JONESBORO, Ark. (Cryptozoology News) — A man who says he was a Boeing B17 pilot during WWII contends that many of the plane failures which occurred during that time period were due to the mischievous actions of little creatures.
L.W., 92, says these little beings were capable of attaching themselves to the fuselage and withstand high altitudes.
“Oh they are real, alright. They’d climb inside the aircraft and hide in there, or hook up under the wings. I’m sure they were sabotaging most of the allies machinery.”
His father, an episcopal preacher from Arkansas, influenced L.W. decision to become a pilot.
“My father loved planes. When you are a preacher’s kid, well, you either turn out a little angel or a complete demon. I kind of went in between and decided to fight for my country instead. I got wings, but I was no angel,” he told Cryptozoology News.
“I was a B17 pilot. We were all young, I was 22-years- old and I was a flight commander. That was the average age…for the officers. The gunners were usually 18-years-old. We were very sharp, clean kids.”
One day, L.W. says, he was flying a combat mission when the unexpected happened. Purportedly, a pair of “gremlins” tried to crash the “flying fortress”.
“So I am very aware of my surroundings, and as I go higher, I notice an unusual sound coming from the engine. The instruments went nuts. I look at my right and I see an entity staring at me. Then I look at the aircraft’s nose, and there it is another one, hanging in there. Dancing lizards.”
The astonished pilot thought that maybe he was having an episode of spatial disorientation and hallucinations.
“But I was perfectly fine…my senses were in good shape, but the weird things were still there looking at me. They kept going at it, pounding the plane with all their might.”
L.W. says the creatures were 3-foot tall and had a hairless grey skin. The eyes were of a “deep red” color and their mouths were so big he “could almost count their teeth.” The ears were long and pointy, with a small black patch of hair growing on the tips that reminded the witness of “an owl’s ear.”
“They appeared to be laughing, with their big mouths open, looking at me, hitting the plane with their long arms, trying to pull stuff. I have no doubt in my mind that they were trying to crash it. I managed to stabilize the flight and I saw the critters falling off the aircraft. I don’t know if they fell and died, or if they jumped from my plane to a different one. I have no idea.”
L.W. couldn’t believe what he had seen, so when he went back to the base, he tried to keep the incident a secret. “Well, I had to tell my best friend, a young kid named Leroy, he was a gunner. Oh, he believed me. He said he had seen something similar a few days earlier during a training exercise, but that he was afraid to tell an officer about it for fears of being sent back to the US. We wanted to fight, we didn’t want to be the ones coming back empty handed, you know.”
At first, he says, he believed what he saw was “some sort of soldier developed by the Japanese.” But then, years later, in 1947, he came to a different conclusion.
“One day, I read the news about a strange aircraft crashing in Roswell, New Mexico. So I say, what the hell, that’s the same people that got on my plane! Now they are trying to attack our country too? I thought that if they were capable of building this type of advanced technology, oh boy, I thought we were done. Who knows what else they can do?”
Creatures of similar nature caused a controversy in Kentucky in 1955. In what has come to be known as The Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter, two families in a farm house were reportedly terrorized by little-goblin-like entities and strange weather phenomena.
It took L.W. over 70 years to come forward and tell his story to the public.
“Well, we were young and careless, fearless. We were, you know, free birds,” he said.