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Monday, July 1, 2013

July 8, 1947 (Part One)


                                                        JULY 8 1947, PART ONE
                                                              Bob Koford, 2013

One thing we know about Roscoe Hillenkoetter, via fully documented history, is that “Hilley” was interested in the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects. Of this fact, there is no doubt.

He had joined the Board of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), Donald Keyhoe’s UFO Investigations group, after stepping down from an important government post.

 Hillenkoetter had been present, and “at the helm”, during the 1947 Flying Saucer wave, which included “Roswell”, and possibly other impacts/miss-haps. Long before his brush with NICAP, the Rear Admiral had been a very well respected individual of his time. One of a very, select few, he had been sworn in to the post of Director, Central Intelligence Group, in May 1947.

Between May, and July, 1947, the Flying Saucer wave seemed to really “appear out of nowhere.” Many military witnesses seemed to confirm, to the satisfaction of some top brass, that the objects were “real, and not fictitious.” In the middle of this, a panic arose via a memo to several of the Intelligence groups, on July 3rd, about a missing Top Secret document. This is also the Roswell crash timeframe, as well. The now famous Roswell Press Release, as well as the “Ramey Memo” (really), both “take the stage” on July the 8th, in the afternoon.

At 9:00 AM, on July the 8th, a Top Secret, Intelligence Advisory group meeting was convened, Roscoe Hillenkoetter at “the chair.” “Hilley” opened the meeting by apologizing on behalf of the Deputy Director, who could not attend, as he was away, in “the West.” One subject covered was the May missile incident, where a stray rocket impacted in, or near Juarez, Mexico. Colonel Helmick, Commanding Officer of Alamogordo Army Air Field, is mistakenly referred to as Captain Helmick.*
                                                                                                                  * Roscoe Hillenkoetter Diary.

Also on the table was a lengthy discussion about Scientific Intelligence, and how the new union struck with the Army Signal Corps, especially the post at Monmouth, New Jersey, was going to be beneficial. More listening Post locations were discussed.*
* (Montly Reports for the Director, Central Intelligence by the of Office of Reports and Estimates (ORE), -1947)

A meeting of the National Securty Resources Board was also convened, with missile test locations and who controls what area being bantered about. There was a large distrust between the Navy, and the Air Force, about who owned what land, etc.

Actually, with the creation of the National Security culture there seemed to appear alongside it a mindset to replace the already well established “Air Intelligence”, which had been, up to then, run by the Navy Department, with the new Air Force and their “Air Intelligence.” From the beginning, the Navy and the Air Force struggled with regards to Air Intelligence. Maybe this is what affected their relationship over the Flying Saucer Program, which led to many complaints by Navy people, over the UFO Program years, which has been well documented.

Though the call about the missing Top Secret document, which turned out to be NIA5 (National Intelligence Authority Memo#5), went out on July the 3rd, most of the answers were typed and sent to the DCIA on the 8th. NIA5 dealt with the Authority and Responsibilites of the DCI.
The search for clues goes on, and I will report them as I find them.

/Bob

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