A few years ago, before Roswell was a "household"
word as it is today, I decided that it might be a good idea to
see if the story had been covered by our local papers. The only
TV item on Roswell we'd ever had the fortune to see in Australia
at the time was the 20 or so minutes presented by "Unsolved
Mysteries". There had only been one book published on the
subject, ''The Roswell Incident", by Charles Berlitz, in
One thing mentioned in the 'Unsolved Mysteries' program was
that once the 509th released the press report, their phones went
crazy with calls from all over the world.
The State Library of Victoria keeps newspapers and periodicals
on microfilm, so off I went in search of the papers my grandparents
would have read in 1947. I began with the Melbourne Age, and
looked at the editions a few days before, during and after the
event. I didn't find any reference to Roswell or even New Mexico,
but to my astonishment there were many reports on "Flying
Saucers" and "Flying Discs", including stories
about people in Sydney and Copenhagen watching "Flying Saucers"
travelling overhead at high speed.
Once I had scanned through the two months as I had planned
I was left with the impression that these "saucers"
had circum-navigated the globe , passing over Sydney on the night
of Monday the 7th. The "saucers" were obviously plainly
visible , rapid and reported by multitudes of people from the
United States and Canada to Australia and Scandanavia.
It would be a great idea to surf the web to access newspaper
archives in many countries to see if a clearer picture develops.
(ie. if they have these relevant archives available on the net).
In the Herald on Monday June 30th 1947, there was, on the
front page, the headline "SUPERSONIC FLYING SAUCERS"
IN U.S. The article then refers to the Arnold sighting without
mentioning his name, and then goes on to say " experts dismissed
the report with statements that no known aircraft could go that
fast and that no guided missile tests were being conducted in
that part of the west.....All agreed that the objects were round,
like a saucer, were travelling South at high speed with little
or no noise , and were of such brightness that reflections from
the sun were "almost blinding".
Of course, there was no mention of Kenneth Arnold's military
experience as a pilot and his ability to accurately ascertain
the speed he mentioned. He said at the time words to the effect
that he found it hard to believe but he had to because he saw
The front page headline of "The Argus" for JULY
7TH 1947 read:
'FLYING SAUCERS' TO BE HUNTED DOWN.
Mystery has U.S.baffled. New York (AAP)
The next 'flying saucer' seen in the United States will be
chased by fighter planes.....
The front page of 'The Sun' for July 7th ran a leading story
which read, "Persistent "Disc Saucery" Reports
Leave Americans Guessing. This article reports that the first
photographs of the objects had appeared in U.S. papers, but they
weren't reproduced here.
Then on Tuesday July 8th, in the Sun, on page two, there is
an article reporting how a U.S. National Guard pilot was sent
in persuit of a "saucer" but wasn't abled to find the
object. (That would probably be like trying to intercept a formula
1 racing car while riding a bicycle).
And on Tuesday the 8th, 'The Age' added, on it's front page,
that the Army Air Force was going to use it's new 'JET' planes
to attempt to pursue the next 'Saucer'.
Of course the boffins couldn't keep away from such intriguing
stories. A Sydney Professor proved to his satisfaction that people
were staring into the skies for long periods, which made their
eyes play tricks on them. See page two, The Age , Tuesday July
Of course he never attempted to explain why the Armed Forces
of the United States would keep their planes "warmed up"
and at the ready in order to persue optical anomalies, which
overnight afflicted people around the globe.
To conclude , it would be an absolutely fascinating project
to research newspaper archives worldwide in order to piece together
the activities of these visitors at the time that one of them
either crashed or was shot down in 1947. There was one very minor
reference to a story of a 'saucer' having been recovered by the
U.S. Military, but it was attributed to the ubiquitous weather
balloon. In other words, all that I could locate in Melbourne
was a minor reference to the cover story we all know about.
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