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Revising UFO History

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 09:21:38 -0400
Archived: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 09:21:38 -0400
Subject: Revising UFO History

Source: Kevin Randle's Blog - A Different Perspective


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Revising UFO History
Kevin Randle

I was reading a new book the other day, Strange Company by Keith
Chester (see here), and realized a couple of things. First,
we're going to have to change the history of the UFO phenomena.
Until this book came out, we all dated the "modern" era from the
Kenneth Arnold sighting of June 24, 1947. It is now clear that
the modern era began during the Second World War.

Let me explain that quickly. Chester's book is about the foo
fighters that we've all heard about. I believed that these were
balls of light, maybe St. Elmo's Fire or the like, that followed
Allied aircraft on their missions during the war. I had thought
of them as indistinct, small, glowing orbs of ionized air and
that while some pilots thought of them as possible enemy
weapons, there wasn't much to them.

Chester, in his book details hundreds of sightings, many of them
suggesting large, solid objects. Chester, using the style of the
1960s UFO books, gives us many sightings, but he includes the
names of the witnesses and often the documents, once classified,
but now housed in the National Archives that provide the

He also tells us of a coordinated effort on the part of Allied
intelligence to identify the objects, believing them to be
either new German weapons, or in the Pacific, new Japanese
weapons. Our aircraft fired on them more than once, but there
seems to have been no retaliation and while the capabilities of
these objects worried the Allied powers at the highest levels,
there seemed to be no actual indications that they were any sort
of enemy technological break through.

There was a large intelligence effort to solve the riddle of the
foo fighters with many believing that at the end of the war they
would learn the truth. That didn't happen, but with so many of
the sightings classified, no one really talked about them. True,
some of the high ranking officers or scientists on the other
side were interviewed, but they were as confused as those on the
Allied side. Only once in a great while would something appear
about the foo fighters, but my impression, and I'm sure that of
others was that, from a ufological point of view, there was
nothing much to them.

The modern era, then, begins not in June, 1947, but during the
war... and I haven't even approached the idea of the Ghost
Rockets seen in Europe in the summer of 1946. This was a series
of sightings that mirrored those that would be reported here in
1947. We basically ignored it because the sightings were limited
in scope and many believed them to be the result of hysteria
that survived the war. (And yes, I know that US government sent
Jimmy Doolittle to investigate, but that really is a subject for
another posting).

Now, all of this is very interesting, but there are a couple of
names that surface in Chester's book that I found just as
interesting. One of them is Colonel Howard McCoy. Many inside
the UFO field don't know who he was, but in 1947 and later, he
held an important intelligence post. He was the chief of T-2 of
the Air Materiel Command's intelligence division that included
oversight of Project Sign, the original UFO investigation.

Given the interest in the flying saucers (a term in widespread
use in 1947 contrary to the opinions of a few in the UFO field)
the Air Force created a science advisory board chaired by rocket
expert Theodore von Karman. They held their first important
meeting in March, 1948 and in attendance was McCoy. The minutes
of that meeting were declassified in 1996.

During that March meeting, as McCoy briefed the scientists about
the intelligence mission, McCoy said, "We have a new project -
 Project Sign - which may surprise you as a development from the
so-called mass hysteria of the past Summer when we had all the
unidentified flying objects or discs. This can't be laughed
off... We are running down every report. I can't tell you how
much we would give to have one of those crash in an area so that
we could recover whatever they are."

(Yes, I know this is an important statement for the skeptics of
the Roswell case, but that's not the point of this posting...
we'll look at it in a later report.)

McCoy, then, had been charged, indirectly, with the
investigation of the flying saucers. If this was his first brush
with that, we could make a number of arguments but those simply
won't fly when we examine the information that comes from
Chester's book (seen below).

We learn that in August, 1944, the Allies created the Combined
Intelligence Objectives Subcommittee (CIOS) which was charged,
in part, with the problem of the foo fighters. They held their
first meeting in London on September 6, 1944, and what is
interesting is some of the representatives who are there... one,
Commander Ian Fleming, I mention simply because he would write
the James Bond novels, but two of the others are Howard
Robertson of the 1953 Robertson Panel on UFOs and another is
Colonel Howard McCoy.

That's the same McCoy who would find himself charged with the
first official investigation of UFOs in 1948 known as Project
Sign (and called Project Saucer in the public arena for those
who didn't think they used the term then).

But what is interesting here is that we find that reports about
the foo fighters have ended up like those of UFOs. Those in a
position to know what was happening produced classified
documents that have now disappeared. A great deal of data had
been gathered and while it seems that many believed the foo
fighters to be enemy weapons, that certainly wasn't the case.
Interrogations of high-ranking officers and captured scientists,
after the war, showed that they knew no more about the foo
fighters than did the Allies. All sides seemed to believe that
the foo fighters belonged to the other.

When we reach 1947, McCoy found himself in the same place he had
been during the war. Reports of strange objects in the sky, not
just bright lights or balls of fire, but of solid, metallic
craft coming from trained pilots. True, there were more reports
from civilians and it's probably true that the military didn't
care about those, but they were getting reports from both
military and civilian pilots. Those couldn't be ignored.

McCoy still had no answer. All he knew was that something that
had appeared during the war that had seemed to be confined to
the combat arenas in Europe and the South Pacific were now over
the United States. He still didn't know what they were, and that
might have colored his thinking.

After the sightings over Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1952,
the president wanted some answers. One of the things done was
the creation of a scientific panel to study the UFOs, using the
best of the cases from what was then known as Project Blue Book
[which had superceded Project Grudge which had superceded
Project Sign]. This panel was sponsored by the CIA and who
chaired it? Howard Robertson, the same guy who had worked with
McCoy during the war.

Other members of the panel was Luis Alverez and Samuel A.
Goudsmit, who were both involved in the investigation of the foo
fighters. About the only person missing from the list was Howard
McCoy, but then, McCoy did have representatives there in the
guise of the Project Blue Book officers whose role was to
provide information for the panel.

Their conclusions, which were probably influenced by their
investigations of the foo fighters, was that the flying saucers
posed no threat to national security. If we count the foo
fighters in the UFO mix, then these things had been around for
more than a decade and there were no reports of flying saucers
damaging our national security at that time.

The Second name that caught my attention was William Blanchard.
In 1947 Blanchard was the commanding officer in Roswell but
during the war he commanded the 40th Bomb Group. I wouldn't
mention this, except that during the October 25, 1944 mission,
three of his B-29 crews reported high-altitude balloons on three
separate occasions. About three years later, a high altitude
balloon called Mogul would allegedly fool Blanchard's
intelligence officer and Blanchard himself. He would order then
Lieutenant Walter Haut to issue a press release saying they had
captured one of the flying saucers. Makes you wonder what it is
about Blanchard and high altitude balloons that kept him, or
members of his unit, from identifying them.

What this shows is that the all the early UFO phenomena is
interconnected with the same names popping up in the early
history. Those who investigated the foo fighters, those who saw
and reported foo fighters were those who reported flying saucers
and who investigated them.

The one common element in all of this is secrecy. First a
secrecy borne in the necessity of the war and later a secrecy
that is the natural outgrowth of high level military and
scientific thinking. But it is a secrecy that has inhibited UFO
research from the very beginning and it is a secrecy that is
only now being lifted so that we can glimpse the truth.

For more information, see:

Anomalist Books


[Lead from Stuart Miller @ http://www.alienworldsmag.com]

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