RAAF Captures Flying Saucer
On Ranch in Roswell Region
No Details of Flying Disk Are Revealed
Daily Record: July 8, 1947
The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell
Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into
possession of a flying saucer.
According to information released by the department, over authority
of Maj. J. A. Marcel, intelligence officer, the disk was recovered on a
ranch in the Roswell vicinity, after an unidentified rancher had
notified Sheriff Geo. Wilcox here, that he had found the instrument on
Major Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and
recovered the disk, it was stated.
After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it
was flown to higher headquarters.
The intelligence office stated that no details of the saucer's
construction or its appearance had been revealed.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot apparently were the only persons in Roswell
who saw what they thought was a flying disk.
They were sitting on their porch at 105 South Penn. last Wednesday
night at about ten o'clock when a large glowing object zoomed out of the
sky from the southeast, going in a northwesterly direction at a high
rate of speed.
Wilmot called Mrs. Wilmot's attention to it and both ran down into
the yard to watch. It was in sight less then a minute, perhaps 40 or 50
seconds, Wilmot estimated.
Wilmot said that it appeared to him to be about 1,500 feet high and
going fast. He estimated between 400 and 500 miles per hour.
In appearance it looked oval in shape like two inverted saucers,
faced mouth to mouth, or like two old type washbowls placed together in
the same fashion. The entire body glowed as though light were showing
through from inside, though not like it would be if a light were
From where he stood Wilmot said that the object looked to be about 5
feet in size, and making allowance for the distance it was from town he
figured that it must have been 15 to 20 feet in diameter, though this
was just a guess.
Wilmot said that he heard no sound but that Mrs. Wilmot said she
heard a swishing sound for a very short time.
The object came into view from the southeast and disappeared over the
treetops in the general vicinity of six mile hill.
Wilmot, who is one of the most respected and reliable citizens in
town, kept the story to himself hoping that someone else would come out
and tell about having seen one, but finally today decided that he would
go ahead and tell about it. The announcement that the RAAF was in
possession of one came only a few minutes after he decided to release
the details of what he had seen.