Nick Pope, who investigated the UFO phenomena for the UK MoD until 2009, says he and the Roswell Daily Record newspaper believe someone can come forward to confirm once
and for all whether an alien space craft did crash in the New Mexico desert in 1947, before the greatest cover up on Earth began.
Roswell has been at the heart of the UFO scene since in July 1947 the military sensationally announced in a press release it had found the remains of a crashed flying saucer in the
Local paper, the Roswell Daily Record, wrote this up as the lead story, under the headline ‘RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region’.
But the following day military officials retracted the statement, saying it was in fact a damaged US Air Force air balloon, prompting claims of a cover up.
Witnesses later came forward to say there had been alien bodies within the “crashed craft”, which along with the wreckage were then taken away.
The newspaper’s campaign is now calling on anyone who “hung onto” a part of the crashed object at the time to come forward with it for testing.
Mr Pope blogged: “As every citizen of Roswell knows, the city is at the centre of one of the greatest mysteries of all time.
“In 1947, something crashed in the New Mexico desert and was taken to Roswell Army Air Field — now the Roswell International Air Center.
Nick Pope hopes the Roswell UFO mystery will finally be solved.
“As we approach the 70th anniversary of this much-debated incident, the Roswell Daily Record is launching a campaign to resolve the mystery for once and for all.
“To do so, we need your help.
“While people argue to this day about what happened at Roswell in the summer of 1947, nobody disputes that something crashed. That’s because far from denying this, the military
authorities actually helped get the story out — at least at first.”
The original press statement said: “The many rumours surrounding the flying disk became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air
Force, Roswell Army Air [auth] Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disk.”
But, a day later, the story changed, with the USAF saying the “flying disk” had been identified as debris from a crashed weather balloon and the equipment it had been carrying.
The Roswell mystery has perplexed UFO investigators for nearly 70 years.
Nobody denies there was a crash, we know that there was wreckage.
Mr Pope added: “70 years on, is there any hope of solving the mystery?
“I think there is. I used to investigate UFOs for the British government, which was just one of a number of fascinating postings I had
in a 21-year career at the UK’s Ministry of
“In my experience, the key to solving a mystery like this lies in the community in which these events unfolded.
“That’s why I’ve teamed up with the Roswell Daily Record to launch an appeal. Because nobody denies there was a crash, we know
that there was wreckage.
“And because no clean-up operation can ever be perfect, and because people like souvenirs, we believe there could still be pieces of
this wreckage somewhere out there in the local
He said some of the military personnel involved in the Roswell incident lived off-base in the local community.
He added: “These people — or perhaps their children or grandchildren — might have boxes up in their attics, filled with memorabilia.
“Alternatively, is there a trinket box on the mantelpiece, a jewellery box hidden away somewhere, or a desk drawer that hasn’t been
cleared out in years?
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“Our request is that readers root around and see what they can turn up. Look in particular for strange pieces of metal, but keep an
eye out for anything else that might be connected with the events of 1947, such as documents, photographs or diaries.
“The forthcoming 70th anniversary is likely to attract considerable media attention and public interest. Thus, it may represent our final
chance to smoke out memories and
memorabilia from those who were there — a last opportunity to solve the mystery.”
Mr Pope told Express.co.uk: “In one sense I don’t care whether it was an alien spacecraft, a secret prototype aircraft or a weather
balloon that crashed, though the former would
certainly be more interesting and fun.
“What I really care about is solving the mystery. After 70 years, it would be great just to know the truth, and I think the people of
Roswell hold the key to this.”