GreWi-Exclusive: British Ministry of Defence Finally Releases its Last Secret UFO-Files

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Secret files of the British Ministry of Defence (Illu.).

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London (England) – Because their existence was first denied and then their release delayed over months and years, they were titles as the last big UFO-secret held by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD). Now those last UFO-files were finally released into the public. But – as the German news-blog on frontier-sciences Grenzwissenschaft-Aktuell.de (GreWi) exclusively reveals – those who want to read and see them have to go to the reading room of the National Archives in Kew, as their are no plans to digitize the files – even if all previous sets of formerly secret MoD-UFO-files were put online in full.

As a spokesperson of the National Archives confirmed to GreWi-editor Andreas Muller, the new tranche consists of 15 different files dating between 1971 and 2007. They can be accessed in the reading rooms at Kew, but will not be made available online.

Background
Contrary to its claim in 2013 that now all of its formerly classified UFO-files were released to the public via the National Archives, in 2014 the MoD had to confirm that 18 of such UFO-files were still held back. However, a publication of this files was initially announced for 2015 – but the date was delayed into early 2016, then to summer 2016 and then again into August. In August it was said that the release was again rescheduled and that the files would not be published before „early 2017“. Later this date has been shofted again because of administratve reasons due to the Brexit-Election in early Juni 2017 to a date after the votes (…GreWi reported) – a date that now has been finally fullfiled.

The reason for not putting them online – contrary to literally all formerly published MoD-UFO-files is (according to the National Archives) because this “latest pack of files is relatively small, so it was not seen as practical to put them through the online publication process” – even in the face of a growing public and media interest in those files. Beside visiting the Archives in Kew one can also order the files to be copied and send by mail – however this process will take at least 24 days, the spokesperson explained.

For this reason GreWi has not been able to study the files yet. However, here is the list of content provided by the Archives:

UFO policy

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOpolicy.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 27 April 2004 – 07 May 2004
Reference: DEFE 24/3156
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/2822: UFO reports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions…

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOreports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs. Copy of DEFE 24/2822: UFO reports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 04 January 1993 – 30 January 1995
Reference: DEFE 24/2822/1
Subjects: Air transport | Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/2821: UFO reports: C31 air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions…

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOreports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs. Copy of DEFE 24/2821: UFO reports: C31 air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 15 March 1991 – 20 December 1992
Reference: DEFE 24/2821/1
Subjects: Air transport | Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/2823: UFO reports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions…

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOreports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs. Copy of DEFE 24/2823: UFO reports: C3I air traffic control; low flying UFOs; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 06 November 1995 – 21 January 1996
Reference: DEFE 24/2823/1
Subjects: Air transport | Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/3129: UFOs: administration and general; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOs: administration and general. Copy of DEFE 24/3129: UFOs: administration and general; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 13 May 1982 – 02 January 1983
Reference: DEFE 24/3129/1
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/3122: Defence policy issues: UFOs; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. Defence policy issues: UFOs. Copy of DEFE 24/3122: Defence policy issues: UFOs; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 06 May 1997 – 15 March 2000
Reference: DEFE 24/3122/1
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/2879: UFOs: reports; correspondence; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOs: reports; correspondence. Copy of DEFE 24/2879: UFOs: reports; correspondence; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 1976 – 1977
Reference: DEFE 24/2879/1
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/2862: UFO reports; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOreports. Copy of DEFE 24/2862: UFO reports; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 16 November 1986 – 23 February 2001
Reference: DEFE 24/2862/1
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/3128: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports. Copy of DEFE 24/3128: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 01 September 2001 – 22 October 2002
Reference: DEFE 24/3128/1
Subjects: Air Force | Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/3127: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports. Copy of DEFE 24/3127: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 16 November 1999 – 13 August 2001
Reference: DEFE 24/3127/1
Subjects: Air Force | Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/3124: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports. Copy of DEFE 24/3124: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 06 January 1995 – 21 November 1996
Reference: DEFE 24/3124/1
Subjects: Air Force | Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/3126: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports. Copy of DEFE 24/3126: Air Defence Ground Environment: UFO reports; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 01 October 1997 – 15 November 1999
Reference: DEFE 24/3126/1
Subjects: Air Force | Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

Copy of DEFE 24/2863: Freedom of Information Act 2000: copyright issues concerning internet publication; reports…

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. Freedom of Information Act 2000: copyright issues concerning internet publication; reports of UFOsightings. Copy of DEFE 24/2863: Freedom of Information Act 2000: copyright issues concerning internet publication; reports of UFO sightings; with redactions.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 28 June 2007 – 15 August 2007
Reference: DEFE 24/2863/1
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | Communications | UFOs

 

UFO policy. This is a redacted version, which is the only surviving copy of this…

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOpolicy. This is a redacted version, which is the only surviving copy of this file.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 13 June 2000 – 12 December 2000
Reference: DEFE 24/3154
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

UFO policy. This is a redacted version, which is the only surviving copy of this…

Ministry of Defence: Defence Secretariat Branches and their Predecessors: Registered Files. UFOpolicy. This is a redacted version, which is the only surviving copy of this file.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew – Ministry of Defence
Date: 09 December 1971 – 11 December 1996
Reference: DEFE 24/3152
Subjects: Armed Forces (General Administration) | UFOs

 

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