The KGB’s Declassified Files on Alleged UFO Encounter in Antarctica
There are some wacky conspiracy theories in the world, but some only exist because something authentically weird did in fact happen. Whether or not the conspiracy theories employed to explain them are accurate, of course, is another question entirely, but it is beyond dispute that in many cases something very strange did indeed happen.
The following incident is detailed in the 2006 Russian documentary ‘Third Reich — Operation UFO.’ It details strange and questionable occurrences during a mission to Antarctica, carried out by American soldiers, whose bizarre and tragic consequences were described by leading military figures who carried out the mission, known as Operation Highjump. The mission was officially titled The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947, was a United States Navy operation organized by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr., USN (Ret), Officer in Charge, Task Force 68, and led by Rear Admiral Richard H. Cruzen, USN, Commanding Officer, Task Force 68. commenced 26 August 1946 and ended in late February 1947. The personnel, Task Force 68, included 4,700 men, 13 ships, and 33 aircraft and their mission was allegedly to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.
Byrd was ordered “to consolidate and extend American sovereignty over the largest practical area of the Antarctic continent.” The expedition ended after only 8 weeks with “many fatalities” according to news reports based on interviews with crew members who spoke to the press about the incident while passing through Chilean ports. Indeed, Admiral Byrd himself revealed in a press interview that Task Force 68 had encountered a new enemy that “could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds”; comments that were reported in the Chilean press.
During this interview in 1947, it was reported:
“Adm. Byrd declared today that it was imperative for the United States to initiate immediate defense measures against hostile regions. The Admiral further stated that he didn’t want to frighten anyone unduly but it was a bitter reality that in case of a new war the continental United States would be attacked by flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds.”
In his alleged (thoug sometimes disputed) posthumously published diary, Admiral Byrd reported a personal encounter with a so-called Nordic being:
“We have let you enter here because you are of noble character and well-known on the Surface World, Admiral’ … you are in the domain of the Arianni, the Inner World of the Earth…. Admiral, I shall tell you why you have been summoned here. Our interest rightly begins just after your race exploded the first atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. It was at that alarming time we sent our flying machines, the “Flugelrads”, to your surface world to investigate what your race had done…. You see, we have never interfered before in your race’s wars, and barbarity, but now we must, for you have learned to tamper with a certain power that is not for man, namely, that of atomic energy. Our emissaries have already delivered messages to the powers of your world, and yet they do not heed. Now you have been chosen to be witness here that our world does exist. You see, our Culture and Science is many thousands of years beyond your race, Admiral.”
The aforementioned documentary made public KGB files, which had become declassified after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. These reports were composed on the order of Joseph Stalin, who requested his agents to determine exactly what occurred during this incident. While rumors that the Nazis had established some kind of subterranean base in Antarctica related to alleged contact with ETs through the Vril Society are widely regarded as suspect, it is nevertheless true that the Nazis had been hard at work attempting this, and in 1943, Grand Admiral Donitz did state in 1943, “the German submarine fleet is proud of having built for the Führer, in another part of the world, a Shangri-La land, an impregnable fortress.” In fact, after their surrender in 1945, continued Nazi submarine activity in the Antarctic region was alluded to by the Agence France Press on September 25, 1946: “the continuous rumors about German U-boat activity in the region of Tierra del Fuego [‘Feuerland’ in German] between the southernmost tip of Latin America and the continent of Antarctica are based on true happenings.”
John P. Szehwach, a radioman stationed on the USS Brownson, gave testimony of how UFOs appeared dramatically out of the ocean depths. On January 17, 1947 at 0700 hours, Szehwach said:
“I and my shipmates in the pilothouse port side observed for several minutes the bright lights that ascended about 45 degrees into the sky very quickly… We couldn’t i.d., the lights, because our radar was limited to 250 miles in a straight line.”
The Soviet report relates that the UFOs flew close over the US naval flotilla which fired on the UFOs, at which point the craft retaliated with lethal force. According to flying boat pilot Lieutenant John Sayerson:
“The thing shot vertically out of the water at tremendous velocity, as though pursued by the devil, and flew between the masts [of the ship] at such a high speed that the radio antenna oscillated back and forth in its turbulence. An aircraft [Martin flying-boat] from the Currituck that took off just a few moments later was struck with an unknown type of ray from the object, and almost instantly crashed into the sea near our vessel…. About ten miles away, the torpedo-boat Maddox burst into flames and began to sink… Having personally witnessed this attack by the object that flew out of the sea, all I can say is, it was frightening.”
But it’s not only Soviet intelligence that reported these strange alleged occurrences. Several U.S. intelligence agents have said the same of Nazi Germany’s acquisition of ET technology. According to former CIA agent Virgil Armstrong:
“We know that in the early parts of the war there were certain factions of the Allied forces that did not believe he [Hitler] had a secret weapon and it wasn’t until the Americans made much emphasis of this that they began to look at it seriously and indeed did discover that Hitler not only had a secret weapon, he had what we would call today a UFO or spacecraft.”
Captain Ed Ruppelt, a major U.S. military official and Chief Investigator for U.S. Air Force Project Bluebook states:
“When WWII ended, the Germans had several radical types of aircraft and guided missiles under development. The majority were in the most preliminary stages, but they were the only known craft that could even approach the performance of objects reported to UFO observers…”
In fact, astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell confirmed in 1991, the same year as the KGB’s release of these documents, stated that a great deal of the ET cover up was the consequence of incidents that took place during World War 2.
Lieutenant Colonel Philip J. Corso, the well-known alien whistleblower, had much the same to say of the presence of UFOs in Nazi Germany. According to Corso, who was allegedly a senior officer in charge of reverse engineering alien technology during the Kennedy and Eisenhower administrations:
“There were crashes elsewhere, and [the Germans] gathered material too. The Germans were working on it. They didn’t solve the propulsion system. They did a lot of experiments on flying saucers. They had one that went up to 12,000 feet. But where all, we and they, missed out was on the guidance system. In R&D we began to realize that this being [an ET] was part of the guidance system, part of the apparatus himself, or itself, as it had no sexual organs.”
Indeed, Hermann Oberth, the father of modern rocketry, stated “we cannot take credit for our record advancement in certain scientific fields alone. We have been helped [by] the peoples of other worlds.”