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    'UFO Briefing Document'

    THE UFO BRIEFING DOCUMENT
    CASE HISTORIES


    1946: "GHOST ROCKETS" OVER SCANDINAVIA

    Barely a year after the "foo fighter" episodes, the second wave of UFO sightings began, this time in Scandinavia.



    On the night of June 9, 1946, a brilliant light streaked over Helsinki, Finland, with a smoke trail and the sound of thunder; its luminous trail persisted for ten minutes. Had this not been repeated the next night, it would have been written off as an unusually large meteor. The second one, according to news reports, turned and went back in the direction from which it had come.



    On June 12, the Swedish Defense Staff asked military personnel to report their sightings through official channels, admitting that they had been aware of the phenomenon since May. On July 9 alone, more than 200 reports were received, many of them describing tubular or "spindle-shaped" objects flying low and slowly, with little or no sound.



    A week after the establishment of a special "ghost rocket" committee by the Swedish Government, American Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, travelled to Stockholm to meet with the Swedish Secretary of War. According to a secret FBI memo of August 19, 1947, "the 'high brass' of the War Department exerted tremendous pressure on the (Army) Air Force's Intelligence to conduct research and collect information in an effort to identify the sightings."



    On August 11, 1946, more than 300 reports of strange sightings were observed in just the Stockholm area. On August 20, General Jimmy Doolittle (in Stockholm on business for the Shell Oil Company) met with the head of the Swedish Air Force. This led to wide speculation in the Swedish press, as well as The New York Times, that "ghost rockets" were the subject of the meeting. In the 1980s, however, in an interview with UFO researchers, General Doolittle denied that his Swedish trip was officially connected with the "ghost rockets,"

    Although it is certainly likely that the subject came up in casual conversation.


    Soon thereafter, Swedish newspapers began censoring most reports of "ghost rockets." However, reports appeared in other Scandinavian countries. According to a British Air Ministry Intelligence Report of September 1946:

    "A large number of visual observations have been obtained from Scandinavia. Some of the best came from Norway. An analysis suggests the most notable characteristics of the projectiles to be: a) great speed; b) intense light frequently associated with missile; c) lack of sound; d) approximate horizontal flight... Thus, if the phenomena now observed are of natural origin, they are unusual; sufficiently unusual to make possible the alternative explanation that at least some are missiles. If this is so, they must be of Russian origin."

    There was a concerted effort on the part of the Swedish Government to blame many of the sightings on Soviet tests of captured German rockets. The Soviet Union had occupied Peenemünde, the secret German test site across the Baltic Sea, where the V1 and V2 missiles were developed. Years later it was learned that the captured German equipment was immediately moved to Poland. There were no Soviet tests at Peenemünde, and thus the "official" explanation for the "ghost rockets" proved impossible.


    As reports from Scandinavia began to taper off in September 1946, they were replaced by reports of similar sightings from Hungary, Greece, Morocco and Portugal. In 1984, when the Swedish Government finally opened its "ghost rocket" files, researchers found more than 1,500 reports had been secretly collected from 1946 on. One of the few official American reactions to the "ghost rockets" came in the January 9, 1947 issue of the Defense Department's Intelligence Review (classified "Secret" until 1978). This four-page summary of the "ghost rocket" events suggests that some of the sightings may have been of Soviet test missiles or jet airplanes (although no jets are known to have been in or near Scandinavia at the time).



    One sighting, detailed in the FBI report cited above, suggests there may have been more to it:

    "On 14, August (1946) at 10 a.m. [a Swedish Air Force pilot]... was flying at 650 feet [200 m.] over central Sweden when he saw a dark, cigar-shaped object about 50 feet [15 m.] above and approximately 6,500 feet [2 km.] away from him travelling at an estimated 400 mph [650 km./hr.]. The missile had no visible wings, rudder or other projecting part; and there was no indication of any fuel exhaust (flame or light), as had been reported in the majority of other sightings.

    "The missile was maintaining a constant altitude over the ground and, consequently, was following the large features of the terrain. This statement casts doubt on the reliability of the entire report because a missile, without wings, is unable to maintain a constant altitude over hilly terrain."


    Many years later, sophisticated cruise missiles, with tiny wings that would be invisible at such a distance, would be able to achieve "terrain-following" flight as a matter of routine. In 1946, this was far beyond the capability of any existing technology.


    Perhaps the lingering mystery of the "ghost rockets" was best expressed by Air Engineer Eric Malmberg, once secretary of Sweden's Defence Staff committee on the matter, who was interviewed forty years later. Mr. Malmberg stated:

    "I would like to say that everyone on the committee, as well as the chairman himself, was sure that the observed phenomena didn't originate from the Soviet Union. Nothing pointed to that solution.

    "On the other hand, if the observations are correct, many details suggest that it was some kind of a cruise missile that was fired on Sweden. But nobody had that kind of sophisticated technology in 1946."






    _______________________________________

    FOOTNOTES

    28. British Air Ministry Report, "Investigation of Reported Missile Activity Over Scandinavia," September 9, 1946.

    29. Intelligence Review, Number 49, January 9, 1947, "Ghost Rockets Over Scandinavia."

    30. FBI Report, ibid

    31. Liljegren, Anders & Svahn, Clas, "Ghost Rockets and Phantom Aircraft," paper in the anthology Phenomenon - Forty Years of Flying Saucers, Avon Books, 1989.

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    check out article and site for more UFO documented sightings during that time:

    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ci...ument/1946.htm

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    I found two sites with info on the 'Ghost Rockets' and this is the one I really wanted to post:

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    Swedish "GHOST ROCKET" Reports - 1946

    Special thanks to Dr. Thomas "Eddie" Bullard for providing these reports.



    Also read Joel Carpenter's detailed chronology The Ghost Rockets - Guided Missiles and UFOs



    Issue #15 of Barry Greenwood's U.F.O. Historical Revue has an article on the release of formerly Top Secret Ghost Rocket documents, including a 1946 report to the President from the Central Intelligence Group (CIG, forerunner of the CIA) signed by Lt. General (later General) Hoyt S. Vandenberg, then Director of Central Intelligence.

    To date about 100 US government documents concerning Ghost Rockets are known. Within these and other documents from the 1946-1949 era are references to over 100 more US government documents not yet uncovered.

    Read Issue #15 of UHR here at The Barry Greenwood Archive.





    July 15, 1946 (Mon.) Aftenposten (Oslo), p.1.



    "Ghost plane" over Oslo area? / Many people observe a lighted object with high speed northward.



    This morning the Aftenposten has received inquiries from many persons who think they saw a "ghost plane" over the Oslo area last night at 23 o'clock. A man who together with three friends were at Bjerkebukta in Jeloy says that at five minutes till 23 a large luminous star was noticed. The "star" had a yellow-white dazzling color and became visible on the horizon in a southerly direction. However it was clearly out of the question that any astronomical phenomenon was involved, since the luminous object held a completely straight course at a great height and had such great speed that it did not take much over a minute from its appearance on the horizon in the south till it disappeared in the north-northwest over toward Oslo.



    According to another communication from a man who observed the luminous phenomenon in Son (?) at ca. 22.50 o'clock, it must be concluded that one and the same thing was involved. The person concerned thought the height was ca. 1,000 meters.



    We have made inquiries to the Meteorological Institute, which does not have any knowledge of the phenomenon. Neither has the Air Defense weather service received reports about the "ghost plane" or luminous phenomena. People who noticed such a thing or who found remains of a possible crashed object, should report it without delay to the Air Defense High Command weather station, telephone 34870.






    July 16, 1946 (Tues. morn) Aftenposten (Oslo), p.5.



    "Ghost flier" over Oslofjorden was a Norwegian airliner testing its landing lights. / The plane's pilot talks to the Aftenposten.



    As mentioned in the evening number yesterday many persons called up the Aftenposten Friday morning and told that late Sunday evening they had seen a "ghost flier" over the Oslofjorden. Both from Son and Jeloya at 23 o'clock was sighted a large bright star which came from the south and disappeared northward, and which changed color to a bluish light before it went away. The speed was very great and the height was about 1000 meters.



    The mystery has now received a natural explanation, however. A flier with one of the airline companies in Oslo called the Aftenposten yesterday and declared that he was the one who piloted the "ghost flier." Sunday evening he was on his way from Copenhagen to Oslo with a Beechcraft plane on a taxi flight. At 23 o'clock he landed at Fornebu, and ca. 22:50 – the moment when the mysterious plane was observed – he was over Jeloya.



    When he was over the fjord at Jeloya, he tested the landing lights – the mysterious shining light which was observed. At the same time he descended from 3000 to 1000 ft. in order to come to a low height in plenty of time before landing at Fornebu, such that he in the course of a short time came across the spectators' field of vision. This is sufficient explanation for the light disappearing so abruptly and inexplicably.






    July 17, 1946 (Wed. morn) Aftenposten, p. 4.



    "Ghost flier" over Norwegian territory still?



    STAVANGER, 16 July (NTB). From information Stavanger people have given, it seems as if "ghost rockets" have now reached Rogaland, too. Last Saturday evening around 23 o'clock some Stavanger folk who [were taking a holiday] at Usken, suddenly noticed a luminous object which came in over the Usken River from a southeasterly direction. It looked like a projectile (rocket), had a great speed and went at a fairly great height. The projectile sent out a very bright, yellow-red (orange) light, and its course could be followed till at last it disappeared in a southwesterly direction. It kept the same height all the time, and the witnesses – there were in all four persons – say that there is no possibility that it could have been a meteor. The course was horizontal at all times.







    July 19 (Fri. eve.) (Oslo) Aftenposten, P.1.



    Did two rocket bombs go down in Mjosa?

    Seen by many people when they passed Feiring at a low height last night.



    From a man in Feiring we received this morning a sensational report that two rocket bombs crashed into Mjosa last night. They were shaped like ordinary planes, but quite small with only a 2 ½-meter wing-span and came between 24 and 0:30 this morning from the west at low height over the southerly part of Feiring, where they were observed by many persons, among them (those) at the Hasselbaken Inn and at the Arnes (courtyard). The forward one was not lighted. People noticed them because they heard a loud whistle and directly after (the objects) came flying into sight at terrific speed. They went so low that trees were left swaying after they passed. Nearly midway out in Mjosa, nearer the Feiring side, the water took a big splash and the spray stood many meters high in the air where the objects disappeared.



    Right after we received this report we talked with the sheriff in Feiring and Hurda, who had heard nothing, however. He immediately got into telephone contact with people between Hurdal and Feiring, and was able to report to us some time later that he had gotten confirming reports from many reliable quarters. The place where the planes went down lies ca. 1 mile north from Hinnesund and Mjosa is rather deep here, so it may well be difficult to find them. But the sheriff will notify the Defense High Command immediately so that an investigation can be set in motion.






    July 20, 1946 (Sat. morn.) Aftenposten (Oslo) p.1.



    Are experiments with Flier X underway over Norway? /

    Two V-1-like objects fell in Mjosa.
    Came from the west at a low height over Feiringspogene in the middle of the day.



    Up till now it has not been possible to get any certain corroboration for all the reports which have arrived that rocket planes or rocket projectiles have been observed both in this country and in Sweden. Meanwhile reports recently have been so numerous and definite that they can no longer be rejected as products of people's lively imaginations. It is far from impossible that one or more foreign powers is conducting secret experiments with new weapons of the V-like type.



    As reported in one part of our evening number's edition yesterday, there were two such "Flier X's," as we well can call them, seen going down in Mjosa. It happened Thursday midday between 12 and 12:30 o'clock, and they were seen by many persons in Feiring.

    The acting sheriff of Feiring and Hurdal first got reports yesterday morning and set about at once to collect evidence from eyewitnesses. He received from many quarters confirmation that the two "Flier X's" were seen as they came at a low height over the Feiring woods from the west and fell down in Mjosa ca. two kilometers from the western shore and ca. seven kilometers from Minnesund, whereafter he notified the Haerena Overkommando.



    Yesterday afternoon one of our co-workers was up in Feiring and talked with a couple of those who had the remarkable experience. The "Flier X" passed directly over Balsrud farm where they were seen by farmer Sigvart Skaug, his wife and grown son and daughter.

    Balsrud lies around ( ) in the south end of Feiring. It was Mrs. Skaug and daughter who saw them first. They were right at the top of the ridge at a place which is called Badstuakeren, and high. They (the people) suddenly heard a loud noise in the air and believed at first there was a plane coming. But the sound did not resemble plane noise. It was rather like a powerful whistle. Right afterwards they caught sight of two plane-line objects which came from over the edge of the woods at a tremendous speed and so low that the two women involuntarily threw themselves down on the ground. The air current was so strong that the treetops swayed.



    Down at the farm Sigvart Skaug and his son stood and saw the "Flier X's" from the side, but at a rather greater height, probably ca. 50 meters. Skaug said that they were like pictures of V-1s he had seen in newspapers. In any case they could not have been ordinary planes. They were cigar-shaped, ca. 2 ½ meters long, with ca. 1 meter long wings. The wings were set ca. 1 meter from the nose, and the fore and after parts had a metallic gleam, but the midsection with the wings was black. It looked as if there was attached an apparatus, perhaps a steering device, in the rear. The wings flapped a little as if they were of cloth. No fire or light was seen. The projectiles went a short distance from each other, the one a little ahead of the other. They described a slight arc, about the way a stone is cast, and fell together into Mjosa, so the water plumes rose many meters high in the air.

    No explosion was heard. They sky was completely clear, and Mjosa lay still again in a moment.


    –I took the bearings of the place where they fell, said Mr. Skaug, and I well believe I can point it out. But the depth here is 3-400 meters, so there is hardly any possibility to bring the two mysterious objects to daylight again.

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    rest of article here:

    http://www.project1947.com/fig/1946a.htm

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    What you don't read in any of those articles is that a 4 month investigation found that 80% of the phenenoma were determined to be of celestial nature and not rockets of any kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alien Origins View Post
    What you don't read in any of those articles is that a 4 month investigation found that 80% of the phenenoma were determined to be of celestial nature and not rockets of any kind.
    Perhaps, but the remaining 20%... ghost rockets? M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alien Origins View Post
    I did read the Wikipedia article also. Nothing really new there. The ghost-rockets were seen and remains unidentified. M.


    A ghost rocket or a meteor. Photographer Erik Reuterswärd suspected a meteor was depicted in his widely circulated photo. The Swedish Army, who released the picture, was less certain.

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    We are talking about an incident in the 1940's....Even with the technology we have today things like this go unidentified. My guess is they are stray German V2 rockets. Hitler put priority on these during World War 2 so its not entirely impossible and there was at least one crashed V2 found.

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    Interesting article, and I agree with the v2 german rocket bomb being the source, not every thing in the air are celetial.

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