05. The Nazi UFO Mythos: Vril, Haunebu and Interplanetray Travel. Kevin McClure

THE NAZI UFO MYTHOS: An Investigation by Kevin McClure

PART FIVE: VRIL, HAUNEBU AND INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL 

Vladimir Terziski

One of the few references that I haven’t managed to find before writing this piece is a book, probably from 1993, called Close Encounters of the Kugelblitz Kind, by Vladimir Terziski. Terziski first appeared in or around that year, claiming to be the “President, American Academy of Dissident Sciences, 10970 Ashton Ave. #310, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. When I wrote to the Academy asking for further information, my letter was returned, the Academy not being known at the address. He also claims that he is “a Bulgarian born engineer and physicist, graduated Cum Laude from the Master of Science program of Tokai University in Tokyo in 1980. Served as a solar energy researcher, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, before immigrating to the US in 1984.” [29]

Terziski seems, with a little help from Al Bielek of the completely loopy ‘Montauk Project’, who was co-founder of the Academy, to have introduced a completely new strand of ‘Nazi UFO’ material. It also appears in one of the series of Montauk Project books. It is so outrageously unbelievable, implausible, and devoid of supporting evidence that it has proved to be very popular among those who believe in an Illuminati conspiracy, the New World Order, and the links between our rulers and Reptilian Aliens. The last trace I’ve found of Terziski is at a speaker at a ‘patriot’ meeting in 1998, but his influence lives on, creating an alternative, revised history in which the Nazis won in the end.

Terziski describes Renato Vesco as “the Italian Wernher von Braun, the research scientist in charge of the Italian Air Force and Space Research and Development program during the war”, which says much for the thoroughness of his research. But then, research isn’t really what Terziski is (or was) about. Brad Steiger quotes him as telling of:

“an ‘alien tutor race’ that secretly began cooperating with certain German scientists in the late 1920s in underground bases and began to introduce their concepts of philosophical, cultural, and technological progress” . . “(he) maintains that antigravity research began in the 1920s with the first hybrid antigravity circular craft, the RFZ-1, constructed by the secret Vril society. In 1942-43 a series of antigravity machines culminated in the giant 350-foot-long, cigar-shaped Andromeda space station, which was constructed in old Zeppelin hangars near Berlin by E4, the research and development arm of the SS.” [30]

He is also quoted (by Branton – see below) as making comments about the continued use of slave labour by the ‘pure-bred Aryan S.S.’ who live underground, conducting genetic experiments continuing those of WW2, in pursuance of the “Germans-Nazis-Illuminati pact”, which was established “with the serpent races long years before the American ‘secret/conventional’ hybrid government had done so.” [31]

Nor has Terziski’s account of the trips to the Moon or Mars proved as unbelievable as we might hope. He says

“The Germans landed on the Moon as early as probably 1942, utilizing their larger exoatmospheric rocket saucers of the Miethe and Schriever type. The Miethe rocket craft was built in diameters of 15 and 50 meters, and the Schriever Walter turbine powered craft was designed as an interplanetary exploration vehicle. It had a diameter of 60 meters, had 10 stories of crew compartments, and stood 45 meters high . . .

Ever since their first day of landing on the Moon, the Germans started boring and tunneling under the surface, and by the end of the war there was a small Nazi research base on the Moon. The free energy tachyon drive craft of the Haunibu-1 and 2 type were used after 1944 to haul people,” materiel and the first robots to the construction site on the Moon. When Russians and Americans secretly landed jointly on the Moon in the early fifties with their own saucers, they spent their first night there as guests of the …. Nazi underground base . . .

According to the authors of the underground German documentary movie from the Thule society [presumably 'UFO Secrets of the Third Reich', which Terziski is alleged to have produced himself - KM], the only produced craft of the Haunibu-3 type – the 74 meter diameter naval warfare dreadnought – was chosen for the most courageous mission of this whole century – the trip to Mars. The craft was of saucer shape, had the bigger Andromeda tachyon drives, and was armed with four triple gun turrets of large naval caliber (three inverted upside down and attached to the underside of the craft, and the fourth on top of the crew compartments).

A volunteer suicide crew of Germans and Japanese was chosen, because everybody knew that this journey was a one-way journey with no return. The large intensity of the electro-magnetogravitic fields and the inferior quality of the metal alloys used then for the structural elements of the drive, was causing the metal to fatigue and get very brittle only after a few months of work of the drive. The flight to Mars departed from Germany one month before the war ended – in April 1945 . . The radio message with the mixed news was received by the German underground space control center in Neu Schwabenland and by their research base on the Moon.” [32]

By March 2000, the Vril and Haunebu craft had become real in many minds, not least that of the author of William Bacon’s Home Page/Nordic Saucer Report. In addition to the Feuerball and Kugelblitz, and assorted Schreiver, Belluzzo, Miethe and Habermohl creations, he included in his list, ‘Reported German Disc Aircraft Types January 28, 2000 (updated to March 2000)

Electrogravitic Craft Based on Currently Unknown Physics.
1. Original Vril Society Craft. Said to be a “time machine”, it underwent two years of experiment. Dismantled early in 1924 (!) and shipped to Augsburg. The design was said to have been based on channeled information from a supposed planet orbiting the star Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri). Disposition unknown
2. RFZ-1 (RFZ=runflugzeug=round aircraft). Disc created in mid 1934 by Vril Society. Crashed from low altitude on first test.
3. RFZ-2. Completed at the end of 1934 by the Vril Society. length was 16 feet, and it was the first with “magnetic field impulse steering”. It was operational in 1940 as seen in a photograph taken over an ocean, said to be the South Atlantic.
4. RFZ-4. A test craft driven by propeller to study the aerodynamics of a disc-shaped craft. associated with Schutzstaffel (SS) unit E4.
5. RFZ-5. Also known as Haunebu I (note: nebel=haze or smoke). Flew 08/1939. Diameter 83 feet. Photograph exists, said to have been taken over Prague. With a crew of eight, said to have reached 12,000 mph and upper atmosphere. Claimed to have been equipped with two laser (apparent anachronism) guns.
6. RFZ-6 (Haunebu II). Work began before the end of 1942. Various shapes, 85 feet to 100 feet in diameter and 30 to 36 feet high, were produced. A 3200 knot speed is assigned, making for near-space capability. One plan shows a Donar Ray Gun (!) in a turret on the underside. Some had sleeping quarters. a deep-space variant was said to be 234 feet in diameter. At least one side-view drawing with data survives and it bears an uncanny resemblance to an orthographic projection which has been made from the famous Adamski and Darbishire UFO photographs.
7. Haunebu III. An SS E4-planned deep-space disc craft. Various photographs show design variations. Over 400 feet in diameter. A side view drawing with data survives. Reportedly, U.S. found none. A Haunebu IV also is reported
8. Andromeda Project A large craft planned by SS E4 for interstellar travel, Over 100 ton capacity. 360 feet long

Other Craft. These types may have combined what we now consider known and unknown physics. The Vril craft were of 20 to 40 feet in diameter. .
1. RFZ7T. Work began in 1942 on a discus craft by Miethe, Joined by Bellonzo then Schreiver and Habermohl. A “reliable, functional light craft”.
2. Vril I. A 36 foot single seat craft, which was armed and tested before the end of 1942. Flew 7000 mph from its Brandenburg test site. Could instantly change direction.
3. Vril II. An air-water motor in the center of the craft spun rapidly like a tornado, thus according to Schauberger’s implosion principle, neutralizing gravity, as with the Vril I craft. diameter also similar. Vril VII and Vril IX also reported.
4. V7. Possibly numbered as one of the Vergeltungswaffen(retaliation weapons). Fitted with 12 BMW jet engines. Reached 78,000 feet, later 80,000 feet on first tests over the Baltic sea, 04/17/1945. A spherical glass like-dome surrounded by a rotating wing of turbine blades.” [33]

This presentation of completely fictitious data as historical and technical data makes it that much more credible, but Bacon is by no means the most extreme of believers.

BRANTON

The imaginary history invented or presented (or both) by Terziski has itself been carried forward by others, for reasons that continue to baffle me. Probably the most high-profile, and perhaps the most productive of these is ‘Branton’, whose ‘Omega Files’ material in various areas of conspiracy and that peculiar neo-fascism that exists among ‘patriots’ who also believe in the intervention of alien beings is all too easy to find on the Net. I had been wondering who Branton was, and an answer seems to have come recently from an Alan DeWalton, under the title ‘Branton’s Testimony’

“Branton is a guy who has been involved in abductions since he was a child [generational family stuff], MANY of which involved Alien/CIA agendas in the underground bases. He was “programmed” AS an alternate personality, or a “sleeper agent” by the CIA and has interacted with underground bases and especially Dulce WHILE IN THE altered state of consciousness. Many abductees will tell you that during abductions their “conscious mind” seems to switch off and another “personality” that is programmed by the alien agenda kicks in. These alternate identities are individuals in a sense, but also are linked to the alien collective which is how Branton gets much of his information, literally “hacking the hive”… having spent years being manipulated by the alien group-mind he has now turned it around WITH God’s help and is using it as a weapon against them, although you’ll never know how painful it has been for him… a literal hell… but having taken up the “cross” as his sword and shield he is prevailing against the “beast”, just like “Saint” George the Dragon slayer of old you might say. Branton was “saved” [born again] in 1985 and “Branton the alter ego” is apparently still involved with the underground scenarios on a nocturnal basis, trying to put together a literal “underground resistance” movement, both in the underground bases and above. This resistance movement involves freedom fighter forces within certain military bases, several “hybrids” [many his own 'kids'], Nordics, Telosians, several of “the orange” group, and even some of the Sasquatch type aliens . . ” [34]

These biographical details may make Branton’s willingness to accept Terziski’s claims as true. Branton reports

“Although it may sound rather incredible, Terziski alleges that he possesses confirming information such as the “…first video expose of Nazi UFOs. German/Japanese saucer landings on the moon and Mars in 1944-46, Marconi group’s landing on Mars in 1956… video footage of Nazi interplanetary dreadnoughts and of secret Soviet-American saucer landing on Mars.” Although many of the ‘Greys’ have been described as being of neo-saurioid configuration, other ‘Greys’ pose a different mystery as to their origin and seem
to be more of a bio-synthetic or ‘manufactured’ configuration. Vladimir Terziski suggests that some of these greys may be “…a product of the US government’s biogenetic cyborg R&D program.” [35]

The Omega File titled ‘Nazi History’ is another example of the presentation of the incredible as if it were fact. This is just an excerpt, and I have excised some of the rambling about rich industrialists and the Illuminati

370000 Germans recover crashed disk. Work begins on German disk program based on recovered ‘alien’ technology.
380000 Standard [EXXON] Oil sends I.G. Farben 500 tons of lead additive for gasoline.
390000 Germans working on mini-television for bomb / rocket guidance.
390901 Germany invades Poland.
390901 Soviets invade Poland.
410000 Germans test Schriever-Habermohl Model I prototype flying disk or lenticular aircraft Model II in 1944.
410600 Germany successfully tests Schriever disk design.
410800 I.G. Farben tests Zyklon B gas.
420000 German ‘fireballs’ harass allied pilots and aircraft.
420225 [German?] UFOs appear over Los Angeles. 1,430 rounds fired against them. Some on the ground killed or wounded by unexploded anti-aircraft shells.
430000 CIA’s Allen Dulles [Bavarian Illuminati] cuts a deal with Nazi SS
intelligence. This would eventually lead to a massive infiltration of the
CIA by Nazi S.S. agents, who would in turn begin a global program of
toppling third world governments and replacing them with their own fascist puppet dictatorships. Germans complete research on alloy of magnesium and aluminum.
440000 OSS agent Douglas Bazata receives contract on General George
Patton’s life. Feuerball aircraft constructed at aeronautical factory at
Wiener Neustadt. Germans test Bellonzo-Schriever-Meithe designs based on Coanda disk.
440300 Wilson* replaces German saucer [rotor] propulsion with advanced jet propulsion. *(‘Wilson’ is presumably the fictional character in the ‘Project Saucer’ novels of W A Harbinson, who has somehow crossed over into Branton’s version of reality)
441123 Allied pilots run into ‘fireballs’ over Strasbourg.
450000 Both L.F.A. at Volkenrode and center at Guidonia working on disk craft. Soviets gain some German disk data [and apprehend?] Dr. Guenther Bock. United States captures some German disk technology and scientists. British technical advisor discovers German plans for advanced lenticular aircraft.
450200 Kugelblitz [crew-carrying Fireball] test flown in Thuringia, reached speeds of 1250 mph.
450216 Kugelblitz tested near Kahla, disk-shaped, 1250 mph. Germans begin to transfer saucer projects to South Polar underground bases.
450223 Perfected engines removed from Kugelblitz and sent to polar base. Kugelblitz, minus engines, blown up by SS personnel to prevent the design from falling into the hands of the Allies.
450225 Workers at Kahla complex brought to Buchenwald and gassed so as
not to reveal secret of Nazi disk projects. Kahla closed. Slavian slave-laborers from various underground facilities also taken to Karshagan and other camps and killed.
450400 General Hans Kammler disappears from Germany.
450425 Gen. Kammler joins Wilson and Gen. Nebe on U-977 bound for South Pole.
450507 Germany ‘surrenders’.
460000 America turns 2/3rds of Germany’s aircraft manufacturing over to Soviets. Nazis help form CIA operations division with Rockefeller assistance. Imported SS intelligence officers help form Radio Liberty and Voice of America. Gen. Hoyt Vandenburg becomes director of CIA. U.S. and Canada begin joint disk development programs in underground plants.
460726 Truman signs National Military Establishment Act. Creates NSC, CIA.
470000 CIA Mind-Control drug project begins at Bethesda Naval Hospital. German disks start flyovers over United States. National Security Act. CIA begins to monitor UFOs.
470100 Operation Highjump begins at South Pole to find the German Bases.
Military Commander Admiral Richard E. Byrd leads 4000 troops in
reconnaissance over Antarctica, and encounters resistance from ‘Aryan’ [German/Austrian] saucer fleets. Apparent casualties on both sides. [36]

I’ve begun to be accustomed to dealing with extreme beliefs and outlooks, without ever getting immured to the moral and intellectual desert that inevitably underpins them. Yet there is something almost uniquely twisted about the statement, “Workers at Kahla complex brought to Buchenwald and gassed so as not to reveal secret of Nazi disk projects.” In that there were no construction projects for Nazi discs, there were no slave workers building Nazi discs, and therefore no workers could have been taken to Buchenwald and gassed for the reasons Branton gives. He also asserts that huge numbers of slave workers were taken to build the Nazi bases under the South Pole. What sort of need is fulfilled by simply making up these demented distortions of the miserable truths of the Holocaust is quite beyond my understanding. If we actively resist no other element of the Nazi UFO mythos, perhaps we can at least make our rejection of this one as obvious, and effective, as is possible. Other ‘false histories’ follow. 

 
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04. The Nazi UFO Mythos: W A Harbinson and Projekt Saucer. Kevin McClure

THE NAZI UFO MYTHOS: An Investigation by Kevin McClure

Part Four: W A Harbinson and Projekt Saucer

SF author W A Harbinson has written a series of chunky paperbacks based on the Nazi UFO mythos. The series is run under the overall title Projekt Saucer, the key titles relating to WWII being Inception and Genesis [21]. I find his writing interesting and often quite exciting, though the accounts of violence and cold Nazi ruthlessness can be a little strong for my taste. Were these books sold only as fiction, they’d be of little interest to us here.

However, not only do the novels include an ‘Author’s Note’ which suggests that the author’s own research has established a factual basis to his ‘fiction’, but he has also published a non-fiction book , Projekt UFO. The blurb on the back says

“For nearly half a century, ever since the first UFO sightings of June 1947, it has been assumed that flying saucers, if they exist at all, are of extraterrestrial origin. Projekt UFO: The Case for Man-Made Flying Saucers proves conclusively that this is not so.” [22]

The book extends well beyond the end of WWII, and for the most part it deals with the usual post-war questions regarding the reality of UFO sightings, the development of terrestrial technologies, and key cases, such as Socorro. It also introduces – in Harbinson’s Foreword – the ‘Brisant’ document, one of the truly great ufological red herrings

“In May 1978, at Stand 111 in a scientific exhibition in the Hanover Messe Hall, some gentlemen were giving away what at first sight appeared to be an orthodox scientific newspaper called Brisant. The paper contained two seem-ingly unrelated articles: one on the scientific and ecological value of the Antarctic, the other about a Ger-man World War II flying saucer construction project, named ‘Projekt Saucer’.

The first article, written from a neo-Nazi standpoint, included a suggestion that West Germany should claim back their right to Queen Maud Land in the Antarctic, which the Nazis stole from the Norwegians during World War II and renamed Neu Schwabenland. The second article, which asserted that the German scientists were the first, but not the only ones, to construct highly advanced saucer-shaped aircraft, was accompanied by reproductions of technical drawings 6f a World War II flying saucer.

The unnamed author failed to name the designer of the flying saucer and claimed that the drawings had been altered by the West German government to render them ‘safe’ for publication. Adding weight to his claim, he also pointed out that during World War II all such inventions, whether civilian or military, would have been submitted to the nearest patent office where, under paragraphs 30a and 99 of the Patent-und Strassezetsbuch, they would have been routinely classified as ‘secret.’ After being confiscated and passed on to one of Himmler’s many 55 research establishments, at the end of the war they would perhaps have disappeared into secret Soviet files, or into equally secret British and US files, or lost with ‘missing’ German scientists and SS troops.

The rest of the article was just as intriguing. It claimed that throughout the course of World War II the Germans sent ships and planes to Queen Maud Land, or Neu Schwabenland, in the Antarctic, with equipment for massive underground complexes, similar to those they had con-structed in Thuringia and the Harz Mountains in Germany. It said that at the end of the war some of the scientists and engineers who had worked on Projekt Saucer escaped from Germany by submarine and ended up in an underground base in the Antarctic, where they continued to construct even more advanced flying saucers, and that the Americans and Soviets, upon learning about this, then used their captured German scientists and technical papers for the secret construction of their own flying saucers.” [23]

Mark Ian Birdsall, in his paper ‘The Ultimate Solution’ ,asserts that it was Harbinson himself who found ‘Brisant’, though Harbinson doesn’t make that claim

“Harbinson while researching ‘Genesis’ paid a visit to the semi-Northern city of Hannover in the late 70′s. It was here that he reportedly attended a science lecture exhibition at the ‘Hannover Messe Hall’. Whilst looking around the hall, Harbinson arrived at stand number 111, it was here that he was handed a magazine called ‘Brisant’.” [24]

I wrote to Harbinson via his publishers to ask for further information about ‘Brisant’, because it is clearly – if it ever actually existed – a key document in the development of the mythos. Henry Stephens of the German Research Project (see below) offers copies of what he says are some pages, and claims that the originals of ‘Brisant’ were lost by Harbinson’s publishers: so I asked about that, too. Unfortunately, I received no response, so the authority and provenance of ‘Brisant’ remain unknown.

Harbinson seems to have been inspired by the content of the paper, despite the implausibility of the bit about the patent office and the plans having been “altered by the West German government to render them ‘safe’ for publication”. That sounds more like an excuse for the technical infeasibility which afflicts every diagram of discs in the mythos. Undeterred, Harbinson continues

“This theory would explain why, even before glasnost, all the nations of the world – even the Soviets and the Americans – had cooperated with one another only in the Antarctic. In short, the flying saucers seen by so many people since World War II are not extraterrestrial space-craft, but are, in fact, extraordinarily advanced, top secret, man-made machines. They come from right here on Earth . .

During my two years of intensive research, I uncovered written and photographic evidence which proved beyond doubt that Nazi Germany had in fact initiated a research programme for the development of saucer-shaped aircraft. I found that at the close of the war seasoned Allied pilots were sub-mitting official reports about harassment by ‘balls of fire’ that tailed them and made their aircraft and radar mal-function. In addition, one of the leading members of Germany’s Projekt Saucer development team disappeared into the Soviet Union and another went to work with Ger-man rocket expert, Wernher von Braun, for NASA in the United States . .

My research also uncovered articles about man-made flying saucers, in-cluding the German Kugelblitz and the Canadian AVRO-Car prototype published not only by the ‘lunatic’ fringe but by highly respected aeronautical magazines such as Lufthahrt International, the Royal Air Force Flying Review, and the US News and World Report. So, flying saucers, whether primitive or highly advanced, were certainly constructed in Nazi Germany and post-war Canada, in the latter case with the aid of the United States.

In 1980, my 615-page novel, Genesis, based on a mass of research material, including that mentioned above, was published. It became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic, eventually becoming a ‘cult’ book, and is still in print ten years after its publication. Reviewing the novel on its publication in the United States, Publishers Weekly said: ‘Harbinson has drawn so heavily on factual material and integrated it so well into the text that the book begins to read like non-fiction…’ [25]

That Publishers Weekly was so impressed says much for the quality of Harbinson’s writing, but little for his research. In his chapter ‘Technology and Sightings of World War II’ we find a familiar statement, with a few added details

“Renato Vesco was an aircraft engineer specializing in aerospace and ramjet developments. Educated before World War II at the University of Rome, he then studied aeronautical engineering at the German Institute for Aerial Development. During the war, he was sent to work with the Germans at Fiat’s immense underground installations at Lake Garda, near Limone in northern Italy, where he helped in the production of aeronautical devices that were tested at the Hermann Goering Institute of Riva del Garda. After the war, in the 1960s. Vesco worked for the Italian Air Ministry of Defence as an undercover tech-nical agent, investigating the UFO phenomenon.” [26]

Harbinson accepts Vesco’s claims without further ado, and then goes on, in his chapter ‘Division of the Scientific Spoils of War’, to accept Lusar, too, saying

An article about ‘Projekt Saucer’ was later published in the indispensable volume, German Secret Weapons of the Second World War (1959) by Major Rudolph Lusar, and included reproductions of the flying saucer drawings of Schriever and Miethe.” [27]

Harbinson sets out more of Lusar’s material, and then reports, helpfully, some research of his own

“Schriever’s recollection of the test flight date is contra-dicted in certain details by alleged eye witness Georg Klein, a former engineer with Albert Speer’s Ministry for Armament and Ammunition, who told the press that he had actually seen the test flight of the Schriever disc, or one similar, near Prague on 14 February 1945. A certain doubt may be cast on Klein’s date, since according to the War Diary of the 8th Air Fleet, 14 February 1945 was a day of low cloud, rain, snow and generally poor visibility – hardly the conditions for the testing of a revolutionary new kind of aircraft.”

One of those who may have been involved in the actual Projekt Saucer is Heinrich Fleischner, of Dasing, Augsburg in the Federal German Republic. Interviewed for the 2 May 1980 edition of Neue Presse magazine, Fleischner, who was then seventy-six, claimed that he had been a technical consultant on a jet-propelled, disc-shaped aircraft that had been constructed by a team of technicians in Peenemunde, though the parts had been built in many other places. According to Fleischner, Hermann Goering had been the patron’ of the aircraft and had planned to use it as a courier plane. At the end of the war, the Wehrmacht des-troyed most of the plans and a few of the ‘unimportant’ drawings fell into the hands of the Russians.

Hermann Klaas, from Muhlheim, West Germany, a bio-technician specializing in aerodynamic phenomena, was another who claimed to have worked on various remote-controlled models for disc-shaped aircraft during World War II. The most common model was 2.4 metres in diameter and propelled by an electro-engine supplied by the Luftwaffe. According to Klaas, these models were simi-lar to those then being developed by Schriever, Haber-mohl, Miethe, and Belluzzo in Bohmen (Czechoslovakia) and Breslau (now Wrocklaw, Poland). [28]

Overall, bearing in mind the quality of most of his sources, Harbinson’s research is better than most: it takes a while to realise that the world of ufology is full of dreams, misapprehensions and outright lies. For me, though, why the Germans would have called their enterprise ‘Projekt Saucer’ is a mystery in itself. The drawings produced during the 1950s, and even in the hypothetical ‘Brisant’, in no way resemble saucers, ‘saucer’ is not a German word, and the term ‘flying saucers’ didn’t appear until 1947 when a journalist mistook Kenneth Arnold’s description of the way unidentified objects moved in the air over the Cascade Mountains for a description of what they looked like. Maybe this is what they call artistic licence, fine for fiction, but distinctly out of place if it’s conveyed as the truth. I have no hesitation in concluding that there was no ‘Projekt Saucer’ in the real world, and that Harbinson has, presumably quite inadvertently, made a major contribution to the development of the mythos.

Link to Part 5 - Vril, Haunebu and interplanetary travel

 

The Nazi UFO Mythos 03: Major Lusar, The Saucer Builders and the Test Flight. Kevin McClure

Part 3 – Major Lusar, the Saucer Builders, and the test flight

The book German Secret Weapons of the Second World War by Rudolf Lusar contains less than two pages of text in the section headed ‘Flying Saucers’, but its influence has been quite remarkable. Here, in full, is the text of that brief section

“Flying saucers have been whirling round the world since 1947, suddenly turning up here and there, soaring in and darting off again at unprecedented speed with flames encircl-ing the rim of the saucer’s disc. They have been located by radar, pursued by fighters and yet nobody has so far succeeded in establishing the existence of such a ‘flying saucer’ or managed to ram or shoot one down. The public, even the experts, are perplexed by an ostensible mystery or a technical miracle. But slowly the truth is coming out that even during the war German research workers and scientists made the first moves in the direction of these ”flying saucers”. They built and tested such near-miraculous contraptions. Experts and collaborators in this work confirm that the first projects, called “flying discs”, were undertaken in 1941. The designs for these ”flying discs” were drawn up by the German experts Schriever, Habermohl and Miethe, and the Italian Bellonzo. Habernohl and Schriever chose a wide-surface ring which rotated round a fixed, cupola-shaped cockpit. The ring consisted of adjustable wing-discs which could be brought into appropriate position for the take-off’ or hori-zontal flight. respectively. Miethe developed a discus-shaped plate of a diameter of 42m in which adjustable jets were inserted. Schriever and Habermohl, who worked in Prague, took off with the first “flying disc” on February 14. 1945. Within three minutes they climbed to an altitude of I2,400m and reached a speed of 2,000 km/h in horizontal flight (!) It was intended ultimately to achieve speeds of 4,000 km/h.

Extensive preliminary tests and research were necessary before construction could be started. Because of the great speed and the extraordinary heat stress, special heat-resisting materials had to be found. The development, which cost millions, was almost completed at the end of the war. The then existing models were destroyed but the plant in Breslau where Miethe worked fell into the hands of the Russians who took all the material and the experts to Siberia, where work on these “flying saucers” is being successfully continued.

Schriever escaped from Prague in time; Habermohl, however, is probably in the Soviet Union, as nothing is known of his fate. The former designer Miethe is in the United States and, as far as is known, is building “flying saucers” for the United States and Canada at the A. V. Roe works. Years ago, the U.S. Air Force received orders not to fire at “flying saucers”. This is an indication of the existence of American “flying saucers” which must not be endangered. The flying shapes so far observed are stated to have diameters of 16, 42, 45 and 75 m respectively and to reach speeds of up to 7,000 km/h. (?). In 1952 “flying saucers” were definitely established over Korea and Press reports said they were seen also during the NATO manoeuvres in Alsace in the autumn of 1954. It can no longer be disputed that “flying saucers” exist. But the fact that their existence is still being denied, particularly in America, because United States developments have not pro-gressed far enough to match the Soviet Union’s, gives food for thought. There also seems some hesitation to recognise that these novel “flying saucers” are far superior to conven-tional aircraft – including modern turbo-jet machines – that they surpass their flying performance, load capacity and maneouvrability and thereby make them obsolete.” [17]

THE SAUCER-BUILDERS

I am grateful to the carefully-presented information provided by Maurizio Verga on the UFO Online website [18] () for much of the material I have used, in this section, to try and answer the questions raised by Lusar.

Belluzzo

The earliest claim by an individual of the construction of a wartime flying disk was made by Guiseppe Belluzzo on or around March 27 1950, at a time when there had been a number of flying saucer reports in the Italian media, and European interest in the subject was high. On that date the Italian newspaper ‘Il Mattino dell’Italia Centrale’ published, with a vague and uninformative line-drawing as illustration, Belluzzo’s apparent claim that circular aircraft had been developed since 1942, first in Italy, and then in Germany. The Italian idea was, supposedly, developed by the Germans in North-East Norway. The story also appeared in ‘Il Corriere della Sera’, ‘La Nazione’, and ‘La Gazzetta del Popolo’, and, in ‘Il Corriere d’Informazione’ of March 29-30 1950, with a comment by a General Ranza of the Italian Air Force dismissing Belluzzo’s claims. It seems that Belluzzo did not claim that the disc flew during the war but that, by 1950, it had been sufficiently developed to deliver an atom bomb. This development was said to be some 10 metres wide, constructed with very light materials, and unmanned.

We know something of Belluzzo’s background and competence. Verga notes that he lived from November 25 1876 to May 21 1952, and was a turbine expert who published nearly fifty technical books. He was elected to the pre-war Fascist parliament, and from 1925 to 1928 served as Minister of the National Economy. I have traced a listing for a book of his – on turbines – full of technical drawings and translated into English in 1926. It is quite feasible that he could have contributed to a range of technological projects, but it seems that he never claimed to have built a flying disc, nor to have named those who worked with the Germans in Norway. As in all such reports, no viable propulsion, launch, lift, flight, control or landing data is provided, and the criteria for publication seems to have been that the object should resemble the flying saucers which, as ever, had caught the media’s attention.

It is quite possible that a former Fascist minister would be happy to seek a little belated glory for his nation and his regime, but for all of the later interpretations of his role in the history of Nazi UFOs his claims were very limited, and so far as the assertion of a design for a reasonably-sized, unmanned flying disc was concerned, they are neither unique nor implausible. Belluzzo may, in part at least, have been telling the truth.

It is worth noting that several later sources changed the name of the one individual who we can be sure actually had some relevant technical background from Belluzzo to Bellonzo.

Schreiver

News travels fast. Verga speculates that the Belluzzo story was also published in Germany, where it would certainly have been of great interest. Anyway, just days after Belluzzo’s claims were first published, one Rudolph Schreiver made very similar claims in a general flying saucer article in ‘Der Spiegel’ for March 30 1950. He, too, claimed only that he developed blueprints, starting in 1942, which he believed later fell into the hands of the Americans or Germans. The article first introduced a wonderfully infeasible drawing/diagram which looked like something designed by a latterday Otto Lilienthal and, of course, lacked any meaningful technical information. This regularly resurfaces (most recently as an amazing new and secret discovery on the Sightings website [19]) in the belief-oriented media. It is said that drawings of flying discs were found among Schreiver’s possessions after he died in the late 1950s.

It seems that Schriever described himself as “Flugkapitan Schriever”, and that in March 1950 he was working for the US Forces in Germany, delivering copies of the newspaper ‘Stars and Stripes’ to army bases. Vladimir Terziski, that least reliable of sources, tries to find some glamour in this job, suggesting it was a cover for smuggling valuables of various kinds for some Nazi underground. Harbinson says that he purported that his ‘flying disc’ had been ready for testing in early 1944, but, with the advance of the Allies into Germany, the test had been cancelled, and the machine destroyed. Initially, though, he appears to have claimed little more than Belluzzo earlier the same week. Again, his involvement is just a side-bar to media coverage of a UFO flap. Again, it is others who have made entirely different claims for him. After all, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a lorry driver.

Miethe

There is an interview with a “Dr Richard Miethe”, ‘German aeronautical engineer’ and ‘ex-Colonel’, in France-Soir for 7 June 1952. I only have a transcript, in French, but apparently the paper also published a photo of Dr Miethe in his swimming trunks.

My French isn’t great, but it seems that in the interview with Dr Miethe, conducted in Tel Aviv in June 1952, he says that he is 40 years old, gives specific details of his military background, and claims that he built a flying-saucer – the V7 which he built in 1944, the motors of which the Russians found at Breslau. He claims that from April 1943 he commanded a group of technicians of the 10th Reich Army, at Essen, Stettin and Dortmund, where the main research into German secret weapons was conducted. He doesn’t name any of the other six engineers he says were involved, but says clearly that three are dead, and three are believed to have been taken by the Russians.

Not unusually, the heart of the interview is his comments on some recent Brazilian flying saucer reports, and his opinion that if flying saucers are seen, then they will have been Russian-built from the knowledge of his three captured colleagues. But perhaps the most important point of all is that this Miethe seems to have had nothing to do with the USA, Operation Paperclip, or anything similar. The article says, I think, that a few days before the German surrender he left the front to join the Arab Legion based in Addis Ababa and Cairo, where a number of Hitler’s senior officers had regrouped. At the time of the interview, in Tel Aviv, it seems that he had been ejected from Egypt, where he says he had been working with others to reconstruct the engine with which his earlier flying disc had been powered. The trigger for the expulsion may have been a breakdown in diplomatic relations between Germany and Egypt.

As ever, we have no idea how the saucer flew or functioned, but more than two years later, in September 1952, the Italian magazine published some fuzzy, unconvincing photos of something looking not unlike a curling stone, on an angle against a featureless background (those featureless backgrounds are everywhere in 50s ufology). These, ‘Tempo’ claims, were taken over the Baltic on April 17, 1944, when the Miethe saucer was test-flown. The article persisted with the assertion that the Russians had obtained the secrets of these miraculous flying discs.

George Klein – February 1945

Harbinson notes that “alleged eye witness Georg Klein, a former engineer with Albert Speer’s Ministry for Armament and Ammunition . . told the press that he had actually seen the test flight of the Schriever disc, or one similar, near Prague on 14 February 1945.”

Redfern and Downes quote a CIA report dated 27 May 1954, which says

“A German newspaper (not further identified) recently published an interview with George Klein, famous German engineer and aircraft expert, describing the experimental construction of ‘flying saucers’ carried out by him from 1941 to 1945. Klein stated that he was present when, in 1945, the first piloted ‘flying saucer’ took off and reached a speed of 1,3000 miles per hour within 3 minutes. The experiments resulted in three designs: one designed by Miethe was a disc-shaped aircraft, 135 feet in diameter, which did not rotate; another designed by Habermohl and Schriever, consisted of a large rotating ring, in the centre of which was a round, stationary cabin for the crew. When the Soviets occupied Prague, the Germans destroyed every trace of the ‘flying saucer’ project and nothing more was heard of Habermohl and his assistants.” [20]

The German newspaper appears to have been ‘Welt am Sonntag’ for (different dates are given) April 25 or 26 1953. The article is titled “Erste ‘Flugscheibe’ flog 1945 in Prag”, and there is a photo of ‘George Klein’ pointing at the same vague diagram that Lusar reprints.

HABERMOHL

It may be that there is another source of which I’m not aware, but ‘Klaus’ Habermohl seems to have made his first and last appearance in Klein’s 1953 account. Real history and science reveal nothing of his existence or his achievements. He may well have lived nowhere but in the active brain of Herr Klein, of whose existence the worlds of science and engineering are similarly ill-informed.

The Lusar question – solved

The copy of German Secret Weapons of the Second World War that I read came from the British Library. It is worth noting that it didn’t have a dust jacket, which may have contained additional information, but the text of the book itself gives no clue as to the author’s background, his sources, or of any special authority or knowledge he might have had, or of access to information that was not already in the public domain. To afford some impression of authority, others have given Lusar various different jobs and titles by various different commentators, but as with so many others in the mythos, there is no objective evidence to verify any of them. The simple fact is that all the ‘factual’ content of Lusar’s section about ‘flying saucers’ came from the content of the newspaper comments by Belluzzo, Schriever and Klein. He seems to have been aware of the Tempo article including the photos of the ‘Miethe saucer’, but not of the earlier interview with Miethe. He has Miethe as a builder of saucers, but says he is in Canada, and not in Egypt or Israel. He ignores the fact that neither Belluzzo nor Schriever – initially at least with regard to the latter – claimed that discs had been built or flown. Instead, he adds Klein’s claims of construction and flight to the names and supposed background of Belluzzo and Schriever and, as he had seen the photos of Miethe’s disc in Tempo, purports that Miethe’s design flew, too. Why he excluded Klein’s name from Secret Weapons . . is not clear, but because he wasn’t named, he never achieved the fame of the others. Even Habermohl, whose name was neither German nor Italian, and who probably never existed at all in the context of the development of flying discs, has achieved greater fame than George Klein. Perhaps we can, in future, acknowledge the vital, perhaps paramount part he played in building the Nazi UFO mythos. After all, it was Klein who decided that the high-performance wartime discs actually flew: Lusar only gave Klein’s decision lasting, international publicity.

Very few writers have made clear that Lusar actually wrote his explanation of German disc developments in the context of worldwide flying saucer reports. Indeed, little emphasis has been placed on the fact that all of the material published prior to Lusar’s book only appeared in that context, providing a relatively local angle on reports of flying saucers further afield. Given the total absence of tangible, objective, contemporary evidence to support any of Lusar’s assertions, I think we can safely say that Nazi UFOs did not lead to any of the reports of flying saucers from 1947 onwards. It would be far more accurate to say that the flying saucer craze led to the making of increasingly false and hollow claims about the existence, and achievements, of Nazi UFOs.

Finally, the question of why Vesco, published in 1969, didn’t mention Lusar or the Saucer Builders. The answer seems to be that because Vesco’s first book (the only one of interest to us here) was completed in 1956, before the earliest version of Lusar’s book appeared, and because Lusar’s book was published long before the actual publication of Vesco’s first book in 1969, we shouldn’t be surprised that their two theories of German flying saucers are entirely exclusive: Lusar doesn’t mention Vesco’s feuerball and kugelblitz, and Vesco has clearly never heard of Lusar’s SMBH disk. There’s no mystery here. There just isn’t anything at all!

Link to Part 4 – W A Harbinson and Projekt Saucer

 

The Nazi UFO Mythos. 02 Renato Vesco, Feuerball and Kugelblitz. Kevin McClure

THE NAZI UFO MYTHOS: An Investigation by Kevin McClure

02. Renato Vesco, Feuerball and Kugelblitz

One individual – only partially aware that he was doing anything of the sort – turned the press reports of ‘foo fighters’ into armed, controlled, high-performance flying discs. His name was Renato Vesco, an Italian who wrote three books in his own language, only one of which was translated into English. He also had an article published in the August 1969 edition of the US men’s magazine Argosy, which was probably little more than a hack writer’s rendering of material in the book. The article was titled Aerospace expert claims Flying Saucers are Canada’s Secret Weapon, and in the introduction to the piece there first appears the statement which lies at the heart of the authority which Vesco has come to command over the years. It said

“Renato Vesco is a fully licensed aircraft engineer and a specialist in aerospace and ramjet developments. He attended the University of Rome and, before WWII, studied at the German Institute for Aerial Development. During the war, Vesco worked with the Germans at the Fiat Lake Garda secret installations in Italy. In the 1960s, he worked for the Italian Air Ministry of Defense as an undercover technical agent, investigating the UFO mystery.” [12]

It is in the context of this statement that many writers have first considered the material set out by Vesco in the first of his three books, often without having actually seen the book itself. Here are some key selections of what Vesco says about the supposed Feuerball and Kugelblitz in the paperback version of ‘Intercept UFO’.

“another center, run by Speer and the S.S. Technical General Staff, had adopted the idea of employing “proximity radio interference” on the very much more delicate and hence more vulnerable electronic apparatuses of the American night fighters . . . Thus a highly original flying machine was born; it was circular and armored, more or less resembling the shell of a tortoise, and was powered by a special turbojet engine, also flat and circular, whose principles of operation recalled the well-known aeolipile of Hero, which generated a great halo of luminous flames. Hence it was named Feuerball (Fireball). It was unarmed and pilotless. Radio-controlled at the moment of take-off, it then automatically followed enemy aircraft, attracted by their exhaust flames, and approached close enough without collision to wreck their radio gear.

The fiery halo around its perimeter – caused by a very rich fuel mixture – and the chemical additives that interrupted the flow of electricity by overionising the atmosphere in the vicinity of the plane, generally around the wing tips or tail surfaces, subjected the H2S radar on the plane to the action of powerful electrostatic fields and electromagnetic impulses (the latter generated by large klystron radio tubes protected with special antishock and antiheat armor). Since a metal arc carrying an oscillating current of the proper frequency – equal, that is, to the frequency used by the radar station – can cancel the blips (return signals from the target), the Feuerball was almost undetectable by the most powerful American radar of the time, despite its nighttime visibility.

In addition, the builders of the device hoped – and their hopes were fulfilled – that when the Allied flyers, not knowing their nature or purpose, noticed that the fiery balls were apparently harmless, they would not fire on these enormous-looking (because of their large halos of fire) “inoffensive” devices for fear of being caught in some gigantic explosion. More than one, in fact, as they fearfully watched those huge lights close in, the American pilots thought that some German technician on the ground was perhaps getting ready to push a button and cause the Foo Fighter to explode.

Project Feuerball was first constructed at the aeronautical establishment at Wiener Neustadt, with the help of the Fluggfunk Forschungsanstalt of Oberpfaddenhoffen (F.F.O.) in so far as radio control of the missile was concerned (but was it really a missile?) One person who saw the first short test flights of the device, without its electrical gear, says that “during the day it looked like a shining disc spinning on its axis and during the night it looked like a burning globe”.

Hermann Goring inspected the progress of the work a number of times, for he hoped, as in fact happened, that the mechanical principle could also later be used to produce an offensive weapon capable of revolutionising the whole field of aerial warfare.

When the Russians began to press on toward Austria, the construction of the first Fireballs was apparently continued by a number of underground plants in the Schwarzwald that were run by the Zeppelin Werke. The klystron tubes were supplied by the section of the Forschungsanstalt der Deutschen Reichpost (F.D.R.P.) of Aach bei Radolfzell on Lake Constance, and later also by the F.D.R.P. section of Gehlberg, whose products, however, were not as perfect as those delivered by the F.D.R.P., a fact that caused a number of Fireballs to be used simultaneously in formation.” [13]

Expressly identifying the reports of aerial lights known in some parts of the US Air Force as ‘foo fighters’ as being evidence of the amazing, hitherto and hereafter unheard of secret weapon he called the Feuerball, Vesco sets out some more technical details

“The Foo Fighters did contain a strong explosive charge to destroy them in flight in case serious damage to the automatic guidance system made it impossible for the operators to control it. It seems, however, that during the time they were last seen, at least one American flyer opened fire on a Foo Fighter from a safe distance without succeeding in shooting it down, although he had it well within his sights. A convincing detail, this, especially in view of the fact that under the armored covering of the Foo Fighters there was a thin sheet of aluminum attached to it (but electrically insulated) that acted as a switch. When a bullet pierced the outer covering, contact between the two sheets was established and the consequent closing of the circuit that operated the maximum acceleration device of the craft (generally in a vertical direction) caused the Foo Fighter to fly off, taking it out of the range of further enemy fire.” [14]

Now and then, Vesco includes references which support his claims, but he never does so with regard to the Feuerball. Let’s analyse what he is actually saying here, and what sense (if any) it makes, because, thanks to Vesco, and Vesco alone, we know that this device designed to achieve “proximity radio interference”

  • was circular and armored, more or less resembling the shell of a tortoise
  • was “enormous-looking”
  • during the day it looked like a shining disc spinning on its axis and during the night it looked like a burning globe
  • was powered by a special turbojet engine, also flat and circular, which generated a great halo of luminous flames around its perimeter.
  • was unarmed and pilotless.
  • was radio-controlled at the moment of take-off
  • “automatically” followed enemy aircraft, attracted by their exhaust flames,
  • approached close enough to the enemy aircraft, without collision, to wreck their radio gear.
  • carried large klystron radio tubes protected with special antishock and anti-heat armor
  • could be used simultaneously in formation with other feuerballs
  • contained a strong explosive charge to destroy it in flight in case serious damage to the automatic guidance system made it impossible for the operators to control it
  • had under its armored covering a thin sheet of aluminum attached to it (but electrically insulated) that acted as a switch. When a bullet pierced the outer covering, contact between the two sheets was established and the consequent closing of the circuit that operated the maximum acceleration device of the craft (generally in a vertical direction) caused it to fly off, taking it out of the range of further enemy fire
  • had chemical additives (in its fuel?) that interrupted the flow of electricity by overionising the atmosphere in the vicinity of the plane, generally around the wing tips or tail surfaces, subjecting the H2S radar on the plane to the action of powerful electrostatic fields and electromagnetic impulses, making it almost undetectable by the most powerful American radar of the time

I don’t want to labour the point here – we could go on for a long time making fun of this nonsense – but this is not a description of anything real. We aren’t told what its actual size was. We know that it had no wings, but that it did carry a powerful engine, two layers of metal to protect it and trigger its escape when hit, liquid fuel (lots of it, presumably), large klystron radio tubes protected with special antishock and antiheat armor, a strong explosive charge, radio control equipment, and the absolutely mysterious devices which interfered with radio transmissions and made it nearly invisible to radar. It must, therefore, have been a dense, heavy, tortoise-shaped package. We can only speculate how it developed the lift not only to reach heights of 10,000 to 25,000 feet (the range within which bombing raids usually took place), at speeds in excess of 200mph just to follow the bombers, and faster to accelerate away from them.

It seems to have been radio-controlled at launch (however launch was achieved, let alone landing – were these devices meant to be landed and reused?), and also, because otherwise why would it contain “a strong explosive charge to destroy it in flight in case serious damage to the automatic guidance system made it impossible for the operators to control it” during flight. Between 2 and 5 miles up. In the dark. Following aircraft travelling at 200mph or so, apparently over considerable distances. We are again left to speculate how the operators knew what they were controlling, what was happening to their particular feuerball at any given moment, or what form of radio control could, in 1943 – 1945, work that accurately over that distance. Vesco does not address the question of how direction or speed of flight (if the motion of an armoured wingless tortoise can be accurately described as flight) was controlled or determined.

Other questions arise. How did the feuerball distinguish an enemy aircraft from a friendly one? How did it stop following the exhaust flames? Where did it go when it stopped? Why, when it was travelling laterally behind the engines of an enemy aircraft, attracted by its exhaust flames, did it suddenly depart “generally in a vertical direction” when hit? Which “chemical additives interrupted the flow of electricity by overionising the atmosphere in the vicinity of the plane”? Just how did that work? How did it wreck the radio gear of enemy aircraft? Where? When? And how, for pity’s sake, could these devices ever have flown “in formation with other feuerballs”?

Those of you who actually know about aeronautical engineering – as Vesco is supposed to have done – will be able to phrase these questions far better than I. Perhaps Vesco himself would like to put his mind to answering them: I certainly can’t. At present, though I’m happy to be persuaded otherwise, and to publish any hard evidence to that effect, my view is that the feuerball – which even Lusar had never heard of – is a fantasy. How this fantasy came to be published, I’m really not sure. But I wondered for a year or two how he had come to construct these pseudo-technical descriptions, which originate absolutely and only with Vesco. Eventually I realised that what he had done was to look at the few reports of ‘foo fighters’ that he quotes – from the ‘American Legion Magazine’ and ‘Amazing Stories’, because he didn’t have the benefit of the excellent investigative work done by Roberts or Lindell – and to build round those descriptions of the behaviour of those lights, speculative technical explanations which he considered matched their reported performance. The only reasonable conclusion available to me is that Vesco – or one of his obviously careless editors or publishers – put these ‘technical’ descriptions in his book knowing that they had no factual basis. Passing time, the laziness of later authors, and the inexplicable readiness to believe in the wonders of Nazi intellect has gradually turned these dumb speculations into accepted facts.

Unless strong and reliable evidence appears to the contrary, I think we can dismiss the feuerball – and its even less defined relative the kugelblitz, to which Vesco mistakenly gave the name of a flak panzer in development early in 1945 – as objects that never had any physical reality, and were probably never even designed. I think that we could, quite reasonably do this on technical and scientific grounds alone.

Yet Vesco continues to be highly influential, regarded as the leading authority of the Axis on secret technological developments in aeronautics. And, given his background, his experience and his authority, as summarised in the article in ‘Argosy’, what could be wrong with that?

Had readers looked as far as the cover of the book from which these claims came, they would have found a substantially different version of Vesco’s authority to that given in ‘Argosy’. This didn’t say that he had, before WWII, “studied at the German Institute for Aerial Development.” Or that, during the war, he had “worked with the Germans at the Fiat Lake Garda secret installations in Italy.” Nor did it claim that “In the 1960s, he worked for the Italian Air Ministry of Defense as an undercover technical agent, investigating the UFO mystery.” Instead, it said that

“Renato Vesco was born in Arona, Italy, in 1924. A licensed pilot, in 1944 he commanded the technical section of the Italian Air Force. In 1946-47 he served in the Reparto Tecnico Caccia. Mr Vesco has been a senior member of the Italian Association of Aerotechnics since 1943, and is a student of aeronautical problems, particularly in the field of jet propulsion. He is a contributor to various aeronautical publications.” [15]

There is clearly something very wrong here. Born in 1924, Vesco would have been 14 or 15 when WWII broke out. Surely, by that age, he had not attended the University of Rome and studied at the German Institute for Aerial Development? If he worked with the Germans at the Fiat Lake Garda secret installations in Italy, why didn’t other authorities mention him?

Would he really have “commanded the technical section of the Italian Air Force” at the age of 19 or 20, and “been a senior member of the Italian Association of Aerotechnics” at the age of 18 or 19? Surely, if he really were that remarkable, that important, his name would have appeared in the index or references of at least one of the countless books about the war that I’ve examined? Yet it doesn’t. Who was Vesco, and what did he really know about wartime German aircraft? Where did his material come from?”

Thanks to the highly-respected Italian researchers Maurizio Verga and Eduardo Russo, we now have clear answers to these questions: they both know Vesco personally. As Verga says

“Vesco exists, definitely! . . He is an old man now, born in 1924. What’s written by him by people like Al Pinto on the Internet and BBSs, as well as by Harbinson, is complete rubbish. His introduction in the 1971 English translation of his first book is quite accurate, even though he was not commanding any “technical section” in the Italian Air Force . . He was an aeronautical engineer and he got an interest in flying saucers (always seen as a secret development of man-made aircraft) in the late 40′s. He published several articles (about German secret weapons, flying saucers, aviation and other subjects) since the very early ’50s, soon becoming a real skeptic against the then-common idea of ETH visits (he commented and explained some sightings due to atmospheric or conventional phenomena). The manuscript of his first book was ready in 1956, but he stopped publication because he was to go abroad for a long time, due to his job. When he was back in the ’60s, after collecting a huge quantity of additional stuff, he had hundreds and hundreds of written pages, later to be turned into his three books. Vesco claims his sources are BIOS and CIOS reports dating between 1945 and 1947, plus other military and intelligence documents, mostly British. He told me “important persons” (I guess high-ranking officers from the Italian Air Force and other foreign Air Forces) contributed to his research with information and documents still classified. He promised not to make public their names, even though he says that most of them are surely dead. I know he borrowed the BIOS/CIOS reports he quoted in his books from some Italian AF officers, through the library or libraries of the IAF itself . . It is true he is the only aviation student who introduced the ‘Feuerball’ and ‘Kugelblitz’ devices, at least as far as I know. Please also note that ‘Kugelblitz’ was a name given to other German weapons, including a flak panzer.

Vesco thinks the Schriever & Co stories simple bullshits, while Vril and Haunebu pure science-fiction.” [16]

The deceptive biographical information provided by Vesco’s various publishers has succeeded in misleading many later writers and researchers, and in providing support for the false claims of others. Like all too many of those involved in the world of Nazi UFOs, Vesco gave an impression of authority, and that authority was accepted without challenge.

It now appears that Vesco was a man with an interest in man-made UFOs, who was strongly opposed to the extra-terrestrial hypothesis (ETH), used to explain many early ‘flying saucer’ sightings. He provides, in the feuerball and kugelblitz accounts given in a book we now know was completed by 1956, what sounds like a convincing hypothesis for explaining away, without the involvement of spacemen and interplanetary travel, not only the ‘foo fighter’ reports of which he was aware, but also the very ‘physical’ sightings and photographs of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s. It is unfortunate that, in seeking to use his knowledge of aeronautical engineering to popularise what he apparently saw as a rational explanation for a body of irrational reports and interpretations, he only succeeded in co-founding the Nazi UFO mythos, a living and growing belief system which, for sheer irrationality and unpleasantness, came to far exceed anything from those innocent early days of ufology.

On to Part Three: Major Lusar, The Saucer Builders and the Test Flight. 

The Nazi UFO Mythos. 01 Foo Fighters. Kevin McClure

THE NAZI UFO MYTHOS: An Investigation by Kevin McClure

Part One: Foo Fighters - A Red (and Yellow, and Blue) Herring

 
The ‘foo fighter’ phenomenon seems to have been so named after a wartime US comic strip which featured a character called Smokey Stover, whose catchphrase was “where there’s foo there’s fire”. No doubt this seemed funny at the time, but it is in giving a memorable and appealing name to a very disparate, and under-researched, range of reports of aerial light phenomena that Stover has found lasting fame. Without that name, such different reports might never have been linked together.

In a way, the ‘foo fighter’ evidence doesn’t help us much. It is reasonably clear that whatever was seen, the accounts are seldom, if ever, of solid, metal objects. Many of them actually come from the skies over Japan and other Far East countries. Nonetheless, reports of the existence and behaviour of the ‘foo fighters’ over Europe during the war underpin key strands of the ‘Nazi UFO’ mythos, and while this can’t be the thorough examination that the subject deserves to receive one day, any investigation has to start somewhere. I can claim particularly little credit for the research into foo fighters which, effectively, sets the scene for my own research into the more exotic world of the Nazi UFO, but I hope that by setting it out here, it will become more accessible, and will eventually be seen in its proper – very distant – relationship to later claims of wartime flying disk development.

Two thorough and credible researchers have investigated the wartime ‘foo fighter’ phenomenon. One is the UK researcher and ufological iconoclast Andy Roberts, and the other is US folklore graduate Jeff Lindell. Both have, helpfully, published summaries of their material on the net, and it would be fair comment to say that they have reached somewhat different conclusions. Before turning to their more careful analysis, and ignoring the dubious material presented in post-war editions of Ray Palmer’s largely fictional Amazing Stories , it is first worth considering the key, popular article on the subject which, as Roberts comments, “forms the substance of almost every piece written on the subject of foo-fighters”. It appeared in the American Legion Magazine for December 1945, one with which Renato Vesco – who had worked in the USA – was familiar, but the German Rudolf Lusar, apparently, was not.

The article was titled ‘The Foo Fighter Mystery’, and was written by one Jo Chamberlin. This account is enlivened with contemporary “quotes” from the witnesses, making it that much more immediate and appealing. It begins with an account of reports from Japan, apparently after Germany had been defeated . . .

During the last months of the war the crews of many B-29s over Japan saw what they described as “balls of fire” which followed them, occasionally came up and almost sat on their tails, changed color from orange to red to white and back again, and yet never closed in to attack or crash, suicide-style . . ”

“The balls of fire continue to be a mystery — just as they were when first observed on the other side of the world — over eastern Germany. This is the way they began.

At ten o’clock of a November evening, in late 1944, Lt. Ed Schlueter took off in his night fighter from Dijon, France, on what he thought would be a routine mission for the 415th Night Fighter Squadron. Lt. Schlueter is a tall, competent young pilot from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, whose hazardous job was to search the night sky for German planes and shoot them down. He had done just this several times and had been decorated for it. As one of our best night fighters, he was used to handling all sorts of emergencies. With him as radar observer was Lt. Donald J. Meiers, and Lt. Fred Ringwald, intelligence officer of the 415th, who flew as an observer.

The trio began their search pattern, roaming the night skies on either side of the Rhine River north of Strasbourg — for centuries the abode of sirens, dwarfs, gnomes, and other supernatural characters that appealed strongly to the dramatic sense of the late A. Hitler. However, at this stage of the European war, the Rhine was no stage but a grim battleground, where the Germans were making their last great stand. The night was reasonably clear, with some clouds and a quarter moon. There was fair visibility.

In some respects, a night fighter plane operates like a champion boxer whose eyesight isn’t very good; he must rely on other senses to guide him to his opponent. The U. S. Army has ground radar stations, which track all planes across the sky, and tell the night fighter the whereabouts of any plane. The night fighter flies there, closes in by means of his own radar until usually he can see the enemy, and if the plane doesn’t identify itself as friendly, he shoots it down. Or, gets shot down himself, for the Germans operate their aircraft in much same way we did, and so did the Japanese.

Lt. Schlueter was flying low enough that he could detect the white steam of a blacked-out locomotive or the sinister bulk of a motor convoy, but he had to avoid smokestacks, barrage balloons, enemy searchlights, and flak batteries. He and Ringwald were on the alert, for there were mountains nearby. The inside of the plane was dark, for good night vision. Lt. Ringwald said,

“I wonder what those lights are, over there in the hills.”
“Probably stars,” said Schlueter, knowing from long experience that the size and character of lights are hard to estimate at night.
“No, I don’t think so.”
“Are you sure it’s no reflection from us?”
“I’m positive.”

Then Ringwald remembered — there weren’t any hills over there. Yet the “lights” were still glowing — eight or ten of them in a row — orange balls of fire moving through the air at a terrific speed. Then Schlueter saw them far off his left wing. Were enemy fighters pursuing him? He immediately checked by radio with Allied ground radar stations.

“Nobody up there but yourself.” they reported. “Are you crazy?”
And no enemy plane showed in Lt. Meiers’ radar.

Lt. Schlueter didn’t know what he was facing — possibly some new and lethal German weapon — but he turned into the lights, ready for action. The lights disappeared — then reappeared far off. Five minutes later they went into a flat glide and vanished.

The puzzled airmen continued on their mission, and destroyed seven freight trains behind German lines. When they landed back at Dijon, they decided to do what any other prudent soldier would do — keep quiet for the moment. If you tried to explain everything strange that happened in a war, you’d do nothing else. Further, Schlueter and Meiers had nearly completed their required missions, and didn’t want to chance being grounded by some skeptical flight surgeon for “combat fatigue.” Maybe they had been “seeing things.”

But a few nights later, Lt. Henry Giblin, of Santa Rosa, California, pilot, and Lt. Walter Cleary, of Worcester, Massachusetts, radar-observer, were flying at 1,000 feet altitude when they saw a huge red light 1,000 feet above them, moving at 200 miles per hour. As the observation was made on an early winter evening, the men decided that perhaps they had eaten something at chow that didn’t agree with them and did not rush to report their experience.

On December 22-23, 1944, another 415th night fighter squadron pilot and radar-observer were flying at 10,000 feet altitude near Hagenau. “At 0600 hours we saw two lights climbing toward us from the ground. Upon reaching our altitude, they leveled off and stayed on my tail. The lights appeared to be large orange glows. After staying with the plane for two minutes, they peeled off and turned away, flying under perfect control, and then went out.”

The next night the same two men, flying at 10,000 feet, observed a single red flame. Lt. David L. McFalls, of Cliffside, N. C., pilot, and Lt. Ned Baker of Hemat, California, radar-observer, also saw: “A glowing red object shooting straight up, which suddenly changed to a view of an aircraft doing a wing-over, going into a dive and disappearing.” This was the first and only suggestion of a controlled flying device.

By this time, the lights were reported by all members of the 415th who saw them. Most men poked fun at the observers, until they saw for themselves. Although confronted with a baffling situation, and one with lethal potentialities, the 415th continued its remarkable combat record. When the writer of this article visited and talked with them in Germany, he was impressed with the obvious fact that the 415th fliers were very normal airmen, whose primary interest was combat, and after that came pin-up girls, poker, doughnuts, and the derivatives of the grape.

The 415th had a splendid record. The whole outfit took the mysterious lights or balls of fire with a sense of humor. Their reports were received in some higher quarters with smiles: “Sure, you must have seen something, and have you been getting enough sleep?” One day at chow a 415th pilot suggested that they give the lights a name. A reader of the comic strip “Smokey Stover” suggested that they be called “foo-fighters,” since it was frequently and irrefutably stated in that strip that “Where there’s foo, there’s fire.” The name stuck.

What the 415th saw at night was borne out in part by day. West of Neustadt, a P-47 pilot saw “a gold-colored ball, with a metallic finish, which appeared to be moving slowly through the air. As the sun was low, it was impossible to tell whether the sun reflected off it, or the light came from within.” Another P-47 pilot reported “a phosphorescent golden sphere, 3 to 5 feet in diameter, flying at 2,000 feet.”

Meanwhile, official reports of the “foo-fighters” had gone to group headquarters and were “noted.” Now in the Army, when you “note” anything it means that you neither agree nor disagree, nor do you intend to do anything about it. It covers everything. Various explanations were offered for the phenomena — none of them satisfactory, and most of them irritating to the 415th. It was said that the foo-fighters might be a new kind of flare. A flare, said the 415th, does not dive, peel off, or turn. Were they to frighten or confuse Allied pilots?

Well, if so, they were not succeeding — and yet the lights continued to appear. Eighth Air Force bomber crews had reported seeing silver-colored spheres resembling huge Christmas tree ornaments in the sky — what about them? Well, the silver spheres usually floated, and never followed a plane. They were presumably some idea the Germans tried in the unsuccessful effort to confuse our pilots or hinder our radar bombing devices.

What about jet planes? No, the Germans had jet planes all right, but they didn’t have an exhaust flame visible at any distance. Could they be flying bombs of some sort, either with or without a pilot? Presumably not — with but one exception no one thought he observed a wing or fuselage. Weather balloons? No, the 415th was well aware of their behavior. They ascended almost vertically, and eventually burst.

Could the lights or balls of fire be the red, blue, and orange colored flak bursts that Eighth Air Force bomber crews had reported? It was a nice idea, said the 415th, but there was no correlation between the foo-fighters they observed and the flak they encountered. And night flak was usually directed by German radar, not visually. In short, no explanation stood up.

On Dec. 31, 1944, AP reporter Bob Wilson, was with the 415th and heard about the foo-fighters. He questioned the men until 4 a.m. in the best newspaper tradition until he got all the facts. His story passed the censors, and appeared in American newspapers on January 1, 1945, just in time to meet the customary crop of annual hangovers. Some scientists in New York decided, apparently by remote control, that what the airmen had seen in Germany was St. Elmo’s light — a well-known electrical phenomenon appearing like light or flame during stormy weather at the tips of church steeples, ships’ masts, and tall trees. Being in the nature of an electrical discharge, St. Elmo’s fire is reddish when positive, and blueish when negative. The 415th blew up. It was thoroughly acquainted with St. Elmo’s fire. The men snorted, “Just let the sons come over and fly a mission with us. We’ll show em.”

Through January, 1945, the 415th continued to see the “foo-fighters,” and their conduct became increasingly mysterious. One aircrew observed lights, moving both singly and in pairs. On another occasion, three sets of lights, this time red and white in color, followed a plane, and when the plane suddenly pulled up, the lights continued on in the same direction, as though caught napping, and then sheepishly pulled up to follow. The pilot checked with ground radar — he was alone in the sky. This was true in every instance foo-fighters were observed.

The first real clue came with the last appearance of the exasperating and potentially deadly lights. They never kept 415th from fulfilling its missions, but they certainly were unnerving. The last time the foo-fighters appeared, the pilot turned into them at the earliest possible moment — and the lights disappeared. The pilot was sure that he felt prop wash, but when he checked with ground radar, there was no other airplane.

The pilot continued on his way, perturbed, even angry — when he noticed lights far to the rear. The night was clear and the pilot was approaching a huge cloud. Once in the cloud, he dropped down two thousand feet and made a 30 degree left turn. Just a few seconds later be emerged from the cloud — with his eye peeled to rear. Sure enough, coming out of the cloud in the same relative position was the foo-fighter, as though to thumb its nose at the pilot, and then disappear. This was the last time the foo-fighters were seen in Germany, although it would have seemed fitting, if the lights had made one last gesture, grouping themselves so as to spell “Guess What” in the sky, and vanishing forever.

But they didn’t. The foo-fighters simply disappeared when Allied ground forces captured the area East of the Rhine. This was known to be the location of many German experimental stations. Since V-E day our Intelligence officers have put many such installations under guard. From them we hope to get valuable research information — including the solution to the foo-fighter mystery, but it has not appeared yet. It may be successfully hidden for years to come, possibly forever. The members of the 415th hope Army Intelligence will find the answer. If it turns out that the Germans never had anything airborne in the area, they say, “We’ll be all set for Section Eight psychiatric discharges.”

Meanwhile, the foo-fighter mystery continues unsolved. The lights, or balls of fire, appeared and disappeared on the other side of the world, over Japan — and your guess as to what they were is just as good as mine, for nobody really knows.” [8]

Had this article not been published, then we would probably have heard little more about this unusual range of events, in different times, in different places, which has been gathered together under the foo-fighter name. Fortunately, others have gone on to gather more accurate, less dramatised accounts, and to make informed judgments about the possible causes underlying the reports.

ANDY ROBERTS

Andy Roberts is a seasoned UK researcher with a reputation for unravelling seemingly complex cases. He went out and found a number of first-hand experiencers

“I wrote to every air-related magazine in the UK with a request for information from ex-aircrew. To date I have had some thirty replies from pilots and crew detailing their experiences with strange balls of light (incidentally not one of them knew them by the name “foo-fighters,” or any other name for that matter).

Official confirmation of wartime phenomena was not so easy to come by

“My research so far with the RAF/MOD/PRO in the UK has drawn a total blank regarding official documentation and investigation of the subject, as have preliminary investigations in the USA. UFO skeptics will of course say that this is because it doesn’t exist, proponents, especially cover-up buffs, will say it is because it is being kept secret.

The simple facts are that if documentation does exist in the UK I am unlikely to be able to get at it easily because of our archaic procedures for obtaining any government documents. We are not blessed by a FOI Act as is the USA, and obtaining any document depends on whether a department can be bothered to answer your letters or if so, can be bothered to undertake a meaningful search of their records. The situation is further complicated by the fact that many records in our Public Records Office are hard to locate due to how it is organised and furthermore are subject to “rules” such as the 30 year rule whereby information is not available for 30 years from date of classification. Worse still many W.W.II records are languishing under a 75 year rule for reasons I have not yet fathomed! In addition to this fact I have spoken to some ex-wartime RAF intelligence people in the UK and they claim no knowledge of the phenomena.”

Roberts has a very low opinion of most ‘foo fighter’ research. I fully support his view, which he illustrates by identifying one certain ‘foo’ hoax, and another probable one: these are summarised in the ‘False Histories’ section, below. Yet Roberts is not entirely disillusioned by his discoveries, and concludes of the many apparently guileless reports of aerial lights that

“Out of all this some clear facts are apparent. Hundreds of aircrew saw and recorded what we now call foo-fighters during W.W.II. There must be many thousands of ex-aircrew who have stories to tell. The problem is finding them and the odd ad. or article is only going to draw a few out and I have yet to attempt to get to American information from squadron survivors units etc. The situation regarding German information is further complicated by a language barrier but it is only a matter of time.

I firmly believe that foo-fighters were a real, although non-solid phenomena and I reject the hallucination/misperception hypothesis almost entirely. These people’s lives depended on being able to see and identify aerial objects very quickly. One mistake and it was their last. Some crew have admitted misperceiving Venus etc., but realising it in seconds, and certainly not a whole crew being fooled for any length of time.” [9]

JEFF LINDELL

US folklorist Jeff A Lindell is a retired USAF electronic warfare systems analyst. He has conducted extensive interviews with airmen who witnessed light phenomena during WWII, and tends towards a rationalist explanation of all such reports, utilising the possible misinterpretation of different kinds of natural events. In his paper ‘The Foo Fighter Mystery: Revised’ in the context of historical accounts identified as ‘Jack o’Lantern’ and ‘Will o’ the Wisp’, he sets out some key ‘foo fighter’ reports from earlier sources

“Let us proceed with the World War II version of this legend type. Early in October of 1944, pilots in the 422 Night Fighter Squadron (NFS), based out of Florennes, Belgium began to report “balls of light” pacing their fighters over Western Germany. By early November several 422nd pilots and radar operators had reported encounters with Me163 rocket fighters and Me262 jet fighters on night missions over the Reich. On the 7th of November of 1944 the Associated Press Corps in Paris released this statement:

Paris (AP)– The Germans are using jet and rocket propelled planes and various other ‘newfangled’ gadgets against Allied night fighters,” Lt. Col. B. Johnson, Natchitoches, La., commander of a P-61 Black Widow group, said today.” In recent nights we’ve counted 15 to 20 jet planes,” Johnson said. “They sometimes fly in formations of four, but more often they fly alone.” (The Day, New London, Connecticut, p.1).”

In an interview with Philip Guba, Assistant Intelligence Officer of the 422 NFS, he states

“At first we thought they (the pilots) were seeing things, and they kept saying that these things were chasing them around. Whether they actually identified… not while I was on duty, they did not identify a jet as such. But I think that was the only conclusion we could reach… that was a jet. It could not have been a Will-o’-wisp or something like that. What they reported seeing was simply the exhaust, you see. They did mention that these guys (the jets) seemed to play around with them. They did mention that these guys (the jets) never shot at them and I can’t recall whether the Radar observer actually saw them on the screen. It was mostly visual in other words.”

Meanwhile, the 415th N.F.S. based out of Dijon France began to report the “balls of fire” which they had affectionately dubbed, “foo fighters.” On the 27th of November the first foo fighter was sighted over Western Germany by an Ed Schleuter and Don Meiers flying a Beaufighter, here is Don’s account:

“A foo fighter picked me up at 700 feet and chased me 20 miles down the Rhine Valley,” Meiers said. “I turned to starboard and two balls of fire turned with me. We were going 260 miles an hour and the balls were keeping right up with us. On another occasion when a foo fighter picked us up, I dived at 360 miles an hour. It kept right off our wing tips for awhile and then zoomed into the sky. When I first saw the things, I had the horrible thought that a German on the ground was ready to press a button and explode them. But they didn’t explode or attack us. They just seem to follow us like the Will-o’-the-wisp.”(N.Y. Times, 2 Jan.1945, p.1,4.)

Well, to complicate things even more, the 416th N.F.S. stationed in Pisa Italy also began to spot “foo fighters” in February of 1945. Here are some excerpts from the 416th NFS’ historical data and operations records respectively:

17 February 1945: “Our crews are beginning to report mysterious orange-red lights in the sky near La Spezia and also inland. These “foo fighters” have been pursued, but no one has been able to make contact. G.C.l. and intelligence profess to be mystified by these ghostly apparitions. The hypothesis that the foo-fighters are a post-cognac manifestation has been disproved. Even the teetotalers have observed the strange and mysterious foo-fighters which have also been observed in France and in Belgium.” (17 Feb.1945, 416th historical data. U.S. Army.)

17 February 1945: “At 21:30 saw reddish white light going off and on in spurts about 6 or 8 miles away, near La Spezia at 10,000 ft. going NE. chased it at 280 MPH for 11/2 minutes. It took erratic course and faded out. At 21:40 saw some type of light 10 miles South of La Spezia and it went North and turned East of La Spezia at 9000′. Faded near La Spezia. Pilot came within 5 miles of La Spezia, suspected Ack Ack trap. At 21:55,10 miles south of La Spezia chased another and it went across La Spezia and pilot followed. Faded 10 or 15 miles North of La Spezia. Our aircraft at 300 MPH couldn’t catch it. No ack ack at La Spezia. At 22:50, 5 miles south of Pisa, saw same light from distance of 10 miles. Chased it for 2 or 2 1/2 minutes. It took north course, disappeared over Mt. this light 10,000′. Light described as glow that alternates between weak and bright. No contacts on Al (radar). Apparently no jamming.” (17 Feb.1945. Daily Operations Report, 416th NFS, 12th AF-SCU-01.)

The above sighting was made by George Shultz and Frankie Robinson.”

Lindell presents a convincing case for accepting that whatever the cause of the reports, because of their low numbers and limited geographical range, Me163 rocket fighters and Me262 jet fighters were seldom responsible. He reports

“Kurt Welter was appointed to form the first Me 262 Night Fighter test detachment (Erprobungs-Kommando) on 2 November of 1944. This was the only German Jet Night Fighting outfit in WWII and until the last week in February, Kurt Welter was the only pilot flying the Me 262 aircraft at night. Welter’s detachment did not become operational until mid-December of 1944 with only two Me 262 Al-a’s. His orders were to intercept the nightly assaults of Mosquito bombers hitting Berlin known as the “Berlin Express.” This allows Welter very little time to organize, recruit, equip and fly all of the missions which Allied pilots claim were flown. (From Hugh Morgan’s “Me262, Stormbird Rising”)

This still leaves us with the question of the Me 63 rocket fighter. The Second Squadron of Jagdgeschwader (JG) 400, the first and only Me 63 Combat Wing, was stationed at Venlo airfield in the Netherlands and saw limited action until it was withdrawn to the home wing in Brandis, south of Leipzig, in July of 1944. At Brandis, JG 400 saw it’s peak of operational performance on the 28th of September of 1944 when it was able to scramble 9 Me 63s in order to intercept an Allied day-light bombing raid. This rocket fighter was only used as a day interceptor for bombers, no records exist concerning the night testing of the Me 163 at the German experimental airfield, Estelle Retime, which is where all of the experimental aircraft were tested for night flying. (Morgan, Price, Ziegler.) Mano Zeigler who flew as one of the three chief test pilots assigned to Erprobungs-Kommando 16 and later a Rocket pilot in JG 400 commented on the practicability of flying such a nocturnal mission in a Me 63, “Trying to land in the dark you’d spread yourself in small pieces around the countryside!” (Ziegler p.113) This aircraft also had an effective combat radius of no more than 25 miles under perfect visual conditions and thus limited JG 400′s operations to the Leipzig area for the duration of the war.”[10]

Lindell goes on to present information about later sightings of mysterious – and possibly responsive – lights in the Far East where, of course, the war continued after Germany’s defeat. Interesting, and broadly similar, as that material is, it doesn’t really form part of our investigation into the flight of high-performance German disks. His careful conclusions are, however, helpful. He admits to a fairly sceptical approach to the material, but conclusions drawn from such thorough research have considerable value. He says

“At this point it is of vital interest to relate the above terms with that of “aviator’s vertigo.” In May of 1946, Dr W E Vinacke submitted the first ever report concerning folk beliefs among aviators concerning anomalous experiences associated with flying. In his report ‘The Concept of Aviator’s Vertigo’, Vinacke states

“Vertigo is primarily a psychological problem. It appears to be associated with the mental hazards of flying, and with the ‘mysterious’ events which sometimes happen in an aircraft. there is thus a two-fold source of emotional loading in the term ‘vertigo’, ie dangerous conditions and unexplained, though actual, phenomena. (Vincacke p.2)

In the pursuit of fairness I have also interviewed the same pilots periodically and concerning various topics involving nightflying. This effect has been significant. Pilots who never reported seeing foo fighters were asked if they had experienced vertigo. The vertigo stories could easily be classed as foo fighter stories. These persons tended to be either commanders or high ranking experienced night fighters. The point is that there are a wide variety of “conditions” in which a story can be recounted concerning an anomalous personal experience. Persons who had not seen foo fighters could offer no such similar experience other than a “mistaken identification” interpretation such as St.Elmo’s fire, jets, Venus, etc. Persons who had experienced “visual-vertigo” in night flying offered experiences which are, for all practical purposes, identical to first hand experience narratives concerning foo fighters, baka bombs, jets, Venus, balls of fire and the Jack-o’-lantern. Edgar Vinacke writes,

“Pilots do not have sufficient information about phenomena of disorientation, and, as a corollary, are given considerable disorganized, incomplete, and inaccurate information. They are largely dependent upon their own experience, which must supplement and interpret the traditions about ‘vertigo’ which are passed on to them. When a concept thus grows out of anecdotes cemented together with practical necessity, it is bound to acquire elements of mystery. So far as ‘vertigo’ is concerned, no one really knows more than a small part of the facts, but a great deal of the peril. Since aviators are not skilled observers of human behavior, they usually have only the vaguest understanding of their own feelings. Like other naive persons, therefore, they have simply adopted a term to cover a multitude of otherwise inexplicable events.” (Vinacke p.5.) [11]

Surprisingly, this is probably the most thorough account of ‘foo fighter’ reports yet published, and I’ve almost completely ignored the reports from outside the European theatre of war. There is an excellent book to be written about the whole ‘foo fighter’ issue, which ideally would include the research conducted by both Andy Roberts and Jeff Lindell. I would strongly suggest, however, that none of the ‘foo fighter’ evidence correlates in any objective manner with the later claims for the existence of high-performance flying disks.

A final point about ‘foo fighters’. There are various photos of planes seemingly accompanied by blobs of what may be light, or emulsion flaws, or tiny aircraft, or whatever. They are paraded periodically – Mark Ian Birdsall of the UK UFO magazine seems keen on them – as evidence of the physical reality of the phenomenon. To date, I have found no evidence of the specific provenance of any of these photos – who took them, on what date, where, with what camera, in what circumstances, and so on. In the case of the photo most commonly reproduced, it is not even clear what type of aircraft is shown. Others images look as if they might well have been manipulated. At present, these photos are evidence of nothing but the willingness to accept inadequate evidence to support an inadequately evidenced belief. Of course, if relevant provenance could be established, my opinion might well change.

Link to Part Two: Renato Vesco, Feuerball and Kugelblitz

 

The Nazi UFO Mythos. 00 Introduction. Kevin McClure

An Investigation by Kevin McClure

1. Foo Fighters

2. Renato Vesco, Feuerball and Kugelblitz

3. Major Lusar, the saucer builders and the test flight

4. W A Harbinson and Projekt Saucer

5. Vril, Haunebu and interplanetary travel

6. False histories

7. Unnamed Soldiers

8. Authorities from Earth and Elsewhere

9. Official comments and Intelligence

10. Mistakes and fantasies

11. Conclusions
 
INTRODUCTION

The following is, essentially, the article published under the title ‘Phoney Warfare’ in Fortean Studies 7. Having allowed a decent interval for those who had intended to buy Fortean Studies to do so, I’m happy to have it appear on the Magonia site so that it can reach a wider – and undoubtedly discerning – audience.

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The relationship between the history of the paranormal, and the ‘consensus’ history that most of us, informed by historians and the mainstream media, agree on as real, is usually pretty distant. Forteanism could be said to lie somewhere between these two histories, in that it notes the allegedly factual, but possibly anomalous accounts recorded in the media of ‘consensus’ history, while often rejecting the ‘consensus’ explanations given for dismissing the strangeness of those events, and the rationale and reasoning adopted in doing so. Fort was lucky to live and work before the worst excesses of Ufology and the New Age appeared. His method of approaching existing, already-recorded facts with an open and wide-ranging mind would often have been thwarted by the sheer lack of facts, and the predominance of imaginary elements, in both of those disciplines. He was generally able – and willing – to trust the reports his research uncovered. To take that approach now would invite ridicule.

The investigations I’ve set about during the last twenty-odd years usually had their origins in my unease at the wild interpretations being made of reports which had never been properly researched. The ‘Egryn Lights’ of evangelist Mary Jones and others were being turned into evidence for the ‘earthlights’ lobby. The Fatima visions and the ‘Dance of the Sun’ were becoming a ‘classic UFO event’, artificially extending the history of the UFO thirty years back before 1947. The ‘Angels of Mons’ legends, in contrast, were being too readily debunked. The usual sceptical explanation was too trite, and I think mistaken.

Similarly, most of my research has been in areas where, although the phenomena in question has been visible – audible, tangible even – to certain individuals, its visibility has been selective. There was always room for a debate about why certain persons subjectively perceive extraordinary sights, and events, and information, while others do not. The situation here, where vast metal disks were meant to be thundering across the European skies before the summer of 1945, is completely different. They were either there or they weren’t.

What prompted me to start questioning the accepted wisdom about ‘Nazi UFOs’ was that awful period in Fortean history, two or three years ago, when newsstand magazines of limited quality and dubious intentions blossomed all over the UK. In addition to FT itself and ‘UFO Magazine’, suddenly there was Alien Encounters, Sightings, UFO Reality and all sorts of other, short-lived titles, all struggling to fill their pages with startling and saleable material. Rotten writers started submitting articles half-heartedly strung together from a handful of second-hand sources, and a couple of hours on the Internet. The publishers accepted these articles with open arms and small amounts of money, and old myths were revived and new myths born. Among them were myths based around the creation and flight of Nazi UFOs.

The more I looked at the emerging tales of astounding Nazi technical achievement, and compared them with Germany’s ignominious and ruinous defeat, the less sense that contradiction made. It isn’t – and I know I need to make this clear – that I’m asserting that the Axis had no plans, designs, or hopes for the production of high-performance flying disks. Nazi Germany was good at plans, and designs, and – perhaps fortunately for the rest of the world – wasted much time on speculation, and dreams of achievement and power. But it looks as though no high-performance disc so much as left the ground, and if that proposition is true then the Nazi UFO mythos, now celebrating a half-century of vigorous existence, is the most sustained, widespread, complex and multi-faceted hoax ever contrived in our field. A hoax, strangely enough, in which few of the principal participants even knew each other, but which has attracted hundreds to play their part in its development and many, many more individuals to believe that some or all of its claims are true. Tentative as some of my findings of fact may be as yet, what is published here is what I’ve established so far.

This is not a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. Like all the best myths it starts when somebody either thought of it, or first recounted publicly a pre-existing tale. It looked to the past to find support for its claims and then, as time went on, spiralled out of control as further elements were added. My intention in setting out this ‘first investigation’ of the Nazi UFO mythos is to make available, in one place, the principal sources for all of the reports and claims that seem relevant and of which – of course – I’m aware. I’m sure there will be more. I make no pretence of having done all this work myself, or of having any kind of monopoly on the subject. If others want to use this piece as a basis for pursuing their own research, I’ll be more than pleased. If I’ve quoted or adopted anyone else’s work without crediting it, please accept my apologies.

I’ll start by giving a substantial overview of what is probably the only genuine unsolved mystery in all of the speculation about wartime aeronautical technology. This is the first of five specific ‘cores’ of key material that I’ve concluded lie at the heart of the mythos. Having set those cores out first, I’ll deal with many of the other contributors to the development of the mythos, both deliberate and unplanned. One brief explanation in advance – while I’ve almost certainly made errors of my own in translation, and the names of people and places, I’ve generally refrained from correcting the spelling and grammar of quoted material. Sometimes, style and presentation conveys almost as much as content!

 
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More Lies than Secrets: Investigating ‘Nazi UFO’ Legends. Kevin McClure

- continuing an investigation into the Nazi UFO legends

by Kevin McClure

Last year I published a paper, ‘Secrets or Lies – investigating the Nazi UFO legends’. If you missed it, please have a search on the Net: it’s out there somewhere, though I’m not on-line myself, and can only be contacted by post. Anyway, I promised at the time that I’d produce a follow-up, summarising the results I’d obtained, and th responses I’d received. Because the responses have been so many, so wide-ranging, and in many instances so vast, it’s taken till now to put this second episode together. I hope it’s of interest, and that it won’t be so long before the almost inevitable third one comes along!

On the basis of the evidence that I now have, all three of the main blocks of material that support the reality of German wartime flying discs, and the authorities used to support them, are open to severe criticism. These are

  1. The Feuerball and Kugelblitz weapons allegedly made, tested and used by the Germans during the course of the war, as described by Italian writer Renato Vesco.
  2. The Schreiver/Miethe/Habermohl/Bellonzo (or Belluzzo) Flying Disc (and constructions by various combinations of those names) as described by Major Rudolph Lusar and supported by Tim Matthews, and many others.
  3. The ever more outlandish claims for the reality of the supposed Vril and Haunebu battlecraft and spacecraft, and the publication Brisant. Particular supporters of these claims include Vladimir Terziski, Henry Stephens, Mike Schratt, Wendelle Stevens, Len Kasten and James Hurtak, and an increasing number of others. 
RENATO VESCO – Feuerball and KugelblitzIn ‘Secrets or Lies’ I raised what I saw as key questions about Vesco, who has been the source for many later writers. I asked, “What genuine, provable, biographical information is available for Renato Vesco? Pinto states that:
“Renato Vesco is a fully licensed aircraft engineer and a specialist in aerospace and ramjet developments. He attended the University of Rome and, before WWII, studied at the German Institute for Aerial Development. During the war, Vesco worked with the Germans at the Fiat Lake Garda secret installations in Italy. In the 1960s, he worked for the Italian Air Ministry of Defense as an undercover technical agent, investigating the UFO mystery.”

However, on the cover of Intercept – But Don’t Shoot is the unambiguous statement that:

“Renato Vesco was born in Arona, Italy, in 1924. A licensed pilot, in 1944 he commanded the technical section of the Italian Air Force. In 1946-47 he served in the Reparto Tecnico Caccia. Mr Vesco has been a senior member of the Italian Association of Aerotechnics since 1943, and is a student of aeronautical problems, particularly in the field of jet propulsion. He is a contributor to various aeronautical publications.”

There is clearly something very wrong here. Born in 1924, Vesco would have been 14 or 15 when WWII broke out. Surely, by that age, he had not attended the University of Rome and studied at the German Institute for Aerial Development? If he worked with the Germans at the Fiat Lake Garda secret installations in Italy, why didn’t Schreiver or Lusar mention him?

Would he really have “commanded the technical section of the Italian Air Force” at the age of 19 or 20, and “been a senior member of the Italian Association of Aerotechnics” at the age of 18 or 19? Surely, if he really were that remarkable, that important, his name would have appeared in the index or references of at least one of the countless books about the war that I’ve examined? Yet it doesn’t. Who was Vesco, and what did he really know about wartime German aircraft? Where did his material come from?”

Thanks to the highly-respected Italian researchers Maurizio Verga and Eduardo Russo, and a copy of the ‘Argosy’ article, we now have clear answers to these questions: they both know Vesco personally. As Verga says:

“Vesco exists, definitely! . . He is an old man now, born in 1924. What’s written by him by people like Al Pinto on the Internet and BBSs, as well as by Harbinson, is complete rubbish. His introduction in the 1971 English translation of his first book is quite accurate, even though he was not commanding any “technical section” in the Italian Air Force . . He was an aeronautical engineer and he got an interest in flying saucers (always seen as a secret development of man-made aircraft) in the late 40′s. He published several articles (about German secret weapons, flying saucers, aviation and other subjects) since the very early ’50s, soon becoming a real skeptic against the then-common idea of ETH visits (he commented and explained some sightings due to atmospheric or conventional phenomena). The manuscript of his first book was ready in 1956, but he stopped publication because he was to go abroad for a long time, due to his job. When he was back in the ’60s, after collecting a huge quantity of additional stuff, he had hundreds and hundreds of written pages, later to be turned into his three books. Vesco claims his sources are BIOS and CIOS reports dating between 1945 and 1947, plus other military and intelligence documents, mostly British. He told me “important persons” (I guess high-ranking officers from the Italian Air Force and other foreign Air Forces) contributed to his research with information and documents still classified. He promised not to make public their names, even though he says that most of them are surely dead. I know he borrowed the BIOS/CIOS reports he quoted in his books from some Italian AF officers, through the library or libraries of the IAF itself . . It is true he is the only aviation student who introduced the ‘Feuerball’ and ‘Kugelblitz’ devices, at least as far as I know. Please also note that ‘Kugelblitz’ was a name given to other German weapons, including a flak panzer.Vesco thinks the Schriever & Co stories simple bullshits, while Vril and Haunebu pure science-fiction.”

Having found out that Vesco had nothing of the authority we might have imagined from some of his publicity, it’s worth looking carefully at the information he has given us about the supposed Feuerball and Kugelblitz, as set out in the paperback version of ‘Intercept UFO’.

“another center, run by Speer and the S.S. Technical General Staff, had adopted the idea of employing “proximity radio interference” on the very much more delicate and hence more vulnerable electronic apparatuses of the American night fighters . .

Thus a highly original flying machine was born; it was circular and armored, more or less resembling the shell of a tortoise, and was powered by a special turbojet engine, also flat and circular, whose principles of operation recalled the well-known aeolipile of Hero, which generated a great halo of luminous flames. Hence it was named Feuerball (Fireball). It was unarmed and pilotless. Radio-controlled at the moment of take-off, it then automatically followed enemy aircraft (only enemy – how did it know?), attracted by their exhaust flames, and approached close enough without collision to wreck their radio gear.

The fiery halo around its perimeter – caused by a very rich fuel mixture – and the chemical additives that interrupted the flow of electricity by overionising the atmosphere in the vicinity of the plane, generally around the wing tips or tail surfaces, subjected the H2S radar on the plane to the action of powerful electrostatic fields and electromagnetic impulses (the latter generated by large klystron radio tubes protected with special antishock and antiheat armor). Since a metal arc carrying an oscillating current of the proper frequency – equal, that is, to the frequency used by the radar station – can cancel the blips (return signals from the target), the Feuerball was almost undetectable by the most powerful American radar of the time, despite its nighttime visibility.

In addition, the builders of the device hoped – and their hopes were fulfilled – that when the Allied flyers, not knowing their nature or purpose, noticed that the fiery balls were apparently harmless, they would not fire on these enormous-looking (because of their large halos of fire) “inoffensive” devices for fear of being caught in some gigantic explosion. More than one, in fact, as they fearfully watched those huge lights close in, the American pilots thought that some German technician on the ground was perhaps getting ready to push a button and cause the Foo Fighter to explode.

Project Feuerball was first constructed at the aeronautical establishment at Wiener Neustadt, with the help of the Fluggfunk Forschungsanstalt of Oberpfaddenhoffen (F.F.O.) in so far as radio control of the missile was concerned (but was it really a missile?) One person who saw the first short test flights of the device, without its electrical gear, says that “during the day it looked like a shining disc spinning on its axis and during the night it looked like a burning globe”.

Hermann Goring inspected the progress of the work a number of times, for he hoped, as in fact happened, that the mechanical principle could also later be used to produce an offensive weapon capable of revolutionising the whole field of aerial warfare.

When the Russians began to press on toward Austria, the construction of the first Fireballs was apparently continued by a number of underground plants in the Schwarzwald that were run by the Zeppelin Werke. The klystron tubes were supplied by the section of the Forschungsanstalt der Deutschen Reichpost (F.D.R.P.) of Aach bei Radolfzell on Lake Constance, and later also by the F.D.R.P. section of Gehlberg, whose products, however, were not as perfect as those delivered by the F.D.R.P., a fact that caused a number of Fireballs to be used simultaneously in formation.”

Expressly identifying the reports of aerial lights known in some parts of the US Air Force as ‘foo fighters’ as being evidence of the amazing, hitherto and hereafter unheard of secret weapon he called the Feuerball, Vesco sets out some more technical details

“The Foo Fighters did contain a strong explosive charge to destroy them in flight in case serious damage to the automatic guidance system made it impossible for the operators to control it. It seems, however, that during the time they were last seen, at least one American flyer opened fire on a Foo Fighter from a safe distance without succeeding in shooting it down, although he had it well within his sights. A convincing detail, this, especially in view of the fact that under the armored covering of the Foo Fighters there was a thin sheet of aluminum attached to it (but electrically insulated) that acted as a switch. When a bullet pierced the outer covering, contact between the two sheets was established and the consequent closing of the circuit that operated the maximum acceleration device of the craft (generally in a vertical direction) caused the Foo Fighter to fly off, taking it out of the range of further enemy fire.”

Now and then, Vesco includes references which support his claims, but he never does so with regard to the Feuerball. Let’s analyse what he is actually saying here, and what sense (if any) it makes, because, thanks to Vesco, and Vesco alone, we know that this device designed to achieve “proximity radio interference”

  • was circular and armored, more or less resembling the shell of a tortoise
  • was “enormous-looking”
  • was unarmed and pilotless.
  • was radio-controlled at the moment of take-of
  • “automatically” followed enemy aircraft, attracted by their exhaust flames,
  • approached close enough to the enemy aircraft, without collision, to wreck their radio gear.
  • carried large klystron radio tubes protected with special antishock and antiheat armor
  • could be used simultaneously in formation with other feuerballs
  • contained a strong explosive charge to destroy it in flight in case serious damage to the automatic guidance system made it impossible for the operators to control it
  • had under its armored covering a thin sheet of aluminum attached to it (but electrically insulated) that acted as a switch. When a bullet pierced the outer covering, contact between the two sheets was established and the consequent closing of the circuit that operated the maximum acceleration device of the craft (generally in a vertical direction) caused it to fly off, taking it out of the range of further enemy fire
  • had chemical additives (in its fuel?) that interrupted the flow of electricity by overionising the atmosphere in the vicinity of the plane, generally around the wing tips or tail surfaces, subjecting the H2S radar on the plane to the action of powerful electrostatic fields and electromagnetic impulses, making it almost undetectable by the most powerful American radar of the time

I don’t want to labour the point here – we could go on for a long time making fun of this rubbish – but this is not a description of anything real. We aren’t told what its actual size was. We know that it had no wings, but that it did carry a powerful engine, two layers of metal to protect it and trigger its escape when hit, liquid fuel (lots of it, presumably), large klystron radio tubes protected with special antishock and antiheat armor, a strong explosive charge, radio control equipment, and the absolutely mysterious devices which interfered with radio transmissions and made it nearly invisible to radar. It must, therefore, have been a dense, heavy, tortoise-shaped package. We can only speculate how it developed the lift not only to reach heights of 10,000 to 25,000 feet (the range within which bombing raids usually took place), at speeds in excess of 200mph just to follow the bombers, and faster to accelerate away from them.

It seems to have been radio-controlled at launch (however launch was achieved, let alone landing – were these devices meant to be landed and reused?), and also, because otherwise why would it contain “a strong explosive charge to destroy it in flight in case serious damage to the automatic guidance system made it impossible for the operators to control it” during flight. Between 2 and 5 miles up. In the dark. Following aircraft travelling at 200mph or so, apparently over considerable distances. We are again left to speculate how the operators knew what they were controlling, what was happening to their particular feuerball at any given moment, or what form of radio control could, in 1943 – 1945, work that accurately over that distance. Vesco does not address the question of how direction or speed of flight (if the motion of an armoured wingless tortoise can be accurately described as flight) was controlled or determined.

Other questions arise. How did the feuerball distinguish an enemy aircraft from a friendly one? How did it stop following the exhaust flames? Where did it go when it stopped? Why, when it was travelling laterally behind the engines of an enemy aircraft, attracted by its exhaust flames, did it suddenly depart “generally in a vertical direction” when hit? Which “chemical additives interrupted the flow of electricity by overionising the atmosphere in the vicinity of the plane”? Just how did that work? How did it wreck the radio gear of enemy aircraft? Where? When? And how, for pity’s sake, could these devices ever have flown “in formation with other feuerballs“?

Those of you who actually know about aeronautical engineering – as Vesco is supposed to have done – will be able to phrase these questions far better than I. Perhaps Vesco himself would like to put his mind to answering them: I certainly can’t. At present, though I’m happy to be persuaded otherwise, and to publish any hard evidence to that effect, my view is that the feuerball – which even Lusar had never heard of – is a fantasy. How this fantasy came to be published, I’m really not sure. But I’ve wondered for a year or two how he had come to construct these pseudo-technical descriptions, which originate absolutely and only with Vesco. Eventually I realised that what he had done was to look at the few reports of ‘foo fighters’ that he quotes (seldom, if ever, reported as anything but lights) and to build round those descriptions of the behaviour of those lights, speculative technical explanations which he considered matched their reported performance. The only reasonable conclusion available to me is that Vesco – or one of his obviously careless editors or publishers – put these ‘technical’ descriptions in his book knowing that they had no factual basis. Passing time, the laziness of later authors, and the will to believe in the wonders of Nazi intellect has gradually turned these dumb speculations into accepted facts.

Unless strong and reliable evidence appears to the contrary, I think we can dismiss the feuerball – and its even less defined relative the kugelblitz, to which Vesco mistakenly gave the name of a flak panzer in development early in 1945 – as objects that never had any physical reality, and were probably never even designed. The false and apparently deceptive biographical information provided by Vesco’s various publishers has succeeded in misleading many later writers and researchers, and in providing support for the false claims of others. It turns out that he was a man with an interest in man-made UFOs, who was strongly opposed to the extra-terrestrial hypothesis (ETH), used to explain many early ‘flying saucer’ sightings. He provides, in the feuerball and kugelblitz accounts given in a book we now know was completed by 1956, what sounds like a convincing hypothesis for explaining away, without the involvement of spacemen and interplanetary travel, the very ‘physical’ sightings and photographs of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s. Because Vesco’s first book (the only one of interest to us here) was completed in 1956, before the earliest version of Lusar’s book appeared, and because Lusar’s book was published long before the actual publication of Vesco’s first book in 1969, we shouldn’t be surprised that their two theories of German flying saucers are entirely exclusive: Lusar doesn’t mention Vesco’s feuerball and kugelblitz, and Vesco has clearly never heard of Lusar’s SMBH disk. There isn’t even a mystery here. There just isn’t anything at all!

THE ‘SAUCER-BUILDERS’ :the ‘Schriever, Habermohl, Miethe and Bellonzo Flying Disc’

In ‘Secrets or Lies’ I commented that:

“The only sources of original information and evidence for the wide, circular ‘Schriever, Habermohl, Miethe and Bellonzo Flying Disc’ come from a brief newsagency report quoted in Der Spiegel in 1950, under the name of a “Captain Rudolph Schriever” (also possibly appearing at the same time in the Italian press), and from German Secret Weapons of the Second World War by Major Rudolf Lusar, published in Germany in 1957, and in London and New York in 1959. Schriever seems to suggest that the craft did not progress beyond blueprint stage, but Lusar appears to have taken the ‘Schriever’ account, turned the planned speed and height figures into ones that had actually been achieved, changed some of the technical details, and added the vague, non-technical drawing of this supposed craft which has been reprinted in various contexts since.”

Thanks to the efforts of various correspondents I’ve been shown to be considerably under-informed in this respect. Actually, there are several sources for the supposed reality of actual, flying, wartime discs, but I suspect that their claims belong in the history of flying saucers, and not in the history of aeronautical technology. Let me explain what I mean.

The first ten years after the Arnold sightings in 1947 saw the growth of an interest in physical flying saucers that we can hardly understand now, plagued as we are by more psychological tales of abduction and ancient gods. Then, the search for an explanation generally started from the premise that what had been seen – and a lot of shiny, revolving flying-saucerish things were reported as really having been seen – were physically real. On that basis the choice was whether they were terrestrial or extra-terrestrial, and for those who weren’t prepared to believe in the reality of extra-terrestrial craft and their extra-terrestrial occupants, there was a further choice – were they friends or enemies, US or Soviet? And how could anyone tell?

Into this series of choices a further element was introduced: the concept that the craft being seen – particularly, then, in both North and South America – had their origins in German wartime technology. Either by way of being produced from hardware and designs, or by designers, that had been brought to the political West or East at the end of the war. Or, even, because they were being manufactured and flown by surviving Nazis who had decamped from Europe to South America or Antarctica by plane or submarine, and were now living in colonies where their technological developments had continued. Still within a decade of the end of a war which had repeatedly thrown up rumours – particularly vindicated with regard to rocket technology in the form of the V-1 and V-2 – of the secret weapons being developed by the Germans, such claims were relatively credible, and were made on a number of occasions. Rather as people now are so desperate to find non-paranormal ‘explanations’ for UFO phenomena that they will even resort to ‘earthlights’ and ‘electrical pollution’ as alternatives so, then, the idea of secret craft based on German technology seemed quite feasible.

Because Lusar can be reasonably identified as the person who first brought together random names to create, in print at least, the ‘Schriever, Habermohl, Miethe and Bellonzo Flying Disc’, it seems sensible to look at claims of German flying disc technology made before the first appearance of Lusar’s book, apparently in 1957. I now know of several such claims, made in newspapers and magazines, and I imagine that there are more. It could well be worth looking for reports in the South American newspapers for the first half of the ’50s. I hope to obtain copies of more of these before the next round of ‘Secrets or Lies’, and to get them properly translated so that we can rely on the detail in them. But some points are already clear: no two of these accounts are wholly consistent as to names, places, dates, or anything much else, and all are told for one (or both) of two purposes – to glorify the achievements of Nazi scientists by claiming that they were responsible for technology beyond even professional comprehension, and to make their own mark on history.

So far I have read, or know of, accounts given between 1950 and 1957 by Schreiver, Belluzzo and Richard Miethe, three of the four engineers supposedly responsible for Lusar’s ‘Schriever, Habermohl, Miethe and Bellonzo Flying Disc’. They give different information, take the lead in being responsible for what was achieved, and none of them state they worked with the other three. Other – and also contradictory – claims were made during the same period by a Georg Klein and a Hermann Klaas, and there is a rumour of a single account from 1947, too – post Kenneth Arnold, of course. Essentially, all claim to have been responsible for an assortment of different disc programmes, at a variety of different locations, testing and flying their different discs. There are later, similar claims, too. We need to put these together and compare them, but one fact is, now, glaringly obvious: not a single claim or report of the existence of a German flying disc dates from before flying saucers had become a popular obsession – or before they had actually been named ‘flying saucers’. It seems that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to claim that you’re a rocket scientist.

I made the point previously that I have a real problem with the fact that there is no conventional historical record for any German wartime disc, or for the scientists and engineers who identified themselves as having made them. For “Klaus Habermohl” we have no information at all apart from his supposed involvement in the early 1930s in developing the “radial-flow jet engine”. I have seen nothing to even place him in Germany, or anywhere else, during the war, let alone identify him as working on a flying disc with his imaginary friends.

The first that we hear of the supposed Flugkapitan Schriever is in 1950, when he was working for the US Forces in Germany, delivering copies of the newspaper ‘Stars and Stripes’ to army bases. Though Terziski tries to find some glamour in this job, suggesting it was a cover for smuggling valuables of various kinds for some Nazi underground, it argues strongly against those who refer to the success of Operation Paperclip and the active intervention of the Soviets in securing the services of former rocket and disc scientists. If Schreiver really was the designer, engineer and, it seems, test pilot of a successful disc, then what the heck was he doing driving a lorry, and popping up in the press only when he wanted to seek some publicity for himself? If what he was saying was in any degree true, then surely one side or the other would have snapped him up like a shot.

Most peculiar – and perhaps unusually significant – is the situation regarding “Miethe”. Tim Matthews, in his generally excellent book ‘UFO Revelation’, refers to the

“three years of painstaking research by UK astronomy, aviation and photographic specialist Bill Rose, which included on-site research in Germany, Canada and the USA . . he was able to discover that Dr Walter (?) Miethe who all sources (eh?) agree was involved with Schriever, Klaus Habermohl and Guiseppe Belluzzo (an Italian engineer) had been the director of the saucer programme at two facilities located outside Prague. In May 1945, after testing of the prototype had taken place, both Miethe and Schriever were able to flee in the direction of allied forces .

Rose learned not only that test-flights had taken place but that there was film footage of them . . Rose was shown some stills taken from the original 16mm film and, given his expert photo-technical background, concluded, after careful consideration, that this was probably real and historical footage . .

We know a little more about Dr Miethe. One of the important pieces of information came in the form of a rare group photograph showing various young German scientists in 1933. The photograph shows Werner von Braun and Walter Miethe (or Richard Miethe – different sources mention different first names). It would seem that these two knew each other well”

I’ve recently spoken to Tim Matthews, a researcher who is always open, straightforward, and more than willing to share his findings: an unusual attitude these days. I understand that Bill Rose actually made contact with the person who provide him with the information, the photo of von Braun, Miethe and others, and sight of the ‘test-flight’ stills, after placing adverts in the aviation press stating his interests. He went to see an elderly man in West Germany, who wanted to give him information though his daughter did not approve. This man had, supposedly, been one of the last German pilots to fly out of Prague, and knew about the test-flight, the film of it, and that it was securely stored. I don’t know what name he gave, or whether he provided sufficient detail to Rose for military records to be checked. It certainly seems odd that someone who seems to have worked for or with ‘Miethe’ didn’t even know his first name, and I am now aware that, in 1993 – 94 (before, I think, Rose’s visit to West Germany) Vladimir Terziski, responsible for the German-funded video ‘UFO Secrets of the Third Reich’ was offering, for sale, film and video of supposed German saucers in flight.

There is an interview with a “Dr Richard Miethe”, ‘German aeronautical engineer’ and ‘ex-Colonel’, in France-Soir for 7 June 1952. I only have a transcript, in French, but apparently the paper also published a photo of Dr Miethe in his swimming trunks: it would be interesting to compare that photo with the one given to Rose, which appears in Tim’s book ‘UFO Revelation’.

My French isn’t great, but it seems that in the interview with Dr Miethe, conducted in Tel Aviv in June 1952, he says that he is 40 years old, gives specific details of his military background, and claims that he built a flying-saucer – the V7 which he built in 1944, the motors of which the Russians found at Breslau. He claims that from April 1943 he commanded a group of technicians of the 10th Reich Army, at Essen, Stettin and Dortmund, where the main research into German secret weapons was conducted. He doesn’t give the names of the other six engineers he says were involved, but is quite clear in saying that three are dead, and three are believed to have been taken by the Russians.

Not unusually, the heart of the interview is his comments on recent Brazilian flying saucer reports, and his opinion that if flying saucers are seen, then they will have been Russian-built from the knowledge of his three captured colleagues. But perhaps the most important point of all, for this investigation, is that this Miethe seems to have had nothing to do with the USA, Operation Paperclip, or anything similar. The article says, I think, that a few days before the German surrender he left the front to join the Arab Legion based in Addis Ababa and Cairo, where a number of Hitler’s senior officers had regrouped. At the time of the interview, in Tel Aviv, it seems that he had been ejected from Egypt, where he had been working with others to reconstruct the engine with which his earlier flying disc had been powered. The trigger for the expulsion may have been (I need to research this) a breakdown in diplomatic relations between Germany and Egypt.

This is, of course, a very different tale to that confirmed to Bill Rose. And it may be that there were two men called Miethe building flying discs in Germany in the last two years of the war, who went very different ways when it ended. It may be that the person who gave the interview was making it all up: I think he probably was, using elements from other, earlier accounts.

Rose and Matthews claim that Miethe worked with von Braun in 1933, and that the photo provided by the person who responded to Rose’s advert shows them together with other rocket scientists in that year. Fortunately, this is a well-researched and well-recorded period of history, and it should be no more difficult to find records of Miethe than it is that of von Braun. Indeed, von Braun was born in 1912 and if Miethe was 40 in 1952, they should have been absolute contemporaries. One book I recently found covers this period, and von Braun’s activities, in detail, as well as detailing rocket and ‘secret weapon’ development right through to the end of the war: this is ‘The Rocket and the Reich’ by Michael J Neufeld (Harvard, 1995), but it makes no mention at all of Miethe (Walter or Richard), Habermohl, Schreiver, or Belluzzo/Bellonzo, who supposedly built Lusar’s amazing flying disc, or even of Georg Klein or Hermann Klaas. Nor, for that matter, does Philip Henshall in ‘Vengeance – Hitler’s Nuclear Weapon Fact or Fiction’ (Alan Sutton, 1995) which covers a similar range in rather less detail. You might think that these people never existed or that, if they did, they played no part in the development of any German flying disc. And if none of them made a flying disc (or two, or several, or whatever) then it is highly unlikely that anyone ever did at all. The claims made by Matthews and Rose allow us to test the existence of Miethe at a real time, in a real place: he would seem to fail that test totally.

WORKS OF IMAGINATION – Vril, Haunebu, Projekt Saucer and other nonsense

Len Kasten

The incidence of disinformation with relation to Nazi achievements in general, and flying discs in particular, is high. Here’s some parts of an article by “Len Kasten” (information, anybody?) from the New Age glossy ‘Atlantis Rising’ – as usual, he adopts Vesco as an authority, and introduces Viktor Schauberger, an icon of pseudo-science who I’ll be looking at in due course, into the myth

“The more important anti-gravity weapons research was carried on near Prague primarily by Viktor Schauberger and Richard Miethe. In 1944 Miethe, in cooperation with the Italians, developed the large helium powered V-7 and the small one-man Vril models which achieved a speed of 2,900 km/hr in flight tests . . Captain Hans Kohler developed the Hanibu 2 with a diameter of 25 metres which carried a complete flight crew and was powered by a simple electrogravitation motor called the Kohler Converter . .

Building on Vesco’s claims, Kasten describes the (totally fictional?) Kugelblitz as being an “explosive gas weapon”, and having

“a 50-50 mixture of butane and propane, which was ignited by the exhaust of the bombers . . direct gyroscopic stabilisation, television-controlled flight, vertical take-off and landing, jam-free radio control combined with radar blinding, infrared search ‘eyes’, electrostatic weapon firing, hyper-combustible gas combined with a total reaction turbine, and last, but not least, anti-gravity flight technology. This was the incredible Kugelblitz or ‘lightning ball’. If it had emerged even six months earlier, could the war have turned out differently? We will never know, because by this time the Allied armies were rapidly converging on Berlin. So the Kugelblitz puffed out a formation of bombers, and flew off into history – or did it?”

Henry Stephens

In very similar vein is a feature by Henry Stephens of the German Research Project in ‘The Probe’. Referring to the work supposedly done on a flying disc by A.V. Roe in Canada, he claims that one of the recorded contributors to the project is shown as “Miethe-Designer 1950(?)” Spinning off into the realms of imagination, Stephens says

“The reference is obviously about Dr Heinrich (Heinrich? How many names does this man have?) Richard Miethe, who was the designer and builder of the wartime German saucer project, the V-7. Dr Miethe worked during the war at a German facility in Breslau, now part of modern Poland. After the war, he was recruited by the Americans and Canadians to recapitulate his earlier work for Germany in America . . Renato Vesco, an Italian engineer who worked with the Germans during the war and who afterwards held a cabinet position with the Italian government, states that Kahla was the location where a turbo-jet powered German saucer lifted off in its maiden flight in February of 1945. Vesco later wrote a book about his experiences, originally titled ‘Intercept but Don’t Shoot’”

Actually, for all his wild speculation, Vesco never claimed that he was writing from his own experience, but details like that simply don’t bother Stephens, as he spirals off into wild assertions about German free energy, atom bombs, Vril, Haunebu, Tesla, Montauk, the New World Order and the rest. And all this from the man whose mail-order business makes him one of the most influential figures in this strange field.Vladimir Terziski

At the end of ‘Secrets or Lies’, I asked for help in finding a number of references. Amazingly, almost all of these turned up from one place or another, but one of the few that didn’t was Vladimir Terziski’s book, probably from 1993, ‘Close Encounters of the Kugelblitz Kind’. However, I do have a fair amount of material written or organised by Terziski, including a chapter titled ‘Nazi UFOs’ in Brad Steiger’s 1994 pot-boiler ‘The Rainbow Conspiracy’, the video documentary ‘UFO Secrets of the Third Reich’, which I understand was Terziski’s brainchild, the edition of ‘From Beyond’ on the same subject – and using much of the same footage – in which Terziski actually appears, and a number of statements and an interview from the Net. With wonderful stupidity he describes Renato Vesco as “the Italian Wernher von Braun, the research scientist in charge of the Italian Air Force and Space Research and Development program during the war”, which says much for the thoroughness of his research.

Terziski claims to be the:

“President, American Academy of Dissident Sciences, 10970 Ashton Ave. #310, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. When I wrote to the Academy asking for further information, my letter was returned, the Academy not being known at the address. He also claims that he is “a Bulgarian born engineer and physicist, graduated Cum Laude from the Master of Science program of Tokai University in Tokyo in 1980. Served as a solar energy researcher, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, before immigrating to the US in 1984.”

It would be interesting to know the extent of the truth of these claims, because both scientific facts and principles seem to lie in ruins if what he says about Nazi UFOs is true. I apologise for the length of the following quote from the posting ‘Half a Century of the German Moon Base 1942 – 1992′. I wouldn’t usually give so much space to such nonsense, but his video ‘documentaries’ and his contacts with, and use of, other commentators like ‘Professor’ James Hurtak, Wendelle Stevens and Henry Stephens have given Terziski an influential position in the ‘weren’t Nazis wonderful’ strand of disinformation, and has clearly done more than anyone else to talk up the Vril and Haunebu myths. And he’s done it very efficiently, too. This material amounts to another form of Revisionism, in which the Nazis won in the end.

“The Germans landed on the Moon as early as probably 1942, utilizing their larger exoatmospheric rocket saucers of the Miethe and Schriever type. The Miethe rocket craft was built in diameters of 15 and 50 meters, and the Schriever Walter turbine powered craft was designed as an interplanetary exploration vehicle. It had a diameter of 60 meters, had 10 stories of crew compartments, and stood 45 meters high. Welcome to Alice in Saucerland. In my extensive research of dissident American theories about the physical conditions on the Moon I have proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is atmosphere, water and vegetation on the Moon, and that man does not need a space suit to walk on the Moon. A pair of jeans, a pullover and sneakers are just about enough. Everything NASA has told the world about the Moon is a lie and it was done to keep the exclusivity of the club from joinings by the third world countries. All these physical conditions make it a lot more easier to build a Moon base.

Ever since their first day of landing on the Moon, the Germans started boring and tunneling under the surface, and by the end of the war there was a small Nazi research base on the Moon. The free energy tachyon drive craft of the Haunibu-1 and 2 type were used after 1944 to haul people,” materiel and the first robots to the construction site on the Moon. When Russians and Americans secretly landed jointly on the Moon in the early fifties with their own saucers, they spent their first night there as guests of the …. Nazi underground base. In the sixties a massive Russian – American base had been built on the Moon, that now has a population of 40,000 people, as the rumor goes.

According to the authors of the underground German documentary movie from the Thule society (presumably ‘UFO Secrets of the Third Reich – KM), the only produced craft of the Haunibu-3 type – the 74 meter diameter naval warfare dreadnought – was chosen for the most courageous mission of this whole century – the trip to Mars. The craft was of saucer shape, had the bigger Andromeda tachyon drives, and was armed with four triple gun turrets of large naval caliber (three inverted upside down and attached to the underside of the craft, and the fourth on top of the crew compartments).

A volunteer suicide crew of Germans and Japanese was chosen, because everybody knew that this journey was a one-way journey with no return. The large intensity of the electro-magnetogravitic fields and the inferior quality of the metal alloys used then for the structural elements of the drive, was causing the metal to fatigue and get very brittle only after a few months of work of the drive. The flight to Mars departed from Germany one month before the war ended – in April 1945 . .

One question, that I have not answered yet in the affirmative is how were the Germans able to regenerate the air inside the craft for 8 months for this big crew . . . Quite probably they were using advanced life support systems, developed initially for their larger Walter turbine and free energy submarines, that were cruising the oceans without resurfacing.

The radio message with the mixed news was received by the German underground space control center in Neu Schwabenland and by their research base on the Moon.”

Steiger quotes Terziski as telling of “an ‘alien tutor race’ that secretly began cooperating with certain German scientists in the late 1920s in underground bases and began to introduce their concepts of philosophical, cultural, and technological progress”, he “maintains that antigravity research began in the 1920s with the first hybrid antigravity circular craft, the RFZ-1, constructed by the secret Vrill society. In 1942-43 a series of antigravity machines culminated in the giant 350-foot-long, cigar-shaped Andromeda space station, which was constructed in old Zeppelin hangars near Berlin by E4, the research and development arm of the SS.” He is also quoted (by Branton) as making comments about the continued use of slave labour by the ‘pure-bred Aryan S.S.’ who live underground, conducting genetic experiments continuing those of WW2, in pursuance of the “Germans-Nazis-Illuminati pact”, which was established “with the serpent races long years before the American ‘secret/conventional’ hybrid government had done so.”

Because of Terziski’s considerable influence in developing popular belief in Nazi and post-Nazi power and influence, any real-life information of any kind about him and the Academy of Dissident Sciences (founded with Al Bielek, co-creator of the imaginary ‘Montauk Project’ nonsense) would be greatly appreciated. I note that most of this material is more than five years old. Where is Terziski now, what is he doing, and is there any possibility of challenging the utter absurdity of the claims he makes?

David Hatcher-Childress

Those of you familiar with the fields of both pseudo-science and pseudo-history – and pseudo pretty much anything, really – will already know of the boundless imagination of Hatcher-Childress. In the remarkably available ‘Man-Made UFOs 1944 – 1994, 50 Years of Suppression, by “Renato Vesco and David Hatcher Childress”, Hatcher-Childress appears to, er, borrow the text of Vesco’s first book (it’s unclear how much Vesco knew about this collaboration) and adds to a completely uncritical republication assorted crackpot photos and speculations of his own. His “Summary of the Claims and Evidence” has some familiar elements . . .

“After various experimental prototypes, including the rocket powered Miethe and Schriever discs, production began on the small ten meter diameter interceptor-fighters of the Vril series. The larger Haunibu series began with the 25 meter Haunibu 1 & 2. These craft had canons mounted underneath and were designed as “tank Killers”.

The 74 meter Haunibu-3, designed as an anti-shipping craft for use over long distances, was actually built and tested. It had inflatable rubber cushions on the underside for landing. The 300 meter Haunibu-4 was on the design board for interplanetary travel. It was disc shaped and could also carry several of the smaller Vril craft. Also reportedly in the design stage was an immense 330 meter cigar-shaped battleship.

Towards the end of the war, the Germans had developed interplanetary craft with no moving parts which were capable of going to the Moon or even Mars.”

I have no idea whether Hatcher-Childress actually believes this rubbish. I suppose he must, because otherwise he’d be knowingly misleading his readers.

Wendelle Stevens

Billy Meier supporter Wendelle Stevens, as well as having been “sent to Alaska to supervise the installation of special equipment onboard B29 bombers” to look for “mysterious flying objects known as ‘fire balls’ or ‘foo fighters’”, claims in Alien Encounters’ issue 25 that the Vril and Haunebu discs “were used just once against the Allies, in which they devastated a vast 800 bomber raid over Germany, shooting down an unprecedented 200 in just one night”. Bomber Command clearly missed this tragedy when compiling its records.Projekt saucer

The precise genesis of this material is uncertain, but successful SF author W A Harbinson states in his ‘non-fiction’ book ‘Project UFO’ that “In May 1978, at Stand III in a scientific exhibition in the Hanover Messe Hall, some gentleman were giving away what at first sight appeared to be an orthodox scientific newspaper called Brisant.” The second article in this paper dealt with “a German World War II flying saucer construction project, named ‘Projekt Saucer’ . . which asserted that the German scientists were the first, but not the only ones, to construct highly advanced saucer-shaped aircraft, was accompanied by reproductions of technical drawings of a World War II flying saucer.” Harbinson has, since then, written the successful five-volume ‘Projekt Saucer’ fiction series, which does little to question these sources.

Quite why the Germans would have called it ‘Projekt Saucer’ is a mystery in itself. The drawings in no way resemble saucers, ‘saucer’ is not a German word, and the term ‘flying saucers’ didn’t appear until 1947 when a journalist mistook Kenneth Arnold’s description of the way his objects moved in the air for a description of what they looked like. But these drawings – supposedly “altered by the West German government to render them ‘safe’ for publication” – seem to have formed the basis for the Vril and Haunebu myth.

‘UFO Magazine’ co-owner Mark Ian Birdsall, in his uncritical paper ‘The Ultimate Solution’ asserts that it was Harbinson himself who found ‘Brisant’, though Harbinson himself doesn’t make that claim

“Harbinson while researching ‘Genesis’ paid a visit to the semi-Northern city of Hannover in the late 70′s. It was here that he reportedly attended a science lecture exhibition at the ‘Hannover Messe Hall’. Whilst looking around the hall, Harbinson arrived at stand number 111, it was here that he was handed a magazine called ‘Brisant’.”

I have written to Harbinson via his publishers (no response yet, some weeks on) to ask for further information about ‘Brisant’, because it is clearly – if it ever actually existed – a key document in this investigation. Henry Stephens of the German Research Project (which sells all sorts of Nazi-related material, including some which is overtly anti-Semitic) offers copies of what he says are some pages, and claims that the originals of ‘Brisant’ were lost by Harbinson’s publishers: so I’ve also asked about that.Vanguard Science/KeelyNet/Al Pinto

In ‘Secrets or Lies’ I asked about Net material by “Al Pinto” or “Tal”, apparently “Sponsored by Vangard Sciences, PO Box 1031, Mesquite, TX 75150, USA” which “apparently quotes an article written by Vesco for Argosy Magazine, August 1969, which goes some way beyond what is included in Intercept. Additional material re Nikola Tesla and Viktor Schauberger is added to quotes from Vesco and Lusar, particularly a claim that Schauberger had developed the ‘Schriever, Habermohl, Miethe and Bellonzo Flying Disc’ at Malthausen Concentration Camp, using prisoners to do the work. Who are “Al Pinto” and “Tal”, and what is “Vangard Sciences”?”

The ‘Vanguard Science’ (correct spelling) material is one of the major sources of disinformation re ‘Nazi UFOs’, so it was interesting to receive, indirectly, an e-mail from a member. This was from a Jack Veach who said (inter alia) that

“Mr McClure makes some very positive statements debunking a great deal of untruths about Nazi UFOs, however I would like to offer him a website and an email whereby he might find more information about Mr Renate Vesco.

I am a member of Vanguard Science, not Vangard Science, as he has listed. this is a civilian group of folk, here in the Dallas-Ft worth area that are open-minded about the verity of science and have taken it upon ourselves to study Tesla, Keely, and a host of others we feel have been given the short-end of the stick with respect to technology and applications thereof.

Mr Jerry Decker and Mr Chuck Henderson could much better avail you of information about Mr Vesco and his work. I personally had an English translation of one of his works I gave away about ten years ago pursuant the German V-7.

My father and his C.O. both saw Foo Fighters over Europe during WWII, so that much is real. Neither my dad nor Col. Lasly knew anything about UFOs, nor had any interest in them. What they did say was that between the Foo Fighters and the Me-262s they encountered, they felt they would be killed before the war was over in Europe.

I hope that will clear some things up for Mr McClure with respect to Vanguard Science and Mr Vesco and hopefully all of us can clear the riddle of the Nazi UFOs from all the smoke and mirrors that unfortunately come to the fore on something of this nature.”

A friend sent an e-mail back to Mr Veach, expressing my interest in receiving further information about Vesco, but no response was forthcoming.

I’ll make sure that a copy of this paper reaches messrs Veach, Decker and Henderson, because I suspect that they have fallen for the nonsense purveyed in the ‘Argosy’ article: which, of course, also has Vesco at university and the German Institute for Aerial Development in his early teens, and working secretly – so secretly even Vesco himself wasn’t aware of it – for two separate Italian government ministries. One of the nastiest, most gratuitous, most insulting fictions in all of this is that slave labourers – and remember that word ‘slave’, because slavery and death were what it was all about – at the Nazi concentration camp at Malthausen worked and died building flying saucers. One of the lines of enquiry I intend to follow is to contact Holocaust survivor organisations to see what they think of this assertion, so widely publicised by Vanguard Sciences. If ‘Al Pinto’, ‘Tal’, Veach, Decker, Henderson and their friends didn’t make it up themselves it would be more than interesting to know where they say it originated, and what steps they took to verify it prior to publication. And if anyone out there has any information about the background, or maybe the political affiliations, of these people, that would be very helpful.

Unnamed Soldiers

Some of you might have come across my various comments on the ‘unnamed soldier’ phenomenon – the spreading of disinformation by ex-military or pseudo-ex-military personnel. Tony Dodd, for instance, has proved to be a prime target.

It may be that Bill Rose (see above) has been targeted in a similar, only far more sophisticated way: the professional manner in which the Vril and Haunebu material has been marketed, complete with its neo-Nazi undertones, and including the availability of supposed pictures of wartime German discs, leads me to think it could be a possibility. But a much more glaring example comes from a recent Internet posting, also published by ‘Nexus’ (they don’t have to pay much for writers, can they?), allegedly coming from one “Fabio Di Rado”.

This is, supposedly, an account of the real secrets of the ‘foo fighters’, told by a former Italian Resistance member who became so close to the SAS in Southern Italy from 1943 to 1945 that he was able to see films taken of them taken by allied planes but (and does this seem familiar?) could only show “Italian researcher Fabio Di Rado” stills taken from these. In a particularly modern twist this nameless witness did not, however, say that he believed that they were of German manufacture. Instead, he supposedly said

“Those machines, if we can call them that, could perform such quick and agile movements that they were unlikely to have been built by human beings. You can believe me – foo-fighters couldn’t be Nazi – otherwise they could have won the war easily. The more likely hypothesis . . an Air Force coming from other worlds was among us.”

The dead giveaway to this tale lies in the beginning of the account

“During the Spring of 1998 I went with another person to an inland village of Sicily to meet an 80-year-old man who claimed to have some unknown documents about foo fighters.

When we arrived at a farmhouse in the heart of the countryside, our witness showed us into a room which seemed to be his private study . . We were ordered not to take pictures; we could only make notes. To our disappointment, we had to accept this. I was given a copy on high-resolution CD-ROM of the pictures and documents that I saw there in the original version, with some censored parts.”

Ah yes, what would we do without rural Italian 80-year-olds and their high resolution CD-ROMs?Conclusions, Notes and Queries

I hope that you’ve found this investigation, to date, as interesting as I have. Subject to the emergence of further or different evidence, my view is that we have now disposed of all the substantive claims of actually flying German wartime discs that fall within the material by Vesco and Lusar – Feuerball, Kugelblitz and the ‘Schriever, Habermohl, Miethe and Bellonzo Flying Disc’. It is also clear (as if there was ever any real doubt) that the Vril and Haunebu craft are no more than fantasies of an often rather unpleasant kind, purveyed for reasons that warrant further investigation.

If my – still tentative – conclusions are correct, then they don’t just dispose of most of the Nazi UFO legends, but they also have some importance for the early years of Ufology. The ‘German secret weapon’ explanation for early sightings, particularly in South America, still has its admirers, and I think that they’re probably wrong: at least, in that if flying discs were developed, it wasn’t on the basis of technology tried and tested during the years of the war, There’s no hard evidence to show that either the Americans or the Russians brought any saucer-builders out of Germany, or that those they did bring out ever built any saucers. It very much appears that those who claim to have built various saucers, alone or with others, all made those claims for the first time in newspapers or magazines after – and usually several years after – the Arnold sighting in 1947. I intend to write to real war and engineering historians to ask them to check my findings, but it seems most likely that the ‘saucer-builders’ were fantasists, with various reasons for saying what they did, one of those reasons probably being the retrospective glorification of the achievements of a military machine that had been convincingly defeated not so many years before.

There are, still, mysteries to resolve, and I’ll hope to come to these over the next few months, and report back again. Apart from the Foo Fighter material, which contains to be intriguing and difficult to explain, there is the whole ‘Nazi escape’ myth, in which the use and preservation of secret, superior technology in reaching South America, the Antarctic or whatever plays such a major part. There is, too, the concept of an alien/Nazi liaison, which probably grew from the ‘Nazis and the Occult’ material that has enthralled so many over the past quarter-century. Several of the motifs of modern ufology – including the concept of back-engineering crashed and retrieved alien craft – have appeared in relation to wartime discs over recent years, the Germans obviously being years ahead of the Americans in this respect, if no other.

Other complex and persistent claims need to be resolved. Not least is the Montauk material, which features ever-increasing, ever-grosser Nazi links and claims of high-level alien technology. The work of Bill Lyne will bear close analysis, and we can also hope to dispose, one way or another, of the assertions made by author W A Harbinson in his ‘Projekt UFO’ book, and in his novels, too. Pinning down the origins of ‘Brisant’ may be a breakthrough, as will obtaining copies of all of the newspaper articles by the ‘saucer-builders’. Information dealing with any of these matters, anything else you think might be relevant, or (especially) that I’ve got wrong will be greatly appreciated.

Fresh thanks are due, among others, to Wayne Spencer, JC Carbonel, Maurizio Verga, Peter Williams, Martin Kottmeyer, Tim Matthews, Claude Mauge, and Eduardo Russo for their help and assistance.

October 1999

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Abduction Watch 19 and 20

 

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Number 19/20, July 1999

DARK AGES


This is a special internet edition of AW. I must apologise for the long delay since the last issue, which has primarily been caused by back problems, now substantially improved. I know that AW has many readers on the Net – though I wish more of you would communicate directly with me: if you’ve forgotten how to use paper, send me a disk saved in .rtf format, and share your thoughts and ideas – and I wanted to put something out for you as soon as possible. For readers of the paper version this should come out in the next couple of weeks as a triple issue with extra material, hopefully including professional and informed comments on the DNA analysis of the (oh no!) “strand of alien hair” mentioned below. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy this unbelieving overview of the (with acknowledgements to the excellent Spectrum magazine) ‘abduction myth-arc’.


Abusing the Holocaust

Along with the use of regression hypnosis, the other really nasty tactic adopted to force belief in alien abduction is to parallel abduction with the Holocaust. Budd Hopkins – who also first validated the use of amateur, purposive regression hypnosis – opens his second book, Intruders with ‘A Note to the Reader’.

“One of the many things we don’t like to admit about the human mind is its basic inability to accept or even to vividly imagine an ‘unrealistic’ or deeply unpalatable truth. Though we can entertain any wild idea ‘in theory’, a profoundly unsettling concept can be almost impossible to believe – to really believe – despite the weight of evidence and the pressure of logic. One historic example of our inability to comprehend and believe a chilling truth is delineated in Walter Laquer’s book The Terrible Secret, a work dealing with the Holocaust. Laquer’s research established that by the end of 1943, when a sizeable portion of the world’s population had read or been told of Hitler’s systematic liquidation of the Jewish people, this ongoing horror was simply not believed. The Nazis were evil, we seemed to be saying, and truly barbaric, but that – the systematic murder of children and old people and men and women – that just couldn’t be true.

Obviously, in this context even eyewitness accounts were irrelevant. Laquer describes a meeting between Jan Karski, a Polish eyewitness to the slaughter, and Judge Felix Frankfurter, a man whose brilliance and intellectual resiliency cannot be doubted. Karski told Frankfurter of what he had seen and heard, but Frankfurter replied that “he did not believe him. When Karski protested, Frankfurter explained that he did not imply that Karski had in any way not told the truth, he simply meant that he could not believe him – there was a difference . . . The possibility that extraterrestrial intelligence may already be visiting our planet, as the UFO evidence implies, and treating the human species as laboratory specimens for some elusive and perhaps unfathomable purpose – that is a truly disturbing idea. We all know, of course, a basic scientific truth: It can’t happen here. Justice Frankfurter’s remark is apt: despite the eyewitness description and all the other categories of evidence, “I just cannot believe it.”

Demonstrating how this argument appeals to those who have publicly committed themselves to a probably irrational belief in interaction with aliens, I understand that during a debate with James Oberg on March 31 this year, Dr Steven Greer of the increasingly barmy CSETI “opened the general session with comparing people who refuse to believe in UFOs with neo-Nazis who deny the Holocaust ever happened.”

The simple, devastating fact is that while the physical, documentary and personal evidence of the Holocaust is too compelling and vast to comprehend, there isn’t one single item of tangible, objective evidence that even one human being has ever been abducted by aliens. And it is a gross and disgusting insult to both victims and survivors of Nazis to even make the comparison, let alone to twist it in this way. But there is a useful point to be made here, and I would like to suggest an entirely different parallel between the process that led to the Holocaust, and the process – so much in Hopkins’ ownership, though adopted by so many others – which has led to the worldwide belief in alien abduction. And, more important, to the belief that some human beings are somehow less than human: that they are ‘abductees’.

All prejudice, all race-hate, all genocide, has its roots in identifying and imposing difference. Sometimes, that difference is identified in a pseudo-scientific manner, typified by the eugenicists whose claims that differences between racial and ethnic groups could be established by measurement were adopted by so many politicians and governments in the early part of this century. In some countries – like the UK – its influence dwindled in the face of reason and compassion. In others – like Sweden – it was adopted as a justification for official action to prevent sexual reproduction by those who were judged sufficiently different to denigrate the health and well-being of the nation’s breeding stock. In others – and particularly in Nazi Germany – it was adopted as an excuse for the slaughter of those who, by virtue of their difference, were determined as being less than human, inferior to those making the identification, and therefore unfit to live. Behind the political expediency lay a genuine belief held by many of those responsible for the genocide of Jews and gypsies, that their failure to be fully human meant that they could be used and abused at will by those who were their superiors. The adoption of similar attitudes to homosexuals and intellectuals is a little more complex, but undoubtedly has its roots in the identification of difference, too.

Thus, in Germany, the dehumanisation of the Jews had its distant roots in eugenics, in the pseudo-scientific identification of difference between those with ‘Jewish’ physical characteristics, and those with ‘Aryan’ characteristics. As time went on the differences were progressively emphasised and publicly demonstrated: in the wearing of the yellow Star of David, the marking of business premises, the blaming of the Jews for public disorder to justify oppression, public humiliation, ghettoisation, and finally deportation and death for the most fortunate, the suffering of forced labour and starvation for those who survived for a time, and medical experimentation and/or abuse for many. All on the basis that Jews were different, generation after generation, when they weren’t. That breeding with them, or even allowing them to breed, was dangerous and would produce non-human offspring. And the belief – so grimly reflected by Jacobs, Hopkins, Dodd, Pope and others – that a higher race may do what it wishes to a lower race, without comeback, and almost without questioning. The lesson from the Holocaust is not one of daring to believe without meaningful evidence. It is that believing without meaningful evidence is likely, where it involves telling human beings that they are different to, or less than, human, to end in tragedy.


Moving Forward?

Over the past few months I’ve been reviewing the role and effectiveness of AW. Abduction scepticism is undoubtedly in for a hard time. A new book by John Mack is on the way, his completely irrelevant academic position no doubt likely to seduce yet more reasonable and well-meaning people into believing in the reality and ubiquity of the Greys. Speilberg is reported to be creating a massive new series of programmes covering the ‘history’ of ‘abduction’, to be called ‘Taken’. Speilberg’s extraordinary visual persuasiveness will lead millions at least to assess the credibility of the abduction myth on the basis of what they see depicted on screen, without realising how ephemeral, deceptive and self-contradictory the actual evidence is. Many viewers will simply believe what they are shown, and we will face our most difficult task yet in dealing with those beliefs. We are also stuck with Joe Firmage, a frighteningly rich American with a probable core experience (see below) and a crusade to go on. Anybody who believes in the validity of the investigative techniques of Linda Moulton Howe, as Firmage seems to, is likely to present problems to rational and scientific thinking, and as he spends freely to confirm his own sanity and his desire to have been chosen, others will be hurt by the fallout. He’ll lose interest eventually, just wait and see.

All this, however, presents quite a challenge to the small numbers of us trying to resolve the abduction issue, and to prevent excessive harm to those persuaded of its reality. So, heartened by the interest aroused by its absence and the many thoughtful communications wishing me and it well I just thought through the usefulness of AW, and whether the limited time and resources could be better utilised. I decided that there are probably three lines of approach worth taking.

  1. To continue to press for rational explanations and meaningful proofs of wild and irrational assertions of alien existence and intervention in human life. This has the advantage not only of keeping some sort of ongoing pressure on those making and publishing those claims, and of encouraging concentration on new claims as they occur, but it can also be great fun. I want to stick with that element of fun because it’s vital to balance the general gloom and confusion likely to be induced by pursuing the other two lines of approach.
  2. To consider whether there is a persistent and identifiable core human experience involving a perception of contact and interaction with non-human intelligence. This perception appears to have been interpreted in different ways in different times and places in relation to its social and ‘knowledge’ context (by ‘knowledge’ I mean the scientific, religious and cosmological views prevailing at the time of interpretation). This seems likely to be an essentially internal experience, but may be related to, or simply coincidental with, some external trigger that is similarly unexplored. The investigation of any possible external trigger would probably need to cover a range including shamanistic communications, to reported visionary experience within a religious context, to supposed ‘car-stop’ and CE2/CE3 incidents within ufology.
  3. To assess – and this is the one with which I’m absolutely the least comfortable – the evidence for a possible manipulation of individuals, groups, and a fairly random wider public to believe in an oppressive, inescapable and damaging relationship between human and non-human – generally ‘alien’ – beings. In trying to deal with this aspect of the material to hand, I suggest that it may be helpful to assume that any such manipulation is relatively recent, and may be founded on the use of modern methods of communication. These methods – particularly the use of video and the Internet, and of easy DTP, too – are unprecedentedly open to such manipulation, and can be used to publish material of neither truth nor merit, without any of the selectivity that prevailed through the applying of standards and rationality in both media and publishing as late as the 1970s. I’m not a natural conspiracy theorist, but from the first soundings of the ‘unnamed soldier’ material a couple of years ago, I’ve grudgingly come to the address the question of why so much nasty and dangerous rubbish is being used to fool so many vulnerable and easily-damaged people in such a smooth, professional and often very profitable way. This isn’t Picknett and Prince’s ‘Stargate Conspiracy’ theory, intriguing though some of that is: I just don’t see the CIA at work here. But it’s becoming more difficult to believe that there isn’t some organised, sick inspiration behind much of what people have been made to believe.These lines of approach could be dealt with separately. I considered publishing a ‘Core Experience Bulletin’, which could be terribly worthy, and would probably attract quite a wide, respectful and respectable audience, as well as Albert Budden. I could also go down a ‘conspiracy behind the conspiracy’ route, and merrily accuse those who identify conspiracy behind every government press release and technological development of themselves being victims of a deeper, weirder and nastier conspiracy, which manipulates their own beliefs in the sure hope that they, with their burning desire for fame and, more often than not, money, will persuade others of the truth of the lies they are told. This would undoubtedly be intriguing, and probably accurate in some degree, but to do it in isolation really wouldn’t help resolve the overall question. And the overall question is? Well, do non-human intelligences really communicate with, and interact with, human beings? Or something like that.So, this will carry on being Abduction Watch, covering not only the questions raised in 2 and 3 above, but the full range of assertions of alien reality as well. In the end, the belief in abduction, inter-breeding, foetus capture, on-UFO child-rearing and the rest of it remains at the very summit of all these warped assertions. The publicity given to it, and the persuasive tactics used to convince the weak and vulnerable of its truth, amounts to something very, very close to abuse. But just telling people that isn’t going to change anything. Until we’ve cracked the questions about core experience and what is probably best described as ‘alien advocacy’, the disinforming of both researchers and the public in a remarkably organised and consistent way, we’ll never really understand what’s going on. There are some substantial demons out there, and I’m pretty certain that they’re human. Whatever they are, we need to start confronting all of them, and it seems best to do it within AW, which has won an established audience and, it seems, a little respect, too.Anyway, let’s have a look at some of the casualties of false reality that have come to light since February, starting with a variety of horrendous claims that symptoms of emotional and psychological distress, or serious physical illness, are indicators of abduction. More difference, more labelling . . .

Manipulation of health issues

No.1 : The Alien Love-Bite If there was a deliberate intention to include those who are troubled and vulnerable – women who are abused, or in failing or unsuccessful relationships – within the hypothetical “abductee population”, that intention could hardly be better fulfilled than by the extraordinary arguments of Eve Frances Lorgen in ‘The Love Bite’ in MUFON UFO Journal for January1999. Lorgen, of course, works with Derrel Sims and Roger Leir, and we have featured all three of them, and their unfathomable motivations, before . . .

“As an abductions researcher of 15 years, and from the perspective of female intuition, I contend that most ufologists and abduction researchers are so adamant about the nuts and bolts that they overlook the whole drama of what is taking place in abductees’ lives. Specifically, I am referring to a variety of alien-orchestrated human bonding dramas, relationship manipulations, and love obsessions that are carried out in the abductee population. . . . Throughout my experience studying and counselling abductees and ‘experiencers’, I can confidently say that the alien presence – or whoever is acting behind its image – exerts a heavy influence on their lives, sometimes down to the lovers they meet and even the very partners they choose to marry. . . . The love relationship set-up may include a number of bizarre synchronicities, vivid dreams, supernatural events, and bonding exercises during alien encounters. The orchestrated experiences are often intimate and sexual, such that one or the other cevelops an intense chemistry and love obsession with the targeted partner. Often, either person is married to – or has an existing relationship with – another mate. It makes no difference. . . . Many female abductees have entered into controlling and abusive marriages, ensuring a constant life of victimisation and crisis that prevents them from addressing the core issues of abductions. I believe these types of relationship problems are primarily due to unresolved abduction-related psychological issues, other personal family affairs, and direct interference by the alien handlers. . . . the point I want to make here is that these relationship issues are unique to the abductee population. They need to be addressed as such, taking into consideration the reality of alien abductions.”

There we go – it’s that “unique to the abductee population”. If you have any or all of these problems, you must be an abductee. What the hell is Lorgen – and MUFON – playing at, publishing this stuff?

No.2:  Betty Cash

In an obituary in MUFON UFO Journal for Feb. 1999 John Schuessler, long-time investigator and proponent of the supposed ‘Cash-Landrum’ encounter, said of Betty Cash that

“Betty died of health problems associated with injuries that were caused by her close encounter with a UFO exactly eighteen years ago. During the intervening years, Betty suffered more than anyone can imagine. Never a year passed that she wasn’t hospitalised and treated for complications arising from that initial extensive radiation exposure . . Betty and Vickie, with help from MUFON and attorney Peter Gersten, tried valiantly to find out what they had been exposed to and what could be done to offset the effects of the exposure. Hundreds of letters and telephone calls to government officials were either ignored or given little more than lip service. Even after she knew that it was too late to get answers that could reverse the damage her body had sustained, Betty fought on. She said it was important for the truth to be known . . Even though she didn’t win, she did make a dent in the bureaucracy. Even more, she helped a number of medical doctors understand the serious nature of exposure to some UFOs. None of them laughed at Betty, and they will be better prepared to deal with the problem the next time it occurs.”

No.3:  AIDS

New horrors emerge in Paranoia magazine for Spring 1999. Despite the apparently ironic title, Paranoia takes itself very seriously, and spreads fiction and panic like it was fact and news. Here it’s an article by Philip S. Duke, Ph.D. titled “The AIDS-ET Connection’. (unlike other contributors Duke seems to be real – he writes to Saucer Smear – but it would be interesting to hear more about his Ph.D.) Duke adopts a variety of ‘dark age’ proofs for his claims. Firstly, he sets out a tortuous argument that HIV could not have occurred accidentally, that it therefore occurred by design, it first occurred between 1940 and 1950 “when human science was quite incapable of such a feat”, so it must have had an extraterrestrial origin. Secondly, he introduces the secret government/alien liaison argument, saying that

“the ‘parent’ HIVs were selectively developed with the involuntary help of human abductees. Once developed, it would be easy to (but why?) selectively infect Africans and gay New Yorkers. Human abductions with medical exams and samplings would provide monitoring and additions to the pandemics, if desired.”

Duke then goes on to adopt the cattle mutilation myth-arc – surely created by the most outstandingly dim and depressing bunch of ‘investigators’ in the whole field – to argue that “No one had any idea why cattle mutilations were performed or why they take their specific nature, until the AIDS-ET Connection, which fully answers all these questions.” He asserts that

“The physical locus of the cattle mutilations correspond with HIV transmission in humans, except for the ear. The blood is a site of HIV replication in humans. Cattle mutilations are explained on the basis that animals are previously infected with HIV’s or related viruses and locator implants are placed in the ear. At the appropriate time (when is that?) the cattle blood with virus and antibodies is harvested, and transmission data is obtained by study of corresponding transmission sites. The ear is removed to facilitate locator device recovery with minimum exposure.”

Duke expresses his displeasure that NIDS and “other persons interested in cattle mutilations” will not agree to his request to HIV test mutilated cattle, or even their frozen blood. He says “I have the impression that they are afraid testing would confirm my hypothesis.” He goes on to use Jacobs’ material to validate the proposition that not all abductees are taken for alien/human hybridisation, but that some are used for HIV/AIDS purposes instead.

In a strange parody of scientific method, Duke wrote, not to doctors or scientists but to “prominent abduction researchers” seeking information regarding the HIV status of those identified as abductees. Even they wouldn’t respond to him – save one: our slightly-more-than-a-chiropodist acquaintance, author of The Alien and the Scalpel, Roger Leir. Leir’s response to Duke is said by Duke to make this claim

“A male abductee with implant tested positive for HIV until his implant was removed, after which he tested (and remains) HIV negative. The implant was hollow and contained a substance. Dr Leir wrote that he vouched for this result. Dr Leir also informed me that in the future HIV test status results will be obtained on all implant patients. Additional data can therefore be expected.”

As I write, in June 1999, I understand that Leir is in hospital after a heart attack, apparently induced by a patient’s complaint. It may be even less likely than usual that he will respond to enquiries regarding his claims, but if Leir really claimed that HIV can disappear instantly from human blood on removal of an implant, and that all his future guinea-pigs will be subject to ‘before and after’ HIV testing, then I suggest that he has lost touch with reality completely, and that his wretched book, with its assertions of alien manipulation of human genetics, should be considered in that light. As for Duke, he concludes that “All known phenomena relating to HIV/AIDS and ufology can, I suggest, be logically explained in terms of the gray alien agenda. That agenda is for the gray aliens to live here without us.”

No. 4: Max Burns and ME

Much has been said about Max Burns over recent months, and he has been widely adopted as an example of what is wrong with British ufology. To be fair to Burns, any research on the Sheffield incident was bound to look shabby and inadequate compared to Dave Clarke’s. Clarke is a particularly good researcher, who understands the application of rational, analytical thought to carefully established facts. Having skipped both the facts and the rational, analytical thought, Burns was at a terrible disadvantage, which is where he will remain until he puts some real work in.

With, however, all due respect to flying saucers, this was pretty marginal stuff compared to Burns’ other ‘research’ effort, summarised in his posting “Is there a connection between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – ME – and the alien abduction scenario?” Again, his facts are feeble – he knows an ‘abductee’ who “as well as having a long history of medical problems has been diagnosed with ME”. She is a member of an abductee group that meets in London. It has 20 members, 14 of whom have, apparently, “been medically diagnosed with ME”.

From a little reading and these unchecked, uninvestigated figures (and if this is the WSG I suspect it is, then some of its members have but a distant relationship with reality, and the nature and veracity of their supposed diagnoses may well be open to debate) Burns extrapolates absurdly. He reads that 70 to 80% of ME sufferers are women, and correlates this with a claim that 70/80% of abductees are women, too. He reads that 1 – 2% of the population may have ME, and correlates this with the pathetic claim of Hopkins and Jacobs that 1 – 2% of the “population of the planet . . are being abducted”. On this basis Burns, with a turn of phrase that must signify something about him, decides that “If the data represents the connection then this could well be a back door to Pandora’s box”, announces that “a figure of 10,000 abductees globally would have to submit data to gauge an accurate study”, and asks “for the assistance of abductee support groups”.

Burns then wanders speculatively on, making a succession of crackpot suggestions in sometimes barely comprehensible English,

“The abduction scenario is a direct symptom and brain disorder . . alien abduction is yet another symptom to this illness, a symptom which can manifest itself in the human brain as a memory . . ME is a direct result of the alleged alien implants, which it has been claimed by a large number of abductees to have been placed inside of their heads, and in some way be causing the illness because of the implants interruption by proximity to certain areas of the brain and the cause-effect of this is the human body receiving the incorrect information to function normally causing the multi-faceted symptoms of ME (Where’s Stanley Unwin, now that we need him?) . . these aliens are in some way draining energy from the alleged victim of these abductions, and the symptoms after these alleged incidents, do bear a striking resemblance to the symptoms of ME . . Perhaps the alleged abductee’s body chemistry is being altered and this . . is a further manipulation of the DNA structure of the human race to make it more compatible for the long term hybrid programme which may be causing the side effects that manifest themselves in the symptoms of ME.” (I’ve used the term ME throughout, rather than CFS).

While Burns rattles on about obtaining data which will then be offered for “medical and psychological comment”, he makes his personal agenda quite clear

“The objective is to supply undeniable data, and in the ideal world to force enlisting the scientific community to investigate this further, with an over all view to forcing the world governments to acknowledge that we are being visited by E.B.E.’s and that the abductions by so many are in a large number of cases what I personally believe to be true. I am in particular looking at the new enzyme that is present in the bodies of all people diagnosed with CFS and in the 1000 people tested who did not have CFS the enzyme was not present.

My research is progressing slowly into what may well turn out to be a connection with the identification of a new human enzyme and the alien abduction scenario. Although I am only speculating at this time, I feel that there is a distinct possibility that the enzyme will be present in all abductees and that all abductees actually have CFS or Fibro and that the symptoms are so minute in some abductees that they do not realise that they have the illness.”

So, let’s summarise. On the basis of twenty probably hurt, vulnerable and confused people in one closed and self-perpetuating abductee group in London, without medical or other evidence, alien abduction believer Burns has concluded – maybe tentatively, maybe not – that abductees have, as a result of their experience(s), a new enzyme in their bodies which will cause them to suffer the often completely debilitating effects of ME. He is not asking medicine or science to provide research evidence to test this ‘theory’, but is trying to obtain confirmation from other abduction believers, researchers, and ‘abductees’. To them, he addresses his supposition that those who have been, in his view, abducted, will have ME, even if they don’t realise it yet. If they believe Burns, then they’ll probably come to believe that they have ME, too, and such are the psychological elements of ME that they may well come to display some or all of its symptoms, to complement their personal disaster of believing in having been abducted. Just to give them that little extra encouragement, he ends this display of dangerous, unpleasant, unscientific exposition by saying

“I hope that upwards of 10,000 abductees will take the CFS survey on the site during the next twelve months. We may see that the huge increase in the percentage of abductees that have CFS is a global pattern, and returns the same high anomalous figure that it has with my initial investigation, circa 68% above the global national average per capita of 1 – 2% of the populous (sic).”

That’s it, Max. You set ‘em up, and the medical profession will try to help them in due course. 


Gordon Creighton’s Angels

Gordon Creighton, in FSR for Winter 1998, hits new depths of guillibility. If there’s one fact we all accept it’s that the US publication Weekly World News, while great fun, is essentially a work of fiction. It’s entertainment. It makes no pretence of being true. It originated the ‘London bus on the Moon’ approach to photo-journalism later picked up in the UK by the Sunday Sport, and recent headlines include “Christian bombshell in Jerusalem – 2,000-year-old letter from Jesus found!”, “Halo appears over 3-year-old girl’s head”, “Space aliens steal salesman’s cheap toupee”, “Tiny space alien saves balloon” and “10 Commandments found in Israel – broken stone tablets covered at secret archaeological site”.

Creighton had been sent cuttings from WWN from 1985 and 1986, which apparently reported that “Soviet astronauts aboard the space-station Salyut-7 had had the astounding experience of seeing enormous cosmic beings with wings as large as those of Jumbo jets.” The 1985 piece identified these as “gigantic angels”, and the 1986 revisited the supposed sighting saying that “Reports that Soviet cosmonauts sighted a band of angels on a space mission last summer have been disputed by a Russian researcher . . Dr Yury Manakov said the cosmonauts initially referred to the beings as angels simply because they had wings. But now that all the facts are in, he said there can be no doubt: the creatures descended from a race of humanoids who shed their bodies after reaching the top of the evolutionary ladder”.

“After the disappearance of the Soviet Marxist tyranny” (May 1998!) Creighton says he tried, but failed, to obtain confirmation of the reality of these fictional reports from inside the former Soviet Union, until the September 1998 issue of a Russian UFO magazine (NLO) to which he had sent the WWN pieces responded by publishing an article elaborating them yet further. Not only does it confirm the ‘angels’ tale, but introduces a new one

” . . when the Hubble (telescope) had been investigating the Galaxy NGG-3532, its sensors had recorded the appearance of seven bright objects in orbit around the Earth! From the first picture to be transmitted to them, the scientists were prepared to conclude that the Hubble had photographed some UFOs flying in a group. But on some of the photographs received later there were seen, somewhat dimly but nevertheless clearly detectable, “shined winged beings reminiscent of the Angels of the Bible!” John Pratchers, an engineer on the Hubble Project, said of them, “They were about 20 metres in height. And their wings were as long as the wings of the present-day aerobus airliners. Those beings radiate a powerful light. We are unable to say yet who or what they are. But it seemed as though they wanted us to photograph them!”

As we might expect of Creighton, he hasn’t bothered to check whether “John Pratchers” actually works for the Hubble Project, or whether he said what NLO claims. He just publishes this stuff, and even quotes a National Enquirer fiction – ‘Russians meet space aliens in orbit’ – from 1981. This encounter supposedly involved cosmonauts flashing torches at aliens to communicate numbers in Morse Code, and the aliens – who flashed numbers back – later floating in space, untethered without breathing apparatus, outside the windows of Salyut-6. All this rubbish will now go back round the world as true. 


Betty Trout and the line-dancing aliens

Accustomed as we are to the madness of ufology, the level of authority given to those who provide key examples of that madness continues to surprise. MUFON has allowed Beverley Trout to become MUFON State Director, to work with “abductees”, “showing the patience and skill of a psychotherapist” (it appears that she has no training in dealing with disturbed people), and to speak at its 1999 Symposium. She is not a young woman, but only retrieved her typically lurid abduction memories under hypnosis in 1991. “She had been abducted at four years of age from the back yard on her parents’ farm in broad daylight. In this incident, her reproductive system had been checked, and “some sort of corrections were made”. She also recalled “at age 11 being taken from a tractor in a hayfield. In that incident, an area above her right eyebrow was opened and a tiny coil was introduced which corrected an area of swollen brain tissue. A reptilian seemed to be in charge.”More recently, Trout remembered – again under hypnosis

“that while in the aliens’ custody I’d been approached by a ‘cowboy’ (with blanked-out facial features), then led before a group of ‘people’, all of whom were dressed in country-western clothing. But I instantly knew they weren’t dressed right – that their country-western garb was decidedly inappropriate. For example, instead of cowboy boots, they wore mud boots. Their clothing colors were badly coordinated, and for some reason they were shuffling their feet as they stood in lines before me. They didn’t look very lively, and I got the impression that they were disadvantaged somehow, that they needed help.

Later, I felt stupid for not instantly recognising what was happening – these were hybrids, and I was expected to teach them line dancing. I think that the alien scanning my computer later that night was probably going through the dance files stored there.” Beverley has, in fact, taught line dancing to literally thousands of people during the past eight years, as well as doing DJ work on holiday and party dance events in Des Moines, IA, and surrounding areas.”

As well as dealing with ‘abductees’ for MUFON, Trout teaches an “adult education class on UFOs through the Des Moines school system.” 


The Return of Tony Dodd – Alien Ambassador

You’ll probably have noticed that Tony Dodd is back, lecturing for the UFO Magazine conferences, and with a book I haven’t bothered to buy or read. If Dodd can’t tell me which wildly different version of the ‘Jason’ stories he’s put out (if either!) is true, I really can’t trust anything else he says. However, an interview in the dreaded X-Factor reveals a great deal about his belief system and, frankly, his psychological state. You may wish to decide for yourself whether a man who believes the following is fit or suitable to ‘investigate’ anybody who is probably already vulnerable and confused -” . . people generally don’t know that they’ve actually been abducted. So, in my investigations I look for certain things that they wouldn’t normally know about . . On more than one occasion, I’ve had one person under hypnosis, but have ended up speaking with somebody else; one of the aliens. I asked them what gave them the right to abduct people and the voice said: “We have every right to do this, you do not understand the nature of things.” The answers were so philosophical that I reasoned that I was talking to a highly intelligent entity . . I’m here – to disseminate information, to learn and to give it out. The contact that I have had told me that I’m here as some form of teacher. They told me this was decided before I arrived on Earth . . (humans are) being abducted until they reach puberty, at which point the visitors start taking eggs and sperm. We know that the aliens are making certain women pregnant. I know a woman who has been made pregnant by them twice and both times they’ve taken the baby . . The babies are half us and half them. They’ve definitely got the alien eyes; they have hair on their head, which we think is from the human side; the head is too large for the body and they also have very slim limbs. They do have the alien-type face, but some of them have a small nose, which is probably from the human side of the equation.”

Dodd is always boasting that he was a policeman, and both Redfern and Pope accept – at least publicly, maybe because it helps their fantasies along – that this lends him substantial credibility. But that was a good many years ago. The question is, would any Police force employ Dodd now? What do you think? 


Oh Jesus!

Let’s end on a lighter note. I suspect that not many of you buy Quest Magazine, the UK ancient astronaut/alternative history/paranormal magazine that appears in W H Smith’s from time to time. Appropriately for the man who has brought such openness, honesty and consistency to attempts to establish the facts about the Santilli ‘Alien Autopsy’ material, Philip Mantle has recently taken over from Bob Digby as Editor. It carries articles worse, longer, even more speculative than those in X-Factor-, and the standard of writing and proof-reading has sunk below that of Alien Encounters. If you could test the IQ of a magazine, you might conclude that it should be referred for special help.The cover of the issue for April/May 1999 promises us “Exclusive extracts – JESUS Last of the Pharoes”. It isn’t clear whether this mis-spelling refers to the islands that drew with the Scottish soccer team, or to the Egyptians referred to as “pharaohs” in the article itself. You need to read the whole article to realise how stupid it really is, but I feel I should draw your attention to a series of terrible errors in mainstream history that its author, Ralph Ellis, has, “fully supported by the established Biblical and historical texts” discovered. He has found that

“John the Baptist was high priest of Jerusalem, who was drowned in a baptismal font by Herod. It was the dripping head of Joseph (brother of Herod) that was brought to the palace, not John’s. Jesus was governor of Tiberias and he eventually became a popular rebel leader with a force of 600 men under his command. His top ranking commanders, the disciples, were manly (sic) drawn from his immediate family, his brothers James, Joset, Simon and not forgetting his twin brother Judas Iscarriot (sic). Jesus owned a large castle in Galilee, he married his sister Mary, after the pharaonic tradition, and had at least one son – Elimas. After fighting both Saul and the Romans in and around Tiberias, Jesus rode south to save Jerusalem, which was being besieged by both the Romans and the Jewish zealots under the command of Simon the Zealot. Jesus died in Jerusalem in AD 68, long after the established date for his crucifixion, whilst defending the sacred city.”

Ellis, who asserts the copyright of this nonsense, has apparently published a book titled Jesus, Last of the Pharaohs. If he hadn’t, I’d have assumed that this was simply an outrageously obvious hoax: much of Quest is filled by similarly non-factual material. How and why Ellis has come to disseminate this absurd – and to many offensive – fiction I don’t know, but it says much for Quest that it chose to publish it. 


Kevin McClure retains the copyright of all material published in AW, but if any responsible magazine or e-zine would like to reprint anything, I’m likely to agree if you ask in writing. Thanks.

Abduction Watch #18

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Number 18, February 1999

SUPERSTITIOUS MINDS


Don Worley – covering-up abuse

 

If you think back to AW 16/17, you’ll remember that I took some time to look at the abduction beliefs of the much-published – especially by Gordon Creighton at Flying Saucer Review – US researcher Don Worley, and particularly at his claims concerning one “Reverend David Adams”, and the alleged physical contacts between Adams, his religious group, and the sexually predatory – and violent – alien beings Worley describes as ‘Nordics’. I quoted some of Worley’s assertions regarding “Adams” . . .

“This brilliant, exceptional pastor possesses a number of University degrees, including those in Philosophy and Medicine, and has had many years of successful leadership experience. He carries the title “Most High” in his own religious Order . . his religious group, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Canada and the northern European countries, are entirely familiar with the type of alien whom we call the “Nordic” or “the Blond” . . ”

One intelligent commentator suggested similarities with some elements of the Raelian Movement (that is an anagram of ‘Ra’ and ‘alien’, isn’t it?), but I’m not aware of any evidence that their activities include the sexual exploitation of young people. On the other hand nobody, including a couple of the UK cult research groups, came up with any alternative suggestions, though the claims are still being checked. Mind you, another letter from Worley made clear that checking his work is made as difficult as possible, and poses the following . . .

Q. What do you call a man who withholds evidence of the systematic sexual abuse of young people from the Police because he’s afraid of aliens?

A. Don Worley

This is, with only brief and insignificant editing, Worley’s response to my questions. I’ve corrected some quirks of spelling:

“Dear Kevin

I have contemplated your letter and very biased and ignorant arm chair style opinions of me and the ‘abduction world’ in general. Just as I thought you have little or no experience on the scene or you being an apparent normal intelligent person would know better. As I said you certainly have a right to your opinion and the questions you have asked. Casting aside your underlying belligerent approach I will try to relieve some of your ignorance about the down to earth facts of the abduction world.

. . . you print “Don Worley – Talking Dirty”. I suppose you have said this because I have had to touch on such morally repugnant things as all kinds of female violations by the aliens, groups of young boys who had their sperm taken, a reverend who has known total intimacy with his alien keepers etc. Please believe me I and all researchers wish all this were not going on at all. But it is and if an investigator is worth his salt he has to stick to the truth no matter how distasteful.

Further down the page you criticise me for sending my data (only to other willing exchanging researchers – not abductees or anyone else) out. With abductees I send only my questionnaire to determine if they may really be abductees. You believe I am a deterrent to those in need in that to you my approach in articles is brutally factual and I must be putting further fear and confusion into the minds of those I seek to help. It would take too much space to explain how I handle abductees but my approach is to be truthful yet bring forth all the positive factors possible. I am sure I sent you several personal pages from certain abductees telling how much they appreciated my valuable help. My work is with the isolated, bewildered often fearful abductee. I am most grateful to those who guide me for allowing me to do this wonderful, noble, effort in my brief journey in this existence.

In paragraph 7 page 3 in your confusion you have misinterpreted my urging the distraught abductee to make a phone call to me if they are contemplating suicide. Surely you must know I am addressing the victim at home not off in a spaceship demanding to make a call to me. Come on Kevin let’s really be serious now.

Now to the matter of the Reverend David Adams and all the other anonymous names I am forced to use in my articles representing the actual participants. It is the fault of all the would-be prejudiced, emotional persons such as you Kevin who would institute their certain harassment of the already disturbed abductee. The abductee knows this can often happen and the researcher knows it only too well so there is a bond of trust on what can be revealed. So in effect critics such as you ruin this total free flow of information.

It is for this vital reason that I am prevented from answering any of your questions that you listed on pages 8 and 9. In your 11th question (re reporting the sexual abuse of young people to the Police) you amply demonstrate what would happen should you know the real name and address of the reverend. You would mistakenly set the police or child protection agencies on him. You are guilty of idiotic false assumptions again that I see in much of your thinking. Need I tell you that no one controls the aliens. Certainly not the reverend – he is only a helpless observer in any of the incidents I mentioned. In the last incident mentioned he was not even present with the youth group.

Regarding the qualifications and truthfulness of the claims of the reverend – I deemed this case so important that I devoted much of three summer months to his case. I amassed a large file on him and citing my 33 years experience I will firmly state that what the reverend has revealed is the bold truth no matter how unprecedented it is. The very busy reverend positively has no other motive for seeking my expertise and help with his problems and enlightenment began once he had contacted me. It certainly was not spending all that time and expense and effort just to feed me tall, fantastic tales. No, the reverend wanted to try to understand and secondly he sought a source where his amazing situation would be listened to, evaluated and recorded for posterity. The powerful persons who controlled the reverend gave him the go ahead once he had started with me and I met their approval. The reverend was not the ultimate leader of the large group mentioned in my writings.

Well, there is a lot more I’d like to go into but will end this with this observation. I thank you Kevin for your thorough layout of your position using my letter and excerpts of my articles. I have not appreciated your put down and belittling of my long time friends such as Gordon Creighton and others. I have enclosed a very good article by another old friend Eddie Bullard PhD of Indiana University and some convincing pages from a few abductees. I still have the faint hope that somehow you might begin to awaken. Awaken from your present gullible state of trying to explain away the huge body of alien activity and have now probably reached the great time change that Jacobs and Bullard cite.

PPS Just got a call from old Gordon in England. He called to tell me not to be in anyway involved with you. You are a well known trouble maker over there.”

So, in much the same way that Tony Dodd operates in the UK, those who whinge most about government secrecy are themselves the most secretive. Worley makes sure that his claims can’t be verified or investigated by, well, not telling the truth, but not admitting to that until challenged. It may be – who can tell – that none of this has any reality outside of Worley’s fantasy world, in which he sees himself as something like ‘Abduction Man’, protector of the weak and confused, the key person to phone if you’re thinking of suicide, the man approved of by the “powerful persons who controlled the reverend”. It may be that all of this is some sort of grim folie a deux between Worley and ‘Adams’. But it does, now, seem more likely that Worley genuinely has evidence of repeated, systematic sexual abuse, which both he and its victims have been deliberately led to believe is caused by aliens, when it is not. Hopefully unwittingly, Worley has become not only an apologist for abusers, but his alleged “33 years experience” may be part of the deceit. If what he says about his three months spent on this group is true, then it is quite likely that he has been used to help persuade the victims of this abuse that their abusers are aliens. It seems that Worley is the sort of person some people trust, and that the victims of this abuse have been encouraged to trust in his crazed pronouncements on alien powers and sexual preferences, thus protecting the real abusers.

Worley’s postal address is 1051 Beech Street, Connersville, IN 47331, USA. I presume that he must, there, have local Police and child protection agencies who I guess would be the first line of contact for somebody to challenge his decision to prevent those agencies from investigating the abuse that Worley asserts occurs within this ‘religion’. I have no doubt that there are also local and regional newspapers who would be interested. Maybe, in view of America’s obsession with aliens, the national media could be involved, too. I’d be very grateful if any US reader could suggest some names and addresses for contacts in the Police, child protection agencies and the media, to test Worley’s claims and, if they are true, to end the violence and abuse Worley has decided should continue.

Malcolm Robinson

 

A confusing month for me. Robinson has – by the usual essentially undemocratic process – joined BUFORA Council: there are times when BUFORA’s internal arrangements make the Rotten Boroughs system seem fair and open. Apparently, Robinson had to be on Council to becomes the organiser of the London lectures, which I suspect was more habit than necessity, but I am pleased to see him, quite publicly, state that he no longer values hypnotic regression as an investigative technique, and will not use it or facilitate its use in any investigation he is involved in. I guess this proves that there are better people to spend your time with than Billy Devlin.

I do, however, have substantial qualms. Robinson has made it clear that, in organising the lectures, he will be happy to put on hypnosis proponents such as Mack, Hopkins and Carpenter. He mutters about the same issues of censorship that were applied to him, and makes avoiding giving these people a platform sound like something repressive and morally wrong. It’s an easy argument to make, and to justify choosing only speakers who can verify their cases, and who care for the welfare of ‘abductees’ is undoubtedly much harder. Yet I suggest that much more thought should be put into this, before the Santilli and Sims disasters occur again. How many more times can BUFORA take an active, high-profile role in publicising claims clearly founded somewhere between greed and delusion, and still retain any credibility at all?

Let’s bring this issue right home to Robinson himself. He has, through his forceful recommendation of the use of hypnosis in the A70 case, and his fierce support for the reliability of the ‘memories’ so produced, created, Frankenstein-like, his own abductee. Thanks to Robinson’s beliefs and choices of action, a man believes he was abducted by alien beings when he almost certainly wasn’t, and goes round persuading others of the reality of the abduction experience, becoming involved in the ‘Fife’ case among others. From Malcolm’s own account, it seems that the use of hypnosis in that case has changed a man’s life, and not for the better.

Hopkins, Mack, Jacobs, Carpenter, Boylan, Smith, Dodd, Harris and many others have, essentially, done the same. That they may have done so without malice or ill-intent really doesn’t matter. All bear considerable responsibilities, and in Malcolm’s case his responsibility is to try to undo what he has done, and attempt to dismantle the delusion which he has helped create in the A70 witness and others. This could be one of the vital developments in the history of the abduction mythos, and it will be interesting to see how Robinson – and the witness – deal with it.

In the meantime, I suggest that BUFORA leads a serious debate on this most important issue, and then asks its membership – and not by phone – what its public meetings should convey, and what they should not. In my view, BUFORA should not collude in misleading and deceiving anybody at all into believing that they’ve been abducted, or have suffered any of the sick and twisted obscenities that go with that belief. For the time being, at least, I’ll hang on in BUFORA to try and make it so. Anyway, Robinson’s asked me to be a speaker, and I’d just love to tell the Don Worley story on a BUFORA platform!

Roger Leir – Intergalactic Chiropodist

An interesting piece on the Net from John Shirley, who I’ve heard of but can’t quite place. After reading some of the Sims/Leir ‘implant removal’ junk, he commented on an e-mail list about the lack of any real evidence on the Sims website and:

“got a reply from a Dr Lier (or Leir, I don’t care enough about the guy to look it up just now), telling me to shut up as I wasn’t “knowledgeable” in that area. This fellow, I believe, is a podiatrist who found the above implant (or other implants) in someone’s foot and then joined Derrel Sims’ Circus of Implants. I replied that I was thinking of writing about it and if he would like to give me evidence that would contradict my current views, why, I’d publish that evidence. I also asked him if he’d heard of Derrel Sims’ checkered past. The Foot Doctor replied IN FONT LIKE THIS THROUGH THE WHOLE EMAIL that I was obviously not a scientist, not party to the information he had, that I was reacting to rumors and surface information found on the unreliable Internet (I agree about the Internet’s unreliability) and that the real evidence was not being made available to the public so I should, in effect, shut up and go away. So, he claims to have evidence confirming alien implants but won’t give it to us . . And he was going to forward my libellous e-mail, in which I repeated mere gossip, to Sims. And he didn’t want to get any more e-mail from me. I sent him email immediately saying that it wasn’t gossip, there is documentation for his having tried to sell “learn to be a black belt in karate in one hour” snake oil. I of course haven’t heard from the Foot Doctor again.”

If anyone has an address for John Shirley, please let me know and I’ll send him some back issues.

A Consultant Anaesthetist on the Sims/Leir Implant reports

Thanks to the good offices of ASKE and Dr Michael Heap of the University of Sheffield, a consultant anaesthetist collated some professional comments to add to those published in AW15. Many thanks to all those who contributed.

“Re Surgical removal of alien implants

It is a little while since you sent me the photocopy of Dr Leir’s article on surgical removal of ‘alien implants’, so my apologies for not replying earlier. I have spoken to a number of my surgical and medical colleagues in the Derby hospitals, both senior and trainee doctors. None of them have heard of such reports in any of the reputable medical and surgical literature. Not only that, but they have never even heard of such proceedings taking place and having been reported in other journals either, and so they were quite surprised when I showed them the article which you had sent me.

The common thing about foreign bodies, which is the usual term in medical practice for environmental material finding its way inside the human body, is that they are generally found either in hands or feet. This is not surprising as people stand on all sorts of things and also use their hands most of the time, at work, to feed themselves or to help with climbing, etc. Sometimes they can find their way inside the eye, particularly high velocity foreign bodies such as small shards of metal from lathes and other pieces of machinery. The foreign bodies that are described in Dr Leir’s article appear to be of material that is commonly found on the planet earth. He does not state in his article what the definitive analysis of these foreign bodies is as a result of an analysis made by the Institute that he submitted them to. I am not clear as to the professional standing of the Institute that the samples were submitted to either.

I think the point that the elemental composition of the objects was able to be described contains nothing that is not found on earth is useful information. The fact that the small samples could not be definitively described as and said to be this or that is no reason for saying that they are from another world.

In summary, I read the article as saying that some individuals in America have had foreign bodies removed from usual places, ie hand and foot, and that the composition of these when analysed reveals them to have an earthly elemental composition. I would refute the comments in Dr Leir’s last paragraph that the objects seemed to be structured and served a purpose. The fact that they have not been identified does not substantiate his statement and his comments in the final paragraph about a theory of the devices being transponders is certainly dubious and, if I were an alien, I could certainly think of more satisfactory and safe places than to put them into someone’s feet or hand where they are likely to become damaged and of little benefit to me anyway. ”

We should, by now, have done quite enough to show that Leir’s claims for the reality of alien implants are absurd, and devoid of satisfactory verification. He has a book out, or on the way, setting out his beliefs and convictions, and I’ll try to circulate that, too. Yet even then, it will be difficult to communicate this to the believers. The MUFON UFO JOURNAL in particular has become little more than a mouthpiece for the ramblings of Leir and Eve Frances Lorgen – more of her ‘Alien Love Bite’ material, and the increasingly oppressive nature of her pronouncements next issue (if anyone knows where her much-vaunted “M.A. in Counselling Psychology” comes from, that could well be helpful).

We are, I think, in a new age of superstition. Not unlike Glen Hoddle’s belief in disability being a consequence of bad Karma, irrational belief becomes increasingly acceptable among – perhaps particularly among – reasonably educated people. It is a time of easy explanations, quick solutions, and junk science, and in ufology the easy, quick and junk have all been typified by the use of hypnosis. Even more primitive, stupid and unscientific is the ‘animal mutilation’ argument – because Cayton, Howe and a good many others haven’t worked out that if they advertise giving specific parameters for unpleasantly damaged animal carcasses, then that’s precisely what they’ll be given, they presume the mutilations must have been caused by aliens. This level of scientific thinking makes witchfinding look rational.


Kevin McClure retains the copyright of all material published in AW, but if any responsible magazine or e-zine would like to reprint anything, I’m likely to agree if you ask in writing. Thanks.

Abduction Watch 16/17

Number 16/17, January 1999

ARE YOU SURE YOU CAN’T GO BACK TO KANSAS?

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Don Worley – Talking Dirty

It is, I think, time to publicly apply rigorous tests to the factual reality of the claims made by the most influential individuals in the abduction field. If we can combine an exhaustive examination of the competence and reliability of the investigators and researchers who spread and support the abduction message with (see the Abduction Reinvestigation Project item later this issue) a similarly thorough review of the credibility of the most influential abduction cases, then we might just begin to get close to the truth. I guess that we’re already working on the strange case of Derrel Sims, Roger Leir and Eve Frances Lorgen (candidates, if ever there were candidates, for being the purveyors of deliberate US government disinformation, with their influence and resources way outreaching both their competence and their absurdly non-scientific material). But in this issue, I’d like to concentrate on Don Worley, and take a quick look at two or three others, as well.

A couple of months ago the US UFO Magazine published part of AW6 (the regression hypnosis one) under the title ‘Alien Charade’. Soon after this auspicious event (they haven’t even paid me the promised $30 yet) I received a package of papers from Don Worley. You may recall previous mentions of Worley and his strange contributions to the SPI magazine.

Worley is, he tells me, “77 but still a fighter”. He is a consultant to Flying Saucer Review (but then, who isn’t?) and is widely published. He has sent me copies of recent articles of his published in Fate and Contact Forum, and Gordon Creighton is clearly happy to publish him at length. His limply sarcastic letter exhorts me to both investigate and believe in abductions, and it’s worth quoting at some length. Indeed, it’s worth looking closely at Worley’s construction of his own world-view, and the way in which he elicits the supposed experiences of ‘his’ 100+ abductees, and then passes them on so freely to others to encourage further reports. Anyway, first, the letter.

“Kevin I feel really sorry for you. God! you are missing the most awesome drama ever in your life. I read your Alien Charade and of course it makes me into some kind of super idiot who has spent 33 years time, far too much money and tremendous effort working on becoming convinced due to actual on the scene experience with a lot of this via normal intelligent persons that it’s all for real. So now from your words I learn how mistaken I am and what a colossal fool I am. What a waste.

I respect your right to your opinion of course. However under your statements and tone I see the same hate and emotional disbelief I once had about such an outlandish impossible situation. I suspect you are really an armchair student without much total time, cases, at the scene experience. So all of this is a creepy sideshow of fun. My over 40 articles, huge files, over 112 abductees handled and many helped is something that can damage the whole spirit of human enquiry???

Wrong wrong wrong Kevin!!! Those who are present have fooled you totally. In my article ASSAULT I have spelled out what the stakes are and it is a shame you can’t resolve to reexamine your views by actually getting into the abductee struggle there in England. Time is running out on us and you can be a real champion for the truth there in your country. I am willing to send you my questionnaire and answer any questions on how to proceed. Begin to find out about lost timers there and contact them. Begin to add up the truthful data of the cases. Most can be done by mail. I’ve learned to stay off the phone here for among other things the MIB shut us down in one important case.

You said there is no physical evidence of alien intrusion and abduction. Wrong again there are cases. I’ve mentioned two in my Fate article. The burned places and the killed foliage and crushed down telephone stand. How are you really going to explain away the skin effects, implants (they are being recovered and examined). You trashed hypnosis – I have never liked it either so about all my cases are what they can recall. Some of it bubbles up years later. Kevin I have had all these people, I just cannot be so stupid that I would not know the real truth. I’ve been down the avenues of UFO, MUTES, Ape-like entities, MIB etc and I’ve hated it but it is vital we face the truth. By your ignorance you are in effect on their side where as I said you can with true objective determined effort be on our side. You are needed. Do wake up. It’s such a shame to see you like you are. I have sent some actual abductee pages and want to see you explain away such convincing pages. If you can do it I will hate to see your sheer mental delusion. Come on and help! Maybe it’s not too late. We can try even though it all looks pretty impossible.”

In the package of material he sent, on one letter from ‘Andrew’ of Little Rock, Worley has added:

“Andrew is a new resident from England who had the aliens follow him to this country. Once you are chosen to be abducted, usually in childhood, there is no escape. Also even though his wife and son are also being abducted (as often happens to some around the primary abductee.) the three seem to be in the acceptance stage which could suggest alien residual control beyond the actual abduction time periods. Here on this page Andrew describes the type (of) alien we call the Gray. He has also been visited by the beautiful, soothing, human-like usually long blonde haired type alien we call the Nordic or Blonde.”

Another letter, from Worley, is dated 2.7.98. It purports to explain how the ‘abductee’ can “defeat the forces arrayed against you”, but seems more likely to just confirm the beliefs and terrors she already has.

“Peggy you are my 105th abductee and I have helped many so will you please pay attention to me. Next I want to tell you how to combat those who come in the darkness and violate your personal sanctity. It could be successful, partly successful or a failure, but it is very much worth attempting. It matters not what religious persuasion you have only that you have an abiding faith that the creator of it all will help those of his creation who call on him. At bedtime taking the Holy Bible read a suitable selection on his love for us. Ask then for his protection in the night. Have nearby or wear a cross. At the slightest hint of their coming (often an abductee senses it before time.) grip the cross, raise it toward them if you can and pray. Mentally, in the name of Jesus Christ demand that they go from you. If they still get you will yourself to not be a whimpering blob of jello. Have guts sass them back, resist them when possible. They respect honesty and courage. Never give in to them especially in the day which must be yours. Remember it’s all in your control of your mind at least at this time.

I have sent you another article of mine. I believe the Nordics have a great part in all of this. The second article on Lorgen brings up your Insectoids or Reptilians what ever they are.”

Worley also says of this same woman that:

“In later contact I learned that this abductee when she was in an Atlantic City casino walked by a row of 5 computers causing them to all pay off at once. Money flowed players were delighted and the attendants shocked. This abductee has a lot of nose bleeds so the implant is probably in her head and causes this interference with electromagnetic devices.”

It would certainly be interesting to know which casino this was, and on what date this amazing event occurred. I wonder if Worley knows, and if he does, whether he’ll tell us so that the facts can be checked?

Worley preaches a sort of alien-driven apocalyptic, unusually involving sexually predatory Nordics as well as the more usual Greys, and his approach is set out at the beginning of his Contact Forum piece:

“An epic unseen struggle has been raging for many years. Large intelligence groups in Earth’s leading nations and the valiant forces at their disposal are locked in a hopeless struggle with a foe whose power is unsurpassed. Sleeping humanity little suspects what lies in its perilous future. It is much like the falsely secure revellers on the doomed Titanic. If some miraculous help does not finally intervene it is probable that our cherished values and even we ourselves will be annihilated. You think the preceding statements are the babblings of an ignorant irresponsible fool . . The aliens’ ruthless, skilled abduction project presents major problems for our beleaguered forces who do not have the slightest chance of ever coping with this cunning para-physical form of alien penetration.”

Worley numbers ‘his’ abductees, and clearly immerses those who approach him in his own, dismal world-view, but is also convinced he is helping. He says:

“I have been a “refuge in a terrifying time” to many, but it was inevitable that the time would come when I would see defeat in this incredible contest. One of my abductees hanged himself and this devastating news caused me to send out a special letter to my abductees.”

The third point in that letter was, “Insistence on a last phone call to me before the final tragic mistaken act is performed”. This conjures up an unusual picture of abductees on spaceships demanding access to some wonder-phone that can reach across space to Worley in his home in Indiana, but it is hard to see what comfort Worley could bring, when his world-view is so pessimistic:

” . . it is my belief that no one in the clutches of the aliens ever retains his own normal cerebral functions . . the aliens had detained a military man. His vocal chords had been removed and not a thing could be done about it. He knew about jets and was listed as missing . . Wanda (abductee #102) is Valic’s special Earth assignment and a valuable one for the aliens for she has produced 25 fetuses for them . . Underground, Wanda has seen dark haired humans bossing some short Grays and one human she called the commander who had black graying hair. In dirt or finished tunnels and large rooms she has seen captured humans she thought were homeless people and runaway kids who would not be missed in society.”

Worley has also mixed elements of Christian Fundamentalist/anti-New World Order eschatology with his belief in the limitless powers of the various aliens interfering with humanity:

“The cunning and skill of the aliens would be such that the bulk of humanity would never suspect what was happening to them until it was far too late. This would be the time of the cashless society and individual economic control. If you didn’t embrace or cower before the powers of darkness and take the UPC 666 code mark in your hand or forehead you would starve . . “

His Fate article makes similarly dismal assertions:

” . . once you are chosen, often as a baby, there is no escape – at least not until they finish with you. A multiplying factor is the “satellite” scenario. Immediate family, relatives and friends are often taken, making up a “satellite” group around the main case.”

In Fate, Worley speaks dismissively of “prominent scientists on TV”. He says:

“The blunt truth desperately needs to be told. Contrary to what these biased debunkers think, something of monumental importance is happening to our beloved nation and planet, and it may already be later than we think. I am positive that if the debunking scientists out there would leave their illusionary academic world, come out into the field, and objectively investigate the kinds of cases I have mentioned, they would emerge from their foolish, primitive state of unawareness.”

I’m no scientist, but that sounds like a challenge to me, and it’s one I’m happy to take up. Not by going out and reinforcing the misery of the unfortunate people Worley has contrived to share his world-view, but by applying rational and objective invitation processes to his own claims. Firstly, let’s see if we can establish the depth of his research. He quotes freely from the claims of other non-objective researchers like Sims and Streiber, and sets out what he affirms are accounts of “multiple” and “terminal” abductions. Here’s a selection – what does Worley really know about them, precisely when and where these supposed events took place, the names and addresses of the supposed victims, what Police, Marine, FBI, or even journalistic investigations took place, where the records of those investigations can be inspected, and what conclusions were drawn by anyone else apart from Worley himself?

“It is apparent that alien entities are capable of abducting large groups of people. In Bridge, Indiana, two abductees who had recall saw a crowd of people standing like zombies near a UFO. At the end of the event, they saw the crowd dispersing to homes on the nearby street. In another case at a suburban Indianapolis swimming pool, everyone was put in suspended animation and taken one by one up a large tunnel-like form that extended down from the UFO. Another Indiana man described an evening when he and his neighbors assembled under a large UFO. Later, inside it, he saw his neighbors sitting around on benches looking like they were frozen stiff . . In Marseilles, France witnesses watched 10 young bicyclists round a curve and go into a thick fog bank from which they vanished forever. In 1978 Eva Rencher, of Dej, Romania, went to get a soccer ball, turned, and vanished as friends looked on. Burn spots remained at the spot. In 1987 Matthias Gramson, 42, Arkranes, Iceland, skydiving with friends, vanished 300 feet below his companions who were coming down. In World War II on Iwo Jima, 7 men of the 24th Marines watched a dazzling white light envelop five officers and men standing on a rise overlooking the ocean. In an instant they vanished.”

The last batch of these sound apocryphal or worse. I look forward to Worley’s account of how he made absolutely sure they were true before reprinting them. I’d hate to think he might just believe any old rubbish that fits in with his miserable beliefs.

To move on from generalities, there is one specific, extraordinary ‘case’ – of which Worley is clearly particularly proud – which involves not only the credibility of Worley himself but that of Flying Saucer Review editor, Gordon Creighton, too. We may often find that the case an investigator regards as the most important – like Hopkins with Napolitano and de Cuellar – is actually that which is too absurd, too far-fetched. Where by straying outside of the experiencers’ heads and into the real, real-time world, it becomes clear that the story doesn’t cohere or convince, and that the investigator’s judgment, if ever it was sound, is now shot. These are probably the cases to look for. It’s worth bearing that in mind. The claim of Worley’s with which I’d particularly like your help relates to a religious superman who supposedly runs a vast, alien-based cult. Of which I’ve never heard. And Creighton has twice chosen to feature versions of this disturbing account in Flying Saucer Review (FSR)

In FSR for Winter 1995, he is introduced as a “Nordic-experiencer” but is not named – “Psychologist, physician, Ultra-Evangelical Pastor – Canada.

As a child he was held on the lap of his lifetime-mentor ‘Gold’ (golden sheen to eyes) and watched what was done to his loved ones. Over 300 ‘lost time’ periods, and many abduction details recalled in 45 years. Several of these involved groups of six persons. He has had intimate relations with the Nordics and seen them breathe, eat, drink, lift “dumbed” abductees out of a lake with their arms, and physically glide over the surface of water. He has used their Asiatic style toilet (their what???), knows their anatomy like his own, and insists they are flesh and bone. Being a doctor, some of his descriptions of the alien instruments employed on the head and reproductive areas of the human body are classics in themselves. Here we have an in-depth involvement, with the Nordics, of the Leaders and Brethren of a major religious group, and perhaps more can be revealed later.”

Well, more is revealed in the Autumn 1998 FSR. Here, this extraordinary person is named as “Reverend David Adams”. The piece is far too long to quote in full, but the description of his position and his church should be ample to find him if he exists . .

“This brilliant, exceptional pastor possesses a number of University degrees, including those in Philosophy and Medicine, and has had many years of successful leadership experience. He carries the title “Most High” in his own religious Order . . his religious group, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Canada and the northern European countries, are entirely familiar with the type of alien whom we call the “Nordic” or “the Blond” . . “

Maybe Gordon Creighton is now so immersed in his beliefs that he failed to notice, but this second piece of Worley’s dealing with Adams has some extraordinary, repulsive and persistent undertones of sexual violence and paedophilia. If Adams exists, and runs any kind of religious group, there may be considerable cause for concern. Have a think about some of the following quotes from Worley’s article. You don’t even have to read between the lines to understand the possible implications. The gleeful suggestion of inter-galactic cottaging just beggars belief . . .

” . . Gold respirates. You bet. I have had my head against his chest more times than I can recount. Not only have I heard breathing but also noted the rising of the chest. When Gold touches me, whether in the clinical treatment or otherwise, it is as though there is a palpable emanation of energy incorporate with his touch . . I’ve never seen any obese non-Terrians. Of the few that I have seen totally naked, all have possessed complete genitals. The testicular mass seems to ride up higher than in human males. Most are slender, averaging something like 7.5 feet in height . .

You want to know about a toilet aboard those places of indistinction? Yeh! There have been times when I had to go, and wasn’t hooked up to some gizmo that’d suck it out of me. Reminds me of an Asian toilet. You squat if you’re defecating, over the hole-like spot, and there is some suction to it, so that our excrement goes whooshing into the hole. And yes, I’ve seen some non-Terrians entering and exiting from the self-same cubicles, albeit not in the act of using the toilets.

Yet in spite of being Gold’s own special one, you can sense that this kindly man David Adams at times would like to be normal and above all free. Far too often he will awaken, and find that something has been done to his genital parts. There will be a bloody tee-shirt and sheet in the vicinity of his groin. Often he will have to suffer testicular, prostatic or urethral damage. One would think the aliens could do a cleaner job at sperm-taking.”

Three brief accounts of ‘alien’ attacks on “boys” certainly demand further investigation -

“In 1963, in the Icelandic State Park in South Dakota, a party of seven boys saw no UFO, but only recovered normal consciousness next day.

In 1965, on an island on the Wisconsin River, seven more boys were taken in a similar manner. Then, in 1995, 11 boys on a float trip in Northern Maine were hit by a beam of blue light as they slept around the glowing embers of their camp fire. Able only to breathe and move their eyes, they were all drawn up, sleeping bags and all towards the source of the blue light. All of these episodes involved concentrated focus on the male sexual system and on that spark of life, the sperm.”

If an extraordinary ritual event recounted by Worley, as apparently told to him by Adams, actually occurred, then this too warrants far greater attention that Roswell ever did. If it actually occurred . . .

“If memory serves me right it was in late August 1987. Just about all of our Brethren who would be participating in the most-telling ritual were out on the landscape. That would make about 400 men, women, and children, plus several hundred animals.

The aliens appeared just as we were commencing our march to our most holy place. One second they were not there, and the next second they were. Of the few Brethren facing in the direction in which they appeared the word was that, just prior to the arrival of the non-Terrians , there was to be seen a rippling in the air, not unlike that of heat. A most abrupt silence descended on the Brethren when they realised just who had joined our party.

It was five Nordics, led by my ‘buddy’ Gold. Only he was observably masculine. The others were of the non-gender variety as far as we could determine. as chief functionary I approached Gold. He said mentally that they wished to witness our ritual. they hung around for the entire procedures, then went back to the spot where they had appeared, before departing in the same manner.”

So, Worley assures us that this “brilliant, exceptional pastor possesses a number of University degrees, including those in Philosophy and Medicine”, and then in his articles about him makes him sound, frankly, like a deluded pervert at best, and possibly far worse. However, Worley also sent me a copy of a page of a letter from Adams, writing round the edge of it (presumably addressed to me, or does Worley send the same stuff out all over the world?)

“This is a large religious group populating Western Canadian Provinces. they own ships, a fleet of Lear Jets, resorts etc. The Most High Reverand with OK of Council of Elders, and ‘Gold’ his Nordic mentor, plus God according to them – wanted me to come behind the wire to their colony to arrange to teach them about UFOs. Due to adverse things I learned about them and having no desire to break their sacred statute of no graven image plus opposition of loved ones, it never happened.”

So, the second page of a letter from Adams, Worley’s “Abductee #90″. A medical doctor and Ph.D, holder of other university degrees, and Pastor to hundreds of thousands of Canadians and North Europeans. So Worley tells us . . .

“Uro-genital? Hey, that’s how I know when ‘they’ve’ dealt with me! Painful urination. Sore nuts. On one occasion, a case of what seemed to be Epididymitis, but couldn’t have possibly been the real ‘McCoy’! And latest, a lump and an incision in the right upper locus of the scrotum which seeped blood for better than twelve hours.

When? Why just go ahead and pick a year, if referencing such as painful urination. Better yet, pick a month! Is there any particular time of year or month? Not that I have ever been able to determine.

Spots of blood sometimes; spots of semen sometimes; and unexplainable splashes of urine or the equivalent of bed-wetting in someone who’s never had such a ‘problem’. Also well into adulthood! . . .

There is no presence of hair except on head’s . . Of the few chest’s I’ve seen, there are nipples as on any human male. Haven’t counted ribs, yet of these there seems to be as would be in any human. No naval’s though . . Of the few who I’ve seen totally naked, all of these have possessed complete genital’s. The scrotal sacks seem to ride higher than a human’s and fail to hang. The testicular mass that I’ve gotten my hands on, suggest that the non-Terran’s so equipt have much more oval testes than human’s do. These testes, are also much warmer than a human’s . . “

And so the page ends, our medical doctor, pastor and Ph.D having demonstrated an inability to spell, use grammar, or show any real sign of intellect at all. However, his continuing obsession with male human and alien genitalia is all too apparent. If this person has any pastoral responsibility for young or vulnerable males, I would be happy to know that the relevant Police or child protection agencies were aware of Adams’ interests and beliefs.

So, to the business of the credibility of both Worley and Creighton, who together have twice decided to publicise this tale. Much has been said about Creighton’s lack of objectivity, and I’d be the first to criticise his trust in Jorge Martin, who has been allowed to make the once-respected FSR a laughing-stock among even belief-based ufologists: either Puerto Rico genuinely experiences a range of ill-documented entity events unheard of in the rest of the world, and the rest of recorded history, or there is a persistent investigator effect arising from Martin’s own beliefs and, maybe, his interest in making a living. I know which I consider to be more likely. However, Creighton has a background of intelligence, integrity and highly-developed communication skills in his career as a diplomat, and if his handling of this case suggests that he has not investigated it properly prior to publication, then that this will cast serious doubt upon the veracity of the other unlikely material that he, as Editor, chooses to publish.

I’m not aware that Worley has any particular credibility. That’s for him to establish. As I mentioned previously, I’ve never heard of a major religious leader called the Reverend David Adams, or a sect with hundreds of thousands of adherents based on intimate homosexual contact with Nordic extraterrestrials. Generally, I reckon I’m pretty well-informed about cult groups, particularly those with alien/UFO elements, so maybe I’ve just missed this one. But if this supposedly huge group really does function in Northern Europe as well as Canada, then I’d expect to have come across it.

So, my instinctive response to the claims made by Worley on behalf of Adams – and published twice by Creighton – is that they are broadly untrue. It’s probably not that Worley hasn’t been told by “Adams” what Adams wants him to hear, but the extravagance of the claims, and the essential foulness of the accounts provided to Worley suggest to me that “Adams” is more likely to be a deeply troubled fantasist than a genuine medical doctor, Doctor of Philosophy, and “leader of a large religious group which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Canada and the northern European countries, and owns ships, a fleet of Lear Jets, resorts etc.”

I will be sending this issue to both Worley and Creighton, and also to a number of the impressive names that act as Consultants to FSR. They may wish to reconsider their association with the magazine in the light of the faith placed in this case. All concerned may wish to think about, and if possible answer, the following questions, bearing in mind Worley’s bold assertion that, “I just cannot be so stupid that I would not know the real truth” -

  1. What is the full name and place and date of birth of the Reverend David Adams?
  2. Where does he live?
  3. What is the full name of his church/religious organisation?
  4. At what precise address(es) in Canada and Northern Europe is his church/religious organisation located?
  5. In what country or countries does Adams and/or his church/religious organisation pay taxes?
  6. What evidence has Worley that the membership of Adams’ church/religious organisation runs into the hundreds of thousands? Has he checked this claim?
  7. What evidence has Worley that Adams’ church/religious organisation owns “ships, a fleet of Lear Jets, resorts etc.”? Has he checked this claim? Can he name any of the ships and the ports where they are registered, or give the registration numbers of the planes so that their ownership can be verified? Which resorts does it own?
  8. Has Worley verified Adams’ claim that he is qualified as a medical doctor? From which university did Adams obtain his medical qualification? What precisely is this qualification, on what date was it awarded, and by what awarding body? During which years did Adams study for this qualification?
  9. Has Worley verified Adams’ claim that he is a Doctor of Philosophy? From which university did Adams obtain this qualification? What precisely is this qualification, on what date was it awarded, and by what awarding body? During which years did Adams study for this qualification?
  10. Has Worley verified Adams’ claim that he has other academic degrees? From which universities did Adams obtain these qualifications? What precisely are these qualifications, on what dates were they awarded, and by what awarding bodies? During which years did Adams study for these qualifications?
  11. Has Worley – and/or Creighton – any evidence that Adams deals or works with children or vulnerable adults in his church/religious organisation? In view of the repeated reports of violent sexual assaults on ‘abducted’ young males by ‘aliens’, have either considered bringing Adams’ claims to the attention of the relevant Police forces or child protection agencies for investigation? I will certainly undertake to do so once Worley – and/or Creighton – has provided sufficient information in response to the above questions.

I hope I receive some informed responses to this issue of Worley and Adams. Worley seems to be determined both to spread a deep and lasting fear of abduction and assault, and to persuade abduction believers that he is in a position to help them. In view of his pronouncements I find that proposition hard to believe, and I strongly suspect that those numbered abductees he intends to help would probably be far better off without his input. I hope that the questions I’ve raised here will serve not only to pin down the truth – or otherwise – of the claims made by David Adams, but will also assist in assessing the competence of Worley himself as both investigator and therapist.

Out of Sight and Out of Mind?

If you’re familiar with the wild claims habitually made in Matthew Williams’ (defunct?) magazine Truthseekers’ Review, you won’t be amazed to have seen the “Statement from Crop Circle Makers in the UK” that turned up on the Net in November. Issued, it appears, on behalf of Williams and fellow truthseeker Paul Damon, it began

“I Matthew Williams admit that during the summer of 1998 I made crop circles in the United Kingdom. This effort was undertaken in order to continue research into the circles phenomena and follows on from limited circlemaking which took place in 1996 and 1997 . . ”

The claim then rambles on setting out various pseudo-scientific purposes, says it wasn’t a hoax but an experiment, reports various “unusual phenomena in and around the fields whilst making circles”, that “we were in communication with a much higher intelligence regarding the responses to our circle designs – ie: other circles which appeared as an apparent response to circles we created”, and that “we then started to see circlemaking as a form of sacred art which has a higher purpose.”

All of this is pretty much the standard, self-advertising fantasy, reminiscent of the claims made by Andy Collins and his chums around the period of Black Alchemist, when they spent time living in a self-induced reality that had no substance for the rest of us, and we all had the good sense to ignore them accordingly. But then, even those most likely to believe in the impossible were generally wiser and more demanding of evidence. Now, the threshold for acceptance is so low that Williams’ claims have attracted genuine and sustained interest, with questions being asked about which circles they made, and when, and how. The belief in non-human circlemakers, and investigation through non-scientific techniques, is now set so deep in the believing psyche that no attention has been paid to the obvious clue that either the claims are hoaxes in that

  1. they are not made by Williams and Damon,
  2. they are made by Williams and Damon, the reported events never happened, but, having fallen into the habit by believing in rubbish like the Welsh Crash and Security 580, Willams and Damon have so lost touch with what is real and what is not, they have convinced themselves that their statement genuinely represents the truth.
  3. they are made by Williams and Damon, the reported events never happened, but for some reason they have set out to deceive the gullible, and have succeeded in doing so. It isn’t difficult.

 

So, what is this clue? Where should even the most idiotic believer draw the line, and refuse to be dragged down any further into the morass of credulity? Simply this . .

“Whilst making circles we became aware that we were being protected by some unseen force or intelligence whilst we worked. This was evidenced many times to us and even took on the form of making us invisible and inaudible to people standing on the edge of the field we were working in. We at first found this very very disconcerting having thought that we had been caught out by either members of the public or circles researchers, only to find out that we could not be seen or heard! Maybe this is why no human circlemakers have ever been caught . . ”

Yes readers, Williams and Damon couldn’t be seen because “some unseen force” had made them invisible. Quite why we never heard from the “people standing on the edge of the field we were working in” about how they had watched this year’s complex formations, er, making themselves, isn’t explained, but I guess this means that any formation that nobody saw being made, Williams and Damon had probably been out there making it! If I thought Williams was bright enough, or could reach a worthwhile audience, I might suggest that he really was involved in testing the credibility of the public in believing in extraordinary events, but unless the US and UK governments have instituted some sort of MK MORON mind control programme, designed to test the dimmest and most irrational minds in this stupid field, I don’t think that’s the answer. If these postings really did come from Williams and Damon, I guess they genuinely believe that they occupy a reality somewhere between fairyland and pantomime. And they’re right in believing that they’re not alone.

While You Were Sleeping

As many of you will be aware, I’ve never been a great fan of BUFORA bigshot John Spencer: there are barricades out here and they need to be manned by the few effective communicators we have. I’ll probably return to the uncritical, largely secondhand melange that is True Life Encounters – Alien Contact (Millennium 1998), but for now I’d just be grateful for some information presented by the Spencers (John and Anne) in a lengthy interview with Ros Reynolds in that book. Again, it’s about some material that hopefully hasn’t just emerged from the heads of the experiencer or investigator, but which we can actually go out and check. If it turns out not to be true, we can reasonably draw conclusions about those who have chosen to publicise this case.

The passage from the book that intrigues me arises from Reynolds’ 1988 contact with a Clacton UFO group through an ad in a “freebie” newspaper. The resulting investigator “suggested using a hypnotist”. Ros recalls:

“The hypnotist arrived; he brought a sceptic with him. But the hypnosis session never happened. In fact the hypnotist has told me that he won’t go near me again. what happened was he got all his equipment set up and all I know is that I laid on the couch in the back room and went to sleep. But apparently what happened, so I was told, was this beam of light appeared in the middle of the room. all the clocks stopped. The sceptic got thrown to the wall (I know the feeling – KM) got mauled by something and had four claw marks on both arms. All sorts of weird and wonderful things started exploding, electrical phenomena and light bulbs going off, things flying round in the air. It’s really spooky. The UFO group brought SC into it (another UFO researcher) . . The group showed me pictures of ‘aliens’, most of which I didn’t recognise. But I came across one I knew from when I was about three years old . . ”

I’ll be sending a copy of this issue to John Spencer, who I hope has thoroughly investigated these claims prior to publication. However, if these events (through which Reynolds apparently slept, so she presumably only knows of them from what she’s been told) actually occurred as reported, I’d be delighted to know which group ran the investigation, who organised the hypnotist, who that hypnotist was, what “equipment” he needed, at what address and on what date these extraordinary events took place, who the “sceptic” was and whether he went to hospital or a doctor (where/who/when?) with his injuries, and who “SC” was. Addresses for all these persons would be most helpful.

All of these should be checkable facts. If they are not forthcoming, and checking is made impossible, I will certainly wonder whether Ros Reynolds was told the truth by those who put her in this ill-advised situation, and to what extent this information has contributed to the sad and intrusive beliefs she currently holds. Any help or advice will be appreciated.

THE ABDUCTION REINVESTIGATION PROJECT

I guess that the preceding piece suggests what I have in mind here. If I’m ever going to do anything effective with my firm, and hopefully rational (rather than just sceptical) conclusion that no human or animal has ever been abducted by a non-human, alien being, then I need to be able to explain to abduction believers and media alike just how this belief has developed and become accepted by so many people. Much abduction research is more or less hermetically sealed to protect it from outside interest. Jacobs, Hopkins, Mack, Boylan, Dodd, Robinson, Worley and the rest do not want ‘their’ abductees to consider alternate views to the ones they have introduced, maybe even imposed, and any genuine, thorough reinvestigation of the individuals involved is almost unheard of. And why? Because it’s never allowed to happen.

Actually, the truth is that nobody even really tries, and that’s about as bad as bad science gets. Because we deem that abductions don’t happen, we dismiss the multitude of abduction reports rather than trying to comprehend them, we fail identify any stimulus that may be related to them, and don’t try to revisit the evidence with the witness. The witness remains firmly in the thrall of the writer or researcher who has overlaid their experience with an abduction interpretation, and simply encourages others to take the same route into belief.

We have found, in just over a year of Abduction Watch, that some of the most prominent of supposed abduction cases – A70, Alan Godfrey, ‘Jason’, almost anything put out by Derrel Sims and his acolytes – are deeply flawed. So deeply flawed that they could help others understand that so huge are the errors in interpretation and investigation that have been made, the whole myth of abduction is less than likely to be true. This may not be what either abduction believers or the media want to hear, but it seems likely that, in due course, the balance would change, and the media in particular would find the explanation of existing cases of more interest than the constant accretion of increasingly unlikely abduction accounts. In consequence, less abduction believers would be drawn in to the mythos, and we might begin to understand the real nature of internal, anomalous, experience.

I see this process as taking up to two years, starting whenever. Initially, I’d like to revisit some of the cases published in FSR during the years when it had a better reputation, but when many of the ‘abduction’ investigations were being conducted by individuals we now know are eager to believe in anything from circlemakers to orgone, from dowsing to ancient astronauts. Particularly, I’d like to identify all the UK cases where memory-enhancement techniques were used, and to establish the identities and competence of those who extracted the ‘memories’ presented as real events. I think that would be a very good place to start. If you know of anybody else at all, anywhere in the world, who is already involved in the detailed reinvestigation or re-examination of old abduction cases, please let me know, or pass my details on to them. Thanks.

 


 

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