Mexican Mystery Missile
October 12, 1947
At 8:30 on the morning of October 12, 1947, a blue or silver flaming object struck the earth near the town of Guadeloupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, just across the border from the US town of Fabens, Texas.
It was reported to have come from the direction of the United States, and it produced a sizeable crater on impact. Members of the Mexican Army who visited the site stated that the object was another V-2 similar to the May 29 incident, and the Mexican War Department issued a statement repeating the claim. The Mexicans were understandably gunshy over stray US missiles after the Spring fiasco.
Major General John Homer, commander of Fort Bliss, who had witnessed the crash of the Hermes II missile in May, personally investigated the October incident to ascertain whether the object was another out-of-control US missile of some type. While Homer expressed the opinion that the story was inflated, it did receive attention at surprisingly high levels in the US. The incident is referred to in Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Hoyt Vandenberg's daily log.