This rumor, no doubt fueled by Hollywood (namely the Indiana Jones franchise), has somehow ingrained itself into the psyche of most Americans.
But it looks like it might not just be a rumor sparked by George Lucas' need to a worthy adversary for the wily Dr. Jones to combat.
Since the war, evidence continues to surface every couple of years pointing more and more to more than passing interest in the paranormal, including this most recent story...
A German magazine, PM, ran an article this week alleging that the Nazis were running a highly sophisticated, highly top secret UFO program.
According to the article, in the early 1940s, Adolf Hitler orders Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering to develop the super weapon that would change the war.
The PM report quotes eyewitnesses who believe they saw a flying saucer marked with the Iron Cross of the German military flying low over the Thames in 1944.
At the time the New York Times wrote about a "mysterious flying disc" with photos of the device seen travelling at extremely high speeds over the high-rise buildings.
The best known of the Nazi UFO projects was the Schriever-Habermohl scheme, named for Rudolf Schriever and Otto Habermohl.
Initially a Luftwaffe project, it fell under the auspices of armaments minister Albert Speer before being taken over once again in 1944 by Hans Kammler.
Eyewitnesses captured by the Allies after WW2 claimed to have seen the saucer produced in Prague fly on several occasions in early 1945.
Joseph Andreas Epp, an engineer who served as a consultant to the Schriever-Habermohl project, stated 15 prototypes were built in all.
He described how a central cockpit surrounded by rotating adjustable wing-vanes formed a circle.
The vanes were held together by a band at the outer edge of the wheel-like device. The pitch of the vanes could be adjusted so that during takeoff more lift was generated by increasing their angle from a more horizontal setting.
In level flight the angle would be adjusted to a smaller angle, similar to the way helicopter rotors operate. The wing-vanes were to be set in rotation by small rockets placed around the rim like a pinwheel.
Once rotational speed was sufficient, lift-off was achieved.
After the craft had risen to some height the horizontal jets or rockets were ignited. "After this the wing-blades would be allowed to rotate freely as the saucer moved forward as in an auto-gyrocopter. In all probability, the wing-blades speed, and so their lifting value, could also be increased by directing the adjustable horizontal jets slightly upwards to engage the blades, thus spinning them faster at the digression of the pilot," he said.
This could end very badly...
Not going to lie...
As politically incorrect as it might be to openly admit this, the idea of Hitler commissioning the Nazi equivalent of the Air Force to start putting all their stock into developing flying saucers is pretty fucking cool.
Until you arrive to the realization that the machine the Nazis were said to have been trying to develop (as described in the article) seemed plausible in its operation.
Then shit gets unsettling...
First your brain lingers at the thought that in order for the Fuhrer to have commissioned his air force to go in this direction, there must have been some sort of alien contact.
Be it as simple as a quickly darting speck of light that dances in the night sky to full fledged communication with our alien overlords, there must have been an ET event that spawned this stroke of genius.
There would have had to have been in order for there to have been discussions between Hitler and his highest ranking officers, even taking in to account the extreme insanity skid the Nazi officials were known to go with.
One doesn't just divine the vision of a gun blasting rotating flying disk out of thin air... not without the help of certain psychotropic agents (another rumor, by the way, that is believed to be true was towards the end of the war, Hitler was out of his mind of crank and hallucinogens).
But the mindfucking gets a little bit more intense when you recall that it is a well established rumor that Nazi rocket scientists and aerospace engineers were shuttled into the United States.
These scientists were the ones believed to be credited with the breakneck advancements in the early stages of NASA.
The story about the 1944 sighting of a Nazi branded flying disk seen over the Thames do draw to mind the Roswell crashes, not to mention the true events that occurred in wee hours of February 25, 1942 when there was a visible display of military batteries openly firing on a craft of some sort cruising slowly over the skies of Los Angeles.
Might there be a correlation?
Could those vehicles be the creations of the hands of Nazi (be it direct or via influence) scientists?
Mere ships made by man in order to create a better way to kill and terrorize one another???
Could these rumors be part of the disinformation campaign, constantly be fought by the CIA as well as various other tentacles- both seen and unseen- intent on protecting the "Powers that be" and their maniacal plans for global conquest (either through a pact with our Alien Overlords or through the application of secret technology in order to kick off a false flag war)?
Or are these really craft being driven by creatures from another world staging a long term investigation on the inhabitant of this planet for reasons yet to be determined.Guess we will just have to wait and see...