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Fleck Danley

(Fleck DANLEY, James Fleck DANLEY, F. "Fleck" DANLEY).

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I found in the Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Page 4, August 30, 1947, a mention of Fleck Danley (involved in the organization of a local rodes show).


There is no affidavit by Feck Danley.

Interviews and public statements:

There is no public statement by Feck Danley.

Investigators notes and comments:

Stanton Friedman and Don Berliner:

These authors said the book "The Roswell Incident" and subsequently "UFO Crash at Roswell" suggested that Barnett stumbled upon the main part of the craft that had left its pieces on the Foster ranch near Corona, rather than another craft that had crashed well to the west.

They say that in the absence of direct testimony from Barney Barnett, there is only secondhand information, but it all points away from Corona as a crash site. One item of information is that James Fleck Danley, Barney Barnett's boss, made it clear that Barney Barnett's territory extended to the west of his office in Socorro, not to the north or east.


Kevin Randle and Thomas Carey:

A 1992 CUFOS and FUFOR document said that Barney Barney had told his boss Fleck Danley, in the Magdalena office 27 miles west of Socorro, the day the crash happened, that it occurred "in the Plains."

It is said that James "Fleck" Danley is one of the second-hand sources that testified about what Barney Barnett had said, and Danley testified that Barnett said the crash occurred northwest of Magdalena.

Researchers Kevin Randle and Thomas Carey indicated that Barnett's testimony to others, including his boss Fleck Danley, must be wrong. It is specifid that Kevin Randle personally interviewed Danley on May 14, 1991.


Stanton Friedman:

Stanton Friedman says that Barney Barnett did tell Fleck Danley the crash was "in the Plains" and Friedman found out only a few years ago that he had told Harold Baca "in the Plains" but did not tell this to the others such as the Maltais couple.


Steve Kaeser:

This investigator said:

"I talked very briefly by telephone to Faith Danley, who is the wife of "Fleck" Danley, who was Barney Barnett’s boss. She’s, to be honest, very tired of talking to UFO people and wants to be left alone. But she agreed to talk for a few minutes and said, ‘Oh, yes. Fleck went out to this crash also.’ I asked if she knew when the crash had occurred, and she didn’t know the date, but said it occurred in the summer of 1947. When asked where the crash had occurred, she said that by her recollection the crash was between Magdalena and Socorro. The same place we’ve been looking at for this crash site, and not out on the "Plains" at all."


Ryan S. Wood:

Ryan S. Wood mentions that Barney Barnett had told his boss Fleck Danley of the day the Roswell crash happened, and Stanton Friedman and other researchers have spoken with Danley and others.


The NICAP website:

Unfortunately, Barnett died before anyone had the opportunity to interview him. Investigators were forced to rely on the information as reported by Barnett's family and friends. Alice Knight, Vern Maltais, Harold Baca, and J. F. "Fleck" Danley all reported that Barnett had mentioned the story of the crashed alien ship to them. All of them spoke of Barnett in the highest terms, and all said that he was a reliable, fine man who was not given to practical jokes, nor was he one who told tall tales.


Anthony Bragalia:

Anthony Bragalia told that James "Fleck" Danley was Barney Barnett's boss during the 1940s and 1950s. Danley was on the Water Conservation Board in Magdalena, NM. He and his wife Beth recall Barney fondly and favorably as well, and recall the time when Barney quietly told about the UFO crash, corroborating the claims of the Maltais couple. Danley explained in an interview in 1979, before all of the Roswell books, that Barney Barnett had mentioned to him his witnessing of a crashed flying saucer. Some years later, Danley described Barney "one of the most honest men I ever knew. I never knew Barney to lie. Not about anything."


Kevin Randle:

I think every book written about the Roswell case, from Bill Moore's 'The Roswell Incident' to my 'UFO Crash At Roswell' to Stan Friedman's 'Crash At Corona' mentions Barney Barnett. Each makes it clear that no one interviewed Barnett because he had died before any of us began to search for information. His tale is well told by various relatives and friends such as Vern Maltais, Alice Knight, Harold Baca and Fleck Danley.


Kevin Randle indicates that in 1947, F. "Fleck" Danley was Barney Barnett's boss. He was interrogated by William Moore about Barney Barnett's story, and Danley told him that Barnett had come to the office one day and said flying saucers were real; but Danley being in a bad mood the did not discuss this further. Danley, thinking again about it, felt bad and asked Barnett about it, and Barnett mentioned something about the "Flats" but that was all that was remembered.

William Moore talked again to Danley four months later, and this time Danley told him he remembered for sure that the date was in the Summer of 1947.

Other interviews with Danley indicated that he did not have a clear memory of when Barnett told him about the crashed saucer, and did not have a clear idea of where Barnett had been on the day he told Danley about the saucer.

Danley mentioned that Barnett was a soil conservation engineer working out of Socorroo and at a satellite office in Magdalena. He mentioned that Barnett occasionally went to Lincoln County but that this was rare. Danley remembered Barnett saying something about Carrizozo, and that Barnett told him about the crash but he did not remember him saying anything about bodies and creatures.

Stanton Friedman said he interviewed again Danley and several others in 1990 who knew Barnett and was again told that the crash was "in the Plains".


Kevin Randle mentions that J. F. "Fleck" Danley had been Barnett's boss in 1947, and told that he had heard the tale of a saucer crash directly from Barnett. Pushed by investigator William Moore, Danley thought the date of this story might have been 1947.

Randle says that when he talked to Danley himself it was clear that he had no real idea of when Barnett had mentioned the crash, that it could have been 1947, but that if he had pushed him he could have gotten him to come up with another date. Kevin Randle says that William Moore knew of the shaky nature of the Danley date, so that he could have understood that Barnetts story had nothing to do with the Roswell UFO crash.


Kevin Randle explains that William Moore said the quite revelatory thing that "The original hypothesis was that the object had come down in two places, the first being the Brazel site, the second being the Plains of San Agustin, and that in 1985 I abandoned [it] simply because the only witness who put the thing in the Plains of San Agustin at all was Barnett’s boss, Danley, [who] it turned out, was not sure of the place, and it turned out that Barnett could have been up at the Brazel site..."

Kevin Randle indicates that Bill Moore told this on May 11, 1991, as he was interviewed by Antonio Huneeus and Javier Sierra about some of the things that Shandera had said earlier.


My summary and comment:

"Fleck Danley" was first mentioned in "The Roswell Incident" by Charles Berlitz and William Moore on page 198.

The controversy was about the claims based on second-hand statements by people who had known one Barney Barnett as the alleged witness of a saucer crash in New Mexico in 1947. Barnett had died before any investigator could interview him directly, so others who had known him were interviewed. It resulted in claims by some researchers that the crash was in the "Plains of San Augustin", and/or that it occurred on July 2, 1947. Other researchers rejected the Barnett story and this crash site on various grounds.

One of the people who are said to have known Barney Barnett personally was Fleck Danley, apparently his boss at the time of the Rowell incident, and this file tells, above, what he said to various researchers who interviewed him.

The controversy is mostly between Stanton Friedman, who advocates for a crash site in the Plains of San Agustin, and Kevin Randle, who advocates that this site has nothing to do with the Roswell incident.

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