Eisenhower and Churchill in wartime UFO coverup
No, this isn't a crackpot story written by the infamous Melvin Frohike, Richard "Ringo" Langly and John Byers.
But yes, this sordid tale involves a wide-ranging government conspiracy to deceive, inveigle and obfuscate.
Indeed, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US General Dwight Eisenhower stand accused of covering up a mysterious WWII encounter between a rogue UFO and RAF bomber.
According to the Telegraph, both Churchill and Eisenhower feared mass "panic" and loss of faith in religion if the story was made public.
The enigmatic incident allegedly occurred when an RAF reconnaissance plane and its crew were returning from a mission over German-occupied Europe.
While on the English coast, the aircraft was intercepted by a metallic UFO which reportedly "shadowed" the plane for an unspecified period of time.
"Photographs of the object, which the crew claimed had 'hovered noiselessly' near the plane, were taken by the crew," explained Andrew Hough and Peter Hutchison of the Telegraph.
"During [a subsequent] meeting, a weapons expert dismissed suggestions the object was a missile as the event was totally beyond any imagined capabilities of the time."
However, Dr. David Clarke, author of The UFO files and Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, told the Telegraph that the unexplained encounter illustrated the high level of concern about such "bizarre incidents" during the war.
"It does tie in with what we already know as you have to remember that this was also long before the phrase UFO was created.
"[So yes], I suspect there is an element of truth to the statement."