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No UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security... There has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as 'unidentified' are extraterrestrial vehicles.' So concluded the US governments official investigations into UFO's, Project Blue Book.

Initiated in 1952, Blue Book was the third phase in an official study of UFO's which began in 1947 with Project Sign. The codename changed in 1949 to Grudge, then to Blue Book in 1952, and the investigation continued until 1965. By the end of the project, 12,618 UFO sightings had been evaluated and categorized, and the investigation team - which was advised by the renowned astronomer J. Allen Hynek - published their findings in a series of 13 Blue Book Special Reports.

Many Ufologists were disappointed by the conclusions, but this was not the end of the story. Although there were 13 reports, the last one published was titled Blue Book Special Report 14. The previous report was numbered 12, so what had happened to 13?

Some said the number had been dropped for the same reason that US skyscrapers often mysteriously lack a 13th floor, or that the British authorities no longer issue car registration plates bearing the number 666 - it is simply considered bad luck.

UFO Revelations.  

Inevitably, rumours circulated that Report 13 had contained explosive material that the USAF did not dare allow to become public. But for more than two decades the exact nature of Report 13 has remained a matter for debate. Then, in the early 1980's, some extraordinary claims surfaced on tape-recordings made by a former US soldier, William S. English.

English, the son of an Arizona state senator, had an elaborate story to tell. In May 1970, he claimed, he was an officer with US Army Special Forces in Vietnam. His A-team was sent to locate - and, if possible, rescue the crew from -a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber that had crashed in dense jungle in Laos. The B-52 had supposedly come down after a hostile encounter with a UFO, described in the crew's last radio message as a 'large white light'.

According to English, his A-team located the B-52 by helicopter. It was lying among the trees 'like a big giant hand had grabbed it and just set it down'. There was no damage to either aircraft, its bomb load or the vegetation around it. All the crew were on board in their seats, but hideously mutilated - although there was no blood anywhere. the team took dog tags from the corpses, removed the code-books, then blew up the aircraft. According to English, most of the A-team were wiped out in a jungle ambush a few weeks later. English was taken prisoner but he managed to escape, and was later found in the jungle by US forces.

Military Data.  

English maintains that he left the US army in 1973. By 1976 he was working as an intelligence analyst at RAF Chicksands, a major USAF/NSA electronic listening post in England, where his wife was teaching at the base school. On 29th June 1976 he was given a 625-page document to assess, titled Grudge/Blue Book Report 13. It gave details of captured alien craft, including their armaments, autopsies performed on alien bodies and reports of alien encounters. Among the close-encounter reports were photographs English had taken of the dead crew of the downed B-52 in Laos. Seeing his own photos helped convince English that the report was genuine. He submitted as assessment to that effect, and went on to his next task.

English next claimed that, a few weeks after analysing this report, he was summarily dismissed from his post by the base commander, whom he names as Colonel Robert Black. The very same day, English was deported back to the USA, and flown to his home town, Tucson, Arizona. Shortly after that, English attended a lecture by renowned Ufologist Stanton Friedman at Prima Community College, and told him and others his story. This account was apparently tape-recorded.

English began working with the Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO), then one of the premier US UFO research groups, based in Tucson. While on business for APRO he met J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer and advisor to Blue Book, who allegedly admitted the authenticity of the Grudge 13 report. Hynek, however, stated he would deny having said this if English publicly reported the conversation.

The next act in the drama occurred in about 1980. English was still living in Tucson, Arizona, where he was approached by Colonel Black and his former operations sergeant. They claimed they had also been released from the USAF for reasons connected with the Grudge 13 report, although they did not explain exactly how or why this involvement had brought their military careers to an end. Colonel Black told English he had evidence that a large UFO was buried somewhere on the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico, and invited him to join an expedition to find it. English sold his leather-goods business to buy and equip a van with cameras, video equipment, magnetometers, gravitometers, sound detectors, and infrared sensoring devices, and the trio infiltrated the WSMR.

Rocket Attack.

One evening on this trip, English was walking approximately 900 metres from the vehicle when helicopters came into view and rocketed the van, destroying it and killing his companions inside. English escaped to Tucson on foot, where he rested at the home of UFO researcher Wendelle Stevens. he then found that his own home was under surveillance and left Tucson by a series of subterfuges. Eventually he moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he settled for some years, working as a TV cameraman.

In September 1988, English again 'came out of the woodwork' and began to tell his whole story to whoever would listen. In a December 1988 Internet posting, he claimed that 15 attempts had been made on his life since his return to the US because of what he knew about Grudge13. In one attack, he told US Ufologist Don Ecker, two men with submachine guns fired on his home in Lynchburg continuously for 15 minutes. At a conservative estimate, they would have fired at least 2,000 rounds in this time. Yet no help came, even though, English claimed, the local police station was only about 180 metres away.

Lack of Evidence. 

So how much of Bill English's fantastical claims can be believed? Some simple detective work, however, has shown his claims to have almost no basis in fact. USAF records show unequivocally that no B-52 crashed in South East Asia between July 1969 and July 1972. If a B-52 did flop into the Laotian jungle in April or May1970, the fact has been struck from official records. But a B-52 Stratofortress is a big and expensive aircraft, and it is difficult to mislay one without someone noticing. It is also possible to trace the entire history of all the B-52's turned out of Boeing's plants between November 1951 and October 1962 - each one can be accounted for.

But the real question is why anyone would bother to cover up a B-52 crash in a war zone - even if whole squadrons of UFO's were involved. The fact that a war is being waged is all the cover needed to explain a missing bomber.

English claims he did not note the tail number of the B-52 he supposedly investigated, adding that he 'didn't know aircraft from baloney'. Yet military sources agree that the tail number of the aircraft, its squadron crewmembers' names and service numbers - even specifications of code books - would be among the data given to such a search-and-rescue team. In contrast, English claims to remember the precise date of his alleged expulsion from the UK, and can quote the codes on the cover of Grudge/Blue Book Report 13.

Sending an Army Special Forces A-team to investigate a downed B-52 would have been highly unusual in the Vietnam conflict. If the circumstances were very strange, then perhaps strange measures would be taken. But the Air Force had their own effective system for finding crashed aircraft an retrieving any surviving crewmen. Besides, the USAF allegedly knew that UFO's were involved. If the legends about UFO's and aliens hidden at Wright-Patterson AFB are true, the USAF would surely have kept this event secret, even from the Army.

US investigator Don Ecker, who once served as a Green Beret, has established that English is, in fact, too young to have served in Special Forces when he claimed that he did. In one interview, Ecker showed English a Colt CAR-15, a US Special Forces' weapon, and he failed to recognise it. English did serve in the US Army, as a telephone technician with the rank of Specialist 4 (the British equivalent of a Corporal) - but it is unlikely that he was in South East Asia in any capacity.

Official Disinformation.  

This leaves the question of whether English worked at RAF Chicksands, and whether he really saw the Grudge 13 report - or at least something calling itself that. On one hand, English speaks of Chicksands as if he knows the base intimately. On the other, the records show that the base commander from September 1974 until August 1976 was not a Colonel Robert Black, but a Colonel James W. Johnson Jnr. And checks with the British Home Office Immigration Department reveal there is no record of a William S. English having been deported from the UK in 1976.

The existence of Grudge 13 has always been denied by the USAF. The official reason for its non-existence has nothing to do with bad luck, however, The material originally intended for Blue Book Report 13 - -the results of a project known as Project Stork - was included in Project Blue Book's Special Report 14. So if English was in the UK in the 1970's working for the NSA, and did see something titled Grudge/Blue Book Report 13, what did he see? In his book Revelations, Jacques Vallee writes of English and his associates:

I am not questioning the good faith of their testimony. The documents in question may have been nothing more than fabrications designed by their superiors to test their abilities to screen disinformation... It would only have been natural to test their degree of gullibility and their analytical skill to thrust under their noses a document that mixed some element of reality with some preposterous claims, as any good piece of disinformation art would. if that was the case, they certainly did not pass the test.

This, some believe, explains why Bill English was summarily fired from Chicksands. Perhaps the Grudge 13 report does exist - not to tell the startling truth about human contact with aliens, but to test the acumen of intelligence  agents by 'feeding' them amazing information and then observing their reactions. No wonder so few have admitted seeing it.     

Sources: The X Factor

By: Peter Brookesmith