Under Winston Churchill’s government, the highly-secretive Ministry of Defence’s UFO desk was established and, for 60 years, operated in the shadows collecting witness accounts of unidentified flying objects from members of the public.
Now, those files have been declassified and Sheffield University lecturer, folklore expert and alien enthusiast Dr David Clarke has compiled years of painstaking research from the MOD’s archives into a book.
From letters, reports, drawings, photographs and even paintings all stored by the MOD, Clarke tells the fascinating - and occasionally unsettling - tales of encounters with the unexplained. The stories come from far and wide: a pie-shaped object spotted in the sky by a 13-year-old schoolboy on his paper round in 1976; an engineer who spotted a mysterious flying machine at 6am and an estate agent who, in 1981, spotted two black and silver discs near Worthing which he promptly photographed.
Published by Four Corners as part of a modern history-focussed ‘Irregulars’ series, the publication is a fascinating insight into the government’s most shadowy department, the phenomenon of UFOs and the public imagination. You can find out more here.