Tuesday, July 1st 1947
A strange object is detected on the radar scopes at Roswell, New Mexico, White Sands and
Alamogordo. Its tremendous speed and erratic motion indicated that it is neither a plane
or a meteorite.
Wednesday, July 2, 1947
An oval object is spotted by Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot as it passes over their house in
Roswell, New Mexico.
Thursday, July 3, 1947
Radar operator Steve MacKenzie is sent to White Sands to track the object 24 hours a day.
Friday, July 4, 1947
Warrant Officer Robert Thomas and a team of men arrive from Washington to co-ordinate to
operation of tracking and possible retrieval.
Mac Brazel as well as others report hearing a tremendous explosion.
William Woody and his father observe a flaming object fall to earth north of Roswell.
Jim Ragsdale and Trudy Truelove observe a bright light crash near to their campsite.
The object which has been tracked on radar for 3 days suddenly disappears. The retrieval
team assemble and start heading for the calculated crash site.
Saturday, July 5, 1947
A sheepherder finds the remains of a crashed saucer but does not report this until many
A group of Archaeologists also find the crashed object. The phone Sheriff George Wilcox
thinking it is some from of crashed aircraft. Wilcox then inform the local fire department
who arrive at the scene shortly afterwards.
The special retrieval team locates the crashed craft, takes the names of all the civilians
on site and the escorts them away. The site is cleaned and secured within 6 hours and 5
bodies are removed.
Mac Brazil finds strange debris in his field. The debris consists of strange foil like
substance, balsawood like beams and a strange sort of 'string'. None of Brazels sheep will
go anywhere near the debris.
Lydia Sleppy a reporter for KSWS tries to send the first 'unconfirmed' reports of the
crash over the teletype. The message is intercepted by the FBI who order her to cease
Melvin Brown who was one of the guards in the truck transporting the bodies claims that
they were small with large heads and that their skin was an orange/yellow colour.
Glenn Dennis is called by the Roswell mortuary officer and is asked several questions
relating to preserving bodies, making small caskets, and how to treat bodies that had been
exposed to the sun.
Dennis is later summoned to the base to treat an injured pilot, while he is there is sees
several ambulances and some wreckage. Dennis is then threatened by two officers who warn
him not to report anything he has witnessed.
Mac Brazel returns to the debris site and picks up some the stuff and takes it to his
neighbours, Floyd and Loretta Proctor. They suggest that he informs the Sheriff.
Sunday, July 6, 1947
Brazel drives 75 miles into Roswell and shows some of the debris to Sheriff Wilcox who in
turn informs the Military. Wilcox then also send two of his deputies to the ranch.
William Woody and his father try to get close to the site where they saw the strange
object crash. However they are stopped by a heavy military presence who refuse them entry.
Colonel William Blanchard commanding officer of the 509th Bomb Group sends Jesse A. Marcel
out to the Sheriffs office to investigate the reported debris. Marcel meets with Brazel
and after seeing the debris decides to go out to the debris field. He is accompanied by
Captain Sheridan Cavitt and Mac Brazel. Blanchard then orders that all debris at the
Sheriffs office be sealed and flown to Fort Worth Army Air field where it is given to
Colonel Thomas DuBose.
Marcel and Cavitt arrive too late at night to see the debris field so they spend the night
with Brazel and his family. They also get a chance to observe some of the debris that
Brazel had brought back with them. Neither of them had seen anything like it. It would not
burn or scratch, yet when held in the hand it felt weightless. Several pieces of the foil
like substance when crumpled in a ball would return to its original shape when released.
Monday, July 7, 1947
Some of the debris and bodies from the main crash site are sent to Andrews AAF.
Brazel, Marcel and Cavitt arrive at the debris field. It is three-quarters of a mile long
and three hundred feet wide. They spend the day loading as much of the debris as possible
into Marcel's car and then drive back to Roswell.
General Nathan Twining, Air Material Command commander suddenly changes his current
engagements and flies out to Alamogordo.
Rumours start spreading around the Roswell base that a flying saucer has been retrieved.
Tuesday, July 8, 1947
Marcel decides to show his family some of the debris that he has recovered before the
debris becomes classified. He tells his son that it is parts of a flying saucer.
Marcel and Cavitt meet with Colonel Blanchard to report what they have seen. As a result
Blanchard orders that guards be placed around the debris field and to stop anyone trying
to obtain access.
Brazel who spent the previous night at Walt Whitmore's (KGFL radio) house, is interviewed
by him and wire-recorded. Whitmore is then informed from Washington not to air the
interview with Brazel.
Brigadier General Roger Ramey orders Blanchard to send Marcel to Fort Worth.
Mac Brazel is interviewed by military personnel. This interview is to last several days.
Lieutenant Walter Haut finishes the Press Release that Colonel Blanchard had authorised.
He gives copies to both radio and newspapers. The story is released, and claims that
"The Army Air Forces here today announced that a flying disc had been found".
Within a couple of hours the base is flooded with calls from around the world.
Marcel arrives at Fort Worth and meets with General Ramey. Marcel shows Ramey the debris,
who then takes Marcel into the Map room so that he can show him the location of the debris
site. When Marcel returns the debris that he had brought in was gone, it had been replaced
by bits of an old weather balloon.
Ramey then orders that the real wreckage be sent to Wright Field, Dayton.
The military clean the debris site back on Brazels ranch and transport all the debris to
A press conference is held in which Warrant Officer Irving Newton identifies the debris as
that of a balloon. Marcel is ordered not to say anything and Ramey confirms that the men
at Roswell had simply made a mistake. Marcel is then ordered to be photographed with the
Interest in the story dies down due to the fact the debris has been identified as that of
a weather balloon.
Wednesday, July 9, 1947
Brazel's field is completely cleaned of debris. The remaining debris is sent to Los Alamos
via Kirtland AFB.
Brazel is seen by friends as he is escorted from the Air Force base into town. They report
that he looked very shocked and stressed. Brazel remarks to a friend, Frank Joyce, that he
has had to change his story to protect his family.
Haut's press release is confiscated by military personnel.
Many ground personnel at Wright Field claim to of seen strange debris being unloaded from
unmarked planes. Others report seeing bodies at the Andrews AFB.
Marcel meets up with Sheridan Cavitt, who now claims that he never went with Marcel to the
debris field on Brazel's ranch.
Thursday, July 10, 1947
Sheriff Wilcox calls on Glenn Dennis's father and informs him that his son is in trouble
with the military and advises him to talk to Glenn to make sure he remains silent.
Further balloon explanations are reported in the local papers.
Friday, July 11, 1947
Glenn Dennis tries to contact a nurse who had told him that she had helped in one of the
autopsies of the bodies. However, when he phones the base he is informed that no-one knows
where she is.
All military personnel involved in the retrieval and cleanup operation are debriefed and
told to forgot that it ever happened.
Military Police start visiting the civilians who were on the site of the main crash, they
are warned not to say anything or they and there families would go missing.
Saturday, July 12, 1947
Mac Brazel's son Bill turns up at the ranch to help out while Mac Brazel is still being
held under military guard.
July 15, 1947
Mac Brazel is finally released. All he says is that the military kept asking the same
questions over and over again. Brazel revealed that he had to take an oath never to saw
what he saw.
Arthur Exon, a pilot stationed at Wright Field claims that he flew over the crash site and
he could still make out the impact site.
Dr W. Curry Holden and Dr C. Bertrand Schultz attend a meeting in Albuquerque. They
discuss the events in Roswell and Holden tells Schultz that he had seen a 'heel-shaped'
craft and the bodies of the alien flight crew.
The Roswell incident remained buried for another 30 years until Jesse Marcel, allowed
himself to be interviewed by several researchers including Leonard Stringfield and Stanton
Charles Berlitz and William L. Moore release the book 'The Roswell Incident' in 1980 after
interviewing more than 70 witnesses. Since the release of this book many other researcher
have investigated the case and many other books have been written.
There have been many hoaxes associated with this case such as the Majestic-12 documents
and the now already infamous 'Alien Autopsy Video'. None of these hoaxes helps the serious
study of the Roswell New Mexico case.
The US Government after 40 plus years admitted that the 'weather balloon' story had indeed
been a cover story. However it was not a cover story for a crashed alien spacecraft but
that of Project Mogul a secret project the Air Force were undertaking and that the bodies
were those of rhesus monkey's. This theory also has proved to be wrong and for a full
explanation of this and other possible causes I strongly recommend the book 'The Truth
about the UFO Crash at Roswell' by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt.
Was there a Roswell Cover up, many people think that there indeed was a ufo or alien
cover up, some people say they saw alien bodies at the Roswell ufo crash site.