Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:25:01 -0500
From: Francis Ridge <>
Subject: TOP SECRET USAFE Document, 4 Nov. 1948 & Why This Docment Is Important
To: A-Team

On  September 15, of 2005, Jan Aldrich published Project 1947 Research Notes, in which the USAFE document was shown. Here is the actual document and the report mentioned in it.

The transcription of the document for word-search purposes is provided here, followed by "Why this document is important", by Jan Aldrich.                                                                       



USAFE 14              TT 1524              TOP SECRET              4 Nov 1948

From 01 OB

For some time we have been concerned by the recurring reports on flying saucers. They poriodlcally continue to pop up; during the last week, one was observed hovering over Neubiberg Air Base for about thirty minutes. They have been reported by so many sources and from such a variety of places that we are convinced that they cannot be disregarded and must be explained on some basis which is perhaps slightly beyond the scope of our present intelligence thinking.

When officers of this Directorate recently visited the Swedish Air Intelligence Service. This question was put to the Swedes. Their answer was that some reliable and fully technically qualified people have reached the conclusion that "these phenomena are obviously the result of a high technical skill which cannot be..credited to any presently known culture on earth." They are therefore assuming that these objects originate from some previously unknown or unidentified technology, possibly outside the earth.

One of these objects was observed by a Swedish technical expert near his home on the edge of a lake.  The object crashed or landed in the lake and he carefully noted its azimuth from his point of observation.  Swedish intelligence was sufficiently confident in his observation that a naval salvage team was sent to the lake.  Operations were underway during the visit of USAF officers.  Divers had discovered a previously uncharted crater on the floor of the lake. No further information is available, but we have been promised knowledge of the results.  In their opinion, the observation was reliable, and they believe that the depression on the floor of the lake, which did not appear on current Hydrographic charts, was in fact caused by a flying saucer.

Although accepting this theory of the origin of these objects poses a whole new group of questions and puts much of our thinking in a changed light, we are inclined not to discredit entirely this somewhat spectacular theory, meantime keeping an open mind on the subject.  What are your reactions?




USAF Top Secret Document which went to both the CIA and Wright Field. It is not in either's files.


The US Air Force Europe (USAFE) document was one of a number of intelligence items dictated to stenographers over the telephone. Each item received from USAFE was typed up as a separate document and distributed to various agencies that would be interested in the material.

This document was found at the National Archive II in College Park, Maryland in the USAF HQ intelligence Top Secret files for 1948.

Another related document found at the USAF Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, identified the "technical expert" in question as General H. Jung, Commander-in-Chief of the Swedish Defense Forces. The other document also describes assistance that Swedish forces had rendered to the USAF in the effort to gain intelligence on the Soviets. Since last was a violation of Swedish neutrality, such items would be routinely also classified Top Secret.

Nothing in ufology is easy though. Not only did General Jung witness a strange "ghost rocket" like he had also witnessed a fireball meteor during the same month.

Researchers in Sweden, found a file on this report in the Swedish archives. Also, General Jung's diary is available. General Jung's diary describes the sighting in some detail.

So research currently continues on both sides of the Atlantic.

This document reveals that the CIA was informed of the incident. However, a FOIA request to the CIA concerning the contents of the document received a "no record" answer.

Since the document also was sent to Wright Field, this establishes that there were indeed Top Secret files on UFOs at Wright Field.

Jan Aldrich
Project 1947