Bethune Case Update
February 10, 1951
Off Newfoundland, Canada
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 08:18:46 EDT
Subject: Re: Bethune Case
I don't know your criteria, so will defer to your judgement. However,
is what Bethune has to say on the topic of radar. It is mentioned
times. I have separated the passages with asterisks:
I went back to the cockpit and advised Jones and Kingdon to keep quiet
what we observed because it might have been our first sighting of a
saucer. During those years when you claimed such a sighting,
presumed crazy. Lieutenant Jones told me it was too late.
He had just
reported the object on the radio to Air Traffic Control in Newfoundland,
asked if the object could be tracked by radar. He received no
reply to that
question, but was told years later that they had seen it on radar.
"They never came back and said whether they saw it or not on radar.
wasn't until years later that I found out that they did see it on their
radar. When we got into Argentia, the intelligence people were
separated everyone and took our statements. We were told not
this, which to my knowledge no one did for many years. It was
interesting thing. It was very bright and very large. We
did not see little
green people, or anything like that, but it was an amazing experience.
Another issue that has never been resolved is whether the UFO was seen
radar. In 1951 the radar systems were much weaker and covered
much less area
than they did even a few years later with the advent of the DEW Line.
However, there was a radar installation at Gander, Newfoundland, and
exists the possibility that the UFO was picked up on that radar.
Kingdon and I were told by an officer at Argentia who was a duty officer
Capt. Paulsen interviewed us that the UFO had been tracked on radar,
never saw documentation supporting that statement.