Soviets, Nazis sent in 'alien-like' children to US in Roswell plot
Devotees of science fiction have been convinced for decades that an alien spacecraft crashed in the desert of New Mexico -- and that the American government covered up the recovery of extraterrestrial bodies.
The so-called Roswell Incident of 1947 spawned conspiracy theories by the score.
But, sadly for UFO spotters, a new book offers a man-made -- and some would say even more bizarre -- explanation, featuring two of the greatest villains of 20th century history: the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and the infamous Nazi 'Angel of Death' Dr Joseph Mengele.
'Area 51', the new book by Annie Jacobsen, is based on interviews with scientists and engineers who worked in Area 51, the top secret test base in the Nevada desert. It dismisses the alien story and puts forward the theory that Stalin was inspired by Orson Wells's famous radio adaptation of the HG Wells novel 'War of the Worlds', which provoked hysteria across America when broadcast in 1938.
According to the book the Nazi doctor Mengele, who experimented on prisoners in Auschwitz, was supposedly enlisted to create a crew of "grotesque, child-size aviators".
The book says that a plane was filled with "alien-like" children, aged 12 or 13, who Stalin wanted to land in America and cause hysteria similar to the 1938 broadcast. But the plane crashed and the Americans hushed up the incident.
"They found bodies alongside the crashed craft. These were not aliens. Nor were they consenting airmen. They were human guinea pigs. Unusually petite for pilots, they appeared to be children.
"They were grotesquely deformed. They had unusually large heads and abnormally shaped oversized eyes," the book says. Two were supposedly found "comatose but still alive".
Perhaps not surprisingly, a spokesman for the US Air Force said: "We have not yet read this book so we are not able to make a comment on it." (© Daily Telegraph, London)