Did Churchill order cover-up of UFO sighting?

Winston Churchill ordered the Royal Air Force to keep secret a suspected UFO encounter during World War II because he feared public hysteria and loss of religious faith, according to newly released documents. “This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic and destroy one’s belief in the church,” he reportedly said. The decision was made after an RAF plane encountered a metallic flying object on the coast of England which “hovered noiselessly” near the craft as the crew snapped photos.

A weapons expert at the time said the hovering object was “totally beyond any imagined capabilities of the time,” reports the Telegraph. Churchill had a known interest in UFOs, and requested a report in 1952 on “flying saucers” and what it “amounted to,” according to historians. The information on the RAF close encounter is included in some 5,000 pages in 18 government files covering UFO reports from 1995 to 2003 that have now been posted online by the British National Archives.

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10 Responses to Did Churchill order cover-up of UFO sighting?

  1. TOM

    August 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    If knowing there are other life forms out there will lead to the end of God belief, I suggest people flood authorities with UFO sightings.

    • Mother Hen

      August 5, 2010 at 10:24 am

      It would lead to the breakup of organized religion perhaps, but an increase in crystal-waving pyramid-powering sage-huffing woo-woo alien hunters instead. Who are deluded and annoying, but nowhere near as dangerous as right wing fundies. I’ll take disorganized over organized religion any day!

    • MadMike

      August 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      I once mentioned to a Jesus Jumper that religion would be destroyed by the appearance of aliens and I thought she was going to kill me, and I’m not kidding. So we had sex, I left, and that was that 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Randal Graves

    August 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Plus, unlike fundies, they’ve got pot.

  3. Krell

    August 5, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Traveling millions of miles to explore the regions of Earth, this advanced civilization left behind 1 representative to convey their message of peace….

    • osori

      August 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

      I should have spotted it at the time! A galactic representative of peace, advanced technology and ukelele music.

      • Krell

        August 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

        Resistance is futile!

  4. MadMike

    August 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Tiny f*cking Tim!! I prefer He Who Must Not Be Named!!

  5. fourdinners

    August 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    anyone is surprised?

  6. One Fly

    August 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Rember Carter was going to open up all the UFO files or some damn thing if elected. He was and clammed up real quick like. Please let then set down in every capital in the world and chase the religious crazy’s away.