Saturday, 14 March 2009

RAF Penkridge & Pillaton Farm


The focus of further research into the Penkridge Incident currently remains very much based on Harold South's testimony and therefore continues to provide a guideline to the vicinity of the alleged crash/retrieval site.
Although has I have said before, this eye witness account may or may not not be related to Stringfield's version of events.
Current area's of interest in the coming months will be RAF Penkridge, more commonly refer ed to as Otherton Airfield and currently used by the Staffordshire Areo Club (circled on map).

The airfield was created as RAF Penkridge in 1942 during the Second World War and was the base of RAF 51 Group EFTS. The airfield, which is known by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) designation code X3PR.
The other site of interest is Pillaton Farm, currently a Caravan Site with small industrial units for rent, these area's may quite possibly throw new light onto Harold South's testimony with heavy motorway construction development going on at the time any additional activity of a unusual nature, such as a military presence in the area should really have been noted by more than a single observer.

14 comments:

  1. Good work Stephen. I only recently discovered the 'penkridge incident'. I live in the next village over from Penkridge, so it's interesting to hear this.

    Keep up the good work.

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  2. Thanks for your comment Dan, it is much appreciated. I will be spending quite sometime in the area in the coming months and will updating this blog more regular.

    Stephen

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  3. Hi Stephen, thought this might interest you. If you haven't read it already. An interview with the witness, 30 years later with some strange telephone calls from the M.O.D

    http://www.google.co.uk/books?id=RoaZqD27gLgC&pg=PA140&dq=Penkridge+UFO#PPA140,M1

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  4. Yes, thanks for providing the link, Nick's interview with Harold South remains to date the only potential eye witness account that might possibily substantiate Leonard Stringfield's account of the Penkridge Incident, if true then there should be other witnesses who may be able to corroborate both or eithers testimony.

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  5. Stephen,

    I got a copy of Leonard Stringfield's 'Situation Red'. Having read it from front to back there is no mention of the 1964 Penkridge Crash it must have been in another of his books. Still a very chiiling account of UFO encounters.

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  6. Hi Ian, Many thanks for this comment. This actually is really going to bug me now! Since my recollection was that "Situation Red the UFO Siege" was indeed were I first encountered Leonard Stringfield reference to the "Penkridge Incident".
    This will now indeed have to be a pet project of mine, since which Book did I actually reference during my latter school days?!?!?!

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  7. I was hopeful of reading his original account but I didn't find it. I'll scan through it again - it's possible I missed it. Also, more than happy to let you borrow it, if you fancy reading it again. Some of the stuff in that book made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. It's quite frightening in cases. It's no surprise that people may have mistakenly thought they were under siege.

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  8. I've been meaning to email you - but haven't switched the computer up stairs on recently. i got a reply from the biographer of Alec Douglas-Home who was the Prime Minister in 1964. I'll forward you the email but in essence he thought the story was interesting - but he hadn't seen any evidence that the Prime Minister was called away for any unscheduled meetings - there were no holes in his diaries or any unexplained events that he was aware of. The account by D.R. Thorpe is very intriguing, and even if it proves nothing shows that there is no smoking gun in the diaries of the Prime Minister of the day.

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  9. Yes, this is quite interesting since it would almost certainly have required the Prime Minister's approval to allow NATO forces to operate on UK Mainland, especially in the retrieval of a foreign object without some form of high level Cabinet meeting (similar to COBRA?) taking place.
    Incidently 1964 was also the year the three armed services (the Admiralty, Air Ministry & the War Office) almagamated to form the new Ministry of Defence.

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  10. Cool blog! And good to see that you are digging into this case.

    The Penkridge story first appeared in Stringfield's 1991 "Status Report," which was self-published by Stringfield.

    Someone like Arcturus Books in the US may well still have copies for sale, as they have an excellent selection of used books.

    Cheers
    Nick

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  11. I had a thought - if something had impacted the ground with the significant force there would be evidence in aerial photographs. I can't see anything on google earth. Thoughts?

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  12. Many thanks for the comments! This is a interesting question, although google earth would have mapped the area only recently within the last few years and Since the site where the alleged object impacted occured over thirty five years ago its almost impossible to gauge the extent to which the ground area would have been damaged. If this was indeed significant and represented a problem from a security view point the authorities may well indeed have ordered the forestry commission to "landscape" the impact site, all though from my own viewpoint i don't think this was the case.

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  13. Looking forward to the next instalment Stephen. You investigating anything at the moment? Trying to decide where to take my investigation next. I'm wondering whether it would be possible to track down the orginal pictures taken by Harold South. They must be in some file somewhere.

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  14. Hi Ian, Based on the assumption Harold South's testimony is true I personally would have thought that the film would have been destroyed by the authorities at the time since these photographs would have represented a security risk. Any necessary Film footage or Photographs taken by the authorities at the time of the incident however might well indeed be preserved on file although having said that I firmly believe the file would be exempt from the thirty year rule regarding disclosure and probably remain classified Secret or Above at an undisclosed location other than the Public Records at Kew. See my new entry for an update!

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