UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 543, Issue date, 01-07-13
Axminster UFO Mystery
Published: 5:07 PM 1/3/2013
permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/asminstermystery.html
by Chris Carson
(Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson is holding a copy of my book, bless his heart, here is a man with great taste.)
An Axminster man is convinced that alien spacecraft are regular visitors to the skies above the town.
Pensioner Ray Johnson claims to have photographic evidence of their presence – and says they often come in large numbers.
“I’d rather people called me a crackpot than ignored it,” he told The Herald.
The former council parks police officer says he first spotted the UFOs from the garden of his home at St George’s Avenue, Millwey Rise, about a year ago.
Since then he has kept a detailed log of his sightings, some of which have been corroborated by his daughter, Alison.
He says he has seen large and small craft, mostly cylindrical in shape.
“When I first saw them I was so alarmed I called the police – but they said there was nothing they could do,” he said.
“It makes you wonder if we are going to be invaded – but perhaps they are just observing us.”
Mr Johnson, 76, says the UFOs can be best seen when skies are clear in the early hours of the morning.
“The large ones are sometimes accompanied by smaller ones which seem to stop at the boundary like they are standing by,” he said.
“They make no noise and often just fade away. Sometimes there are lights all along the side – like searchlights – so bright they can hurt your eyes.
“One night my daughter Alison, from Wolverhampton, was with me and she was amazed – she had thought I was pulling her leg.
“There were about 10-15 of these huge craft – white oval shaped things they made no noise and eventually just faded away.
“My daughter took a photo on her small Olympus camera – you can see the shape of one of them, and if you use a magnifying glass you can see the stars behind it.”
Mr Johnson said the UFOs were sometimes accompanied by orange and red lights and were capable of moving at amazing speeds and could be gone “in a flash.”
He said he had suggested to his neighbours they take a look but not many were keen to get up in the early hours when they were often visible – around 2 am to 3 am.
But he is determined to get further corroboration of what he believes he is witnessing and wants anyone who sees a UFO in the area to contact the Midweek Herald and report it, preferably with photographic evidence.
He says the craft mostly come from the direction of the Stockland Hill TV mast which is the direction to start looking he suggests.
A spokesman at Axminster Police Station confirmed they had been contacted by Mr Johnson but said there had been no other reports of unidentified flying objects being spotted above the town.
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Eyewitness Reports UFO Experience in Army while in Germany
Published: 5:37 PM 1/3/2013
permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/armygermanysighting.html
Germany - 1966-67
I would like to report a UFO sighting. This is an old one. When I saw this object I was in the Army stationed in Germany.
I was a cryptographic repairman; I was afraid of losing my clearance and my job which I really loved. I know it has been a long time, but I would like to some closure and possibly corroborate someone else's sighting.
My dates are fuzzy, it was November 1966 to March 1967. I was on the Autobahn heading from Kaiserslautern to Frankfurt. I was driving, my wife was in the passenger seat. She was turned completely around having a conversation with our friends in the back seat.
We were on a straight section; to my right was a section of fields and forests broken. At a wide field section an object in the sky caught my eye.
It was a large disk curved on top and bottom. At first I thought it was a blimp, but it had no gondola underneath.
It had light sources running along the centerline. They were a yellowish/dark purple that changed shape; sort of when you really look at a LED.
This time frame was about 15 seconds then trees partially blocked the view. I could still partially see it through the treeline. The treeline broke and I saw it once more for a shorter period then the forest became thick. My wife and friends were still chatting.
It appeared to be large at least from my limited viewing. I decided not to mention it because one of my friends in the back worked at the comm center where I did.
I fell back on the "need to know" policy. They never knew what I saw.
I have thought about it from time to time ever since. I hope it will help add or bolster the database.
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submitted to www.ufocasebook.com
The Day UFOs Hovered over Fiorentina's Stadio Artemio Franchi
Published: 3:25 AM 1/5/2013
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By Richard Padula - BBC World Service Sport
It's 27 October 1954. A reserve game between Fiorentina and nearby rivals Pistoiese is under way at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
A crowd of around 10,000 has gathered to watch. Among them is Gigi Boni (second left in the picture) a lifelong Fiorentina fan who in later years would become the co-ordinator of the club's supporters group.
Now in his eighties, Boni still has vivid memories of watching in disbelief as UFOs hovered above the stadium.
"I remember clearly seeing this incredible sight. They were moving very fast and then they just stopped. It all lasted a couple of minutes. I would like to describe them as being like Cuban cigars. They just reminded me of Cuban cigars, in the way they looked."
The stadium fell silent as the players and fans stood transfixed, staring at these strange objects in the crisp blue autumn sky.
Boni has spent many years re-living that day in his mind. "I think they were extra-terrestrial. That's what I believe, and there's no other explanation I can give myself."
Almost 60 years later Boni and three of the players have returned to the Stadio Artemio Franchi for the BBC's World Football programme.
Ardico Magnini is something of a legend at Fiorentina. He was a key player in the Fiorentina side of the 1950s and also played for Italy at the 1954 World Cup.
"I remember everything from A to Z," Magnini recalls. "While we were playing the match everything came to a stop because everybody was looking up at the sky intensely.
"It was something that looked like an egg that was moving slowly, slowly, slowly. Everyone was looking up and also there was some glitter coming down from the sky, silver glitter.
"We were astonished we had never seen anything like it before. We were absolutely shocked from the moment we saw it."
So, was it aliens? Pistoiese players Romolo Tuci and Ronaldo Lomi have no doubt that it was. Tuci, still sprightly in his seventies, feels blessed to have witnessed such a strange event.
"I was so curious and I was also so, so happy because in those years everybody was talking about aliens, everybody was talking UFOs and we had the experience, we saw them, we saw them directly, for real."
And he's certain that what he saw came from another galaxy. "Really I believe so. We were at the stadium and we saw them. It was such a great thing to see."
In the 1950s Fiorentina were one of the best teams on the planet. The following season they easily won their first ever league title, finishing 12 points clear of AC Milan. So, if a visitor from a galaxy wanted to enjoy a game, Florence was a very intelligent choice.
But, football loving aliens? The truth remains a mystery.
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UFO Caught on Video at Cardwell in North Queensland
Published: 3:15 AM 1/3/2013
John Anderson, Townsville Bulletin
Silent lights hover over town - 'I was a sceptic... this rattled me' - Half-a-dozen people saw phenomena.
A TINY town in north Queensland is on full UFO alert following sightings of strange lights in the night sky.
Cardwell businessman Greg Smith said he and his son watched the lights for 15 minutes and are convinced that what they saw was some sort of UFO.
"This was a couple of months ago. I used to be the world's biggest sceptic about this stuff, but I'll tell you what, this really rattled me and my son," he told The Townsville Bulletin.
Mr Smith said they watched the lights from the front of the Lyndoch Motel on the highway towards the northern end of the town.
"There were two large orange lights. There was no beam and no noise. It was absolutely silent and they were moving slowly across the sky towards the north-west. We couldn't tell if the lights were from one or two machines. At first we thought they were over buildings between the highway and the beach, but other people said they were just out over the water," he said.
Mr Smith said he thought it must have been one or two helicopters, but discounted the possibility due to the fact there was no noise.
Another Cardwell resident, Phil Mulley and his wife Helen saw the lights on two consecutive nights.
"We thought it was a chopper coming up the channel. We watched it for a few minutes and then it disappeared in cloud. The next night my sister rang me and said to look outside. I went and looked and there were two lights. We watched them for a while until they disappeared in cloud," he said.
Mr Mulley said he knew of at least six or seven people who saw the lights.
President of UFO Research Queensland Sheryl Gottschall said she could not say what the lights were, but added she had no qualms in saying there were extraterrestrials which visited earth from time to time.
"I've been with this organisation for 25 years and in that time I've spoken to 3000 people who have seen strange lights and objects and to another 600 to 700 who have had close encounters," she said.
Check out this sighting of two strange lights by Greg Smith in Cardwell, Queensland. Credit: Townsville Bulletin.
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Large UFO Reported over Botley, Southampton
Published: 2:23 AM 1/4/2013
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Botley, Southampton - 2000-2001?
I have been racking my brains since seeing something I cannot explain going over my old house in Botley, Southampton, I have moved and broke up with my wife since and my diaries with dates etc. have gone.
But I think it was about Aug-Sept 2000 or 2001, I will try and get a firmer date after speaking to my ex-wife and see if she remembers when it was.
It was emitting a hum as it went over our house at a height of about 250-300 ft., it was also about 200 ft wide and about 600 ft in length, I could tell this by the fact it was blocking out stars in the sky.
It was at a weird angle to me so it looked like a giant Nike tic in the sky. It caused a vibration through the house as it went over, but it was near silent but for this low frequency hum noise.
It was huge, it also had 3 red lights that I could see with a 4th blinking in and out, and it was the lights that seemed weird as they were not normal aircraft lights and had an orange-red glow and were pretty big.
On the eve I even called Southampton air traffic control and they said they had no aircraft in my area at that time, especially that low.
I also phoned my in-laws who lived round the corner and they had witnessed this low hum and vibration too, but didn’t go out to see what it was.
I used to live in an area where we had regular Flybe flights go over our house, and I know what a plane looks like in the dark, but this was not a plane.
My dad is ex-military so I know about Chinooks and helicopters, I’ve also been to airshows so have seen a lot of military aircraft and civilian aircraft.
Hope to hear from you soon.
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Archived Case of the Week
The Man Who Shot an Alien
One harsh November evening in 1961, Paul Miller and three buddies were on their way home after a hunting trip close
to Minot, North Dakota.
Suddenly, something they described as a “glowing silo” landed on a nearby field.
They first believed that it was an airplane that had crash landed, but they were forced to change their minds when
the object suddenly disappeared.
But when the four decided to drive away, the object reappeared and two humanoids
stepped out of the craft.
Miller, who was struck by panic, shot one of the beings, apparently injuring it. The second being fled. On the way home, Miller and his team had a “blackout” and lost track of three hours. They then decided not to tell the story to anyone.
The next day when Miller arrived at his office (at the Air Force), he was visited by three men wearing black suits.
They said that they were from the government and they began asking questions about his encounter and Miller later
recalled “that it seemed that they knew everything about me, and they probably already knew my answers”.
Instead it seemed that they were more interested in what clothes Miller had worn at the time of the encounter and
the men followed Miller home to take a look at them.
The men made such a threatening impression on Miller that he
didn't dare to tell his story for many years.
Sent by Alexander Gottfridsson
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Submitted to UFO Casebook
original source: The Unexplained – An Alien World, Orbs Publishing, London – 1980.1983