Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2009 13:57:55 -0500
From: Francis Ridge <>
Subject: May 1948, United Kingdom Incident

Source: The UFO Conspiracy, The First Forty Years, Jenny Randles, pg. 92-93.

In late May 1948 Sergeant T.G. Jones, a wireless operator with the RAF, was one of four officers and two crew aboard a York transport aircraft. This had left home base at Tangmere, Sussex, accompanied by a formation of six meteor jets. The time was 11.40 am and they were cruising at 10,000 feet above scattered cloud on a typical English summer's day. Below them lay the Oxford/Bicester area and they were bound for RAF Acklington in the north-east, where they had a scheduled firing practice into the North Sea.

Suddenly someone noticed a glinting object, high above them. Communicating on the intercom all six people in the York and the six meteor pilots quickly established visual contact. It looked at first like a small silvery ball. As they discussed it, Jones, who had a pair of Barr and Stroud' 6x 30 binoculars, was able to focus on the object and see that it was oval-shaped and an estimated 100 feet in diameter. There were also three 'bumps' or protrusions, in a triangular formation, inset into the underside. Ground control further advised that they had it on radar and nobody knew what it was. It was stationary and above 25,000 feet.

All the meteors had oxygen equipment (perhaps the Mantell crash a few months before had left its mark even on the RAF!). Amongst the pilots, three had flown in the Battle of Britain, one was a Squadron Leader an another a visiting US Major (now a General). He was called Robin Olds, and Jones recalls his name because he married a Hollywood film star, Ella Raines, who visited the base and caused a stir.

Two of the jets went up to get a closer look at the UFO. They came within a few thousand feet of it. According to Jones, who saw their sketches a few hours later, they drew a flat-bottomed disc with a small dome on top. But as they approached the UFO took off from a standing start and shot vertically upwards out of sight, exactly the same scenario we have heard many times, e.g. from Wing Commander Townsend-Withers.

Upon landing at Acklington all the witnesses were asked to write a separate report, away from their colleagues. This was when Jones learned of the meteor pilots' observations and also that ground radar had tracked the UFO departing at the incredible speed of 1500 mph. Once these reports were gathered in the men were all advised that this was a secret matter and should not be discussed outside.

Sergeant Jones left the Air Force and took a degree in nursing, where he was working when he first sent me a detailed account in 1982. "From that day to this," he told me, "as far as I know this little incident has been kept suppressed. What did we see? Why was it so hush-hush?" Maintaining silence over so many years, especially in face of public apathy and MoD ridicule, must try the patience of even the most security-conscious person. More than once, ex-servicemen like Jones have come to me saying, '"I know I should not tell you this - but after thirty years surely it won't matter."

I asked Ian Mrzyglod, a local investigator near where the witness now lives to look into the case further. Jones was at first very helpful, giving more details and filling out forms. He even promised to make enquiries to see if he could find the other witnesses, or at least their names. That may have been his fateful mistake. In any case T.G. Jones disappeared, and we unable to get any further contact with him, despite Ian Mrzyglod trying for a year.

Coincidence? A sign of guilt? Did he just move away? Perhaps. This sort of thing happens often when you probe cases of this type, however. It is easy to suspect that the warning of silence is reinforced once it is known that  a witness has talked.

The MoD have nothing on the case. Despite there being a high-ranking American witness alleged, neither does the USAF archive of cases. Perhaps the Freedom of Information Act will reveal something, But, like so many other hidden cases of this type, I doubt it.