The Guy Hottel 'UFO' Memo in FBI Vault

The Guy Hottel Memo: It’s the most popular file in the FBI Vault and over the past two years, this file has been viewed nearly a million times. 

The file in question is a memo dated March 22, 1950—63 years ago last week. It was authored by Guy Hottel, then head of the FBI office in Washington, D.C. Like all memos to FBI Headquarters at that time, it was addressed to Director J. Edgar Hoover and recorded and indexed in FBI records.

The subject of the memo was anything but ordinary. It related a story told to one of our agents by a third party who said an Air Force investigator had reported that three “flying saucers” were recovered in New Mexico.

The memo provided the following detail: “They (the saucers) were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.”

After relaying an informant’s claim that the saucers had been found because the government’s “high-powered radar” in the area had interfered with “the controlling mechanism of the saucers,”

The memo ends simply by saying that “No further evaluation was attempted” concerning the matter by the FBI agent.

The Hottel memo isn’t new. It was first released publicly in the late 1970s and had been posted on the FBI website prior to the launch of the Vault in april 2011.

Some media outlets noticed the Hottel memo and erroneously reported that the FBI had posted proof of a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico and the recovery of wreckage and alien corpses, but the FBI denies that the Hottel Memo refers to the UFO crash at Roswell.

Video: CNN's Brian Todd reports on the most popular document in the FBI's digital reading room: The Guy Hottel memo.


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  1. It is going on 70 years since the GUY HOTTEL MEMO was sent. On March 22, 1950 it was sent to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Can we see a copy of the memo that is not blacked out? We know who Guy Hottel was, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Office in Washington, D.C. But who is the Special Agent that did the interview. How about "SA Charles W. Bates"? He was the FBI's liaison with the Atomic Energy Commission. Was he given the information "by Bud Uanna"? Uanna was the FBI's main source of Confidential Information at the AEC. According to Mr. "-------" blacked out for seven spaces, "Uanna's informant"? Count the spaces. "Uanna's" U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps Major Bud Uanna was in charge of security for the WW II Manhattan Project's 509th Composite Group that dropped the Atomic Bombs on Japan. After WW II the 509th Composite Group became the 509th Bomb Group. They were stationed at Roswell Field in New Mexico. It was from here that Military Intelligence Agent Major Jesse Marcel was sent to investigate the reported crash of a flying disc shaped object in the desert. The rest is...history? History blacked out. Uanna was also responsible for all RADAR experiments carried out by the Army Air Corps at the beginning of the war. After working at the AEC 1946 - 1947 he went to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project 1947 - 1948 to oversee the construction of the U.S. Atomic Bomb arsenal storage bases, then to the CIA 1949 - 1951, then to the department of Commerce as the special assistant to the Secretary of Commerce 1951 - 1953, then to the U.S. Department of State as Chief of the Division of Physical Security 1953 - 1961. Did I count the spaces right? Many of the UFO sightings were over sensitive AEC installations like Oak Ridge, Tennessee - Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington. When can we see a copy of the Guy Hottel Memo that is not blacked out? Guy Hottel's signature is on a background investigation the FBI did on Bud Uanna for the Atomic Energy Commission when Bud Uanna resigned his Army Commission and became a civilian employee of the AEC as head of the Office of Central Personnel Clearance. J. Edgar Hoover had it delivered to AEC Chairman David Lilienthal with a cover letter that explained that since Uanna received the FBI investigations Uanna's investigation was going directly to Lilienthal the Chairman of the AEC. Uanna had named and written the AEC Q CLEARANCE. You can view FOIA Documents on Uanna at Category:Bud Uanna on Wikimedia. Uanna died in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on December 22, 1961 under mysterious circumstances. At the end of the movie ENOLA GAY in which he was portrayed it says he was murdered and all records of his death have disappeared. Not just blacked out.


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