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17024UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 22

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  • John Hayes
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      UFO ROUNDUP
      Volume 9, Number 22
      June 2, 2004
      Editor: Joseph Trainor

      E-Mail: Masinaigan@...
      Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


      YELLOW-GREEN UFO CAUGHT
      ON VIDEO IN AUXOIS, FRANCE

      "Michel, 'a resident of Auxois, at Sombernon, is
      nothing of a visionary. Nevertheless, he beheld a strange
      occurrence in the sky. Michel is 50 and has nothing to do
      with Agent Mulder (lead character on The X-Files--J.T.).
      But for the past few days he has been asking questions.
      What did he see and film in the skies of the Cote d'Or
      Sunday morning," May 9, 2004?
      "'I do not know what it is,' said the head of
      household. 'Balls of a yellow-green color, which gathered
      after a few minutes into a V formation. I had never seen
      that before. It is nothing to be understood.'"
      "Hallucination? Michel has pictures to support his
      statements, and he is nothing like the classic smoker of
      marijuana. He also does not look like a data-processing
      or video-falsifying genius, either."
      "'It was just after 11 p.m. last Sunday evening (May
      9, 2004). I listened to a noise outside. I turned my
      head towards the window and looked at the stars. There
      was one that seemed odd. It was very brilliant. My son
      brought the binoculars. We saw a yellow-green ball which
      was not a star. In the camcorder, we enlarged the
      picture,' he said, proud of the film."
      "The 20-minute videotape shows 'a strange ballet in
      the sky. A round and brilliant shape, which seems to turn
      on itself (rotate on its own axis--J.T.), and which makes
      very fast but jerky movements. Inside the sphere is a
      shape which looks like a drawing of a tennis ball.'"
      "'I cannot invent such a thing,' Michel said, 'Do you
      really believe I'd take up such bullshit at my age!?'"
      "Suddenly (onscreen), two other spheres arrive. The
      other ones revolve around the first. In a flash, all of
      the spheres come together in a V shape, with the largest
      ball at the front of the formation. Quickly the generated
      shape, visible from Michel's window, vanished as if by
      magic."
      "'And then, nothing is visible,' Michel said." (See
      Agence France Presse for May 15, 2004, "Strange sighting
      in the skies of Auxois." Merci beaucoup a Robert Fischer
      et Jean-Philippe Guillot pour cette article de journal.)


      CYLINDER-SHAPED UFO SEEN
      IN NELSON, LANCASHIRE, UK

      On Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 3 p.m., Bill and Margo
      Wells and their two grandchildren were having a picnic on
      the shore of the Walverden Reservoir near Nelson,
      Lancashire, UK when they spotted something unusual in the
      sky approaching from the west.
      "There were four people seeing this," Bill reported,
      "Two adults and two children. We were having a picnic on
      the bank of Walverden Reservoir when our eldest grandchild
      said, 'Look at that stick in the sky!'"
      "And this is just what it looked like--a black line
      in the sky, like a stick. It was stationary, not moving
      except to turn slightly or go slower. The 'stick' was a
      diagonal line going from left to right. It was about one
      inch (2.5 centimeters) long in the sky. We continued to
      watch it for about 20 to 30 minutes, and then it turned to
      the east, or went shorter and vanished."
      The object's "height was deceptive because it was a
      lot bigger than a plane would be at the same distance."
      (Email Form Report)


      DAYLIGHT DISC SPOTTED IN
      BANGOR, PENNSYLVANIA

      On Sunday, May 16, 2004, Rufus Thomas was outdoors in
      his hometown of Bangor, Pennsylvania (population 5,319)
      when he looked up and "saw a strange object approaching
      from the west. It was gray or white. At first I thought
      it could've been a plane, but I think it was a UFO. It
      looked like a saucer. It was cool. I don't know the
      height (altitude) and speed, but it was traveling high and
      fast. It took off to the east (into New Jersey--J.T.),
      and I lost sight of it after several minutes."
      Bangor, Pa. is on Route 512 about 20 miles (32
      kilometers) northeast of Bethlehem and Allentown. (Email
      Form Report)


      CROP CIRCLES FOUND AT
      ZLOTOWO, POLAND

      On Sunday, May 23, 2004, a new crop circle formation
      was discovered, the third in Poland this year. The
      formation "is located on the outskirts of the village of
      Zlotowo, which is 23 kilometers (14 miles) north of Zabno,
      where the last (second) crop-circle formation appeared."
      "The Zlotowo formation consists of three perfect
      circles connecting with pathways. The formation is now
      being investigated by Polish cerealogist Stanislaw Barski
      and Adam Piekut."
      Zlotowo is located 200 kilometers (120 miles)
      northwest of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. (Many thanks
      to Polish ufologist Robert K. Lesniakiewicz for this
      report.)


      PHANTOM PANTHERS ACTIVE
      IN SHROPSHIRE AND NORFOLK

      "A large, black, panther-like cat has again been seen
      wandering around the Ketley area of Telford," Shropshire,
      UK.
      "Police have received reports of several sightings of
      the large black cat over the last two weeks."
      "And the latest sighting of the animal was Thursday," May 20, 2004,
      "again in the Ketley area."
      "Constable Dave Hancocks, of Telford police, said the
      people who spotted the black cat said it appeared to be
      the size of a dog."
      "'But there is nothing to suggest that the animal is
      dangerous in any way,' he said."
      In Norfolk, "a lady was walking her two Labrador
      (retriever) dogs in a lane near her home on Thursday, May
      20, 2004, when she saw a black cat, which she thought was
      a panther, laying in the entrance to a field about 30
      yards (27 meters) away."
      "The cat was looking lazily left and right. 'Small
      head with pricked-up ears. It got up and walked behind
      the hedge into a field,' she said, 'It was about the
      length of an Alsatian dog, but with a longer body--about 3
      feet (0.9 meters). It had a long tail about 2 feet (0.6
      meters) long, which curled up and over.'"
      "One of her dogs was alert. The other did not seem
      to have noticed. She lives about 12 to 15 miles (23 to 25
      kilometers) north of Norwich, about 2 miles (3 kilometers)
      from the (motorway) A140, Norwich to Cromer road." (See
      the Shropshire Star for May 22, 2004, "Big cat spotted
      strolling on road." Many thanks to Robert Fischer, UFO
      Roundup's phantom panther expert, for these reports.)


      WEEPING STATUE OF MARY
      STUNS PEOPLE IN BRISBANE

      "The Catholic Church is to investigate claims of
      religious icons bleeding and weeping rose oil in a small
      Brisbane church."
      Roman Catholic "Archbishop John Batherby said he had
      appointed judicial vicar Dr. Adrian Farrelly as head of
      the investigation team to determine the cause of the
      apparent phenomenon in the Vietnamese Community Hall in
      Inaca," a suburb of Brisbane, the capital of Australia's
      Queensland state.
      "'I will convene a panel of experts, under the
      direction of the Judicial Vicar, to investigate the
      happenings at Inaca and, if possible, to establish their
      origin,' the archbishop said in a statement."
      "Archbishop Batherby said he could not predict how
      long the investigation would take, but said a similar
      inquiry in Western Australia last year (2003) had taken
      two months."
      "That inquiry found the phenomenon did not meet the
      criteria for a miracle."
      "Thousands of believers continue their pilgrimage to
      the community church to see the apparent miracle for
      themselves."
      In addition, the gift shop at the Vietnamese
      Community Hall in Inaca sold out its entire inventory of
      statues of the Virgin Mary (birth name: Miriam bat-
      Joachim--J.T.) in less than two hours, as pilgrims from
      all over the Brisbane area clamored for "relics from the
      miracle site." (See the Australian newspaper The Sunday
      Mail for May 23, 2004, "Faithful flock to buy weeping
      Marys." Many thanks to Rose Daugherty for this newspaper
      article.)


      WHITE BUFFALO BORN IN
      FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

      "The owner of a small bison herd near Flagstaff,
      Arizona (population 52,894) were surprised Saturday
      morning," May 22, 2004, "to find that one of their white
      buffaloes had given birth to something even rarer: a white
      (buffalo) calf."
      "A white calf is a one-in-ten-million occurrence,
      said Keith Davis, a spokesman for Spirit Mountain Ranch."
      "'This is so rare specifically because she was born
      white,' Davis said, 'The others were born red (like normal
      buffalo--J.T.) and turned white.'"
      "The birth of a white bison is meaningful for many
      Native American tribes, especially Plains Indians like the
      Lakota (sometimes called Sioux--J.T.), who consider it a
      symbol of rebirth when the world's people are in troubled
      times."
      "'The white buffalo is such a phenomenon because they
      are so rare,' said Dena Riley, who owns the ranch with her
      husband Jim."
      "None of her buffaloes is albino but rather a
      mutation of the normal fur color of dark brown to black,
      Riley said. Of the 11 bison on the ranch, four are white,
      not including the newborn."
      "The animals on the ranch are also pure bison, proven
      by DNA testing at a California lab, she added, and not a
      mix of bison and cattle known as beefalo. That mixture
      often results in white offspring, she said."
      "The ranch had moved onto its 5-acre site near the
      San Francisco Peaks in December 2001, Riley said, and has
      had visitors from around the globe come to see the white
      bison." (See the Arizona Republic for May 24, 2004,
      "White bison born near Flagstaff." Many thanks to Michael
      Strainic for this newspaper article.)


      CASSINI CROSSES INTO
      SATURNIAN SPACE

      "Some call it 'Ringworld,' the most gorgeous object
      in the solar system."
      "It's Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, and it's
      about to receive the longest, closest inspection ever to
      be made of this giant ball of gas, its glittering rings
      and its many moons."
      "On (Tuesday) May 18 (2004), after a voyage of six-
      and-a-half years, a $3.2 billion robotic spaceship named
      Cassini entered Saturn's zone of influence, past the point
      where the pull of the planet's gravity outweighs the
      sun's."
      "On (Friday) June 11 (2004), Cassini will swoop past
      Phoebe, the most distant of Saturn's 31 known moons."
      "And on (Thursday) July 1 (2004), the spaceship will
      slip between two of the icy, outer rings and enter orbit
      around the planet, which is 10 times farther from the sun
      than Earth is."
      "Laden with 18 scientific instruments, Cassini will
      spend the next four years making 76 circuits (orbits) of
      Saturn and 45 passes by its largest moon, Titan, dipping
      as close as 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the moon's
      surface."
      (Editor's Note: With a diameter of 3,200 miles (5,150
      kilometers), Titan is half the size of Earth and a little
      bit smaller than Mars.)
      "Titan is larger than the planet Mercury and our own
      moon. It fascinates astronomers because it's the only
      moon to have a dense atmosphere, mostly made up of
      nitrogen, like Earth's. Some consider chemical reactions
      on Titan to be a possible key to the origin of life on
      Earth."
      "As it passes Titan on Christmas Day (December 25,
      2004), Cassini will drop off a smaller European scientific
      package that's supposed to spend three weeks drifting down
      through the (Saturnian) moon's thick orange haze and
      parachute to the surface on January 14, 2005."
      "If all goes well this winter, the probe will radio
      back its findings, possibly confirming recent evidence
      that lakes or seas of liquid hydrocarbons--compounds of
      hydrogen and carbonlike gooey gasoline--dot its frigid
      surface. Some scientists think these hydrocarbons,
      principally ethane and methane, could support an exotic
      form of life on Titan."
      "Astronomers think Titan might also have mountains,
      canyons, rivers, wind-blown waves, snowfields and other
      Earth-like features hidden under its blanket of haze. It
      might have a deep, subsurface ocean composed of water and
      ammonia, which could be a habitat for microorganisms."
      "Although Titan's surface temperature is a bitter 300
      degrees below zero, ammonia could keep the water from
      freezing solid."
      "Besides Titan, scientists are also eager to learn
      more about Saturn, the second-largest planet in the solar
      system, outranked only by mighty Jupiter. Almost 100
      times heavier than Earth and nine times fatter, Saturn is
      the farthest planet visible to the naked eye."
      "Composed mostly of hydrogen and helium, Saturn was
      last visited by the two Voyager (robot) spaceships in 1980
      and 1981. They didn't orbit the planet but simply zipped
      by. Their cameras and scientific tools were much less
      sophisticated than Cassini's."
      "Of special interest are Saturn's fabled rings, first
      observed by Galileo in 1610. The rings, labeled A through
      G, are thin sheets of icy boulders, pebbles and dust,
      stretching 171,000 miles (273,600 kilometers) from one rim
      to the other, but only tens of yards (meters) thick."
      (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for May 30, 2004,
      "Spaceship to probe Saturn's secrets," page 17A.)


      PYRAMID UNEARTHED NEAR
      RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

      "An intriguing archaeological discovery was found in
      Rio Bonito," a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, the second-
      largest city in Brazil. Workers digging in a municipal
      park unearthed a stone pyramid.
      "They found an enormous rock in the form of a
      pyramid, about 15 meters (50 feet) high" at the excavation
      site in the Parque Caixa D'Agua in Rio Bonito, according
      to Brazilian ufologist Atilio Coelho. "Beside it was a
      perfect sphere made of granite" from the Serra da Orgao
      mountain range. "Archaeologists who examined the curious
      monument could not identify it, but it appeared to predate
      the founding of the city."
      "It is definitely a pre-Columbian artifact, and it
      was already there when Cabral's ship arrived in 1500,"
      reported Brunilda Barros, UFO Roundup's correspondent in
      Brazil. "This is truly a mystery because the Tupinamba
      Indians who lived along the beaches of Rio in Columbus'
      day were hunter-gatherers with no tradition of
      stoneworking. Some theorize that the pyramid was made by
      the Phoenicians who visited Brazil in 1,500 B.C. Yet
      others claim that it is a relic of the lost continent of
      Atlantis, like the ruins of Sete Cidades."
      According to Coelho, "There do exist deep and
      unexplored caverns in Rio Bonito. Strange accidents have
      injured local explorers who set out to visit the caves.
      Also, people have become lost in these caves, and their
      bodies were never found."
      The Rio Bonito caverns may be linked to las
      socabones, a network of ancient underground tunnels that
      runs throughout South America. Brunilda reported, "The
      caverns may be part of the socabon that runs from
      Queimados (in the state of Rio de Janeiro--J.T.) to the
      northeast, behind Petropolis and beneath the Serra da
      Orgao to Cordeiro and Cantagalo and on to Sao Jose do
      Calcado (in the state of Espirito Santo--J.T.) Atilio
      (Coelho) says there have been many sightings of 'strange
      brilliant creatures' at the entrances to these caves,
      which sometimes emerge for several moments at night."
      (See Exobiologia e CIA for May 24, 2004. Muito obrigado a
      Brunilda Barros e Atilio Coelho por eso informe.)

      FAYETTE FACTOR SPAWNS
      NEW TORNADO TERROR

      "Thunderstorms continued battering" the USA's Midwest
      all during Memorial Day weekend, "killing one person in a
      southern Indiana town" Sunday, May 30, 2004, "after three
      people in Missouri were killed by a tornado the night
      before."
      "In Marengo, Indiana (population 829), about 35 miles
      (58 kilometers) northwest of Louisville, Kentucky,
      witnesses reported a tornado that toppled trees, making
      roads impassable."
      "On Saturday night," May 29, 2004, "a tornado hit
      northwest Missouri near the town of Weatherby (population
      1,879), leveling a house and ripping a mobile home from
      its base."
      "Two women in the house and a man in the mobile home
      were killed, but two children a patrolman found tucked
      underneath the man survived, Daveiss County Sheriff Kevin
      Hildebrand said."
      The round of tornadoes began on Thursday night, May
      27, 2004, when a twister "touched down in northern Fayette
      County, Kentucky" and "appeared to have left major
      damage."
      On Friday, May 28, 2004, "two tornadoes touched down
      in Ohio--one was an F-1 in Fayette County," 42 miles (67
      kilometers) southwest of Columbus, "where there was a
      scattering of debris all across the county" from West
      Lancaster to Good Hope.
      The same day, "thunderstorms caused severe damage in
      Iowa. Fayette County, Iowa," 65 miles (108 kilometers)
      north of Cedar Rapids, "was also declared a disaster area
      due to the severe storms."
      "Okay, this makes it specifically in three Fayette
      counties in three states to be hit by tornadoes in the
      last 24 hours--Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio," Fortean
      researcher Loren Coleman stated on Saturday, May 29, 2004.
      (Editor's Comment: Three tornadoes in three Fayette
      counties in three different states certainly seems to be
      beyond the realm of coincidence.)
      Elsewhere in the USA, Fayetteville, North Carolina
      (population 121,015) continued to be plagued by unusual
      crimes.
      "William Dennis disappeared from his home in Dunn,
      N.C. nearly a month ago, authorities said."
      "On Friday," May 28, 2004, "searchers returned to the
      Cape Fear River in Fayetteville. A tip led deputies to
      the spot near the Grove Street Bridge."
      "Police said Mary Ann Webb, Michael Philon and
      Tahishei Harrison are suspects in connection with the
      case. They were being held at the Cumberland County Jail
      on other charges."
      "Cumberland County authorities are seeking the body
      of...William Redford Dennis, 73, last seen in the company
      of three people who are now charged with attempted murder,
      kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon."
      In another case, "police said Tuesday," May 25, 2004,
      "that Thomas Allen Riccio, 23, was arrested in
      Fayetteville, N.C. where he was performing with the
      Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus."
      "Authorities turned up 200 leads in the child
      pornography case, which led them to several arrests,
      including Riccio's."
      "They said they found thousands of child pornography
      photos downloaded from the Internet into Riccio's computer
      on the circus train."
      "'Approximately 2,000 images were found of young
      females under the age of 16 that were involved in sexual
      exploitation,' said Sgt. Alex Thompson of the Fayetteville
      Police Dept."
      "Riccio, who is from Jacksonville, Fla. was charged
      with 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a
      minor." (See the WPEX 1490-AM Radio news broadcasts of
      May 29, 2004. Also the NBC17.com news updates for May 27
      and May 29, 2004. Many thanks to Loren Coleman for these
      news stories.)


      BRIGHT BLUE UFO SPOTTED
      IN RIVERDALE, GEORGIA

      On Sunday, May 30, 2004, at 12:40 a.m., John McCall
      was outside at his home in Riverdale, Georgia, near
      Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, when he saw
      something extremely unusual in the sky.
      "I saw a bright blue light descending from the west
      to the east at 12:40 a.m.," John reported, "Duration was
      approximately one second. There was no sound. I have
      never seen anything to which I could compare this
      sighting."
      "I have lived near Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta for
      the last 33 years. I have never seen anything move this
      fast, either on land or in the air. I would like to know
      if there were any similar sightings here in Riverdale."
      (Email Form Report)


      ISRAELIS NABBED AGAIN
      AT U.S. NUCLEAR SITE

      "Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base" in St. Marys,
      Georgia (population 13,761) "was locked down for security
      reasons Friday," May 21, 2004, "after two Israelis were
      detained for questioning."
      "Base spokesman Ed Buczek said two Israeli men
      attempted to enter the base about 10:30 a.m. They were
      hired by a moving-and-storage company to pick up some
      household goods in base housing, he said."
      "One occupant of the vehicle was unable to provide
      base security personnel with proper credentials after
      arriving at the Franklin Gate entrance, Buczek said."
      "Base personnel then inspected the van. Military
      dogs trained to detect bombs were called in."
      "'The military dogs were alerted to a scent in the
      cab of the truck,' Buczek said. 'Guards closed access to
      the base and notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,
      the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Naval
      Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).'"
      "St. Marys police closed access to an area one-half-
      mile (0.8 kilometers) out surrounding the base, and a bomb
      squad was called in. A briefcase was recovered from the
      (Israeli) vehicle with a remote-control robot, but nothing
      was found in it."
      "'The dogs were called in again for a second pass of
      the vehicle, and they didn't pick up anything,' he said."
      "The two men, whose names were not released, were
      detained and later taken into custody by federal
      immigration officers in Savannah for possible
      deportation,' Buczek said."
      This is the second incident during May 2004 in which
      Israeli citizens were arrested near American nuclear
      sites. Earlier this month, two Israelis were arrested by
      Sheriff Kent Harris in Unicoi County, Tennessee following
      a high-speed car chase on U.S. Highway 23. One of the
      men, Shmuel Dahan, turned out to be the son of a high-
      ranking member of the Likud, the political coalition
      headed by Isreali Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. (For more
      on this case, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 20 for May
      19, 2004, "Israeli agents caught in southern Tennessee,"
      page 12.)
      The selection of the USA's state of Georgia as the
      target of a Mossad attack makes sense "if you know your
      American history," said UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor.
      "In 1862, during the American Civil War, the
      Confederate town council of Lawrenceville, Ga. voted to
      expel the local Jews from the community," Trainor said,
      "Forty years later, in 1913, vigilantes lynched a New York
      City Jew named Leo Frank in Milledgeville after Frank was
      acquitted in a rape case."
      "Old man Sharon hates the goyim, and he's obsessed
      with anti-Semitism," Trainor added, "Blowing up a nuclear
      site in Georgia might be Sharon's way of avenging the
      anti-Semitic events in the state's past. It would be a
      typical act of Zionist vengeance."
      "At least Lawrenceville explains why the Zionists
      hate the Confederate flag." (See the Jacksonville, Fla.
      Times-Union for May 22, 2004, "Security scare shuts Kings
      Bay." Many thanks to Jim Danvers for this newspaper
      article.)


      From the UFO Files...

      1944: D-DAY SHOCKER!

      "One of Britain's grimmest wartime secrets, the
      harrowing tale of how scores of young (American) soldiers
      were massacred by their own side on a Devon beach can now
      be told. Corroborating eyewitness accounts have revealed
      how American troops were killed by their own side in a
      terrifying 'friendly fire' disaster during training
      exercises for D-Day 60 years ago. Many of the witnesses
      have carried stories to the grave, but their families
      insist that the truth must now be acknowledged."
      "Their accounts tell of how the sea ran red with
      blood as bodies bobbed in the surf and corpses were piled
      on the sand. As the scale of the tragedy sank in, the
      dead were hidden in a remote mass grave."
      "The authorities have never acknowledged what
      happened at Slapton Sands," Devon, UK "on 27 April 1944.
      Now, a compelling dossier of evidence compiled by The
      Observer hints at a lengthy coverup."
      "Officially, all of the deaths in the D-Day training
      exercises have been attributed to a surprise attack on an
      Allied convoy, code-named T-4, by German E-boats the
      following day (April 28, 1944), when more than 700 men
      died off the Dorset coast."
      (Editor's Note: This was the ill-fated Exercise Tiger, a
      dress rehearsal for the invasion, which was disrupted by
      the German E-boats. The Allied dead washed ashore in
      Dorset and were secretly buried in mass graves. Exercise
      Tiger remained a military secret until it was declassified
      in 1986.)
      "Now, as commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary
      of the Normandy landings are finalised, the official
      version of the events can be challenged by testimony about
      the earlier tragedy at Slapton Sands. Statements
      collected by The Observer over several years reveal a
      truth almost too awful to contemplate, perhaps explaining
      why the Pentagon suppressed the details."
      "The accounts of those present that day indicate
      that, as thousands of G.I.s swarmed ashore from landing
      craft, they were cut down by bullets fired by comrades
      playing the role of German defenders, who had for some
      reason been given live ammunition."
      "Letters reveal how Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Wolf,
      from Baltimore, Md., heard several shots 'zinging' past
      his ears as he observed the exercise from a vantage point
      nearby, and saw 'infantrymen on the beach fall down and
      remain motionless.' Under a hail of fire, Wolf quickly
      retreated."
      "Bullets also whizzed past Hank Aaron from West
      Virginia, driver to a general during the exercise. Aaron
      scrambled from the line of fire, then looked up and saw
      five men dead."
      "Royal Engineer Jim Cory watched dumbfounded from an
      observation post as soldiers streaming from landing craft
      'were mown down like ninepins.'"
      "'We later found out it was a mistake. They should
      have had dummy ammunition, but they just carried on
      shooting,' said Cory, who counted 150 bodies before he
      fled."
      "What he saw that day tormented him until his death
      last year (2003). His widow, Mary, who recounted his
      story last week, said: 'He always hoped that one day he
      would get an official answer.'"
      "His desire for confirmation of what happened was
      shared by London fireman Maurice Lund, who left a macabre
      typed confession on a cassette with his will, describing
      heaps of dead G.I.s left in the surf."
      "Yet there is not a single official mention in Army
      records of any bodies being found on Slapton Sands. Nor
      has the Pentagon ever mentioned any friendly-fire disaster
      in Devon that spring."
      "What happened to the bodies provides another twist
      to the secret of Slapton Sands. Witness statements
      suggest that they were interred, at least temporarily, in
      a mass grave nearby. Detailed records kept by the
      stationmaster at Kingsbridge, 5 miles (8 kilometers) away,
      reveal that three trains were secretly loaded with the
      bodies of G.I.s under military guard between July and
      August 1944. The trains, each able to carry at least 100
      corpses, 'were crammed with men dug from mass graves,'
      said local rail historian Ken Williams."
      "'The bodies were extricated after D-Day. A friend
      knew a man involved in the removal, but he died before I
      could contact him,' said Williams."
      "The historian's father, George Williams, who served
      in the Royal Navy during the war, soon realised that they
      also saw the bodies of dozens of men killed by friendly
      fire washing ashore on the sands. 'He told me how the sea
      turned red,' Ken Williams said."
      "There was no shortage of potential burial sites in
      the remote fields behind the beach. Suspicion that U.S.
      troops dumped bodies in hastily-built graves around nearby
      Blackawton was first aroused 20 years ago, when Dorothy
      Seekings, a baker's daughter who supplied bread to the
      troops during the exercises, said she had seen lorryloads
      (truckloads in the USA--J.T.) of G.I.s' bodies being
      buried near the village."
      "Seekings was ridiculed at the time, yet her
      description and location now seem to match closely that of
      farmer Francis Burden, who sold the Americans fresh milk.
      One morning in April 1944, Burden stopped short as he
      crossed a narrow lane leading out of Blackawton."
      "A huge pit, two acres in size, had been dug by U.S.
      troops, enough to take scores of coffins. Boxes big
      enough to hold a man were stacked nearby. Today, a
      discernible mound marks the location."
      "After the war, the field belonged to farmer Nolan
      Tope. Just before he died, Tope was asked if U.S. troops
      had ever been buried on his land. He replied that
      (Dorothy) Seekings 'knew only a small part of it' but
      vowed to take his secret to the grave."
      "His son, Nigel, discounts the mass grave theory,
      adding: 'In all my time farming here, I've never found
      anything suspicious, no bones, nothing.'"
      "But another resident, who requested anonymity, is
      adamant that there was a large hidden grave."
      "Local author Ken Small, whose book The Forgotten
      Dead, broke the story of the E-boat attack (on Exercise
      Tiger--J.T.), dismissed the rumours until just before he
      died last March (2003). He told the historian Williams
      that Seekings had been right. 'I was stunned,' said
      Williams."
      "Even so, many people still refuse to accept that
      hundreds of U.S. soldiers may have been interred in the
      sleepy Devon countryside 60 years ago. Such scepticism
      fails to explain the account of former local girl Joyce
      Newby, who helped to make hundreds of coffin lids at a
      nearby timber yard in spring 1944. She said they were for
      the victims of friendly fire at Slapton. Or that of
      former U.S. serviceman Harold McAulley, who talked of
      dragging dead soldiers off the sands and later helping to
      bury corpses--the faces black with oil and burning--in a
      mass inland grave."
      "Yet the fresh evidence of the witnesses and finds of
      skulls and bones at Slapton and on nearby beaches over
      decades have not changed America's insistence that there
      was no friendly-fire disaster. The Pentagon refuses to
      countenance that a real tragedy may have occurred during
      D-Day exercises."
      "A spokesman of the U.S. Army Center for Military
      History said: 'We don't know of any official record other
      than the German (attack on the) T-4 convoy.'"
      "Relatives draw hope from the fact that it took 40
      years for the truth behind the E-boat attack to be
      revealed. Three weeks ago, a remembrance service was held
      at Slapton Sands for the 749 U.S. soldiers recognized as
      casualties of the (Exercise Tiger) catastrophe."
      "How many died in an earlier, similarly bloody
      incident may never be known." (See The Observer for May
      16, 2004, "Did Allies kill G.I.s in D-Day training
      horror?")
      (Editor's Comment: Here we have some more of the still-
      secret history of World War II. Obviously, the Slapton
      Sands fiasco is still classified. I'd like to see all of
      that era's files opened, but there are a couple of
      incidents that have always intrigued me. My father, who
      spent 22 months in Morocco as a guest of Franklin and
      Eleanor, told me about a strange operation he was involved
      in during 1944, in which U.S. Navy sailors were used as
      constabulary to back up the Free French in an assault on
      the Muslims of Port Lyautey. Strangely, there is no
      mention of the assault on the Port Lyautey medina in
      Samuel Eliot Morrison's multi-volume history of the Navy
      in World War II. In addition, I've heard rumors about a
      mass mutiny at Camp Perry, Virginia in 1943 (then an Army
      post, now the CIA training school--J.T.). Enquiring
      readers would like to know just how many black American
      soldiers were machinegunned by that "great friend of the
      Negro"--Franklin D. Roosevelt.)

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