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PROBIEM 1. To advise Col Watson, !Me, concerning proper procedure for handling unidentified aerial object reports. FACTS AND DISCUSSION 2. On 9 Oct 50, Gen Moore instructed Col Harris, AFOIV-TC, to telephone Col Watson, !Me, and advise him that photographs of an unidentified aerial object were t9 be evaluated by Intelligence Dept, AMC, and not to be forwarded to D/l for evaluation.

3. The telephone call to Intelligence Dept, !Me was consummated with Lt Col Dunn, inasmuch as Col Watson was away for the day.
be granted to release all details concerning ~ncidents brought to his attention for analysis. It is Gen Moore's opinion that it is unnecessary to release full details resulting from analysis of incidents, and, in all cases cognizant to the press, the following may be released:

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2. AVO, in their final report on Project Grudge, recomended that the entire report be reviewed to determine the potentialities wbich might exist tor psychologlcal warfare application of situations encountered. in the f:Qing saucer project •

3. tat ter from. Hq, USAF to CO, AMe, subject: "Project Grudge," dated 4 Jan 50, advised that tbis AMCrecemm.andation would be carried out. This was coortiBated with COl PUtnam,DOPll' by Jlaj Boggs. .

4. The mly copy of Project Grudge Technical Report available to Hq, USAF las been in constant use in the. Officeot Director of 'Public Relatims, and attached copy has jut been obtained for use. by AFOPW.R&R has been prepared forwarding copy af report to AFOPW for their rev:lew.
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1. Reference is made toHq. USAFletter, dated 30 December 1947, subject, "Flying Discs"; and Hq. USAF1st Indorsement, dated 10 October 1949, . to AMC letter, dated 10\ August 1~9 ~ }3ubject, "Pr-o jec t Grudge 'I'echn i.ca'L Report". \ (J (1,-0-"

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2. In view of the findings and subsequent concurrence by all Services through the JIC, it is r-ecommended that special project action by the Intelligence Department, Hq. ATvIC, ttflying saucer" reports be on discuntinued. Any future reports on this subject should be accorded the same consideration as that given to intelligence on other subjects. 3. This headquarters is taking action to ooncel all its outstanding intelligence reauirements issued for collection of information on tlflying saucers» including Air Intelligence Requirements Memorandum Number 4, "Unconventional Aircraft", Department of the Air Force, Hq , USAF, date d 15 Febru ary 1949. 4. Copy of Project Grudge Technical Report, with corrections as suggested in inclosures to Hq , USAF1st Indorsement, dated 10 October 1949, to AMC letter, dated 10 August 1949, 'will be reviewed to determine potentialities for psychological warfare application '1.S recommended by AMC. retained

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It, is requested tha t the Pro ject as the official record on "flying

Grudge file at HQ. AMC be saucer" investigations • • BY COMlI1:AND OF THE CHIEFOF STAFF: s/JOHN M. SCl-lWEIZER, JR. Colonel, USAF Directorate of Intelligence AFDIR AFMRD
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MIlMORANllJM FOR RBlCOlU)

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1. To prepare a letter informing the CommandingGeneral, AMC,of recommendations and action by Hq. USAFin regard to the discontinuance of Pro ject Grudge. FACTSAND DISCUSSION: 2. In September 19l19, the »/1 receiTed what was considered by Hq• .AMC to be a fiDal report on the findings of Project Grudge (UDidentified aerial objects). Since inTestigations and analyses did not reTeal that so-called "flying s&ncer-incident. inTolved other than misidentifications of conTentional objects, natUral phenomena, and some hoax, Hq. AKCasked that the special project actiTity on such reports be discontinued.

3. After conversation on 12 September 19149 between Col. Macomber, .AJ'MRD, Maj. "Boggs, AFO"U, Col. Macomberunofficially and reTiewed the .!MC report on Pro ject Grudge and concurred in a memorandum prepared for the JIC informing all SerTices of the Department of Defense on findimgs and asking for cOJlUDent proposal to return reports of flying s&ncer incidents on to normal intelligence interest.
If.. "Both the Department of the Army and Department of the NaTY. through the JIC, haTe concurred fully in the findings of Project Grudge and concur that the requirement for Project Grudge has been fulfilled.
5. Unwarranted speculation in the press on the nature of flying saucers required that some public release be made on 27 D~cember 19lJ9 by the Air Force. The press was informed that the special preject was being discontinued and the reasons therefor. Maj. Boggs, AJ'OAI-DA,adTised the project officer, Lt. Smith, of this action by telephone.

6. Letter has been prepared to CommandingGen~al, !MC, recommending discontinuance of speoial project aotion on ·flying lancer" reports and adTising thatHq. USAJ'collection requirements on the subject are being canceled. AHCis asked to retain their project f11e as the official /" record. Project Grudge !rechnical Report is being forwarded to AlOPOforl// review by the Psychological Warfare Division, as recommended by .&MC. ">~r~
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PROBLEM 1. To advise Col Watson, AMC, concerning proper procedure for handling unidentified aerial object reports. FACTS AND DISCUSSION 2. On 9 Oct 50, Gen Moore instructed Col Harris, AFOIV-TO, to telephone Col Watson, !MC, and advise him that photographs of an unidentified aerial object were to be evaluated by Intelligence Dept, Ale, and not to be forwarded to D/I for evaluation.

3. The telephone call to Intelligence Dept, AIC was consummated with Lt Col Dunn, inasmuch as Col Watson was away for the day.
be granted to release all details concerning ~ncidents brought to his attention for analysis. , It is Gen Moore f s opinion that it is unnecessary to release full deFr· tails resulting from analysis of incidents, and, in all cases cognizant to the press, the following may be released:

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7. Subject matter will not be submitted for inclusion in the Daily Staff Digest.
ACTION RECOMMENDED

8.

Approval, signature, and forwarding.

COORDINATION Colll·"'D. Brannon, AFOrC, ext. 73605 D. Col F. G. Allen, AFOIP, ext. 74053 Col R. M. Batterson, AFCFR, ext. 74008

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1. Forwarded for consideration'., noted in para 2 of 11 Jul 50 Comment No.1. DATE 2. Detailed studT has been made of attached letter and 2 j;Jlclosures from Oontinental Air Comms.nd. Final analyses NO. -------were delayed awaiting receipt of twenty-four hour weather reports fer 8 and 9 Mar 1950 for Selfridge AlB area. 3. Attention is invited to recommendation in para 5, page 2 of basic letter. It is recommended that the following information be incorporated in reply to Oontinental Air Oommand's reco~endation: a. Ooncur as fo llew8 wi th eenc lusiens reached b7 Continental Air OOJllJD8ll.d in regard to incident described in basic letter and it. inclosures: (1) 'the magnitude of the velocity and accelera.tions of the three dimensional movements of the 'object' reported are beyond the capability of known heavier or lighter than air vehicles in controlled flight.1 (2) "supporting this is the fact that the 'object' was reported as re.a1ning stationary in free space for a mean-period of two minutes.' b. There is a conflict in data on the incident; one witness states that the incident occurred on 8 March (see Incl. 2, page 2, lat para.) and other witness states incident occurred on 9 March (see Incl. 1, page 1, 1st para.;) c. What is believed to have been a aimilar inCident, alae oblerved by radar (SOR-584),eccurred at Wright-Patterson AlB on the morning of 8 March 1950. At approximately 0745 two airline pilots reported that they had aeen a long slender body at about 10,000 ft approaching from the northwest. The object wasicked b7 observers at the Vandalia control tower who observed the opject n. TO: DATE position of the 'object' but the pilot eould see nothing aJ..,..-------7'"" though the control tower was still in visual contact with 1"8. Later, an F-51 attempted to track the object. It could not -----------------intercept 1t. Dlring this time radar had not been able to detect an7 strange objects ef any sert. However, at about 1130 hours signals of large amplitude were being rec,eivedon an SOR-584. An ,-SO was vectored te the appreximate location of the targets and reported baek that strips of ice laden clouds running northwest to southwest were visible at approximately 10,-600 ft. !'his informatien coneurred: with plots obtained by the radar and gave eonclua1ve evidence that the radar targets were in fact reflections from the ice laden cloud.. fA. earlier visual sightings were apparently due to the morning sun shining through the ice laden cloud. causing an optical illusion. . d. Although the 'object1 ebserved on radar at Selfridge ArB was ~n ....z-..... ,terized br velocities ranging from zero to apprOXimately 43) mph, and rratic chang,s in altitude which Showed no intelligent maneuvering, the obsertions could easily have been the renl t of turbulent condi tiona in ice laden sphere. A studT of the weather in the Selfridge AJ'l3 area during twenty-four hour periods on 8 and 9 March shows that such turbulent cendi tiona could have prevailed. Such conditions are not unusual for that time of year. e. As in the case of such iac1idents examined in the past, there Da been no evidence that unusual observations have been tbe, result of a new te... V .... UoK:· AI .. 1cal advancement by an alien pJ!er. In every case where there has been suf. fieient usable data, it has been~~1 a seemingly unusual observation was the result of misidentification.'>'ft was for this reason that requirements for special investigation of euck incidents and the entire 'Project Grudle' (unidentified aerial objects) were cancelled by Hq. USAF earlier this year. The discontinof speCial reporting and consideration has .a; stopped the reports of BUch

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vel'ltionalaircraft whioh might indicate a.n advanoe in technological progress of a foreign power. An unoonventional aircraft, within the meaning of this directive. is def1.ned as any aircraft or airborne object whioh by perfox~ance, aerodynamiC characteristics, or unusual features, does not conform to any presently known aircraft type.
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(3) Manner of observation; visual or eleotronic. from air (give speedt altitude, and type of aircraft). or surface. A:tx1 type of optical or electrOnic equipment used should be described. (4) Location of. observer during sighting, giving exact latitude and longitude as closely as feasible. ana/or reference to a known landmark. Locatio~ of obJect(s) with respect to observer. giving distance, direotion, and altitude. (5) Identifying informs,tion on observer(s) and Witnesses, estimate of reliability and experience, and any faotors bear1~ on 8&time.ted rel1abiU ty of the sighting. (6) Weather an~ wind conditions and plaoe of sightings. (teletype seq~encee) at time or otherwise,

(7) Any activity or cond1tion, meteorological which might account for the dghting.

(8) ~stenoe of any p~B1cal evidence; fragmente, photographs and the like, of the sighting. (9) Interception or identification aotion taken. (Such action sh~ld be taken whenever feaSible, complying with existing air defense direotlves.) e. Reports forwarded by eleotrical transmission w111 be followed up within ten (10) days by a. written report on AF Form 112. This report will contain the same information specified in subparagraph 2d above in greater detail, and where feasible will include sketches and signed attested narrative 8tat~ments of observers. f. Written reports of slght1nge, where no previous electrically transmitted 'report has been submitted, will follow the same form &s the written follow-up report described in subparagraph 2e above.
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219 Commercial Bank Bldg., Peoria 2, lll. - Tel 3-1712 February 27, 1950 Commanding Officer, Office of Naval Intelligence Navy Department Washington, D. C. Dear Sir: I have fallen onto some information I hardly know what to do with, and hesitate to say anything for fear of being laughed out of town. Some months ago, I contacted a Pnfessor Albert Hovings of Calgary Alberta, Canada. He had some airplanes Iwas interested in buying. During the course of negotiations he brings in the idea that he has in his possession' a flying saucer, and claims to. have flown the think over most of weatern canada and most of the United States. He claims it has now wings atal1..' has speeds from zero to suteen hundred miles per hour and can land on either land or water. I asked the Professor why he had not taken it to the RCAF and it seems he bas a great hatred for tl'e english but mentioned that he be iQ,terested in taling to U.S. officicals about it. InCidentally he is a dutch immigrintand has been patenting under half a dozen foreign countries. I am a former Naval officer and do not consider myself a moron •• as you Illay have sRspected by this time, I believe Hovings actually has this contraption and that it has actually flow. I believe I can get Hovings to show us the machine and actually demonstrate. You may already have a line on this guy or the Canadians may know about him, but I do believe he merits some investigation and perhaps cultivating. Sincery yours, s/ W. K. Kraft

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PROBLEM: 1. To reply to an Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) library request for microfilm files on Project Grudge during 1949. FACTS AND DISCUSSION: 2. The librarian for technical information, !EC, in a letter dated 14 March 1950, to Air Materiel Command (AMC) has requested the microfilm file for 1949 pertaining to Project Grudge for use by one of AEGIs major laboratories. 3. AEC letter has been referred to Hq. USAF by AMC with comment that these microfilms are the detailed incident investigations. ANC states that they can forward them to AEC if Hq. USAF instructs that it be done but that they can see no useful purpose in doing so. 4. During the period that Project Grudge was active, AFOIV was in contact with AEC (through ID, GSU'BA) on the incident reports from the Los Alamos, New Mexico, area. Later, when the projeot was concluded,Major Boggs, AFOIV, conferred with Dr. Kramish, Division of Intelligence, AEC, on the findings of Project Grudge. Copy of final report on Project Grudge was sent to the Library of AEC on 2 February 1950. This report contains conclusions which are based on the detailed investigations contained in the microfilm which AEO is now requesting. 5. Project Grudge has been concluded by the USAF but the microfilm files are a record of discontinued activity; however, there is no objection to their being used by AEC on a loan basis •. Most of these records remain classified because of personal data on witnesses collected by OSI investigators and will not be downgraded. 6. 1st Indorsement to basic letter has been prepared to Commanding General, !MC, instructing that microfilm files be furnished AEC on a loan basis to be used under their present classification. ACTION RECOMMENDED: 7. Approval, signature, and forwarding. COORDINATION: None

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Department oftha Army, GSUS1\., eGGID Unconventional Aircraft, control number' A-1917, the fo Ll.owdrig Inf'c rmatic,n received from the Fifth Army H,egional Office, Indianapolis, Indiana, is -f'crwar-ded ,

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