SIR Winston Churchill ordered a top secret investigation into flying saucers – and may have covered-up evidence of aliens.
Declassified documents reveal Britain’s great wartime prime minister asked a special team of Whitehall mandarins – called the Flying Saucer Working Party – to discover “the truth” behind a worrying number of UFO sightings.The official report explained away the numerous observations – which included strange objects over US capital Washington DC picked up by several military radar.
But, in a deathbed confession, Churchill’s personal bodyguard accused his boss of covering up a close encounter over Britain by the RAF itself.
BELIEVER?: Sir Winston Churchill ordered an investigation into flying saucers
“What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to?”
Towards the end of World War 2 RAF pilots started reporting encounters with mysterious aircraft, which they called “foo fighters”.
Officials assumed they were secret German weapons but sightings continued after the end of the war – and even increased.
In fact, the Nazis really were developing bizarre aircraft that looked suspiciously like flying saucers.
In July 1952, US Air Force fighter jets had to be scrambled on two consecutive weekends after radar detected several unidentified objects flying in a restricted zone over the White House – causing public panic.
In response, On July 28, 1952, Churchill sent his Secretary of State for Air Lord Cherwell a memo, requesting an urgent investigation.
150 years of UFO sightings
Friday, 1st July 2016
The truth is out there, these rare photographs of UFO sightings date back as far as 1870. In celebration of World UFO Day 2016, we take a look at the sightings seen across the globe UFO Sighting, an Unidentified Flying Object in the sky over Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia Flying saucer above highway, real or not? UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) are also known as flying saucers. The most famous UFO story is that of a craft that allegedly crash landed on the night of 4 July 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico, USA Photograph of the supposed Westall UFO encounter where more than 200 students and teachers at two Victorian state schools allegedly witnessed an unexplained flying object which descended into a nearby open wild grass field.
Dated 1966 UFO in England, 1954 UFO sighting seen in Germany, picture taken in 1954 UFO sighting seen in Germany, 1974 The big cloud slowly moved across the sky an early morning - suddenly it parted en two festooned clouds. This is how it looked at the Sicilian sky, when the photographer took his picture through a train window.
The vision vanished as fast as it had arrive Ireland, March 25, 1950. Claimed to be the first sensational picture of the mysterious objects popularly known as Flying Saucers 1952, this picture, taken through the window of a laboratory by a 21 year old U,S, coastguard, shows four unidentified flying objects as bright lights in the sky, Many American's believe them to be flying saucers UFO sighting seen over Mojave Desert, California, USA This UFO sighting dates back to 1967 UFO burning over Los Angeles Skyline in the evening of 3rd Apr 2016 Flying saucer cloud causes panic! May 29 2007.
Guy Marquand, Jr. took this photo of what he descibed as a 'flying saucer' on a mountain road near Riverside, California, on November 23, 1951 This photo was taken by Edward Pline at a sawmill in Ward, Colorado, in 1929.
As he was taking the photo, Pline described hearing a 'terrible, thunderous bellow' and seeing an object floating in the sky This photograph shows an unidentified flying object spotted in the sky over Tiensten, Hopeh Province, China, in 1942 Little is known about this photograph, other than that it was taken somewhere in England in 1944 Taken at Mt Washington, New Hampshire in 1870, this photo is understood to be 'the oldest UFO photograph ever taken.
In 2002, it was auctioned on Ebay and sold for $385 Taken in St Paris, Ohio, in 1932, this picture of George Sutton shows an unidentified flying object in the background Captured by Paul Trent in Oregon, USA, in 1950, this is one of the most famous UFO photographs ever taken Just months after the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1942, unidentified flying objects were heard and seen in the sky over Los Angeles, California This UFO sighting in Cave Junction, Oregon, is believed to have been captured on camera by a volunteer fireman, back in 1927
A memo in which Winston Churchill requested an investigation into UFOsNATIONAL ARCHIVES.
In the note – which became known as the “Churchill Memorandum” – he wrote: "What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to?
“What can it mean? What is the truth?
“Let me have a report at your convenience."
Lord Cherwell – a close friend and confidante of the PM, dubbed “Churchill’s Dog” – tasked the Flying Saucer Working Party with the probe.
A report on flying saucers by the British Government NATIONAL ARCHIVE
REPORT: The Flying Saucer Working Party explained away UFO sightings
The top secret group – set up two years earlier to look into UFO sightings – admitted it was impossible to rule out “an aircraft of extraterrestrial origin, developed by beings unknown to us on lines more advanced than anything we have thought of”.
But it said it was more likely the sightings were down to normal aircraft, balloons, birds or other natural phenomena, optical illusions, deliberate hoaxes – or “psychological delusions”.
That appeared to put the matter to bed.
Until – in 1999 – the grandson of a retired RAF officer wrote to the MoD, inquiring about an incident in which Churchill allegedly banned the reporting of a UFO encounter off the east coast of England.
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The unnamed airman – who was Churchill’s personal bodyguard – alleged an RAF reconnaissance plane was returning from a mission over occupied Europe when it was shadowed by a “metallic UFO” off Cumbria.
The crew apparently took photographs of the object – which they said “hovered noiselessly” near the plane.
When the close encounter was brought up with Churchill he allegedly ordered the incident remain classified for at least half a century – and only released after a review by a future PM – in case it caused “mass panic” and destroy faith in God.Churchill – a committed Christian – is said to have boomed: “This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church.”