Author Archives: Dr David Clarke

Churchill’s Secret War

Winston Churchill’s interest in strange phenomena and UFOs makes the cover story in the November 2018 issue of Fortean Times magazine. Top Secret War chronicles the British Prime Minister’s curiosity about a range of unexplained phenomena during his long career … Continue reading

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Six Months, Five Podcasts

During the past six months I have contributed to five Fortean-themed podcasts reflecting the range of my UFO and legend-related research interests. Brian J Robb who curates the monthly Sounds Peculiar round-up in the excellent Fortean Times magazine says that podcasting … Continue reading

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Vintage UFO magazines and books for sale

I have a number of vintage UFO and UFO-related magazines and books for sale. These include a run of back issues of the London-based Flying Saucer Review, starting in 1961, and back issues of the US ‘zine Official UFO. For a full … Continue reading

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Black Projects, UFOs and the mysterious MO D-Notice

Has the Ministry of Defence ever suppressed media stories about Black Project aircraft operating secretly over the British Isles? For many years conspiracy-minded aviation writers and UFOlogists have claimed the government has, on occasions, used its contacts in the Press … Continue reading

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Why Britain’s MoD closed the UFO files: exclusive new evidence

Newly-released British intelligence files reveal the hidden agenda behind the MoD’s decision to close down their 50 year investigation of UFOs. The last three UFO files produced by the UK’s defence intelligence branch DI55 were originally with-held from the records earmarked … Continue reading

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Top 10 UFO documents at The National Archives

The spring of 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of my first visit to The National Archives in Kew, southwest London – the guardian of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents. It also marks ten years since I began … Continue reading

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Yorkshire UFO crash mystery solved – after 60 years

THE wreckage of a miniature UFO that ‘crash landed’ on the North York Moors sixty years ago has been found – hidden in the archives of a London museum. The story has been claimed by some as Britain’s answer to … Continue reading

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Tears for Fears – the Curse of the Crying Boy

The ‘curse of the Crying Boy‘ legend, created by the British tabloid The Sun, is alive and well online. I discuss my research into this fake news phenomenon on the first episode in Season 3 of the Folklore Podcast, (1 January … Continue reading

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COLLECTING SPACE ARCHIVES

The plot of Blade Runner 2049 refers to a ‘black out’ that plunged the world into darkness for ten days. During this cataclysm many historical records, hard drives and important data that was not written down on paper was destroyed. Blade … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Playground Kind

My latest book UFO Drawings from The National Archives is published by Four Corners books on 18 September. It contains 40 colour and black and white images selected from the Ministry of Defence files at the archives in Kew. From … Continue reading

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