(MATILDA O'DONNELL MACELROY PERSONAL NOTE)
"Shortly after I finished recounting the previous interview with
Airl to the stenographer, I was summoned urgently to the office of
the Commanding Officer of the base. I was escorted by four heavily
armed military policemen. When I arrived, I was asked to be seated
in a very large, make-shift office that had been arranged with a
conference table and chairs. In the office were several dignitaries
I had seen at various times in "the gallery". I recognized a few of
them because they were famous men.
I was introduced to these men, which included:
Army Air Force Secretary Symington,
229 (Footnote) General Nathan
Twining, 230 (Footnote) General Jimmy Doolittle,
General Vandenberg, 232 (Footnote) and General Norstad.
Much to my surprise Charles Lindbergh
234 (Footnote) was also in the
office. Secretary Symington explained to me that Mr. Lindberg was
there as a consultant to the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.
There were several other men present in the room who were not
introduced. I assume these men were personal aides to the officers
or agents of some intelligence service.
All of this sudden attention, not only from the Secretary and
generals, but from such world famous people as Mr. Lindbergh, and
General Doolittle, made me realize how critically important my role
as an "interpreter" for Airl was, as seen through the eyes of
others. Until this time I was not really aware of this except in an
peripheral sense. I suppose this was because I was so absorbed in
details of the extraordinary situation. Suddenly, I began to grasp
the magnitude of my role. I think that the presence of these men in
that meeting was intended, in part, to impress me with this fact!
The Secretary instructed me not to be nervous. He said that I was
not in any trouble. He asked me if I thought the alien would be
willing to answer a list of questions they had prepared. He
explained that they were very eager to discover many more details
about Airl, the flying disc, The Domain, and many other subjects
that Airl had disclosed in the interview transcripts. Of course,
they were mainly interested in questions relating to the military
security and the construction of the flying disc.
I told them that I was very sure that Airl had not changed her mind
about answering questions, as nothing had changed that would cause
her to trust the intentions of the men in the gallery. I repeated
that Airl had communicated everything that she was willing and at
liberty to discuss already.
In spite of this, they insisted that I would ask Airl again if she
would answer questions. And, if the answer was still "NO", I was to
ask her if she would be willing to read the written copies of the
transcripts of my interview "translations". They wanted to know if
Airl would verify that my understanding and translation of our
interviews was correct.
Since Airl could read English very fluently, the Secretary asked if
they could be allowed to observe for themselves while Airl read the
transcripts, and verify that they were correct in writing. They
wanted her to write on a copy of the transcript whether the
"translations" were correct, or not, and make a note of anything
that was not accurate on the transcripts.
Of course, I had no choice
but to obey orders and I did exactly what the Secretary requested.
I was given a copy of the transcripts, with a signature page, which
I was to show to Airl. After Airl completed her review, I was also
directed to request that Airl sign the cover-page, attesting that
all of the translations in the transcripts were correct, as amended
About an hour later I entered the interview room, as instructed,
with copies of the transcripts and signature page to deliver to Airl
as the members of the gallery, including the Generals, (and Mr.
Lindberg also, I presume) and others watched through the glass of
the gallery room.
I went to my usual seat, sitting 4 or 5 feet across from Airl. I
presented the envelope of transcripts to Airl, and passed on the
instructions I had received from the Secretary, telepathically. Airl
looked at me, and looked at the envelope, without accepting it.
"If you have read them and they are accurate in you own
estimation, there is no need for me to review them also. The
translations are correct. You can tell your commander that you have
faithfully conveyed a record of our communication."
I assured Airl that I had read them, and they were exact recordings
of everything I told the transcription typist.
"Will you sign the cover page then?", I asked.
"No, I will not.", said Airl.
"May I ask why not?", I said.
I was a little confused as to why she
wasn't willing to do such a simple thing.
"If your commander does not trust his own staff to make an honest
and accurate report to him, what confidence will my signature on the
page give him? Why will he trust an ink mark on a page made by an
officer of The Domain, if he does not trust his own, loyal staff?"
I didn't quite know what to say to that.
I couldn't argue with Airl's logic, and I couldn't force her to sign the document either.
I sat in my chair for a minute wondering what to do next. I thanked
Airl and told her I needed to go ask my superiors for further
instructions. I placed the envelope of the transcripts in the inside
breast pocket of my uniform jacket and began to rise from my chair.
At that moment the door from the gallery room slammed open! Five
heavily armed military police rushed into the room! A man in a white
laboratory coat followed closely behind them. He pushed a small cart
that carried a box-shaped machine with a lot of dials on the face of
Before I could react, two of the MPs grabbed Airl and held her
firmly down in the overstuffed chair she had been sitting on since
the first day of our interviews together. The two other MPs grabbed
my shoulders and pushed me back down on my chair and held me there.
The other MP stood directly in front of Airl, pointing a rifle
directly at her, not more than six inches from her head.
The man in the lab coat quickly wheeled the cart behind Airl's
chair. He deftly placed a circular head band over Airl's head and
turned back to the machine on the cart.
Suddenly, he shouted the
The soldiers who were holding Airl released her. At that instant I
saw Airl's body stiffen and shudder. This lasted for about 15 or 20
seconds. The machine operator turned a knob on the machine and
Airl's body slumped back into the chair. After a few seconds he
turned the knob again and Airl's body stiffened as before. He
repeated the same process several more times.
I sat in my chair, being held down all the while by the MPs. And I
didn't understand what was going on. I was terrified and transfixed
by what was happening! I couldn't believe it!
After a few minutes several other men wearing white lab coats
entered the room. They briefly examined Airl who was now slumped
listlessly in the chair. They mumbled a few words to each other. One
of the men waved to the gallery window. A gurney was immediately
rolled into the room by two attendants. These men lifted Airl's limp
body onto the gurney, strapped her down across her chest and arms,
and rolled it out of the room.
I was immediately escorted out of the interview room by the MPs and
taken directly to my quarters, where I was locked in my room with
the MPs remaining at guard outside the door.
After about half an hour there was a knock at the door to my
quarters. When I opened it General Twining entered, together with
the machine operator in the white lab coat. The General introduced
the man to me as Dr. Wilcox. 235 (Footnote). He asked me to
accompany him and the doctor.
We left the room, followed by the MPs.
After several twists and turns through the complex we entered a
small room where Airl had been wheeled on the gurney.
The General told me that Airl and The Domain were considered to be a
very great military threat to the United States. Airl had been
"immobilized" so that she could not depart and return to her base,
as she said she would do in the interview. It would be a very grave
risk to national security to allow Airl to report what she observed
during her time at the base. So, it had been determined that
decisive action was needed to prevent this.
The General asked me if I understood why this was necessary.
that I did, although I most certainly did not agree that it was the
least bit necessary and I certainly did not agree with the "surprise
attack" on Airl and me in the interview room! However, I said
nothing about this to the General because I was very afraid of what
might happen to me and Airl if I protested.
Dr. Wilcox asked me to approach the gurney and stand next to Airl.
Airl lay perfectly still and unmoving on the bed. I could not tell
whether she was alive or dead. Several other men in white lab coats,
who I assumed were also doctors, stood on the opposite side of the
bed. They had connected two pieces of monitoring equipment to Airl's
head, arms and chest.
One of these devices I recognized from my
training as a surgical nurse as an EEG machine 236 (Footnote) which
is used to detect electrical activity in the brain. The other device
was a normal hospital room vital signs monitor, which I knew would
be useless since Airl did not have a biological body.
Dr. Wilcox explained to me that he had administered a series of
"mild" electroshocks to Airl in an attempt to subdue her long enough
to allow the military authorities time to evaluate the situation and
determine what to do with Airl.
He asked me to attempt to communicate with Airl, telepathically.
I tried for several minutes but couldn't sense any communication
from Airl. I couldn't even sense whether Airl was present in the
body any longer!
"I think you must have killed her", I said to the doctor.
Dr. Wilcox told me that they would keep Airl under observation and
that I would be asked to return later to try to establish
communication with Airl again."
229 "...General Symington,"...
His first positions were chairman of
the Surplus Property Board (1945), administrator of the Property
Administration (1945-1946) and Assistant Secretary of War for
Air (1946-1947). On September 18, 1947, the Office of the
Secretary of the Air Force was created and
Symington became the first Secretary. Symington once formally
requested a report from military sources regarding the possible
existence of subterranean super humans.
230 "...General Nathan Twining, ..."
He was named commander of the Air Materiel Command, and in 1947
he took over Alaskan Air Command. In 1947, Twining was asked to
study UFO reports; he recommended that a formal study of the
phenomenon take place; Project Sign was the result. When Hoyt
Vandenberg retired in mid-1953, Twining was selected as chief;
during his tenure, massive retaliation based on airpower became
the national strategy. In 1957, President Eisenhower appointed
Twining chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
231 "... General Jimmy Doolittle,
"Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the US entry into
World War II, Doolittle was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on
January 2, 1942, and went to Headquarters Army Air Force to plan
the first aerial raid on the Japanese homeland. He volunteered
and received Gen. H.H. Arnold's approval to lead the attack of
16 B-25 medium bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet,
with targets in Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya. It was the first
and only combat mission of his military career.
Doolittle received the Medal of Honor, presented by President
Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House, for planning and
leading the successful operation. The Doolittle Raid is viewed
by historians as a major public-relations victory for the United
States. Although the amount of damage done to Japanese war
industry was minor, the raid showed the Japanese their homeland
was not invulnerable.
Doolittle was portrayed by Spencer Tracy in the 1944 film Thirty
Seconds Over Tokyo and by Alec Baldwin in the 2001 film Pearl
Harbor, in which the Doolittle raid was depicted.
On May 10, 1946, Doolittle reverted to inactive reserve status
and returned to Shell Oil as a vice president, and later as a
director. He was the highest-ranking reserve officer to serve in
the U.S. military in World War II."
In March 1951, he was appointed a special assistant to the Air
Force chief of staff, serving as a civilian in scientific
matters which led to Air Force ballistic missile and space
"He retired from Air Force duty on February 28, 1959 but
continued to serve his country as Chairman of the Board of Space
232 "...General Vandenberg..."
Lieutenant General Vandenberg was designated vice chief of staff
of the Air Force on October 1, 1947, and promoted to the rank of
233 "... General Norstad..."
"On October 1, 1947, following the division of the War
Department into the Departments of The Army and The Air Force,
General Norstad was appointed deputy chief of staff for
operations of the Air Force."
234 "... Charles Lindbergh was also
in the office..."
"Charles Lindbergh gained sudden great international fame as the
first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He flew from
Roosevelt Airfield in Garden City, New York, to Paris (Le
Bourget Airport) on 20 May - 21 May 1927 in 33.5 hours. His
plane was the single-engine aircraft, The Spirit of St. Louis.
Lindbergh's accomplishment won him the Orteig Prize; more
significant than the prize money was the acclaim that resulted
from his daring flight. A ticker-tape parade was held for him
down 5th Avenue in New York City on 13 June 1927.
His public stature following this flight was such that he became
an important voice on behalf of aviation activities, including
the central committee of the National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics in the United States. The massive publicity
surrounding him and his flight boosted the aircraft industry and
made a skeptical public take air travel seriously. Lindbergh is
recognized in aviation for demonstrating and charting polar
air-routes, high altitude flying techniques, and increasing
aircraft flying range by decreasing fuel consumption. These
innovations are the basis of modern intercontinental air travel.
In his six months during WW II in the Pacific in 1944, Lindbergh
took part in fighter bomber raids on Japanese positions, flying
about 50 combat missions (as a civilian). The U.S. Marine and
Army Air Force pilots who served with Lindbergh admired and
respected him, praising his courage and defending his
After World War II he lived quietly in Connecticut as a
consultant both to the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and
to Pan American World Airways. His 1953 book The Spirit of St.
Louis, recounting his non-stop transatlantic flight, won the
Pulitzer Prize in 1954.
Dwight D. Eisenhower restored Lindbergh s assignment with the
Army Air Corps and made him a Brigadier General in 1954. In that
year, he served on the Congressional advisory panel set up to
establish the site of the United States Air Force Academy. In
December 1968, he visited the crew of Apollo 8 on the eve of the
first manned spaceflight to leave earth orbit.
From the 1960s on, Lindbergh became an advocate for the
conservation of the natural world, campaigning to protect
endangered species like humpback and blue whales, was
instrumental in establishing protections for the "primitive"
Filipino group the Tasaday and African tribes, and supporting
the establishment of a national park. While studying the native
flora and fauna of the Philippines, he also became involved in
an effort to protect the Philippine eagle.
In his final years, Lindbergh became troubled that the world was
out of balance with its natural environment; he stressed the
need to regain that balance, and spoke against the introduction
of supersonic airliners.
Lindbergh s speeches and writings later in life emphasized his
love of both technology and nature, and a lifelong belief that
"all the achievements of mankind have value only to the extent
that they preserve and improve the quality of life."
In a 1967 Life magazine article, he said, "The human future
depends on our ability to combine the knowledge of science with
the wisdom of wildness."
235 "...Dr. Wilcox..."
Paul h. Wilcox, M. D. The Traverse City State Hospital, Traverse
Is the author of the following article, published in the
American Journal of Psychiatry in August of 1947:
"A Review of Over 23,000
Treatments Using Unidirectional Currents
1. Forty percent of the most chronic patients showed
significant improvement in ward behavior if adequately and
repeatedly treated with suitable type of electroshock
therapy. Relapses must be treated whenever they occur over
months and years.
2. At least 60% of early cases, aged 60 or under, were
rehabilitated within 1 year when adequately treated and 65%
by the end of the second year after the start of treatment.
3. Adequate treatment means intensive treatment until the
expected improvement has occurred and intensive treatment of
relapses when they occur. No patient, otherwise suitable who
still is not rehabilitated after 1 year, has had an adequate
trial of treatment with less than 20 treatments.
4. An ideal therapy is one which achieves beneficial results
without causing accumulating brain damage, thus permitting
its use repeatedly for years if necessary.
5. This ideal is approached by the relatively low intensity
60-cycle pulsating direct current used in the treatment of
the patients reviewed in this paper. This technique also has
been accompanied by an exceptionally low percentage of
-- Reference: American Journal of
Psychiatry 104:100-112, August 1947, doi:
10.1176/appi.ajp.104.2.100 © 1947 American Psychiatric
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the
measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain as
recorded from electrodes placed on the scalp. (EEG) is the
measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain as
recorded from electrodes placed on the scalp.