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This is a US document, declassified because of the US Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) of 1977.

Letter by Major General C. P. Cabell about the flying saucers, January 25, 1949:

C.P. Cabell:

In November 1947 Major General Cabell became chief of the Air Intelligence Requirements Division in the Office of the Director of Intelligence. On May 15, 1948, he was appointed director of intelligence of the U.S. Air Force. On November 1, 1951, General Cabell was named director of the joint staff in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Lieutenant General Cabell was sworn in as deputy director of Central Intelligence on April 23, 1953.

C.P. Cabell was distinguished: Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal. He was distinguished to the following foreign awards: Order of the British Empire (Honorary Commander), National Order of the Legion of Honor, Degree of Chevalier (France), Croix De Guerre with Palm (France), Commander, Order SS Maurice and Lazarous (Italy).

The letter:

The letter is a summary on the USAF opinion on flying saucers in January 1949, to communicate to the Chief of the 4th Army. It speaks for itself; it tells the opposite of the position that the USAF held publicly.


Basic ltr, CSGID 319.2, 25 Jan 49, "Unusual Incidents"

AFOAI-DA 1st Ind.

Dept of the Air Force, Hq, USAF, Washington 25, D.C.

To: Director of Intelligence, General Staff, U.S. Army, Washington 25, D.C.

1. The following information is furnished for use in your reply to the Commanding General, Fourth Army:



C.P. Cabell
Major, USAF
Director of Intelligence, Office of
Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations

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