July 9, 1952
Location: Hasselbach, Germany
Linke, former Wehrmacht major, and his daughter Gabrielle,
11, had to leave their motorcycle when they had a flat
tire. Inside the woods the girl noticed two men in silvery
suits examining the ground in a clearing near a pink disk-shaped
object, 13-15 meters in diameter, showing a double row
of openings around the rim and a black turret on top.
One of the men had a flashing box. Both men went inside,
and the disk vibrated, rose along the turretlike cylinder,
then spun faster and rose out of sight.
Artist's impression of the Hasselbach encounter.
Kathimerini newspaper (Athens, Greece), 1952, found in
declassfied CIA files
July - Furnished with the sworn testimony of an eyewitness,
Oscar Linke, a 48-year-old German and former mayor of
Gleimershausen, West Berlin intelligence officers have
begun investigating a most unusual "flying saucer"
story. According to this story, an object "resembling
a huge flying pan" and having a diameter of about
15 meters landed in a forest clearing in the Soviet Zone
recently escaped from the Soviet Zone, along with his
wife and six children.
and his 11-year-old daughter, Gabriella, made the following
sworn statement last week before a judge: "While
I was returning to my home with Gabriella, a tire of my
motorcycle blew out near the town of Hasselbach. While
we were walking along toward Hasselbach, Gabriella pointed
out something which lay at a distance of about 140 meters
away from us. Since it was twilight, I thought that she
was pointing at a young deer."
left my motorcycle near a tree and walked toward the spot
which Gabriella had pointed out. When, however, I reached
a spot about 55 meters from the object, I realized that
my first impression had been wrong. What I had seen were
two men who were now about 40 meters away from me. They
seemed to be dressed in some shiny metallic clothing.
They were stooped over and were looking at something lying
on the ground."
approached until 1 was only about 10 meters from them.
I looked over a small fence and then I noticed a large
object whose diameter I estimated to be between 13 and
15 meters. It looked like a huge frying pan."
were two rows of holes on its periphery, about 30 centimeters
in circumference. The space between the two rows was about
0.45 meters. On the top of this metal object was a black
conical tower about three meters high."
that moment, my daughter, who had remained a short distance
behind me, called me. The two men must have heard my daughter's
voice because they immediately jumped on the conical tower
and disappeared inside."
had previously noted that one of the men had a lamp on
the front part of his body which lit up at regular intervals."
the side of the object on which the holes had been opened
began to glitter. Its color seemed green, but later turned
to red. At the same time, I began to hear a slight hum.
While the brightness and hum increased, the conical tower
began to slide down into the center of the object. The
whole object then began to rise slowly from the ground
and rotate like a top."
seemed to me as if it were supported by the cylindrical
plant which had gone down from the top of the object,
through the center, and had now appeared from its bottom
on the ground."
object, surrounded by a ring of flames, was now a certain
number of feet above the ground."
then noted that the whole object had risen slowly from
the ground. The cylinder on which it was supported had
now disappeared within its center and had reappeared on
the top of the object."
rate of climb had now become greater. At the same time,
my daughter and I heard a whistling sound similar to that
heard when a bomb falls."
object rose to a horizontal position, turned toward a
neighboring town, and then, gaining altitude, it disappeared
over the heights and forests in the direction of Stockheim."
other persons who live in the same area as Linke later
related that they saw an object which they thought to
be a comet. A shepherd stated that he thought that he
was looking at a comet moving away at a low altitude from
the height on which Linke stood.
submitting his testimony to the judge, Linke made the
following statement: "I would have thought that
both my daughter and I were dreaming if it were not for
the following element involved: When the object had disappeared,
I went to the place where it had been. I found a circular
opening in the ground and it was quite evident that it
was freshly dug. It was exactly the same shape as the
conical tower. I was then convinced that I was not dreaming."
continued, "I had never heard of the term 'flying
saucer' before I escaped from the Soviet Zone into West
Berlin. When I saw this object, I immediately thought
that it was a new Soviet military machine."
confess that I was seized with fright because the Soviets
do not want anyone to know about their work. Many persons
have been restricted to their movements for many years
in East Germany because they know too much."