Recently released documents by the British National Archive alleges that Winston Churchill was directly involved in an effort to cover up an encounter during World War II between a Royal Air Force bomber and a UFO.
It is alleged that the former British Prime Minister (after a secret meeting with American general Dwight D. Eisenhower) banned the information of the incident from being released for no less than fifty years, amidst fear that there would be mass hysteria upon learning the news.
These allegations stem from the eighteen previously classified UFO files, in total containing some 5000 reports, letters, and drawings from sightings ranging from 1995-2003, which were released to the public on Thursday. Among the papers released were a series of letters between the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and a physicist from Leicester. The physicist had written to the MoD in order to get some information about an incident in World War II that had completely rattled his grandfather, who had served as a personal guard for Prime Minister Churchill during those days.
According to the UKTelegraph, the man alleges that:
"... A reconnaissance plane and its crew were returning from a mission over occupied Europe when they were involved in the war incident.
During their flight, on the English coast, possibly near Cumbria, their aircraft was approached by a metallic UFO which shadowed them.
Photographs of the object, which the crew claimed had “hovered noiselessly” near the plane, were taken by the crew.
Later, during discussions about the unexplained incident, the two men were claimed to have become so concerned by the incident that Churchill ordered it remain secret for 50 years or more.
During the meeting, a weapons expert dismissed suggestions the object was a missile as the event was "totally beyond any imagined capabilities of the time".
Another person at the meeting raised the possibility of a UFO, at which point Churchill ordered the report to be classified for at least half a century and reviewed by the prime minister to stop “panic” spreading.
“There was a general inability for either side to match a plausible account to these observations, and this caused a high degree of concern,” wrote the scientist, whose details are redacted.
"Mr. Churchill is reported to have made a declaration to the effect of the following: 'This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church'." "
The yet to be identified physicist also claims that his grandfather had been "...“greatly affected by his experience”, and only told wife in 1973 while on his deathbed. (The physicist claims that his grandmother proceeded to tell her daughter- his mother- on her deathbed. His mother later told him.)
For their part, the MoD claims that there was no evidence to believe that anything out of the ordinary had occurred during that flight as well as conforming that "... all UFO files before 1967 were destroyed after five years” due to insufficient public interest..."
Stiff upper lip...
This story should really not be too much of a shock for all you junior UFO-logist out there.
Stories of the UFO sightings during World War II are the things of legends (remember the term "foo fighters" was used by American World War II pilots to refer to the strange objects and mysterious lights they saw in the skies in both theaters of operation). Hell, there are ever rumors that claim that the Axis powers were in fact being aided by these UFOs (lot of good it did them...).
Sadly though, with the story being well over sixty years old and most (if not all) the participants involved being dead (as well as the evidence conveniently destroyed) we may never know what happened in that war torn skies over England.