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Foo Fighters of WWII from UFO Report
by Jerome Clark and Lucius Farish

During WWII, when a series of incomprehensible events suddenly erupted over battle zones from North Africa to Guadalcanal to the Rhineland, hundreds of fliers and infantrymen on both sides of the conflict had
occasion to look into the skies at a mystery that has never been explained. Whatever the cause, these weird aerial apparitions, which came to be known as "foo fighters", were enough to make witnesses forget momentarily the life and death concerns of men in combat.

June 24, 1947--the date Kenneth Arnold's Mt. Ranier sighting would
firmly plant the phrase Unidentified Flying Objects in the public
consciousness-- was more than five years away when the first known
sighting of a "foo" took place. The witnesses were tow sailors of the
deck of the S.S. Pulaski, an old Polish vessel which had been converted
into a British troopship for use in ferrying soldiers between Durban,
South Africa, and Suez, Egypt. While the ship was cruising through the
Indian Ocean during the early morning hours of a clear, starry night in
September 1941, seaman Mar Doroba happened to look up and saw, as he
recalled some years later, "some strange globe glowing with greenish
light, about half the size of the full moon, as it appears to us."

He called out to one of the English gunners and the two of them watched
the strange light, which they estimated to be at an altitude of 4,000 to
5,000 feet, as it followed them for the next hour. Finally the thing
"just disappeared."

Several months later on Feb. 26, 1942, William J. Methorst underwent an
equally weird experience while aboard a ship in the Timor Sea near New
Guinea. In 1957 Methorst, then a resident of Melbourne, Australia, told
Peter Norris of the Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society: "While on
watch for enemy aircraft just after noon, I was scanning the skies with
binoculars when suddenly I saw a large illuminated disc approaching at
terrific speed 4,000 or 5,000 feet above us. This object proceeded to
circle high above our ship, the cruiser, Tromp, of the Royal Netherlands

"After reporting it to the officers on the bridge, they were unable to
identify it as any known aircraft. After keeping track of this object
for about three to four hours, as it flew in big circles and at the same
height, the craft suddenly veered off in a tremendous burst of speed (at
about 3,000 to 3,500 miles an hour) and disappeared from sight."

Stephen J. Brickner, a sergeant with the 1st Marine Division, had an
even more fantastic encounter with mysterious aerial objects.

"The sightings occurred on Aug. 12, 1942, about 10 in the morning while
I was in bivouac with my squad on the island of Tulagi in the southern
Solomons, west of Guadalcanal," he recalled. It was a bright tropical
morning with high banks of white, fleecy clouds. I was cleaning my rifle
on the edge of my foxhole, when suddenly the air raid warning was
sounded. There had been no 'Condition Red.' I immediately slid into my
foxhole, with my back to the ground and my face turned up to the sky. I
heard the formation before I saw it. Even then, I was puzzled by the
sound. It was a mighty roar that seemed to echo in the heavens. It
didn't sound at all like the 'sewing-machine' drone of the Jap
formations. A few seconds later, I saw the formation of silvery objects
directly overhead.

"At the time I was in a highly emotional state; it was my fifth day in
combat with the Marines. It was quite easy to mistake anything in the
air for Jap planes, which is what I thought these objects were. They
were flying very high above the clouds, too high for a bombing run on
our little island. Someone shouted in a nearby foxhole that they were
Jap planes searching for our fleet. I accepted this explanation, but
with a few reservations. First, the formation was huge, I would say over
150 objects were in it. Instead of the usual tight 'V' of 25 planes,
this formation was in straight lines of 10 or 12 objects, one behind the
other. The speed was a little faster than Jap planes, and they were soon
out of sight. A few other things puzzled me: I couldn't seem to make out
any wings or tails. They seemed to wobble slightly, and every time they
wobbled they would shimmer brightly from the sun. Their color was like
highly polished silver. No bombs were dropped, of course. All in all, it
was the most awe-inspiring and yet frightening spectacle I have seen in
my life."

What may be one of the best UFO photographs in existence lies buried in
U.S. and British intelligence files, if we are to credit the testimony
of "C.J.J.", an informant known to ufologist Leonard Stringfield.

C.J.J. was attached to a wing of an antisubmarine squadron that
patrolled the Bay of Bascay off France. One day in November 1942, the
plane's tail gunner spotted a "massive" object without wings, which
appeared, suddenly, behind the bomber. Stunned at the strange sight, he
alerted the rest of the crew, including C.J.J., who was in the nose
turret. By the time he climbed into the waist gunner's position,
virtually everyone on board was watching the "thing," which remained in
sight for 15 minutes. Sgt M.F.B. was busy taking pictures with a K-20

The object soon gained altitude and did an abrupt 180-degree before

Only one of the pictures--the one taken with a filter--turned out, and
it was, in C.J.J.'s words, "a perfect print." Today, more than 30 years
later, it has yet to be released.

Usually foos were amorphous lights, not the kind of apparently solid,
craft- like objects Brickner, C.J.J., and several other witnesses
reported. Royal Air Force pilot B.C. Lumsden observed two classic foos
while flying a Hurricane interceptor over France in December 1942.

Lumsden had taken off from England at seven p.m., heading for the French
coast, using the Somme River as a navigation point. An hour later, while
cruising at 7,000 feet over the mouth of the Somme, he discovered that
he had company: two steadily climbing orange-colored lights, with one
slightly above the other. He thought it might be tracer flak but
discarded the idea when he saw how slowly the objects were moving. He
did a full turn and saw the lights astern and to port but now they were
larger and brighter.

At 7,000 feet they stopped climbing and stayed level with Lumsden's
Hurricane. The frightened pilot executed a full turn again, only to
discover that the objects had hung behind him on the turn.

Lumsden had no idea what he was seeing. All he knew was that he didn't
like it. He nose-dived down to 4,000 feet and the lights followed his
every maneuver, keeping their same relative position. Finally they
descended about 1,000 feet below him until he leveled out, at which
point they climbed again and resumed pursuit. The two lights seemed to
maintain an even distance from each other and varied only slightly in
relative height from time to time. One always remained a bit lower than
the other.

At last, as Lumsden's speed reached 260 miles per hour, he was gradually
able to outdistance the foos.

"I found it hard to make other members of the squadron believe me when I
told my story," Lumsden said, "but the following night one of the
squadron flight commanders in the same area had a similar experience
with a green light."

We have no specific date on the following story, which Sgt. Dirk Wylie
recounted in a letter published in the May 1946 issue of Ray Palmer's
Amazing Stories:

"In 1942 I was on a little island outpost off the southern U.S. coast.
While on duty at the observation post one clear, moonless night, I saw a
brightly glowing, unidentified object, like a flare in appearance,
traveling horizontally over the sea at moderate speed; I can't even
guess at its size, height or distance from where I was.

"Possibly 30 seconds or a minute after my first glimpse of it, the
object plummeted straight down toward the water and disappeared. I
watched the area where it had vanished, and a couple of minutes later it
reappeared, rising swiftly in apparently an absolute vertical line until
it was out of sight."

If there were foo sightings in 1943, as surely there must have been, we
have no record of them. One possible explanation for the scarcity of
reports from that year is that, since at that time UFOs were usually
assumed to be secret military weapons, military security kept reports
out of the press and discouraged observers from speaking to outsiders
about their experiences. It is also likely, though, that there were
comparatively few sightings that year, because even after the war, when
soldiers were free to talk, few if any recalled seeing UFOs in 1943.

However, 1944, was another story altogether. From April of that year
through August 1945, there would be no shortage of bizarre phenomena in
the sky.

Among the first to witness the "things" were the radar plotters of the
Argus 16 Combat Intelligence Center at Tarawa, where in April 1944 a
"bogey," the blip of an unknown object, was traced moving at the then
incredible speed of 700 miles per hour. When the radar operators had
determined there was nothing wrong with their sets, they had no choice
but to conclude that it was a supersonic Japanese plane. Of course, it
wasn't, since after the war American intelligence experts found that the
Japanese had no such fighter.

The invasion of Europe, which began on June 6, 1944, at Normandy,
apparently attracted the foos. At least one sighting was made at Omaha
Beach from the deck of the U.S.S. George E. Badger, which lay anchored
off shore. Gunner Edward Breckel, who was on duty, happened to be
watching the sky when a dark cigar-shaped object crossed the horizon
about five miles away. Visible for three minutes, the UFO, which was
moving too low and too fast to be a blimp, traveled a smooth, circular
course about 15 feet above the water. It had no wings.

Then there was the dispatch by George Todt, a columnist for the Los
Angeles Herald-Examiner, who recalled, "On one occasion a party of four
of us-- including a lieutenant colonel--watched a pulsating red fireball
sail up silently to a point directly over the American-German front
lines in 1944 during the Battle of Normandy. It stopped completely for
15 minutes before moving on."

In 1950, Edward W. Ludwig of Stockton, Calif., recalled this very
strange story:

"It happened in the last week of June 1944. The small Coast Guard-manned
cargo vessel, of which I was executive officer, was approaching the tiny
island of Plamyra, about 800 miles southeast of Hawaii... Suddenly the
atmosphere of calm was shattered by a crackling radio message telling us
that a Navy patrol plane had been lost at sea. Plamyra naval authorities
appealed for our assistance in the search.

"So we cruised back and forth, shouting into the black still night,
playing our searchlight beams over the dark waters. We found nothing.
Not even a scrap of floating debris or spot of oil to indicate where the
plane had crashed. Twenty-four hours later we anchored in the
lagoon-harbor of Palmyra, weary, our minds numbed by the tragedy.

"That midnight I was on watch on our ship's bridge. Suddenly I glimpsed
what first appeared to be a brilliant star, high in the dark sky over
the island. As I watched, the light began to swell like a balloon and to
come closer. I grabbed my binoculars, hoping for an instant that the
lost plane might be returning.

"But I soon saw that the object in the sky was neither plane nor star.
It was definitely round, a sphere hovering above me, motionless and
silent, and at least five times as bright as the most brilliant star.
The sphere began to move with almost imperceptible slowness. Then it
stopped... For half an hour the light continued its slow, purposeful
maneuvers until it covered an area of approximately 90 degrees. At last
it headed northward, away from the island and in the direction where the
plane had been lost.

"The following morning I made inquiries, my mind toying with the thought
that the two incidents--the sphere and the lost plane--might be related.
The Naval lieutenant in charge told me that absolutely no aircraft had
been aloft that night and that no Japanese could possible be within
1,000 miles.

"He was extremely puzzled by the problem of the missing plane. Its radio
direction finder, he believed, had somehow malfunctioned, resulting in a
reversal of directions. But this theory, of course, would not explain
why two experienced pilots, familiar with the area, would fly directly
into the setting sun, away from the island, instead of in the opposite
and correct direction. I will never forget the lieutenant's final words.
'Perhaps,' he suggested, 'the inhabitants of the strange sphere wanted

Admittedly in this instance any connection between the plane
disappearance and the UFO is purely speculative, but Ludwig's account is
interesting in view of the growing number of aircraft disappearances in
which UFOs seem to be connected. The Kinross Air Force Base incident of
Nov. 23, 1953, is the most famous of these cases.

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 10, 1944, a B-29 was returning to Ceylon
after a bombing mission over Palembang, Sumatra, when, as the pilot said
"my copilot reported a strange object pacing us about 500 yards off the
starboard wing. At that distance it appeared as a spherical object,
probably five or six feet in diameter, of a very bright or intense red
or orange in color. It seemed to have a halo effect.

"My gunner reported it coming in from about the five o'clock position at
our level. It seemed to throb or vibrate constantly. Assuming it was
some kind of radio-controlled object sent to pace us, I went into
evasive action, changing direction constantly, as much as 90 degrees and
altitude about 2,000 feet. It followed our every maneuver for about
eight minutes, always holding a position about 500 yards out and about
two o'clock in relation to the plane. When it left, it made an abrupt 90
degree turn; accelerating rapidly, it disappeared into the overcast."

Late in August, during the Battle of Brest in France, a UFO was seen by
two men of the 175th Infantry Regiment. As members of a mine-laying
platoon, they were entrenched a few thousand yards outside the city
waiting for the Germans to launch a counterattack. The night was clear
and quiet.

"I saw this craft traveling no faster than a Piper Cub on a straight
course," one of them told NICAP years later; he asked that his name not
be published. "When I got over the shock of seeing this silent aircraft,
I tapped Sergeant Ness on the shoulder, motioning for him to look up...
When he looked skyward, he leaped to his feet to stare at this
phenomenon... Both of us were so awed, we forgot the war. If you knew
Sergeant Ness as I knew him, you would know that he was too clever a
combat soldier to stand up, even at night, near the enemy. So it had to
be awesome.

"I swear to God, it was the same as a railroad boxcar, rectangular not
cylindrical... It seemed five times as large as a boxcar... I looked
closely for evidence of propellers, wings, or other protruding devices,
but saw none on the three edges visible to us. There was absolutely no
noise from it. It traveled at no more than 90 miles per hour. We had a
long look at it before it vanished over the sea. Neither the German nor
the American antiaircraft batteries opened fire..."

For a brief moment the UFO passed across the surface of the moon and
blotted it out. It finally vanished out to sea.

(Amazingly, a strikingly similar object was observed in Apache, Okla.,
that October. The witness, Robert Spearman, had just returned from a
fishing trip and was standing on his front porch when a "rushing wind
sound" made him look up into the midday sky. There he saw a "silver
train--like a streamlined passenger train--of our make with about nine
coaches with landing gear that looked like inflated pillow-like wheels
for soft landing... It traveled from east to west with a swish sound."
Moving low and "very fast," it was visible for 10 minutes. It passed
behind Spearman's 60-foot windmill about 100 yards to the south of the
house before disappearing.)

Another UFO appeared over Sumatra in September. The witnesses, members
of the Japanese Imperial Navy, thought the object was the size of a B-29
at 8,000 feet. It was white, egg-shaped, and brilliant.

In 1958 Carson Yorke, who in 1944 was a lance corporal with the first
Canadian Army fighting in northwestern Europe, recalled this sighting:

"This occurred in September 1944, just outside Antwerp, Belgium, which
the Germans were bombarding at the time with V-2 rockets. At about nine
p.m. I stepped out of my vehicle and on looking upward saw a glowing
globe traveling from the direction of the front line toward Antwerp. It
seemed to be about three or four feet in diameter and looked as though
it was cloudy glass with a light inside. It gave [off] a soft white
glow. Its altitude seemed to be about 40 feet, speed about 30 miles per
hour, and there was no sound of any sort.

"I noted that the object was not simply drifting with the wind but was
obviously powered and controlled. Immediately [after] it had gone out of
view it was followed by another which in turn was followed by five
others in all.

"During this time I called some other men out to see so the objects were
observed by about five men. We weren't very impressed at the time
because the Germans were using so many new weapons against us, such as
the V-1 and V-2, so we assumed that these were simply some new sort of
device of theirs. Also, remember that these objects were apparently
following the same course V-2s which were falling on Antwerp regularly
at the time, one every few minutes if I remember correctly."

Near Weert, in southeastern Holland, half a dozen men spotted a
"brilliant point of light" at 9:30 one clear October evening. They
quickly notified their commander, Capt. J.B. Douglas, Jr., who studied
it through binoculars, noting that "the object appeared slightly larger
and more brilliant--just as a planet would when viewed through field
glasses." Passing slightly to the 7F south and directly above the
witnesses, it remained in sight for about 45 minutes.

All during 1944-45 Allied airmen over Germany encountered what B-17
pilot Charles Odom described as "crystal balls", clear, about the size
of basketballs." They would approach to within 300 feet of the bomber
formation, "then would seem to become magnetized to our formation and
fly alongside... After a while, they would peel off like a plane and
leave." Mostly they were seen at night but some airmen reported spotting
them during daylight hours.

Over the Rhine Valley early one November evening in 1944, Lt. Henry
Giblin and his radar observer, Lt. Walter Cleary, sighted a "huge red
light" 1,000 feet above them (they were flying at 1,000 feet). The
object was moving at about 200 miles per hour. About the same time two
other airmen encountered a "glowing red object" which shot up
vertically, turned over, and plunged into a steep dive. The witnesses
were sure the thing was under intelligent control.

Later that month, the Lincoln and Welland Regiment of the Canadian Army,
stationed south of the Maas River, watched a star-like object cross the
night sky toward the east. After 20 minutes is disappeared.

About eight or 10 bright orange lights startled the crew of an American
aircraft connected with the 415th Night Fighter Squadron as the plane
cruised the Rhine River area north of Strasbourg one November night.
Curiously, the lights, which were moving across the sky at tremendous
speed, did not show up on either ground or aircraft radar. The pilot,
Lt. Ed Schlueter, banked into them expecting a dogfight, but much to his
astonishment the objects completely disappeared, only to reappear
seconds later. After five minutes the lights were gone.

According to Maj. William D. Leet, "My B-17 crew and I were kept company
by a 'foo fighter,' a small amber disc, all the way from Klagenfurt,
Austria, to the Adriatic Sea. This occurred on a 'lone wolf' mission at
night, as I recall, in December 1944 in the 15th Air Force, 5th Wing,
2nd Bomb Group. The intelligence officer who debriefed us stated that it
was a new German fighter but could not explain why it did not fire at us
or, if it was reporting our heading, altitude, and airspeed, why we did
not receive antiaircraft fire."

Some time in late 1944, a P-47 pilot west of Neustadt, Germany, saw "a
gold-colored ball with a metallic finish" moving slowly through the air.
The sun was low in the sky so the observer could not tell if the sun was
reflecting off the object or if the object had its own light source. A
"phosphorescent golden sphere" three to five feet in diameter was seen
by another P-47 pilot in the area.

On December 22nd a pilot with the 415 Night Fighter Squadron encountered
two "large orange glows" which climbed rapidly toward him as he flew
over Hagenau, Germany, at six a.m. The radar operator also saw the
strange objects.

"Upon reaching our altitude," the pilot said, they "leveled off and
stayed on my tail." He execauted a steep dive, a sharp bank, and other
intricate maneuvers but the objects matched them all. "After staying
with the plane for two minutes," he said, "they peeled off and turned
away, flying under perfect control, and then went out."

Foo fighters continued to plague the 415th all through January 1945.
Usually the lights, colored orange, red, or white, would tail the
aircraft for a few moments before streaking away. The ghostly objects
never showed up on radar, but the veteran crews discounted theories that
the glowing globes were reflections, St. Elmo's fire, or flares, all of
which they had observed many and would have easily recognized. One pilot
even insisted that he had felt prop wash as the foos zipped passed him.

That same month George Todt, in the company of 50 or 60 Frenchmen,
watched a glowing object in the sky over Paris. "We all saw the same
thing," he said. "It was neither an hallucination nor a 'temperature

Robert Crawford, now a consulting geologist, was one of 14 sailors who
witnessed an incredible sight south of the Aleutian Islands in March
1945. Crawford and the other sailors were aboard the U.S. Army transport
Delarof when they saw a dark sphere suddenly erupt out of the water half
a mile away, circle the ship, and fly away in an instant. He estimated
the UFO to have been about 400 feet in diameter.

On March 25th elements of the 6th Armored Division were dug in south of
Darmstadt, Germany, east of and overlooking the Autobahn when a
formation of 7F UFOs flew overhead. Later in the evening 30 soldiers
watched six or seven bright yellow-orange circular objects approach the
Autobahn from the west at an altitude of about 150 feet. The lights were
not traveling in formation; while moving in the same general direction
as the rest, each object had its own distinct erratic movement as if
individually controlled. They were three to four feet in diameter and so
bright that they illuminated the trees around them. They descended
slowly, moving about 10 miles per hour, until they entered the forest.
After five or six minutes the foos were too far inside the dense forest
to be visible any longer. Even the combat-hardened observers found the
sight eerie and frightening.

Germans were also seeing unconventional aerial objects which they, like
their Allied counterparts, assumed to be enemy weapons. A resident of
Dresden gave these accounts to the German UFO magazine Weltraumbote in

"It happened here, in March or early April 1945. I had a clear view of
the sky from my position. My first thought was that it was an airplane.
But I could see plainly that it was round, and had neither propeller nor
wings. Also, it was hovering noiselessly in the air. Then it suddenly
disappeared, like a broken soap bubble. I also recall that the
unfamiliar object was silvery-colored and flat--not round like a
balloon. I especially remember the sudden disappearance, like something
that wanted to avoid my gaze... The war was till going on at the time,
and that evening I spoke to a friend. 'Oh, did you see it, too?' he
asked. No doubt aircraft pilots also observed it."

In April, aerial gunner James V. Byrnes observed a "crystal ball" as it
paced his B-24 bomber at a distance of about 30 to 40 feet. "This object
was definitely no hallucination," he told NICAP many years later.

A few days before V-E Day in May 1945, a yellowish-white foo, "brighter
than any star, or even the planet Venus... passed completely from
horizon to horizon in about two seconds," according to Lynn R. Momo, who
was on guard duty at Ohrdorf, a small hamlet on the Elbe about 40 miles
west of Berlin. "Its speed was enormous," and it made no sound. Momo was
certain its altitude was no more than 2,000 feet.

As we already have noted, radar sightings of UFOs during WWII were
extremely rare, but they were not nonexistent, as Andrew V. Amrose, a
radar operator with an antiaircraft battalion, was able to attest.

"I had frequently picked up a target on the radar screen that appeared
to be a conventional aircraft," he said. "But... upon being tracked [it]
would accelerate to a fantastic speed, which made it impossible to set a
rate on and even more difficult to identify. So we referred to them as
'ghosts'... I have always been puzzled by the occurrence of these
sightings I have personally made on radar."

William A. Mandel of Los Angeles recalled:

"During the summer of 1945 I was stationed in northern Okinawa. I was an
artillery captain on duty with the military government. I don't recall
the exact date.

"Our bivouac was situated on a bluff facing the East China Sea and
overlooking a very narrow stretch of beach. On a clear moonlight evening
I was gazing seaward when I suddenly saw a bright speck of light
approaching from the south paralleling the coast.

"The light proved to be coming from the rear of a cigar-shaped object
which I could see quite clearly. It gave out no light except from the
tail. It passed me at a distance of no more than 500 yards and must have
been considerably closer. I judged its speed at from 200 to 300 miles
per hour (definitely not jet or rocket speed) at an altitude of not over
400 feet-- probably less since it seemed to pass me at eye level and I
stood no more than 200 feet above sea level.

"The object had no wings nor were there any ports or windows visible.
The object moved smoothly and silently at a constant speed along the
coast until it disappeared from sight. I judged the object to be 30 to
40 feet long with a diameter of six to eight feet."

Another series of sightings from the Pacific theater occurred somewhat
earlier, on the nights of May 23rd and 25th. During the bombing raids on
Tokyo Americans and Japanese saw objects described as "round, speedy
balls of fire" and "flying hotcakes." The weird lights, about 20 yards
in diameter, "were blue--maybe gray... They were followed several times
six foot wide and 30 foot long colored air waves," in the words of one
witness Tomoyo Okado.

Andrew Cimbala of Duquesne, Pa., told this story in 1954:

"In August 1945, while in the Navy, I had the anchor watch at Ulithi in
the South Pacific. Just after sunset, while it was not yet dark enough
for the stars to show, I saw a red streak appear in the sky to the east.
It traveled directly over my head, heading west toward Japan. It was
visible for 40 seconds or more from the time it came into view. It
reminded me of a hot bar of steel about a half inch wide and about a
foot long. It was not a flame. No object of any kind was visible in
front of the red streak."

Leonard Stringfield, who would later become a prominent ufologist, was
among those aboard a C-46 en route to occupy Atssgi Airdrome, near
Tokyo, on August 28th, just prior to the proposed major Allied landing
of occupation forces. Suddenly, midway between Ie Shoma and Iwo Jima,
the plane's left engine began to fail.

"As the plane dipped, sputtered oil, and lost altitude," he wrote, "I
remember looking out through one of the windows and to my surprise,
seeing three unidentifiable blobs of brilliant white light, each about
the size of a dime held at arm's length." The lights traveled in a
straight line through the clouds, keeping pace and staying parallel with
the C-46. "When my plane pulled up," Stringfield said, "the objects
remained below and then disappeared into a could bank."

It was only years later that Stringfield, who my then had become
familiar with cases in which UFOs seem to have cause electromagnetic
interference with planes and cars, thought to connect the sputtering
engine with the enigmatic blobs. He remembered that it had been the left
engine which had malfunctioned, and that the UFOs had been on that side
of the aircraft.

That same month the crew of the U.S.S. Bradford spotted a "star"
streaking across the sky 600 miles east-southeast of Kyushu, Japan.
After turning right, it shot upward at fantastic speed, later estimated
to be about 3,000 miles per hour. Oddly, according to Lt. Dan
MacDougald, though "we were equipped with surface search, air search,
and fire control radar... none... could pick up the object."

One curious feature of the WWII sightings is the absence of landing or
occupant reports. If there were any, to our knowledge no one has come
forward with information to this effect. Of course, we assume for the
moment that some kind of intelligence directs the UFOs, we might
speculate that the ufonauts considered such activity too dangerous--they
might have been mistaken for enemy soldiers and shot at. But that, as we
say, is just speculation.

Another puzzling aspect of all this, in view of the many post-1947 radar
cases, is the foos' way of foiling radar scopes. Skeptics have always
taken delight in this fact, seeing it as proof that the objects were in
fact optical illusions of natural phenomena.

Those not content with such simpleminded solutions include researcher
John Keel, who believes that the amorphous lights which figure in most
WWII accounts, and in many postwar reports as well, are the "real" UFOs.
The so-called craft--the discs, cigar-shapes, and the other objects out
of whose appearances flying saucer enthusiasts have fashioned the
interplanetary theory of UFO origin--in Keel's opinion are really
engineered to mislead us.

Whether this is true or not, there is no denying that the foo fighters
were something very strange indeed. Today, 30 years later, we know no
more about their origin and purpose than did the author of an article
published in the December 1945 American Legion Magazine, and we can only
echo his concluding words:

"Meanwhile, the foo fighter mystery continues unsolved... and your guess
as to what they were is as good as mine, for nobody really knows."

by Jerome Clark and Lucius Farish

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