Taking a Look at the “Ghost Rockets” of 1946

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“From a man in Feiring we received this morning a sensational report that two rocket bombs crashed into Mjosa last night. They were shaped like ordinary planes, but quite small with only a 2½-meter wing-span and came between 24 and 0:30 this morning from the west at low height over the southerly part of Feiring, where they were observed by many persons, among them at the Hasselbaken Inn and at the Arnes. The forward one was not lighted. People noticed them because they heard a loud whistle and directly after they came flying into sight at terrific speed. They went so low that trees were left swaying after they passed. Nearly midway out in Mjosa, nearer the Feiring side, the water took a big splash and the spray stood many meters high in the air where the objects disappeared.”

Less than twenty-four hours later, Aftenposten ran a follow-up article, “Are experiments with Flier X underway over Norway?” It told a fascinating story: “Up till now it has not been possible to get any certain corroboration for all the reports which have arrived that rocket planes or rocket projectiles have been observed both in this country and in Sweden. Meanwhile reports recently have been so numerous and definite that they can no longer be rejected as products of people’s lively imaginations. It is far from impossible that one or more foreign powers is conducting secret experiments with new weapons of the V-like type.”

Despite intensive investigations on the part of several countries, the Ghost Rocket phenomenon was never solved to the satisfaction of everyone and it came to a sudden end before 1946 was over. Indeed, like so many UFO encounters that post-dated the 1946 incidents in Scandinavia, the Ghost Rockets incidents had a distinct “here one minute and gone the next minute” aspect to them.

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