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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Haunted Skies blog 22nd March 2012

Brenda Butler in a pensive mood! She is on the road to recovery after suffering a minor stroke - we wish her well

A beautiful photo of a swan taken on the nearby Canal at Alvechurch last week     (yes we do have some time out)

Kevin Goodman pictured here at last years Warminster Sky watch.

Kevin is in the process of getting his book Cradle of Contact reissued by Jon Downes of CFZ. Kevin tells me that there is a copy on the net for over £200... See him talking at Preston recently. Here is the link

An image from Wayne Mason of a UFO encountered in Cumbria, which is to be used in one of the future Haunted Skies volumes

We are going to interview a witness from the late 1970s in the Wiltshire area soon, about a UFO that was seen to land outside the family home. 

Volume 5
Well, we are still hard at it. At the moment,  I am checking the PDF for this volume, which covers the periods from  1972 to 1974 inclusive, against the images. The good news is that we will be able to squeeze even more images into this 'slice of UFO history' as we will not  now be including 1975. This is slightly  annoying, but Dawn and I have promised that nothing (within reason) will be left out.

Good news to hear that Jon Downes has taken over the production of matrix on line (subscription). We are not sure how much and when the magazine starts.

In between the good news, we do have to pass on some bad news... the June Conference at Woodbridge has, unfortunately, been cancelled.

Other good news is that Colonel Halt likes the books! He wrote to us: "Just finished reading volume IV. Most impressive. I can hardly believe all the sightings and the various shapes and forms. Will Volume V go through 1980?" Chuck

We replied and gave him the opportunity to see for himself what lies ahead.  And now you, the blog readers, can also see what is coming in future volumes.   No wonder we don't have time for anything else!

Chapter One 1972 
UFO over Shropshire, UFO Display over Rickmansworth ‘Flying Saucer’ over West Midlands, UFO over Andover, Close Encounter, South Yorkshire, ‘Invisible Walker’, Cradle Hill, UFO over Surrey, Lecture Kensington Library, London, Fireball over Nottinghamshire, Lecture Kensington Library, London, ‘Flying Saucer’ over Sussex, Humanoid figure seen, Wiltshire, ‘Giant’ seen near Warminster, Lecture Kensington Library London UFOs over Cradle Hill, Warminster, ‘Flying Saucer’ landing, Great Barr, Staffordshire, UFO fleet over Reading, UFO over Worcestershire, Lecture - Kensington Library, London, UFO over Lincoln, UFO over Wiltshire, UFO over Hartlepool, UFO Landing, London, UFO over Coventry, Police Officers sights UFOs, Strange ‘figure’ seen - Cradle Hill, Warminster, UFO over Hampshire, UFO over Bath, UFO Display over Warminster, Humanoids seen, Warminster, UFO Display over Winsford, Phantom footsteps, Cradle Hill, Landed UFO, Lancashire, Bryce Bond - New York Journalist, UFO over Suffolk, UFO over Trowbridge, UFO over Norfolk, USAF scrambles fighter jets, Saturn-shaped UFO over Brecon Beacons, UFOs over Essex, Landed UFO, Buckinghamshire, UFO over Lancashire, UFO over Lincolnshire, UFO over Lancashire, UFO over Lincoln, UFO over Nottingham, UFO over Heywood, UFO over Cheshire, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Close Encounter, Gloucestershire, Close Encounter, Sussex, UFO over Kent, UFO display, Warwickshire, UFO over Northumberland.

Chapter Two 1973
UFOs over East Yorkshire, UFO near the M10 flyover, UFO over London ,UFO Display over Bournemouth, UFOs over Warwickshire, Portsmouth UFO sightings, The Wessex Association for the Study of Unexplained Phenomena - Silver ‘Rods’ over Hampshire, UFO over Cheltenham, RAF Pilots sights UFO, Soldiers sight UFO, UFO over Northumberland, UFO over Wales, UFO over Birmingham, Mystery Lights over Warminster, UFO at Cradle Hill, Warminster, UFO over North Cornwall, Close Encounter , Scotland, Close Encounter, Northampton, UFO over Cheshire, Encounter with ghost, Portsmouth, Close Encounters, RAF Alconbury, Warminster

Chapter Three 1974
Nick Reiter and his work examination of metallic debris found in Ohio, USA, Metallic debris found after UFO over Lowestoft, UFO over Hampshire, Cross-shaped UFO over Kent, UFO over Bedfordshire, UFO over Derbyshire ‘Sky Quake’ over the Midlands , UFO over Sunderland, UFO sighted on Berwyn Mountain, UFO over Surrey, Is your neighbour a Martian? Strange ‘stars’ over Lincoln, UFO over Maidenhead, Ghostly ‘figure’ seen at Farnborough, UFO over Portsmouth, Close Encounter, Bedfordshire, Close Encounter, Barn Hill, Close Encounters Hartlepool, UFO over Worcester, UFO over Combe Martin, Early radio talk and UFO meeting, UFO Display over Birmingham, Scientist Nick UFO sighting, UFO Display, Bournemouth, A meeting that never was - Rex Dutta and ‘D’ Notice, Close Encounter, Dagenham, UFO over Cheltenham, UFOs over Stoke-on- Trent, UFOs over Surrey, UFO over Hertfordshire, Close Encounter, Bournemouth, UFO over Hampshire, UFO Display over Bedfordshire, UFO over Dorset, UFO over Portsmouth, UFO photographed over Bournemouth, Close Encounter, Aveley, UFOs over Rossendale Valley, ‘Sky Watch’, Somerset, UFO sighting, Ben Nevis, UFO over Colchester, UFO over Kent.

Chapter Four 1975 partial chapters.............
Ghostly Encounter, Worcestershire, UFO lands on River Dart, Strange ‘figure’, Southsea, UFO over London, Silver ‘discs’ over Kent, Triangular UFO, Reading, UFOs over Harlow, Essex, UFO over Suffolk, UFO over Kent, Phantom Hiker, UFO over Lincolnshire,  UFO landing, Rainham, Strange lights photographed at Lancashire, Yellow ‘Orb’, Scotland, UFO Display over London, UFO over Staffordshire, UFOs sighted over Warminster UFO over  Southampton, UFO over Warminster, UFO sighting, Cumbria, UFO over Berkshire, UFO over Birmingham, ‘Flying Hovercraft’, Gloucester, UFO Display, Wales, UFO landing on the Welsh Hills, UFO over Reading, UFO over Cleveland, Another UFO sighted over Reading, British UFO Groups make TV appeal, UFO over Southampton, UFO over Nottinghamshire, Close Encounter with UFO, UFO over Cradle Hill, Warminster, UFO over East Grinstead, UFO over Preston, UFO Display over Barnsley, UFO over Basildon, UFO over Northampton, ‘Flying Cobra’ UFOs, UFO landing, Cornwall, Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov.

On 2nd of February 1990 Linda Shotbolt, of Bury Road, Cockfield, was preparing the family tea when she was fetched outside by her husband John, who had been summoned by their son telling them that he could see something strange in the sky.“We stood and watched these three yellow lights hovering above ground level over Cockfield Green, one was bigger than the rest, it looked like a triangle the left one moved to the left so did the right hand one , the third one then took off across the sky at speed.’”

On the 5th of February 1990, Victor Byford of Bury Road, Stanningfield, happened to look out of his window at 8.30am and see what looked like “an orange or lemon falling through the sky over the woods towards Long Melford”. At 5.25pm the same evening he was having a cup of tea when he saw another “Lemon or Orange” shaped object falling out of the sky over onto the wood. It was only when he heard about what Linda had seen while listening to the Local Radio, that he then contacted her. Flt Lieut. ‘Rusty’ Russell, a spokesman from RAF Honnington, said: “we have a 24hour air traffic watch which includes radar and a 24hour meteorological watch, if it was in visual or radar range we would have seen it.” (Source: Ipswich Mercury Suffolk 8.3.1990 ‘Two UFO sightings puzzling to military’ / personal interview

London UFO Investigator Roy Lake, a friendly helpful man and then head of the East Anglian UFO Society,  told of having received a dozen UFO reports in and around the East Ham locality during February 1990. One of the witnesses was Mabel Flitton of Central Park, East Ham who was a retired bank typist. She was preparing for bed at 12.30am on 22nd March 1990 when she saw a “bluish white triangular light with rounded edges and  lights along its sides, moving very slowly eastwards across the sky towards the Barking area.” The MOD who were consulted said, “The Unit dealing with UFOs had been disbanded years ago”. (Sources: Docklands Recorder newspaper 15.3.90. ‘Spacecraft Surprise’)

During the early hours of 28th March 1990, former RAF Pilot David Lee and his wife were driving along Felixstowe Sea front when they saw a “huge oblong shaped object with red, green, and white lights moving across the sky heading inland”. The couple watched with astonishment as it skimmed over the tops of nearby buildings before being lost from view.

Sun (The) 8.10.66

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Haunted Skies Volume 5 1972- 1975

'Victor 'who passed away recently, the much loved dog of Omar Fowler a veteran UFO researcher ( Derby based UFO group-PRA)

Update on Volume 5

This is jam packed with an enormous amount of information covering the British period of UFO activity between 1972 and 1975, our Publisher Jon is very busy but has found time to look at the work, bearing in mind his other commitments - thanks Jon...

This means that Volume 6 The silver Jubilee Edition of 1977 will begin in 1976 and just cover two years!

This was a very busy year and by far has the greatest number of sightings, even more than the previous ‘wave’ that took place in 1966-1967. Ten years on.

A count up of the illustrations shows 85 files some having more images than the other. This will be a 'corker of a book' we hope that it will be published as a silver Jubilee UFO Book in the Queens Diamond Jubilee year.

If any one has photos of Her Majesty taken in the 1970's please let us have them. We do have a cracking photo of her taken last year at Stratford on Avon, nice to see she was wearing the same coat last week!

Some case histories awaiting illustrations

Rachel Smith was a pupil at Chase High School, Malvern, during the late 1970s. She contacted us, after learning we were looking for people who had witnessed sightings of UFOs in the Worcestershire area.

“I was in the playground when I saw an orange ‘ball of light’ with a distinctive matt finish, rather than gloss. It rolled across the sky, as you would roll a ball along the ground. It had a number of flat edges around its perimeter and was segmented in the middle. I last saw it heading towards the Radar Establishment before losing sight of it.”

Rachel was not the only pupil at the School to see something unusual. We were contacted, separately, by two other people, who told of sighting “a dome-shaped object” hovering over the Radar Establishment, at Malvern. One particular afternoon, both of them individually described the exterior surface of the UFO as looking like “the old-fashioned ‘grainy’ effect”, similar to the swirled finish on stainless steel pans.

On the other side of the City, Susan Meredith - a young housewife from Tunnel Hill - was fetching in the washing, at about 9.30pm, when she became aware of coloured lights, flashing behind her.

Puzzled as to where this source of illumination was originating from, I turned around and was staggered to see a bright silver, saucer-shaped object, with a ‘hump’, or ‘dome’, on its top - about the size of a small car - hovering close to the roof of a nearby house.

“I stood watching, mesmerised, and not knowing what to do for the best, as the object began moving very erratically, as if struggling to keep itself up in the air. To my horror, it slowly moved towards me and slid past into the wall of the house and completely disappeared. The following morning, I plucked up the courage to go outside and have a look. I inspected the brickwork, expecting to see burn marks. There was nothing. It was almost as if it had never happened. The frightening part is that it did.” (Source: personal interview)

This is the raw image (below) from a schoolboy who was walking to school in Janaury 1977..........You will see in due course the finished product of what Illustrator Wayne Mason does with these. Wherever possible we use both- as this is the right way to do it.

Brought to our attention by Bob Tibbitts while looking for properties in Coventry, on the Google maps This was in the Green Lane area of the city.

From Bob Tibbitts......Hi John

I have further explored the Google Maps images of the Gretna Road, Coventry CV3 area.

Originally I was exploring the area in Street View in order to check out what the area was like with a view to buying property there. As I always do, I thought I would take a look at the sky. Sometimes you see odd artefacts in the sky that are a result of the way in which Google composite the photos taken at 360 degrees. However, this object seems to be a 'real' and does in fact appear as a small elliptical mark against a grey sky. Not knowing in which order the photographer took the photos it is difficult to say whether the image of the small elliptical object was take as it flew over the photographer's van or the opposite way around.

Careful investigation as you virtually walk up and down Gretna Road will show the 'thing' change shape with reference to the camera lens as it moves across the field of view. It seems to have sunshine reflected from the upper surface and have a dark underside. It also seems to have two 'bulbous' areas at each end and a slightly thinner inner section.

If you zoom in on some shots, I get the impression that this must have been travelling at great speed as there seems to be a 'ghost' image in the pixels directly behind and under the thing. Without knowing how the camera works or the frame speed, I cannot say for certain how fast the thing may have been travelling. However, it is in and out of shot within five or six frames of that camera's normal operating speed.

Perhaps someone may be able to give us technical info about the equipment that Google use for street mapping. It would be useful to know also, when the pictures were taken.


I am pleased to tell you that our friend Brenda Butler is out of hospital after suffering slight stroke, I spoke to her a few days ago and we wish her well.

The attached photos were taken last night over Crockenhill near Swanley. The photographer is a good friend of mine, he is my childrens god father. He is ex military and knows his onions. He noticed these lights after 2 days of strange cloud formation, (which I also have photos of), if you can use these, he will do a statement for you of conditions, the hum, and static etc. The lights seem to form a triangle from what I can see.Regards Watson ( Andrea) xx

Light blasted and enhanced revceals this image

More images of the strange object seen over Coventry.