From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 19:55:25 -0700 Fwd Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 08:17:33 -0500 Subject: The Foo Fighters UFO: The Complete Sightings by Peter Brookesmith Barnes & Noble, Inc. 120 Fifth Avenue New York City, NY 10011 The Foo Fighters pp. 35-36 TYPE: Close encounters of the first kind PLACE: European, Asian and Pacific theaters of war DATE: 1943-45 BACKGROUND The 'foo fighters' were balls of light, varying in color and in size from several feet to a few inches across, that pursued warplanes in the later stages of World War II. Allied pilots assumed they were enemy inventions, either reconnaissance drones or psychological warfare weapons. Reports of foo fighters were also made in the Korean War. A short selection of World War II sightings follows. THE EVENTS - In 1943, US bomber pilots flying missions from Burma to China reported being buzzed and circled by 'glittering' objects. Instruments failed to operate until the objects flew off. - On 14 October 1943, US B-17s of the 348th Bomb Group had started a bombing run over Schweinfurt, Germany, when they ran info a formation of 'scores' of small, silvery disks, about one inch (2.5cm) thick and four inches (10cm) in diameter, flying toward the bombers. Major E.R.T. Holmes reported that one struck the tail of one aircraft, but without effect. - On 10 August 1944, Captain Alvah M. Reida was piloting a B-29 bomber based at Kharagapur, India, on a mission over Palembang, Sumatra, when his right gunner and co-pilot noticed a sphere 'probably five or six feet (1.5-1.8m) in diameter, of a very bright and intense red or orange in color' that constantly throbbed, about 12,500ft (3750m) off the starboard wing. It paced the B-29, then flying at 210 mph (340km/h) at 14,000ft (4200m). Reida jinxed his plane to shake it off, but it stayed in the same relative position until, after eight minutes, it 'made an abrupt 90=B0 turn and accelerated rapidly, disappearing in the overcast.' - On 22 December 1944, Lt. David McFalls of the US 415th night- fighter squadron was over Hagenau, Germany. At 6:00am, he saw two 'huge bright orange lights' climbing toward the plane. McFalls dived, banked and turned his plane, but the UFOs stuck with him for two minutes, then peeled off and blinked out. ASSESSMENT Interrogation of captured enemy aircrew revealed that both German and Japanese fliers had also been pursued by foo fighters. Donald H. Menzel proposed that these fighters were light reflections from tiny ice crystals formed by super-cold air eddying around battle damage on the aircraft (hence their reappearance in Korea). However this does not account for the reported arrivals from elsewhere of foo fighters, or their effect on aircraft electro-magnetic systems. Many modern ufologists now believe that the foo fighters are a form of plasma or ball lightning.
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