The Roswell crash
On July 2, 1947, just 8 days after the Kenneth Arnold sighting, an amazing turn of events began unfolding in Roswell, New Mexico. It wasn’t until over 30 years later that the world began piecing together these amazing events to form a complex puzzle that to this day remains the most controversial and talked about UFO encounter in history. It seems as if an unidentified flying object had crashed in Roswell.
As the world was talking about the Kenneth Arnold sighting, the inhabitants of Roswell, New Mexico saw a large disc shaped object fly over their sleepy town. Some reported that the craft appeared to be in distress and others reported hearing a tremendous explosion just prior to the crash event.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot were sitting on their porch at 105 South Penn. last Wednesday night at about ten o’clock when a large glowing object zoomed out of the sky from the southeast, going in a northwesterly direction at a high rate of speed. In appearance it looked oval in shape like two inverted saucers, faced mouth to mouth, or like two old type washbowls placed together in the same fashion. The entire body glowed as though light were showing through from inside, though not like it would be if a light were underneath. Wilmot said that he heard no sound but that Mrs. Wilmot said she heard a swishing sound for a very short time. The object came into view from the southeast and disappeared over the treetops in the general vicinity of six mile hill. Wilmot, who is one of the most respected and reliable citizens in town, kept the story to himself hoping that someone else would come out and tell about having seen one, but finally today decided that he would go ahead and tell about it. The announcement that the RAAF was in possession of one came only a few minutes after he decided to release the details of what he had seen.
William Brazel Report about a UFO crash in Roswell
William Brazel, a rancher in Roswell, was one of the persons who claim to have heard a loud explosion during the night. The next day, William hopped into his truck to search his ranch for any unusual damage and to assure that his cattle were ok. In a remote field on his ranch, William stumbled on a wide field of debris. The debris was scattered over an area 1 mile long and several hundred feet wide. William gathered up some of the debris, loaded in into his truck, and took it back to one of his barns for storage and further study. Brazel noted that among the items he recovered were metallic like cloth that would not crease and retained its original shape no matter how tightly it was folded up, metal beams with hieroglyphics on them, metal that looked like balsa wood but could not be dented with a sledgehammer, and extremely strong parchment like paper. Brazel and his son, amazed at the strange qualities of the items he discovered, spent much time playing and tinkering with the objects.
Initial Roswell Crash News Release
Later, when he heard stories of the flying discs, Brazel alerted the authorities at Roswell of his discovery. Major Jesse Marcel of the Roswell Army-Air Field (509th Bombardment group ) was sent to investigate. Samples were collected and the area cordoned off. An initial news release was issued by the Army stating that ‘the wreckage of a flying disc had been recovered in the Roswell area’.
Salvaging the wreckage from the Roswell UFO craash
One particular piece of wreckage gave the authorities problems – a four foot piece that was difficult to transfer. This piece, along with much of the other debris, was transferred under guard to the Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, bypassing several other bases that were much closer. From there, the wreckage was transferred, again under guard, to Wright Field in Ohio (now the Wright Patterson Air Force Base). It was at this time that a second news release was issued – this one rejected the first news release and instead claimed that the wreckage was the remains of a experimental balloon carrying a radar disk.
Roswell Crash Aftermath
During this period of about a week, Brazel was retained by the U.S. Army. When he returned home he flatly refused to discuss the incident with anyone only stating that they had scared the hell out of him. But still, parts of the story leaked to the press and were sent out over the teletype wire. When Albuquerque stations KSKW attempted to broadcast the story the FBI interrupted their transmission with an urgent warning – ‘Cease transmission. Repeat. Cease transmission. National security item. Do not transmit’.
Notes about the Roswell crash evidence
50 years later, researchers conducted a blind test with two witnesses who handled the crash debris material. Jesse Marcel Jr. and Earl Fulford were allowed to examine several different kinds of metals to see which metal most resembled the metal found at Roswell (the “memory metal” that was almost weightless and when crumbled, would return to its original form). Both men passed over Mylar the material that weather balloons are made of, as being too heavy and not possessing the right characteristics. Both men though, claimed that acetate sheets closely resembled the material they found and handled. It was thin and returned to its original shape after being folded. Both men claimed that the material they handled was lighter than the acetate sheets. Acetate sheets were not manufactured in 1947 and certainly were not used in the construction of weather or Project Mogul spy balloons.
Roswell UFO crash newspaper reports from around the country
Roswell Daily Record – July 8, 1947
RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region
No Details of Flying Disk Are Revealed
Roswell Hardware Man and Wife Report Disk Seen
The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer.
According to information released by the department, over authority of Maj. J. A. Marcel, intelligence officer, the disk was recovered on a ranch in the Roswell vicinity, after an unidentified rancher had notified Sheriff Geo. Wilcox here, that he had found the instrument on his premises.
Major Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and recovered the disk, it was stated.
After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it was flown to higher headquarters.
The intelligence office stated that no details of the saucer’s construction or its appearance had been revealed.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot apparently were the only persons in Roswell who saw what they thought was a flying disk.
They were sitting on their porch at 105 South Penn. last Wednesday night at about ten o’clock when a large glowing object zoomed out of the sky from the southeast, going in a northwesterly direction at a high rate of speed.
Wilmot called Mrs. Wilmot’s attention to it and both ran down into the yard to watch. It was in sight less then a minute, perhaps 40 or 50 seconds, Wilmot estimated.
Wilmot said that it appeared to him to be about 1,500 feet high and going fast. He estimated between 400 and 500 miles per hour.
In appearance it looked oval in shape like two inverted saucers, faced mouth to mouth, or like two old type washbowls placed together in the same fashion. The entire body glowed as though light were showing through from inside, though not like it would be if a light were underneath.
From where he stood Wilmot said that the object looked to be about 5 feet in size, and making allowance for the distance it was from town he figured that it must have been 15 to 20 feet in diameter, though this was just a guess.
Wilmot said that he heard no sound but that Mrs. Wilmot said she heard a swishing sound for a very short time.
The object came into view from the southeast and disappeared over the treetops in the general vicinity of six mile hill.
Wilmot, who is one of the most respected and reliable citizens in town, kept the story to himself hoping that someone else would come out and tell about having seen one, but finally today decided that he would go ahead and tell about it. The announcement that the RAAF was in possession of one came only a few minutes after he decided to release the details of what he had seen.
San Francisco Chronicle – July 9, 1947
“The many rumors regarding the flying disk became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eight Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the co-operation of one of the local ranchers and the Sheriff’s Office of Chaves county.
“The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact the Sheriff’s office, who in turn notified Major Jesse A. Marcel, of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence office.
“Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at the rancher’s home. It was inspected at the Roswell Army Air Field and subsequently loaned by Major Marcel to higher headquarters.”
The Wyoming Eagle – July 9, 1947
ONLY MEAGER DETAILS OF FLYING DISC GIVEN
Kite-Like Device Found in N.M.; Studied by Army
Washington, July 8 –(UP) — The mystery of the “flying saucers” took a new twist tonight with the disclosure that the army air forces has recovered a strange object in New Mexico and is forwarding it to Wright Field, Dayton, O., for examination.
Announcement of the find came first from the Roswell, N. Mex. army air base, near where a “saucer” was found three weeks ago.
AAF headquarters later revealed that a “security lid” has been clamped on all but the sketchiest details of the discovery.
AAF spokesman would say only that the “saucer” was a flimsily-constructed, kite-like object measuring about 25 feet in diameter and covered with a material resembling tin foil.
A telephonic report from Brig. Gen. Roger B. Ramey, commander of the Eighth Air Force at Ft. Worth, Texas, said the purported “saucer” was badly battered when discovered by a rancher at Corona, 75 miles northwest of Roswell, N.M.
Ramey scoffed at the possibility that the object could have attained the supersonic speeds credited to the “flying saucers” allegedly spotted in recent weeks.
He reported that the object was too lightly constructed to have carried anyone and that there was no evidence that it had had a power plant of any sort.
It bore no identification marks and Ramey emphasized that no one had seen it in flight.
AAF sources ruled out the possibility that it might have been an army weather-kite. Helium balloons have been used for weather recording for the past seven or eight years.
They said it had been sent to Ft. Worth by Superfortress for transhipment to the AAF experimental center at Dayton.
AAF commanders in New Mexico refused to permit the object to be photographed on the grounds that it was “high level stuff,” although Ramey indicated he was not attaching too great importance to the find pending an investigation.
The Roswell announcement came from Col. William H. Blanchard, commanding officer of the Roswell army air base, who specifically described the discovery as “a flying disc.”
He said the disc had been forwarded to higher headquarters, presumably the commanding general of the 8th air force at Ft. Worth, Tex.
Blanchard would reveal no further details.
Sheriff George Wilcox of Roswell said the disc was found about three weeks ago by W.W. Brizell (sic), on the Foster ranch at Corona, 75 miles northwest of Roswell.
Wilcox said that Brizell does not have a telephone and so did not report finding the disc until the day before yesterday. Brizell told the sheriff he didn’t know just what the disc was, but that at first it appeared to be a weather meter.
The sheriff’s office notified the army, which sent intelligence officers to pick up the object. Then today the army announced possession of a disc.
The sheriff quoted Brizell as saying the object “seemed more or less like tinfoil.” The rancher described the disc as about as large as a safe in the sheriff’s office.
The safe is about three and one-half by four feet.
The Ceylon Observer – July 9, 1947
“FLYING SAUCERS” OVER S. AFRICA, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA?
Conflicting Reports on Mystery Objects
“CONCRETE EVIDENCE” IN THREE INSTANCES
LONDON, JULY 9 The “Flying Saucer” mystery deepens. Reuter reports today indicate that the mysterious objects have been seen not only in the U.S.A. — where reports have come from 41 states — but in Canada, Australia and South Africa.
Statements regarding the size of the discs vary from “as big as gramaphone records” to “a diameter of 200 feet with a centre hole.”
Meanwhile, the World Inventors Congress has offered a thousand dollars reward for the delivery of a “flying saucer” to their exhibition at Los Angeles this week.
Concrete evidence too has not been wanting, so far three reports of “discs” or parts of discs being reported. While one discovery reports a “flimsy construction” with material “some sort of tin foil,” another speaks of diecast metal an eighth of an inch thick melting only at a heat of 6,300 degrees, and third speaks of “rock-like metal” which rained down from a huge flying disc.
In the meantime at Sydney Professor of Physiology, H. P. Cotton of the Sydney University conducted an experiment with his class of 450 students and demonstrated that, when one looks at a clear sky concentrating on a fixed point while standing perfectly still rapidly-moving bright, oval-shaped objects are seen. This he explained was due to the red corpuscles of the blood having (sic) in front of the retina.
The first concrete evidence was announced last night when United States Army Air Force authorities at Roswell, New Mexico, revealed that a flying disc had been found on the airfield.
General Roger Ramey, Commander of the Eighth Air Force with headquarters at Fort Worth Texas, received the object from Roswell Army Air Base. It is being shipped by air to the Army Air Force Research Centre at Wright Field, Ohio.
In a telephone conversation with Army Air Force Headquarters in Washington he described the object as a “flimsy construction almost like a box.”
So far as investigation could determine no one had seen the object in the air, the General added. Asked what the material seemed to be, Air Force officials in Washington described it as “apparently some sort of tin foil.”
It would have had a diameter of about 20 to 25 feet if reconstructed, the officials added. Nothing in its apparent construction indicated any capacity for speed and there was no evidence of a power plant. The discs construction seemed too flimsy to have enabled it to carry a man.
Army Air Force Headquarters said later that the officer who had seen the object held a strong opinion that it might be a meteorological device. “There is some indication that the object might have been attached to a balloon which squares with the description of meteorological equipment we have in use,” it was stated.
Meanwhile a man in Oelwein, Iowa, claimed that a flying saucer had crashed into his front yard last night. He said that he found a piece of metal in his yard six and a half inches in diameter and about an eighth of an inch thick. Planes were overhead at the time of the object’s descent, he said. The man, Lloyd Bennett, stated that he had a piece of the material analysed by a metallurgist who said that the disc appeared to be of some diecast metal which only melted at a heat of 6,300 degrees.
A Chicago report says that a piece of rocklike metal, alleged to have dropped from one of the “Flying Saucers” arrived yesterday for analysis by metallurgists of Chicago University.
The sender, Mr. Harold Dahl, of Tacoma, Washington State, said that on June 25 over Puget Sound, near the Canadian border, he and two companions on board a small boat saw what appeared to be huge silver doughnuts coming down between the clouds.
He anchored his boat and went ashore and watched the objects through binoculars. He saw five objects floating around a sixth. They were about 200 feet in diameter with a centre hole surrounded by what appeared to be a row of portholes.
The ships, as Mr. Dahl described them, came level at about fifteen hundred feet and then rose rapidly to a height of nearly a mile.
At this point, according to Mr Dahl, the centre ship began trailing a substance that rained down upon the water and along the shore. Pieces of the “metal rain” smashed a part of the wheel house of his boat and broke a searchlight lens on deck.
The South African report says that two Johannesburg residents have reported that they saw “flying saucers” over the city early yesterday.
They said that the objects were about as big as gramaphone records and were revolving at a great speed in a “V” formation. The objects disappeared in a cloud of smoke, they added.
Six people claimed to have seen “flying saucers” in the skies over Sydney in the last 24 hours.
One man said he saw a bright, oval-shaped object in the sky at night at a height of about ten thousand feet. His description was identical with those of the objects reported to have been seen in the skies over Canada and parts of the U.S.A. — (Reuter)
Roswell Daily Record – July 9, 1947
Gen. Ramey Empties Roswell Saucer Ramey Says Excitement is Not Justified
General Ramey Says Disk is Weather Balloon
Fort Worth, Texas, July 9 (AP)–An examination by the army revealed last night that mysterious objects found on a lonely New Mexico ranch was a harmless high-altitude weather balloon — not a grounded flying disk. Excitement was high until Brig. Gen. Roger M. Ramey, commander of the Eighth air forces with headquarters here cleared up the mystery.
The bundle of tinfoil, broken wood beams and rubber remnants of a balloon were sent here yesterday by army air transport in the wake of reports that it was a flying disk.
But the general said the objects were the crushed remains of a ray wind (sic) target used to determine the direction and velocity of winds at high altitudes.
Warrant Officer Irving Newton, forecaster at the army air forces weather station here said, “we use them because they go much higher than the eye can see.”
The weather balloon was found several days ago near the center of New Mexico by Rancher W. W. Brazel. He said he didn’t think much about it until he went into Corona, N. M., last Saturday and heard the flying disk reports.
He returned to his ranch, 85 miles northwest of Roswell, and recovered the wreckage of the balloon, which he had placed under some brush.
Then Brazel hurried back to Roswell, where he reported his find to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff called the Roswell air field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel, 509th bomb group intelligence officer was assigned to the case.
Col. William H. Blanchard, commanding officer of the bomb group, reported the find to General Ramey and the object was flown immediately to the army air field here.
Ramey went on the air here last night to announce the New Mexico discovery was not a flying disk.
Newton said that when rigged up, the instrument “looks like a six-pointed star, is silvery in appearance and rises in the air like a kite.”
In Roswell, the discovery set off a flurry of excitement.
Sheriff George Wilcox’s telephone lines were jammed. Three calls came from England, one of them from The London Daily Mail, he said.
A public relations officer here said the balloon was in his office “and it’ll probably stay right there.”
Newton, who made the examination, said some 80 weather stations in the U.S. were using that type of balloon and that it could have come from any of them.
He said he had sent up identical balloons during the invasion of Okinawa to determine ballistics information for heavy guns.
Roswell Daily Record – July 9, 1947
Harassed Rancher who Located
‘Saucer’ Sorry He Told About It
W.W. Brazel, 48, Lincoln county rancher living 30 miles south east of Corona, today told his story of finding what the army at first described as a flying disk, but the publicity which attended his find caused him to add that if he ever found anything short of a bomb he sure wasn’t going to say anything about it.
Brazel was brought here late yesterday by W.E. Whitmore, of radio station KGFL, had his picture taken and gave an interview to the Record and Jason Kellahin, sent here from the Albuquerque bureau of the Associated Press to cover the story. The picture he posed for was sent out over the AP telephoto wire sending machine specially set up in the Record office by R. D. Adair, AP wire chief sent here for the sole purpose of getting out the picture and that of sheriff George Wilcox, to whom Brazel originally gave the information of his find.
Brazel related that on June 14 he and 8-year-old son, Vernon were about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J.B. Foster ranch, which he operates, when they came upon a large area of bright wreckage made up on (sic) rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks.
At the time Brazel was in a hurry to get his round made and he did not pay much attenion to it. But he did remark about what he had seen and on July 4 he, his wife, Vernon, and a daughter Betty, age 14, went back to the spot and gathered up quite a bit of the debris.
The next day he first heard about the flying disks, and he wondered if what he had found might be the remnants of one of these.
Monday he came to town to sell some wool and while here he went to see sheriff George Wilcox and “whispered kinda confidential like” that he might have found a flying disk.
Wilcox got in touch with the Roswell Army Air Field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel and a man in plain clothes accompanied him home, where they picked up the rest of the pieces of the “disk” and went to his home to try to reconstruct it.
According to Brazel they simply could not reconstruct it at all. They tried to make a kite out of it, but could not do that and could not find any way to put it back together so that it would fit.
Then Major Marcel brought it to Roswell and that was the last he heard of it until the story broke that he had found a flying disk.
Brazel said that he did not see it fall from the sky and did not see it before it was torn up, so he did not know the size or shape it might have been, but he thought it might have been about as large as a table top. The balloon which held it up, if that was how it worked, must have been about 12 feet long, he felt, measuring the distance by the size of the room in which he sat. The rubber was smoky gray in color and scattered over an area about 200 yards in diameter.
When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil, paper, tape, and sticks made a bundle about three feet long and 7 or 8 inches thick, while the rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about 8 inches thick. In all, he estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe five pounds.
There was no sign of any metal in the area which might have been used for an engine and no sign of any propellors of any kind, although at least one paper fin had been glued onto some of the tinfoil.
There were no words to be found anywhere on the instrument, although there were letters on some of the parts. Considerable scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed upon it had been used in the construction.
No strings or wire were to be found but there were some eyelets in the paper to indicate that some sort of attachment may have been used.
Brazel said that he had previously found two weather balloons on the ranch, but that what he found this time did not in any way resemble either of these.
“I am sure what I found was not any weather observation balloon,” he said. “But if I find anything else besides a bomb they are going to have a hard time getting me to say anything about it.”
Las Vegas Review – July 9, 1947
FLYING DISC TALES DECLINE AS ARMY, NAVY CRACK DOWN
By United Press (UP) — Reports of flying saucers whizzing through the sky fell off sharply today as the army and navy began a concentrated campaign to stop the rumors.
One by one, persons who thought they had their hands on the $3,000 offered for a genuine flying saucer found their hands full of nothing.
Headquarters of the 8th army at Fort Worth, Texas. announced that the wreckage of a tin-foil covered object found on a New Mexico ranch was nothing more than the remanants of a weather balloon. AAF headquarters in Washington reportedly delivered a “blistering” rebuke to officers at the Roswell, New Mexico, base for suggesting that it was a “flying disc.”
A 16 inch aluminum disc equiped with two radio condensers, a fluorescent light switch and copper tubing found by F.G. Harston near the Shreveport, Louisiana, business district was declared by police to be “obviously the work of a prankster.” Police believed the prankster hurled it over a sign board and watched it land at Harston’s feet. It was turned over to officials at Barksdale army air field.
U.S. naval intelligence officers at Pearl Harbor investigated claims by 100 navy men that they saw a mysterious object “silvery colored, like aluminum, with no wings or tail,” sail over Honolulu at a rapid clip late yesterday. The description fit a weather balloon but 5 of the men, familiar with weather observation devices, swore that it was not a balloon.
“It moved extremely fast for a short period, seemed to slow down, then disappeared high in the air,” said Yeoman 1/C Douglas Kacherle of New Bedford, Massachusetts. His story was corroborated by Seaman 1/C Donald Ferguson, Indianapolis; Yeoman 3/C Morris Kzamme, La. Crosse, Wisconsin, Seaman 1/C Albert Delancey, Salem, West Virginia, and Yeoman 2/C Ted Pardue, McClain, Texas.
Admiral William H. Blandy, commander-in-chief of the Atlantic fleet, said like everyone else he was curious about the reported flying saucers “but I do not believe they exist.”
Lloyd Bennett, Oelwein, Iowa, salesman, was stubborn about the shiny 6 1/2-inch steel disc he found yesterday. Authorities said it was not a “flying saucer” but Bennett said he would claim the reward offered for the mysterious discs.
There were other discards. Not all the principles were satisfied with the announcement that the wreckage found on the New Mexico ranch was that of a weather balloon.
The excitement ran thru this cycle:
1. Lieut. Warren Haught, public relations officer at the Roswell Base released a statement in the name of Col. William Blanchard, base commander. It said that an object described as a “flying disk” was found on the nearby Foster ranch three weeks ago by W.W. Brazel and had been sent to “higher officials” for examination.
2. Brig. Gen. Roger B. Ramey, commander of the 8th Air Force said at Fort Worth that he believed the object was the “remnant of a weather balloon and a radar reflector,” and was “nothing to be excited about.” He allowed photographers to take a picture of it. It was announced that the object would be sent to Wright Field, Dayton, OH.
3. Later, Warrant Officer Irving Newton, Stetsonville, Wisconsin, weather officer at Fort Worth, examined the object and said definitely that it was nothing but a badly smashed target used to determine the direction and velocity of high altitude winds.
4. Lt. Haught reportedly told reporters that he had been “shut up by two blistering phone calls from Washington.”
5. Efforts to contact Col. Blanchard brought the information that “he is now on leave.”
6. Maj. Jesse A. Marcel, intelligence officer of the 509th bombardment group, reportedly told Brazel, the finder of the object, that “it has nothing to do with army or navy so far as I can tell.”
7. Brazel told reporters that he has found weather balloon equipment before, but had seen nothing that had resembled his latest find.
8. Those men who saw the object said it had a flowered paper tape around it bearing the initials “D.P.”
Ironic newspaper report a few hundred miles north
In the aftermath of Kevin Arnold’s reports, the country was gripped by a wave of UFO sightings, inventor claims and other assorted stories. The Albuquerque Journal published this little AP summary on July 8, 1947, unaware of the events unfolding the same day in nearby Roswell.
Albuquerque Journal – July 8, 1947
Game of Spotting ‘Flying Saucers’ Sweeps Country as Mystery Holds
From the Journal Archives
Tuesday Morning, July 8, 1947
By The Associated Press
In the aftermath of Kevin Arnold’s reports, the country was gripped by a wave of UFO sightings, inventor claims and other assorted stories. The Albuquerque Journal published this little AP summary on July 8, 1947, unaware of the events unfolding the same day in nearby Roswell.
The game of spotting “flying saucers” broadened Monday to include Massachusetts and Vermont as stories about the disks continue to swirl fully as rapidly as the objects themselves.
Explanations of the phenomena ranged from the theory that they were radio controlled flying missiles sent aloft by the U.S. military scientists to the suggestions that they might be merely sun light reflected on wing tanks of jet-propelled planes.
A.B. Cross of Chattanooga, Tenn., a 34-year-old watchmaker, announced he invented the “flying sauces” and submitted it to the War Department in 1943 but his idea was rejected as not practical “at the present time.”
Later, he said, he became convinced that the department elaborated on his plan. His model was powered with a rubber band, Cross said, but he believed atomic power now is being used.
A Spokane, Wash. woman insisted the objects she saw would take up “about the space of a five-room house” if they landed.
But a Clearwater, Fla., woman said the disks she observed resembled “pie pans.”
At Rutland, Vt., a woman reported she and her husband witnessed a brilliant object in the night sky, which she assumed to be a “flying saucer” although it was stationary.
But at Cambridge, Mass., a housewife said she saw “a group of white,” flying saucers whirling around and going at a tremendous speed.”
The Massachusetts and Vermont reports brought to 40 the number of states in which the objects have been observed.
With New England getting into the game, the Harvard University astronomical observatory took note of the reports but said it had had no luck so far in photographing one of the disks.
Lester Barlow of Stamford, Conn., international known explosives inventor, advanced the theory that the objects were radio controlled flying missiles.
Reports persisted that the Army was looking into the phenomena but Gen. Carl Spaatz, Army Air Forces commandant, said he knew of no AAF plans to search for the saucers.
The Navy and Atomic Energy Commission said they had no connection with the mystery.
The West, which originated the saucer reports, continued to produce observers who claimed to have seen the shining discs and also brought forth one deflationary explanations of them.
Bob Johnson, operator of a flying service at Missoula, Mont., reported he had captured one of the disks and found it to be milkweed seeds.
Maj. Gen. Leslie R. Groves, who headed the Army’s wartime atom bomb project, tonight denied any knowledge of the “flying discs” which have been reported throughout the country. He said: “I know nothing about flying discs and I know of no one who does.
“Before even a real clue to a theory can be developed we will have to catch one or get movies of one in flight.”
Additional Roswell Crash Resources
Roswell Crash Pictorial gallery
Additional Roswell Crash documents
Roswell FBI File – one-page teletype dated July 8, 1947 reporting that an object had been recovered near Roswell, New Mexico. Roswell FBI File
GAO Roswell Report – Results of a Search for Records Concerning the 1947 Crash Near Roswell, New Mexico. GAO Roswell Records Request
The Roswell Report: Case Closed – discusses the results of this exhaustive research and identifies the likely sources of the claims of “alien bodies” at Roswell. Roswell: Case Closed