Stringfield (19201994) was an American ufologist
who took particular interest in crashed flying saucer
stories. His contacts in the medical field gave him the
first descriptions of the alien bodies allegedly recovered
at Roswell or elsewhere.
War II sighting
interest in the subject began August 28, 1945, just three
days before the end of the war, when he was
an Army Air Force intelligence officer en route
to Tokyo, Japan, along with twelve other specialists in
the Fifth Air Force. As they approached Iwo Jima at about
ten thousand feet in a sunlit sky, Stringfield related:
was shocked to see three teardrop-shaped objects from
my starboard-side window. They were brilliantly white,
like burning magnesium, and closing in on a parallel course
to our C-46. Suddenly, our left engine feathered, and
I was later to learn that the magnetic navigation-instrument
needles went wild. As the C-46 lost altitude, with oil
spurting from the troubled engine, the pilot sounded an
alert; crew and passengers were told to prepare for a
ditch! I do not recall my thoughts or actions during the
next, horrifying moments, but my last glimpse of the three
bogies placed them about 20 degrees above the level of
our transport. Flying in the same, tight formation, they
faded into a cloud bank. Instantly, our craft's engine
revved up, and we picked up altitude and flew a steady
course to land safely at Iwo Jima."
said his World War II encounter was so traumatic that
he tried to forget about it. But he was drawn back into
the UFO field in 1950 when two very sincere people related
flying saucer sightings to him. Stringfield then wrote:
one experience near Iwo Jima was proof enough to me in
1950 that the 'foo
fighter' of World War II--sometimes dubbed
'Kraut fireball' in the European Theater--and the flying
saucer were one and the same kind of machine and from
the same source: outer space."
about the "rumored loss of Air Force interceptors
chasing UFOs, the low-level green fireballs over Sweden
and the southwestern United States" and his own
experience, Stringfield related he was concerned about
the "intent" behind the probes. In March
1954, he created Civilian Research,
Interplanetary Flying Objects (CRIFO),
and published a monthly newsletter, ORBIT.
newsletter caught the attention of radio newscaster Frank
Edwards, who allowed Stringfield to announce
it on his popular program in May. Instantly, Stringfield
was deluged with mail and newspapers, and radio stations
from coast to coast called, wanting saucer news. Stringfield
soon had 2500 paid subscribers to ORBIT.
During the mid-1950s, CRIFO
became the world's largest civilian UFO research group.
Stringfield wrote, "Also taking note of CRIFO
was the Air Force." Stringfield said the Air
Defense Command in Columbus, Ohio called
him September 9, 1955, and wanted his cooperation in obtaining
immediate sighting reports using his large network of
sources. To his surprise, he was also informed that the
Observer Corps (GOC)
in southwestern Ohio had been instructed to report UFO
activity directly to him for screening. (Stringfield lived
in Cincinnati, Ohio.) He was then to call the ADC
using a telephone code number ("Fox Trot Kilo 3-0
Blue") to report the better sightings. He was requested
"not to ask any questions."
a member of the GOC
informed him as to what happened to his screened reports.
If the sighting was confirmed by radar, jets were then
scrambled for intercept and the matter became classified.
Stringfield recounted one such spectacular incident, on
the night of August 23/24, 1955, when multiple UFOs were
spotted on radar in the Columbus/Cincinnati region. Numerous
jets were sent up for intercept over a wide region, but
cloud cover prevented Stringfield from seeing what was
happening, though he could hear the jets overhead.
his surprise, the Air Force cleared his reporting of the
incident in his newsletter. But when he tried to interest
the local Cincinnati newspapers, the story was officially
denied, as was his connection with the ADC.
the official public denial of his work for the ADC,
Stringfield wrote that he received a letter in 1956, thanking
him for his assistance from no less than Major
General John A. Samford, director
of Air Force Intelligence.
He also received a letter in 1955 from Captain
J. Ruppelt, who had been director
of the Air Force's public UFO investigation Project
Blue Book from 1951-1953. Ruppelt was requesting
information on CRIFO
for the book he was writing at the time (The
Report on Unidentified Flying Objects), and
praised the report-collecting net Stringfield had established.
said he continued his "cooperation" with
the Air Force through 1956 until the GOC
was disbanded and his screening duties for them ceased.
Stringfield's relationship with the ADC
during this period is recounted in his 1957 book, Inside
Saucer Post, 3-0 Blue and in his 1977 book,
1957, Stringfield discontinued CRIFO
and his monthly newsletter. The same year, he became public
relations adviser for the newly formed civilian UFO group
under the direction of Donald
Keyhoe, a friend of his since 1953. He
held the post until 1972, at which point he continued
his private UFO research.
over 30 years, Stringfield served in several of the major
UFO Organizations in a public relations capacity. From
1957 to 1970, he was public relations adviser with the
Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena.
Later on, he was director of public relations and board
member of the Mutual
UFO Network. He was also regional investigator
for the Center
for UFO Studies directed by Dr.
J. Allen Hynek.
1967-1969, Stringfield served as an "Early Warning
Coordinator" for the so-called Condon
Committee, the government sponsored scientific
UFO investigation. His job, like his earlier one for the
was to screen and report all UFO activity in southwestern
was during the 1970s that Stringfield began
collecting witness accounts of UFO crash recoveries,
including alien bodies. Many of these stories
centered around activities at nearby Wright-Patterson
AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
when Grenada Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy proposed the
establishment of a UFO research agency within the United
Nations in 1978, during the 32nd General Assembly of the
UN, Stringfield served as his adviser.
retired in 1981 as Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Services for DuBois Chemicals, a division of Chemed Corp,
after 31 years service with the company.
first publicly reported his so-called "crash/retrieval"
findings at a 1978 MUFON
Symposium. He said he received two death threats
beforehand, but was never sure who was behind them or
how serious they were. Thereafter, he self-published seven
"Status Reports" on new crash-retrieval research
until his death in 1994.
UFO incident - Witness
accounts of the Roswell UFO incident
Harbour UFO incident
611 UFO Incident
Civilian Research, Interplanetary
Flying Objects (CRIFO)
Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena
UFO Network (MUFON)
for UFO Research (FUFOR)
for UFO Studies (CUFOS)
Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS)
"Inside Saucer Post, 3-0
Blue" (1957), describing his activities
as Director of Civilian Research Interplanetary Flying
Situation Red: The UFO Siege
Status Report I - Retrievals
Of The Third Kind
Status Report II - The UFO Crash/Retrieval
Status Report III - UFO Crash/Retrievals:
Amassing The Evidence
Status Report IV - The Fatal
Encounter At Ft. Dix-McGuire
Status Report V - UFO Crash/Retrievals:
Is The Coverup Lid Lifting?
Status Report VI - UFO Crash/Retrievals:
The Inner Sanctum