Tuesday, July 25, 2017

UFO resources of the State Library of Queensland


As part of a Project to gather together digitised copies of Australian UAP periodicals, I have been researching the holdings of various state libraries. Today, I present the holdings of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). Brisbane blog readers are encouraged to visit the SLQ to at least read these fascinating publications. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who does visit the SLQ for this purpose.

A listing

1. Light-  Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau - Mar 1957- Jan/Mar 1960.

2. QUFO - Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau - 1963-1964 (imperfect run.)

3. The Australian Flying Saucer Digest - Allied UFO Groups of Australia - Jan/Dec 1965.

4. Newsletter (QFSRB) - Jan/Feb 1966 - May/Jun 1973.

5. Contact -QFSRB - Issues from Jul/Dec 1973.

6. UFO Encounter - UFO Research (Queensland) - Oct/Nov 1977 onwards.

7. UFO Connection: We are not alone - UFO Investigation Network (Loganlea) Dec 1992/Feb 1993.

8. UFOlogist - UFO Investigation Centre Qld Jan/Mar 1997 onwards.

A note

A number of digitised copies of UFO Encounter have been uploaded by UFO Research (Qld) to the ISSUU website, namely issues 249-270; 275; 278; 279. Sheryl Gottschall of UFOR (Qld) advises me they are planning to slowly upload additional issues.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein - why was he interested in UFOs?


Last week, I was interviewed about my interests in astronomy and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, for a chapter in a yet to be published book. In passing, I mentioned that I had once been to a conference in America, which had been partly sponsored by the Prince of Liechtenstein. This recollection made me curious about the Prince's interest in Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, so I set about exploring what I could find.

Hans-Adam II is still the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, and was born 14 February 1945 as Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marco d'Aviano Pius, in Zurich, Switzerland. Hans-Adam II attended the University of St Gallen, in Switzerland, and graduated with a masters degree in Business and Economic Studies. His current financial wealth is estimated as $4 billion. 

I recalled that Jacques Vallee and his wife Janine,  had once been a guest of  Hans-Adam II, and located the relevant diary entries of Vallee. I will reproduce the text from the diary, and add some explanatory notes as the best form of documenting what I have found out about Hans-Adam II's UAP interest.

Image courtesy of Amazon Books
Hyde Street Thursday 18 May 1989 

'Crown prince Hans-Adam von Liechtenstein was in town yesterday with his consulting engineer from Toronto, a man named George Hathaway who helps him study the phenomenon with the hope of discovering new forms of energy production. Hathaway had written to me during my trip to Europe [April/May 1989 - KB]. He has spoken to Fred Beckman with whom they spent the afternoon.

"You've never met the Prince?" Fred asked me. "He's one of those people who are still looking for propulsion systems, advanced spacecraft and the like.'

"Perhaps he's right," I replied. "There's no question in my mind the phenomenon is physical. But the real answers may come from other directions, like cosmology and particle physics, rather than beating the bushes looking for flying saucers."

"Unless, of course, we become much, a lot more clever in the way we're doing it, without preconceived notions," Fred reminded me.'

My notes:

1. George D Hathaway was born in 1951, in Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1974 with a BA Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Inter alia, he investigated exotic energy propulsion systems.  

2. Fred Beckman was a long term associate of Jacques Vallee, who first joined one of Vallee's study groups, in October 1966 after reading Vallee's book, 'Anatomy of a Phenomenon. [See for example, Vallee, J. 1992. 'Forbidden Science: Journals 1957-1969. North Atlantic Books. Berkeley, CA. p222.] By 1988, Beckman, like so many other US researchers, was intrigued by tales of alien abductions.

Hyde Street. Monday 26 June 1989

'George Hathaway, the Canadian engineer who works with Leichtenstein, tells me he has been making contact with all leading UFO researchers who had ideas about energy or propulsion systems at the request of the Prince, who is also quietly sponsoring studies on abductions. That group tends to discount me because I have written 'Dimensions.' My views on the subject are mis-represented: Jerome Clark and Budd Hopkins have told Hathaway "Vallee doesn't even believe that the things are physical." So I found myself having to explain to him I did believe that UFOs represented a physical technology.

"But did you say they were multi-dimensional, rather than physical?" Hathaway countered.

"You and I are multi-dimensional, aren't we? Does that mean we're not physical?

He finally understood the point but stayed on his positions. He gave me some insight into his (and the Prince's) theory: there is an extraterrestrial force that is monitoring and controlling men's drive into space: "It's a question of how far we'll be allowed to go before some other entities put the lid on what we do with our little rocket firecrackers. We have to be prepared for certain pressures. Space is not the beckoning, wide open, new frontier people dream about..."

The Prince seems to be aware of covert studies going on "at his level" (that is, Head of State level) around the world. Hathaway, in the meantime, investigates Tesla phenomena and alternative energy devices and lectures on such topics.

Later the same day

Hal Puthoff tells me that he's met a couple of times with the Prince, a sophisticated aristocrat in his late forties. Leichtenstein is excited about energy concepts, to the point of setting up a corporation to which inventors of alternative devices can sell their patents and obtain royalties, free from military considerations of their respective countries. 

One of the times when Hal met Prince Hans-Adam was at the SSE meeting in Cornell, where the Prince argued knowledgeably with Carl Sagan.'

SSE Cornell, (L to R) Bob Jahn, Hal Puthoff, Hans-Adam, Paula, Scott Jones, Brenda Dunne, John B Alexander.
Source: http://www.johnbalexander.com/links
My notes:

3. The SSE is short for the Society for Scientific Exploration. 

Leichtenstein Schloss Vaduz. Saturday 4 November 1989

'Sleep comes easily behind the walls of this massive castle. from our guest room we can see the courtyard, the base of the huge keep (a 12th century square tower, walls four meter think) and the cannons guarding the valley. To the west, towards Switzerland, the outer wall hangs over a sheer precipice, the town of Vaduz and the Rhine far below. To the east the mountain rises all the way to Austria.

As soon as we arrived there were people to greet us. Prince Hans-Adam appeared wearing a blue open shirt and beige trousers. We had lunch in the smaller dining room with the family: the Prince's wife, his sister, two of his children. Coffee was served in a drawing room. Conversation about various paranormal topics began over lunch and continued well into the afternoon.

We walked through he garden, watching great dark and light patches in the sky, agitated by the warm Foehn wind that blows from Italy...At five o-clock Prince Hans-Adam graciously met us again... We had dinner at seven, after meeting Hans-Adam's brother Louis who had just obtained his medical degree in Zurich. The Prince's other brother Nicholas joined us in the drawing room after dinner. A fine mist had begun condensing into light rain when we resumed our talks about paranormal phenomena, which lasted until midnight.

Breakfast was served in our room this morning. A silent servant spread it out on a table, silver spoons with the arms of Liechtenstein  on both sides of each cup. Prince Hans-Adam told Janine he had become interested in the subject of UFOs following a sighting by one of his aunts near Munich in the fifties.

A few months later a cousin also observed an unusual object. The most interesting part of the discussion with Prince Hans-Adam had to do with history, specifically the history of secret knowledge. He spoke simply, with a smart grasp of the subject:

"It is as if mankind periodically rose towards a peak of enlightenment and wisdom and then fell again into bloody wars and anarchy," he said.

We spoke at length about the control system idea. Could we ever graduate from such a system?

I measured how little progress we had made in the last 15 years. We do have a lot more data but we have not improved either our ability to organise it, or our theoretical framework to understand it. Those who have made sensational claims of an imminent breakthrough; Strieber, Hopkins, Moore and Lear, have rapidly disqualified themselves. Hans-Adam listened kindly to the facts I presented to him about the inconsistencies of extraterrestrial argument.

I mentioned my visit to Lundahl. The Prince told us he had made similar inquiries and came back with the same empty net. Yet when he discussed the phenomenon he still spoke in the same terms as before, heavily biased towards the abductionist view: he insists it, seems we are visited by a race that lacks certain features. Aren't they aiming at crating hybrids of human, animal and insect life?

"People listen to you," Janine told me later, "but they go on believing whatever they want to believe, as if you had not given them new evidence to think about..."

Prince Hans-Adam is spending small amounts of money (a few tens of thousands of dollars, he said) validating experiments in free energy that, he claims, are generating more watts than are put in.

George Hathaway, who is well qualified, is in charge of these validations. I hope it is clear to Prince Hans-Adam that I am not looking for any subsidies for my own work...'

My notes:

4. I looked for other references to the Prince donating monies to researchers. I found:

4a. 1990. Christine Tulk In July 1990 in Arlington, Virginia, USA, Christine Tulk, the grand-daughter of the sheriff who reportedly saw the Roswell debris, reportedly met with Prince Hans-Adam. Hans-Adam is reported to have funded a project called ''Recollections of Roswell." 

4b. 1994.  Steven M Greer, in his book 'Hidden Truth - Forbidden Knowledge' (ZTT Consulting. Lansing, MI.) stated, that in 1994 he reached out to a Prince he refers to as S.A. (which is almost certainly Prince Hans-Adam.) Greer says he met the Prince in New York in July 1994 and that when Greer was speaking about the concept of  'disclosure,' says the Prince said "The aliens won't let you." Greer says they agreed to disagree. Greer summarises the Prince's views as that the ET presence was something to fear. (pp121-124.)

4c. 2002. In an unauthorised biography of Cdr. Cecil Beam "Scott" Jones it is stated that Prince Hans-Adam funded, or part funded the following:

2. The 1992 abduction conference, held in 1992 in Boston, USA.
3. Scott Jones' The Human Potential Foundation Inc.
4. The "Witnesses to Roswell" video tape, via a $10,000 donation to the Fund for UFO Research.
5. Rima Laibow's TREAT conferences. 

Back to Vallee

Hyde Street Thursday 16 November 1989.

'Dick Haines told me over lunch that the Prince had described to him what seemed to be a landed UFO he had observed from his upper garden when he was young.The object was seen towards Switzerland and was shielded by trees...'

Since the 1990's

My research trail went cold after 1994. If any blog readers can add to the above material, I would be grateful. I may be contacted via email at keithbasterfield@yahoo.com.au

An aside:

Hans-Adam II is not the only financially well off person who has taken an interest in our subject.

There is the well known tale of US entrepreneur Joe Firmage.My former co-blogger, Pauline Wilson wrote a 2011 blog piece about Firmage

The other well known advocate for the subject, is US CEO Robert Bigelow.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Westall - on the track of the missing Channel 9 news report

Introduction - 1966

Around noon on 6 April 1966, a channel 9 TV news crew, consisting of reporter Gordon Leed, and cameraman Keith Ballard, arrived at Westall High School and attempted to interview several students. These interviews were reportedly interrupted by police and school staff. That evening, a GTV-9 news story was shown on air, read by Eric Pierce, about that morning's observation of a 'flying saucer' at Westall. [Source: Chronology for 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident - compiled by Shane Ryan.]

Despite numerous inquiries, by a number of people, this Channel 9 TV footage has never been located.


Periodically, I have been searching the National Archives of Australia (NAA), for material relating to the 1966 Westall incident, but without success. 

On 18 June 2017, I came across an NAA file series C475, control symbol 1846620, barcode 13872656, titled 'This Day Tonight (12/10/1976) [segment] solar eclipse 23 October 1976 - UFOs and eclipse.'

Why would this be relevant to Westall? Well, because of a memory recollection I had. I recalled that someone, somewhere, had mentioned that there was a possible segment of the lost 1966 channel 9 news report regarding Westall, which had turned up on an October 1976 TV piece about that year's total solar eclipse. The problem was that I could not recall where I had heard this piece of information. However, that really did not matter, as here I had found a 1976 TV piece about UFOs and the eclipse. Perhaps, here would be some of the missing 1966 channel 9 film? 

I shared my discovery with Westall lead researcher Shane Ryan in Canberra, on 18 June 2017. Shane kindly agreed to make an application to the NAA to have the film examined, and opened for viewing.

Shane views the film

The wheels of the NAA run at their own speed. On 20 July 2017, Shane advised me that he had that day visited the NAA and viewed the film segment. Shane wrote to me:

'It was footage of an interview with Kevin Arnett on the eve of - as far as I could gather (as the sound was poor, and it seemed to be part of a longer interview) - an eclipse viewing at, and a UFO conference in, Mount Gambier. The interview only went for 2.5 minutes. At one point he held up a slide of, apparently the Balwyn UFO photo (he referred to it as Balwyn North.) There were several other slides in a box he had with him. There was no reference to Westall. It was difficult to tell, of course, how much more of the interview there may have been, or what else might have been talked about.'

The source of my memory recollection

The total solar eclipse that year was on 23 October 1976. 'This Day Tonight" was an ABC current affairs program which ran between 1967-1978.

At this point I thought it might be useful to track down where my memory recollection had come from. After some effort, and only after receiving Shane's report, I found the source. It was a message dated 7 August 2005, from Bill Chalker, on the Westall Flying Saucer Incident Yahoo groups discussion forum.

In part this message read:

'...an alternate source for at least part of the 1966 Westall channel coverage should be examined in the form of  A Current Affair story on the Mt Gambier UFO conference coverage. They ran a story on us over there. I'm pretty sure I recollect correctly that they included black & white archival footage of student Marilyn Eastwood and her sketch of the object. That would have been shortly after 23 October 1976. Find that footage and there might be pointers to the original footage?'

Blog readers will note, that Bill refers to the channel 9 TV program 'A Current Affair' and not to the channel 2 TV program 'This Day Tonight.'

Dandenong Journal, 21 April 1966 page 1,showing Marilyn's sketch

Further research

On the eve of 20 July 2017, I checked the NAA for any TV segments they might hold, generated by 'A Current Affair.' I found the NAA currently hold 124 such segments. Some are from 1976, however, none are from October 1976, and none refer to Westall, UFOs, or the solar eclipse.

On that same night, I sent an email to Bill Chalker asking for his 2017 memory recollections of this saga. In summary, Bill confirmed that after returning home from the eclipse and UFO conference, that he recalls seeing a segment on the channel 9 TV program 'A Current Affair.' The segment included footage of a girl and her UFO drawing. He recognised this drawing as a drawing reproduced in the Dandenong Journal, which was by witness Marilyn Eastwood. Bill said 'There was not an explicit reference to Westall, just B&W archival footage inserted into the story.'

Back to the NAA

I then went back to the NAA, and conducted another keyword search using the term 'solar eclipse.' Some more NAA files were displayed, above and beyond the film that Shane viewed. These were:

1. 22 October 1976 - C475, control symbol 1846545 barcode 13872584 [Segment] Solar eclipse 23 October 1976 - Preview.

2. 25 October 1976 - C475, control symbol 184682 barcode 13872535[Segment] Solar eclipse 23 October 1976 - Follow up.

Although these are not segments from 'A Current Affair,' in the interest of thorough research, I feel it is worth checking both these film segments to see if they do indeed contain any reference to Westall, including possible archival material from the missing channel 9 news report. I have therefore asked Shane if he would submit an application for these above two film segments to be examined, and opened for viewing. Naturally, this will take time. 

Thanks to Shane

My thanks to Shane, in Canberra, for taking the time to visit the NAA and view the one segment. Although our mutual efforts to locate Westall relevant files in the NAA, has, so far, proved unsuccessful, at least we are both still trying.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

National Library of Australia's PANDORA Project

PANDORA is the name of a digital archive, originally established by the National Library of Australia (NLA) in 1996. Today, it is a collaboration between the NLA and nine other Australian libraries and cultural collection agencies.

PANDORA is short for Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia. It is dedicated to the preserving of, and long term access to, Australian online electronic websites. Its aim is to preserve a selective collection of documents about the cultural, social, and political life, and activities of Australians.

Accessing the PANDORA website you will find a listing of subjects, e.g. arts, media, sciences; a 'complete listing of titles,' or you can search the titles alphabetically.

Naturally, I decided to search under 'U' to see what sources are devoted to the topic of this blog. I found:

1. UFO Research Queensland Inc.

'UFO Research Queensland Inc was selected for preservation by the State Library of Queensland. This title was not selected for re-archiving.'

Archived 21 October 2015.

2.  UFOs - Scientific Research. (Blog of Keith Basterfield.)

'UFOs - Scientific Research was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.'

Archived 7 February 2014; 10 February 2015; 10 February 2016; 10 February 2017.

3. UFOTerritory.com.au (Website of Alan Ferguson.)

'UFOTerritory.com.au was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.'

Archived 18 December 2015.

These are the only three UFO related websites listed under 'U.' However, if you use the search engine with a variety of other keywords the following sites also appear, as archived by PANDORA.

4. Australian UFO Research Network - archived 4 August 2008; 4 August 2009; 26 August 2011; 26 August 2013.

5. The UFO and Paranormal Research Society of Australia - archived 7 October 2016.

6. Eidolon Paranormal - archived 7 December 2011; 19 December 2012.

7. Weird Australia - archived 16 March 2015; 16 March 2016; 16 March 2017.

8. David Reneke's World of Space and Astronomy - archived 4 April 2014; 4 April 2015; 4 April 2016; 4 April 2017.

9. The Secret Visitors Project - archived 20 August 2015; 20 August 2016.

It is nice to know that websites dedicated wholly, or partly, to our subject are being archived and preserved by the National Library of Australia,

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Brilliant fireball over South Australia - 30 June 2017

At about 2356hrs local time (UTC plus 9.5hrs) on 30 June 2017,  a brilliant fireball (meteor) exploded over South Australia. Some Facebook sites are claiming it was a UFO.

Media reports

It was initially reported in the Adelaide media as having been observed from a number of Adelaide suburbs, and also in other places in South Australia. It was visible to the north-west.

Later media reports, indicated that it had been seen from places as far apart as Tanunda, and Riverton, in the mid-north of South Australia, and also across the Eyre peninsula, from locations which included Elliston; Port Lincoln; Whyalla and Streaky Bay. The Port Lincoln Times of 3 July 2017 carried this account which included security camera footage.


On the Eyre Peninsula, it was described as lighting up the night sky as if it were daylight. In colour it was said to have been an 'orange fireball.'

At Streaky Bay, resident Luke Sidler reported 'hearing a hissing sound' which seems to me, to fit in with  this being an electrophonic sound. Other residents stated that the duration of the event was only a few seconds; and that a few minutes after it had disappeared there were 'thunder-like' rumbling sounds heard, which would indicate a sonic boom.

Interestingly, Luke Sidler is also quoted as saying that he felt 'an impact,' 'it moved us off our deck chairs' and that one of his children in a campervan fell out of bed.

Other residents on the Eyre Peninsula reported that windows rattled, and shook.

Teresa Gameau of Koppio Hills reportedly said 'we could smell what smelled like burning sparklers.'

A camera belonging to the Desert Fireball Network, located at Mt. Ives, south of Lake Gairdner, South Australia captured an image of the fireball.  The fireball was also captured on a number of dash cams and home security cameras. 

Fireball over the eastern states

This South Australian fireball in June 2017, follows another very bright meteor seen over North Eastern New South Wales, and South-Eastern Queensland, around 1800hrs local time (UTC +10hrs) on 16 April 2017. As with the South Australian fireball, this 16 April eastern states fireball is reported to have caused sonic booms and vibrated houses.

Both fireball meteors led to much ill informed speculation on Facebook pages about them being UFOs.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Joint Intelligence Organisation; satellite re-entries, and UAP


On 26 May 1981, G A Perske, Group Captain, Directorate of Air Force Intelligence and Security (DAFIS), Department of Defence, wrote a memo to the Directorate of Chief of Air Staff. The title of the memo was 'Investigation of Unusual Aerial Sightings (UAS).'

Paragraph 6 is of interest to me, as it reads:

'6. The only advantage I see in retaining UAS investigation responsibilities are:

a. it allows a security oversight of unusual events which, on the odd occasion, may have some military implication;

b. it provides 'cover' if we wish to investigate some incident, not necessarily related , in more detail; and 

c. it provides some minor PR advantages (questionable) to the RAAF.'

(Source: NAA file series A703, control symbol 554/1/30 part 3.)

I always wondered what paragraph 6b meant. Now I think I know.

Chinese launch failure

On 12 January 1981 the then Director of the Joint Intelligence Organisation, A W McMichael, forwarded a three page 'Confidential' minute to R N Hamilton, First Assistant Secretary, Strategic & International Policy Division. (Source: NAA file series A4090, control symbol 529/1/16 part 1. )

Paragraph 11 of this minute reads:

'The Missiles, Space and Electronic Section of the Defence Scientific and Technical Intelligence Branch JIO, maintain a link with DAFIS, and often, we are able to isolate and identify space objects re-entering the earth's atmosphere over Australia. The RAAF's routine procedures for investigating Unusual Aerial Sightings were extremely valuable in the field investigations associated with the Chinese satellite launch failure and subsequent re-entry in July 1979.'

Here then, we have evidence that JIO conducted field investigations of fallen satellites/rockets, and the implied reason was the possible retrieval, and examination, of such material for intelligence value, similar to the USAF 'Moondust' retrieval system.

Other retrievals?

If the JIO used UAS observations in July 1979, searching for clues as to where the re-entering debris may have landed (debris from the US Skylab fell, and was retrieved, in Western Australia also, in July 1979) are there any other mentions of similar things in the UAP literature?

On page 400 of the book,'UFOs and Government,' Bill Chalker wrote:

Image courtesy of Amazon Books

'The JIO maintained a secret 'BOLIDE' file which seemed to be anchored to the premise that UFOs could involve the chance of retrieval of secret hardware and therefore contribute some useful intelligence.

It appeared JIO had a rapid intervention capability, as they were able to institute prompt widespread ground searches in suspected hardware crashes. They did this through special access channels. A specific example occurred in October 1979, when reports of a fireball over the Esperance area of Western Australia had JIO's DSTI Branch investigate "through special access channels a search over a 1,500 nautical miles radius of Esperance and covering the time frame of the reported sightings, but with zero results."'

Destroyed sightings files

Unfortunately, we no longer have access to the RAAF's UAS sightings files for 1979. In 2004, an FOI Officer for the Department of Defence advised me that the Department had destroyed (consistent with  Archive regulations) file series AF 529/1/3 and AF 84/3265 part 1. These covered the years 1974 to 1982. Therefore, I have been unable to check UAS sightings for the months of July and October 1979 to see what reports may have been made.

That Chinese launch failure

I forwarded a query to Ted Molczan, an amateur expert on satellite re-entries, who lives in Canada, and asked him if he had any information concerning a Chinese launch failure in July 1979. Ted responded:

'The Chinese satellite launch failure in question occurred in late July 1979. The launch vehicle was a Feng Bao 1 rocket. It carried three scientific satellites.

Jonathan McDowell's launch log reports the launch time as 1979 July 27 21:28 UTC, but over the years he has seen dates of July 27, 28 and 30, and he is not confident that we know the correct date. I am not certain that we can trust the launch time either, because it happens to be the nearly identical to that of the replacement launch on 1981 Sep 19. It's not clear that there was an operational requirement to launch at that time, so the coincidence seems unlikely, leading me to question whether someone mistakenly assigned the time of the replacement launch to the failed launch.

Despite the uncertain date and time, it is plausible for the vehicle to have descended over Australia. The launch was from Jiuquan, near 40.9581 N, 100.2912 E. The intended orbit is unknown; however, it is reasonable assume that it was similar to that of the replacement launch: 59.5 deg, 233 X 1595 km. The launch azimuth would have been approximately 140 deg, which would have passed over the Gulf of Carpentaria, headed toward Queensland and New South Wales, on a track parallel to the NE coast of Australia, roughly 1,000 kilometres in-land.

If any details of the Australian UFO sighting(s) are found, I would be pleased to attempt to verify the correlation with the failed launch.'

Another piece in the puzzle

This information, especially the track over Queensland, may link in to another piece of the puzzle.

Melbourne researcher Paul Dean, obtained, under the FOI Act, the release of background Department of Defence/RAAF papers concerning the cancellation of Australia's longstanding UFO policy (click here, here, here and here, for Paul's four part blog series.)

Part of his work provided an extract from an Australian government document, which in part read:

Imges courtesy of Paul Dean

'4 (S) In the past, responsibility for UAS has allowed (redacted words) acting on (redacted words) to locate pieces of space junk of high intelligence interest. The most recent example known to me occurred in the late 1970's/early 80's when a RAAF SQLDR was despatched at short notice to central Queensland on the lookout for pieces of (redacted words) that failed to achieve its correct trajectory. This work may become relatively more important in future if regional nations move to develop and acquire medium and long range SSMs.'

It seems reasonable to conclude that this Queensland recovery attempt, was in fact of the July 1979 failed Chinese launch.

Esperance October 1979

If we acknowledge that there was a search for a failed Chinese launch in Queensland in July 1979, what of Bill Chalker's information about something re-entering over Esperance in October 1979?

I took a look at Ted Molczan's list of 'Visually observed Natural Re-entries of Earth Satellites.'
to see if I could locate any information on an October 1979 event. There was only one listed:

5 October 1979 at 0732UTC. SSN11562, Russia, Ekran4r. Type R Model 85812.

This re-entry however, was not over Australia, but over Canada. So this doesn't match Esperance, Western Australia. Checking further I did find that the very next entry indicated a re-entry over Esperance. The date was 11 June 1980 at 1157UTC, when SSN11828, Russia, Cosmos 1185r, type R, model 15510 was seen over both Esperance and Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. (Source: NAA Bureau of Meteorology file PP956/1/45/38, pp10-13; 40-45.) Could Bill's date be incorrect?

Have we located any JIO files which could be the JIO 'BOLIDE' file?

Researcher Paul Dean came up with one ingenious idea to find such a file. After I located a JIB/JIO NAA file JIO63, control symbol 3092/2 titled 'Scientific Intelligence - General - Unidentified Flying Objects,' date range 1957-1971, Paul approached the Department of Defence and asked them for a listing of files held by the JIO, which had a file number similar to 3092/2. His reasoning was that if they opened a file on UFOs, maybe they opened a file on satellite re-entry retrievals.

After a while, the JIO responded to Paul's query and provided a list of such files. Interestingly, JIO file 3092/3 was titled 'Space Rockets and Earth Satellites' with a date range of 1958-1971. Paul immediately asked that this file be examined and made available to him. That was two years ago, and he is still waiting.

Meanwhile, a search of the NAA revealed another possibility. NAA file series A9737, control symbol 1990/1755 Part 1 is titled 'Outer Space Uncontrolled Re Entry of  Satellites and Other Space vehicles' but originates not with the JIO but with the Department of Foreign Affairs. It contains information about the known re-entry of Cosmos 1402. So, this file was of no real assistance.

So, to date, we can say that no civilian researcher has located the JIO Bolide file.

Did researchers get it wrong?

After reading about the JIO interest in the retrieval of downed satellites, I wondered if UAP researchers had got it wrong about certain UAP cases? Perhaps some JIO retrievals have been written off by UAP researchers as UAP?

I therefore reviewed Bill Chalker's list of alleged 'UFO crashes' in Australia

I found two possibilities:

1. '1983 - Coen - Qld - probable meteorite (letter to editor alleging retrieval operation involved.)'

2. Ca. 1977. A purple/green fireball was seen to crash near the South Australian/Western Australia border. Retrieval team sent. Large damaged object. Two men entered the object. Occupants seen.

Could these have been 'cover' stories about a JIO re-entry retrieval?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Can the 'Sea Fury' case Joint Intelligence Bureau files be found?

Recently, an Adelaide researcher conducted a 'Cold case' review of the 31 August 1954, Australian 'Sea Fury' incident.

When I was examining some of the background information about this fascinating sighting, I was reminded that, although we have copies of two Navy files on the incident (NAA file series MP926/1, control symbol 3079/101/1 and SP338/3, control symbol 13/4/10;) that the Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB) files, have never been seen by UAP researchers. Although, I have made previous attempts to locate these missing files, I was unsuccessful. However, I have decided that it is worth one final effort.

Letter to the Minister of Defence

So, I have despatched the following letter by registered snail mail.

'Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Defence
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister,

In 1991, Ken Llewellyn, then Public Relations Officer for the RAAF, authored a book titled 'Flight Into the Ages' (Felspin, NSW.) In it, inter alia, he discussed a number of sightings of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. One of these sightings was an alleged observation of two 'unknowns' by an Australian Navy pilot, Lt James Aloysius O'Farrell, near Goulburn, NSW, on 31 August 1954. In his book, Llewellyn states that, the then Secretary of the Department of Defence, Sir Arthur Tange, made available to O'Farrell, two DOD Joint Intelligence Bureau files, on the sighting.

In addition, the RAN 'Navy News', dated 9 March 1984 page 4, in an article about O'Farrell, included the words 'The Joint Intelligence Organisation holds a file on this sighting.'

These two JIB/JIO/DIO files are not in the National Archives of Australia.

The purpose of this letter is to ask:

(a) If the DOD currently retains JIB/JIO/DIO files about this 1954 sighting?

(b) If so, may I, either obtain a digital copies of them, or failing that, can the files be forwarded to the National Archives of Australia for retention and reviewed for release through them.

There is a precedent for release of JIB UAP files to me. In 2008, the then Minister for Defence arranged the release of a JIO files, JIO63, 3092/2/000, titled 'Scientific Intelligence-General-Unidentified Flying Objects' with a date range of 1957-1971. There was nothing on this file concerning the 1954 sighting.

Thank you for your response.'

The process of obtaining the previous JIO file took two years. Naturally, it may turn out that the current DIO no longer holds the relevant files. After all, they would now be 63 years old.

Comments on the 2017 paper
A number of people have responded to the anonymously authored Adelaide researcher's 2017 'Cold case' review paper, by way of private emails to me. I have passed all of these comments on to the paper's author. The consensus so far, is that while the hypothesis about Sabre jet fighters being involved, is possible; that it is not very likely. However, one of the purposes of conducting 'Cold case' reviews, is to generate peer discussion, based on an intelligent review of the data presented. The paper has certainly achieved this aim.
1. For a complete listing of Australian government files concerning UAP, click here.

2. Update. 4 July 2017. Bill Chalker has pointed out to me, that the Llewellyn book does not in fact say anything about the two JIB files. The information about O'Farrell and the JIB files instead came from an interview between Bill and O'Farrell. I wish to correct this here.