My source on the following story has asked me to be very vague in my description of him. He describes himself as “a longtime researcher/instructor of engineering at a school in New Mexico.” I know specific details of his professional work, as well as the names of his own sources for the following information, but he has asked me not to mention them because of potential problems involving security clearances. Speaking with me recently, he told me about his knowledge of what actually took place in Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947-an event which has been alleged by many researchers to have been the crash of an alien spacecraft. His information is gleaned from conversations with others in the engineering field and in the military who were living in or near Roswell at the time. I realize that without identifying my source, the following information is rendered suspect; with that in mind it may still open up new areas of research that will crack the Roswell case. Here is the gist of what he told me:
World War II was over, and America had a secret to conceal. Although the government said there were 500 atomic bombs in the military’s arsenal, that was a lie. There were none that were considered reliable. Due to a number of factors-corrosion of parts kept in storage, batteries that didn’t work, faulty initiators, and other reasons-there were no usable nuclear bombs in American military stockpiles. After the end of the war, the operational team in charge of the nuclear arsenal had also been dispersed, many of them going to other jobs, and some leaving the military altogether. In short, there was no real nuclear deterrent against the Soviet threat, and members of the American government and military who realized this were terrified that the Soviets would find out.
The American brass sought to remedy the situation. As part of this fix, testing of nuclear delivery systems was moved during 1945 and 1946 from Wendover, Utah, to the 509th U.S. Army Air Force Bomb Group unit in Roswell, New Mexico. At the time, Roswell was the center of much secret testing, including the top secret balloon program Project Mogul, and “non-critical” testing at the Trinity blast site. One job that was given to the 509th was the operational testing of nuclear bombs, including fine-tuning the ability to hit targets accurately.
Another secret: According to my source, military bombers were notoriously unreliable in hitting targets, sometimes missing their mark by as much as half a mile. It was given to the 509th to improve that record, and to make it possible to deliver bombs, particularly nuclear bombs, with greater accuracy. “Live” as well as “dummy” bombs were flown in from Sandia to Roswell, where they were tested and used in target drops.
It was in this environment that the most famous of all UFO stories was born. According to my source, the true story behind the alleged UFO crash was that there was an accident involving a B-29 flying from the Army Air Force Base in Sandia (Albuquerque) to Roswell. From the statements of men in the military who were there at the time, my source states that either an atomic bomb or what is termed a “bomb shape,” or “test shape,” the shell of a nuke lacking explosives and atomic capability, and sometimes filled with concrete to add weight, was accidentally or purposefully jettisoned above Corona, New Mexico, directly on the flight path between Sandia and Roswell. Along with the bomb, metal foil used for radar jamming, termed “chaff,” may have also been dropped.
The accidental dropping of a nuclear weapon would surely have been cause enough for a cover-up. If this information had leaked to the public, there might have been an extremely negative reaction.
As an aside, my source mentioned that either an armed atomic bomb or “test shape,” flattened by impact with the ground, could have looked like a squashed disk.