The Maury Island Mystery †UFO? Hoax? Or Something Else?

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Tragedy and Conspiracy
As the day was ‘Air Force Day’, marking the official separation from the US Army, the two officers left on an early morning flight on August 1st
1947 along with some of the debris that Dahl had collected. Captain Davidson took off at 2:00 AM, with Brown alongside him in the cockpit as co-pilot.
Two other crewmen accompanied them. At 2:50 AM, their B-25 plane caught fire and crashed near Kelso, Washington. The two crewmen were able to escape
by parachute. Sadly Brown and Davidson both perished in the crash. Becoming the United States Air Force’s first ever casualties.

Then followed the sensational rumours that the plane had been shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

Local newspapers and even the FBI received phone calls stating that the aircraft had been shot down to conceal the top secret information Brown and
Davidson had uncovered about a “Flying Disc”.

Air Force investigators determined this was a fatal accident. One of the B-25 engines had caught fire and the men tried to bail out.
The crewmen were successful. However before Brown and Davidson could jump out, a
wing broke and struck the tail section, breaking that off as well. The plane went into an uncontrollable spin, trapping the men inside.

In the Tacoma Times the headline read “Sabotage Hinted in Crash of Army Bomber at Kelso “and a sub-headline read “Plane May Hold
Flying Disk Secret
”.

The article by Paul Lance stated the plane had been sabotaged and shot down in an effort to stop flying disk fragments reaching Hamilton Field,
California, for analysis. “The disk parts were said by the informant to be those from one of the mysterious platters which plunged to earth on
the Maury Island recently…

Leading substance to the caller¹s theory is the fact that twelve hours before the Army released official identification; the informant correctly
identified the dead in the crash to be Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown”.
The article also stated that an intelligence officer at McChord field confirmed
the informants report that the B-25 Bomber had been carrying classified material. Arnold and Smith made a brief visit to see Paul Lance at the Tacoma
Times who warned them to leave town as they had become entangled in something which was beyond their power to find anything about.

But before they did leave they went to inspect Dahl and Crisman’s boat. Crisman was still claiming he could not locate the photographs of the UFOs
Dahl had taken.

On August 3rd Smith contacted McChord field and spoke with Major Sander ,another intelligence officer. He arrived and stated that he firmly believed
this was all a hoax but still removed the debris in Smith and Arnold’s possession anyway. Arnold and Smith tried to contact Dahl to no avail and so
checked out of the Winthrop Hotel to return home.

On August 7th 1947 the Seattle Office of the FBI interviewed Crisman and Dahl announcing that the whole affair had been a hoax. The FBI also warned
Dahl and Crisman that their hoax had failed and they should drop the matter. If they did so the government would not prosecute the two men for a fraud
which had cost the lives of two military officers.

FBI Investigations
The FBI file judges the matter as a hoax, but carefully notes that Dahl “did not admit that his story was a hoax but only stated that if
questioned by the authorities he was going to say it was a hoax because he did not want any further trouble over the matter.

At first Dahl and Crisman agreed with statements that the story was hoaxed, refusing to give further interviews on the matter. Dahl then seemingly
disappeared. Crisman was recalled to military service being suddenly sent to Alaska. Paul Lance of the Tacoma Times who had published the story of the
B-25 containing parts of a flying disc died within two weeks of undetermined cause.

Kenneth Arnold flew home but not without incident. He stopped for fuel in Pendleton, Oregon, and shortly after taking off again, his engine froze in
mid-air. Fortunately he managed to land the plane safely.

The memo above was written the same day of another memo stating that Dahl did not admit the matter was a hoax.
However a further memo states that both Dahl and Crisman admitted there were no discs. They had collected some odd rock formations from a gravel pit
and sent a cigar box of them to Ray Palmer. Dahl wrote a false letter claiming the material came from a flying disc, and that they had then been paid
to say as much.

On Aug 19th 1947 another memo issued for the Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover complicates the story slightly. According to this memo, the officers
aboard the crashed plane had met with Dahl and Crisman to discuss the “flying discs” story and had taken a sample of the disc fragments.

Despite the case fizzling out to nothing, a few years later in the January 1950 issue of Fate magazine, Crisman was back claiming that the incident
had really happened and called the hoax allegations a “bald-faced lie.. “. In 1952 Kenneth Arnold included the Maury Island story in his book
The Coming of the Saucers seemingly not convinced it was all a hoax.

The Air Force denied any responsibility for the sightings and made it clear there were no credible reports of “flying discs” in the area. The
FBI’s own investigation concurred; confirming that the plane “was definitely not carrying parts of a disc.”

The memo above was written the same day of another memo stating that Dahl did not admit the matter was a hoax.
However a further memo states that both Dahl and Crisman admitted there were no discs. They had collected some odd rock formations from a gravel pit
and sent a cigar box of them to Ray Palmer. Dahl wrote a false letter claiming the material came from a flying disc, and that they had then been paid
to say as much.

On Aug 19th 1947 another memo issued for the Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover complicates the story slightly. According to this memo, the officers
aboard the crashed plane had met with Dahl and Crisman to discuss the “flying discs” story and had taken a sample of the disc fragments.

The FBI continued to interview various individuals, and eventually concluded that the strange rocks/disc fragments bore a distinct resemblance to slag
from a smelter.

Today, most people believe that Crisman and Dahl faked the incident, perpetuating a hoax that got out of control and it all stopped once the
authorities stepped in.

However a few people believe that the U.S. Government was behind a conspiracy that may have involved anything from UFOs, to dumping nuclear waste in
Puget Sound. They believe a shadow government agency sabotaged the B-25 bomber in order to eliminate the investigators and blame Dahl and Crisman.

Could the latter be true?

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edit on 21/6/17 by mirageman because: tidy up

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