Those seven days in 1947 shaped the modern UFO history in America and around the world, a week after the Roswell UFO incident, and 3 days before Kenneth Arnold famous sight, the history presents what became known as The Maury Island UFO Incident.
Unidentified flying objects, flying saucers, Man in Black, Ufologists, FBI Agents, Conspiracy theories, cover-ups, disinformation, intimidation, anonymous calls, sabotage and murder, all elements of great Science fiction movies and books happened in that small city in Washington.
Maury Island is a tied island in Puget Sound, it is connected to Vashon Island by an isthmus built by local homeowners in 1913.
On June 21, 1947, around noon while patrolling in his boat new Maury Island, Washington, a harbor master Harold Dahl spotted six doughnut-shaped objects in the sky.
Soon arriving at the harbor, Dahl reported the incident to his supervisor, Fred Lee Crisman, who saved some of the falling material.
Crisman wrote a letter to Ray Palmer, editor of a paranormal magazine, Amazing Stories, of Ziff-Davis Company, in Chicago, but did not mention the UFOs, only about the strange type of metal he had found on Dahl’s boat.
The Truth About The Maury Island UFO Incident
Arnold came to Tacoma, on July 30, 1947, with a United Airlines Pilot, E. J. Smith, next day they interview Dahl and Crisman, in a hotel room.
During this meeting, Dahl them told he was visited by a man in black, completely dressed in black, advising him not to tell his story to anyone, otherwise, “something” would happen to him.
Kenneth Arnold the first Ufologist
Kenneth Arnold, an American aviator and businessman, on June 24, 1947, while flying near Mt. Rainier in Washington State, claimed to have seen nine “flying saucer”, generally considered the first widely reported unidentified flying object sighting in the United States and became a UFO researcher, looking for the explanation of what he saw.
Arnold and Smith had their doubts about the account Dahl and Crisman story. After analyzing the supposedly UFO debris, it looked like lava. Maury Island is known to have the Tacoma Smelting Company, a possible explanation for the origin of the debris that it was black slag.
Dahl and Crisman also did want to take both to the location where the incident happened. The allegedly photographs that Dahl had about the incident were never shown.
While the interviews were going on, anonymous calls were received by a local reporter, Ted Morello, the caller told that was a meeting taking place in room 502 of the Winthrop Hotel concerning informing of every single information said in that room.
But even not totally believing in the witness, Arnold decided to call two Army A-2 Intelligence officers, from Hamilton Field, California, he had previously met, Captain Davidson and Lieutenant Brown.
Both officers interviewed Crisman, Dahl refused to talk to them, and they came with the same feeling than Arnold and Smith, that the incident was a hoax.
Davidson and Brown informed Arnold and Smith that they had to return the plane was expected to make an appearance in a parade the following morning.
Accident, shot down or sabotaged
They left about 2:00am of the morning of August 1 to return to Hamilton Field, in a B-25 and were carrying some of the reported disc fragments. Shortly after take-off, approximately 2:50am, the plane ran intro trouble, the left engine burned an exhaust stack in turn caught the left wing on fire, breaking off and tearing off the tail.
The B-25 crashed on a ravine near Goble Creek east of Kelso, Washington, killing Captain Davidson and Lieutenant Brown. The Crew Chief, Woodrow D. Matthews and a man that was hitch-hiking, Sgt. Elmer L. Taff, parachuted to safety.
The hitch-hiker stated that he could not understand why the officers had not called for help. He further stated that there was plenty time to call for help and jump out of the plane. Brown was found at the crash site with his parachute harness on.
Official reported that was no indication of any sabotage.
But at noon on August 1, another anonymous call was received, which the caller informed that McChord Field officials had stated that the B-25 was shot down or sabotaged. Later that day another call informed that the airplane was carrying the UFO fragments and that Captain Davidson and Lieutenant Brown, two A-2 Intelligence Officers were dead.
This calls came before the official report was released by Army authorities. Other two calls were made the next day attesting the B-25 was shot down because it was carrying the fragments, by a 20mm cannon, and that marine plane found recently on Mt. Rainier had also been shot down.
When the army authorities released the names of the dead Intelligence officers, it verified the information received by the anonymous calls. The Tacoma Times released the story to the public on August 2, 1947, and the days that follow with more information about the suspicious of the B-25 was shoot down or sabotaged because of the fact that it was carrying the UFO fragments.
What No One Tells You About The Maury Island UFO Incident
An investigation was made by FBI Special Agent Jack B. Wilcox, and on August 19, 1947, he delivered an important 14-page memorandum to J. Edgar Hoover on the subject of “Flying disc Sighted by Fred Crisman and Harold A. Dahl, Tacoma, Washington”.
As probably the first Fox Mulder, Agent Wilcox’s two-week investigation added more information and twists, a bit forgot by modern UFO history.
Facts About The Maury Island UFO Incident
- Dahl did not admit that his story was a hoax but only stated that if questioned by authorities he was going to say it was a hoax because he did not want any further trouble over the matter.
- Even having a high suspect, neither Ray Palmer or Kenneth Arnold ever said the incident was a hoax nor a real event.
- Kenneth Arnold was also involved in an airplane crash days later, on August 3, 1947. He was almost killed and later claimed his aircraft had been sabotaged.
- The untimely and mysterious death of Paul Lance, the Tacoma Times Reporter who claimed that the B25 might have been purposely brought down by government operatives. He died two weeks after the article appeared in print. No actual cause of death could be determined.
- The sudden death of Ted Morrello, the United Press reporter who called Arnold just after the Dahl Meeting claiming full knowledge of the proceedings.
- The closing of The Tacoma Times which went out of business shortly after the article about the B25 was published.
- Fred Crisman was somehow involved into another conspiracy theory, the JFK assassination, to having been one of the “three tramps” at the Grassy Knoll. This was later proved to be not true.
The Maury Island UFO Incident Conclusion?
After reviewing newspapers, interviews and facts, was not easy we arrive in an agreement here at strangestrangestrange.com, but we believe:
- Harold Dahl saw something in the skies of Maury Island, if spaceships or other event, that’s the question
- Fred Crisman seeking for notoriety decided to embellish the event claiming the material was an evidence of the story, but when faced with MIB, Military and FBI he decided it was too much for him.
- This was the first large scale cover up by the military, protecting alien or secret technology is uncertain
What do you think?