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UFO Mystery Now A Film

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 09:47:33 -0400
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Subject: UFO Mystery Now A Film

Source: The Capital Times - Madison, Wisconsin


April 26, 2007

UFO Mystery Now A Film
By Doug Moe

Last summer I was contacted by a Canadian computer systems
engineer named Gord Heath.

Heath had read a column I had written about the mysterious
disappearance, in 1953, of an F-89 Scorpion jet over Lake
Superior. The jet had been dispatched from the Kinross Air Force
Base in Michigan to track an unidentified craft spotted on the
Kinross radar.

The F-89 was at Kinross on temporary assignment. Both the jet
and its two-member crew, pilot Gene Moncla and radar observer
Robert Wilson, were based in Madison at Truax Field. They were
at Kinross as temporary replacements for personnel engaged in
gunnery maneuvers in Arizona.

News accounts from 1953, including a report in The Capital
Times, said that Kinross radar tracked both the F-89 and the
unidentified craft as they flew over Lake Superior. From the
cockpit, Moncla said, "I'm going in for a closer look." Moments
later, the two radar blips merged on the screen.

What happened next, nobody knows, though there are abundant
theories. In any case, the Truax F-89 and its two crew members
were never seen again. Some in the UFO community have theorized
that a the jet was gobbled up by an extraterrestrial ship. U.S.
officials at first insisted that the unidentified radar blip was
an off-course Canadian airliner, a version consistently denied
by the Canadians.

After my column last August -- which had been prompted by a
Canadian newspaper story on the incident -- I heard from Heath,
who, it was immediately clear, had done a great deal of research
about the Kinross disappearance. He'd even made several visits
to Madison.

His purpose in contacting me was to impart startling news: A
dive company, on its Web site, was claiming to have located what
looked to be an F-89 Scorpion jet on the bottom of Lake
Superior. If true, it would almost certainly have been the Truax
jet that disappeared in 1953.

As it turned out, the dive company's "find" appears to have been
a hoax, although that is not certain. This much is: The Web site
has disappeared.

Over a few weeks late last summer, as the story unfolded, Heath
and I spoke on the phone and exchanged numerous e-mails. He told
me his last visit to Madison had been quite recent, just last
July. A Canadian documentary film crew had accompanied him,
Heath said.

Heath was friendly, articulate, and impressively well-versed in
the lore of the Kinross incident. But at some point during our
communication it dawned on me that for Heath, something more was
at work than finding the truth behind a mysterious event in U.S.
Air Force history. Heath, I came to realize, believed that in
some complex way he possessed memories that could only be the
memories of Gene Moncla, the F-89 pilot. And he believed that
the F-89 had indeed been abducted by a UFO in 1953.

I am not a big believer in either reincarnation or
extraterrestrials, so I didn't pursue that line of inquiry with
Heath last year. I'd enjoyed our communication and left it at

Now, though, the documentary film that was partly shot here last
summer is not only finished, it aired twice in the last few
weeks on Canadian television.

The film is titled The Moncla Memories, and this week I spoke
with its creator, Canadian filmmaker David Cherniack.

Cherniack said he was working on a two-hour documentary on UFOs
for the Canadian History Channel when he met Heath and decided
Heath was worthy of a film himself. The film crew, traveling by
RV, came to Madison last summer and shot film of Heath in
Moncla's old Madison residence.

Cherniack said that more than a film about UFOs, this
documentary is about "memory, and how we construct our
memories." What he liked about Heath, he said, "is that he has
never been a true believer in his own recollections. He knows
that they are potentially suspect."

Which makes Heath different from many others who insist they
have been touched in some way by aliens. In the new film, Heath
details the memories and images that led him to the startling
conclusion of his relationship with Moncla. One memory includes
Heath's parents being present on the alien ship when Moncla was
abducted, and Moncla being told he cannot return to his old life
but might instead be reborn as another human. Gord Heath was
born nine months after Moncla's F-89 disappeared.

In the film, we learn Moncla's family has had a mixed reaction
to Heath's memories. Cherniack, the filmmaker, suggested, and
Heath agreed, to a DNA test. They would need a member of the
Moncla family to participate as well, and an unidentified male
agreed to the test.

As it happened, Heath was with Cherniack in the filmmaker's RV
last year when the results of the test were sent. Cherniack
didn't look at the results himself. He set up his camera and
asked Heath to open the e-mail, which would reveal whether or
not Heath was genetically related to Gene Moncla.

Heath sits at the computer. "What does it say, Gord?" a voice
asks off-camera.

Heath reads from the screen: "The result is consistent with
males who do not share a common male lineage."

There was no match. Heath, though, still has his Moncla
memories, and questions linger, including what really happened
to the Truax F-89 over Lake Superior in 1953. Late in the film
someone says, "There are some mysteries out there we can't
answer. They just have to stay a mystery."

Heard something Moe should know? Call 252-6446, write P.O. Box
8060, Madison, WI 53708, or e-mail dmoe.nul

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