Churchill 'covered up UFO event to avoid panic'
WINSTON Churchill was accused of ordering a cover-up of an encounter between a UFO and an RAF aircraft in World War Two because he feared a "panic" and a loss of faith in religion, according to newly-released secret files.
He was said to have made the order during a meeting with Gen Dwight Eisenhower, the US commander of Allied Forces, in America during the latter part of the war.
The claim is contained in files on UFOs declassified today by the National Archives.
The allegations involving Churchill were made by the grandson of one of his personal bodyguards, who wrote to the Ministry of Defence in 1999 inquiring about the incident.
According to the letters, a reconnaissance aircraft was returning from a mission when it was shadowed by a metallic UFO near the coast of England, possibly over Cumbria.
Its crew photographed the object, which they said "hovered noiselessly" near the aircraft.
During the meeting with Eisenhower, a weapons expert dismissed suggestions that the object was a missile because the event was "totally beyond any imagined capabilities of the time".
Churchill had a known interest in UFOs, even asking for a report in 1952 on "flying saucers". (© Daily Telegraph, London)