The Second World War brought us many new discoveries, everything from The Jeep to long range super fortress bombers, from Rosie the Riveter to the Atomic Bomb, but did you know it also brought us Foo? WWII found many pilots, naval and ground troops of both the Allies and the Axis powers looking into the skies at an amazing phenomenon that has never been explained. If you think that the Foo Fighters are just a rock band started by ex-Nirvana drummer David Grohl, read on and you will see there is much more to Foo than just music.
No one really knew what they were. In fact much as
The first reported Foo Fighter sighting happened in September 1941. The witnesses were tow sailors on the deck of the Polish ship S.S. Pulaski, an old wreck of a ship which had been converted into a small British troopship. Early in the morning darkness of a clear starry night, while the ship was cruising the
He called out to one of the English gunners and the two of them watched the strange light, which they estimated to be at an altitude of 4,000 to 5,000 feet, as it followed them until finally it "just disappeared" about 50 minutes later.
The next sighting reported occurred in the
"While on watch for enemy aircraft just after noon, I was scanning the skies with binoculars when suddenly I saw a large illuminated disc approaching at terrific speed 4,000 or 5,000 feet above us. This object proceeded to circle high above our ship, the cruiser, Tromp, of the Royal
United States Marine Corp sergeant Stephen J. Brickner, also had a Foo Fighter sighting:
"The sightings occurred on
"At the time I was in a highly emotional state; it was my fifth day in combat with the Marines. It was quite easy to mistake anything in the air for Jap planes, which is what I thought these objects were. They were flying very high above the clouds, too high for a bombing run on our little island. Someone shouted in a nearby foxhole that they were Jap planes searching for our fleet. I accepted this explanation, but with a few reservations. First, the formation was huge, I would say over 150 objects were in it. Instead of the usual tight 'V' of 25 planes, this formation was in straight lines of 10 or 12 objects, one behind the other. The speed was a little faster than Jap planes, and they were soon out of sight. A few other things puzzled me: I couldn't seem to make out any wings or tails. They seemed to wobble slightly, and every time they wobbled they would shimmer brightly from the sun. Their color was like highly polished silver. No bombs were dropped, of course. All in all, it was the most awe-inspiring and yet frightening spectacle I have seen in my life."
Royal Air Force pilot B.C. Lumsden a Hurricane Interceptor pilot during WWII also had run ins with foo fighters:
In December 1942, Lumsden had taken off from
At 7,000 feet they stopped climbing and stayed level with Lumsden's Hurricane. The frightened pilot executed a full turn again, only to discover that the objects had hung behind him on the turn.
Lumsden had no idea what he was seeing. All he knew was that he didn't like it. He nose-dived down to 4,000 feet and the lights followed his every maneuver, keeping their same relative position. Finally they descended about 1,000 feet below him until he leveled out, at which point they climbed again and resumed pursuit. The two lights seemed to maintain an even distance from each other and varied only slightly in relative height from time to time. One always remained a bit lower than the other.At last, as Lumsden's speed reached 260 miles per hour, he was gradually able to outdistance the foos.
"I found it hard to make other members of the squadron believe me when I told my story," Lumsden said, "but the following night one of the squadron flight commanders in the same area had a similar experience with a green light."
From a letter published in the May 1946 issue of Amazing Stories we find the following:
"In 1942 I was on a little island outpost off the southern
"Possibly 30 seconds or a minute after my first glimpse of it, the object plummeted straight down toward the water and disappeared. I watched the area where it had vanished, and a couple of minutes later it reappeared, rising swiftly in apparently an absolute vertical line until it was out of sight."
Here is the deal, as we have said in previous posts; strange mysterious things have always been seen in our skies. Nothing new here.
So much for Foo. But who knows what may turn up in the future to alter my opinion, that’s why I invite you to keep an open mind and keep walking in this big weird world of ours!
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