21 Nov Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s a Foo Fighter
Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s a Foo Fighter. In late 1944 Reuters press agency reported that peculiar spheres, similar to the glass balls that decorate Xmas trees, “have been observed hanging in the air over Germany, occasionally singly, often times in clusters. They are primarily shaded silver and are seemingly translucent.” Multiple sightings of these kinds of creepy balls were documented by Allied aircrews all through German airspace, as well as later on in the war over the skies of Japan. Branded as “Foo Fighters” (from the French feu, meaning fire) the balls of light made no attempt to attack, despite the fact that they could out-fly conventional aircraft.
Allied scientists believed that the Nazis’ sky balls were a top secret air defence weapon, comparable to exploding high altitude balloons, or anti-aircraft missiles. Browsing through Nazi records after the war, researchers discovered all kinds of fascinating secret devices being plotted, from the Fireball (a missile that discharged signals to disrupt Allied aircrafts’ radio and radar) to the Wasserfall (a radio-controlled anti-aircraft missile), but none had been utilized. The consensus was that “Foo Fighters” were in fact natural phenomena, just like ball lightning or St Elmo’s fire (glowing balls of static electricity). Or, later in the war, Luftwaffe jet fighters, for the most part the Me262 or even simple misidentification of other airplanes. And there the matter rest.
In order to accept any of the above explanations, one would have to discount the observational skills of scores of veteran combat pilots and their crew members whose very survival depended on their ability to instantly identify and react to any potential threat.
Documents regarding foo fighter incidents are still being discovered even more than 50 years after the end of World War II. e.g. In 1992, researcher Barry Greenwood of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) went to the National Archives in Suitland, Maryland and located fifteen “Mission Reports” from the 415th Night Fighter Squadron, covering a period between September 1944 and April 1945. Here are two samples:
“December 22/23, 1944 – Mission 1, 17:05-18:50. Put on bogie by Blunder at 17:50 hours, had A.I. [Airborne Intercept radar] contact 4 miles range at Q-7372. Overshot and could not pick up contact again. A.I. went out and weather started closing in so returned to base. Observed 2 lights, one of which seemed to be going on and off at Q-2422.
“February 13/14, 1945 – Mission 2, 18:00-20:00. About 19:10, between Rastatt and Bishwiller, encountered lights at 3,000 feet, two sets of them, turned into them, one set went out and the other went straight up 2-3,000 feet [600 – 900 m.], then went out. Turned back to base and looked back and saw lights in their original position again.”