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Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -

From: Martin Shough <mshough.nul>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 10:44:11 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 08:32:08 -0400
Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -

>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 17:21:20 EDT
>Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide

>>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 17:27:40 +0100
>>Subject: British National Archives UFO Research Guide

>>An updated and improved research guide is now available at the
>>TNA [The National Archives] web site - paper copies are also
>>available at TNA. It is viewable at the following link:


>The history has some odd discrepancies. It describes a major
>media campaign in October 1950 that supposedly gave prominence
>to flying saucers in the UK for the first time. The campaign was
>said to be based on major newspapers serializing the Heard,
>Scully and Keyhoe books. The history next relates:

>"The media campaign of 1950 led some very senior establishment
>figures to ask questions and others began to press the
>Government for action."

>Examples were then given including Sir Henry Tizard who because
>of this media campaign supposedly then requested the creation of
>the Flying Saucer Working Party in the DSI/JTIC in August 1950.

>But August 1950 is 2 months _before_ the big "media camapaign"
>of October 1950. Clearly Tizard's Working Party had nothing to
>do with any "media camapign." I thought the Working Party had
>been set up because of disturbing RAF UFO sightings.

Hi Brad

You are correct. The dating of the media campaign to October
1950 is at variance with what is stated in DSI/JTIC Report No 7,
the final Working Party report of June 1951:

"Investigation of incidents in the United Kingdom

"During the summer and autumn of 1950 the British press gave
considerable publicity to reports of alleged sightings of
luminous bodies travelling at high speed, usually after dark,
but occasionally in daylight. The Air Ministry also received a
number of letters from members of the public with similar

Which of these - "October 1950" or "summer and autumn of 1950" -
is the more accurate would have to be determined by research of
UK press sources. However the Report does here imply that the
Working Party was at least in part motivated by press publicity
and civilian sightings.

On the other hand the only incidents considered in any detail at
all are three RAF incidents dated June, August and September

Martin Shough

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