Published: 4:32 PM 2/7/2013
Peterborough, England - 09-26-63
A UFO incident took place at Peterborough, England, that involved both civilian and military witnesses. The facts were set forth in a two-page restricted report from Sergeant T.G.M. Kendall at RAF Wittering, Northants, who graphically relayed to the Air Ministry what took place; and since this particular report is of some significance, I reproduce its contents in total:
"Sir, I have the honor to report the following facts for your consideration. I was NCO in charge [of the] Operations Room at 2240 hours on 26th September, 1963 when I received a telephone call from Mr. STRICKSON of [witnessís address] who, in company with Mr. QUANTRELL of the same address, saw what he considered to be two unidentified flying objects. The objects were in view in the first instance from 2000-2100 hours.
"During that time two orange colored balls of light travelled from the South to the East in a zigzag fashion, then were seen again moving from West to East. They were then seen to orbit overhead for some ten minutes during which time, three or four objects left the two first mentioned and then rejoined them.
"Mr. Strickson was not able to estimate the range or the altitude of the sightings, but considered them to be higher than an aeroplane but lower than a star.
"I received a further call from Mr. Strickson at 2250 hours reporting two objects blue in colour, higher than the previous sighting, and travelling very quickly. At 2320 hours Mr. Strickson informed me of two sightings which had taken place at 2305 hours when two objects were seen to move west to east in close formation one behind the other, the one in front being appreciably brighter than the one behind.
"At 2330, 2340 and 2350 hours, I received calls from S.A.C.W. [Authorís Note: Senior Aircraftswoman] Marshall, the Duty PBX Operator, who had seen a bright orange light moving north to south which had turned south in the first instance and subsequently orbited overhead. At one time she thought that she had heard engines but was not sure.
"As a result of these calls, I joined S.A.C.W. Marshall outside the PBX building and saw at 0010 and 0020 hours two orange lights approx. 30 seconds apart which appeared from W.S.W. at a constant altitude heading approx. 100 degrees, flying what I considered to be a left hand race track pattern.
"I lost sight of the objects as they described a descending left hand turn onto the reciprocal of the visible leg. The sightings were exactly 10 minutes apart and speed, direction and altitude appeared to be constant. Flying Officer Gastrell was Duty Operations Officer when these sightings were reported. On his instructions I informed the Duty Operations Officer No.3 Group of the various reports. He in turn contacted the Duty Operations Officer at Air Ministry.
"The Duty Operations Officer at Air Ministry required a full report to be submitted to Air Ministry D.D.I. Tech [Authorís Note: Deputy Directorate of Intelligence, Technical] giving full particulars of all witnesses I met. Report giving the conditions at two specimen times during the period of sightings is attached to this report. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient Servant, T.G.M. Kendall, Sergeant."
Once again the Air Ministry quickly came up with a solution. All of the witnesses (including trained military observers) had been fooled by an air-to-air refueling operation. However, an examination of the files pertaining to the case show that, in reality, this was simply the Ministryís best "guesstimate," as no such refueling operation was ever officially confirmed as having taken place.
The cases cited above are just three of many that caught the attention of the Air Ministry in August and September 1963; yet they were all dismissed as of no consequence Ė even though the witnesses were serving or retired military personnel.
A case of the government of the day merely wanting to be rid of the UFO controversy because it was embarrassed by the fact that it didnít have a full understanding of the matter?
An attempt to play-down officialdomís shocking knowledge of visitations to our world from something unearthly? Or something else?
Fifty years later, itís unlikely weíll ever have solid answers.