In 1946, U.S. Navy Rear-Admiral Richard E. Byrd was put in command of what he publicly said was essentially an American military expedition to the Antarctic. Code-named “Operation Highjump“, this was reportedly the largest Antarctic expedition up to that date, and it was slated to last six to eighth months.
Wikipedia mentions that Byrd’s Task Force 68 comprised thirteen U.S. Navy support ships (besides the flagship, USS Mount Olympus, and an aircraft carrier, the USS Philippine Sea), six helicopters, six flying boats, two seaplane tenders, and fifteen other aircraft. The total number of personnel involved was some 4,700 men.
However, what was supposed to be a six to eight months mission was mysteriously cut short after only eight weeks. Reports of disastrous aerial combats against fast and powerful aerial crafts later surfaced, including the loss of a ship and a number of servicemen.
“Hostile planes coming from the polar regions…”
What the heck was Byrd talking about?
Upon his return voyage in February of 1947, Admiral Byrd was interviewed by Lee van Atta of International News Service aboard the expedition’s command ship, the USS Mount Olympus, where he discussed the lessons learned from the operation. The interview appeared in the Wednesday, March 5, 1947 edition of the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, and reads in part as follows:
Admiral Richard E. Byrd warned today that the United States should adopt measures of protection against the possibility of an invasion of the country by hostile planes coming from the polar regions. The admiral explained that he was not trying to scare anyone, but the cruel reality is that in case of a new war, the United States could be attacked by planes flying over one or both poles. This statement was made as part of a recapitulation of his own polar experience, in an exclusive interview with International News Service. Talking about the recently completed expedition, Byrd said that the most important result of his observations and discoveries is the potential effect that they have in relation to the security of the United States. The fantastic speed with which the world is shrinking – recalled the admiral – is one of the most important lessons learned during his recent Antarctic exploration. “I have to warn my compatriots that the time has ended when we were able to take refuge in our isolation and rely on the certainty that the distances, the oceans, and the poles were a guarantee of safety.”
Reports of secret Nazi bases, Alien UFOs and an occult race to find a secret passage to a hidden Atlantian realm beneath the ice are all explored in detail in the following UFO TV program, which offers as good an overview of this whole affair as I can find.
I am also including below one of the last interviews conducted with Admiral Byrd before his death.
More food for thought.