The ghost rockets of Sweden

1946 - A Russian origin?

The sighting of "ghost rockets" took place in the spring of 1946, culminating on July 9 with 250 reports. Many reports then spoke of a cigar-shaped, wingless object. The most interesting cases are those reported by pilots who observed them in flight. Trying to chase them, the cigars slipped away to disappear. The Swedes, convinced that the rockets were in fact controlled by Russian radars (the Soviet Union had taken Peenemünde) sent spy planes to the Russian coast but without discovering any launching base, leaving even today the mystery of the "Ghost rockets".

Swedish rocket history begins on February 26, 1946, when a Helsinki radio station reported strange meteor sightings in the sky over northern Finland. It was not until May of the same year that sightings increased and reached southern Sweden (more densely populated than northern Finland). By the fall, the Swedish defense had recorded nearly 1,000 incident reports. The speed of the cars varying from fast to slow. From May, the media spoke extensively about the sightings but all this stops at the end of July by order of the defense for "strategic reasons". Indeed, for the authorities, the only plausible explanation was the test of missiles (without explosive head) on the part of the Soviet Union. By 1944, Nazi Germany's V-2 rocket tests had reached Sweden. It was also long believed that Secret Service officers met in Stockholm to discuss the problem: Douglas Bader (English War Hero) and James Doolittle (having investigated the sightings of the Foo Fighters during the Great War). The only (known) photo was taken (see photo below) by Erik Reutersward and investigators concluded that there was a daytime meteor (clearly visible in the photo).

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On October 10 of the same year, when the sightings were more or less finished, the Swedish Ministry of Defense issued its conclusion publicly: most of the sightings are ordinary objects and misinterpreted. In only a few cases, the observations made by witnesses cannot be explained by a meteorological phenomenon, by the imagination or by an airplane.


It should also be noted that a study made by the Swedish ufologist Anders Liljegren (see image) thanks to access to information showed that the officers responsible for investigating came to the conclusion that no missile test was had been carried out over Sweden in 1946, suggesting that the explanation for the unexplained sightings may have been from extraterrestrial visitors. The work of the investigators ended in December 1946. Note also that the investigation carried out by Liljegren in 1984 does not provide any proof of the involvement of soldiers James Doolitle and Douglas Bader.

Anders Liljegren - Swedish Ufologist