UK UFO Cases : Ghost Rockets

Ghost Rockets over Scandinavia and R V Jones

Reginald Victor Jones had played a key role in predicting and countering German technical advances in radar, radio-beam navigation, V-1 and V-2 rockets and the early German nuclear programme. He was appointed Assistant Director of Intelligence (Science) in 1941 and promoted to Director of Intelligence in 1946.

Jones also became involved in investigations of the post-war Ghost Rockets wave in Scandinavia. At first the Soviets were suspected of launching test missiles over Sweden. Eventually though, by autumn of 1946, Swedish intelligence, were dumbfounded and could not trace the source of these rockets despite assistance from the British. Close to a thousand incidents had been logged with around 80% dismissed as “celestial phenomena”. But some cases included visual, radar and other detection methods as evidence. Most fragments retrieved from potential crash sites turned out to be ordinary slag. Jones was never convinced by the stories and asked for tangible evidence of the ghost rockets.

So in early 1947 a substance that allegedly fell from a “ghost rocket” over Sweden was sent for scientific tests to Farnborough in England. The investigation showed 98% of it was of an unknown element. The story circulated around the globe. Then Jones stepped in. Jones declared that just by looking at the substance anyone could see it was “a lump of coke”. His lifelong friend and scientist Sir Charles Frank is mentioned as being in agreement with him. But up until that point it seems no one had questioned it.

The conundrum is that had a real unknown piece of material been identified then it would almost certainly have been buried in a veil of secrecy with a mundane cover story issued to the press. Reginald Victor Jones would have been the ideal man in Britain to provide such a cover a story.


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