In about 1994, the RAAF collected its remaining open UAP files, from various bases around Australia, and sent them off to the National Archives of Australia (NAA.) The RAAF did this because at that time, it had decided to get out of the UAP "business."
The NAA re-numbered all of these files as file series A9755, and as their date range fell outside of the Archive Act, no-one was allowed to see the files.
Enter the Disclosure Australia Project:
In 2004, Dominic McNamara and myself were able to convince the RAAF to transfer these files from where they were held in Canberra, to RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. Dom and I spent about 18 hours in total looking through the files under the watchful eyes of RAAF police. We reported on the contents of the files in Disclosure Australia Newsletter number 15 (click here.)
Now, ten years later, the date range of the Archives Act has caught up with these files and parts of eleven of the series have been already digitised on the NAA website, thanks to the efforts of myself and Melbourne based researcher Paul Dean. I have previously reported on these in various blog posts.
Now, thanks to Paul Dean, four more A9755 series files have been opened and digitised. I report on their contents below.
A9755 control symbol 5:
[RAAF Headquarters Support Command, Victoria Barracks, Victoria] UFOs [Unidentified Flying Objects] reports[UAS - Unusual Aerial Sightings]. Date range 1985-1987. Barcode 3533434. Status - open. Formerly file number 6/16/Air Part 1. 153 pages available.
This file consists mainly of large numbers of copies of documents which the Victorian UFO Research Society (VUFORS) sent in to the RAAF, e.g. copies of the VUFORS Newsletters for March, June and September 1987.
There are however, three sets of interesting papers relating to the 9 June 1987 Learmouth, West Australia, event involving SAS personnel (click here); a letter re a close encounter at Highton, Victoria (click here), and details of a 25 September 1985 unusual radar contact at RAAF Sale (click here). It should be noted however, that copies of documents on all these three events have already been previously located on other RAAF files, and details given in this blog.
One other item of interest is that this file, unlike others, provides the names of the witnesses to the June 1987 Learmouth event. We had previously not known their names. Likewise, the witness to the Highton event is also named on the file.
A9755 control symbol 3:
[RAAF Headquarters Support Command, Victoria Barracks, Victoria] UAS [Unusual Aerial Sightings] Policy [UFO - Unidentified Flying Objects]. Date range 1983-1987. Status open. Barcode 3533406. 182 pages. Formerly 5/6/Air Part 3. Chief of Air Staff.
This is a policy file and contains a variety of documents including:
* Pages relating to photographic computer enhancement techniques
* Newspaper clippings
* A letter dated 25May 1983 from the Australian Skeptics to Flt. Lt. Biddington
* A copy of a report by researcher Bill Chalker, on what he found when he examined the RAAF files in the early 1980's
* A detailed article by VUFORS member John Auchettl, on the 21 July 1983 Melton, Victoria, sightings by police officers
* Multiple pages on various aspects of the 1983 Bendigo, Victoria, "flap"
* A list of RAAF UAP files.
A9755 control symbol 18:
[RAAF Headquarters No 82 Bomber Wing, Amberley, Queensland] Unusual Aerial Sightings [UAS] [UFO-Unidentified Flying Objects]. Date range 1987-1988. Barcode 3533543. 166 pages. Formerly file 5/113/Air part 7. Status open with exception.
This file contains a number of UAP proformas concerning low interest lights in the sky, from the general public in Queensland. Nothing of great interest here, simply adding more sightings to the existing record.
A9755 control symbol 12:
[RAAF No 92 Wing Headquarters, Edinburgh, South Australia] Unusual Aerial Sightings [UAS] [UFO - Unidentified Flying Objects]. Date range 1987-1992. Barcode 3533466. Status open with exception. 76 pages. Formerly file 5/6/1 Air Part 15.
This file contains a number of UAP proformas from various individuals in South Australia. There are 76 pages available to view through the NAA's website. However, when Dom and I examined the file in 2004, there were 183 pages on the file. At that time, I did take note of the contents of most of the file and I provide a copy of my notes below.
Handwritten note. Report 1850hrs. Mypolonga SA. Large mass of bright white light. Round. 10000 feet high. Sighted above
Letter. Jul 87. Ed to Mypolonga reporter. Please complete pro forma.
Pro forma Mypolonga. “Assessed as having no military significance.”
“Chief Inspector… advises that you have recently received a report on the occurrence of an unexplained phenomenon suggestive of a UFO sighting from a local farmer…” details please.
Pro forma Witness A. Aged 51. Farmer near
Colour- light-iridescent bright red. Craft-bright aluminium appearance. Size-light-cone shape travelling to ground. Craft-12 feet wide 8-9 feet high. Portholes approximately 4 feet above ground. No sound from craft. “Sound of shuffling type of walk treading on plastic heard outside while I was inside house…” “Don’t know how craft left. The light just went off like they had been switched off. Light appeared to be sued for directional purposes only.” “Ground was marked by flattened grass and dried ground and slight indentation.” There was a witness to part of the event-son in law aged 28 was there ion the appearance of the first light only he then left to go home. Form signed by witness on
Copy of Police report on
Ref: SAPOL H2 88 U2. Letter from SAPOL to RAAD Ed dated
Record of conversation. Broken Hill newspaper. Report UAS. Bus driver 2000hrs
Record of conversation. ABC Broken Hill. Inquiry re sightings around BH. No specific reports received by RAAF.
“Thank you for your well documented report of the inexplicable phenomenon which you recently witnessed. Reports of unusual aerial sightings (or UFOs) on the ground are infrequently received by thus office. Your report has seen investigated, but I cannot provide an explanation as to what you saw.
Notwithstanding, the sighting is assessed as having no defence or security implications, and in accordance with Departmental policy will not be investigated further.” However, I’d like your consent to pass your report on to Mr Brunt.
A T Brunt. Article titled “Understanding UFOs”
Pro forma. Copy.
Original of SAPOL report on
Letter. Aug 87. Squadron Leader at Ed to A Brunt. Herewith report from
News paper clipping. “UFO buzzed me, farmer claims.”
O/O log. 1945hrs. From witness at
Record of conversation.
O/o log. 2030hrs. Civilian at Morphett Vale. Stationary blue/green light.
O/o log. 2200hrs UFO flew over Parafield. 2145hrs. Bright ball. No noise.
Minute. Witness to 63 contacted.
News paper clipping. Advertiser
Newspaper clipping. Advertiser. Mundrabilla }Probably a meteorite.”
o/o log. 0700hrs. Elizabeth North man saw green light going very fast E to N trailing orange.
Letter. Pro forma to witness
Pro forma. Witness aged 61.
Pro forma. Witness 67 yrs. Findon. 17 mar 88. 0050hrs. 7mins. Object near civilian aircraft.
Occurrence log. Barmera. Big bright blue/silver and gold light over
Letter. Ed 26 Aug 88 to witness 82.
Pro forma. Strathalbyn SA 8 Sep 88. 1850hrrs to 2115hrs. 45 deg NE. Very fast light in sky.
Occurrence log. UFO report. 312250k. At 2000hrs Golden Grove. Falling large red and white light.
Occurrence report. 2205hrs. Hope Valley-light.
Occurrence log. 1845hrs. Medindie. Bright light.
Letter. 22 May 89. Ed to witness 92.
Message form. Meadows via
Message form. From 92QWG to HQAMB. Please interview Qld reporter re complex story.
News clipping. Advertiser
Hand written note. Names and phone numbers.
Hand written note.
Record of conversation. Checked re-entry of USA-42 at 09115Z
Letter. Ed to witness 101.
Pages from Allen Hendry’s UFO guide book
File note. Hand written. Report 2230hrs
Occurrence log. Group of lights 0940hrs in N sky. Moving around.
Letter. Ed to witness
Hand written note. “thought associated with sky show.”
Occurrence log. 012025 Report SW to NE. Very bright light.
Pro forma. Male 62 yrs.
UFO sighting 6. Male. At Clare/Burra turn off. Travelling SW. Bright green light. 2030hrs. 20 may 91.
UFO sighting 5.
UFO sighting 4. 20 May 91. Blue light white tail. Glandore.
UFO sighting 3. 20 May 91. 2020hrs. Advertiser called re “giant meteorite.”
UFO sighting 2. 2020hrs.
UFO sighting 1. 20 May 91. Paralowie. 1M. 2020hrs. Very bright. SE to NW. Left trail.
Letter. Ed to Lobethal witness.
Pro forma. Lobethal. 1F 3 Jul 91. 0525hrs. 45 deg NW Green glow. Downward. Rapid. Vanished.
Pro forma. 1M 26 Sep 91. 15mins. 45 deg ENE. Two lights. Yellow. Campbelltown.
Letter 21 Jan 92. Port Pirie. Pro forma please.
“This file was checked and found to be complete
Any more files?
I compared a list of RAAF UAP files I found on A9755 control symbol 3, with file numbers already known to me. The following files remain un-located.
* 6/9/Air part 2
* 17/9/Air Part 7
* 5/6/Air Part 1.
In addition, file 5/1/11/Air Part 1, which was seen at RAAF Base Edinburgh in 2004, also remains un-located in the NAA to date.
These four files, may of course, be part of the A9755 file series, which are not yet visible on the NAA's RecordSearch. Only time will tell. The next NAA notification of so far unseen RAAF UAP files will be on 1 January 2015, when anything new will simply appear on RecordSearch on that day.
UAP researchers should note the generosity of Paul Dean of Melbourne who paid to have the above files digitised (at a cost of about Aus. $60 per file.)
It is of interest to note that two of the above mentioned files are also available in PDF, and thus you can download the entire file for yourself, as opposed to reading the digitised version.