Stranger and scarier things than fighter pilots were patrolling the skies above the battlefields of France, according to a new book.
During the First World War soldiers and civilians reported a string of paranormal phenomena that historians and UFO experts have struggled to explain.
Some of these spectacular sightings feature in a new book, UFOs of the First World War, by Nigel Watson.
The most famous flyer of the First World War was the German pilot Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron.
No human pilot could match his skills in the air – and apparently neither could aliens.
He supposedly spotted an UFO that looked like an upside down silver saucer with orange lights during an early morning mission in the clear blue skies above Belgium in the spring of 1917.
Fellow German Air Force ace Peter Waitzrick, who reportedly witnessed the dogfight, said: “We were terrified because we’d never seen anything like it before. The Baron immediately opened fire and the thing went down like a rock, shearing off tree limbs as it crashed into the woods.”
Two occupants allegedly survived the crash and clambered from the wreck before running into the trees. . . .