Secrets from the X-Files

Britain’s
Ministry of Defence has released hundreds of previously secret “UFO files”
including a letter saying that Winston Churchill had ordered a 50- year
cover-up of a wartime encounter between a UFO and military pilot.

The
files published by the National Archives, span decades and contain scores
of witness accounts, sketches and classified briefing notes documenting
mysterious sightings across Britain.

One
Ministry of Defence note refers to a 1999 letter stating that a Royal Air Force
plane returning from a mission in Europe during the Second World War was
“approached by a metallic UFO.”

The
unidentified author of the letter says his grandfather attended a wartime
meeting between Mr. Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower during which the two
expressed concern over the incident and “decided to keep it secret.”
The MoD subsequently investigated the case but found no written record of the
incident, the files say.

“…
the MoD does not have any expertise or role in respect of ‘UFO/flying saucer’
matters or to the question of the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial
life forms, about which it remains totally open-minded,” it said in a 1999
note.

Britain
has been slowly releasing long-classified files related to sightings of
mysterious craft in the skies above its cities, compiled and investigated by
the MoD over past decades.

Some
cases subsequently received rational explanations, such as meteors burning up
in the atmosphere, but many are unsolved.

One
memo, dated 1997, contains reports of “sonic booms” and a mysterious plane
crash in northern England. No wreckage was found in an ensuing search by the
police and rescue teams.

Another
incident refers to sightings of a “black triangular UFO” over the home of the
shadow home secretary in Kent in the late 1990s. An investigation showed no
breach of security.

In
a case filed in 1995, the captain of a plane approaching Manchester airport
reported a near-miss with an “unidentified object,” and a witness on the ground
separately provided a sketch showing a UFO “20 times the size of a football
field.”

An
inquiry failed to identify the object, the memo said.

The files come from more than 5,000
pages of UFO reports and letters and drawings from members of the public, as
well as questions raised by MPs in Parliament.

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