Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Roswell UFO Incident

Kenneth Arnold's report to Army Air Forces (AAF) intelligence dated July 12 1947 which includes annotated sketches of the typical craft in the chain of nine objects
The imagination of UFO's gained shape and recognition when an Idaho pilot named Kenneth Arnold saw supersonic objects on June 25, 1947, that flew like geese and moved just like a saucer would do on water. This report started the era of Flying Saucers and UFO's. In the summers of July 1947, the US Military got an opportunity to closely observe a mysterious spacecraft near the top secret air base of Roswell, New Mexico. The incident is intensely reported both officially and unofficially. The most famous narrative of the incident is that the Roswell debris was of a spacecraft containing extraterrestrial (ET) life. Since late 1970, the Roswell incident has been surrounded by massive controversies. The rumours regarding flying discs came to a reality when the intelligence officers of Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) gained possession of a disc through the assistance of a local rancher and the Sheriff's office of Chaves County.

William Ware Mack Brazel and his wife Margaret

UFO crash site at Roswell in 1947

William Ware Mack Brazel was a 48 year rancher (foreman) who earned his living on J. B Foster sheep ranch located 30 miles South East of Corona in Lincon County, New Mexico. Brazel used to live on the ranch in a farm house while his wife Margaret (Maggie, 45 year old) and children (daughter Bessie Brazel Schreiber nicknamed Betty, 14 years old and son Vernon, 8 years old) lived in Tularosa. They often visited him during holidays. On Saturday, 14 June, 1947, Brazel and his son Vernon, were on their round, about 7 to 8 miles away from the J. B. Foster ranch house when they noticed clusters of dazzling unidentifiable debris scattered over a large area. The debris was possibly made of rubber strips, tinfoil, hard paper and metallic sticks. However, he was in an urgency to complete his round and did not take note of it. The debris which was scattered over an area of about 200 yards in diameter was interfering with day to day ranch operations as the sheep did not cross the debris to go to their usual water place. So, Brazel and his family went back to the spot to clear the debris on Friday, July 4, 1947. They collected some of the remains in sacks which looked to have been scattered in such a vast area possibly due to an aerial explosion.

Major Jesse A. Marcel - head intelligence officer of 509th Bombing Group

Major Jesse A. Marcel and Captain Sheridan Cavitt investigating the debris

There were several UFO sightings reported in the summer of 1947 in United States. On Saturday, when Brazel came to know about flying discs, he was bewildered and wondered if the weird waste with bizarre characteristics might be the remnants of one of those disks. He came to the Chaves County on Monday, July 7, 1947, to sell wool where he met Sherrif George Wilcox. He not only reported the incident but also handed over a small amount of debris in a box. The Sherrif contacted the Roswell Army Air Field. Colonel Willam Blanchard, the commanding officer at RAAF was so intrigued by the sample that he immediately ordered two intelligence officers Major Jesse A. Marcel (head intelligence officer of 509th Bombing Group) and Captain Sheridan Cavitt (officer in charge of the Counterintelligence Corps) to investigate. They drove out to the ranch with Brazel to examine the debris where they tried to reconstruct the remains in which they unsuccessful. The debris consisted of tinfoil, paper, tape, metallic sticks (about 3 feet in length and 7-8 inches thick) and rubber like material which was smoke grey in colour and made a bundle of about 1.5 feet long and 8 inches thick. The whole wreckage was very strong and exceptionally light (about 5 pounds only). No proof of common metal (which could have been used in the engine or propeller) was found in the area. No strings or wire were found. Only a paper-fin was found glued in the tinfoil. There was nothing written in the instruments except some outlandish unreadable markings which resembled ancient Indian petroglyphs or rock figures in some of the parts. The investigators spend the night with Brazel, collected the debris and left for the base early in the morning.

Roswell Incident IBeam & its symbols of unknown origin

Announcement was made by the public information office at Roswell Army Air Field on Tuesday, July 8, 1947

Colonel Blanchard's announcement was retracted by Brigadier General Roger Ramey

On the basis of the report submitted by the investigators, Colonel Blanchard got the area cordoned off and soldiers then searched the field and brought the remaining debris in armoured trucks to Army headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. On Tuesday, July 8, 1947, Colonel Blanchard issued a press release around noon to Walter Haut (Public Information Officer, 509 Bombing Group), following which a shocking announcement was made by the public information office at Roswell Army Air Field. They stated that that they had recovered remains of a flying disk from a ranch near Roswell which had crashed during a storm. However, almost immediately, around afternoon, Colonel Blanchard's announcement was retracted by Brigadier General Roger Ramey, who was his superior in chain of commands. The Brigadier held a press conference in Fort Worth in which he stated that the mysterious debris recovered by Major Marcel was not of a flying disc, but of a weather balloon attached with a metallic radar reflector which crashed in a storm. Reporters were shown some of the wreckage said to be collected from the crash site which consisted of foil, rubber and wood. Further press coverage was restricted and soon public interest faded and the incident was forgotten for about 31 years.

Former entrance gate to Roswell Army Air Field

UFO crash site at Roswell

In an interview in 1978, Major Jesse A. Marcel, who was the first officer to investigate the debris said to Stanton Friedman (a reputed nuclear-physicist and UFO researcher) that the debris he recovered was "not from Earth". The material was quite different from the materials found on earth because it cannot be engraved, dented or whittled by knife. The foil rubber material could neither be torn like ordinary aluminium foil nor be burnt. The piece of metal was just like tinfoil used in a pack of cigarette paper but it was so strong that it neither bent nor got a dent. The metal foil could be wrapped in a ball, and then when you unfold it, there was no sign of any wrinkle (folding marks). He claimed that the top officials were involved in covering up the incident. His claims were published in National Enquirer which led to publication of the book named The Roswell Incident in 1980.

UFO crash site at Roswell

Body of one of the ET taken to maximum security installations, at the Wright Patterson Air Base, in Ohio
The authors claimed that they had interviewed over 75 witnesses. The book documented extracts from government's secret documents of the alleged cover-up. It also contained a document in which Majestic 12 (which later became known as Men In Black) was officially authorized by President Truman to cover up UFO incidents. According to the claims of the book, the mysterious debris in Roswell consisted of fragments of exotic, flexible material which could not tear burn or break. It had unfamiliar markings on the wreckage, perhaps writing or hieroglyphics. The book also claimed that some alien bodies were also recovered from the crash.

Rear entrance of the hospital of Roswell Army Air Field

This photo from the Air Force's The Roswell Report shows one of test dummies in its insulation bag

Glenn Dennis
Glenn Dennis was a young mortician who worked at Ballard Funeral Home which incorporated ambulance and mortuary services for the nearby RAAF. One afternoon he received some calls from the RAAF mortuary officer who wanted to confirm if he had some small coffins and if they could be hermetically sealed. The RAAF mortuary officer also inquired about how to preserve bodies which had been exposed for a few days. Dennis drove to the base hospital in the evening where he saw large pieces of wreckage with strange engravings on one of the pieces sticking out of the back of a military ambulance. The hospital was unusually busy. He wanted to inquire about this with a friend nurse but she advised him to leave immediately. Before he could react, a military officer accompanied by a black NCO threatened him and forced to leave. Mystified by the unusual activity and hiked security, Denis left the base hospital. Next day or so, he met the nurse in officers club where she told him that she was involved in preliminary autopsy of three strange little creatures recovered from the wreckage. She drew sketches of them after he promised to keep the episode secret. Within few days she was transferred from the RAAF base to England. She sent a note to Dennis giving him her address in England but when he wrote a letter to her, it was returned marked "Deceased". Other nurses on the base told him that she died in a plane crash.

A screen grab from an alleged autopsy video examining the body of an alien found at Roswell UFO crash 1947. The video surfaced in 1990's but but it was later found to be a staged reconstruction of what Ray Santilli, a London-based entrepreneur, claimed was a re-enactment of a older video he had witnessed

The sketches Dennis made based on his memory of what the nurse drew

Official teletype send by FBI Dallas Field Office on July 8, 1947

Testimony of Dying CIA Official 2013

Famous UFO author and historian Richard Dolan
In 2013, a dying CIA Official confessed about UFO’s and The Extraterrestrial reality AIRL UFO 1947 Roswell Crash Vehicle. The video testimony was shown at the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Friday, May 3, 2013. The former CIA official was interviewed by UFO author and historian Richard Dolan.

The anonymous official claimed that he had served the U.S. Army, CIA as well as the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book (one of the USAF’s official studies of UFOs). He alleged that after an invasion threat from President Dwight Eisenhower, he and his superior at the CIA were allowed inside the secretive Area 51 in Nevada to gather intelligence and report back to the president. He described seeing several alien spacecraft, including the craft that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. He and his superior were then taken to the S-4 facility southwest of Area 51 where they observed live extraterrestrials.

EBE-1 was apparently captured alive from one of the saucer crashes of 1947 and was confined in an underground area at Los Alamos Laboratory, New Mexico. EBE-1 died of unknown causes on June 18, 1952.

Roswell UFO incident: 64 years and a single FBI document

The FBI posted a document in April 2011 in the FBI vault which is believed to be the only official FBI document related to the Roswell UFO Incident. It is a memo written by Mr. Guy Hottel, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office to the FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on March 22, 1950 concerning flying saucers. It is the most popular file in the FBI vault, which relays an unconfirmed report which was never pursued by the FBI. Like all memos at that time, it was addressed to the Director and recorded and indexed in FBI records.

Memo send by Guy Hottel to the FBI Director