VOI. 2 No. I SUMMER 1967
BRITISH U.F.O. RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
The BRITISH UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT
(Incorporating the London U.F.O. Research Organisation, founded 1959,
and the British U.F.O. Association, founded 1962).
THE BUFORA JOURNAL AND BULLETIN
Volume 2 Number 1 Summer 1967
(including presentation sheet of UFO photographs)
Editorial ... ... ... ... • 2
Signals from Space ... ... ... ... ... 3
Personal Column ... ... ... ... ... 4
BUFORA Chairman’s letter to Dr. E. U. Condon ... 5
Leys, Orthotenies & the UFOs ... ... ... 6
Letters to the Editor ... ... ... ... 8
BUFORA A.G.M., 1967 . 10
Book Reviews ... ... ... ... ... II
Notes & Quotes ... ... ... ... ... 12
UFO Activity in Brazil - 1965 ... ... ... 14
Association Jottings ... ... ... ... 15
UFO Miscellany ... ... ... ... ... 16
BUFORA Late News . 18
Regional Information Officers ... ... ... 19
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Flying Object phenomena.
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If, as many of us have been led by prolonged observation and study to
conclude, UFOs are extra-terrestrial spacecraft piloted or controlled by alien
intelligences, the class of narratives referred to in the jargon of UFO-research as
‘contact’ and ‘operator’ reports assumes major importance. It would seem to be
a fair assumption that, if there are visitors from remote worlds ‘up there,’ they
must sometimes come down to earth and land.
Unfortunately, this particular field of investigation offers ample scope for both
fraud and self-deception and one is bound to admit that cranks and lunatics on the
one hand and devotees of the ‘easy buck’ on the other, have not failed to take
advantage of the opportunities. Faced with an indigestible mess of often mutually
irreconcilable stories, ranging all the way from the credible through the dubious to
the ludicrous, some societies of UFO-researchers, like Major Keyhoe’s NICAP, have
cut the Gordian Knot by refusing to investigate ‘contact’ tales at all. One may
sympathise with the attitude-of-mind thus expressed but the feeling within BUFORA
would seem to be — happily in my view — that condemnation of an entire class
of narratives without investigation may result in a state of affairs in which the baby
is thrown out along with the bath-water !
There are, of course, ‘contact' reports which are so wild and improbable as
hardly to merit the labour of an enquiry into them. Open-mindedness is not the
same thing as credulity and the serious UFO-researcher has no business chasing
around the country-side checking on fairy tales ! Beyond this, a given narrative
must be assessed on its merits. My own conclusion, as of now, is that no existing
‘contactee account is deserving of full credence. Most are transparent fictions but
a few may contain a small nucleus of fact obscured by layers of invention,
imagination and pseudo-religious speculation.
So-called ‘operator’ reports, where a person sees a UFO on the ground with
alien denizens in the immediate vicinity and does NOT proceed to weave his or
her experience into the stuff of a cult, are deserving of serious attention. When
many such reports are examined and all or most of them are found to embody
common features, it becomes possible cautiously to frame a number of hypotheses.
Firstly, almost all ‘operator’ stories represent the UFO-denizens as humanoid in
physical type. The ‘bug-eyed monsters' beloved of science-fiction writers are con¬
spicuous by their absence from the class of reports under review.
(a) Humanoids of normal proportions and appearance,
(b) ‘Little Men’ of varying stature and type.
There are a handful of reports of very large entities but these unquestionably relate
to mechanical robots and not to living creatures. This was suggested by the skid¬
marks at the scene of the Flatwoods landing of 1952 in West Virginia. It was
confirmed by the Cisco Grove, (California), case of 1964.
The ‘Little Men’ have featured in a flood of fictitious tales, stemming from
the one told, apparently in good faith, by Frank Scully in 1950. (Scully’s mis-
leaders, the ‘con-men’ Newton and ‘Gee,’ apparently derived their inspiration from
the Fitzgerald and Garney report of August 1949). Some are hairy and vicious,
as in various Venezuelan and French reports of 1954 -’55. Others are possessed
of abnormally large craniums, as were the visitants of Valensole. Others again are
diminutive replicas of normal humanoids. Over-development of specific organs,
not infrequently encountered, suggests specialisation, as does the stereotyped
behaviour-pattern associated with most ‘Little Men’ reports. It appears to me that
the ‘Little Men’ are, in all likelihood, ‘biological robots,’ i.e. living automata bred
and conditioned to perform specific tasks such as the collection of geological and
biological specimens from planetary surfaces.
This — excluding from consideration certain highly speculative possibilities
mooted by Michel and others — leaves us with the humanoids of normal proportions
and appearance as the true ‘operators’ and UFO-denizens behind the phenomena in
our skies. These too, insofar as our reports can be relied upon, are a ‘mixed bag,’
albeit the reported variations in stature, colour of hair, shape of face, etc., are not
greater than those which confront us in the range of human types on earth. There
is, after all, little enough in common between a pygmy and one of those giant
Patagonian natives now extinct but frequently seen by navigators of earlier centuries
in the latitude of Cape Horn.
Logical deduction suggests that a number of space-travelling races may be
engaged in the current surveillance of our planet. Could it be, perhaps, that these
races, or most of them, form two great confederations of UFO-denizens and that
these confederations stand behind the two major Power Blocs presently existing on
Earth unbeknown, of course, to the protagonists of the rival political ideologies
This is not, as has been suggested, to seek to play ‘Cowboys and Indians’ on
a Galactic scale. It is simply to suggest that a race may break out of the grip of
its natal planet as a fully-developed unit, spiritually as well as mentally mature, or
may effect the break-out while in a condition of mental activity and spiritual
atrophy - in other words, sunk in materialism. Readers can work out the impli¬
cations of these ideas for themselves.
Small countries sometimes manage to preserve their neutrality in wartime
because it is in the interests of both combatants to avoid involving them. May not
the failure of the UFO-denizens to make direct contact with humanity, stem from
the fact that it is advantageous, at present, to permit the Earth to retain the status
of a Galactic Neutral’ in a battle of Cosmic proportions ?
SIGNALS FROM SPACE
On the evening of April 12 1965, two Soviet radio-astronomers, Gennedy
Sholomitsky and Dr. Nikolai Lardashev, claimed that they had received signals from
a super-civilization far out on the edge of the observable universe. For over a year
the two astronomers had analysed signals from one of the new quasi-stellar object
radio sources known as CTA-102, and discovered that the emissions followed a
regular pattern of ‘flickerings’ repeated once every 100 days. This claim was met
with considerable scepticism from the majority of Western scientists and within a
few days nothing more was heard of the matter.
However, it appears that Soviet radio-astronomers have not been idle during the
past two years. Last summer, proposals were forwarded to the secretary-general of
the International Astronomical Union bv Soviet scientists detailing a possible inter¬
national research programme to look for signals from extra-terrestrial civilizations. (1)
The plan was to concentrate on a search for signals in a narrow frequency band,
in the range of centimetre waves most suitable for interstellar communications. The
Russian astronomers suggested wavelengths of 10-5, 5-2 and 2 - 6 cm. (Note that
these are all dividends ot 21 cm. — the emission wavelength of interstellar hydrogen,
and the one most likely to be studied by alien radio-astronomers). The search was
to have been restricted to a radius of 1000 light-years from Earth — a volume in
which there are at least ten million stars. The scientists believed that it would take
only five years to complete the survey if all the radio-telescopes of sufficient power
in the world were used, but over 30 years if only one receiver was employed.
This however was only the first part of the programme. The second part
involved cataloguing all sources of radiation, in the millimetre and centimetre wave¬
lengths in the Universe, and searching for possible call-signals amongst ail this
radiation. This work would have been carried out day and night with the aid of
large radio-telescopes and computers, and could have been completed in about five
years. It would have run in conjunction with the first part of the plan.
These proposals, although rejected, were all very reminiscent of the American
Project Ozma of 1960, but were much more advanced in scope.
With all the UFO activity in the world, both now and during the past few
years, it is interesting to note that Soviet scientists of high repute are turning their
attention to the problems of extra-terrestrial communication.
It was reported some months ago that two leading Russian radio-astronomers
had been elected to the Order of the Dolphin. (2) The Order is a band of twenty
scientists who, despite opposition from their colleagues, firmly believe in the exist¬
ence of extra-terrestrial civilizations and study the problems of communicating with
them. Unfortunately, both scientists have refused to disclose their names to the
Press, but one is reported to have said, “Even a few years ago, it would have been
fatal to one’s scientific reputation to take up problems of extra-terrestrial civilizations.
The members of the Order, from its very foundation, realised that some of our
colleagues were prepared to laugh at us. But we are optimistic. Trying to apply
exact methods, we shall advance by small steps, without any ballyhoo.”
These activities, together with others in the past, (3) seem to indicate that the
Soviet Union is deeply interested in the possible existence of extra-terrestrial civil¬
izations. Perhaps, the announcement of signals from CTA - 102 was only a test to
see what the world’s reaction would be to such news. We cannot tell, but some
day the truth will be known — and that day is not so very far in the future.
R. A. Jahn.
(1) Extra-terrestrial Communication, Spaceflight, July 1966.
(2) Order of the Dolphin, ibid.
(3) Flying Saucer Review, May - June 1965.
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BUFORA’S CHAIRMAN WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO UFO INVESTIGATION PANEL,
Dr. E. U. CONDON.
Colorado/UFO. Dr. G. G. Doel. Chairman, B.U.F.O.R.A.
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It is with great interest that we of the British Unidentified Flying Object
Research Association learn of the untiring efforts which are being made in your
country to discover the true facts underlying the frequently reported appearances of
unidentified flying objects in the skies of the World.
As Chairman of this Association I have been requested to offer our services in
any way you may deem helpful to your investigations which we understand are
designed to unravel the tangled mass of evidence pointing to the existence of these
objects which is now available from all over the world.
We in the British Isles have not yet succeeded in obtaining open co-operation
from Governmental Authorities in our researches in spite of the fact we have an
immense amount of evidence to place before them. Many of our active members
are scientists and we are gradually recruiting more and more persons of high
scientific and philosophical standing who are prepared to weigh this evidence with
unbiassed minds. We are evidently far from obtaining official and financial backing
which is needed before we are able to mount a full scale inquiry under a recognised
scientific body although we have active UFO study groups all over the Country and
at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
We are most impressed and relieved that in America there has been sufficient
Governmental interest to set up your Investigating Commission under the University
of Colorado into the nature of these Unidentified Flying Objects and offer you freely
the services of our Research Association. We are also in touch with other European
UFO study Groups and Societies and with Australia which has a remarkable number
of ‘sightings’ to its credit.
Our Research and Investigation departments have collected evidence for several
years which is at your disposal. We trust that we shall be priviledged to help your
investigations in any way we can.
Enclosed please find some of our Lecture Programmes and a short account of
the origins and aims of the Association so that you may be satisfied that B.U.F.O.R.A.
is^ an earnest Scientific body .... not a bunch of cranks or cultists. The British
Unidentified Flying Object Research Association sends congratulations to you on
being the first properly instituted Governmental Commission set up to study UFOs,
and wish you every success in your researches.
We hope that you will allow us to join you in this unique Project the results
of which may well be of unprecedented importance to the whole world.
On behalf of B.U.F.O.R.A. I remain, yours faithfully
Geoffrey Doel. M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.M.R.E.
LEYS, ORTHOTENIES & THE UFOs
It would be idle to deny that Alfred Watkins, author of, “The Old Straight
Track,” was a distinguished pioneer in the field of Photography. Unfortunately, to
judge from his spare-time activities, he was considerably less knowledgeable in the
field of Prehistoric Archaeology. An expert in one field of scientific research may
be the veriest tyro in another. This is a fact seldom realised by the non-expert.
If we are to believe in the extensive network of straight prehistoric trackways
visualised by Watkins as existing in this Country, two things have first to be
demonstrated. Firstly, it must be shown that the pre-Roman inhabitants of Britain
were capable of planning and executing a complicated trackway-system of this kind.
Secondly, assuming that they possessed the requisite technical competence to under¬
take the work, it must be shown that they had a sound motive for undertaking it.
As to the first point, the descriptions of Britain found in such classical
historians as Tacitus and Caesar paint a picture of a rude, semi-barbaric Cukure,
akin to, if less advanced than, that of Gaul in the early days of the Roman occu¬
pation. Britain in 70 B.C. was a land of forests, swamps and barren downlands,
inhabited by warring tribes who derived such refinements of culture as they possessed
from their intercourse with the Gauls, who, in their turn, were subject to the
civilizing influence of Rome.
Enthusiasts will no doubt claim that the Romans deprecated the British Culture
in order to boost their own. The short answer is that plenty of people in Rome
had been to Britain, or knew others who had. A major falsification of the facts
would not have gone unremarked or uncorrected.
If it is suggested that the Watkins network of trackways was the work of a
vanished Culture which flourished at an earlier epoch, why did not the Roman
writers remark on the many remains of such a Culture which must, ex hypothesi..
have still existed in their time and ought not to be wholly absent in ours ? The
majestic but crudely-hewn monoliths of Stonehenge are the only major relics of a
pre-Roman Culture in Britain really deserving of note. They are by no means
unimposing, certainly, but against the towering grandeur of the Temple of Amon-Ra
at Thebes, or the mighty Sun Temple at Baalbek, they appear as the erections of a
comparatively primitive People.
On the second point, prehistoric men did not construct roads or trackways in
order to perpetuate memories of lost Atlantis, or to mark the passage of UFOs, or
for any of the romantic reasons often adduced by well-meaning persons who seek,
in the mythical labyrinths of an idealised Past, escape from the ugly realities of a
harsh Present and relief from the terrors of an uncertain Future. Their object was
much more utilitarian, in short, to get themselves and their livestock from A to B,
as quickly and safely as possible.
A prehistoric man who attempted to drive his animals from A to B in a
straight line would almost certainly get into serious difficulties. He would lose
some of his stock in bogs or thickets. Others would drown in attempting to pass
a river. As a matter of fact, known prehistoric trackways wind all over the place.
They skirt bogs, meander round steep hills, follow a river bank to the nearest ford.
On long journeys, prehistoric men followed the ridgeways, the crests of hill-systems.
This provided a measure of security, in that visibility at any given stage of the
journey was better than on low ground and wild animals or robbers had perforce
to launch an attack uphill. In wet weather, too, natural drainage prevented the
passage of men and animals from converting the track into a quagmire.
I am, of course, aware of the superficially convincing plans which Ley-Hunters
draw to demonstrate the reality of their alleged system of straight tracks. They
forget that these Islands supported a comparatively dense population from, say,
5,000 B.C. A long line of generations left their mark on the land, in the shape
of burial mounds and barrows, earthworks, monoliths and the like. When all sorts
of Roman, Mediaeval and even later structures are pressed into service, on the
partially accurate hypothesis that our ancestors tended to build on the derelict sites
of their predecessors’ works, the whole business becomes one huge reductio ad
absurdum. It would be all but impossible to extend a line for any distance, in any
direction, on a map of Britain, without its cutting several early sites of one kind or
The process is somewhat analogous to that which resulted in early astronomers
dividing the stars into constellations. Lines were drawn between bright stars which
were, of course, wholly unconnected with each other in any real sense, so that
shapes of men, objects and animals were formed arbitrarily. The human mind has
a tendency to link unconnected things in imaginary patterns — probably a sub¬
conscious mechanism arising out of the basic insecurity which niggles most human
beings when confronted with the vast and apparently chaotic variety of natural
UFOs rnay or may not manifest a more than casual interest in prehistoric sites.
It is interesting, if no more, that the ‘Great Ridgeway’ from the West runs by the
site of the Charlton ‘crater’ of 1963, northward to Heytesbury and beyond, then
bends sharply eastward between Battlesbury and Cradle Hill near Warminster. It
runs across the Plain to Imber, then turns northward again into the Vale of Pewsey.
Coincidence ? Maybe ! I don’t know !
One thing is certain, any interest the UFOs may display in prehistoric sites has
nothing to do with Watkins’ chimerical system of tracks and ‘leys.’ In attempting
to tie-in UFO-research with a gross archaeological fallacy of this sort, certain students,
no matter how well-meaning and sincere they may be and undoubtedly are, must
be regarded as hampering the real work of UFO investigation.
Incidentally, in order to establish that a UFO is actually in the immediate
vicinity of a prehistoric site, it should, when seen, either be very low in altitude or
directly above the site as observed from the site itself. An object at a height of a
few thousand feet above the ground may be visible for many miles in open
country. It will not do to postulate a connection between a site and a UFO simply
because both are in the field of vision at one time.
As regards the alleged connection between Michel’s ‘Orthoteny’ and the Watkins
straight tracks, it should be observed that Michel has himself abandoned his Theory
of Orthoteny. (I understand it has not stood up very well against mathematical
analysis, either). Surely, to link UFOs with a discredited archaeological fallacy and
an hypothesis which its author has himself abandoned, is to waste the time and
labour of all concerned ?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
12th May, 1967.
To: Editor, ‘BUFORA JOURNAL.’
Dear Dr. Cleary-Baker,
The U.F.O. Handbook No. 2, by F. M. Bull, contains a
useful list of I.F.O.’s (Identifiable Flying Objects), but it omits one important type.
This type was drawn to my attention by Professor M. J. Lighthill, who used to
head the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He tells me that the propellers of helicopters
sometimes reflect light and give the impression of being flying discs. He believes
that many apparent UFOs are helicopters. A report on this phenomenon is essential
for U.F.O. research and its omission from the handbook suggests that it has usually
Chapter 9 of Coral Lorenzen’s book, ‘Flying Saucers,’ (New English Library,
1966), discusses an exploding UFO that provided samples of pure magnesium. I
would be grateful for information concerning the constitution of bolides.
I have no objection to your publication of this letter in ‘BUFORA JOURNAL,’
preferably followed by a reply.
1. J. Good.
Dr. Good has pinpointed an omission in Handbook No. 2 which it certainly
would be well to make good. Helicopters are to be seen in ever-increasing numbers
nowadays and ought not to be overlooked by evaluators. I would doubt, however,
that a very large proportion of UFO reports could be thus written off. I have
myself evaluated a few reports as due to such aircraft.
A bolide is simply an exploding meteor and if fragments of one reach the
ground they assume the status of meteorites. There are two principal types of
meteorite. One, the metallic, is composed of about 90% iron, 9% nickel and small
quantities of other elements such as cobalt, carbon, phosphorous and sulphur. The
other, the stony, is composed of about 36% oxygen, 25% iron, 18% silica, 14%
magnesium and additional small amounts of nickel, cobalt, calcium, sodium,
potassium, chromium, etc. A few meteorites seem to be a combination of the
stony and metallic types.
Analysis of the material from the Ubatuba UI^O seems to rule out any poss¬
ibility that this was a meteorite.
Harvard College Observatory,
Cambridge 38, Massachusetts.
Mav 4, *1967.
To : Editor, ‘BUFORA JOURNAL.’
I have been looking through a recent issue of the ‘BUFORA JOURNAL,’
(Vol. 1, No. 11, Winter 1966/7), and on page 13 I find a reference to the origin
of the word, ‘humanoid.’
I am sorry to rob you of your pleasure in thinking you may have invented the
word but, alas, it has been in common use among science fiction writers for many
years — certainly more than twenty. It is also included in a dictionary published
here in 1961 ; I haven’t checked earlier editions.
(Mrs.) Lyle G. Boyd.
cc : D. H. Menzel.
Another correspondent has drawn my attention to the fact that H. T. Wilkins
made use of the term in one of his books. It is a very useful one and might well
be incorporated in the text of some of the larger dictionaries. Lexicographers please
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March 30, 1967.
To : Editor, ‘BUFORA JOURNAL.’
Dear Dr. Cleary-Baker,
I should greatly value an article outlining exactly why you
wrote those last four lines at the bottom of page 9, in Vol. 1, No. 11 of the
Winter 1966/7 issue of ‘BUFORA JOURNAL.’
Why is the 3-dimensional idea of UFOs losing ground ? I feel impelled to
say that I think it complicates the issue needlessly, to bring in considerations which
involve other dimensions. Ought we not rather to try to solve all we can on the
basis of ‘known’ dimensions, assuming simply that ‘they’ have succeeded in reaching
us before we have managed to reach their planet ?
Your reply could perhaps be printed in the ‘Journal.’
P. M. H. Edwards, Ph.D.
I know of no good reasons for assuming that extra-terrestrial life would differ
in any essential particulars from life as we know it. On this view, the physical
conditions of the other planets of our solar system will have precluded the evolution
of intelligent life-forms upon any of them. There might exist colonies of aliens on
Mars or elsewhere in the system, but the colonies would, ex hypothesi, be obliged
to dwell under domes, within which air and temperature could be controlled and
Such colonies, if they exist, (as they very well may), cannot be supposed to be
the bases for the bewildering variety of alien craft reported in our skies since the
latter years of World War Two. A handful or two of colonists, existing under
conditions in which numbers of population would need to be controlled strictly, for
obvious reasons, would not need and could not operate such numbers of machines.
We are, therefore, forced back upon the idea that the bulk of the UFOs originate
upon planets circling other and distant stars.
Travel through the Universe on ‘three-dimensional lines,’ (when the ultimate
speed attainable would, of necessity, fail short of the velocity of light), would be
too unimaginably protracted a business to comport with the ubiquity of the UFOs
within our terrestrial environs.
It would seem that transit from system to system through hyper-space, (through
a ‘fifth dimension’ if you prefer the term), is the most plausible way of accounting
for the fact that the UFOs are with us in large numbers. Since time and space
arc bound up intimately together, as Einstein has. demonstrated, it may not be too
fanciful to speculate that time may be transcended as well as space, to some extent,
in the course of hyperspatial travel.
All this is not to deny that UFOs are three-dimensional machines from three-
dimensional worlds. I have no inclination, at present, to come to terms with the
late Dr. Meade Layne’s ’etherians,’ albeit his conceptions of ‘mat’ and ‘demat,’ like
Charles Fort’s notion of ‘teleportation,’ may have much to commend them.
Science fiction ? I am not very greatly troubled by the charge, which was
hurled at me many times in past years because I dared to suggest that UFOs might
be alien artifacts — an idea which is now ‘catching on’ among the more forward-
looking members of the scientific community and may one day percolate down to
the mental level of those who fear original thought and wait always for others to
blaze the trail for them.
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 1967
In accordance with the provisions of Article 8 (d) of the Constitution of
B.U.F.O.R.A., preliminary notification is given herewith that the Annual General
Meeting of the Association will be held on Saturday, October 7th., 1967, at 6 p.m.,
in the Kensington Central Library.
Nominations for the Offices of President and Vice-President, also Chairman,
Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, and for the eight
remaining seats on the National Executive Committee, should reach the Honorary
Secretary, in writing, not later than Saturday, August 26th., 1967. Resolutions to
be debated at the A.G.M., should also reach the Honorary Secretary by that date,
for inclusion on the Agenda of the Meeting.
In the event that no rival nominations are received in respect of any of the
above listed offices and seats, the members at present occupying same shall be
deemed to be re-elected unopposed. An uncontested seat or office falling vacant
before the A.G.M., will be filled by nomination and voting at the Meeting.
Only members of the Association in good standing, i.e. in possession of a valid
membership-card, are entitled to vote at the A.G.M.
“The Scoriton Mystery” by Eileen Buckle Published by Neville Spearman Ltd.,
^ ^ 112, Whitfield St.,
Most readers will be familiar with the strange ‘contact’ tale related by Arthur
Bryant of the Devon hamlet of Scoriton, which, taken at face value, suggests that
he encountered a UFO visitant who was none other than George Adamski re¬
incarnated. This book is the record of an enquiry into the affair, undertaken
privately by two BUFORA members, Eileen Buckle and Norman Oliver, after the
National Executive Committee had declined to sponsor a formal Association invest¬
igation on grounds of the tale’s incredibility.
Some of the incidents described are amusing, like the episode of the ‘atomic
physicist’ who proved to be a pathological liar. Others, concerned as they are with
mysterious messages superimposed upon tape-recordings and journeys undertaken as
a result of a variety of psychic, or alleged psychic, motivations, hardly lend them¬
selves to review in that a non-participant is in no position to assess the credibility
of a given case.
The book is well-produced and Eileen is a lively and capable narrator whose
disarming frankness and humility will endear her to readers. For the rest, as she
observes : ‘The fascination of a mystery is the challenge it presents .......’
“The Warminster Mystery” by Arthur Shuttlewood
Published by Neville Spearman Ltd.,
112, Whitfield St.,
Arthur Shuttlewood is the features editor of the ‘Warminster Journal’ and has
become widely known, in this Country and beyond, as the leading on-the-spot
investigator of the UFO phenomena which have been reported in large numbers
from this delightful little Wiltshire town, from the end of 1964 to date. Night
after night, regardless of the discomforts imposed by the weather, he and his little
team of assistants, comprising ex-R.A.F. bomber crewman ‘Bob Strong and house¬
wife Sybil Champion, have kept watch from Cradle Hill, near Warminster, for the
apparitions of the ‘Thing.’ This book attests that the prolonged vigil has not been
in vain. UFO-research owes a debt of gratitude to these devoted watchers.
Arthur is not a scientist and prior to the middle of 1965 knew little or nothing
about UFOs. It is a tribute to his sound commonsense that, while listening
patiently and courteously to the theories of the horde of researchers, cranks, cultists
and outright lunatics who have flocked to Warminster following the publicity
accorded in the press to the ‘Thing,’ he has woven into the fabric of his personal
acceptances only such ideas as have impressed him as rational and illuminating. He
does not deride the well-meaning folks who have ascribed the Warminster UFOs to
a variety of more-or-less improbable causes, ranging from the Holy Grail and the
Ten Lost Tribes to the Russians, by way of marsh-gas and the aurora borealis. He
has been content to catalogue such aberrations and occasionally to dismiss them with
the gentlest touch of irony.
THE BIRCH PHOTOGRAPH. (Fig. 1.)
This remarkable photograph was taken by Alex. Birch aged 14 in June 1962
in full daylight. They were observed for only a few seconds but Alex, was
photographing his friends in a field and so had his camera ready. The other boys
also testified to the truth of the sighting and the negative has been found to be
quite untouched. These ‘dark UFOs’ emitted bright bubbles which floated away
and quickly faded.
The sighting took place near Sheffield, Yorkshire.
THE PRATT PHOTOGRAPH. (Fig. 2.)
The three dark objects shown were photographed by Stephen Pratt aged 15
at about 8.30 p.m. March 28th 1966.
They present a similar appearance to those in fig. 1.
A bright light was seen by Stephen and his mother moving slowly across the
sky. His father and brother joined them and Stephen took one photo. The three
‘dark UFOs' were not seen at the time. Analysis of the negative reveals no
touching up. The sighting took place at Conisbourough, \orkshire which is an
After careful investigation the evidence given by the witnesses in both of these
cases is accepted as true.
UFO OVER PARIS 1963. (Fig. 3.)
This object shown to the left of the Arc de Triomphe was originally taken in
colour and appeared a translucent pearly grey on the colour print. It was not seen
by the photographer and might not have been considered important until a strange
chain of events occurred. Messrs. Kodak omitted to return the negative in question
with others stating that there was 'a fault on the negative'. However after some
weeks had passed both the negative and colour print were returned from the R.A.F.
Research Centre at Boscombe Down, Wilts., without comment. Owing to the lapse
in time it has not been possible to get further information of value concerning this
Analysis of the negative shows that the object is not any fault in the emulsion.
It resembles closely the ‘Saturn' type of UFO and the attention the negative has
received seems rather signibcant.
UFO OVER TRINIDADE ISLAND. (Fig. 4.)
Another Saturn type UFO taken by the olEcial photographer on board the
‘Geophysical Year' ship Almiral Saldanha operating for the Brazilian Govt, in
1958. The object which was witnessed by many persons on board Hew in a Hgure
of eight course over the island and then out to sea. Several photos were taken. It
also appeared as translucent pearly grey. The occurrence was entered in the official
log and has been accepted as a most authentic UFO sighting.
It will be alleged by some that Arthur has written up many of the UFO
sightings he describes in sensational vein. The short answers are two in number.
Firstly, he is a journalist writing for the general public, not a scientist composing a
dry-as-dust memoir for experts. Secondly, many of the incidents related are
sensational. If one has been beaten down by savage sound vibrations, or ‘buzzed’
by a flaming sphere while driving along a country road, any description one may
subsequently volunteer of the incidents is unlikely to be cold and clinical.
It is hard to know what to make of a series of mysterious ’phone calls which
the author received in the latter part of 1965, purporting to be communications
from three extra-terrestrials and imparting a w'ealth of information on the alleged
aims of the UFO-denizens and their attitude towards earthly societies. The obvious
explanation is hoax. Arthur is mindful of this obviousness but perhaps not
inclined to seize upon it too readily as the easy way out of an enigmatic aspect of
his ^searches. There is, indeed, something about these conversations which strikes
a different note from the usual moralistic claptrap of the professional cultists. There
one must leave the matter for the present.
The book is illustrated with a \’ariety of photographs, some of them of UFOs.
Readers are advised to study these carefully, preferably with the aid of a magnifying-
glass, when a wealth of detail may emerge. ' & ; &
journalistic training has come into play in his relation of the numerous
UFO sightings in the Warminster area, in that he has, in almost every case, been
at pains to include the exact time, date and place of the event. This is a custom
which I wish UFO-researchers as a whole would adopt. How often is a valuable
report marred by the failure to include the full data upon it r
This book ends with the happenings of April 1966 and we are promised a
sequel carrying the story on through that year and into 1967. It will be awaited
Members of BUFORA are advised to purchase this volume and study it. The
visitations of the Warminster ‘Thing’ represent much more than an ordinary UFO
Hap. We may account ourselves fortunate that the right man was in the right
place at the right time, to record the onset and development of an hitherto un¬
parallelled wave of extra-terrestrial activity.
RECEIVED — ‘Sky Scouts Handbook,’ published at 2/6d. by the International
Sky Scouts Association (U.K.). Introduction bv the Hon. Brinslev Le Poer Trench
NOTES & QUOTES
The Warminster Sound — Year 1860.
On Tuesday the 17th Januyy, the sky being perfectly clear and not a cloud
to be seen, loud rumblings resembling a heavy discharge of artillery, prolonged for
above a minute, startled many persons from the strangeness of the sound and caused
all who heard them to look upwards involuntarily. These atmospheric noises were
heard by numbers in different parts of the County, at Yatesburv, Berwick, Colling-
bourne the Pewsey Vale, on Salisbury Plain and even, (as was Wed in the public
journals), in the neighbourhood of Reading and Wantage . . . . '
- Extract from ‘Wilts Archaeological Magazine,’ Vol. 6, page 387.
Article by Rev. A. C. Smith. M.A.
Not a Cover-up But a Foul-up ?
This is how the U.S.A.F. attitude on the question of informing the public on
UFO sightings is described by an American scientist, Professor James McDonald,
who has completed an investigation into ‘Project Bluebook’ files with results which
I hope to analyse in some detail in the next issue of the ‘Journal.’ The C.I.A.,
Professor McDonald maintains, accepted the negative findings of the Robertson panel
of 1953. Fearing that UFO reports by members of the public might block intelligence
channels at a time of National emergency, instructions were issued that sightings
should be debunked whenever possible in order to discourage persons from making
reports. The Professor adds that he is unable to go along with many of the ‘Blue-
book’ evaluations of reports. ‘Cases bearing not the slightest resemblance to feathered
creatures were called “birds,” and some of the most improbable “balloon” phen¬
omena in the history of ballooning can be found in Bluebook files.’
Rock’d in the Cradle . . . !
It is to be feared that publication of Arthur Shuttlewood’s book on the War¬
minster phenomena, reviewed in this issue, will add to the throngs of visitors
packing Cradle Hill on every clear evening. As a general rule, small parties of
srvywatchers see more than crowds. Furthermore, the carnival atmosphere imparted
to the proceedings by large gatherings of often casual watchers, cannot but detract
from the seriousness of UFO-research in the eyes of critics.
UFO (?) Near the Moon.
I have received from Mr. Jun-Ichi Takanashi, Chairman of the ‘Modern Space
Flight Association’ of Osaka, Japan, a photograph of an object alleged to be a UFO
in the proximity of the Moon, taken on F'ebruary 13th of this year at 5.58 p.m.
in Tokyo. If authentic, the snap is of great interest. I cannot but wonder why
several pages of type are devoted to speculations on whether or not the mysterious
blob of light may have been a satellite. It is, after all, not impossible to consult
the satellite tracking experts in order to ascertain whether or not a bright satellite
was in the vicinity of the Moon at the time and place involved. It is pointless to
speculate when it is easy to check.
Project Bluebook’s Vital Statistics.
Out of 11,107 UFO reports which the U.S.A.F. UFO Project dealt with in the
years 1947 - 1966 inclusive, 676 were written off as unexplained — 6.08%. The
figures for given years do not check very well with those in the celebrated ‘Fact
Sheets’ of past days. No account is taken of the proportion of UFOs probably in¬
cluded in the 14% or so of reports discarded as containing insufficient data for
evaluation, or of the e\’en greater number rejected initially for the same reason.
Contributions Please !
With this issue begins Volume Two of our ‘Journal.’ One of the most per¬
sistent criticisms I receive is that too much of the contents of the publication are
from my pen. OF COURSE THAT IS THE CASE ! I have appealed on a
number of occasions, in these pages and from the platform at Kensington, for out¬
side contributions. Few have ever been received and not all that have been proved
suitable for publication. In the absence of other matter I am obliged to fill in the
blank spaces myself — or else not produce a ‘Journal’ at all. It is as simple as
that ! I would ask contributors to type on one side of the paper only and to use
double-spacing. Articles should not normally exceed 2,000 words in length and
should be so-worded as to be comprehensible to intelligent readers not necessarily
in possession of specialised scientific knowledge.
U.F.O, ACTIVITY IN BRAZIL DURLNG 1965
(continued from Spring Issue, 1967)
September 8th Alto Purus (Amazonas) After work, some latex
gatherers see an object like an enormous wheel, shining dazzlingly, with “two eyes”
on the front emitting lights and fire, seemingly desirous of landing and moving
round above the witnesses, who hide themselves. Five minutes later the object
descended, at a distance of 10 kms. (NOTICIAS POPULARES, Sao Paulo,
September 11th at 08.00. Sao Joao, (Pernambuco) 300kms. from
Recife, Antonio Pau Ferro sees two FS and two of their occupants, 70 cms in heio-ht
(JORNAL DO COMERCIO, Recife. 14th Sep. ; TRIBUNA, Santos, 12th S?p.)
September 14th 17.25 to 17.28. Caxias, (R. G. Sul) A large crowd
see a cylindrical object at a height of 1000 metres. (DIARIO DE NOTICIAS.
Rio. 15th September.)
September 14th. at night Sao Joao de Maritti (State of Rio) Luminous
object observed and photographed. (DIARIO DE NOTICIAS, Rio, 15th Sept.)
September ? Bairro Ferraz de Vasconcelos (Sao Paulo) Luiz Camella,
1351, ave. Brasil, sees a reddish object, with a bluish light above it. The object
stops in the air, lighting up the “Eliza” farm, between Ferraz and Itaim. Goes off
in a straight line. (NOTICIAS POPULARES, Sao Paulo, 28th September.)
October ? Conceicao Macabu (Est. Rio) Darvin Ribeiro de Lima and
Jorge Armando pick up an object fallen from the sky. (DIARIO DE NOTICIAS,
Rio, 5th October,)
October 18th at 18.00. Maceio (Alagoas) Very luminous FS seen at
great height in the N. - S. direction. (O JORNAL, 19th October.)
October 18th Ponte Praia nr. Santos & Giiaranja (Est. S. P.) Thousands
of people see a round object which performs evolutions and flies in circles over the
beach. Two witnesses later see it descend in a vaguely defined spot, between the
Santos Air Base and Guaranja. (NOTICIAS POPULARES, Sao Paulo, 19th Oct.)
October Ubatuba (S.P.) The soldier Remulfo Mendes de Almeida
and Antonio Manini see an orange FS, fairly luminous, carrying out, very noisily,
evolutions at a low altitude. (FOLFIA OF SAO PAULO, evening edition. 20th Oct.)
October 21st at 19.00. Bairro Sao Cristorao (Gb) Fall of luminous
fragments, red in colour (? balloon). (O JORNAL, 22nd October.)
October ? Canhotinho (Alto Cruzeiro) Jose Camilo Jr. sees two beincrs
by the side of a grounded FS. (JORNAL DO COMERCIO, Recife, 23rd Oct.f
October 26th Mogi-Ciaca (SP) Dr Osvaldo Rangel Cardoso and the
chafleur Xavier de Campos see their car accompanied by a FS flying above the
vehicle. The object had descended from the sky with a strong light, then suddenly
it turned aside towards the left In the morning Aparecida Correa da Silva
(aged 22) had seen a round FS, changing colour every moment, descend near the
Sugar Refinery. At 20.30 Maurice Azevedo Gomes photographed the FS near
the Champion cellulose factory. (ESTADO DE Sao PAULO, 14th November,
A GACETA, Sao Paulo. 6th November.) p several observations.
October 29th Orinhos (Sao Paulo) Councillor Mucio Correa de Silva
sees a luminous object remaining in the air for some minutes, then making off in
a W.-E. direction. (A TRIBUNA, Santos, 30th October.)
October ? Curitiba Hundreds of people see a FS which causes the
traffic at the Alfonso Pena Airport (State of Curitiba) to stop when it passes in a
N.-S. direction. (O DIARIO, Belo Horizonte, 31st October.) First noticed
at Londrona by a “Caravelle” plane which was bound for Porto Alegre. At Curitibi
it leaves a luminous trail of bluish-white light. Altitude 20 kms.
December 16th Santos Dumont Airport (Ril, Gb) Luminous point
seen by the Control Tower over Penha. A request for information was sent out by
radio to the plane of the Satia Line, which was coming in from Sao Paulo, piloted
Inacio Pilvestra dos Santos (left Sao Paulo at 20.30.) The object was only noticed
when the plane had turned, for it was “in the tail of the machine”. It accompanied
the plane for a minute. Observed by the crew and by the governor of Bahia
Lomanto, who was on board and who drew the attention of other passengers to it.
The FS was spherical and emitted a clear light. (O GLOBO, 18th December ;
O JORNAL, 17th December.)
Trans, by Eric Biddle.
In a recent lecture delivered to the Scottish UFO Research Society by Mr. Alan
Mayne, M.A., entitled, ‘The New Science of Holonomics and its Relationship with
UFO Phenomena,’ it was suggested that a new and impartial study of the funda¬
mental laws and patterns of the Universe as a whole should be undertaken. Another
BUFORA member, Mr. Gordon Lindsay, explained and demonstrated a new
electronic UFO detector, which he has been developing at Glasgow University.
Three new Member-Societies have joined the Association. They are : The
Imperial College UFO Research Society, the Leeds University UFO Study Group
and the North London UFO Investigation Bureau. UFO study groups in Guildford
and South Lincolnshire have applied for Member-Society status and a new Group
is forming at Reading.
Mr. T. Thompson has formed a new Branch of BUFORA in Northern Ireland.
The Cheltenham Flying Saucer Group has changed its name to the Cheltenham
Group and has applied for Branch status.
The Merseyside UFO Research Group is host to the Northern Regional Confer¬
ence in Liverpool, to be held on 4th November, 1967 at the Central Hall, Renshaw
St., Liverpool, 1. The corresponding event in 1966, organised by the Halifax
Branch of BUFORA, was most successful.
Some UFO enthusiasts in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland, have recently
formed themselves into a society and have been receiving a great deal of publicity
on T.V. and in the local Press. Member-Societies may ponder the value of such
methods of arousing interest in their particular areas.
It is with regret that I am obliged to record the dissolution of the Oxford
University UFO Study Group. This Group was formed about four years ago and
was host to a BUFORA Regional Conference on May 8th 1965, at which a number
of interesting ideas were advanced, including that of an International Federation of
All Member-Societies and Branches are encouraged to write to me, at ‘Bramhall,’
Claremont Rd., Claygate, Esher, Surrey.
Mike Holt, B.A. (Hon. Sec. BUFORA).
Observation : Peru, Arequipa.
About 8 June 1966.
“Diario de Barcelona”, 10/6/66.
(notified by A. Ribera to jean V^uillequez)
LIMA, 9. — (Efe).
Two unidentified flying objects have been seen during the past 24 hours in the
Xhe FIRST was observed from the town of AREQUIPA, behind the volcano
MIATI near there ; it soon disappeared towards the west at high speed.
^^5 ^ntable thing about this object, according to the various people who saw
It, was its great luminosity, in addition to red, violet and green lights, and its
Diario de las Palmas, 31/10/66.
FOUR UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS are FREQUENTLY OBSERVED in MALTA.
At first they were taken for Russian satellites but their characteristics have made
this hypothesis untenable.
Vaietta (Malta), 31st. (Cronica de Europa Press, exclusive to ‘‘Diario de las Palmas”)
— Four unidentified objects frequently appear on the radar screens of the
Detector Station installed at Xlendi, on the Isle of Como, which forms part of the
independent Maltese state. As is the case with the rest of its territory, the station
is managed by British troops. For this reason it is not surprising that the information
relating to these objects is at present being carefully examined in London, in the
hope of finding an explanation of the apparently inexplicable.
The objects were seen for the first time some weeks ago. In this Space Age
t ere are so many and so varied strange bodies in orbit round the earth that they
did not attract much attention. The first explanation given of the phenomena was
as might have been expected, that they were Soviet satellites. Everyone knows that
the USSR does not publicise ail its space launchings and that when it does announce
thern, it is not always that it reveals the scientific data of the experiment. There
would, then, be nothing remarkable about the appearance of unknown objects of
Soviet origin. ^
What began to shake this theory was that the objects discovered by the Xlendi
radar did not appear to have a fixed orbital inclination as is the case with all the
satellites of human origin which are, or have been, found to be circling round our
planet. The objects in question move at a height of some 180 kilometres in a west
to east direction, travelling at a speed of about 7,500 kms/hour. What began to
arouse suspicions in the British technicians was that on the occasion of their first
appearance the objects were coming from the south. So far there has been no
explanation of this apparent anomaly.
By Itself, this would not suffice to attract the attention of scientists. It was
known later that the objects crossing space over Malta had not been observed by any
of the other satellite-tracking stations over the world. This detail has served only
to deepen the mystery of these strange objects.
One of the technicians working in the radar station said to me : “They appear
early in the morning, between 3.30 and 5.30 G.M.T.” (There is somet^hine
missing at this point, probably because too much was cut off the sheet ; it most
likely dealt with the apparent speed of the objects).
It was decided to send a plane up to investigate the nature of the strange
phenomenon or the object if there turned out to be one. But, as the R.A.F. pilot
entrusted with the mission said later, “When I closed in on the object, it accelerated
and made off at high speed.” This manoevre began as soon as the plane in
question reached the height at which the object was.
The R.A.F. has declined to comment on the incident. A spokesman with
whom I talked said to me : “We can say absolutely nothing at all”. Neither
have any details of the observations made by the radar station been revealed.
But if the authorities are showing themselves “cagey”, the same cannot be said
of the population of Malta. For the vast majority the opinion that the objects
observed are in reality “flying saucers” has been converted into a dogma of faith.
Where there is not unanimity is in the origin which must be attributed to
these mysterious space vehicles. To some, they are Russian, in spite of everything.
But the majority are convinced that they come from some planet more or less remote
from earth. In this also there are discrepancies.
For the moment it is uncertain whether an official announcement will follow
the investigations taking place in London. If so, however, it will most likely be
worded in the vague and discreet tone which is normally adopted by authorities in
such cases as the present one.
TRIBUNA ILLUSTRATA 12/3/67. (ITALIAN)
TFIE POLICE SAW A DISC IN TUSCANY. HERE IS THE TESTIMONY
OF THE FACT.
On the night of 13 July 1966 —
a dark, moonless and stuffy night — the levehcrossing keeper, Camillo Faieta,
who looks after the crossing at the 65 km point on the Pisa-Florence railway, had
gone outside to await the passing through of the 804, a passenger train coming
All at once the crossing-keeper saw a red bolide rushing from the black sky,
leaving behind it a luminous trail. Faieta at first thought of a wrecked aircraft in
flames. Then he saw that the object, having reached a point some 10 metres from
the ground, over the Bientina embankment, was gaining height again and was going
to pause, suspended in the air, above a small tree, after which it moved to over the
Having found the right position, the strange object descended until it rested
upon the high grass between the two currents of the river.
Faieta ran into the crossing cabin and telephoned to the stationmaster of
Pontedera, Barani, so that he could notify the police. “There is a thing on the
Bientina that I don’t know how to describe”. “I am sending at once”, Barani
assured him. Meanwhile, in the street, a lorry had stopped, which belonged to a
certain Camellini, who carries the fish from Livorno to Viareggio. It must have
been 3 o’clock in the morning. Camillini said he had seen the trail come down¬
wards. And he had heard like a chiming of little bells.
The first lorry was joined by another three. Then a husband and wife
belonging to Parma arrived on board a “Giulia”. They told the others that they
had seen the globe of fire rush to the height of Altopascio. Meanwhile, that object,
which had a diameter of perhaps 15 metres, was giving off an intense light. Faieta
took a signalling lantern and tried to get closer. He reached a spot three metres
away. But when he was about to stretch out his hand, he saw under the disc two
circular tubes about 50 centimetres in height, which disappeared from sight behind
Getting scared, he went back to the cabin. The headlights of the lorry were
directed at the object but they went out. Then, the telephone also went dead. At
a quarter to four the object unexpectedly disappeared completely. It had remained
on the ground for exactly an hour and 25 minutes, from 2.30 until 3.45.
A policeman and the carabinieri also arrived. The policeman saw the luminous
object suspended on the grass on the islet but before returning to his station to
report, he is said to have remarked to Faieta : “Yes, I saw it ; but remember, I
must not have seen.”
— Renato Albanese.
The legend under the picture reads :
The Eye Witness of Pontedera. Camillo Faieta points out the tiny islet on which
he saw the luminous flying disc land on 13 July 1966.
BUFORA (LATE) NEWS
by The Publicity Officer
Dr. Edward Condon of the California University team investigating UFOs on
behalf of the United States Air Force has applied for BUFORA membership.
The National Sky-Watch Day had already been mentioned in several local
papers by June 16th. At least four national newspapers had also included brief
details and the London EVENING STANDARD gave a particularly good write-up.
In connection with the Sky-watch day, Lionel Beer recorded a few minutes for
the B.B.C. world service on June 10th. The following Monday, June 19th, Edgar
Hatvany, BUFORA s chief Sky-Watch Day organiser, was scheduled to record
material at the Granada television studios in Manchester.
Mike Holt, BUFORA’s Hon. Secretary, said he had also been asked to record
a few minutes for the B.B.C. programme “TODAY”.
Lawrence Moore, BUFORA s Photographic Consultant, had arranged to film
sky-watch day activities in the neighbourhood of Guilford, exclusively for B.B.C’s.
“PANORAMA”. It was arranged that special equipment and the Mobile Unit
would be located there.
We had also heard with gratification that other members of BUFORA had or
were taking part in radio or television programmes in different parts of the country.
Lastly, following a meeting with a representative of the DAILY MAIL’s
exhibition department, it is hoped that BUFORA will be co-operating with the
organisers in providing a striking flying saucer theme for the DAILY MAIL
sponsored SCHOOLBOYS AND GIRLS EXHIBITION at Olympia on December
27th to January 6th.
COLLISION between a Flying Saucer and a Plane avoided by a hairsbreadth.
Shortly before landing at Mexico, an air liner narrowly missed striking in full
flight what was believed to be a Flying Saucer, the evening paper “Ultimas Noticias”
announced on Saturday.
The plane, belonging to the Guatemala Aviation Company, was flying over the
state of Oaxaca, 400 km to the south-east of the capital, when the crew and some
of the passengers saw a round object which was travelling at high speed in the
opposite direction pass quite close to the plane. The pilot. Colonel Alfredo Castaneda,
and the co-pilot, Capt. Carlos Samayos, stated that the object resembled a silvery
spinning top and was crowned with a kind of red ball. Its diameter was about
10 metres. “We observed it for ten seconds” added Col. Castaneda, who has been
flying for twenty years, “I had never seen anything like it and the affair has made
a vivid impression upon me”. The stewardess declared that the object passed at
less than 20 metres from the carlingue.
The crew reported the incident to the Airport at Mexico City. They said there
could be no question of the object being a sounding balloon, considering the position
and altitude of the plane at the time of the “meeting”.
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UFO Society : W. D. Muir, 72 Greystoke Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2.
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Lancashire, Wirral Peninsula (Cheshire), Isle of Man, Anglesey, North Wales:
Merseyside UFO Research Group : R. Donnelly, 2 Buckfast Close, Liverpool 10.
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Wales south of and including Cardiganshire & Montgomeryshire : Cheltenham Flying
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Rutland, Suffolk : Cambridge University Group for the Investigation of UFOs :
Easter term : 20th April to 10th June : A. C. H. Durham, Clare College, Cambridge.
Vacations : J. A. Popple, 10 Kingsmead Road, Waterbeach, Cambs. Tel : (all year
round) Waterbeach 660 or (day) : Cambridge 55691.
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, South-western half of Gloucestershire, Somerset,
Wiltshire : British Flying Saucer Bureau : G.F.N. Knewstub, A.M.Brit.LR.E., A.Inst.E.,
27 Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol. Tel : Avonmouth 2288.
Hampshire, Isle of Wight : Isle of Wight UFO Investigation Society :
Mrs. K. Smith, ‘Ringlemere’, Colwell Rd., Colwell Bay, I.O.W. Tel : Freshwater 2435
Surrey : Croydon UFO Research & Investigation Society : H. Roberts, 47 Brigstock Rd.,
Thornton Heath, Surrey. Tel : THOrnton Heath 8480.
Scotland : Scottish UFO Research Society : Glen Chandler, 11 Lismorc Crescent,
Edinburgh 8. Tel : Abbeyhill 3025.
Northern Ireland : T. Thompson, 23 Mountainvale Rd., Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Sussex, Berkshire,
Buckinghamshire : Central Information Office : Ken Rogers, 1 Vicar’s Moor Lane,
Winchmore Hill, London, N.2L Tel : LABurnum 2482 ; Personal enquiries
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times, (alternative : Tel : E. Hatvany, Feltham 7405.)
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