- WORRIED Winston Churchill ordered a top-level probe into UFOs when he
was Premier, it was revealed yesterday.
- The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, revealed
the investigation as he admitted the Government is holding at least 33
top-secret files on UFOs.
- The classified documents are held under
lock and key at the Public Record Office in Kew, West London, and Lord
Irvine says there may be more in other Government departments.
- But the information contained is so sensitive
it cannot be released with the other 23 files reporting sightings between
1943 and 1967 which have already been made public.
- Churchill asked his air minister Lord
Cherwell to investigate in 1952, writing: "What does all this stuff
about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth?"
- He was told 12 days later there was no
evidence flying saucers existed.
- Yet official documents show the War Office
received reports that flying saucers were spotted by the RAF's 115 Squadron
on bombing raids over Germany in 1943.
- And in the year Churchill asked for his
investigation, another two sightings had been reported to the War Office.
- Lord Irvine's statement follows questioning
by Lord Hill-Norton, Chief of the Defence Staff in the 1970s, who says
UFO evidence is being concealed.