LITTLE GREEN MEN - Dorothy Kilgallen alleged that the British government had recovered a crashed UFO. One newspaper her article appeared in was the Los Angeles Examiner edition of Monday, May 23, 1955. She wrote the following under the headline of:
"Flying Saucer - Wreckage Assures Britons of Reality"
(begin Kilgallen quote)
I can report Sunday on a story which is positively spooky, not to mention chilling. British scientists and airmen, after examining the wreckage of one mysterious flying ship, are convinced that these strange aerial objects are not optical illusions or Soviet inventions, but are actually flying saucers, which originate on another planet. The source of my information is a British official of cabinet rank who prefers to remain unidentified. "We believe, on the basis of our inquiries thus far, that the saucers were staffed by small men - probably under four feet tall," my informant told me. "It's frightening, but there is no denying the flying saucers come from another planet." This official quoted scientists as saying a flying ship of this type could not possibly have been constructed on Earth. The British government, I learned, is withholding an official report on the "flying saucer" examination at this time, possibly because it does not wish to frighten the public. In the United States, all kinds of explanations have been advanced. But no responsible official of the U.S. Air Force has yet intimated the mysterious flying ships actually vaulted from outer space.
(end Kilgallen quote)
Gordon Creighton, writing in "Flying Saucer Review" (Volume 25, Number 4 from November 1979 & Volume 31, Number 1 from October 1985) had researched this story in detail and stated he believed Kilgallen's source was Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Possibly, Kilgallen heard the story at a cocktail party hosted by Mountbatten in May 1955. - Suzanne (2005)