1947, a controversial event took place in New Mexico near the town of Roswell.
The "Roswell Incident," as it has come to be known, remains the paramount
case in UFO crash/retrieval history. In addition to the claims of a downed
alien ship, alien bodies were said to have been recovered from the debris.
The USAF and Federal Government have kept a steadfast
opinion that the object in question was a high altitude balloon project,
code named: Mogul. The project was designed to detect nuclear blasts in
the USSR. The bodies that were recovered, according to the USAF, were parachute
test dummies that had been released high above the desert, and had eventually
drifted into the "balloon" crash area. The USAF finally settled on this
fabricated version of events and passed it off to the American public as
During my long years of service in our national space
program, I was very fortunate to come to know and exchange some very exciting
data with former German scientists, who had been brought to the USA under
Operation Paper Clip following WW II. These men were the elite of the German
rocket programs controlled by Adolph Hitler. On many occasions I had the
distinct privilege of speaking with Dr. Wernher von Braun, the leader of
the elite group, and several other scientists who were assigned to the
ABMA (Army Ballistics Missile Agency) launch crews at the Cape Canaveral
launch sites. Eventually, these same men were incorporated into the new
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) organization. During
the periodic MFA (Manned Flight Awareness) meetings that were held at Cocoa
Beach, I was able to talk freely and briefly with such scientists, particularly
Dr. von Braun.
On one such occasion, he and I had taken a break and stepped
out of the Cocoa Beach Ramada Inn into the back patio. I admitted that
I was aware that he and his German Scientific team were located not too
far from the crash site at that time. They were launching captured V-2
rockets from the White Sands Testing Range. On this night, I asked him
a question concerning the Roswell Incident that caused his eyebrows to
Did the Roswell Incident in fact happen, was an alien
craft recovered along with alien bodies? Did you have a chance to go to
the crash site?"
Dr von Braun was a cigarette smoker and he lit one up.
He thought for a second, then proceeded to talk freely about his inspection
of the crashed craft.
He trusted me to hear such astonishing events because
I vowed to not report it to newspapers, magazines, television, etc. I never
broke that vow. Since he is deceased, and the incident happened over fifty
years ago, I am now disclosing what I heard. I have a right to speak about
anything - even things that, according to certain agencies, "do not exist."
Dr. von Braun explained how he and his (unnamed, for now)
associates had been taken to the crash site after most of the military
were pulled back. They did a quick analysis of what they found. He told
me the craft did not appear to be made of metal as we know metal on earth.
He said it seemed to be created from something biological, like skin. I
was lost as to what he indicated, other than thinking perhaps the craft
was "alive." The recovered bodies were temporarily being kept in a nearby
medical tent. They were small, very frail and had large heads. Their eyes
were large. Their skin was grayish and reptilian in texture. He said it
looked similar to the skin texture of rattle snakes he'd seen several times
at White Sands. His inspection of the debris had even him puzzled: very
thin, aluminum colored, like silvery chewing gum wrappers. Very light and
extremely strong. The interior of the craft was nearly bare of equipment,
as if the creatures and craft were part of a single unit.
That's when I became lost in the moment. We returned to
the awards ceremony, in which he participated, later bidding farewell.
I went home with my head spinning from all I had heard. Keeping this quiet
for many years was very difficult, especially with the temptations of having
many friends and associates who believe in UFOs, ETs, etc. I never released
this amazing data to Major Keyhoe and NICAP, or the public, until now.
I considered my honor sacred when a vow was made.
This amazing interview with Dr. von Braun is only one
of many events that I personally experienced as a space flight pioneer
at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, from 1958 to 1992.
(Anyone interested in assisting Mr. McClelland in the publication of his
astounding book(s), please contact him at the address below his photo...)
Clark C. McClelland
Former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, KSC, Florida
PO Box 233
Tavares, Florida 32778
This autographed photo of Dr. Wernher von Braun and I,
showing my partial head behind a woman that stepped in front of the NASA
photographer as he snapped it, (my luck!) was taken on July 15, 1969. He
had just given me a wink with his eye that was my usual signal that he
was going to step out into the back lot of the motel we were in on Cocoa
Beach (for a NASA MFA Awards Ceremony) to have a cigarette. I followed
and he and I spoke of Roswell.
Since your article regarding my a disclosure that Dr.
Wernher von Braun had told me about he and others being at the near Roswell
crash site, a group of "UFO Inspector Generals" have taken it upon themselves
to say my report is bogus. Please read my response. It adequately explains
that I personally knew about the near Roswell crash of a suspected alien
craft since 1958. LONG before all the books published on the subject. Again,
I say, believe it or not, Mr. and Mrs. Public.