UFOs During World War II
Small luminous balls of light spotted on numerous occasions by
pilots during the second world war. These strange colored balls of
light were witnessed both over Europe and the Pacific, and are a prime
example of the UFO phenomenon.
UFOs During World War II
The term foo fighter was used
by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various UFOs or
mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and
Pacific Theater of Operations.
Though "foo fighter" initially described a type of UFO reported and
named by the U.S. 415th Night Fighter Squadron, the term was also
commonly used to mean any UFO sighting from that period.
Formally reported from November 1944 onwards, witnesses often assumed
that the foo fighters were secret weapons employed by the enemy, but
they remained unidentified post-war and were reported by both Allied and
Axis forces. Michael D. Swords writes, During WWII, the foo fighter
experiences of [Allied] pilots were taken very seriously.
Accounts of these cases were presented to heavyweight scientists, such
as David Griggs, Luis Alvarez and H.P. Robertson. The phenomenon was
never explained. Most of the information about the issue has never been
released by military intelligence.
first sightings occurred in November 1944, when pilots flying over
Germany by night reported seeing fast-moving round glowing objects
following their aircraft.
The objects were variously described as fiery, and glowing red, white, or orange. Some pilots described them as resembling Christmas tree lights and
reported that they seemed to toy with the aircraft, making wild turns
before simply vanishing.
Pilots and aircrew reported that the objects flew formation with their
aircraft and behaved as if under intelligent control, but never
displayed hostile behavior. However, they could not be outmaneuvered or
Colored balls of light that teased German and Allied pilots, Foo
Fighters maneuvered in and around bomber formations. After WWII, US
pilots returned to base with tales of UFOs flying alongside a plane's
wing before vanishing.
In June 1953, an F-94C Starfire left Cape Cod to
investigate a UFO siting. When control systems failed, the pilot and
radar operator bailed out.
The pilot landed safely, but the plane and
radar operator disappeared. Foo Fighters, UFOs, or is there a rational
phenomenon was so widespread that the lights earned a name - in the
European Theater of Operations they were often called "kraut fireballs"
but for the most part called "foo-fighters".
The military took
the sightings seriously, suspecting that the mysterious sightings might
be secret German weapons, but further investigation revealed that German
and Japanese pilots had reported similar sightings.
In its January 15th, 1945 edition Time magazine carried a story entitled
"Foo-Fighter", in which it reported that the "balls of fire" had been
following USAAF night fighters for over a month, and that the pilots had
named it the "foo-fighter".
According to Time, descriptions of the
phenomena varied, but the pilots agreed that the mysterious lights
followed their aircraft closely at high speed.
The first sightings occurred in November 1944, when pilots flying over Germany by night reported seeing fast-moving round glowing objects following their aircraft.
The objects were variously described as fiery, and glowing red, white, or orange and they seemed to toy with the aircraft, making wild turns before simply vanishing.
|Nazi Foo Fighters and UFOs
Many strange things were seen over Nazi airspace during the war.Secret Nazi technology was stolen by the Allies after the war.
The Nazis first developed space flight with their V-2 weapon. Von Braun assisted the US to the Moon.
Some scientists at the time rationalized the
sightings as an illusion probably caused by afterimages of dazzle caused
by flak bursts, while others suggested St. Elmo's Fire as an
The "balls of fire" phenomenon reported from the Pacific
Theater of Operations differed somewhat from the foo fighters reported
The "ball of fire" resembled a large burning sphere which
"just hung in the sky", though it was reported to sometimes follow
On one occasion, the gunner of a B-29 aircraft
managed to hit one with gunfire, causing it to break up into several
large pieces which fell on buildings below and set them on fire.
the European foo fighters, no aircraft was reported as having been
attacked by a "ball of fire"
The postwar Robertson Panel cited foo fighter reports, noting that their
behavior did not appear to be threatening, and mentioned possible
explanations, for instance that they were electrostatic phenomena
similar to St. Elmo's fire, electromagnetic phenomena, or simply
reflections of light from ice crystals.
The Panel's report suggested
that "If the term "flying saucers" had been popular in 1943-1945, these
objects would have been so labeled."
There is some speculation within the UFO community that the foo fighters may actually be some form of living life.
This theory was mentioned by Trevor James Constable's "Sky Critter
Theory", which is perhaps one of the strangest theories advanced as an
explanation for the UFO phenomenon.
Many theories have been suggested as to what the foo fighters actually are. These theories are:
- Secret Nazi weapons
- Type of electrical discharge from airplanes' wings
- Ball lightning
- Sky critter theory