UK UFO Cases : World War Foo and Post War Paranoia

Keep Calm Carry On

During the 2nd World War the “foo fighters” would fly alongside both Allied and Axis aircraft at night. Sightings continued during the Korean War and were even reported by civilian aircrews. “Foo Fighter” was a term that may have not been commonly used until the near to the end of the war by British flight crews who referred to them simply as the ‘light’ or strange balls of light. There were times when crews had fired at the lights but they never appeared to fight back.

A number of MoD documents, declassified in the 1990s, mention unusual phenomenon sighted by RAF crews . A case from 1942 describes a raid on Turin the night of November 28/29, when an object an estimated at 200-300 ft. in length, 40-50 ft. in diameter, and travelling at an estimated 500 mph, with four equally spaced red lights along its length was reported. The pilot, Captain Lever, said he saw a similar object during the summer, north of Amsterdam. The crew was adamant of the story despite ridicule. On the night of 26/27th May 1943, during a raid on Essen, Germany, the crew of an RAF bomber reported a large cylindrical object similar to the one mentioned earlier. There were a number of "portholes" spaced evenly along its length. It was much larger than their aircraft and departed at a speed estimated to be in the "thousands of mph!”. Many other reports were of bright, small spherical objects that would follow the aircraft as they carried out their missions.

Information on specific RAF sightings on the internet though is somewhat sparse. It seems to be one of the most well known but least detailed chapters in Ufology. Even official investigations conducted for the MoD failed to mention them during a very paranoid period of the Cold War.

One interesting comment came from Comedian Michael Bentine, sadly no longer with us, who was an intelligence office during World War II. He is on record as having said :

‘When I was an intelligence officer in Bomber Command in the winter of 1943-44, I debriefed several crews about some lights that had attacked them when they were over the Baltic. They fired at the lights, which didn’t shoot back. These lights didn’t seem to do anything, just pulse and go round. We put it down to fatigue, but later, after I had sent the reports in, an American G2 Intelligence Officer told us that their bombers saw lights in the sky - ‘foo-fighters’ he called them.’

Summing thing up it seems that the Foo fighters were not fighters at all. By 1994 they were more famous as a rock band.

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