MoD Finally Releases the Last of the UFO Files…

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has finally released 15 of the 18 files that were not released when the MoD decided to clear out the UFO Desk’s filing cabinets. This dates back to September 18th 2014, when I tested John Burrough’s claims that the MoD still had UFO related files it hadn’t released. As you can see from the link, the MoD confirmed the existence of the files and then decided to release them (here).

So after a myriad of delays the files are released but disappointingly they are not going to be available online as with previous MoD releases. The files are either available to order or you can view them at the National Archives at Kew Gardens.

The MoD has released more information about the individual files, as detailed below:

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

So despite the files technically released, it will be a little while before they appear online in any meaningful sense. Of course it still raises the question of what else is lurking deep within the MoD due to the way information is compartmentalised.

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