No. 83: Sep-Oct 1992
The famous foo fighters of World War II were bright balls of light, about a foot in diameter, of different colors, that appeared mostly over Germany to both German and Allied pilots. Although the foo fighters could maneuver around and through bomber formations with apparent ease, they were nuisances rather than physical threats. Most of the foo-fighter reports made by Americans came from the 415th Night Fighter Squadron. Recently a microfilm roll containing the Unit History and War Diary of the 415th was obtained from the U.S. Air Force. We quote below three incidents found on Frames 1613 and 1614. The year is 1944:
"December 18. In Rastatt area sighted five or six red and green lights in a 'T' shape which followed A/C thru turns and closed to 1000 feet. Lights followed for several miles and then went out. Our pilots have named these mysterious phenomena which they encounter over Germany at night 'Foo-Fighters.'
"December 23. More Foo-Fighters were in the air last night...In the vicinity of Hagenau saw 2 lights coming toward the A/C from ground. After reaching the altitude of the A/C they leveled off and flew on tail of Beau (Beaufighter -- their aircraft, Ed.) for 2 minutes and then peeled up and turned away. 8th mission -- sighted 2 orange lights. One light sighted at 10,000 feet the other climbed until it disappeared.
"December 28. 1st patrol saw 2 sets of 3 red and white lights. One appeared on the port side, the other on starboard at 1000 to 2000 feet to rear and closing in. Beau peeled off and lights went out. Nothing on GCI scope at the time
"Observed lights suspended in air, moving slowly in no general direction and then disappeared. Lights were orange, and appeared singly and in pairs. These lights were observed 4 or 5 times throughout the period."
There is no evidence as yet that any of the World War-II combatants had anything in their arsenals that could have accounted for the foo fighters.
(Greenwood, Barry; Just Cause, no. 32, p. 1, June 1992.)
Comment. If the foo fighters were a natural phenomenon, one would expect at least a few modern reports from the thousands of commercial and military aircraft in the skies.