Roswell. The Crash. A Key Witness Account

Roswell has always been shrouded in speculation. Did an alien space craft crash in the desert outside Roswell? Was there a cover up? Are the witness accounts of police and fireman true? Are we living in the shadow of reversed engineered technologies recovered from the vehicle?

Lt Col Phillip Corso was a man with a decorated military career and was head of the foreign technology military research and development department in the pentagon.. His book The day after Roswell (non fiction) is an account of his involvement  in the cover up and his part in the reverse engineering of technologies removed from the damaged alien vehicle. His account of what transpired in the days surrounding Roswell will be the focus of this article with quotes from his book.


For two years in the 1960’s while a lieutenant colonel  for the U.S. army. He was the head of the foreign technology desk for research and development at the pentagon. He submitted his reports to the director Lt General Arthur Trudeau.

His job responsibilities  covered research, evaluation and development of weapon systems for the army.  He also was an intelligence officer and adviser to general Trudeau.

It was a job he was trained for during world war 2 and the Korean war while on General MacArthur’s staff.

Needless to say he was working in some of the most secretive areas of the pentagon. With an amazing filing cabinet. Here’s a paragraph from his introduction that talks about that cabinet.

“But hidden beneath what I did, at the centre of a double life I led that no one knew about, and buried deep inside my job at the pentagon was a single filing cabinet that I had inherited because of my intelligence background. That held the army’s deepest and most guarded secret: The Roswell files, the cache of debris and information an army retrieval team from the 509th army air field pulled out of the wreckage of a flying disc that had crashed outside Roswell in the New Mexico desert in the early morning darkness during the first week of July 1947. The Roswell file was the legacy of what happened in the hours and days before and after the crash when the official government cover up was put into place. As the military tried to figure out what it was that had crashed, where it had come from and what its inhabitants intentions where? A covert group was assembled  under the leadership of the director of intelligence.  Admin. Roscoe Hiienkoetter, to investigate the nature of the flying disc and collect all information and encounters with these phenomena awhile,at the same time, publicly and officially discounting the existence of all flying saucers. This operation has been going on, in one form or another, for fifty years amidst complete secrecy.”

Lt Col Corso  begins his book with the story of the crash pieced together from events witness accounts. His involvement begins after the recovery of the vehicle.


The start of his book Col Corso makes it clear the he personally never attended the crash site. He does cover other reliable witness accounts of what transpired and pieces together the accounts and statements into what he believes occur prior and after the crash as you can see he was in the position to see these statements.

The first cover is a recollection of the night of July 1 1947:

“Base radar at the army’s 509th airfield outside the town of Roswell had been tracking strange blips all night on July 1 1947. So had radar nearby at white sands, the army’s guided missile base where test launches of German V2 had been taking place since the end of the war, and at the nuclear testing facility at Alamogordo. The blips would appear at one corner of the screen and dart across at seemingly impossible speeds for aircraft, only to disappear off another corner. Then they would start-up again.  No earthly craft could  of manoeuvre at such speeds and change direction so sharply. It was a signature no one could identify.”

Col Corso also covered how the radar was checked and found with no faults. He also states that these vehicles operated freely over the military’s most secretive bases in the most closely guarded airspace. Over the next four days it continued with thunderstorms  these are typical at that time of year. He covers different statements from witnesses.

Dan Wilmot owner of a Roswell hardware who was on his patio with his wife watching the storms.

“Better than any fourth of July fireworks.” The Wilmots must have been remarking as they watched in awe as a bright oval object streaked over their house and headed off to the northwest, sinking below the rise just before the horizon where it was engulfed in darkness.”

Steve Robinson a milk truck driver also reported seeing this same object while on his evening rounds. This all occurred  in the days leading up to the crash.

Col Corso goes on to explain how the military’s counter intelligence command (CIC) a highly secretive unit which operated both in military and civilian areas was now on high alert and already fully deployed in the area. This unit Col Corso explains was made up of highly experienced intelligence operatives from world war 2. There job was to discredit any witness statement or story about a UFO and later with retrieval.

On July 4th Steve Arnold was posted in the Roswell airfield control tower that evening.

“He had never seen a blip behave like that as it darted across the screen between sweeps at speeds at a thousand miles per hour. All the while it was pulsating, throbbing almost, until, while the skies exploded in a biblical display of thunder and lighting, it arced to the lower left hand quadrant of the screen, seemed to disappear for a moment, then it exploded in a brilliant fluorescence and evaporated right before his eyes. The screen was clear. The blips were gone. And as the controllers looked around at each other and the CIC officers in the room, the same thought arose in all their minds: An object had crashed. The military response was put into motion within seconds: This was a national security issue – Jump on that thing in the desert and bring it back before anyone else could find it.”

Col Corso goes on to state even before base commander Col William Blanchard was informed that an unidentified craft had crashed the CIC had already mobilised its crash and retrieval team to locate and secure the site.

Steve Arnold was also with the initial group of soldiers that went out to investigate in a group of trucks for retrieval.

“In the light of the military searchlights Arnold saw the entire landscape of the crash. He thought it looked more like a crash landing because the craft was intact except for a split seam running length-ways along the side and the steep forty five plus degree angle of the crafts incline. He assumed it was a craft, even thought it was like no aeroplane he had ever seen. It was small, but looked more like a flying wing shape of an old Curtis rather than an ellipse or a saucer. It had two tail fins on the top sides of the delta’s feet that pointed up and out.

He moved as close to the split seem of the craft as he could without stepping in front of workers in hazardous material suits who were checking the site for radiation, and that was when he saw them in the shadow.  Little dark Gray figures maybe four and a half-foot tall.”

He continues to describe the scene and how one of the extraterrestrials  is found trying to leave the scene but is shot by nervous soldiers. Eventually the CIC tell him to move his men back and secure the area from civilians and to begin retrieval of the craft immediately and the transportation of the bodies back to the 509th military base

Roswell firefighter radioman Dan Dwyer statement covers his arrival at the scene and seeing a small creature strapped to a stretcher

 “It was no bigger then a child. But it wasn’t a child. No child had such an oversized balloon shaped head. It didn’t even look human,although it had human like features. Its eyes where large and dark and set apart from each other on a downward slope. Its nose and mouth where especially tiny almost like slits. And its ears were not much more than indentations on the side of its head.”

Lt col corso continues to covers  what Dwyer  witnesses at the crash site. He describes how Dwyer sees the shot alien die before his eyes and the way he felt at the time almost like the pain and suffering where being relaid to him.Where it becomes interesting is when Dwyer finds and takes a piece of crash debris  and removes it from the site.

“Dwyer reached down to pick up a patch of dull grey metallic cloth like material that seemed to shine up at him from the sand. He stuffed it into his fist and rolled it into a ball. Then released it and the metallic fabric snapped back into shape without any crease or folds. He thought no one was looking at him, so he stuffed it into the pocket of his fire jacket to bring back to the firehouse.

He would later show it to his younger daughter, who forty five years later and long after the piece of metallic fabric itself had disappeared into history, would describe it on television documentaries to millions of people.”

Dwyer was spotted by military police and detained and brought before a Major Marcel Who makes it evidently clear this is a secret to be kept.

“This is top security here, the kind of thing that could get you put away. Whatever this is dont talk about it, don’t say anything until somebody tells you what to say. Now get your truck out of here before someone else sees you and tries to lock the whole bunch of you up.”

It evidently clear now the CIC is in damage control and of the transportation  of the wreckage and bodies back to the 509th theirs an account from a plumbing contractor Roy Danzer who witnessed the arrival of the trucks in the early hours of daylight. He was going to have a cut to his hand attended at the military base hospital when the arrival of the bodies was taking place. Once again the military police detained him.  A captain who knew he was a subcontract worker spoke to Roy while he was being held against a wall by MP’s

“You are not to tell anybody about this,not your family, not your friends. Nobody. We’ll know if you talk. We’ll know who you talk to and all of you will simply disappear”

Corso explains how base commander Bull Blanchard authorised the flying saucer story. Then General Roger Ramey at the 8th army air force headquarters in Texas ordered Major. Jesse Marcel to go back before the press and retract the flying saucer story for the mistaken weather balloon story. The cover up was insidious over the following weeks.

“Meanwhile. In the days and weeks after the crash and retrieval, Army intelligence  and the CIC personnel fanned out through Roswell and neighbouring communities to suppress whatever information they could. With il-advised threats of violence, actual physical intimidation, and, according to some rumours at least one homicide. Army officers bludgeoned the community into silence. Mac Brazel one of the civilians near whose property the crash took place and one of the visitors to the site, was allegedly bribed and threatened. He suddenly became silent about what he had seen in the desert even after he had told friends and news people that he had retrieved pieces from a downed spacecraft. Officers from Chavez County Sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies were forced to comply with the army’s edict that the incident outside Roswell was a matter of national security and was not to be discussed.”It never happened”  The army decree  and civilian authorities complied. Even the local Roswell radio station news correspondence, John Mcboyle from KSWS and Walt Whitmore Sr from KGFL,who’d conducted interviews and witnesses to the debris field, were forced to submit to the official line that the army imposed and never broadcast their reports.”

Corso covers where the debris went after their retrieval to the 509th. Going to fort bliss Texas for analysis the to Wright Airfield later Fort Riley in Kansas where Corso was stationed.  At this point in his career he was a major and was his first contact with the Roswell debris.


The crash is only the very start of the book and a very small section the rest is a multitude of subjects surrounding his career and involvement in the cover-up and reverse engineering

The cover up he and the generals came up with was ingenious with the reverse engineer of components being completely separated compartmentalized and handed to outside contractors for reverse engineering with the return of the alien technology and secrecy agreements attached.

He covers things like the plans for a moon base(project horizon). Integrated circuit chips, laser, anti missile systems, fibre optics super-tenacity, tesla’s death ray the star wars program infrared, night-vision and other artefacts to do with Roswell which now in 2017 are common items

At the end there is a few documents and General Twinings report and memo.

Here’s a transcript of that memo:

SUBJECT: AMC Opinion Concerning “Flying Discs”

TO: Commanding General

Army Air Force

Washington 25, D.C.

ATTENTION: Brig. General George Schulgen


1. As requested by AC/AS-2 there is presented below the considered opinion of this command concerning the so-called “Flying Discs.” This opinion is based on interrogation report data furnished by AC/AS-2 and preliminary studies by personnel of T-2 and Aircraft Laboratory, Engineering Division T-3. This opinion was arrived at in a conference between personnel from the Air Institute of Technology, Intelligence T-2, Office, Chief of Engineering Division, and the Aircraft, Power Plant and Propeller Laboratories of Engineering Division T-3.

2. It is the opinion that:

a. The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.

b. There are objects probably approximating the shape of a disc, of such appreciable size as to appear to be as large as man-made aircraft.

c. There is a possibility that some of the incidents may be caused by natural phenomena, such as meteors.

d. The reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb, manoeuvrability (particularly in roll), and motion which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar, lend belief to the possibility that some of the objects are controlled either manually, automatically or remotely.

e. The apparent common description is as follows:-

(1) Metallic or light reflecting surface.

(2) Absence of trail, except in a few instances where the object apparently was operating under high performance conditions.

(3) Circular or elliptical in shape, flat on bottom and domed on top.

(4) Several reports of well-kept formation flights varying from three to nine objects.

(5) Normally no associated sound, except in three instances a substantial rumbling roar was noted.

(6) Level flight speeds normally above 300 knots are estimated.

f. It is possible within the present U.S. knowledge — provided extensive detailed development is undertaken — to construct a piloted aircraft which has the general description of the object in sub- paragraph (e) above which would be capable of an approximate range of 7000 miles at subsonic speeds.

g. Any development in this country along the lines indicated would be extremely expensive, time-consuming and at the considerable expense of current projects and therefore, if directed, should be set up independently of existing projects.

h. Due consideration must be given the following:-

(1) The possibility that these objects are of domestic origin – the product of some high security project not known to AC/AS-2 or this Command.

(2) The lack of physical evidence in the shape of crash recovered exhibits which would undeniably prove the existence of these subjects.

(3) The possibility that some foreign nation has a form of propulsion possibly nuclear, which is outside of our domestic knowledge.

3. It is recommended that:-

a. Headquarters, Army Air Forces issue a directive assigning a priority, security classification and Code name for a detailed study of this matter to include the preparation of complete sets of all available and pertinent data which will then be made available to the Army, Navy, Atomic Energy Commission, JRDB, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Group, NACA, and the RAND and NEPA projects for comments and recommendations, with a preliminary report to be forwarded within 15 days of receipt of the data and a detailed report thereafter every 30 days as the investigation develops. A complete interchange of data should be affected.

4. Awaiting a specific directive AMC will continue the investigation within its current resources in order to more closely define the nature of the phenomenon. Detailed Essential Elements of Information will be formulated immediately for transmittal thru channels.


For the record Phillip Corso’s decorated career and records of the positions holds his book/statement firmly in the non fiction category. The secrecy levels Lt Col Phillip Corso operated at where of the highest levels. This shows in the way he has written this book, being totally geared for an apparently inevitable confrontation  and the military taking an aggressive/defensive posture wrapped in secrecy. The reason for the secrecy is given as trying to avoid another HG Wells war of the worlds episode where america was put into panic by a radio series saga. Which is understandable, but i think that time has gone now and the world has matured, after all the disclosure movement has built to a point where it can no longer be ignored and even the Vatican has made statements about extraterrestrial life saying it OK to believe in them. The secrecy surrounding the alien technology is water tight to say the least and the fact is that a lot of technology is in use today. Fibre optics for example.  The difference to what we have today is the alien tech was described as being able to produce is own light. Infrared  night visions  all were handed to military contractors with all patents being awarded to these corporations with of courses all profits. You have to love the military industrial complex.

The interesting part is the technology is so compartmentalized that even Corso was restricted from areas of the reverse engineering process.

there are also declassified  general twining’s report and memo which leave not a doubt that the Roswell took place.  Photos of corso and a few government UFO pictures.

While reading this book and browsing the net I came  across the inevitable hoax claim. I couldn’t help but read what this claim from the Ufo Theater. The whole claim that is based on a hoax is on the statement of an US senator who claims Lt Col Corso mislead him. Maybe its the US senator who is the liar after all politicians are not the most trust worthy of people. In point of fact most are sociopath’s driving by power and wealth and all will lie at some point in their career if not all of it. Pretty pitiful stuff when you think about it.





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