MO41: The Bombshell Before Roswell

As some of you know, on April 29 I’m going to be interviewing author Paul Blake Smith about his book “MO41 The Bombshell Before Roswell” about the 1941 Cape Girardeau, Missouri UFO crash on Bigfoots Pad LIVE! When I was trying to find more information on the event, everything that came up appeared to be the same general story repeated over and over until I found this book. Paul is a life-long Cape Girardeau resident, and he got to do some great interviews with individuals who wouldn’t have seen the light of day unless you knew where to look. That’s what makes this book so great. I’m going to try and talk about the incident and Paul’s book as best as I can without giving the whole book away.

The popular story of the crash that appears on the internet, which Paul also covers in much more detail in his book revolves around a reverend named William Huffman. Huffman was awakened one night by the telephone ringing and the voice on the other end of the phone telling him that an airplane had crashed on a farm outside of town and that he was needed to perform final rights on the crash victims. Huffman was a Baptist minister, not a Catholic priest, but he agrees to come along and provide his services and see what he could do. Soon after the phone call, an ununiformed police officer (or his neighbor who was the Justice of Peace across the street says Paul) knocks on the door and the two leave Huffman’s house for the crash site.

Huffman described the crash site as being roughly 15 miles outside of Cape Girardeau on a rural farm. When Huffman and the police officer are driving towards the crash site, they see the road is congested up ahead with various vehicles both emergency first responders and civilian parked alongside the road. They park their car and walk towards where the commotion is, and they see something spectacular… a spaceship!

The description of the disc is sort of vague, but what is mentioned in the book is that the craft resembled a silver metallic disc, which was damaged, and partially stuck in the ground. When Huffman and his driver were approaching the disc, they noticed small fires and pieces of metal were strewn about. First responders, the fire department specifically were already on the scene before Huffman arrived and were trying to put out the fires. Someone, they aren’t exactly sure who, had taken the three occupants of the craft out of the wreckage and laid them out in a nearby field. Two of the three occupants of the craft were deceased when Huffman arrived and the third was dying, breathing shallow breaths. Huffman prays over the occupants of the craft starting with the last living ET and then all hell broke loose.

Sometime after Huffman prays over the ETs, a group of military vehicles arrive, and take over the site. All civilians are ordered to leave immediately! Huffman eventually leaves the site and tells his family about his encounter when he gets dropped off back at his home later that night. Huffman only tells a select few family members and carries the story to his grave. Most of the Huffman eyewitness account was told to Paul by his granddaughter Charlotte Man who Paul interviewed extensively.

The story doesn’t end there.…

After the crash frenzy settled down William Huffman was given a photo of two men holding one of the dead ETs in a field from the night of the crash. There is a lot of speculation who the photographer was and how the photo emerged, but Paul thinks it was a local photographer whose name escapes me at the moment. The photo was brought out occasionally at Huffman family gatherings for years until it was loaned out and never returned. Paul’s book talks about how investigators tried tracking down the photo to no avail. The photo remains the holy grail of the whole case! If that photo were to reappear, that would be amazing!

Paul interviews many residents who remember the 1941 crash with varying results. Some locals who were living in the area at that time remember the crash / knew people who were involved one way or another and are willing to talk about what they know openly. Others seem to remember the incident vaguely and briefly mention it as if it were local folklore. Paul throws it all out there in the book. First, second, thirdhand accounts, basically whatever he could get his hands on are mentioned. Some critics don’t like this approach, but you need to remember, this event happened more than 80 years ago, and that makes eyewitness accounts harder to come by.  

The exact location of the crash site remains a local secret. From what Paul describes, the site is located south of Cape Girardeau on a rural farm. There are 2 or 3 specific places where locals pinpoint the crash site. The main site that most people agree online and in Paul’s book place the location near the small town of Chaffee, Missouri. I personally haven’t investigated this incident as an investigator trying to get to the bottom of things, so I can’t confirm or deny the information as to where this happened.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the UFO crash recovery cases. It seems like most UFO crash books are all about Roswell. I get tired of reading 100 Roswell books that all say the same thing. This book is a breath of fresh air in the topic of crash retrievals, an event that you don’t hear about too often. “MO41: The Bombshell Before Roswell” dives deep into a little-known UFO crash from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Paul Blake Smith did a great job with his research, and I applaud him on his work.

If you want to watch the interview between myself and Paul, you can watch it live on April 29 at 7:00 P.M. Pacific. The link to the show is here!

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