However, there had been a major wave of UFO reports a year before. It happened in the Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland. These sightings, nicknamed “ghost rockets”, soared only on Sweden to almost 1,000 reports between May and early December of 1946. According to the newspaper L’Aurore (France) of July 27:
“More than five-hundred rocket-propelled projectiles are said to have been seen over Sweden since the beginning of July. According to some sources, the projectiles that streak across the Swedish sky look like jet planes, but make less noise than usual aircraft. Others describe them as like “sea-gulls without heads”. On the map, the projectiles do not show uniform trajectories.”
From the newspaper Vitoria, September 17: According to information given by several credible witnesses, last night there has been seen in the sky of the city of Porto some mysterious rockets with fiery tails travelling with diabolical speeds.
The rockets came from near the sea in a south-north direction. Could it be the same phenomenon talked about in the foreign press? Surely, this night many will try to see if the phenomenon repeats itself.
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