UFO Britannia: Part 3 – The 1950s & Return of the Saucers

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posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 04:13 PM
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Continued from Part 2

And Part 1 before it

Operation Mainbrace 1952


Shortly after the reply to Churchill dismissing UFOs was issued (see part 2), a major UFO case developed which, according to USAF officer Edward J. Ruppelt, forced the RAF into recognizing UFOs were a reality.


It was these sightings, I was told by an RAF exchange intelligence officer in the Pentagon that caused the RAF to officially recognize the UFO.

Source: Edward J. Ruppelt - The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects


"Operation Mainbrace” was the largest NATO exercise of its time, held during September of 1952, in Europe. Operations commenced on September 13th and lasted twelve days.

On the first full day, Sept 13th, the crew of Danish destroyer Willemoes witnessed a triangular UFO. The incident began a series of sightings during Operation Mainbrace.

Personnel of the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier participating in Operation Mainbrace, saw a silvery, spherical object. The UFO was moving across the sky behind the fleet. Reporter Wallace Litwin took a series of colour photographs, which were examined by Navy Intelligence officers. Rumours also circulated that Eisenhower was aboard at the time of these sightings.

Captain Edward J.Ruppelt said regarding the pictures:


“On September 20, a U.S. newspaper reporter aboard an aircraft carrier in the North Sea was photographing a carrier take-off in color when he happened to look back down the flight deck and saw a group of pilots and flight deck crew watching something in the sky. He went back to look and there was a silver sphere moving across the sky just behind the fleet of ships. The object appeared to be large, plenty large enough to show up in a photo, so the reporter shot several pictures. They were developed right away and turned out to be excellent. He had gotten the superstructure of the carrier in each one and, judging by the size of the object in each successive photo, one could see that it was moving rapidly.”

Source : Edward J. Ruppelt - The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects


I wonder what became of those pictures?

The Topcliffe UFO


On September 19th, a British Meteor aircraft encountered a UFO near Topcliffe, Yorkshire, England. A silver disk object was following it as it made its approach to land. The object appeared to be hovering whilst rotating on its axis, and was observed by personnel on the ground. When the jet began circling, the UFO stopped and suddenly took off at high speed.

The following day six British pilots flying in formation over the North Sea observed a shining spherical object approaching from the direction of the fleet. The UFO eluded attempts to intercept and disappeared. As the squadron returned to base, one of the pilots noticed the UFO following behind him. He turned around, but was unable to catch it as the UFO also turned and sped away.

More on Operation Mainbrace in detail (thanks to Karl 12)
www.ufocasebook.com...

www.abovetopsecret.com...

The Little Rissington Incident


The Topcliffe UFO received a lot of media attention. However, the Little Rissington incident did not become public knowledge until 2002 when the pilots were interviewed on BBC radio*. The story has since appeared on TV documentaries in the UK. The sighting involved then Flight Lieutenant Michael Swiney and a Royal Navy Lieutenant David Crofts on a training flight from Little Rissington, Gloucestershire on 21st Oct 1952.

Swiney was piloting a Meteor training aircraft. It rose through a layer of cloud just below 15,000 feet and right in front of the jet were three nearly white, circular objects.


“It was something supernatural. I immediately thought of course, of saucers, because that’s actually what they looked like. They were not leaving a condensation trail as I knew we were.”*


Independent radar plots backed up the visual report from Swiney and 2 interceptors were scrambled. However they spotted nothing unusual and returned to base.

After the incident, Swiney and Crofts were separated until interviewed by intelligence officers. Once the officers had left base, the incident was officially ‘closed.’ Neither witness was warned not to discuss their sighting. However, a few months later in 1953 the Air Ministry issued new instructions to all RAF aircrew that reports of ‘aerial phenomena’ were classified and restricted.


“Personnel are warned that they are not to communicate to anyone other than official persons any information about phenomena they have observed, unless officially authorised to do so.”

HQ No 11 Group letter ref 11G/0.2802/8/Int. 16 December 1953. *

More : www.abovetopsecret.com...

The West Malling RAF UFO Incident 1953


On 3rd November 1953, Terry Johnson and Geoffrey Smythe, the crew of an RAF Vampire fighter saw a shiny doughnut shaped UFO whilst flying over the South East of England. The object sped away to the left of their aircraft. Although they were unable to track it on their radar they made a report of the incident when they landed at their base at West Malling, Kent. According to reports the UFO was confirmed on army ground radar in the same area of sky to which the sighting occurred.

Further reading here : www.abovetopsecret.com...

A Right Royal Mystery 1954-1955


Both Prince Phillip and his Uncle Louis Mountbatten (pictured) held a keen interest in UFOs. Perhaps they knew something that has remained a royal secret for decades. Both were military men. Mountbatten had witnessed a UFO whilst serving in the Royal Navy and this inspired his lifelong interest?

Once the embers of World War II had finally died down across Europe, and the Cold War began to chill, both men were indirectly involved in very strange alien encounters.

In 1954 Prince Philip’s equerry, Sir Peter Horsley ,had a strange encounter with Mr. Janus. A being he believed to be an alien who asked about his belief in Flying Saucers , showed feats of mind manipulation and declared his interest in meeting his boss, Prince Philip. The incident was relayed in his autobiography “Sounds from Another Room”.

Mountbatten’s story involves a maintenance man, Frederick Briggs, at his Hampshire home. Briggs claims to have been paralyzed by a bright beam from a UFO and encountered a humanlike being on his way to work at Broadlands (the Mountbatten Estate). At the time, Mountbatten gleaned a statement from Briggs and declared:


“I have personally investigated the above claim by Mr Briggs and I believe it to be true and correct.”


The Royals and their involvement with UFOs were discussed in a lot more depth here:
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Continued below >>>




posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 04:23 PM
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Lakenheath/Bentwaters


During August 13th to 14th a number of radar and visual contacts were made by RAF and USAF personnel over Eastern England.

The incident began at around 9.30pm on Bentwaters airbase, Suffolk during the evening of August 13th. An object was tracked on radar travelling at speeds up to Mach 15 (10800 mph) about 25 miles or so to the east/south east. A T33 trainer aircraft was diverted to intercept.

Around 9.35pm a number of radar returns were tracked moving north east eventually all appearing to merge into one and often travelling at speeds well below 1000 mph.

At 10.00pm another object was tracked and estimated to be travelling in excess of Mach 17 (12,000 mph). By 10.55pm another radar return showed a target approaching Bentwaters from the east at speeds over 2,000 mph.

Military personnel on the ground at Lakenheath also saw a number of luminous objects. Two of them appeared to make a sharp change in course, merge together and then fade to a point of light as they moved off.

Two RAF De Havilland Venom interceptors were scrambled. One pilot locked onto the target only to find the object circled and was now travelling behind his aircraft. The second venom did not make visual contact before the object vanished off radar.

A very comprehensive account is available here : www.abovetopsecret.com...

Cleethorpes UFO 1956


On 22nd September 1956 at 3 pm a large, spherical object around 80 foot in diameter was observed off the Lincolnshire coast for over an hour and also seen on radar from RAF Manby. RAF aircraft set to intercept approached the object and it flew off rapidly.








West Freugh Incident April 1957

On 4th April 1957 a large object was seen on radar at RAF West Freugh near Stranraer at 50,000 ft. It was stationary for 10 minutes over the Irish Sea and then rose vertically to 70,000 ft . The object did an 'impossible' sharp turn and appeared as large as a ship, much bigger than a normal aircraft of the time. Unusual radar contacts were detected simultaneously on three tracking radars.

Some of the radar operators were interviewed by the national press, and the RAF West Freugh CO, Wing Commander Whitworth, stated that “a substantial object of unknown nature had been tracked” and that there could have been "no mistake".

The UK Government responded by claiming a detailed report was to be made. However no statement was ever made public. The Air Ministry simply said that no definite conclusion had been made but it was widely believed that the report was kept secret for national security reasons.

The official line was that the object was a weather balloon from RAF Aldergrove, N. Ireland in the area at the time, maybe a Soviet spy plane or even a private aircraft.

Source: martinshough.com...

Milton Torres Encounter May 1957




On May 20, 1957, 25-year-old US pilot Milton Torres was ordered to intercept and shoot down a large UFO that had been picked up by radar in the skies over East Anglia. Torres was based at RAF Manston piloting F86D Sabre fighters in the USAF. As he scrambled his jet into the air he could see a target on radar about 15 miles eastwards. Its size appeared to be similar to a B52 bomber. The target was thought to be a hostile Soviet aircraft and he prepared his missiles for launch. Suddenly the blip on the radar vanished.

Torres was then informed by ground control that his target was a UFO and was showing erratic flight patterns. As he approached the 700mph speed limit of his aircraft ground control asked him if he had visual contact. Torres could not see anything due to the cloud conditions. However the radar return indicated this object was as big as an aircraft carrier making impossible manoeuvres. Torres estimated its speed to be Mach 10 at times. "I think it was an alien spacecraft. It had a propulsion system that was beyond us - either magnetism or anti-gravity." he stated.

The object moved out of radar range and he was ordered back to base. Torres said in a 2008 interview “I was told I would be firing a complete salvo, all 24 rockets. I was pumped up — this was the sort of thing that happened before a war.”

After the incident he was told by a secret service agent that the mission was classified and he was not to mention it to anyone. So he remained quiet for 3 decades. The story is a mystery. But the fact remains there was no visual sighting of anything. Torres could have been sent to intercept an alien spacecraft or it may have been military electronic counter measures being tested to see if it could spoof radar.

More here: www.abovetopsecret.com...

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edit on 20/12/12 by mirageman because: tidy up



posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 04:24 PM
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Interesting thread. Since many saucer sighting's have been tied their keen interest in Earthling nuclear research --- When did the British first develop there own atomic bomb?
edit on 20-12-2012 by Erno86 because: grammar



posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 04:32 PM
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Cedric Allingham


Cedric Allingham , was an inconspicuous member of British society who authored the 1954 book “Flying Saucer from Mars”. That is if he ever really existed at all.

According to the bio in his book:


Cedric Allingham, born 1922 in Bombay, only son of a wealthy British textile manufacturer, was educated privately until he was ten, when his father retired and bought a house near Durban. Allingham's education was continued at schools in South Africa and England until he was seventeen when he entered a sanitorium with a serious illness which kept him on his back for nearly two years. In 1941 he joined the Army (RAOC) and was posted to the Middle East where he spent most of the war. It was during this time that he became interested in Astronomy through "identifying the stars for want of something better to do in the desert when it was too hot to sleep at night". Since the war, and the tragic death of his parents, whose ship was torpedoed only nine weeks before the German surrender, Allingham has lived a nomadic life in a caravan in which he likes to travel the country, and in which he also makes long trips on the Continent. Most of his time is spent in writing thrillers (which he publishes under a pseudonym) and in bird-watching. He also owns a cottage in Yorkshire where he occasionally retires to do his "serious writing" and observe the moon and planets through his 10 inch reflecting telescope. Since his unique experience, related in this book, he has started to make a collection of Flying Saucer sightings and is planning to carry out further extensive research during 1955 in California where a considerable number of Saucers have been reported seen in recent months.

Although he never admitted to it, both Allingham and his book, were supposedly the creations of former RAF pilot and British astronomer, Patrick Moore. The motive for writing the book was probably to show how easy it was to dupe those who “wanted to believe” in the stories of people like George Adamski and other contactees. Allingham claims to have met a man from Mars at Lossiemouth in Scotland and taken photos of the being and craft.

As a footnote Moore’s “Sky at Night” TV show, which has ran since the 1950s in Britain, remained the only long running UK TV programme to still be presented by the original host until he sadly passed away on Sunday 9th Dec 2012. Moore’s views on aliens visiting Earth were as skeptical up to his death as they were when Cedric Allingham was meeting Martians.

RIP - Sir Patrick Moore 1923-2012 - a truly eccentric Brit to his dying days but one who inspired many to gaze at the stars

Summary


The 1950s was a time when the concept of space travel and life on the other planets of the Solar System was growing in the minds of the public. Contactees were speaking of their meetings with space brothers, as were hoaxers. Perhaps there was no difference between the two?

All of this was against a backdrop of the growing threat of nuclear annihilation from either side of the Iron Curtain and by the end of the decade a space race had began between the United States and the Soviet Union.

There was a state of nervousness in Britain and people in the highest echelons of society, like Churchill and Earl Mountbatten, believed there to be something to the UFO phenomenon. However many officials within the Establishment were extremely skeptical as well.

From most of the released “official” documentation it seems that the British Ministry of Defence did not want the public to know what was going on to avoid a public panic. It would appear, however, that they knew little about the origin of the unidentified objects that were invading UK airspace themselves. Some of the problems can be attributed to radar echoes and noise, from early radar equipment. But there were far too many visual sightings to discount everything.

It was a peak period of UFO activity and a cover up was enforced to play down the significance of sightings (or ignore them altogether to keep them from reaching the media). A curtain of ridicule was to become the main tactic of dealing with public sightings in the United States and this eventually crossed the Atlantic but it didn’t stop UFOs from being reported.


Look out for Part 4 when we hit the swinging 60s



posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 04:48 PM
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Originally posted by Erno86
Interesting thread. Since many saucer sighting's have been tied their keen interest in Earthling nuclear research --- When did the British first develop there own atomic bomb?
edit on 20-12-2012 by Erno86 because: grammar


Brilliant point. We tested our own bomb in Oct 1952 according to Wiki. However the UK and the US work so closely and secretly together that it is quite possible nuclear weapons were stationed here beforehand under US control.



posted on Dec, 21 2012 @ 02:37 PM
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The Operation Mainbrace ufo photos are probably locked in a safe somewhere. By hiding them all these years it is a sure sign that they are photos of the real thing.



posted on Dec, 21 2012 @ 06:15 PM
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Part 4 - the 1960s - continues here

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Dec, 26 2012 @ 07:58 AM
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Just to add more on this thread, a brilliant and believable account from U.S. pilot Milton Torres of an encounter over the U.K. in 1957. I'm sure there must've been a ton of UFO/pilot encounters in the '50s:




posted on Jan, 18 2013 @ 09:00 PM
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Originally posted by mirageman

The Little Rissington Incident


The Topcliffe UFO received a lot of media attention. However, the Little Rissington incident did not become public knowledge until 2002 when the pilots were interviewed on BBC radio*. The story has since appeared on TV documentaries in the UK. The sighting involved then Flight Lieutenant Michael Swiney and a Royal Navy Lieutenant David Crofts on a training flight from Little Rissington, Gloucestershire on 21st Oct 1952.

Swiney was piloting a Meteor training aircraft. It rose through a layer of cloud just below 15,000 feet and right in front of the jet were three nearly white, circular objects.


“It was something supernatural. I immediately thought of course, of saucers, because that’s actually what they looked like. They were not leaving a condensation trail as I knew we were.”*


Independent radar plots backed up the visual report from Swiney and 2 interceptors were scrambled. However they spotted nothing unusual and returned to base.

After the incident, Swiney and Crofts were separated until interviewed by intelligence officers. Once the officers had left base, the incident was officially ‘closed.’ Neither witness was warned not to discuss their sighting.


Thanks for linking the thread mate and one of the pilots certainly sounds a little unnerved in the interview - I suppose I would be too if three disc shaped objects flew near the cockpit of my aircraft whilst at 30,000 feet.

This incident didn't take place in Britain but it's relevant because it involves an RAF pilot and RAF radar - it took place three months before the Little Rissington incident and sounds very similar - right down to the object description, radar confirmation and log book records.

Here's a great thread on the case from IMSAM and the article also states the incident was deemed so credible it even convinced the government minister who investigated it.



Radar/visual UFO sighting from West Germany on 30th July, 1952 involving Flight Sergeant Roland Hughes, a De Havilland Vampire FB9 aircraft and a 'gleaming silver-metallic disc'.



He reported seeing a sudden flash of "silver light" in they sky high above him which rapidly descended towards him until he could see that it was a "gleaming silver-metallic disc".

The airman said its surface was shiny, "like tin foil", and "without a single crease or crinkle in it". He could see, with "astonishing clarity", the aircraft's "highly reflective and absolutely seamless metallic-looking surface". He estimated its size at 100ft across – "about the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber".


1952 RAF pilot UFO sighting revealed-NEW CASE MAYBE


Cheers.



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