It is finally time to definitively say that this event did, indeed, occur. With over 600 witnesses to the event (many who finally talked to researchers and family members on their deathbeds), and the release of the recent FBI files on the official FBI site speaking directly to this event the following can be confirmed with high accuracy:
1.Sometime between late June and July 7th, 1947 an object (or objects) crashed in the New Mexico desert during a violent thunderstorm.
2. On July 8th the commander of Roswell Army Air Force base released to the press that a 'flying saucer' had been found and brought back to the base.
3. By 4:30pm the same day the Eighth Air Force commander created a new release claiming a weather balloon had crashed. By July 9th all original press releases were confiscated by the military and any media workers threatened not to release or talk about it.
4. During the next days hundreds of civilians, army personnel, doctors, and nurses witnessed the collection of materials, a craft and alien bodies (one of which was still alive).
5. The craft came down just southeast of Corona, NM spraying debris over a wide area and finally coming to rest about 30 miles northwest of Roswell, MN. From all witnesses at least one crashed craft can be confirmed though there seems to have been another.
6. The craft and bodies were flown both to Fort Worth, TX and then on to Wright field in Dayton, OH with other materials being sent to Washington DC for analysis.The class of the 1947/48 Air War College was flown to Dayton to observe both the materials and aliens.
7. All military personnel were sworn to secrecy and all civilians were threatened with death and/or imprisonment if they talked about the event.
In a final affidavit signed by Walter Haut, the Roswell base Public Information Officer in 1947, not to be opened until his death (2002) - he wrote "Before leaving the base Col. Blanchard took me personally to Building 84, a B-29 hangar located on the east side of the tarmac. Upon first approaching the building, I observed that it was under heavy guard both outside and inside. Once inside, I was permitted from a safe distance to first observe the object recovered north of town. It was approx. 12 to 15 feet in length, not quite as wide, about 6 feet high, and more of an egg shape. Lighting was poor, but its surface did appear metallic. No windows, portholes, wings, tail section, or landing gear were visible. Also from a distance, I was able to see a couple of bodies under a canvas tarpaulin. Only the heads extended from the covering, and I was not able to make out any features. The heads did appear larger than normal and the contour of the canvas over the bodies suggested the size of a 10-year-old child......I am convinced that what I personally observed was some type of craft and its crew from outer space."
Like this, there are many, many more affidavits and death bed confessions. Most were able to keep this secret for almost all of their lives. However, some of the details started leaking out in the 1970s. By the late 1980s the floodgates opened and in the next 20 years WWII vets felt their secrecy couldn't affect their families any more.
Time to put this one to rest - next, it is up to researchers to understand what happened from 1947 with the materials, aliens and technology discoveries.Some information has leaked out, some remains disinformation at this time - but still remains controversial:
1. A government leadership team consisting of top scientists and officials devoted to extraterrestrial research called MJ-12.
2. Technology discoveries using reverse engineering from this event leaked into private industry as noted by Lt. Col. Philip Corso.
3. Additional information learned from the living alien in the early 1950s, including speculation of a communications device.
4. Possible training of military astronauts for travel on alien craft in the early 1960s.
5. President Reagan promoted SDI in 1982-3 due to a briefing on the current UFO status and possible threat to the world.
Lots of speculation - but each leaking out much like Roswell.
As Meyers Wahnee, a B-24 crewman in WWII and Roswell witness said on his deathbed, "Whatever you do, don't believe the government. It really happened."