Of the many files released by the CIA, the one bearing the title “Flying Saucers In East Germany” from 9th July 1952 is one of the most interesting. The account would find its way to the CIA from a Greek newspaper after the main witness, Oscar Linke would testify of his claims before a judge.  The fact that such CIA files exist, and have done since as far back as the 1940s and 50s, should show the interest governments around the world had in such matters, despite their insistence to the contrary. Taking such intelligence reports from “open sources” such as foreign or international newspapers is more commonplace than many might think.

What perhaps makes Linke’s encounter even more intriguing is that he and his family would escape the oppression of Soviet-controlled East Germany and into the relative freedom of West Germany before the incident became known. In fact, the encounter would largely contribute to Linke’s decision to uproot his family in the first place. The Soviet regime would go out of its way to dismiss even the notion of UFO activity. In fact, in the days of the Cold War, they would squarely lay the blame to its own citizens of any strange aerial sightings as being “the evils of the United States!”

East Germany, Summer 1952

While the CIA account shows the date of July 1952, it is likely that the encounter happened a month or two prior to this. Forty-eight-year-old Oscar Linke was enjoying the countryside as he made his way home on his motorcycle with his eleven-year-old daughter, Gabrielle beside him.  Suddenly, the motorcycle’s tire blew out on the outskirts of Hasselbach, a small town near Berlin. Deciding they would have to walk to Hasselbach, Oscar and Gabriella set off, pushing the motorcycle as they did. Shortly after, with twilight beginning to take hold, Gabriella informed her father of something in the distance in front of them.  Believing it to be a deer, Oscar would lean his crippled motorcycle against a tree so that he could obtain a better look. When he did, he realized it wasn’t a wild animal of any sort. Now, only forty meters from them, two men wearing “shiny metallic clothing” were looking down at something on the ground. On their front, a light would periodically light up at seemingly regular intervals.  Quietly, Oscar approached the two men. By the time he was but ten meters from them, he could see an object “like a huge frying pan!” in front of him. Two “rows of holes” adorned the front of the apparent craft, while a black “conical tower” sat on top.  Oscar would later state he could accept it was a mistake by both himself and his daughter if it wasn’t for the fact that the ground on which the UFO had hovered (examined by Oscar later), had distinct fresh markings of activity of some kind.

Alerted For Take Off!

Breaking the silence, Gabriella would call out in fright to her father. The two men were now alert to their presence and promptly entered the craft through the black tower on the top. At the same time, the holes along the front and sides of the object began to light up. First, a green color that rapidly morphed into red.  A distinct hum was now also noticeable, and as Oscar and Gabrielle watched, the conical tower would “slide down” until it was part of the top of the craft. As it did so, the object would rise from the ground and “rotate like a top!”   From his vantage point, it appeared to Oscar that the conical tower then appeared at the bottom of the craft, before making its way back to the top. All the while, it was rising further and further into the sky, flames seeming to surround it.
A whistling sound pierced the skies as the craft eventually leveled into a horizontal position, facing north. In a second, it vanished. Interestingly, there were many reports of “comets” in and around this area of East Germany around this time – at least that is what the Soviet reports say they were.  NOTE: The above image is CGI.