July 8 1947
Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region
No Details of Flying Disk Are Revealed
Roswell Hardware Man and Wife Report Disk Seen
The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell
Army 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 his premises.
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 seen 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 inside,
though not like it would be if a light were merely underneath.
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.
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July 9 1947
Empties Roswell Saucer
Ramey Says Excitement is Not Justified
General Ramey Says Disk is Weather Balloon
Fort Worth, Texas, July 9 (AP) An examination by the
army revealed last night that mysterious objects found on a lonely
New Mexico ranch was a harmless high-altitude weather balloon - not
a grounded flying disk. Excitement was high until Brig. Gen. Roger
M. Ramey, commander of the Eighth air forces with headquarters here
cleared up the mystery.
The bundle of tinfoil, broken wood beams and rubber remnants of a
balloon were sent here yesterday by army air transport in the wake
of reports that it was a flying disk.
But the general said the objects were the crushed remains of a ray
wind target used to determine the direction and velocity of winds at
Warrant Officer Irving Newton, forecaster at the army air forces
weather station here said, "we use them because they go much higher
than the eye can see."
The weather balloon was found several days ago near the center of
New Mexico by Rancher W. W. Brazel. He said he didn't think much
about it until he went into Corona, N. M., last Saturday and heard
the flying disk reports.
He returned to his ranch, 85 miles northwest of Roswell, and
recovered the wreckage of the balloon, which he had placed under
Then Brazel hurried back to Roswell, where he reported his find to
the sheriff's office.
The sheriff called the Roswell air field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel,
509th bomb group intelligence officer was assigned to the case.
Col. William H. Blanchard, commanding officer of the bomb group,
reported the find to General Ramey and the object was flown
immediately to the army air field here.
Ramey went on the air here last night to announce the New Mexico
discovery was not a flying disk.
Newton said that when rigged up, the instrument "looks like a
six-pointed star, is silvery in appearance and rises in the air like
In Roswell, the discovery set off a flurry of excitement.
Sheriff George Wilcox's telephone lines were jammed. Three calls
came from England, one of them from The London Daily Mail, he said.
A public relations officer here said the balloon was in his office
"and it'll probably stay right there."
Newton, who made the examination, said some 80 weather stations in
the U. S. were using that type of balloon and that it could have
come from any of them.
He said he had sent up identical balloons during the invasion of
Okinawa to determine ballistics information for heavy guns.
July 9, 1947
Harassed Rancher Who Located 'Saucer' Sorry He Told About It
W. W. Brazel, 48, Lincoln county rancher living 30 miles south of
Corona, today told his story of finding what the army at first
described as a flying disk, but the publicity which attended his
find caused him to add that if he ever found anything else short
of a bomb, he sure wasn't going to say anything about it.
Brazel was brought here late yesterday by W. E. Whitmore, of radio
station KGFL, had his picture taken and gave an interview to the
Record and Jason Kellahin, sent here from the Albuquerque bureau
of the Associated Press to cover the story. The picture he posed
for was sent out over AP telephoto wire sending machine specially
set up in the Record office by R. D. Adair, AP wire chief sent
here from Albuquerque for the sole purpose of getting out his
picture and that of sheriff George Wilcox, to whom Brazel
originally gave the information of his find.
Brazel related that on June 14 he and an 8-year old son, Vernon,
were about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J. B. Foster
ranch, which he operates, when they came upon a large area of
bright wreckage made up on rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough
paper and sticks.
At the time Brazel was in a hurry to get his round made and he did
not pay much attention to it. But he did remark about what he had
seen and on July 4 he, his wife, Vernon and a daughter, Betty, age
14, went back to the spot and gathered up quite a bit of the
The next day he first heard about the flying disks, and he
wondered if what he had found might be the remnants of one of
Monday he came to town to sell some wool and while here he went to
see sheriff George Wilcox and "whispered kinda confidential like"
that he might have found a flying disk.
Wilcox got in touch with the Roswell Army Air Field and Maj. Jesse
A. Marcel and a man in plain clothes accompanied him home, where
they picked up the rest of the pieces of the "disk" and went to
his home to try to reconstruct it.
According to Brazel they simply could not reconstruct it at all.
They tried to make a kite out of it, but could not do that and
could not find any way to put it back together so that it could
Then Major Marcel brought it to Roswell and that was the last he
heard of it until the story broke that he had found a flying disk.
Brazel said that he did not see it fall from the sky and did not
see it before it was torn up, so he did not know the size or shape
it might have been, but he thought it might have been about as
large as a table top. The balloon which held it up, if that was
how it worked, must have been about 12 feet long, he felt,
measuring the distance by the size of the room in which he sat.
The rubber was smoky gray in color and scattered over an area
about 200 yards in diameter.
When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil, paper, tape, and
sticks made a bundle about three feet long and 7 or 8 inches
thick, while the rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long
and about 8 inches thick. In all, he estimated, the entire lot
would have weighed maybe five pounds.
There was no sign of any metal in the area which might have been
used for an engine and no sign of any propellers of any kind,
although at least one paper fin had been glued onto some of the
There were no words to be found anywhere on the instrument,
although there were letters on some of the parts. Considerable
scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed upon it had been
used in the construction.
No strings or wire were to be found but there were some eyelets in
the paper to indicate that some sort of attachment may have been
Brazel said that he had previously found two weather observation
balloons on the ranch, but that what he found this time did not in
any way resemble either of these.
"I am sure that what I found was not any weather observation
balloon," he said. "But if I find anything else besides a bomb
they are going to have a hard time getting me to say anything