young boy was taking care of
some cows on his family's property in the town of Munico
(Avila). It was a broad pasture that the animals could roam
freely, and Mariano wandered away from them to sit in the shade
of a small stand of trees by a stream. Suddenly, he became aware
of a buzzing, droning sound coming out of the intense blue sky
above; his eyes caught a bright flash of silver in the air from
an object that was descending to a spot not far from his current
location. Unsure of its nature and intentions, the boy hid
behind the trees and observed intently.

"It was a round object surmounted by a small dome, measuring
some sixteen to nineteen meters in diameter," he would later
tell researcher J.J. Benitez, who included the case in his book
La Punta del Iceberg (Spain: Planeta, 1987). "I must have been
some thirty paces away from [it] when I noticed that three or
four legs had appeared underneath the object. That "thing" had
colored lights all around it... they went on and off constantly.
A thing to see!"

Young Mariano's wonder went up a notch when a door on the
bizarre object suddenly opened "like the doors one sees on
modern airplanes." The buzzing and humming ceased and three
figures descended from the object, whose interior appeared to be
full of some devices whose purpose was completely foreign to the
youngster. Two of the figures walked away from the craft to
collect what appeared to be soil or vegetable matter samples,
while the third one remained at the entrance to the strange

Overwhelmed by the sight and his child's sense of curiosity,
Mariano emerged from his place of concealment and tried to get
close to the "pilots", as he described them. Before he had
succeeded in walking a distance of five meters, the figure
standing at the doorway to the craft fired a bolt of light at
the boy, very nearly knocking him down. Chastened, Mariano
retreated for the safety of the trees again, but was not chased
away by the display of power. In fact, he subsequently tried a
second approach, only to be repelled by another volley of shots
from the character standing at the entrance to the craft.
Fifteen minutes later, the soil gatherers had completed their
task and returned to the vehicle. The sentry turned to look at
the boy and "waved goodbye". The domed object lifted off,
spinning on its axis, heading off toward the village of Barco de
Avila at an altitude of between fifty and one hundred meters.

At the time of the event, Mariano believed that the object and
its crew complement had been "Generalissimo Franco's aircraft"
although he now knows better. While it is true that Nazi Germany
was involved in many displays of air power over Spain during the
Civil War (the bombing of Guernica, immortalized on canvas by
Pablo Picasso, being the best known of them), the chance that
Mariano Melgar's close encounter had anything to do with
advanced Luftwaffe prototypes is negligible. To stress this
point, researcher Benitez goes on to provide his readers with a
brief history of Spanish aviation during the Spanish Civil War:
the first Soviet-made aircraft (Tupolev SB-2 bombers and
Polikarpov I-15 and I-16 fighters) were deployed in the Spanish
theater of operations in November 1936; twenty Luftwaffe Junkers
Ju-20's entered the fray in August of that year, plus a host of
aircraft purchased by the warring factions from a number of
governments ranging from France to the United States and
Czechoslovakia. None of them remotely resembling the domed,
light-ringed craft that landed near Mariano Melgar in 1938.

In the Melgar case, we are dealing with a pre-1947 incident that
combines sighting, landing and occupant encounters in one. There
is also the possibility that an over-imaginative peasant child
(albeit one whose childhood was not filled with the comic books
and space-minded radio adventures of the time) imagined the
whole situation. But if we decide to believe in Mariano Melgar
and in J.J. Ben=EDtez's painstaking journalistic research, we are
left with the conclusion that the UFO phenomenon was active
during one of the most destructive periods of internecine
warfare in the 20th century. But why?

The fact remains that while a peasant boy peered at the
otherworldly unknown through the trees of Munico, other
sightings had taken place on the Iberian Peninsula that amazed
trained observers. Two years earlier, in August 1936, the
fortress of Pollensa on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca had
successfully fended off a landing by Republican forces, who had
arrived in the harbor by means of submersibles. Many locals
watched the scene expectantly, hoping to see the skies lit by
another exchange of fire and rocketry as the Republicans tried
to take the fortification yet again. Suddenly the onlookers were
treated to the sight of three glowing objects at an altitude of
ten thousand feet. Some Mallorcans believed that these were the
new air weapons that Hitler had promised Generalissimo Franco's
forces, but the three unknown devices simply cruised over the
island and nothing about them suggested a provenance of any of
this world's air forces. They were described as "plates moving
through the air" and giving off considerable luminosity.

On February 5, 1938, the forces defending Penon de la Mata to
the north of the city of Granada under cold, clear winter skies
were buzzed by an object resembling "a Mexican hat". Described
as having the color of unburnished aluminum, the object's slow,
deliberate path across the morning sky allowed onlookers to get
a good look at it. As it approached, an infantryman with the
76th Brigade, reported that "seen from below, it had the exact
shape of a cartwheel. At its center, where the spokes emanated
from, there was something [looking like] a photo camera lens..."

But the witness's startling account doesn't stop there: as the
unknown object flew almost directly over him, he was allegedly
able to see curved black portholes on the sides of the strange
wheel. The report published in Spain's ABC newspaper added that
the unknown device appeared to rotate counterclockwise as it
flew southward, fading away until the bemused infantrymen were
no longer able to see it.

More humanoids were also reported during the Civil War. On the
night of July 25, 1938, five months after the siege of Granada,
a blinding light caught the attention of two officers. As the
light dimmed, the military men were surprised to see a disc-
shaped object measuring approximately eleven meters in diameter
at an estimated distance of sixty meters away. The object
appeared to possess a sort of "column" containing two humanoid
figures that gradually descended from its underbelly. The
unknown craft then started to project a circle of blue light on
the ground, which expanded its circumference until it reached
the onlookers, who felt a sensation of intense cold. The light
dimmed and the column was fully retracted into the object, its
two separate "halves" rotating in opposite directions as the
powerful white light appeared again and the craft vanished into
the skies at considerable speed. Researcher Manuel Carballal
interviewed the main witness, who held the rank of lieutenant at
the time.

UFOs In The Falklands War

Not counting the veterans of both warring sides, or the
relatives of those who lost loved ones, most people have
forgotten about the relatively brief conflict in 1982 between
Argentina and the United Kingdom following the former's
occupation of the Falkland Islands during the spring of that
year. In January 2006, Argentinean researcher Silvia Perez
Simondini managed to obtain an interview with a war veteran she
has named "Roman" in an effort to conceal his identity. While
"Roman's story does not take place on either East or West
Falkland, but in Rio Gallegos =96 an important Argentinean air
base at the time of the conflict =96 it is nevertheless riveting.

According to Simondini's report for Inexplicata-The Journal of
Hispanic Ufology (http://inexplicata.blogspot.com), the
soldier's brush with the unknown occurred sometime between the
fourth and the tenth of April 1982, as he and fellow members of
his platoon provided security for the sprawling El Condor ranch.
Between 2 and 3 a.m., Roman and his buddies were awakened by the
sound of one of the sentries pounding on the door to their

"When I opened my eyes, there was an intense white light
outdoors," recalls the soldier, "[it was] similar to the
floodlights of a soccer stadium that light up the playing field.
But there was a startling detail, the fact that it was snowing,
there was a lot of wind, but the circle in which the light was
contained was peaceful; even the air and weather was warm. I
also noticed that the other 2 soldiers outside were looking at
the sky, where there was a gigantic spacecraft with lights --
 not a circular one, I perceived it as an oval body whose center
gave me the impression of looking at the stars, but its lateral
lights made a slight movement. Those of us inside the house went
out and stared at it for 15 minutes, more or less. We felt no
fear, rather a sense of tranquility. At one point, it slowly
began to move and vanished over the hills at high speed in a
matter of seconds. What was also astounding was that after it
disappeared, the snow and the strong wind also returned, which
was a shock to us."

A greater shock was in store for the Argentinean conscripts. An
army helicopter with foreign-looking personnel arrived at the
ranch ("I thought they were Americans", he confessed to
Simondini). "Roman" and his friends were transferred to a
building occupied by another regiment and all of their equipment
and clothes taken from them prior to debriefing. His superiors
were concerned about the possibility of a British secret weapon,
but the conscript and his buddies believed they had seen
"something unnatural, not of this Earth."

After the debriefing session, the hapless UFO witnesses were
taken to a larger room occupied by members of another unit with
an even more harrowing story to tell: they had been riding along
the highway in a troop transport shortly after "Roman" and his
platoon had seen the unknown craft over the El Condor ranch, and
in an instant, found themselves no longer aboard their truck,
but scattered on the ground in an open field three kilometers
away from their original position. The truck was nowhere to be
found. This experience had been so unnerving that that a
sergeant known to "Roman" as a driven, energetic noncom appeared
"competely broken and lost" after the ordeal.

A curious addition to the bizarre "teleportation" incident is
that another truck belonging to Argentina's YPF petroleum
company also vanished in the proverbial blink of an eye, but
still inside his truck and near a police station.

The Argentinean conscript ends his story by saying: "Then the
Army Command divided us up independently, we were each sent to
war in different locations and never saw each other again."

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