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Strange Company: Military Encounters with UFOs in World War II 1St Edition Edition
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Raymond E. Fowler
MUFON Director of Investigations Emeritus
UFO Researcher and Author
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I am putting together a lecture on World War II Foo Fighters, as I teach a class on the Eighth Air Force and have written a series of novels about the Eighth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheryl A. Pula
I found this book to be a great source for UFO interaction reports from WW2 aviators and an important step toward helping us understand the true mindset and understanding within... Read morePublished 14 months ago by sylvia newport
Excellent book, it exposes our governments refusal to admit the existence of UFO,s in World War 2. We can be grateful to the few with the courage to speak.Published on January 9, 2014 by William E. Cohane
Definitely worth having in terms of UFO material. The more facts about the reality of UFOs, the better informed will the public be.Published on August 24, 2013 by Michel M. Deschamps
Fascinating book but kindle version appears to be missing large sections! Don't know what to do about this but post in review, as digital downloads cannot be returned!!! :-(Published on July 6, 2013 by Chip E
I accidently met Keith Chester at NARA while performing WWII research. I had interviewed 25th BG Rcn Mosquito pilots who recalled observing weird balls of fire during missions over... Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Norman Malayney