Whatever happened to Sir Robert?

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Whatever happened to Sir Robert?

Post by Catsmate » Fri May 22, 2015 1:41 pm

This is a partial re-post of something I'd originally posted over at the DWAITAS forum which might be of interest to CoC/CB players.

In 1935 a 38 year old RAF Wing Commander, Robert Victor Goddard (usually Victor and he wasn't Knighted until 1946, but 'Sir Robert' sounded better) was solo piloting a Hawker Hart light bomber from Edinburgh to Andover. Shortly after passing over a disused and abandoned RAF station near Edinburgh he encountered a severe storm and then a swirling vortex somewhere over the Firth of Forth. After recovering he found himself passing over the same airfield, but now refurbished and obviously operational.
Goddard looked down and saw yellow-painted aircraft and what he described as a modern monoplane; neither of which were then in RAF service. The mechanics he could see were wearing blue coveralls instead of the RAF brown de rigeur in 1935. The formerly dilapidated buildings had been renovated and more constructed.
The implication of these apparent discrepancies is that Goddard had been propelled forward in time a number of years, to the early stages of World War 2; by 1939 the airfield (then Drem) would have been populated with the Hawker Harts (by now relegated to training duties) and Airspeed Oxford monoplanes of 13 Flying Training School.

Now in the real world the explanation for this is prosaic. Firstly the story doesn't make sense. 13FTS didn't operate the aircraft Goddard described, and certainly not painted yellow. There was no corroborating evidence, just Goddard’s account, first published after his retirement in 1951. He may have misremembered the year of the incident or aspects of what he saw on the ground at the time, though he was a trained military pilot.
It's likely that after the blind flying and violent maneuvering brought on by he storm, Goddard was seriously disorientated and ended up above a completely different airfield (Renfrew Aerodrome, home to the Scottish Flying Club is a good candidate); remember aerial navigation in the 1930s was primitive (dead reckoning, map and compass and landmarks). While Renfrew is more than 100km from Drem such a navigational error in a journey of approximately 700km in a bad storm is far from impossible.

http://dwaitas.proboards.com/thread/268 ... sir-robert

Goddard is an interesting character; besides the supposed timslip he was also involved in the photographing of a dead man while in the RFC after the Great War and was involved in a supposed case of precognition during World War 2. After his retirement he wrote on the subject of UFOs and paranormal phenomena.
More at the link above.

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