Churchill's Fears of UFO Invasion
The People [London]
From Gerry Lovell <>
WORRIED Winston Churchill ordered a top-level probe into UFOs when he was Premier, it was revealed yesterday.
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, revealed the investigation as he admitted the Government is holding at least 33 top-secret files on UFOs.
The classified documents are held under lock and key at the Public Record Office in Kew, West London, and Lord Irvine says there may be more in other Government departments.
But the information contained is so sensitive it cannot be released with the other 23 files reporting sightings between 1943 and 1967 which have already been made public.
Churchill asked his air minister Lord Cherwell to investigate in 1952, writing: "What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth?"
He was told 12 days later there was no evidence flying saucers existed.
Yet official documents show the War Office received reports that flying saucers were spotted by the RAF's 115 Squadron on bombing raids over Germany in 1943.
And in the year Churchill asked for his investigation, another two sightings had been reported to the War Office.
Lord Irvine's statement follows questioning by Lord Hill-Norton, Chief of the Defence Staff in the 1970s, who says UFO evidence is being concealed.