Massachusetts, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, 12 August 1946,
Mystery Rockets Fly High and Low Across Sweden
Aug. 12 (AP) - Mysterious spool-shaped rockets - speeding
with fiery tails - have become a common sight in Sweden,
and military officials no longer doubt that the country
is in a target area for experimentation with remotely controlled
July 1, newspapers have published reports of the flying
fireballs nearly every day.
the beginning many believed excited eye-witnesses had seen
nothing more ominous than meteors. However, between July
9 and July 12, military authorities received 300 reports
of the missiles and since that time added reports have poured
in daily. Fragments examined by scientists gave little in
the way of clues, except to indicate the presence of coke
and other common materials.
promising a communique on the results of the investigation
within a few days, have cautioned Swedish newspapers not
to publish the names of places where the ghost rockets appear,
so that the senders would not be provided with important
data. Official quarters declined to speculate on the source
of the missiles, but it was believed elsewhere that the
rockets come from some place along the Baltic coast of Germany.
in a few cases is it known that the missiles actually landed
in Sweden. Military personnel have been busily dredging
a small lake in Lapland.
authorities said the missiles evidently passed over Sweden
in a huge curve. Some reports indicated the objects carried
a device for self-destruction, and military experts said
some apparently had exploded in the air. The longest flight
of any of the missiles, so far as military experts could
determine, was about 600 miles, as compared with the range
of 35 to 45 miles for the first German V-2 rocket bombs.
is no comparison, however, with the rocket bombs. The mystery
missiles are small, and at low altitudes seem almost square.
The bottom of the object appeared to have been painted red,
eyewitnesses said. Some observed these missiles flying extremely
reports have been substantiated by a Swedish officer, a
flier, who saw one of the rockets during a recent flight.