Fighters of WWII from UFO Report
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
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
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
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,
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
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
Stephen J. Brickner, a sergeant with the 1st Marine
Division, had an
even more fantastic encounter with mysterious
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
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
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
C.J.J. was attached to a wing of an antisubmarine
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
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
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
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.
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
At last, as Lumsden's speed reached 260 miles
per hour, he was gradually
able to outdistance the foos.
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
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
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
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
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
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
happened in the last week of June 1944. The small
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.
we cruised back and forth, shouting into the black
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.
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.
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.
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
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
disappearance and the UFO is purely speculative,
but Ludwig's account is
interesting in view of the growing number of aircraft
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.
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
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
swear to God, it was the same as a railroad boxcar,
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
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:
occurred in September 1944, just outside Antwerp,
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.
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.
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
following the same course V-2s which were falling
on Antwerp regularly
at the time, one every few minutes if I remember
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
than any star, or even the planet Venus... passed
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.
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:
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.
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.
light proved to be coming from the rear of a cigar-shaped
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.
object had no wings nor were there any ports or
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
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
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
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.
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
It was only years later that Stringfield, who
my then had become
familiar with cases in which UFOs seem to have
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
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
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
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:
the foo fighter mystery continues unsolved...
and your guess
Jerome Clark and Lucius Farish
as to what they were is as good as mine, for nobody