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Editor, the Tribune: Many thanks to Rudi Keller for his excellent articles on Winston Churchill’s essay on space, alien life, atomic bombs and several other matters of great scientific importance.
An online search regarding the essay included a New York Times article titled “Winston Churchill Wrote of Alien Life in a Lost Essay,” which described Churchill’s deep concern regarding UFOs. The article notes that Churchill was so enthralled with the likelihood of life on other planets “that he even ordered a suspected sighting of an unidentified flying object by the Royal Air Force to be kept secret for 50 years to avoid ‘mass panic.’”
Interestingly, an Aug. 5, 2010, BBC News report quoted Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for Britain’s Ministry of Defence, as saying, “What happened is that a scientist whose grandfather was one of his (Churchill’s) bodyguards said look, Churchill and Eisenhower got together to cover up this phenomenal UFO sighting that was witnessed by an RAF crew on their way back from a bombing raid. The reason apparently was because Churchill believed it would cause mass panic and it would shatter people’s religious views.”
From the 1950s to 2009, the British Ministry of Defence collected more than 5,000 pages of UFO reports and related documents. The ministry’s UFO inquiry desk was closed in 2009, and the files were made available on the British National Archives Website.