UFOs seemed like they were everywhere in the summer of 1947.
“Roswell Army Air Force Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch…″ blared a front-page headline of the Roswell (New Mexico) Daily Record newspaper in June.
The same month, two men who said they were on harbor patrol in the Puget Sound in Washington State claimed they not only saw six doughnut shaped objects in the sky, they said fragments of them landed on their boat.
In July, a private pilot also in Washington reported seeing nine saucer-shaped UFOs as he flew past Mount Rainier.
It was against this backdrop that two Army Air Corps officers, Capt. William Davidson and Lt. Frank Brown, were sent to Washington to investigate and, reports say, collect the so-called UFO fragments.
They never made it back to their California base. Their B-25 bomber crashed, killing the officers.
Was it engine failure, as the official reports claimed, or was it something else, like sabotage?
Montgomery’s Michael Corriere, a filmmaker, playwright, retired New York City police officer and part-time SUNY Orange security guard, doesn’t buy the official explanation of engine failure.
Not only does he say that the engines were unlikely to fail because they’d just been installed, the ID numbers on a photo of the crashed plane were different than the numbers in the official reports of the crash.
That incident is just one aspect of what Corriere, 72, claims could be one of the biggest coverups in UFO history – a “major coverup″ that, he says, reached all the way to President Harry Truman. Corriere has even asked the United Nations Human Rights Commission to investigate the “crash,” along with writing President Trump about it.
“There was so much evidence found,” Corriere says. “But all the reports from local police departments disappeared.”
All of this is at the center of Corriere’s film, “Alien Connection…the Final Proof…the Final X-File,” which was scheduled to be shown in New York City Wednesday night as part of the New Filmmakers New York festival, but because of the coronavirus, will now be shown online Wednesday at 6 p.m. at newfilmmakers.com
That incident involving the crashed B-25 isn’t the only UFO “coverup” Corriere explores in the 44 minute “Alien Connection…,” which features local actors who recreated many of the events that are the subject of the film.
A few months after the War Department in Washington, D.C., said the crashed UFO in Roswell was actually a high altitude weather balloon (later said to be part of a mission to detect Russian nuclear weapons), Corriere says Truman made an unscheduled and never-publicized visit to a military base in Ohio where the alien bodies from the Roswell UFO were allegedly kept. Even though official records say that Truman never visited the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Corriere says he has an email – shown in “Alien Connection” – from the base that says, “Our records show President Truman visited Wright Field sometime in September, 1947.”
But before you think that Corriere himself is out of this world, you should know he’s not one of those alien-implanted-in his-body type of guys. In fact, he’s also written a play, “For England For Love,″ about the cold war.
Sure, he’s been intrigued by UFOs since he was a 10-year-old in the Bronx who looked up at the moon and saw three mysterious lights coming towards him, before they returned to the “dark side of the moon.”
And yes, about 10 years ago, he says he saw a 200- to 300-foot rectangular-shaped object in the daytime sky in Montgomery.
But when he went to a UFO meeting in the capital of UFOs, Pine Bush, a few years ago, and the guy next to him said he went into his children’s room at night and saw them covered in blood, he “moved my chair far away from him.”
But the “coverup” of the supposed circumstances surrounding the downed B-25 and the Roswell UFO? That’s different.
“I was skeptical too,” he says, “until I started looking into all of this.”