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Re: Exeter Case 'Solved'

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:47:03 -0300
Archived: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:29:19 -0400
Subject: Re: Exeter Case 'Solved'

>From: Peter Davenport <director.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:58:54 -0700
>Subject: Re: Exeter Case 'Solved'

>>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:37:30 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Exeter Case 'Solved'

>>>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>>>To: <post.nul>
>>>Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 13:43:13 -0300
>>>Subject: Exeter Case 'Solved'

>>>Apparently those super-sleuths James McGaha and Joe Knickell
>>>from the Skeptical Enquirer have solved the Exeter case.

>>>Apparently the 60 to 100 foot wide, blood-red object that
>>>eighteen-year-old Norman Muscarello and Police Officer Eugene
>>>Bertrand saw arising from the trees a few hundred feet away can
>>>be easily explained by the director lights on a refuelling
>>>tanker at twenty thousand feet.


>>>Source: CSICOP.Org


>>>November/December 2011

>>>Special Report
>>>James McGaha and Joe Nickell
>>>Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

>Martin, et al,

>I vaguely remember hearing about the McGaha/Nickell article,
>when it was first published, but today was the first time I took
>the time to read it. I'm sorry I wasted the time necessary to do

>The contents of the article make it, in my opinion, little more
>than a classic disinformation piece, hardly worth the time to
>read it, and certainly not worth the time to write a long,
>detailed analysis of the many flaws, oversights, and omissions
>the article exhibits.


>On Friday, September 10, 1965, I interviewed Lt. Alan B. Brandt
>at Pease AFB, who had conducted the investigation of the
>incident on behalf of the U. S. Air Force. Lt. Brandt would not
>say what he thought was the cause of the incident, but he did
>admit to me that he found the case to be intriguing, and that it
>caused him to abandon his native skepticism about the UFO
>phenomenon. ((I do not recall whether Lt. Brandt was a 2nd or
>1st Lieutenant, although I believe he was a 1st Lieutenant. At
>that time, and at age 17, I believe I was not familiar with the
>distinction between rank insignia for a 1st and 2nd


>NOTE: One contributor to the list has suggested that Bertrand
>had served in the U. S. Air Force, but my recollection of
>Bertrand's military service record is different. During my
>interview of Bertrand, he informed me that he had served with
>the U. S. Marines, and that he had served in Korea during the
>Korean conflict. Had he said that he had served in the U. S. Air
>Force, I believe I would have made a clear mental note of that
>fact, given that at ages 14 and 15 years (1962-63), I had lived
>with a U. S. Air Force family in Ethiopia.

Peter, it was me (Don Ledger) who claimed Officer Bertrand was
in the USAF. It's in Fuller's book and also in Allen Hynek's
report (Part Two).


Witnesses stated in Hynek's report:

"One of us (Patrolman Bertrand) was in the Air Force for four
years, engaged in refueling operations, with all kinds of
military aircraft; it was impossible to mistake what we saw for
any kind of military operation, regardless of altitude.It was
also definitely not a helicopter or balloon."

Perhaps the Marine Air Corp had refuelling tankers but I doubt

Don Ledger

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