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            USAFE 14         TT 1524         TOP SECRET           4 Nov 1948

    From OI OB

            For some time we have been concerned by the recurring reports on flying
    saucers. They periodically continue to crop up; during the last week, one was
    observed hovering over Neubiberg Air Base for about thirty minutes.  They
    have been reported by so many sources and from such a variety of places that
    we are convinced that they cannot be disregarded and must be explained on some
    basis which is perhaps slightly beyond the scope of our present intelligence

            When officers of this Directorate recently visited the Swedish Air
    Intelligence Service.   This question was put to the Swedes.   Their answer
    was that some reliable and fully technically qualified people have reached
    the conclusion that "these phenomena are obviously the result of a high
    technical skill which cannot be credited to any presently known culture on
    earth."   They are therefore assuming that these objects originate from some
    previously unknown or unidentified technology, possibly outside the earth.

            One of these objects was observed by a Swedish technical expert near
    his home on the edge of a lake.   The object crashed or landed in the lake
    and he carefully noted its azimuth from his point of observation.   Swedish
    intelligence was sufficiently confident in his observation that a naval
    salvage team was sent to the lake.   Operations were underway during the
    visit of USAFE officers.   Divers had discovered a previously uncharted
    crater on the floor of the lake.   No further information is available, but
    we have been promised knowledge of the results.   In their opinion, the
    observation was reliable, and they believe that the depression on the floor
    of the lake, which did not appear on current hydrographic charts, was in
    fact caused by a flying saucer.

            Although accepting this theory of the origin of these objects poses a
    whole new group of questions and puts much of our thinking in a changed
    light, we are inclined not to discredit entirely this somewhat spectacular
    theory, meantime keeping an open mind on the subject.   What are your

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