One of the more famous UFO cases associated with Cannock Chase happened in the spring of 1964, and involved an unidentified craft that reportedly blew up in the skies over mainland Europe. A small part of the craft landed in West Germany and another much larger part landed close to the small town of Penkridge. It is alleged that three bodies were recovered from the crash site at Cocksparrow Lane by both RAF and NATO intelligence services.
Now, I feel it is necessary for me to point out that the information only came to light fully in the 1990's after Leonard Stringfield, a U.S Naval officer, released the files of a retired third class U.S Navy source, who was stationed in the Caribbean at the time of the incident and had intercepted a secret Soviet transmission. He explained that the Russian message mentioned a UFO malfunctioning and crashing to earth in the West Germany and Penkridge locations. What makes the story even more credible is that there have actually been some witnesses come forward.
In Nick Redfern's book Cosmic Crashes, we are told of an interview undertook by Redfern with a local man who claims that, not only did he see the object that night, but he even took photographs of it. He went on to state that he had witnessed first hand, the craft being covered in a tarpaulin and lifted on to an aircraft transporter. The story became even more sinister when the man added that, as he drove up-close to the object, he was stopped by a roadblock that was manned by police officers, RAF personnel and the Army who duly forced the temporary confiscation of his camera. The officers removed the film before returning it and sending the gentleman off in the opposite direction.
Perhaps the most astonishing revelation came just before Redfern met with him. On the morning of the arranged interview the witness reported to have received a phone call from a Ministry of Defence department, telling him not to speak to the interviewers about the incident. Redfern, cynical at first, managed to establish validity by directly tracing the call back to an operator controlled by the military. The informant had also been given a phone number to call, and this number turned out to be from the MoD Guard service at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. Strange stuff eh?
You would expect perhaps that an incident like this, that obviously involved many different people from many different agencies, would have been recorded in some way in Ministry of Defence files? - Unfortunately not. The only references I can find in the released files are Freedom of Information requests from members of the public asking for information about the incident, to which they always get the same reply - “the information you requested is not held by the Ministry of Defence”.
We must remember however that the MoD is very much a government department, and these places have a long history of cover-ups and lies. Do you honestly believe that if the British Government or Security Services had evidence of craft from outer-space they would see fit to tell us about it? I certainly don't.
In my view the whole situation with MoD released files can be seen as crooked. If you've ever read the book by George Orwell called 1984, you will recall the main character Winston had a job in which he was tasked with changing history and limiting people's reality by making certain adaptations to their newspapers and books, to suit the current policy of their oppressive government. He would change names, remove people and even completely delete stories from public knowledge by editing the limited information available to the masses.
I would like to propose the argument that this could be what the Ministry of Defence, and indeed all government departments for that matter, are doing under the mechanism of the Freedom of Information Act.
There is no doubt in my mind that something definitely did happen on Cannock Chase in 1964, the U.S Navy files alone prove that, but with our overly secret government, and their obsession with the suppression of knowledge and technology, we may never know the truth.
Until next time .......
Written by Lee Brickley 2013