(Document is followed by analysis by Brad Sparks)
ROUTING AND RECORD SHEET AIR TECHNICAL SERVICE COMMAND
DATE 13 JAN 1948
Request for Transcription of a recording made 7 January regarding
an unidentified flying object and the discussion that took place
between the three P-51 National Guard aircraft and the tower
operator at Godman Field.
During an investigation 9 January 1948 at Godman Field it was
learned that such a recording was made.
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|| Project Sign
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|| Project Sign Roll 1
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Then later Godman Field denied there was a recording ever
made. It took months, Major Duesler who was supposed to gotten
the tape transcribed was himself transferred out.
But there is another "trick" possibly involved here. There
was something called a Plan 62 Interphone System linking several CAA
(and presumably AACS) control towers in the region. One guy at
Lockbourne (if I recall which base correctly) actually listened in on
Godman's Tower conversation and wrote down the Godman base theodolite
trackings of azimuth and elevation for an unidentified object later
that evening, which he heard over this interphone system hundreds of
miles away from Godman. Without his record we wouldn't have most
of those readings from Godman itself.
Thus it is possible ANOTHER BASE recorded the Godman Tower
communications rather than Godman itself. Later Godman could
weasel-wordedly say that they at Godman didn't record anything.
Duesler has his own personal witness statement already in the BB
files. He was supposed to get the tape or a transcript, that was the
"investigation." Nothing about any additional report. Notice
Project Sign wasn't giving this a priority as they didn't bother
checking on this for 3 months, till April 1948. Notice Sign
didn't ask for Duesler's current duty assignment so they <>could
him questions. Notice that Sign didn't get around to
investigating Venus and the theodolite readings until a second case
from Godman, in Aug 1948, came up, which no one described as a
flying saucer. Even then it took almost 2 months to get to it,
but at least they re-opened the Mantell case at that time.
The fact Project Sign wasn't giving the Mantell case any real
priority, that they were slackoff about it, is a bad sign. Can't
make it to be some coverup of ET, and it must not have figured into
the Estimate of the Situation of Aug 5, 1948. Apparently Sign had
written off Mantell as Venus from Jan to Nov 1948 when the second (IFO)
case from Godman prompted the Mantell incident to be reopened.
That excludes it from the EOTS which was revised in Sept 1948 and
finished off in Oct 1948.