Oxnard AFB is approx. 5 miles NNW of Point. Mugu.
NICAP did make a request for full details and answers to certain aspects of the Oxnard Incident.
Anyway there did seem to be several reports of UFOs in this area on March 22 and into March 23, 1957.
THE FIFTH HORSEMAN OF THE APOCALYPSE; UFOS: A HISTORY
1957: MARCH 23RD - MAY 25TH
Loren E. Gross
March 22/23rd. Camarillo Heights. (11:15 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.)
Mrs. Beaudoin. About 11:15 p.m. the evening of March 22nd a Mrs. Robert Beaudoin had just gone to bed. Her home was located on Barbara Drive in Camarillo Heights, a suburban district of the city of Oxnard. Her husband, an Air Force officer, was out of town on a military assignment. Shortly after Mrs. Beaudoin retired for the night the phone rang. The phone was in the kitchen so she was able to glance out the window as she talked. The caller was a Capt. Linsley who wanted to discuss some mundane matter. During the conversation Mrs. Beaudoin caught sight of something odd in the dark sky in the east. She told Cept. Linsley: "I'm sure I'm seeing my first flying saucer. Really, Carol [Carol Litten her 17-year-old daugther] is here, I'll call her." (2.) [There is no statement from the girl in BLUE BOOK files although she took part in subsequent events as a primary witness. This is another one of those annoying gaps in the record that challenge the Air Force's assertion its investigation of the incident was complete and therefore beyond reproach.] BLUE BOOK files give Mrs. Braudoin's statement as to the appearance of the image in the sky:
"SOURCE [Mrs. Beaudoin} described the object as being round, but changing shape occasionally to that resembling a helicopter. Object was estimated to be about two and one half [inches?] in diameter. SOURCE stated that at one time it appeared to be about the size of a quarter held at arm's length and at another time stated it appeared about the size of a silver dollar held at arm's length. Object seemed to throb and pulsate. There was no sound. Object was sharply defined. Object alternately had and did not have a tail. A shiny, aluminum-like pole appeared at times on top of the object. Object was seen to move at great speeds and also to remain static. Sometimes it jumped around. The object gave off no smoke and did not appear to change brightness." (3.) Capt. Linsley suggested that Mrs. Beaudoin call Oxnard Air Force Base to report the UFO. She immediately phoned the base and discussed the sighting with the Officer of the Day, a Lt. Ott. The Lieutenant happened to be a personal friend of Mrs. Beaudoin. Lt. Ott told BLUE BOOK:
"I had no reason to question her veracity; however, I did joke with her for a few minutes as to what she had been drinking. She became most indignant, stating that a large green irridescent object approximately the size of a plastic cabin on a helicopter [?] was orbiting and yoyoing Northeast of her home. She further stated that it seemed to be hovering over the North American plant at Simi. "I explained to her how temperature inversions can cause reflections and weird optical effects, and the conversation was terminated. Five minutes later, at approximately 2330 hours, I received another call from Mrs. Beaudoin. This time she stated that two red lights had joined the green light and were zooming past it horizontally at tremendous velocities. "I then called ART and asked if they were painting anything in that particular area. Lt. Martin (Director at ART) reported affirmatively that they had a stationary object in approximately the area designated by Mrs. Beaudoin. He stated that it was not a normal stationary object. (4.) No doubt the radar contact encouraged Lt. Ott to pursue the matter. The officer called Mrs. Beaudoin back and asked if the object was still visible:
"She stated that the green object was hovering high (she estimated 45 degrees off the horizontal due east Northeast). At this time, she became very frightened, stating that the two red objects were on the deck [very low] and approaching very slowly. She asked that I call the local authorities and obtain help." (5.) Since the woman lived in an isolated area, was a personal friend, and was frightened,'Lt. Ott agreed to contact the police. (This decision does not seem.to be a rash act under the circumstances, but Headquarters USAF would be angered by the involvement of outside authorities..) Lt. Ott asked the operator to ring up the Highway Patrol but there was some trouble making a connection. The Ventura County Sheriff's office was a logical second choice. Lt. Ott testified:
"I contacted the Ventura County Sheriff's office instead. They had a car in the area, and contacted it by radio. The Deputy in the car reported that he had also sighted the object and contacted another unit in Camarillo. This unit also reported the same object." (6.) The first police unit on the scene was Deputy Sheriff Nickol Rouce of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Knowing the county roads better, Deputy Rouce had no difficulty finding the Barbara Drive turn off, arriving at Mrs. Beaudoin's home at 11:57 p.m. Two Highway Patrol cars with officers Reed, Chalif, Willson and Winter missed the turnoff in the darkness and soon found themselves on the other side of the Los Pasos hills. The Highway Patrolmen finally stopped when they reached the Lawton Ranch where some unusual red lights could be seen. At first the officers thought a flying saucer had landed but after checking the area the "saucer" turned out to be a barn with four red lights on its roof. (7.) It took some time to back track to Mrs. Beaudoin's. Meanwhile, officer Rouce conferred with Mrs. Beaudoin and then scanned the sky. What did officer Rouce see? Lt. Ott, still on the line from Oxnard Air Force Base, said that: "Rouce confirmed Mrs. Beaudoin's report in every detail. The objects had by then multiplied to one green and five red objects. All were in motion in an arc of the horizon of about 20 degrees, and constantly changing altitude. The red objects were extremely low, and the green object extremely high." (8.)
Strange as it seems, BLUE BOOK'S investigative team, the 4602nd Air Intelligence Service Squadron (AISS) unit, wrote in its report on the case that Deputy Rouce's observation hardly conformed to Mrs. Beaudoin's sighting: "Deputy Rouce observed from the same spot as SOURCE [Mrs. Beaudoin] but saw nothing unusual. He identified the objects reported by the SOURCE as nothing but stars rising in the eastern sky at their normal rate." (9.)
According to the AISS unit's final report on the ease, the Highway Patrol officers, Reed, Chalif, Willson and Winter, were also: "...positive that there were only stars present and a little later the moon." (10.)
One problem with the star theory is that Mrs. Beaudoin reported the small red objects below the Los Pasos Hills horizon. That would be impossible if the lights were stars. The Air Force tried to get around any awkward problem by suggesting more than one theory to explain the sightings. Besides the star theory, it was suggested that a temperature inversion, and the woman's nervous condition teamed up to produce the dancing images. In the opinion of the UFO report's Preparing Officer, an officer assigned to Flight 1-C, 4602nd AISS, the inversion theorv made sense:
"The presence of a temperature inversion during the time of sight ing could possibly have reflected the red lights of the barn over the Los Pasos Hills to the point of observation during the earlier portion of the sighting, which could explain the location of the objects below the horizon. It is probable that later on stars were confused for the original red light sightings." (11.) That left the larger green-colored UFO to be explained. That was done (?) by blaming the image on the reflecting of light off the green glass insulators on a power pole. (See memory sketch filed with BLUE BOOK records) The other Ventura County Deputies. (12:22 a.m. to 1:37 a.m.) Besides any statement by Mrs. Beaudoin's 17-year-old daughter Carol Litten, BLUE BOOK'S report on the Oxnard case conveniently omits the testimony of three other Ventura County Deputies on patrol in the Ventura-Camarillo area. The Air Force's bag of tricks contains a stratagem very useful in the debunking of impressive UFO incidents. Anything not officially reported could be, according to their rules, disregarded. At times such omissions were ensured by not following up on leads peovided by legitimate civilian sources.
According to a press report in the Los Angeles Mirror-News:"Ventura County Deputies Dick McKendry, Bob Corshaw and John Murphy, on patrol in the Ventura-Camarillo area, reported seeing a reddish, glowing object in the sky near the air base [Oxnard] runway at 12:22 a.m. "They said they watched it hover near the field and dart about the valley until 1:37 a.m. when it disappeared to the north. •Two police officers at nearby Poort Hueneme reported a similar sighting at about the same time." (12.)
The jets arrive. (2:12 a.m.) The 669th ACÂ§W radar site on Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Califor
nia was working a pair of F-89 jet interceptors on practice runs over Los Angeles. During their return to Oxnard Air Force Base, the jets, call signs "Bloodstone Alpha" and "Front Page Whiskey," were diverted to the Camarillo area to check on the UFOs being reported there. The police on the ground at Mrs. Beaudoin's place tried to guide the jets by waving their powerful policemen .flashlights. (13.) What happened to the UFOs?
Lt. Ott offered a possible explanation: "Although on several occasions the ground observers reported the aircraft close to the objects, no contact was made by the air crews. It developed at one time, though, that the objects accelerated vertically at tremendous velocities when the air craft approached them." (14.)
The fate of the UFOs was also described by Mrs. Beaudoin. Her comments were similar, but not exactly like that of Lt. Ott's: "Upon arrival of interceptors from Oxnard AFB the red objects joined the green object and sped away in a direction up and to the east." (15.)
The 669th*s radar target.
Did the radar site on Santa Rosa Island pick up any radar targets over the Camarillo district the night in question? One of the radar operators did indeed notice one blip he couldn't identify, but when the AISS agents investigated, it was learned the target appeared on the scope five hours before Mrs. Beaudoin made her sighting. This did not, however, mean too much since, as the site commander explained, it was the job of the 669th radar operators to watch the sea approaches, the waters of the Pacific, so they paid little attention to air traffic over the mainland. (16.)