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Summer 1947 Blackheath Common, South London

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 01:58:25 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 10:02:36 -0400
Subject: Summer 1947 Blackheath Common, South London

Sighting report from the BBC's UFO talking point. URL:




Thursday, July 2, 1998 Published at 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
Talking Point

Are UFOs a sign of alien life? Your reaction

Votes so far:

Yes: 54%=BF No: 46%


When I was 10 I remember my father telling me about how he and
my mother had seen a UFO in 1947. It had been a spinning silver
egg that had been floating in the sky above Blackheath Common,
south London. It had been a sunny day with clouds, it was early
afternoon, and the object could be seen by the naked eye. My
father got out his binoculars and took a look and what he saw
confirmed the shape and spinning nature of the object. Now at
the time I remembered the story but didn't really think about
it. A few years later he recounted the story. I was 13 or 14 and
this time I was very interested. But I thought he was joking.
However what leads credence to the story is the fact that my
mother was there as well and when I asked her she said that was
exactly what had happened and that my father had given her the
binoculars to see for herself. My mother wasn't deadly serious
about it but rather matter of fact.

What is particularly interesting about this story, in addition
to the partial corroboration (my mother would not be considered
an independent witness I imagine) was that the egg, or whatever
it was, hung in the air until it was occluded by a cloud (not a
big one in my father's memory) but a minute or so later when the
cloud had passed it had gone. My father was an RAF trained
navigator. He had just been demobbed and would have recognised
it as such if it had been a meteorological or barrage balloon
etc. I assume that my father practically knew the shape and
characteristics of practically everything flying at that time as
he had been on Dacota7s right up to that year. The egg's
spinning nature? My father's later assertion was that it must
have been a UFO in the pure definition of the sense. Actually I
don't know if UFO mania had hit England in summer 1947. I
suspect if it had, my father might have been in some way caught
up in the hysteria. That's something I will never know as he
died over a decade ago.

I never paid this that much attention however and had not been
particularly interested in UFO phenomena until May 1998 when I
saw something I can only describe as a UFO myself; a purple
glowing triangle moving very rapidly across the lower third of
the sky one early evening, again in south London. I am not going
to go into this story as I probably saw a stealth bomber or
something, but all I can say was that it looked to be about 10
or 15 kilometers away, was huge, silent, with bright glowing
lights at each of the points and then suddenly stopped, hovered
and disappeared. I got the feeling that its real behaviour was
such that it couldn't have been a standard aircraft. I was
completely fazed by the whole experience and, well, I cannot
help but think that what I saw and what my father and mother
apparently saw need rational explanation.

What finally unsettles me is that neither what I saw or my
parents saw fits into the loony saucer, cigar, or whatever
sightings which are supposed to be what you see when you see a
UFO. But as far as my eyes and first and second hand experiences
guide me I cannot but help think that visitors come to Earth to
check us out.

Paul Kallender, Ex-UK now in Japan