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Strange Company: Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II Paperback – May 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1933665207 ISBN-10: 1933665203 Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books; 1St Edition edition (May 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665207
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reference sources he lists from official documents at NARA is amazing.
Norman Malayney
To digress for a moment, if extraterrestrials were visiting Earth surely would they not want to conceal their observations?
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It is a must read for UFOlogists and the general public will find it of great interest.
Raymond E. Fowler

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Raymond E. Fowler on July 3, 2007
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Keith Chester's book concerns anomalous aerial phenomena sighted by allied and enemy pilots during World War II in Europe and the Far East. It is a must read for UFOlogists and the general public will find it of great interest. Keith spent years digging out hard data for the book and keeping me informed of his progress along the way. It is well documented and very revealing about PRE-1947 UFO sightings and government reaction and confusion about them.

Raymond E. Fowler
MUFON Director of Investigations Emeritus
UFO Researcher and Author
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2007
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Sadly, the subject of post-1947 UFO sightings has become so corrupted by shoddy research, gullible believers, and (most importantly) pop cultural overlay. Thus, pre-1947 sightings are interesting from the standpoint that they are "purer" in terms of anecdotal evidence, even if they are harder to research.

"Foo fighters"--mysterious unexplained aerial phenomena that appeared to or shadowed aircraft in World War II certainly existed. There are too many sighting reports from competent pilots and aircrew to suggest otherwise. But what were they?

Author Keith Chester rightly points out that the subject is almost always a footnote in other UFO books. The subject was ripe for a serious study. So I commend Mr. Chester for his attempt. Sadly, his account falls short on several grounds.

Chester starts out with the accounts of mystery airplanes in Scandinavia in the 1930s as a sort of prologue. Ironically, these sightings are often the footnote to the footnote mentioned above. His discussion of World War Two proper begins with the "Battle of Los Angeles" in February 1942 where unexplained lights or aircraft triggered American anti-aircraft artillery in Southern California. This episode does have a public paper trail--including conflicting explanations from the Army and Navy--in the governmental archives and surely bears serious investigation in its own right. But Chester moves on to the bulk of his account which are mainly US Army Air Forces and Royal Air Force sighting reports.

The accounts of balls of lights or cigar shaped objects one after another certainly make the case that the phenomenon was widespread but I began looking at Chester's footnotes to see where the sightings came from.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Terry W. Hansen on October 31, 2008
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It is important to understand that American history, as told by news organizations, is constantly being censored and rewritten to support government policy objectives. The "free press" did not exist during World War II because the War Powers Act had put an end to it. Thus, when UFO activity began to manifest in an obvious way to military pilots, it was almost entirely hidden from public view by the vast wartime censorship and propaganda apparatus. It was only after the war, when vestiges of the once-free press began to reappear, that Americans learned about this startling new phenomenon. Consequently, we tend to think of the UFO era beginning with Kenneth Arnold, Roswell, etc. The author of this useful book makes it clear, however, that U.S. military intelligence officials became aware of the UFO situation long before the American public was able to read about it in their newly unshackled newspapers.

The author has done a great service in filling in some of the big blanks that still exist in America's story. I highly recommend this book to those who want to understand our complete history, free from CIA and Air Force disinformation and dirty tricks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Irish Guy on September 21, 2009
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Considering what passes for research and supporting evidence in most UFO books, Keith Chester's "Strange Company" is a most welcome addition to the field of ufology. Meticulously footnoted, the book cites dozens of official military and government documents/reports that Mr. Chester must have spent countless hours unearthing from the US and UK National Archives. Personal interviews with WWII aircrew and intelligence personnel add to the impressive telling of the story of this long neglected facet of UFO study.

The author actually opens his book pre-WWII when mystery aircraft were being reported the world over, but hits his stride early on with the telling of the story of the February 1942 "Battle of Los Angeles". From that point on, Chester relates sighting after sighting of unknown phenomena by aircrew and other military personnel throughout most, if not all, operational theaters of WWII. Inter-spliced with the sightings narratives, the author reviews numerous studies and investigations of the phenomena by some of the best and brightest in the fields of science and military intelligence from the US and UK. Admittedly there is a degree of speculation on Chester's part as to the level of involvement of some of these experts, but for the most part those speculations do not seem unreasonable based on the information presented.

While a good read overall, "Strange Company" does have some warts. WWII buffs, especially those with an in-depth knowledge of military aviation history and flying, will note the odd gaffe. Chester has a tendency to wander a bit geographically at times, done primarily to tell his story chronologically I assume.
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