Roswell Morning Dispatch, - July 8,
Report Flying Disk Found
By The Associated Press
Two flying disks were reported found in Texas
and at least one is being investigated by military officials as the
total number of Texans claiming to have seen the mysterious objects
passed the 50 mark yesterday.
The disks were reported found on a beach near
Trinity Bay, near Houston, and near Hillsboro.
The Houston Chronicle said a great deal
of mystery surrounded the one found near there by Norman Hargrave, a
jeweler, Sunday. He first reported that he had found the aluminum
disk floating near the beach while he and his wife were walking. He
described it minutely, even giving an inscription he said it
Today he said it was all a joke, but the
Chronicle, after extensive checking, said "there are some mysterious
facts contained in his (Hargrave's) first report that lend credence
to the tale."
Hargrave first said the disk bore this wording:
"Military secret of the United States of America. Army Air Forces
M4339658. Anyone damaging or revealing description or whereabouts
of this missile subject to prosecution by the U.S. government.
Call collect at once, LD446, Army Air Forces Denot, Spokane, Wash."
He said the words "non-explosive" also were carried.
It was recalled that the initial reports of
flying saucers or disks originated in the Spokane area.
The Chronicle, meanwhile, telephoned
Spokane, and said it "brought interest" on the part of the
commanding officer, but he would not confirm or deny that the
missile may have carried the message. Later he referred Houston to
Wright Field, Ohio, but the commanding officer there was out of
In Houston, Col. R. W. Warren, commanding
officer of Ellington Field, said he had been instructed by
Washington to investigate.
Houston police would not say if they had the
The second flying disks (sic) was reported
found by Bob Scott, a farmer living two and a half miles east of
Hillsboro. He said the disk fell on his place Friday, and that it
resembled a saucer. He said it was so bright he could not look at
it very long.
He said he was afraid people might believe he
was "going to extremes in imagining things" and he told no one but
his family until yesterday.
Then he notified O.F. Kissick and Joe Gerick,
Hillsboro, who went to the field and investigated. Most of it had
melted, they said. Gerick said one piece looked like tin foil, but
when he picked it up, it appeared to be celluloid.
Another development in Houston was a suggestion
by Charles Odom, 23, air force captain in the last war, that the
flying disks might be "crystal balls" similar to those he said were
used by the Nazis.
He said these balls were electronically
operated, and while in midair would send back to a radar screen on
the ground the altitude, speed and other data of bombers it
approached. He said the balls would fly up to the altitude of
bombers, were apparently magnetized, and then flew along with the
Odom is now with Pan American Airways.
His suggestion brought a comment from Col. J.
D. Ryan of the 8th Air Force, Fort Worth Army Air Field, that he had
never seen such balls, nor had he ever heard of them, although he
made about 60 missions.
Col. Ryan said the U.S. now uses a balloon
sent aloft to gain such information. The balloon has a reflector on
the bottom which is picked up by ground radar. He said they were
made of rubber, but as they expanded they became opaque.
Meanwhile, more and more Texans reported seeing
the flying saucers. Mrs. Sadie McCauley of Houston said she saw
seven flying over Texas City at 4:05 p.m. Sunday. She said she and
several other passengers on a bus saw them from the Alvin Highway.
She said they were flying in a single line.
Mrs. R. R. Whitlock of Bonham said she saw it
was heading south. She said it fit the "usual description."
Jim Purdy, Lubbock store manager and former
pilot with the Royal Air Force, said he saw a "silvery disk-shaped
object" flying above Lubbock about 1:39 p. m. Sunday. He said it
fit the description of the flying saucers.
He said he first saw it at about 1,000 feet
altitude, moving to a slow, tumbling motion that exposed a bright
side and a dull side. After about 20 seconds, it gained speed
rapidly and began flying in a direct line toward the northeast.
Purdy, a pilot since 1939, said the object did
not have any of the characteristics of a plane. He said for one
thing it gained speed much more rapidly than any plane he had ever
G.B. Garrett of Corsicana said he had seen one
of the disks June 26 near Madisonville. He said it was headed in
the direction of Houston at an undetermined speed. He said it
looked like a huge shiny mirror, silvery in color. He said he saw
it long enough to know it was not an airplane.
Over 50 Texans have reported seeing the
mysterious objects during the last ten days.
Roswell Daily Record - July 8, 1947
RAAF Captures Flying Saucer
On Ranch in Roswell Region
No Details of Flying Disk Are Revealed
Roswell Hardware Man and Wife Report Disk Seen
The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell
Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come
into possession of a flying saucer.
According to information released by the
department, over authority of Maj. J. A. Marcel, intelligence
officer, the disk was recovered on a ranch in the Roswell
vicinity, after an unidentified rancher had notified Sheriff Geo.
Wilcox here, that he had found the instrument on his premises.
Major Marcel and a detail from his department
went to the ranch and recovered the disk, it was stated.
After the intelligence officer here had
inspected the instrument it was flown to higher headquarters.
The intelligence office stated that no
details of the saucer's construction or its appearance had been
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot apparently were the
only persons in Roswell who saw what they thought was a flying
They were sitting on their porch at 105 South
Penn. last Wednesday night at about ten o'clock when a large
glowing object zoomed out of the sky from the southeast, going in
a northwesterly direction at a high rate of speed.
Wilmot called Mrs. Wilmot's attention to it
and both ran down into the yard to watch. It was in sight
less then a minute, perhaps 40 or 50 seconds, Wilmot estimated.
Wilmot said that it appeared to him to be
about 1,500 feet high and going fast. He estimated between
400 and 500 miles per hour.
In appearance it looked oval in shape like
two inverted saucers, faced mouth to mouth, or like two old type
washbowls placed together in the same fashion. The entire
body glowed as though light were showing through from inside,
though not like it would be if a light were underneath.
From where he stood Wilmot said that the
object looked to be about 5 feet in size, and making allowance for
the distance it was from town he figured that it must have been 15
to 20 feet in diameter, though this was just a guess.
Wilmot said that he heard no sound but that
Mrs. Wilmot said she heard a swishing sound for a very short
The object came into view from the southeast
and disappeared over the treetops in the general vicinity of six
Wilmot, who is one of the most respected and
reliable citizens in town, kept the story to himself hoping that
someone else would come out and tell about having seen one, but
finally today decided that he would go ahead and tell about it.
The announcement that the RAAF was in possession of one
came only a few minutes after he decided to release the details of
what he had seen.
San Francisco Chronicle - July 9, 1947
"The many rumors regarding the flying
disk became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of
the 509th Bomb Group of the Eight Air Force, Roswell Army Air
Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through
the co-operation of one of the local ranchers and the Sheriff's
Office of Chaves county.
"The flying object landed on a ranch
near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the
rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact
the Sheriff's office, who in turn notified Major Jesse A. Marcel,
of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence office.
"Action was immediately taken and the
disc was picked up at the rancher's home. It was inspected at the
Roswell Army Air Field and subsequently loaned by Major Marcel to
The Wyoming Eagle - July 9, 1947
ONLY MEAGER DETAILS OF FLYING DISC GIVEN
Kite-Like Device Found in N.M.; Studied by Army
By WILLIAM F. McMENAMIN
Washington, July 8 --(UP) -- The mystery of the
"flying saucers" took a new twist tonight with the disclosure that
the army air forces has recovered a strange object in New Mexico and
is forwarding it to Wright Field, Dayton, O., for examination.
Announcement of the find came first from the
Roswell, N. Mex. army air base, near where a "saucer" was found
three weeks ago.
AAF headquarters later revealed that a "security
lid" has been clamped on all but the sketchiest details of the
AAF spokesman would say only that the "saucer"
was a flimsily-constructed, kite-like object measuring about 25 feet
in diameter and covered with a material resembling tin foil.
A telephonic report from Brig. Gen. Roger B.
Ramey, commander of the Eighth Air Force at Ft. Worth, Texas, said
the purported "saucer" was badly battered when discovered by a
rancher at Corona, 75 miles northwest of Roswell, N.M.
Ramey scoffed at the possibility that the
object could have attained the supersonic speeds credited to the
"flying saucers" allegedly spotted in recent weeks.
He reported that the object was too lightly
constructed to have carried anyone and that there was no evidence
that it had had a power plant of any sort.
It bore no identification marks and Ramey
emphasized that no one had seen it in flight.
AAF sources ruled out the possibility that it
might have been an army weather-kite. Helium balloons have
been used for weather recording for the past seven or eight years.
They said it had been sent to Ft. Worth by
Superfortress for transhipment to the AAF experimental center at
AAF commanders in New Mexico refused to permit
the object to be photographed on the grounds that it was "high level
stuff," although Ramey indicated he was not attaching too great
importance to the find pending an investigation.
The Roswell announcement came from Col.
William H. Blanchard, commanding officer of the Roswell army air
base, who specifically described the discovery as "a flying disc."
He said the disc had been forwarded to higher
headquarters, presumably the commanding general of the 8th air force
at Ft. Worth, Tex.
Blanchard would reveal no further details.
Sheriff George Wilcox of Roswell said the disc
was found about three weeks ago by W.W. Brizell (sic), on
the Foster ranch at Corona, 75 miles northwest of Roswell.
Wilcox said that Brizell does not have a
telephone and so did not report finding the disc until the day
before yesterday. Brizell told the sheriff he didn't know
just what the disc was, but that at first it appeared to be a
The sheriff's office notified the army, which
sent intelligence officers to pick up the object. Then today
the army announced possession of a disc.
The sheriff quoted Brizell as saying the
object "seemed more or less like tinfoil." The rancher
described the disc as about as large as a safe in the sheriff's office.
The safe is about three and one-half by four
The Ceylon Observer - July 9, 1947
"FLYING SAUCERS" OVER S. AFRICA, CANADA
Conflicting Reports on Mystery Objects
"CONCRETE EVIDENCE" IN THREE INSTANCES
LONDON, JULY 9
The "Flying Saucer" mystery deepens.
Reuter reports today indicate that the
mysterious objects have been seen not only in the U.S.A. -- where
reports have come from 41 states -- but in Canada, Australia and
Statements regarding the size of the discs vary from "as big as
gramaphone records" to "a diameter of 200 feet with a centre hole."
Meanwhile, the World Inventors Congress has
offered a thousand dollars reward for the delivery of a "flying
saucer" to their exhibition at Los Angeles this week.
Concrete evidence too has not been
wanting, so far three reports of "discs" or parts of discs being
reported. While one discovery reports a "flimsy
construction" with material "some sort of tin foil," another speaks
of diecast metal an eighth of an inch thick melting only at a heat
of 6,300 degrees, and third speaks of "rock-like metal" which rained
down from a huge flying disc.
In the meantime at Sydney Professor of
Physiology, H. P. Cotton of the Sydney University conducted an
experiment with his class of 450 students and demonstrated that,
when one looks at a clear sky concentrating on a fixed point while
standing perfectly still rapidly-moving bright, oval-shaped objects
are seen. This he explained was due to the red corpuscles of
the blood having (sic) in front of the retina.
The first concrete evidence was announced last
night when United States Army Air Force authorities at Roswell, New
Mexico, revealed that a flying disc had been found on the airfield.
General Roger Ramey, Commander of the Eighth
Air Force with headquarters at Fort Worth Texas, received the object
from Roswell Army Air Base. It is being shipped by air to
the Army Air Force Research Centre at Wright Field, Ohio.
In a telephone conversation with Army Air Force
Headquarters in Washington he described the object as a "flimsy
construction almost like a box."
So far as investigation could determine no one
had seen the object in the air, the General added. Asked what
the material seemed to be, Air Force officials in Washington
described it as "apparently some sort of tin foil."
It would have had a diameter of about 20 to 25
feet if reconstructed, the officials added. Nothing in its
apparent construction indicated any capacity for speed and there was
no evidence of a power plant. The discs construction seemed
too flimsy to have enabled it to carry a man.
Army Air Force Headquarters said later that the
officer who had seen the object held a strong opinion that it might
be a meteorological device. "There is some indication that
the object might have been attached to a balloon which squares with
the description of meteorological equipment we have in use," it was
Meanwhile a man in Oelwein, Iowa, claimed that
a flying saucer had crashed into his front yard last night.
He said that he found a piece of metal in his yard six and a half
inches in diameter and about an eighth of an inch thick.
Planes were overhead at the time of the object's descent, he said.
The man, Lloyd Bennett, stated that he had a piece of the
material analysed by a metallurgist who said that the disc appeared
to be of some diecast metal which only melted at a heat of 6,300
A Chicago report says that a piece of rocklike
metal, alleged to have dropped from one of the "Flying Saucers"
arrived yesterday for analysis by metallurgists of Chicago
The sender, Mr. Harold Dahl, of Tacoma,
Washington State, said that on June 25 over Puget Sound, near the
Canadian border, he and two companions on board a small boat saw
what appeared to be huge silver doughnuts coming down between the
He anchored his boat and went ashore and
watched the objects through binoculars. He saw five objects
floating around a sixth. They were about 200 feet in
diameter with a centre hole surrounded by what appeared to be
a row of portholes.
The ships, as Mr. Dahl described them, came
level at about fifteen hundred feet and then rose rapidly to a
height of nearly a mile.
At this point, according to Mr Dahl, the centre
ship began trailing a substance that rained down upon the water and
along the shore. Pieces of the "metal rain" smashed a part
of the wheel house of his boat and broke a searchlight lens on deck.
The South African report says that two
Johannesburg residents have reported that they saw "flying saucers"
over the city early yesterday.
They said that the objects were about as big as
gramaphone records and were revolving at a great speed in a "V"
formation. The objects disappeared in a cloud of smoke, they
Six people claimed to have seen "flying
saucers" in the skies over Sydney in the last 24 hours.
One man said he saw a bright, oval-shaped
object in the sky at night at a height of about ten thousand feet.
His description was identical with those of the objects
reported to have been seen in the skies over Canada and parts of the
U.S.A. -- (Reuter)
Roswell Daily Record - July 9, 1947
Gen. Ramey Empties Roswell Saucer
Ramey Says Excitement is Not Justified
General Ramey Says Disk is Weather Balloon
Fort Worth, Texas, July 9 (AP)--An examination by the army
revealed last night that mysterious objects found on a lonely New
Mexico ranch was a harmless high-altitude weather balloon -- not a
grounded flying disk. Excitement was high until Brig. Gen.
Roger M. Ramey, commander of the Eighth air forces with
headquarters here cleared up the mystery.
The bundle of tinfoil, broken wood beams and
rubber remnants of a balloon were sent here yesterday by army air
transport in the wake of reports that it was a flying disk.
But the general said the objects were the
crushed remains of a ray wind (sic) target used to
determine the direction and velocity of winds at high altitudes.
Warrant Officer Irving Newton, forecaster at the
army air forces weather station here said, "we use them because they go much higher than the eye can see."
The weather balloon was found several days
ago near the center of New Mexico by Rancher W. W. Brazel.
He said he didn't think much about it until he went into Corona,
N. M., last Saturday and heard the flying disk reports.
He returned to his ranch, 85 miles northwest
of Roswell, and recovered the wreckage of the balloon, which he
had placed under some brush.
Then Brazel hurried back to Roswell, where he
reported his find to the sheriff's office.
The sheriff called the Roswell air field and Maj. Jesse A.
Marcel, 509th bomb group intelligence officer was assigned to the
Col. William H. Blanchard, commanding
officer of the bomb group, reported the find to General Ramey and
the object was flown immediately to the army air field here.
Ramey went on the air here last night to
announce the New Mexico discovery was not a flying disk.
Newton said that when rigged up, the
instrument "looks like a six-pointed star, is silvery in
appearance and rises in the air like a kite."
In Roswell, the discovery set off a flurry of
Sheriff George Wilcox's telephone lines were jammed. Three
calls came from England, one of them from The London Daily
Mail, he said.
A public relations officer here said the
balloon was in his office "and it'll probably stay right
Newton, who made the examination, said some
80 weather stations in the U.S. were using that type of balloon
and that it could have come from any of them.
He said he had sent up identical balloons
during the invasion of Okinawa to determine ballistics information
for heavy guns.
Roswell Daily Record - July 9, 1947
Harassed Rancher who Located
'Saucer' Sorry He Told About It
W.W. Brazel, 48, Lincoln county rancher
living 30 miles south east of Corona, today told his story of
finding what the army at first described as a flying disk, but the
publicity which attended his find caused him to add that if he
ever found anything short of a bomb he sure wasn't going to say
anything about it.
Brazel was brought here late yesterday by W.E.
Whitmore, of radio station KGFL, had his picture taken and gave an
interview to the Record and Jason Kellahin, sent
here from the Albuquerque bureau of the Associated Press to cover
the story. The picture he posed for was sent out over the
AP telephoto wire sending machine specially set up in the
Record office by R. D. Adair, AP wire chief sent
here for the sole purpose of getting out the picture and that of
sheriff George Wilcox, to whom Brazel originally gave the
information of his find.
Brazel related that on June 14 he and
8-year-old son, Vernon were about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch
house of the J.B. Foster ranch, which he operates, when they came
upon a large area of bright wreckage made up on (sic)
rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks.
At the time Brazel was in a hurry to get his
round made and he did not pay much attenion to it. But he did
remark about what he had seen and on July 4 he, his wife, Vernon,
and a daughter Betty, age 14, went back to the spot and gathered
up quite a bit of the debris.
The next day he first heard about the flying
disks, and he wondered if what he had found might be the remnants
of one of these.
Monday he came to town to sell some wool and
while here he went to see sheriff George Wilcox and
"whispered kinda confidential like" that he might have
found a flying disk.
Wilcox got in touch with the Roswell Army Air
Field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel and a man in plain clothes
accompanied him home, where they picked up the rest of the pieces
of the "disk" and went to his home to try to reconstruct
According to Brazel they simply could not
reconstruct it at all. They tried to make a kite out of
it, but could not do that and could not find any way to put it back
together so that it would fit.
Then Major Marcel brought it to Roswell and
that was the last he heard of it until the story broke that he had
found a flying disk.
Brazel said that he did not see it fall from
the sky and did not see it before it was torn up, so he did not
know the size or shape it might have been, but he thought it might
have been about as large as a table top. The balloon which
held it up, if that was how it worked, must have been about 12
feet long, he felt, measuring the distance by the size of the room
in which he sat. The rubber was smoky gray in color and
scattered over an area about 200 yards in diameter.
When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil,
paper, tape, and sticks made a bundle about three feet long and 7
or 8 inches thick, while the rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20
inches long and about 8 inches thick. In all, he
estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe five pounds.
There was no sign of any metal in the area
which might have been used for an engine and no sign of any
propellors of any kind, although at least one paper fin had been
glued onto some of the tinfoil.
There were no words to be found anywhere on
the instrument, although there were letters on some of the parts.
Considerable scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed
upon it had been used in the construction.
No strings or wire were to be found but there
were some eyelets in the paper to indicate that some sort of
attachment may have been used.
Brazel said that he had previously found two
weather balloons on the ranch, but that what he found this time
did not in any way resemble either of these.
"I am sure what I found was not any
weather observation balloon," he said. "But if
I find anything else besides a bomb they are going to have a hard
time getting me to say anything about it."
Las Vegas Review-Journal - July 9, 1947
FLYING DISC TALES DECLINE
AS ARMY, NAVY CRACK DOWN
By United Press
(UP) -- Reports of flying saucers whizzing through the sky fell off
sharply today as the army and navy began a concentrated
campaign to stop the rumors.
One by one, persons who thought they had their
hands on the $3,000 offered for a genuine flying saucer found their hands
full of nothing.
Headquarters of the 8th army at Fort Worth,
Texas, announced that the wreckage of a tin-foil covered object found on
a New Mexico ranch was nothing more than the remnants of a weather
balloon. AAF headquarters in Washington reportedly delivered a
"blistering" rebuke to officers at the Roswell, New Mexico,
base for suggesting that it was a "flying disc."
A 16 inch aluminum disc equipped with two radio
condensers, a fluorescent light switch and copper tubing found by F.G.
Harston near the Shreveport, Louisiana, business district was declared
by police to be "obviously the work of a prankster." Police
believed the prankster hurled it over a sign board and watched it
land at Harston's feet. It was turned over to officials at
Barksdale army air field.
U.S. naval intelligence officers at Pearl Harbor
investigated claims by 100 navy men that they saw a mysterious object
"silvery colored, like aluminum, with no wings or tail," sail over
Honolulu at a rapid clip late yesterday. The description fit a
weather balloon but 5 of the men, familiar with weather observation
devices, swore that it was not a balloon.
"It moved extremely fast for a short period,
seemed to slow down, then disappeared high in the air," said Yeoman
1/C Douglas Kacherle of New Bedford, Massachusetts. His story was
corroborated by Seaman 1/C Donald Ferguson, Indianapolis; Yeoman
3/C Morris Kzamme, La. Crosse, Wisconsin, Seaman 1/C Albert
Delancey, Salem, West Virginia, and Yeoman 2/C Ted Pardue,
Admiral William H. Blandy, commander-in-chief
of the Atlantic fleet, said like everyone else he was curious about the
reported flying saucers "but I do not believe they exist."
Lloyd Bennett, Oelwein, Iowa, salesman, was
stubborn about the shiny 6 1/2-inch steel disc he found yesterday.
Authorities said it was not a "flying saucer" but Bennett said he
would claim the reward offered for the mysterious discs.
There were other discards. Not all the
principles were satisfied with the announcement that the wreckage found
on the New Mexico ranch was that of a weather balloon.
The excitement ran thru this cycle:
1. Lieut. Warren Haught, public relations officer at the
Roswell Base released a statement in the name of Col.
William Blanchard, base commander. It said that an object
described as a "flying disk" was found on the nearby Foster
ranch three weeks ago by W.W. Brazel and had been sent to
"higher officials" for examination.
2. Brig. Gen. Roger B. Ramey, commander of the 8th Air Force
said at Fort Worth that he believed the object was the
"remnant of a weather balloon and a radar reflector,"
and was "nothing to be excited about." He allowed
photographers to take a picture of it. It was announced
that the object would be sent to Wright Field, Dayton, OH.
3. Later, Warrant Officer Irving Newton, Stetsonville,
Wisconsin, weather officer at Fort Worth, examined the object and
said definitely that it was nothing but a badly smashed target used
to determine the direction and velocity of high altitude winds.
4. Lt. Haught reportedly told reporters that he had been
"shut up by two blistering phone calls from Washington."
5. Efforts to contact Col. Blanchard brought the information that
"he is now on leave."
6. Maj. Jesse A. Marcel, intelligence officer of the 509th
bombardment group, reportedly told Brazel, the finder of the
object, that "it has nothing to do with army or navy so far as
I can tell."
7. Brazel told reporters that he has found weather balloon
equipment before, but had seen nothing that had resembled his latest
8. Those men who saw the object said it had a flowered paper
tape around it bearing the initials "D.P."
With Full Leased Wire Facilities of the United Press
VOL. LV., No 133 WALSENBURG, COLO., WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 1947
Roswell 'Flying Disc' Report
Turns Out to Be Weather Balloon
Roswell, New Mexico, July 9--(UP) William
W. Brazel is perturbed over all the fuss he says these flying
discs have caused. Brazel is the 45-year-old rancher who
caught the attention of the world briefly yesterday when it
was reported he had found a "flying disc."
Brazel works on the ranch of J.B. Foster of
Kent, Texas -- about 65 miles east of Corona, New Mexico.
He found the object around 7 o'clock the night of June 14 about
seven miles south of his ranch home.
The object at first was identified by the
Public Relations Branch of the Roswell Army Air Base as a
"flying disc." But it later was said by high army
officials to be parts of a weather balloon.
Brazel says he was rounding up cattle when
he noticed bits of the object strewn over an area of several
hundred yards and parts of heavy paper hanging on cactus in
the area. He says that he didn't know what it was at
first, but it did not appear to be like any of the standard
weather balloons which he has found on his place on several
The object is described as being of "about
20 sticks, heavy paper, light grayish rubber -- very thin --
and covered with what appeared to be tinfoil."
Louisville (Kentucky) Courier-Journal - July 9, 1947
Part of Weather Balloon
Has Army Up In the Air
'Celestial Saucer' Proves Another Washout;
Disk Reports Pour In From Other Countries
Special From The New York Times to The Courier-Journal
New York, July 8.-- Celestial crockery had the
Army up in the air for several hours today before an Army officer
explained that what a colleague thought was "a flying saucer"
was nothing more than part of a battered Army weather balloon.
This denouement closed the New Mexico chapter
in the "flying saucer" saga that already had contributions
from 43 other states in the Union as well as from Australia,
England, South Africa, Mexico, and Canada.
However, none of the previous or subsequent
reports of strange heavenly bodies created so much confusion as
the startling announcement from an Army lieutenant that "a
flying disk" had been found on a ranch near Roswell, N.M., near
the scene of atomic-bomb tests. The officer, Lt. Warren
Haut, public information officer of the Roswell Army Airfield,
made no bones about the discovery in his detailed report.
"The many rumors regarding the flying disk
became a reality," his statement began. He told which
intelligence office of what bomb group of the Eighth Air Force
had passed "the flying disk" along "to higher headquarters."
Then phones began to buzz between Washington
and New Mexico and the "disk" was well on the way to showing how
the circle could be squared. One by one, as the rank of
the investigating officer rose, the circle lost arcs and
developed sides until it was roughly octagonal.
Within an hour after Lieutenant Haut had
given new impetus to the "flying saucer" derby, his boss,
Brig. Gen. Roger B. Ramey, had a somewhat different version of
"the flying disk."
He said that while it was true it had been
found on a ranch, no one had seen it in the air; it was "of
flimsy construction," apparently made "of some sort of tinfoil."
Subsequently it was reportedly flown to a research laboratory
at Wright Field, Ohio.
In Washington, Lt. Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg,
deputy chief of the Army Air Forces, hurried to his headquarters
press section. Atomic experts in the capital were certain
that whatever had been found was not any of their doing, but
no one seemed to know just how to dispose of the object.
Finally a lowly warrant officer, Irving
Newton, a forecaster at the Fort Worth, Tex., weather station,
solved the mystery. He said it was just part of a weather
balloon, such as is used by 80 weather stations in the country
to determine velocity and direction of winds at high altitude.
Dillon, (Montana) The Dillon Examiner - July 9, 1947
SERVICE STATION ATTENDANT
VIEWS FLYING SAUCER ARRAY
Dillon is no longer in the exclusive category of not having any eye
witnesses to these new fan danglde (sic) flying saucers that are
said to be zipping through the great open spaces. Bennie Davis has
spoiled the Record. He is not one of those people who have
developed a stiff neck and goggle eyes from star gazing and
searching for the missiles that are said to be seen here, there and
everywhere. In other words he suffers from no “flying saucer jag.”
Last night about 3 a. m. while washing away on a car and listening
to a radio, his program was suddenly interrupted and in attending
to the radio he happened to glance skyward and there they
were — three of them. Whether the program disturbance was caused by
the radio or if it was the saucers that caused the disturbance, is
not known. Their movement through the sky was similar to that of
falling stars, a rather bluish green light as a streamer tail light,
and they seemed to move from east to west. Some tourists coming
from Butte who had stopped at the service station earlier in the
evening had told Bennie that they had seen some flying saucers but
Bennie had not paid much attention to their conversation.
Anyhow, from now on, it is predicted that sky watching will become
a more popular pastime in Dillon.