Form: Research Report
In early 1952 I got a telephone call on ATIC's direct line to the
Pentagon. It was a colonel in the Director of Intelligence's office.
The Office of Public Information had been getting a number of queries
about all of the confusion over the Mantell Incident. What was the
I dug out the file. In 1949 all of the original material on the
incident had been microfilmed, but something had been spilled on the
film. Many sections were so badly faded they were illegible. As I had
to do with many of the older sightings that were now history, I
collected what I could from the file, filling in the blanks by talking
to people who had been at ATIC during the early UFO era. Many of these
people were still around, "Red" Honnacker, George Towles, Al Deyarmond,
Nick Post, and many others. Most of them were civilians, the military
had been transferred out by this time.