On reaching land, Bunger flew west for a time, then, coming up over the
featureless, white horizon, he saw a dark, bare area which Byrd later described
as "a land of blue and green lakes and brown hills in an otherwise limitless
expanse of ice." (18)
Bunger and his men carefully reconnoitred the area before
racing back to the Currituck with news of their find. The ‘oasis’ they had
discovered covered an area of some three hundred square miles of the continent
and contained three large, open water lakes along with a number of smaller
lakes. These lakes were separated by masses of barren, reddish-brown rocks
possibly indicating the presence of iron ore.
Several days later, Bunger returned to the area, and found that
the water was warm to the touch and the lake itself was filled with red, blue
and green algae giving it a distinctive colour. Bunger filled a bottle with the
water which later "turned out to be brackish, a clue to the fact that the ‘lake’
was actually an arm of the open sea." (19)
This is important for two reasons; warm, inland lakes connected
to the surrounding oceans would be perfect for submarines to hide within, and
similar lakes have been noted in Neu-Schwabenland, the site of the alleged Nazi
base. There is no conclusive evidence of a Nazi base on Antarctica,
however that something untoward was happening on, or around, the frozen
continent appears, on balance of probabilities, to be likely. The evidence is
i) The Germans invaded and claimed part
of Antarctica on the very eve of the war when all of their activity was
geared towards the war machine and the establishment of a 1000-year
ii) There was ongoing ship and
submarine activity in the South Atlantic and polar regions throughout and
after the war had apparently ended.
iii) The US invaded the continent
itself with considerable naval resources leaving mainland America exposed
and vulnerable as the world edged into the Cold War. The task force limped
home as if defeated only weeks later, and the local South American press
wrote of such a defeat.
iv) Admiral Byrd spoke of objects that
could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds being based on
v) Hundreds of thousands of Germans and
numerous U-boats were missing at the end of the
The connection between Antarctica and the UFO phenomenon was
sealed with claims made by one Albert K. Bender who stated that he "went into
the fantastic and came up with an answer … I know what the saucers are."
Albert Bender ran an organisation called the ‘International
Flying Saucer Bureau’ a small UFO organisation based in Connecticut, USA and
he also edited a publication known as the ‘Space Review’ which was
committed to the dissemination of news about UFOs.
In truth, the organisation had only
a small membership and the publication circulated amongst hundreds rather than
thousands, but that its members and readers valued it was in little doubt. The
publication itself advocated that flying saucers were spacecraft of
Then, in the October 1953 edition of ‘Space Review’,
there were two major announcements. The first was headed ‘Late Bulletin’
and stated "A source which the IFSB considers very reliable has informed us that
the investigation of the flying saucer mystery and the solution is approaching
final stages. This same source to whom we had referred data, which had come into
our possession, suggested that it was not the proper method and time to publish
the data in Space Review."
The second announcement read "Statement of Importance: The mystery of the
flying saucers is no longer a mystery. The source is already known, but any
information about this is being withheld by order from a higher source. We
would like to print the full story in Space Review, but because of the nature of
the information we are very sorry that we have been advised in the negative."
The statement ended in the sentence "We advise those engaged in saucer work to
please be very cautious." These announcements were of little significance in themselves.
What gained them wider attention was the fact that immediately after publishing
this October 1953 issue, Bender suspended further publication of the magazine
and closed the IFSB down without any further explanation.
Bender might have known "what the flying saucers" were, but he later revealed in
a local newspaper interview that he was keeping his knowledge a secret following
a visit by three men who apparently confirmed he was right about his UFO theory,
but put him in sufficient fear to immediately close down his organisation and
cease publication of the journal.
It has been argued that the story
of being visited by three strangers and being ‘warned off’ was a front to close
a publication that was losing money, however the fact that Bender had been
"scared to death" and "actually couldn’t eat for a couple of days" was verified
by his friends and associates.