RAF fighter pilots encounter with a UFO over Germany
in 1952 was deemed so credible, it got taken seriously by
the then aviation minister, Duncan Sandys.
a new document released by the Churchill Archive at Cambridge
University, Flight Sergeant Roland Hughes describes what
was returning to base when he was followed by a 'gleaming
silver, metallic disc.'
object disappeared at incredible speed after flying along
beside him. RAF radars picked it up, traveling at speeds
beyond anything possible for any aircraft of the time.
his briefing to the Government minister, he speaks of
a flash of 'silver light' which rapidly descended towards
him until he could see that it was a 'gleaming silver-metallic
disc'. Its surface was shiny 'like tin foil' and it had
a 'highly reflective and absolutely seamless metallic-looking
pilot was in a de Havilland Vampire at the time and estimated
the size of the UFO to be equal to the wingspan of a Lancaster
other pilots also returning to RAF Oldenburg in Northern
West Germany did not see the object as they were executing
a 'banking turn.'
convinced was the aviation minister by the account that
he later briefed senior civil servants, telling them he
was convinced of the authenticity of the sighting.
the sighting, Flt. Sgt. Hughes was nicknamed 'Saucer Sam'
and colleagues painted a flying saucer on his jet.