Documentation released by the government of the United Kingdom (UK) shows that Winston Churchill was accused of ordering the cover-up of a World War II encounter between a UFO and a Royal Air Force bomber because he feared people would “panic” and lose faith in religion.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965) is famous for his highly influential career as a British politician, army officer, writer, and orator. He was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) between 1940 and 1945. Under his confident guidance, Churchill’s Allied British military was bested by the Axis German Nazis and the Japanese Empire in the Second World War. Churchill served as the UK’s prime minister for a second term from 1951 to 1955.
The story down on Conspiracy Street is that the former British PM banned reporting of the “bizarre” incident that occurred off the east coast of England between the unknown object and the Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft for half a century over concerns that official UFO disclosure would create mass hysteria.
Allegedly, Churchill gave the orders during a secret war meeting with General Dwight Eisenhower from the United States who commanded the Allied Forces at the time. The covert Rendez-Vous was held at an undisclosed location in the U.S. near the end of WWII.
One of the declassified files on UFOs released by the UK’s National Archives in 2010 is an allegation made by the grandson of one of Churchill’s personal bodyguards, an RAF officer who overheard the discussion. The bodyguard wrote to the Ministry of Defence in 1999 seeking more information about the incident after his grandfather disclosed details to his family.
The guard’s grandson, a physicist from Leicester, said that a WWII reconnaissance plane and its crew were returning from a mission over occupied Europe when the military aviators had a close encounter with a UFO.
In mid-flight, on the English coast, possibly near Cumbria, a metallic UFO approached the aircraft and followed it. Crew members snapped photographs of the strange object and claimed it had “hovered noiselessly” near the plane.
Later, Churchill and Eisenhower discussed the mystifying incident. Evidence suggests that the two world leaders were so concerned by this incident that Churchill ordered that it remain secret for 50 years or more after a scientist at the meeting suggested that the object that had shadowed the RAF bomber was a UFO of extraterrestrial origin.
A weapons expert at the meeting said the object was definitely not a missile as the UFO sighting was “totally beyond any imagined capabilities of the time.”
The scientist wrote that attendees from the two opposing sides – natural versus paranormal phenomenon – were hard-pressed to reach an accord:
“There was a general inability for either side to match a plausible account to these observations and this caused a high degree of concern.”
Because of the anxiety and lack of agreement among the Allies’ top leadership and scientific teams over the unexplained presence of UFOs, the British PM opted for caution – in everyone’s best interest. The scientist stated:
“Mr. Churchill is reported to have made a declaration to the effect of the following: ‘This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic among the general population and destroy one’s belief in the Church.'”
The bodyguard was “greatly affected by his experience,” and told no one except his daughter (the scientist’s mother) about the incident when she was nine years old. He did finally disclose the details of his upsetting UFO encounter to his wife on his deathbed in 1973.
The scientist, an astronomy expert who developed software for use in “spacecraft thermal engineering,” heard the story from his mother years later.
Noting that he wasn’t a “crackpot” and that his grandfather had been restricted by the Official Secrets Act, the inquiring scientist wanted to know about what happened. He believed the UFO was covert high technology developed by a foreign power so he asked the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) for help.
An MoD official said their investigation produced no evidence to support the claims, probably because all “UFO files before 1967 were destroyed after five years” due to a lack of public interest.
After WWII, UFO’s were still on the British bulldog’s mind. On July 28, 1952, the “Churchill Memorandum” was sent from the UK’s Prime Minister to Lord Cherwell, Secretary of State for Air. In it, Churchill asked:
“What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth? Let me have a report at your convenience.”
A memo dated August 9, 1952, replied that an intelligence study was conducted in 1951 by the “working party on flying saucers,” the brainchild of Sir Henry Tizard, Churchill’s trusted scientific adviser during the war. This academic body concluded that “flying saucers” could be explained by “one or other” of the following four causes:
- Known astronomical or meteorological phenomena
- Mistaken identification of conventional aircraft
- Balloons and birds
- Optical illusions and psychological delusions or deliberate hoaxes
Did Winston Churchill begin the international UFO coverup program that has lasted over 70 years when nearly nothing about the paranormal phenomenon was known? Are we still the victims of WWII fears regarding national security and superior armed forces?
All the evidence points to YES.