First Newspaper Accounts of Roswell Tell of Captured Flying Saucer

Collage Of First Roswell Press Accounts Hint At Real Story

roswell headline newspapersIf you really want to get a fresh take on any news event, I suggest you read the very first press accounts that come out describing what occurred as close to the point in time it happened.


All through my life I have followed world events such as the Kennedy assassination, where initial accounts reported a possible conspiracy including Fidel Castro and others, only to be sanitized and denied within hours of the event when the government’s spin machine began to push the lone assassin theory as the explanation for the President’s untimely murder.

Government Quickly Spins Roswell

And so it was with Roswell, By reading the first press and wire service accounts of this breaking news (these first account have misspelled the communication’s officer’s name) that occurred just a few years after the close of World War II, you will begin to get a taste for what really happened that day — and how much of the truth was quickly covered up.

Within hours, the government totally reversed the initial press release from Roswell Army Air Base from it recovering a flying disc to recovering a weather balloon.

Here are the original press and wire accounts:

Army Finds ‘Flying Saucer’

General Believes It Is Radar Weather Gadget

The Children of Roswell: A Seven-Decade Legacy of Fear, Intimidation, and Cover-Ups 


Air Force Says Platter Picked Up on Ranch


By Associated Press

ROSWELL, N. M., July 8–The Army Air Force here today announced a flying disc had been found on a ranch near Roswell and is in Army possession.

Lieut. Warren Haught [sic], public-information officer of the Roswell Army Air Field, announced the find had been made “sometime last week” and had been turned over to the air field through co-operation of the sheriff’s office.

“It was inspected at the Roswell Army Air Field and subsequently flown” by Major Jesse A. Marcel, of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office at Roswell “to higher headquarters.”

The Army gave no other details.

(Officers at the base say that the “disc” was flown in a Superfortress to “higher headquarters” undisclosed. The air base refused to give details of construction of the disc or its appearance, but residents near the ranch on which the disc was found reported seeing a strange blue light several days ago about 3 a.m.)

Haught’s statement:

“The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th (atomic) bomb group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the co-operation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff’s office of Chaves County.

“The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell some time last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact the sheriff’s office, who in turn notified Major Jesse A. Marcel of the 509th bomb group intelligence office.

“Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at the rancher’s home. It was inspected at the Roswell Army Air Field andsubsequently flown by Major Marcel to higher headquarters.”

Later the A.A.F. said that further information indicated that the object would have had a diameter of about 20 to 25 feet if reconstructed.

Nothing in the apparent construction “indicated any capacity for speed, and there was no evidence of a power plant, the A.A.F. said.

Construction of the disc seemed too flimsy to have enabled it to carry a man, it was added.


General Orders Flying Disc To Wright Field for Tests

By International News Service

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 8–Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey, commanding general of the Eighth Army airforces field, asserted tonight the purported “flying disc” found in eastern New Mexico is “evidently nothing other than a weather or radar instrument of some sort.”


By International News Service

DENVER, July 8–Senator Ed C. Johnson, of Colorado, told the Denver Post by long distance from Washington today that the object found in New Mexico may have been “either a radar target or a meteorological balloon.”


By Associated Press

Washington, July 8–Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey said today that a battered object which previously had been been described as a flying disc, found near Roswell, N.M., is being shipped by air to the A.A.F. research center at Wright Field, Ohio.

Ramey, commander of the Eighth Air Force with headquarters at Fort Worth, received the object from the Roswell army air base.

In talking by telephone to A.A.F. headquarters at Washington, Ramey described the object as of “flimsy construction, almost like a box kite.” It was so badly battered that Ramey was unable to say whether it had a disc form. He did not indicate the size of the object.

There were “some fragments of junk” found near the object near the New Mexico ranch where a rancher sighted it last week.

Ramey reported that so far as the A.A.F. investigation could determine, no one had seen the object in the air. Asked what the material seemed to be, A.A.F. officials here said Ramey described it as “apparently some sort of tin foil.”

The object, after being found by the rancher, was turned over to the 509th armored group at Roswell airfield.

When asked if other agencies, including the F.B.I., would examine the exhibit, A.A.F. officials said they understood that if the airplane carrying the material had not left Fort Worth up to now the F.B.I. representatives in that area might make an examination.

Site Where Disc Found Near Atom Bomb Proving Ground

Announcement by the Army Air Force of the finding of a “flying saucer” on a ranch near Roswell, N. M., excited speculation here today about a possible connection with the famous proving ground at White Sands.

White Sands, where the first atomic bomb was tested in an explosion that marked a new era in world science, and where numerous captured German V-2 rockets have been fired, is only a short distance from Roswell.

The state of Washington, where the first saucers were reported, also is the site of one of the great atomic processing plants at Hanford.

The Children of Roswell: A Seven-Decade Legacy of Fear, Intimidation, and Cover-Ups 

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