FBI Memo reveals flying saucer crashes in 1940s
Michael Salla, April 12, 2011
Stories of flying saucer crashes secretly retrieved by elite military teams have been boosted with the release of a new electronic reading room by the FBI known as “The Vault.” Among the documents first released by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and now more easily accessible to the American public in The Vault is one by Special Agent Guy Hottel. In 1950, Hottel sent a memorandum to J. Edgar Hoover about flying saucer crashes. The Hottel memo is causing a sensation in Britain since the Daily Mail discussed it in a provocative article titled: The memo that ‘proves aliens landed at Roswell’… released online by the FBI.”. The Daily Mail story was quickly followed by other major media outlets. The memo is startling since it reveals that an unidentified Air Force Investigator, most likely with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, was relaying accurate information about three flying saucer crashes recovered by the Air Force in the 1940s to an FBI Special Agent.
The Hottel Memo states:
Three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50ft in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3ft tall dressed in a metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.
The document cites as its main source an Air Force investigator without giving details of his rank, position, or how he received the information. Given that the memo’s recipient was none other than FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, it can be safely assumed that the Air Force investigator was a credible military source being cited by an FBI field agent reporting directly to his boss. Hottel’s job as an FBI Special Agent was to relay accurate information of activities coming under his field of operations, or of particular interest to the FBI Director. In relaying such information, Hottel would have to judge the significance and accuracy of the information before relaying it in an official FBI memo to his superior. What the Hottel document does prove is that an Air Force Investigator was willing to share information about crashed flying saucers to an FBI agent who judged the information relevant and significant enough to relay it directly to his superior.
The Hottel memo does not go into specifics as to what flying saucer crashes the Air Force Investigator had in mind. This has led to much speculation and debate among researchers as to whether or not it confirms the 1947 Roswell Crash, or other historic cases such as the 1948 Aztec UFO crash. The FBI’s launch of The Vault has certainly had the effect of sparking public interest in the FBI’s X-Files.