Years before Roswell, New Mexico, became synonymous with extraterrestrials, many more years before the term Unidentified Flying Object was even invented, and several decades before editing software like Photoshop made visual trickery believable, a large metal ship that was nothing of this world was seen above the east coast of England.
Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew about it. And he ordered the sighting classified into a real-life X-File to prevent raising mass public hysteria. These details have only recently come to light in the release of thousands of pages of now declassified archives mentioning the incident, which reportedly took place sometime during World War II.
Churchill is said to have made the orders during a secret war meeting with U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower, the then commander of the Allied Forces, at an undisclosed location in America during the latter part of the conflict, reports the Telegraph.
He was not only afraid that the news of an unidentified craft would alarm people, but that it would destroy people's belief in the church. I believe that part less than I believe the existence of extraterrestrials. Not that Churchill said it, but that he believed that's the reaction such knowledge would cause. Why on earth would he think that?
I believe members of the Royal Air Force flying reconnaissance from occupied Europe saw something that night. I also believe in God, and dinosaurs, and Adam and Eve. In fact, incidents like this make me believe in God even more because it's more evidence of the vast unexplained mystery that is this life, this world, and this universe, and a reminder that we don't -- and never will -- have all the answers.
Can you believe in God and UFOs at the same time?
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