Source: The People [London]
Date: October 18 1998
Header: Churchill's Fears of UFO Invasion
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
He was told 12 days later there was no evidence flying
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.
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