Series of Strange Events Occurred Around Time of Roswell Disc Crash
As I meticulously comb the archives of newspapers published around the time of the alleged Roswell flying disc crash — July to August 1947 — I’ve discovered many strange and underreported events
For starters, there are several other reports of saucer explosions and pieces of them being recovered by bystanders, and there is at least one incident where fragments of these said saucers may have been lost when an Army plane carrying them mysteriously crashed.
Here are several articles from the period covering these bizarre events. They come from major publications as well as obscure local newspapers:
This article was published in the newspaper Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, page 1, on August 6, 1947:
Perryton Man Displays Proof of Saucer Story
PERRYTON. Aug 5 — Leonard Robertson, former Perryton city marshal and now with O. A. Schuster of the Perryton Gas Company, has proof that he really saw something flying through the air recently.
Robertson just realized today that he might be in possession of a flying disc or something odd that flew through the air with the greatest of ease – until it exploded almost in his face. He took his find to Mr. Schuster and Sheriff W. H. Lance, but they hadn’t been able to help them.
Here’s Mr. Robertson’s story:
“I was riding my motorcycle south into Dumas – I believe it was July 25 – when something bright in the sky to my left attracted my attention. I pulled off the road and saw a strange object floating over a field about a mile away. It was kind of oval and looked to be about 15 or 20 feet in circumference. It looked something like a big bubble.”
“While I was watching it, the darned thing exploded. I saw pieces falling in all directions. I decided to see if I could find some of the pieces so I rode down a side road and walked into the field where I thought the thing fell. This is what I found.”
Mr. Robertson displayed a piece of what looked like aluminum, but was much lighter. It was about 30 inches long and 24 inches wide and slightly curved. There were two small holes in it and the center appeared to have been burned. Two of the edges showed where they had overlapped another piece.
There was neither number nor name of any kind on the piece of material.
Mr. Robertson plans to go back and see if he can find more evidence to back his saucer story.
Here is a copy of the original article:
This article reports the lost of two intelligence officers who died in an airplane crash that occurred while transporting some of the recovered disc fragments. This is very strange, in that, I do not recall ever coming across this event. It is also strange because they were taking them to former test pilot Kenneth Arnold, whose descriptions of the UFOs he sighted inspired the press to create the terms “flying discs or flying saucers.”
It was published in the newspaper The Neosheo Daily News, Neosheo, Missouri, USA, on page 4, on August 5, 1947:
Army Will Explain Crash of Plane Carrying Saucer
Army officials have kept up the flying saucer suspense with an announcement they will clear up the mystery surrounding a bomber which crashed last week while supposedly carrying disc fragments. The army announcement said additional facts about the bomber crash near Kelso, Washington, will be made public by midweek.
An army spokesman says testimony of one more person is all that’s needed before the army can make a complete public report.
The mystery came to light Saturday when the United Press at Tacoma, Washington, received an anonymous telephone call. The caller reported that two army intelligence officers were en route from a Washington state airport to Hamilton field in San Francisco with pieces of a flying saucer. The plane crashed at Kelso, killing both officers.
Army spokesmen say the men had gone to Tacoma to interview Kenneth Arnold, the man who first saw a saucer, and Capt. E. J. Smith — the transport pilot who followed nine discs on July 4.
Later a Boise, Idaho, newspaper quoted Smith as saying he gave the officers six pieces of metal or lava which may have been a part of a crashed disc. He reportedly said the fragments were obtained from Harold Dahl and Fred Crisman of Tacoma, who said the pieces had struck their boat.
However in Tacoma, Dahl denies he gave Arnold, Smith, or the two army officers any parts of a flying disc. He exhibited a pasteboard box full of roughly square metallic objects which he said he picked up on a beach just before the saucer craze swept the country. He says that if fragments came from an aerial saucer, he doesn’t know anything about it.
Just two of many strange events
As I said in the beginning of this article. This is just a couple of strange events that occurred around the Roswell incident. In future articles, I will explore more of them with you.