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Sunday 26 May 2013

Haunted Skies May bank Holiday update!



 Preserving the history of the UFO Phenomena 

The above Photo is of Val Walters and shows the UFO she and her two companions saw in July 1981. Illustration compiled by David Sankey.
Val: "The photo is spot on and makes me go all goose-pimply"  Photo (c) May 2013 John Hanson.   This case will be covered in Volume 9 1981-1983

Hi Everybody, I thought I would update you regarding the progress of Volume 8 which is currently waiting another final proof check, this involves printing off the pages as well as checking the print ready PDF.This costs quite a bit of money.But is the only way to ensure that errors are minimal.

We can tell you that this book has been split into 12 chapters, and thatit is a new breed of Haunted Skies Books published by myself andunder my control.   Sometimes people don’t realise that this is a ‘rolling   road’ of UFO re- investigations, involving trip far and wide all at our own expense.   These books are not about us they belong to everyone it is their history we are trying to preserve.

Half of Volume 8 is committed to not only the events of the *RFI but what has taken place during the interviewing years. We have spent an enormous amount of money on this project and  have only made peanuts in return, but its not about making money its about at least trying to create some awareness through the books, which we believe will grow in momentum, with Volume 8 and 9 of Haunted Skies.(Rendlesham Forest Incident
I could have published Volume 8 and onwards in black and white and increased the size of the publisher’s compensation, but I have chosen to publish in colour because I think people want to see some incredible images in colour. I hope I don’t have to increase the price of this Volume (A third larger for the same amount of money if I do it will be a pound or two….I cant sell book at a huge loss, as I need some money to plough into the next one, each and every Volume cost me approx £500 for the work to be typeset into the book by Bob Tibbitts. But he is making fantastic job of it and I thank him for all of his much valued assistance.

Bob is more than willing to discuss with anybody that is interested in geting their own book published via  (Print ready PDF) a life dream for most of us. He is highly recommended and has a lifetime in the print industry, so if anyone wants him to build up a print ready PDF with all of your photographs, and text, whether it be ‘Our favourite cats’My old Mum and Dad,’ or a ‘Scientific study of the Universe’, Bob is the man! He can be contacted on   This way you get your book in print something for the grandkids....or a precious gift to a loved one! 

Volume 9 is progressing it will cover the period 1981-1983, we are currently reviewing   
July 1981 and have already consumed nearly 100 pages of the proposed 420page book

I have to say that still after 3 years I am spending at least 8-10-12 hoursa day in putting the raw text together for Dawn to then proof read and edit. We would also like to thank people like Wendy Milner,David Bryant, Robert Townshend, David Sankey, Wayne Mason,
Steve Franklin, Jason Chapman, Pip Foster and others all of whom have produced images for us for nothing from the bottom of their heart,not forgetting Janet and Colin Bord who have allowed us access to their images……..Thank you both for your help…

Thank you to Philip Mantle for his invaluable help, and also Kevin Goodman for plugging Haunted Skies during many podcasts.regards to you Kev and your lovely Aunt Bessie!

The photo below is of Dawn on the right of course, and Doreen Turley whose husband Chief Inspector Len Turley was in charge of the Police investigation into the Washwood Heath stone throwing saga  in 1981.This has been investigated by us and will be in Volume 9

Hopefully the people that read the online magazine Matrix will have the opportunity of being able to read something about the progress of Haunted Skies  thanks to David Franklyn of Healing of Atlantis for promising to get the latest books onto the website, and thanks go to Matt Lyons head of BUFORA for his support. Thank goodness they have all helped us because otherwise these books would never have been produced….Thank you all for your help……John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (Dawn seen here relaxing on a short break to sunny Devon) Did you ever see so many darned midges!! 3rd photo seal off Buck Mills coast, being chased by a seagull.  4th Photo Mum and offspring.
5th Photo seen on Hartland Quay

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Haunted Skies April 2013

              Dedicated to Mrs Elsie Oakensen                       


It with regret that we discovered Elsie Oakensen passed away some time ago,she was a lovely lady and loved by all. Sadly she never saw the front cover of Volume 7 which depicts the UFO she saw in 1978. Pictured on the left Dawn on the right.....

Volume 7 produced by us has a look inside search facility on Amazon.

Volume 8 which is in colour has been finally completed.
Unfortunately we ran out of room, and had to leave it at
420 pages.   The book covers the first 11 months of 1980
followed by our examination of the events that took place
in Rendlesham Forest a mind boggling 32years ago!  

Although the book is finished it will not be published without
getting it approved from certain paries invovled in the book,
we anticpate that it will be published in June followed by Volume
Yesterday I was speaking to Brenda about her forthcoming
new book published by Capel Ban publishers written by her
and Philip Kinsella, which is hoped to be out in June 2013.   

Volume 9 which covers the period 1981- to hopefully 1985
is also ongoing. At the moment I am scanning in the various
images from each year, and Dawn has began proofing the
pages before they are sent to Bob Tibbitts who prepares the
word ready PDF which will be sent off to the printers
Lightning Sources

If anyone has information regarding UFO sightings or UFO 
groupsor anything they would like us to use please in the books 
can they contact us.
We are still looking for people who may wish to submit illustrations
for the book, they are in short supply…..But so far we have managed
ok. Robert Townsend who paints the images has been sending us
some thanks so much Robert for all of your help. 

Went to the Hot Shots snooker hall in Oldbury a few nights ago and had
a great talk with David Hodrien, his Dad and other members of BUFOG.
It was a four hour talk followed by a two hour talk in the car outside McDonalds
really enjoyable evening. We have nothing but praise for Dave and his group
we felt very much part of the family!  By the way Kevin Goodman you left your
Aunt Bessie apple pie in the corner behind after your last talk!

Richard Hall came to see some weeks ago, here is a picture of him. At the
moment we are struggling to get hold of him to send the images relating to 
Volume 5 and 6 of which he interviewed me about.....

I was saddened to hear of Reg Presley passing away, I never met him
personally but enjoyed chatting to him over the years.

   Here is a photo of what I belive to be injured Serviceman on their way 
   to the Q.E Hospital in Birmingham. They are the real Heroes!

    The Haunted Skies Mouse Mickey at feeding time!

   Sad news from Don (Im sorry its late getting onto the blog) one of his kitten was
   knocked over on the road and killed. Don is a dedicated animal lover and has
   fully supported us over the years.

This woman appeared on the This Morning TV a couple of weeks ago, the producer 
    telephoned me and asked me if I knew any women that had been abducted
    who wanted to go on the show!  I did not delegate anyone- it denigrates the whole
    subject -apart from that I felt this is not the sort of article  below which I would
    want children to  see on the front page of the Bexleyheath Heath London based News
    Shopper newspaper. I made a complaint and sent them this letter....but they never
    printed it although they printed others..

Dear News shopper,

I felt I had to respond to your recent article relating to ex Policewoman
Stephaney Cohen, and her alleged communication with a breed of
Reptilians that have offered her bodily comfort amongst other things!

As a retired Police Officer from the West Midlands Police who spent half 
of his service in the CID and then 20 years of research into the UFO subject 
with now 7 Volumes of Haunted Skies published cataloguing reported British 
UFO activity up to 1980 I appreciate that I can neither prove nor disprove the 
claims made by Stephaney Cohen but I regard some of her comments as 
untrustworthy and unworthy of comment.

I feel that some criticism should be made about the content of this article with
regard to what I feel are inappropriate sexual comments which while
relished and mulled over on breakfast TV are surely not what I would have 
expected from the News Shopper which is read by adults and young children

Articles like this which pamper to the needs of the media who insist 
(irrespective of the era) on putting their own ‘spin’ on the UFO subject 
(borne from scepticism and lack of education about the chosen subject) 
with a constant need to denigrate ‘UFO’ sightings and present it as tongue 
in cheek rather than having the courage to face up the reality that the UFO 
presence is here –to stay. 

UFO sighting from Australia

Massive UFO sighting, multiple credible witnesses.
After UFO-PRSA last monthly meeting last Wednesday April 10th six of our committee and members were standing talking in the carpark area, myself, Dom, Darren, Kellie, Mike and Mark. It was around 10.45pm and it was a beautiful clear night sky. While we were talking we were casually monitoring the sky, as one does, watching two aircraft approaching. At first they were side by side, one had the distinguishable red and green lights and strobe flashing it was definitely a plane, we could hear it. The other caught our attention, it was bigger, brighter no strobing and no red and green navigational lights. We were commenting on this as we watched them overhead, the aeroplane stayed on course, from east to west while the other one overtook the aeroplane veering off to the south. We were still speculating about this seconds later when Darren, still looking up, called out what the .... is that, can you see that guys? We all looked up and witnessed this massive craft passing overhead travelling south. It was triangular, boomerang shape, with some type of construction attatched to it, no lights, no noise and it blocked out the stars as it passed. We were all gob smacked, none of us has ever seen anything like this before and we have seen our share of craft and lights in the sky over the years of nightwatching. Attatched is a sketch of what we saw, drawn by Mark.
Myself and 10 or so members had a similar sighting about 6 years ago standing in the carpark talking after a meeting. It was around 10.30pm and we were gathered in the Campbelltown Library carpark ( close to the Arts Centre )  Laszlo drew our attention to a silent object passing overhead. This too was massive, triangular shape but had it's lights on, forming the shape of an arrow. It was silent and blocking out the stars as it passed, so we knew it was a solid object..
Have a look at the sketch, has anyone ever seen anything like this before, we would be interested to know, thank you.
Best Regards Larraine Cilia President
Phone 0407894835

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Haunted Skies end of February 2013

Haunted Skies Blog  returns!

We are always on the look out for Illustrators who are prepared to see
their work in the books if you can help please contact us.Thank you so much
Robert Townshend for your hand painted contributions what a very pleasant man
you are,it was a pleasure to talk to you......

Volume 8 progresses towards completion 80% there!

I am sorry that I have been out of touch for the last few weeks; this was 
due to the sheer intentsity of work load involved in writing up the Rendlesham 
Forest incident for the end of December 1980, for Volume 8 (1980)!

                                    Hi from Rendlesham Forest !

This has without doubt been the hardest task that I have come across so far mainly
 because it is so demanding, having to ensure that the many photographs match the 
script, but I now  anticipate that this chapter (page 217 to page 350 )will come to an 
end within the next fortnight.

Aunt Betty has been in touch pointing out there are some typoografical  herrors 
in the Blog, sorry about this but Betty but you will appreciate that we are preety 
snowed under here with publishing writing, investigating etc.... I know that you
are a hard working person, so will consider your very kind invitation and thank you
so much for all of your assistance with rasing the profile of what we are trying to do

 Us in the Alvechurch Village Magazine on line all over the World 

next time you come to see us there will be an extra  helping of custard!
If the book goes to 300 pages the cost should be the same i.e £14.99, but I will advise accordingly,bearing in mind that at the end of the day I  have to make something,
rather than run at a loss.

The Sun & Metro Newspapers –UFO over Birmingham
I see that the Sun  and Metro newspaper covered the sighting by the Police dog handler, in their usual tongue in cheek fashion judging by the banner grabbing headline! This was the same newspaper that asked for Volume 1 a couple of years ago and promised to publish an article about us, the silence is deafening,!

To add insult to injury I came across a reference to this case on UFO Data website while trying to get in touch with Russell Callaghan. Oddly there were only two sightings on this web page; one was the Birmingham UFO sighting. There was no indication of who put this material on this web page, although it was originally the domain of Russell Callaghan, if anyone can put me in touch that would be much appreciated. If Nick Pope had said this 
(which I doubt) surely this is imagination run riot. For a start no aircraft were scambled to my knowledge!    
I have no idea where this illustration has come from the Officer saw a light not a spaceship!


A police officer claimed that he had seen a UFO moving at super sonic speeds when he was off duty driving near the Birmingham airport. The officer reported that he had seen a ‘light with a bluish tinge’ that ‘pulsed rhythmically’ and zoomed off. A colleague then called the air traffic control and they said that nothing had been seen on their systems. The unnamed officer had this to say: ‘I noticed a light in the sky which was pulsing rhythmically. It was very bright and had a bluish tinge to it,’ the website reported the officer as saying.’ I thought at first that it was a plane. Then I realized, as it was only a single light, this was not likely to be the case.’ Besides, I had never seen an aircraft in that part of the sky.’ UFO expert Nick Pope, said: ‘This could be the real thing – a UFO in our airspace and military aircraft scrambled to intercept.     

    Richard D Hall came to interview us for Vol-5-6-7

Letter sent to newspaper recently-
              Preserving the British UFO Social History How it all began

As a retired Police Officer who spent nearly 30years in the West Midlands Police force, I would like to say that if while on duty or otherwise some one had come up to me and reported having seen aliens or flying saucers. I would have believed they were either suffering from alcoholic intoxication or mentally unbalanced!

However my attitude was to change when my son Chris then a serving P.C. with the same force was asked to interview a Doctor who had seen something unusual flying through the sky over Moseley Birmingham in January 1995.Following that interview he and his colleague witnessed a saucer shaped object hovering above a tree in a suburb a short distance away. 

 My first response was to wonder if my son was playing practical joke but as he seemed serious I decided to conduct my own research wondering if such things existed. Over the space of some months I contacted a number of people who had witnessed a similar phenomenon at about the same time. Although the local newspapers had suggested it was a meteorite, I felt it highly unlikely this was to be the case and decided as time went by and other witnesses contacted me about their strange sightings to write a book, along with my partner Dawn Marina Holloway.

We decided the best course of action was to accumulate as much evidence as we could find and form our own conclusions based on direct interviews rather than second hand information. Obviously  as the years passed away this wasn’t always possible, but we persevered feeling that  this was valuable English social history, and  should be preserved .It shouldn’t be ignored or treated in the main with tongue in cheek comments, by the Nationals  which in the main has always been their attitude(apart from the local newspapers)       We have now published Seven Volumes cataloguing the events from 1940-179, which should give an indication of how prolific the sightings have been during those years.  Volume 7 is on Amazon .com (2013) and we invite you to have a look inside the book as there is a facility for the reader to do this.   At the moment we are working on Volume 8 which covers just 12months of British UFO history this will include our write up of the incident at Rendlesham Forest Suffolk in December 1980.

When Volume 1 was published we sent copies  of the book to various National newspapers including the Daily Telegraph ,who asked for them unfortunately we have never had one article published on us which seems rather odd, bearing in mind that we have been promised much but have been given little.

If there is one thing we have done it is to preserve the history of the British UFO phenomena but the silence is deafening, will this email change the things I doubt it, but one this is assured the books will continue to be published as we feel this is important evidence based on eyewitness testimonials from, senior RAF officers, Police Officers and  members of scientific based community who have never stated they saw aliens or spaceships, just that this is what we saw -make of what you will.

Saturday 2 February 2013

Haunted Skies Journal 2.2.2013

Haunted Skies Journal 2nd February 2013


 UFOs the ongoing story! 420 Pages covering a mere
              2years of British UFO Activity!

We have now arranged for a look inside facility to be
placed onto Amazon so that people can read selected parts of the book. By the way we are pleased about the sales of this book, it appears to have outstripped all of the other put together!

                            Volume 8 (1980)
Currently we are working on the final month of Volume 8, which covers the period from Janaury 1980-December 1980. The first 11months wer'nt so bad, but sorting out the hundreds of images for December 1980 has without doubt been the hardest job we have ever taken on, never mind the 60 pages of script!  Hence the fact that we have not blogged much, sorry to everyone 
out there, who have supported us so far.

          This is a rare photograph of Sarah Falkland the Midlands News reader.
          She has had one of our books and found it fascinating! Sadly as you
          all know the Nationals have refused to publicise any of our work,
          never mind the local TV. One thing we thrive on is adversity!
          Here are some images you may like,first of all my beautiful daughter 
          Vicky who loves to take photos of her dad and then stick them on 
          facebook- pay back time Vixen!

                    Signs in our fire! 1921?   Vicky and Abbey!             
 (c) David Martin a Futoro Home one of these was parked in Todmored during the 1970's but was not the explaantion for what Alan Godfrey encounterd in November 1980

Alvechurch Village Magazine
This is a copy of the text sent to Richard Peach for inclusion in the next Magazine which is on line and goes all round the World.
It seemed the right opportunity to check out the on going series of Books entitled Haunted Skies which are being written and now published right in the heart of our Village.

The reader may remember that we published an article about retired police officer John Hanson and his partner Dawn Holloway endeavours to record the history of  UFO/strange phenomena in our July/August 2011 issue.

Volume 7 which is the couples latest offering  was published by John himself owing to the fact that after over two years the couple were finding the constant trips back and forwards to their  Devon based publisher sometimes twice a month arduous and very costly.

John” This Volume covers the events which took place between 1978 and 1979, and shows through its astonishing number of pages(420 in total) that activity was rife in and around the skies of the UK.

We didn’t intend to make this a large book but balanced the cost of the extra postage incurred against our policy not to leave anything out, as this forms part of our very important British Social UFO History. In addition to this just when we had thought we had completed it, a London based UFO researcher from the 1970’s sent us over 100 previously unpublished files from their study group”

I asked John if he had any personal views or opinions as to the source of the many hundreds if not thousands of sighting reports documented in the now published Volumes- 3 (1966-1967)  Volume 4 (1968-1971) Volume 5 (1972-1974) and the Jubilee Volume 6 (1975-1977) a copy of which was dedicated to Her Royal Majesty and sent to Buckingham Palace.

“UFO reports go back many thousands of years in our opinion. Currently we are in the process of completing Volume 8 which covers 1980. This will include a scrapbook section and also an update on other cases brought too our attention in colour! We are still looking for Illustrators that may be prepared to help us and are hoping to get Volume 7 onto Kindle very soon!”

John told me about  Hans a German soldier who was serving on the Russian front  in 1944 when thousands of German and Russian troops saw a silver cigar shaped object appear in the sky. This matter was reported to Berlin and presumably Adolf Hitler himself. Rather anecdotally the German soldiers knew the war was going badly for them after they captured a convoy of American trucks containing tons of chocolate!  On a more sober note Hans returned to the regiment after being wounded and found only one comrade remained alive from the ongoing conflict.

Another strange report found in Volume 1 came from Lesley Grant a British Serviceman, who was driving a captured German tank at Arnhem, in 1944 when he was warned by an officer not to go any further. Curiosity got the better of him when he had look he saw a landed grey saucer shaped object. When he tried to approach it he found himself being stopped by what felt like an invisible cushion.
John,” We came across a similar story involving milkman John Payne who was having a break at Winkleigh Airfield Devon when he saw what looked like a submarine shaped object with fins lying on the runway. He too was prevented from getting any closer by what he described as an invisible cushion, that you could actually lean on. He wasn’t

the only one a journalist from a Reading Newspaper tried to get close to a landed UFO during 1967. Unfortunately this was around the time when a number of bleeping flying saucers’ were discovered at various locations around the UK. When the Police opened them they found they had been filled with fertilizer: - part of a students rag day’ prank!  So the journalist never published what she had seen, but the story was known at the time to her colleagues who had been with her at the time
Recently as a result of an appeal in a Police Magazine John and Dawn were contacted by anumber of officers from Superintendent down to PC who brought
 to their attention the following incidents,

1- A report of ball lightning, by a cadet on lollipop patrol in the 1960’s,

2- A Special Constable from Kent who was with two other officers when they saw three black disc shaped object moving over  the sky in formation at Minnis Bay, Birchington -on –Sea, way back in the 1950’s.

3-A retired PC from the Nottinghamshire Constabulary told of an object that had landed in 1976.

4- A retired London Police Sergeant was on duty at the Police Station when a family came in to report having seen a mysterious green globe land in nearby marshes. A search was carried out but nothing was found. When the Sergeant contacted Fylingdales in Yorkshire they told him to send a motorcycle officer up the next morning with the report.

5- A report from a retired Superintendent, of nine lights seen 
moving in formation over Gillingham Kent  in 1966. 

6- A retired Detective Inspector from Oxfordshire was on patrol during the early hours of the morning when his Police car struck an invisible object and ended up pointing the wrong way at Kidlington in 1978. This may sound quite humorous and impossible to believe but the car’s roof was squashed down 18inches from whatever it collided with

totally inexplicable.

But what’s behind all of this I asked John, “The million dollar question, the simple answer is we don’t know and are not prepared to speculate. But surely at the end of the day matters such as these are not only worth investigating but recording. They form part of our social history”

I can be contacted on  or by telephone 0121.445.0340 John Hanson retired Police Officer West Midlands and Dawn Holloway.