A WARNING: Those site visitors of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Culture should be aware that there are photographs and images of the deceased.

The author of this blog is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and as such the views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent the views and opinions of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, its staff or Directors.

Learn more about the Association including membership requirements at

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.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Somerton Man: The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation

CAC: 1945

This photograph was taken in 1945 and it shows a team of men who have gathered around the last Boomerang fighter to be built at Fishermans Bend in Victoria.

Working with Clive, we are looking at a number of possibilities based on the finding of micro writing within the letter Q on the code page. Inside that letter can clearly be seen the following:



The XCA refers to a particular aircraft that was under consideration for the RAAF, in 1948, designated CA 23, a twin jet fighter bomber,  it was just a design that had been created together with some mock-ups. Our thoughts are that it is possible that someone from Fishermans Bend would have got hold of the information on the design and may have passed the information on. It could be tyhat someone who was working on aircraft would have been in a position to do that and that person could have been amongst one of the pics from CAC that still exist today.

Images of the design and mock up will be posted shortly in this post.

In the image above you can see that three men have been indicated, here's the close up images:

 Man 1. Of the three, this man has the most similar appearance to SM but it is a grainy image, In the larger picture, you can actually see that he has what appears to be a muscular left arm. The ear is also similar to that of SM. His height is a little difficult to guage but given that he is standing alongside the Boomerang and the height of the propeller and part of the fuselage is in view, he would appear to be quite tall and around the 6 foot mark. His face shape looks similar.
 Man 2. Ears similar, height seems to be close and he has boroad shoulders

Man 3. Again similar ears and broad shoulders although the face shape seems not be close to that of SM.

This is a work in progress and Clive has had some success dealing with various archives about CAC.

No comments:

Post a Comment