That's the title of my latest Mysterious Universe article.
Here's how part-1 starts:
"It’s an odd and near-surreal affair that occurred more than 50 years
ago. And it’s something that most of Ufology has forgotten about. It is,
as the title of this article demonstrates, the curious caper of the Charlton Crater.
It was the very early morning of July 16, 1963 when things began and
that went on to attract significant attention for a couple of months.
The location: Manor Farm, Charlton, Wiltshire, England. Leonard Joliffe
was the man who kicked off the controversy: he claimed to have heard a
loud explosion somewhere nearby, something which had him puzzled and
worried. He was not the only person to suggest something weird was
"A local policeman had seen something unknown and brightly lit
crossing the skies over Charlton.
Then, when darkness gave way to
daylight, a man named Reginald Alexander discovered something not unlike
a crater at Manor Farm, in a potato field. Something had
seemingly crashed to Earth or landed. But what was it? A missile? An
aircraft? A bomb? Or…might it have been a UFO? Alexander quickly told
his boss, farm-owner Roy Blanchard, of what he had found. Blanchard was
confronted by a circular area of flattened soil. It was roughly
eight-feet in diameter, one-foot deep (and with a deeper depression in
the center) and had 'lines' coming out of it which created an impression
of something resembling a huge bicycle wheel."