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Re: US GI & UFO Incident in WW1 France

From: David Clarke <crazydiamonds@compuserve.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 09:53:14 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 16:42:27 -0500
Subject: Re: US GI & UFO Incident in WW1 France

>From: Joaquim Fernandes <j.fernan@esoterica.pt>
>Subject: Re: US GI & UFO Incident in WW1 France
>Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 19:13:53 +0000
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>It appears that September/October 1917 was a heavy UFO flap
>period. Does anybody have any more UFO incidents from this

The Public Record Office files in London contain a wealth of
information about UFO-type sightings over the British Isles
during the 1914-1918 period, ranging from mystery lights to
"phantom airships."

Researcher Granville Oldroyd found records of hundreds of
reports to the War Office both from police and Intelligence
Units, which led to an official investigation and a conclusion
that 89 percent of the reported cases could be explained (PRO
Air 1/565/16/15/89: 'Special Report on Aircraft Rumours, 6-7
September 1914).

These sightings were taken so seriously during 1916 that the
Royal Flying Corps even dispatched a pilot, Lieutenant Hucks, to
fly over the Pennine hills of Northern England in a bid to
locate the base it was believed was used by the Zeppelin airship
which was thought to be responsible.

An article I wrote on the 1916-17 sightings was published in UFO
Brigantia some years ago, but the following is a summary of the
material which appeared in a book I co-wrote with Andy Roberts,
Phantoms of the Sky (published by Robert Hale, London, in 1990):

"Strange lights were [also] observed by members of the Royal
Flying Corps defending London from Zeppelin raids on the night
of 31 January 1916, just as many pilots observed similar
unexplained aerial phenomena during the Second World War. On the
night in question, orders were sent to the fighter aerodromes to
the effect that Zeppelins were approaching London. At 7.40pm
Lieutenant RS Maxwell arose from Hainault Farm Aerodrome, near
Romford in Essex. At 8.25 his engine was "...missing irregularly
and it was only by keeping the speed of the machine down to
50mph that I was able to stay at 10,000 feet. It was at this
time that I distinctly saw an artificial light to the north of
me, and at about the same height. I followed this light
northeast for nearly 20 minutes, but it seemed to go slightly
heigher and just as quickly as myself...and I eventually lost it
completely in the clouds." (PRO Air 1/611 16/15/288). "At 8.45
pm another aeroplane, piloted by Flight Sub-Lieutenant JE
Morgan, may have  observed the same UFO after arising from an
aerodrome at Rochford, some twenty-two miles east of Hainault
Farm. Morgan reported [in an official report to the War Office]
that at 5,000 feet he had seen, about a hundred feet away from
his aircraft, 'a row of what appeared to be lighted windows
which looked something like a railway carriage with the blinds
drawn.'  In the belief that he had chanced upon a Zeppelin,
Morgan fired at the object with his Webley Scott pistol,
whereupon "the lights alongside arose rapidly" and disappeared!

"As on that particular night none of the raiding [German]
airships came as far south as Essex, what was it that these two
pilots independently reported in the sky in the same area and at
the same time?"

Unfortunately, Morgan's original report has not been located in
the War Office files from the period, and we have to reply upon
a second hand account of it.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have details
of other WW1 era sightings, both in Europe and further afield.

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