Sonderburo 13; The Secret Nazi UFO Squad

Even though the term Sonderburo 13 comes off sounding like spanish and it may be (I do not speak spanish) it is actually the name given to a covert group under the Nazi regime during WW II.  This group’s purpose was none other then to investigate UFO’s.  By the middle of World War Two almost every participating country in the war had some sort of group looking into cases of unexplained objects in the sky.  The name of this black project was Project Uranus.  Sonderburo 13 first appeared in a book by french author and Ufologist Henry Durrant.  The tale of Sonderburo 13 eventually made it’s way into Tim Good’s book Above Top Secret.

The group’s first case came in 1942 when luftwaffe pilot Hauptman Fischer reported claims of a strange object in the sky.  The pilot had been transferred to a  secret location in Norway by the name of Banak.  After arriving he was ordered to intercept a strange object flying over the base.  Fischer described seeing a “Luftwl” or “flying whale” some 300 feet long.  Fischer’s sighting would later be blamed on madness form being stationed in such a cold climate.

On Febuary 12th 1944 S13 investigated the Kum-mersdorf rocket test center.  At the test center were none other then Heinrich Himmler and Josef Goebbels along with other high ranking Nazi officials.  They were there to attend a test of an experimental rocket.  Not surprisingly the launched was filmed.  What was surprising was the when the film was processed a strange spherical orb was seen following the rocket.

Later that year in September a German test pilot  reported not only being followed by two bright lights but also claimed to have seen a 300 foot long craft.  Could this be the same huge object the Fisher has reported seeing years earlier?  The pilot tried to intercept the craft but it was moving far to fast, close to 1,200 miles an hour.

It’s a very interesting story it’s got everything, Nazi’s, UFO’s, a secret group.  It would be a great account of the UFO’s during WWII, if it were true.  That’s right in 1970 Durrant claimed in his book The Black Book of Flying Saucers that he had made up the whole story.  Why would he do such a thing?  Durrant says he made the story up to see just how many UFO authors would do proper research into the subjects they were looking into.  So it was all just a test and seems Tim Good failed.

Why it is not hard to believe the Nazi’s would have such a group (we did) it seems no documents have ever surfaced about the group or the cases they investigated.  Also no one has ever seen the supposed rocket film with sphere shaped UFO.  There also seems to be a lack of resources for Sonderburo 13 which leads me to believe that yes, Durrant probably made the whole thing up.  I mean a story like this, if true there would most likely have a few books written on the subject by now.  A part of me wonders if Durrant really made it up of he was just covering for some reason but thats just me wanting to making more out of what really there… maybe.

Sources:

UFO’s in Wartime– by Mack Malony

The Nazi UFO Mythos

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