Foo Fighters photographs are very rare. Two of them are seen here following Lysanders aircraft of the RAF during World War II in Europe. (In the 1940's)
Although reports of sightings, which were eventually termed "UFOs," can be traced far back into history, students of the subject have arbitrarily placed the beginning of the modern era in the mid-1940s with the appearance of UFOs over both the European and Pacific Theaters of War. These UFOs were called by many names, all of which revealed a lack of understanding of their nature and source. To the Allies, they were "kraut fireballs" or "foo fighters," with the latter term surviving. It is fact that the Germans and Japanese saw them also.
Reports of "unexplained transparent, metallic and glowing balls" began in quantity in June, 1944, at about the same time the Allies invaded France, and Nazi Germany began launching V-1 flying bombs aimed at London, thus starting the era of unmanned missiles. Reports intensified in November 1944, not long after the first German V-2 ballistic rockets were fired at London and Paris.
Pilots and their air crews reported that the "odd things" flew in formation with their airplanes, "played tag" with them, and generally behaved as if they were under intelligent control. (see link) At no time were they said to have displayed aggressive behaviour. Nevertheless, most people assumed they were an experimental enemy device being prepared for operational use. Rumours of highly advanced weapons were common at this time, fed by the awesome reality of the V1 and V2 weapons. The V2 Rockets were of an amazing technical standard - later to become the U.S. space programme - and the first man on the moon in 1969. The Germans were recognised - in the later years of World War 11 - as very technically advanced. The following are typical of the scores of "foo fighter" reports on record. Rumours persist that the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England commissioned a study on these reports, but no documentary evidence has yet been found.
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