man who introduced the "other side" of the nazi UFOs and tried
to give them an alleged historical background
First book (1968)
Second Book (1969)
Third Book (1972)
The original books in Italian language
may be occasionally found in the Collector's Corner section of the UPIAR
Vesco's first book was reprinted in this volume edit by
David Childress, extended with some other material
The first Vesco's book has been published
also in the USA (1971 and 1974) and in Spain.
Two great Italian-language books about the history of
UFO sightings and the saga of "flying saucers" in 1950 and 1952,
in Italy and in the world. Both features long chapters about the claims
of would-be inventors of the "German saucers".
The 1950 Volume
The 1952 Volume
You can order both books at the UPIAR
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Born in Arona, Italy,
August 30, 1924
Renato Vesco (1924-1999) was born in Arona, a small
city on Lake Maggiore, in Northern Italy, but lived in Genoa, the
town where he died in 1999, completely alone. His education is not
clear: he claimed to be graduated as an "aeronautical techician",
but he claimed a different title in another occasion. Anyway, it
seems he didn't graduate at all.
Between late 1943 and 1945 he volunteered first
in M.S.V.N. (a military organization of the fascist government),
then in the Air Force of the "Repubblica di Salo'", the
northern part of Italy still allied with the Nazis. Though willing
to become a pilot, he worked in an office in Milan, before an early
training in Asti. After the war he was recalled in the new Italian
Air Force and extended his service until July 1947, serving as a
private at the airport of Galatina, near Lecce, in South Italy.
He later claimed his interest for UFOs was born just in July 1947,
in conjunction with the very first news about the "flying saucers"
Between 1956 and the early '60s he worked as an
engine technician onboard some merchant ships travelling around
the world, spending some time in the USA, Germany and some other
countries. Around mid '60s he returned to Genoa and remained there.
Many silly stories, rumours and wrong information
have been associated to Vesco. An "aeronautical engineer",
a very high-ranking officer at the Italian Ministery of Defence,
the head of the Nazi secret underground facilities at Lake Garda
(Northern Italy), and other unlikely positions like them.
For example (source: "Aerospace expert claims Flying Saucers
are Canada's Secret Weapon", ARGOSY, August 1969):
Renato Vesco is a fully liscensed aircraft engineer
and a specialist in aerospace and ramjet developements. He attended
the University of Rome and, before WWII, studied at the German Institute
for Aerial Developement. During the war, Vesco worked with the Germans
at the Fiat Lake Garda secret installations in Italy. In the 1960's,
he worked for the Italian Air Ministry of Defense as an undercover
technical agent, investigating the UFO mystery
The back cover of "Intercept byt don't shoot" says:
"Renato Vesco was born in Arona, Italy,
in 1924. A licensed pilot, in 1944 he commanded the technical section
of the Italian Air Force. In 1946-47 he served in the Reparto Tecnico
Caccia. Mr Vesco has been a senior member of the Italian Association
of Aerotechnics since 1943, and is a student of aeronautical problems,
particularly in the field of jet propulsion. He is a contributor
to various aeronautical publications"
Renato Vesco was a "flying saucer" designer
Between 1942 and 1944 Vesco developed a quite primitive
project of a stratospheric fast jet fighter: he introduced a 50-page
report to a Luftwaffe office in Gallarate, devoted to airplane engines,
but he never got feedback. Years later Vesco claimed that Germans
could have improved their developments of their round aircrafts
thanks to his own ideas and that the British, seizing the German's
blueprints, could have taken advantage themselves. He liked the
idea to be a contributor of the "flying saucers" somehow!
Anyway, it is not clear at all whether that wartime report included
also ideas about circular plane technology: as fas as we know it
was about a conventional jet fighter, while As a mattera
of fact Vesco developed his ideas for some "flying saucer"-like
aircrafts later, possibly between 1948 and 1949
The very first book of Renato Vesco was published in 1968,
but the original manuscript was ready since 1956. Because of job
engagements and the lack of interest from most but all Italian publishers
he stopped its publication and went on collecting more material
(actually the original book had to be published in 1958 by the same
publisher of a popular Italian aviation magazine, but this never
happened and produced some legal actions between Vesco and the publisher).
So he had enough material to write three large books.
The first one had a Spanish edition and two in US (1971, Grove and
1974, Zebra), soon becoming a reference work for most but all the
authors and researchers writing about the highly controversial subject
of German "flying saucers". In 1994, the book was nearly
fully reprinted within a book edited by D.Childress "Man-Made
Vesco planned a fourth book (titled "Luna Britannica",
namely "British Moon") and he started to stockpile a very
large quantity of reference material, during the '80s. Unfortunately,
the manuscript was never finished, also due to the deep disappointment
of Vesco for the "outer World".
It is likely Vesco developed his ideas about the "flying saucers"
as man made aircrafts built by the British in Canada - after seized
German blueprints - around 1953. The background came from many news
and rumours coming from the press, as well as aeronautical magazines
published between 1945 and 1947 about new fantastic possible achievements
and projects in space and aeronautics by the British. The background
came also from all the tale about the alleged "German saucers"
starting in 1950.
At first he joined the Belluzzo story (and the similar stories
provided by Lino Saglioni) about the concept of ramming discs launched
against the wings of Allied bombers (something oddly very next to
his own claimed project for a "flak mine"), but later
he came up with the "Kugelblitz" and "Feuerball"
stories. It is not clear how and when Vesco developed his claims
about these two revolutionary aircrafts. As far as we know, he never
quoted a direct source for his information. Actually he is the only
known source around for them. For example, in 1963 he claimed that
there were about a dozen of "Feuerball" (an anti-radar
round aircraft) deployed on the western front and later destroyed
by the SS detachment who was operating them
In 1956 (at the time of his first manuscript) he was already convinced
that the British had been operating "flying saucers" based
on German technology (or even his own, due to his war project ...
!) and flying to the Moon since 1950 and likely even to Mars.