This one is for the long-haul

Made a game changing decision this morning based on the realisation that finding Paul Meyer’s aircraft is only the beginning and probably the easiest part of the jigsaw to get in place. It is now necessary for me to learn in double quick time how to be a detective and combine that with my long held natural ability to work out who is lying and who is not telling all they know. This story has more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie murder mystery and over the last fifty years conspiracy theorists have had a free run with the passage of time just fueling the fire. I am very aware that if we don’t get to the bottom of this Deeper Dorset will be seen as just another also ran that got nowhere and added yet more fuel to the fire. Folks keep telling me that we will never get to the truth however those that really know me realise that is a red rag to a bull and whatever it takes I will not give up. I really do believe in this case we have a situation where truth is stranger than fiction so why do folks make up stuff? As from now I am dropping everything to work on this full time (don’t worry folks I will still honour what we have already planned) till we get a result which will put the whole story into perspective and for that we have to go well beyond what happened early one morning when the Hercules hit the water.

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  1. Your story about Paul Meyer stealing a C-130 Hercules airplane is partly true and the following information will fill in the rest of what you are missing:

    I was stationed at RAF Mildenhall in 1969 when Sgt Paul Meyer stole the C-130 aircraft. Your story is basically true up to the point where Meyer left the English coast and headed out over the English Channel. Once over the water, he was met with two F-100 full loaded jets and was shot down.

    The Air Force knew precisely where the plane went down and recovered most of it within a week. The plane was placed on a large semi-tractor trailer flatbed truck and was parked in a hanger at RAF Mildenhall for two weeks before being sent on for proper disposal. The plane was under an armed guard the entire time it was there and fully covered in an Army dark green canvas cover. The hanger was a very busy building with offices and about 50 Air Force and civilian personnel. I worked in that hanger and saw that flatbed trailer every day while it was there and so did all the other people who worked there.

    The two F-100 jets that were sent to shoot down Sgt Meyer were fully loaded with ammunition and were sent from RAF Lakenheath, only a few miles from RAF Mildenhall. One of the jets ammunition loaders was Sgt James Lewsadder (not sure of spelling). Jim and I were not only good friends but also drinking buddies. We lived on a housing base called RAF Feltwell just 10 miles or so from Lakenheath and Mildenhall. Jim described to me in detail what he and a couple of other ammunition loaders loaded on those jets. While I can’t remember the details of what was loaded, I do remember him saying they were fully loaded when they left Lakenheath and empty when they returned.

    Sgt Meyer was simply too much of a danger to everyone on land and in the air. The Air Force knew he was not only a threat to commercial airline traffic but also the population centers of both England and the United States. Given the potential risk, there were no other options!

    I was there and everything above is true.

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  2. I have heard this story a few times from my Dad. He was flying the F-100. I do not recall him mentioning 2 F-100’s. I always assumed it was just one.

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