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
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)
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
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. *
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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.
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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:
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