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The events claimed in this book are a well known hoax.
on 1 August 2014
I was happy to purchase the Kindle edition of this book, but already being familiar with the Berwyn Mountains UFO case and having debunked other disinformation on the event of the 23rd January 1974, I wasn't expecting much though I was intrigued by the claim it was a 'thorough examination of the available evidence'.
Which available evidence I thought? Then I learned it was the claims of Russ Kellett about a version of events he has clung to for over a decade. Effectively the book was not a thorough examination of the available evidence (unless one includes the evidence the author seems to have taken from others research - there seems to be a bit of mine in there too!), but is an account of a particular series of events which led to an alleged crash of an alien vehicle alongside a main road near the village of Llandderfel in North Wales, that night. The Berwyn UFO event is a massive case and would struggle to fit within 1000 pages, so the above claim is dishonest re: thorough.
The reality is, that all that is claimed within the book is a long standing hoax, a hoax that Mr Kellett has chosen to ignore as he clings doggedly to his evidence, evidence that has been drip fed to him for years by John Williams who he insisted on refering to clandestinely as 'JW'. It is no secret who this guy is. He is a known disinformation clown who advanced this disgraceful hoax to muddle up Berwyn UFO investigation and character assassinate the wider Ufology community.
One of those involved in the hoax confessed to UFO researcher Margaret Fry several years ago that he got out when it all went too far.
The book offers up no witnesses beyond those already in the public domain and publishes no documents which can be verified independently. It is all hearsay. Not one single person has managed to secure a copy of the letter which is mentioned seemingly confirming Operation Photoflash and FOI requests to the Coastguard & Maritime Agency sees total denial of any knowledge of that document. Further to that, any researcher should be able to work out that the events described in the book re: warships flushing USOs near Puffin Island simply cannot be. No such ships can possibly access such shallow waters as any navigation chart will show. Also, at the time of the alleged shoot out incident, the tide was out. Not only was the water shallow in the described area, but it was at its lowest - double proof it could not have been. Low tide was at 17.20 that night for Beaumaris/Penmon/Puffin Island and water for over five miles in every direction was only around 50 ft deep, yet naval destroyers near Puffin Island (which is almost dry at low water) managed to force USOs out of the water, engage them and later see one of them shot down coming to crash land at the foot of the Berwyns.
The tidal information alone exposes this hoax. It is impossible for the claims made to have happened at that point at that time in the Irish Sea/North Wales coast. Therefore, the whole is undermined.
The UFO which landed (not crashed) on Cader Berwyn mountain was the real event. The event in this book is a long standing hoax.
Digressing, the grammar is poor and the book is disrespectful to the Welsh language and the first language of virtually all involved in the real Jan' '74 UFO event as virtually all the Welsh place names are spelt incorrectly. Pity there wasn't a thorough attention to that detail!
Nick Pope gives an endorsement, but admitted he read drafts but not the final draft for publication. He endorsed it because he and the author share the same agent apparently.
All in all, useful insofar as it has publicised this version of events and thus helped publicise this hoax but otherwise, the writing is poor for an author who is a journalist.