EDITOR’S NOTE: The late Leonard Stringfield was noted for his research into UFO crash/retrievals (CRs). During the mid-1970s he collected reports from pilots, engineers and military personnel who claimed first-hand knowledge. Due to the highly classified nature of these operations, Leonard never released the identities of his sources. His day-to-day dictation notes are now on file at MUFON Headquarters. Historian Michael Schratt is moving through these and presents a series of References from these works.
Reference #4: A package was received from researcher Lee Graham which contained a treasure trove of documents released through the FOIA. These made specific references to the following projects: MAJESTIC-12, SIGMA, and AQUARIUS. The overall assessment of the material concluded that the United States government had been in contact with aliens at least since the Truman administration. In fact, later on, Project SIGMA dealt with alleged actual contact between extraterrestrials and USAF personnel. Within Ufology, this historic meeting is rumored to have occurred at Holloman AFB on April 24, 1964. That first meeting lasted approximately three hours, and subsequent meetings have been held ever since that time. (Source: Leonard Stringfield dictation notes, May 28, 1987).
Reference #6: Leonard received information from a “Class A” witness to a captured UFO. The witness who was a pilot from California, was driving an official USAF security vehicle, and was given authorization to cut across the base (most likely Edwards AFB). Shortly thereafter, the witness got lost, and turned the vehicle in the direction of a group of hangars to ask for directions. He noticed that one of the hangar doors was open, which revealed a large, disc-shaped craft with a clear, transparent dome on the top. Immediately, security guards charged the witness, circled his vehicle, and told him to get his “ass out of there fast.” The alleged event took place during the late 1960’s. (Source: Leonard Stringfield dictation notes, January 19, 1987).
Special note: This encounter is eerily similar to an event which is alleged to have taken place at Edwards North Base complex in 1973. The witness, known as “KS” (who was working for the Air Intelligence Agency), also cut across the base to retrieve a ground power unit, and inadvertently saw a disc-shaped craft in a hangar with a dome on the top at Edward’s North Base complex. This particular witness also worked as a crew chief for Bill Scott (former Rocky Mountain editor of Aviation Week and Space Technology) during the same time-frame. Three identical, disc-shaped craft (known as Alien Reproduction Vehicles) are also believed to have been seen at Lockheed’s L-1011 hangar in Palmdale, California, on November 12, 1988.
Reference #7: In a letter addressed to Leonard Stringfield by Michael B. Johnstone (dated August 22, 1986), the claim is made that a certain individual known as “RB” (U.S. Marine at the time) guarded a facility in December of 1963, that housed a recovered flying saucer. The entire letter and the associated drawing/sketch have been reproduced in this report for the very first time.
Received Status Report II and IV and I thank you. I had a very interesting encounter the day after I received your books. Before I could set up a meeting with Colonel Wing, a client in my recording studio, Ron Maxon picked up Status Report II, and thumbed through it. He then told me that his life-long friend had stood guard around a UFO years ago while in the Marines. In fact, he had snuck a photo of the craft which he, Maxon, had seen several times over the years. To my dismay, Maxon related how the photo, along with other possessions, was lost in a flood three years ago in Pennsylvania.
Photo or not, I thought the guy is still a 1st hand witness. Maxon told me the guy now lives in Culver City, California. I then asked Maxon to try and arrange a meeting. After several days and prodding phone calls from me, I finally met the man. His name is “RB.” He is in his late 40s, and looks like a young Gerald Ford. He is married with four children and three grandchildren. He’s kind of a free spirit, and an avid gardener, works odd jobs, writes bad poetry, butchers the English language, plays hess, and makes homemade wine.
He’s not really a UFO buff, but obviously knows they’re real, but accepts them as part of life. But as far as UFO literature, he has never heard of Hynek or yourself, or the Condon Report, etc. He saw the movie version of the Hill abduction, he saw “Close Encounters,” and calls it “beautiful.” He saw “Hangar 18,” and said the gist of it is true, the fact that we have alien hardware and bodies, but the rest is fabrication. He is unaware of any other stories such as his own (as in your papers). He was in the Marines from 1960 to 1966. His M.O.S. was “weapons Tech,” or something close to that, and was some sort of Sergeant at the time of the incident. He saw action in Jordan and the Dominican Republic, and taught weapons at Quantico. For two weeks in December of 1963, he was the guard, or one of the guards in charge of security for a large metal building on an undisclosed military base. The building housed a craft of a type unknown to him. It was a disc-shaped vehicle, with an ovoid cross section, totally symmetrical, approximately 40 feet across, and 15 feet at the center. It was silver in color, with a polished aluminum appearance. The craft was totally seamless, except for hatch-like seams on the lower part of the craft which were so well fitted, that “you couldn’t get a razor blade in the crack.” What appeared to be windows circled the edge of the craft which had the appearance of smoked glass with approximately one foot of space between the windows. "RB": “You couldn’t see in them even if you got right up close to them.” The craft had no landing gear, no fins, no exhaust ports, and no protrusions of any kind.
As we talked, “RB” drew me a detailed sketch of the craft, and then doodled all over the sketch as we talked for hours. I have reproduced the sketch and include it with this letter. “RB” witnessed, over the two week period, a technical crew working on the craft trying to gain entry. He witnessed attempted drilling and cutting with torches on the areas of the craft indicated in the sketch. "RB": “Metal got hot under the torch, but when it cooled, you could wipe off the soot, and the surface remained clean and undamaged.” The same affect was observed when they tried to drill or burn into the lower right hand part of the “window” above and to the left of the “hatch.”
“RB” also claims to have witnessed an attempt to cut into the craft with a high-powered laser device powered by two semi-trailer sized generator vans parked outside the building. This was ineffective as well, because the laser deflected off the curved side of the craft up into the rafters of the building, doing some damage (no people were hurt). This incident resembles the one depicted in the movie “Hangar 18,” in which a laser-like ray is accidently fired from the spacecraft itself by a technician working inside the craft. One wonders where the authors of the story got their information.
One day, “RB” came on duty to find the craft off of its blocks, and sitting on a flat-bed trailer with men putting a tarp over it. Later that day, it was driven away. “RB” was told: “You saw nothing.” He said he heard it was being shuttled from base to base for security reasons. I guess too long in one place might allow time for rumors to develop. As far as bodies are concerned, “RB” saw none, but knows of several other Crash/Retrieval’s second hand, including one where they pulled three bodies out of it. I believe he said he saw documents on the bodies, and another crash, but when I pressed for details, he got real vague. He did say that the three bodies were 39 inches tall, and had no thumbs. He also said “we’ve got quite a few craft and bodies now.” He’s heard of an underground base in a Western state which he couldn’t or wouldn’t name where the craft he guarded is now kept. The base is known by its map grid co-ordinates, and features sliding panels covered with vegetation that reveal heli-pads which lower into the ground like aircraft carrier elevators.
Upon his discharge from the Marines, he was made to sign a security oath that threatened 10 years, and $10,000 if he talked. Other things we talked about were the morality of going public with this whole story. He doesn’t think the world would freak out. He feels just the opposite. He says “there’s a certain amount of people who, if the thing was on display down the street, would still rather stay home and watch football.” When I mentioned the supposed Ford/and/or/Carter announcement, “RB” said “Oh yeah Carter, they shut him up.” Since these things happened long after his discharge, I believe he may still be in contact with someone close to the action.
I asked him if he knew or had heard any information on what, if anything, we had learned technically from studying the craft over all these years. "RB": “What have they learned? Not much.” Parts of “RB’s” story certainly jibe with other things I’ve read in your monographs and elsewhere. Like I’ve said, he’s totally uninformed of your writings, CAUS and the like, which I withheld knowledge of while he told me his tale. When I’d heard enough, I pulled out a copy of the “Roswell Incident,” and Status Reports II and III, along with a video cassette of “UFO’s what’s going on?” and left them for him to go through. He seemed eager to check them out.
Hopefully, he can shed some light on some of the other cases or point out the one he was involved in without technically incriminating himself. Such corroboration may divulge facts that he currently refuses to impart, such as the name of the military base where his incident occurred. He seems to know more about other C/R’s than he is currently willing to say.
His wife, along with his daughter, vouched for the reality of the lost photo, and the accuracy of the sketch. His wife is fascinated by the whole subject. The night we met and talked, she seemed more into it than he was. If I can cultivate a friendship with her, she may be able to provide more details. For instance, he, at first, would only tell me “early 60s,” but she was able wheedle out of him the year and month as we all sat there. He also said he didn’t know if the craft had just recently been found, or if they had had it for years. I got the feeling though that it may have been a fresh C/R. For one thing, why wait years before trying to gain entry to the thing? Possible corroboration with other sources may yield the answer. He may agree to talk to you directly once he has read your stuff, but I haven’t asked him yet. I thought I’d wait and let him digest a few things first. If there are any questions I could answer, I can be reached at (phone number confidential).