On July 2 1947, during the evening, a flying saucer crashed on the Foster Ranch near
Events take place
Noon: The information is put on the AP wire.
William Woody and his father, still curious about their sighting, set out on highway 285 to the North of Roswell to travel to Ramon. The Military had all side roads and tracks from 285 blocked off. A few miles South of Ramon is the turn off to highway 247 which would take you by the general area of the Foster Ranch, this exit was also blocked. They are turned away by MPs posted on outlying roads.
News of the recovery spreads as the story hits the wire services. Phone lines at the base, at the sheriff's office, and at newspaper and radio news offices are tied up. The only newspapers that carried the initial flying saucer version of the story were evening papers from the
Sheriff Wilcox sends two more deputies to the debris field; they are turned back by MPs.
*Barney Barnett and a group of students and archeologists or rockhunters are already at the impact site and say they had seen debris and bodies; they are escorted off by the Army.*
Col. Blanchard "goes on leave" from the base, but he actually leaves to visit the debris field.
Material has been brought from the debris field and loaded onto a C-54; Capt. Pappy Henderson flies this 2nd flight out to Wright Field.
Clean up continues at the crash sites. Brazel is flown back to the base, then leaves and is located by Walt Whitmore, of radio station KGFL, who interviews him about the find. Blanchard visits the debris field and impact site with his staff. A 2nd flight from
Sgt. Melvin Brown looks under a tarp on the back of a truck at the impact site and sees several alien-looking bodies.
Dennis tries to visit the base hospital but is turned away forcibly; a nurse friend warns him to leave before he gets in trouble.
*8:30pm* Barnett returns home to Socorro.
Officers from the base locate Brazel (who had stayed with Whitmore) and return him to the base for questioning.
Officers from the base visit newspaper and radio offices in town and recover all copies of Haut's original press release.
Three fully loaded C-54's (5th-7th Flights out) carry debris to
The Roswell Daily Record carries a sanitized version of Barzel's story. 8:00pm. Marcel arrives back in
For over 50 years the cover up has held and still continues today. Many UFO researchers have spent their lives investigating this incident and still await the Smoking gun to find out what really happened on July 1947 on the Foster Ranch.