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Ethel Sims

(Ethel SIMS, Ethel Dunbar SIMS, Ethel Simmons SIMS, Ethel SIMMS, Emily SIMS, Emily SIMMS).

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I was able to verify outside any UFO literature that General William Hugh Blanchard (1916 - 1966) had a wife named Ethel Dunbar Sims, aka Ethel Simmons Sims, born Feb. 28, 1913, deceased in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1998 after suffering Alzheimer's disease.

See for example:

In the sources below, her name is continuously misspelled.


There is no affidavit by Mrs. Sims.

Interviews and public statements:

There are no pubilc statements by Mrs. Sims.

Investigators notes and comments:

Jerome Clark:

Only those who had not seen the material were fooled. The late Colonel Blanchard’s former wife Emily Simms recalled, “At first he thought it might be Russian because of the strange symbols on it. Later on, he realized it wasn’t Russian either."

The author gives no source reference.


Jean Sider:

This author says that former Blanchard's wife, Emily Sims [sic], stated that her ex-husband knew perfectly well that the remains of the craft he had sent to Fort Worth were not those of a balloon of any kind. "At first he thought that the object could be Russian because of the strange symbols on some of the debris. Later he realized that this could not be the correct solution."

The author gives no source reference.


Karl Pflock:


[...] Blanchard's first wife, Ethel Simms, told Roswell Researcher William Moore her husband "first thought it might be Russian because of the strange symbols on it. Later on, he realized it wasn't russian either." (6)


(6) William Moore "Crashed Saucers: Evidence in Search of Proof" in MUFON Symposium Proceedings (Seguin, Tex.: Mutual UFO Network, 1985), p. 60; [...]


Robert Durrant:

This author reproduced what Pflock had said in "Roswell - Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe".


My comment:

This is all a nice example of shoddy investigation. Firstly, the "witness" name is constantly misspelled. Second, it is obvious that what she told has been truncated, as she said it was not Russian "either". "Either" here means that another explanation had been discarded - but we are not told what this other discarded explanation was. Alien? Weather balloon? Something else?

Then, of course, one must be quite gullible in thing that if it was not Russian, then it was alien. Of course not. It only means that the symbols were not Russian. Aliens symbols surely would not have been Russian, but the symbols claimed to have existed on tapes of the Mogul balloons were of course not Russian either, so the testimony proves absolutely nothing one was or another that allows to discriminate between the "Alien" and the "Mogul" thesis.

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