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Foo Fighter Mystery: What Were the Mysterious UFOs Witnessed by Fighter Pilots Around the Globe?

Countless "Foo Fighter" UFOs have been seen by fighter pilots around the globe. But what are these enigmatic flying objects, and are they from this world?


A Royal Airforce Pilot flying a Hurricane interceptor reported on December 1942 that he witnessed two lights shooting from the ground toward his 7,000-foot cruising altitude while he was flying over France. He first thought it was tracer fire but realized soon after that this wasn’t the case, as the mysterious ‘lights’ followed him, mimicking every evasive maneuver he made.

The so-called Foo Fighters’ appearance began to be documented during the Second World War when German and allied warplanes began encountering mysterious flying objects without wings.

The numerous Foo fighter sightings left pilots awestruck.

The first sighting occurred in November of 1944 when fighter pilots reported seeing fast-moving, glowing objects following their aircraft as they were patrolling over Western Europe.

The objects were usually described as fiery, glowing in various colors, including red, orange, and white. They had no problem flying in formation, and most importantly, they never showed up on the radar.

Some pilot accounts describe the enigmatic objects as flying Christmas lights, playing around with pilots, performing incredible wild turns before disappearing.

There are several accounts of Foo Fighters flying in formation. Many allied pilots reported that the mysterious objects seemed as if they were under intelligent control.

The mysterious UFOs never displayed hostile behavior towards the pilots. Reports indicate that it was impossible to outmaneuver or shoot down any of the foo fighters.

Allied forces thought that the Foo Fighters were top-secret aircraft developed by either the Japanese or Germans. However, it was later revealed that both the Germans and the Japanese had witnessed the sky’s enigmatic objects.

Artists illustration of a UFO following an Airplane. Shutterstock.
Artists illustration of a UFO following an Airplane. Shutterstock.

Foo Fighters quickly became a widespread phenomenon.

One of the most famous Foo Fighter encounters was reported by Charles R. Bastien of the Eighth Air Force. According to Bastien, he reported seeing “two fog lights flying at high-speed rates that could change direction rapidly” over Belgium and the Netherlands.

After Bastien was debriefed, his intelligence officers reported that two additional RAfightersrs had reported the same thing over Europe.

In addition to the sighting made by Bastien and the two RAF fighters, another Royal Airforce Pilot flying a Hurricane interceptor saw two lights shooting from near the ground toward his 7,000-foot cruising altitude in December 1942 over France.

The pilot first thought that what he had seen was tracer fire but realized soon after that this wasn’t the case, as the mysterious ‘lights’ followed him, mimicking every evasive maneuver he made.

The Time Magazine wrote about the enigmatic objects in 1945:

“If it was not a hoax or an optical illusion, it was certainly the most puzzling secret weapon that Allied fighters have yet encountered. Last week, U.S. night fighter pilots based in France told a strange story of fireballs, which have been following their planes at night over Germany for more than a month. * No one seemed to know what, if anything, the fireballs were supposed to accomplish. Pilots, guessing that it was a new psychological weapon, named it the foo-fighter.”

As the phenomena were widespread and not localized, The postwar Robertson Panel theorized whether Foo Fighters might have been, in fact, electrostatic phenomena similar to St. Elmo’s fire, electromagnetic phenomena, or simply reflections of light from ice crystals.

Tachikawa-Kawasaki KI-36 fighters side by side with two Foo Fighter “bogies.”

There are other theories that Foo Fighters were, in fact, ‘ alien drones’ that were part of larger UFOs. The enigmatic objects would supposedly dock off from the UFOs to perform surveillance missions.

Neither German nor allied pilots had seen anything like them before, which is why the mystery behind the objects spread quickly around the world.

Were they top-secret weapons developed by the Germans or Japanese?

Or, is there a possibility, as some UFO researchers suggest, that the so-called Foo Fighters were actually visitors from another world?

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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