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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Somerton Man: This image says it all, Alf Boxall is well and truly in the frame

Alf's Little joke

This is an image of the number 70 that was inscribed by Alf Boxall sometime after the famous interview with Stuart Littlemore.

Whilst a little blurred there's no doubting what is seen here, a set of numbers inscribed into the 7 of the number 70.

This was a 10X close up using a UV light, the image has not been altered in any way.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gordon, I guess Alf couldn't resist one last(?) ego trip. So Jessie gave him the book-I wonder what Alf gave her in return? Clive

Anonymous said...

The other strange 'thing' about this matter is-why did Jessie give Alf the book if, as Alf stated, he never saw her again/contacted her? If Jessie did all the micro writing-why go to all that trouble? Clive

Gordon332 said...

I think it could have been a training exercise. Alternatively it's possible that Alf added it all later? More likely to have been the former and possibly a team effort.

Gordon332 said...

Clive, doing some extra digging, may be some things worth following up.
1. Amongst the micro writing and beneath the AR in the last line some years ago I found what looked like 'LZ155 and possibly a 6 to follow. At the time the research turned up that LZ 1556 was a flght number from Sofia in Bulgaria to London.
2. Digging further and looking at the realm of possibilities, LZ155 is a serial number for a British aircraft, a Beaufighter which crashed in February 1945. beaufighters were made in Adelaide through WW2 and after. The aircraft in question was from 236 Squadron RAF, might be worth following up to see who was in that squadron. long shot.
3. If we now said that the number was in fact LZ556 then we have another aircraft, a Percival Proctor. this was another British aircraft used in WW2 for training radio operator aircrew, and that's interesting given earlier discussions on Pro Signs.

Of further interest is the fact that large numbers of the Proctor were sent to Australia and were converted for civil use following the war. One of Prosper's friends had a light aircraft, not sure what type. Is that something you could look at?