Might be slightly off topic but worth mentioning here. In one of the numerous documentaries, i believe it might be "Britain's X Files", the two man
crew of a British Vampyre jet are interviewed about a sighting they had in th early 1950s. It is interesting that, they say something along the lines
of the following when talking about their attitude towards the UFO..
"We were well aware that the talk was in the mess that, someone/people had died chasing one of these things"
The comment is not added to and nothing is asked about it in the documentary. I suspect that the crew involved were hoping that people would pick up
this little aside and come to their own conclusions. The assumption would be that, they are referring to the Mantell case. However, given the Mantell
case was in the public domain and widely reported just maybe their not using Mantell by name, points to Mess talk about other incidents as yet
unreleased or unacknowledged as having any UFO content.
Secondly asre... this case That of the loss of William Schaffner
Now, if we discount the possibility of some Alien Hit Squad seeking revenge for wooden acting, the wholesale slaughter of alien races and the
gratuitous shagging of alien lasses and a case of mistaken identity, the RAF report fails to answer several salient questions about the incident.
I have studied this case for quite some time. RADAR did indeed register a bogey and Schaffner was vectored to investigate, Schaffner's craft was seen
to "merge" with the object he was ordered to check out and then it crashed. The supposed tape of the incident, between pilot and ground staff, is a
fake, however as is increasingly the case, David Clarke is only too happy to accept third hand testimony from the military in order to *solve* a
The splendidly monickered Bruce Barrymore Halpenny makes it plain in one his books that there are a whole slew of, as yet unanswered questions
relating to Schaffner's death. What's more Halpeeny actually interviewed several of those involved, unlike Clark and furthermore, Halpenny's
credentials are somewhat more impressive when it comes to actually knowing and understanding the workings of the British military.
From the wiki page on Halpenny
Halpenny served in the Royal Air Force Police in specialist units, often overseas, but after being wounded, and instead of coming out of the
RAF, he moved across to the RAF Police (RAFPD) on Special Security Duties (Atomic & Chemical Weapons) SS, and was part of a special RAF military
police unit on Special Duties and in the Nuclear Division, that was responsible for the protection of the nuclear weapons that the V-bombers were
to use in time of war.
So just a tad more qualified than some Doctor of media studies in the understandings of the workings of the RAF. Halpenny claims that the crash
investigation into Schaffner's death was a total sham from start to finish. Quite illegally, the British RAF were not allowed to do a full
investigation on the recovered aircraft. The craft was raised from the sea bed where according to Halpenny's sources in the RAF . "It looked as it
it had been parked not crashed" and delivered to the requisite base for inspection. The accident investigators were given 30 minutes , under the
guard of non uniformed personnel, to carry out the whole investigation. Further more, every last dial and clock that might yield useful data had been
removed. and the lawful investigators were told. "No way were they to be allowed to see the dials and clocks"
Halpenny was also told by those *in the know* that there was a huge question over whether the cockpit was still sealed and the pilot missing when the
aircraft was found on the sea bed or whether the cockpit had, somehow shut after Schaffner had ejected, which is highly unlikely as the cockpit would
have been on explosive bolts should the ejector seat mechanism be activated.
That the RAF now claim that, the ejector seat mechanism *failed* seems to be a classic fudge, designed to avoid anyone asking some awkward questions
that are still outstanding and unanswered about this particular case. For instance, had the cockpit no blown off but the seat mechanism had fired,
then there would have been one hell of a mess all over the inside of that Lightning Aircraft and there wasn't.
Some twelve years ago, when i first became a regular online person, it was to check out this very case and I tracked down a couple of the people
involved in it. They confirmed Halpenny's account of events but it made it plain they had no intention of appearing *on camera* to discuss the case.
One also made it plain by their language that they had been told *not to discuss the case in public* by a much higher authority than some press
officer in the RAF..
The mysterious case of William Schaffner, is therefore, nowhere near as closed as either the RAF or Clark would have you believe and given the
credentials of the person saying it's not as simple as they would like make out, I know where my faith currently lies..