- This letter was received by UFO*BC in 1995. We have talked
to the author several times and his story seems to be legitimate. Unfortunately,
we were not able to track down the RCMP officer (50 years is a long time).
- I remember for the first time hearing about "flying
saucers" just after the last war and a lot of people reported seeing
strange objects although I do not remember hearing of them prior to that.
- There was one story of two pilots in a Canadian plane
reporting a large silver object had flown alongside for 20 miles and when
the plane edged closer to get a better look the object made three fast
circles around the plane (photography?) and then headed north at an amazing
- In August a veteran R.C.M.P. officer who had headed detachments
in the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta was in his detachment
in Hay River in late August of 1947 when two men walked into his office.
One was the commanding officer for the northern region and the other was
introduced as "Charlie" who was an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
He was told he was to go on a top secret mission to retrieve instruments
from two craft about 140 miles north and west of Great Slave Lake. A jeep
with special balloon tyres was to arrive the next day. He was to get gas
and provisions and supplies for seven days. He was told he and the officer
"Charlie" might have to walk the last 30 miles to the locations.
He was sworn never to mention this assignment for seven years. He told
this story in 1954.
- They started out and moved out through bush roads and
then onto the tundra. (Check if there is tundra there.) The American plotted
their course with an instrument which was much more sophisticated than
a compass. The officer had plotted two circles (dots?) on the map and he
said they were the location of flying saucers. (Check if that term was
used then.) They left at night so as not to "broadcast" their
departure. This "compass" was so designed that it kept them "on
course" to within two degrees. If the terrain led them a bit off course
they had to reverse until the lines evened up so to speak. The jeep had
been re-designed to 20 miles an hour top speed. They made good time. Finally
using his bearings and the speedometer reading and a slide rule (?) he
said they were within 30 miles from Number One. Two hours later they came
upon a swath in the scrub and low Arctic trees. They went north five miles
and came upon a large object. It was 40 feet across and had a large "horseshoe"
shape cut out of the rear and six exhaust (?) pipes protruded. The machine
was described as a "huge saucer." It took four hours to unbolt
some instruments from the interior after the officer opened a steel flap
door with a key. Inside the flap in black letters was "U.S. Air Force."
(?---it is my recollection that the army and the navy had air forces but
the air force as an entity was not created until later but I'm probably
wrong.) They ate and had a short sleep and then proceeded another 20 miles
across the tundra and came across Number Two and the same procedure took
place. When the officer finished removing the equipment and stowing it
in the jeep he told the policeman to drive off a bit and he placed an explosive
in the craft. Fifteen minutes later driving south they were jolted by a
blast and almost immediately heard a tremendous explosion. Proceeding to
Number One the officer placed a second charge and blew it to smithereens.
They returned to Hay River on the fourth day. The policeman said he was
not allowed to take a camera and the U.S. officer took one roll of film
of each craft.
- Later the R.C.M.P. officer received an ambiguous letter
(from whom he didn't say) thanking him for his services. All he learned
from the officer was that the two craft had been launched from a secret
test field east of Los Angeles (in the desert) and were operated by remote
control, had a speed of 600 miles per hour (about twice the speed of a
jet fighter in those days) and had enough fuel for six hours. (Check the
distance using speed and fuel and destination.) The policeman said the
flights had been "recorded" and that is how they knew where to
go so precisely. (The Americans had air fields in the north then as they
had taken over northern Canada during the war and a spotter plane or planes
might have been in the area and noted their landings by visual sight or
possibly radar.) The officer told him that many (workers, military) knew
of the craft but this test was "at a second level of intelligence."
It seems probable that the test craft would be directed north into an area
of tundra which would provide a "soft landing" and also far from
any human habitation. Any other compass point would have landed them in
the ocean, inhabited country or jungle where they might never be found.
- Common sense tells one that these were not "flying
saucers" as such but some American military experience, possibly to
be used for surveillance but they were unmanned and therefore would have
no combat use. It probably was an outrageous waste of taxpayers' money
as the second generation of high speed jet planes were already in the works
and would make them useless.
- I was a newspaperman since 1942 with time out for the
infantry and since 1972 I have been an author, 17 books, and am now virtually
retired. The policeman, I believe, is still alive and despite the skepticism
which goes with the trade of newspaperman-author of non-fiction, I have
no reason to disbelieve this story. In the main, it holds together and
besides, there is no reason whatsoever for him to make up this experience.
I have never heard of a similar story although probably your network has.
Also, he told it after the seven years was up.
- Name withheld by request.
- From (name on file) 1-3-99
- In regards to this story, I have a problem with parts
- "A jeep with special balloon tyres was to arrive
the next day. He was to get gas and provisions and supplies for seven days.
He was told he and the officer "Charlie" might have to walk the
last 30 miles to the locations."
- "When the officer finished removing the equipment
and stowing it in the jeep...proceeded another 20 miles across the tundra
and came across Number Two and the same procedure took place...returned
to Hay River on the fourth day."
- How large was the equipment removed from the craft?
Was it small enough to carry back 30 miles, if necessary? Were "provisions
and supplies for seven days" enough to last a 100 mile hike across
Canadian tundra? You can get 100 miles by adding the "last 30 miles"
plus 20 miles to craft number two. Was two men enough to carry the supplies
and equipment removed? It took four days to go to, destroy, and return
from the craft; apparently all accomplished using the jeep. If the individuals
would have had to hike part of the way across the tundra, it is likely
they would have been near death upon returning.
- "It took four hours to unbolt some instruments from
the interior after the officer opened a steel flap door with a key. Inside
the flap in black letters was "U.S. Air Force." (?---it is my
recollection that the army and the navy had air forces but the air force
as an entity was not created until later but I'm probably wrong.)"
- It is FACT that the U.S. Air Force did not come into
existence -- its own entity -- until September 18, 1947. Prior to that,
it was referred to as the Army Air Corps. It is highly unlikely a saucer
(from here or another world) would be identified with "U.S. Air Force"
on the date indicated by the "teller".
- While the story is interesting, the numbers just don't
- If this gets published, please withhold my name --
- A faithful reader