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Major General George C. McDonald

Retired Oct. 1, 1950. Died May 1, 1969.

George Clement McDonald was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1892. He received his schooling in his native city. He was associated with aviation in its early pioneering days, and had experience with the Wright and Bleriot types of airplanes.

During World War I, he enlisted as a flying cadet in the Aviation Section, Signal Corps. He received ground school training at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and flying training at Rich Field, Waco, Texas, being appointed a second lieutenant in the Aviation Signal Corps Reserve May 14, 1918.

He served briefly as flying instructor at Rich Field and at Payne Field, Miss., and in July, 1918 joined the First Provisional Wing at Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., serving with that organization at various fields until October 1918, when he was placed in charge of flying at Hazelhurst Field, Long Island. His next station was Mitchel Field, N.Y., where he joined the Fifth Aero Squadron.

During 1919 he was placed on temporary duty with Army Intelligence and the Department of Justice for seven months. It resulted in the apprehension and conviction of Grover Cleveland Bergdoll and associates, America's World War I number one draft dodger. General McDonald was officially recognized as the one who organized and effected Bergdoll's arrest.

On July 1, 1920, he was appointed a second lieutenant of Air Service in the Regular Army and that same date was promoted to first lieutenant.

 

 

En février 1944, McDonald devient Directeur du Renseignement des Forces Stratégiques de l'Air Force en Europe. Il revient aux USA en Janvier 1946. En Octobre 1947, à la suite du National Security Act, il devient Directeur du Renseignement de l'USAF.

En 1947, alors qu'il enquête sur la nature des ovnis, le FBI demande à l'USAF si certains de ses projets secrets pourraient expliquer ce phénomène. Le 5 Septembre, celle-ci répond par la négative, sous la plume du général Schulgen : ni l'US Army ni l'US Navy n'ont le moindre projet de recherche en matière de construction aéronautique pouvant être apparenté aux disques volants. 10 jours plus tard cependant, le responsable du FBI de San Francisco intercepte un message confidentiel de l'USAF indiquant que l'armée doit s'occuper des témoins crédibles et laisser au FBI les cas douteux et les affaires de sièges de W-C. Hoover, patron du FBI, s'étrangle alors de colère et envoie, furibond, une lettre au général George C. McDonald, du Pentagone, dans laquelle il annonce au nom du Bureau cesser définitivement toute enquête sur le sujet. A partir de ce jour, le FBI niera officiellement toute implication dans les enquêtes sur les ovnis. Cette décision sera officialisée le 1er Octobre, par le biais du bulletin du FBI n° 59 : toutes informations relatives aux ovnis doivent être adressées à l'USAF. Cet automne-là, McDonald recommande que la T-2 ne s'occupe plus que des questions de renseignements.

En Octobre 1950, McDonald quitte l'armée. Il décède le 1er Mai 1969.

 
 
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