My thoughts on the letter are these:
Virtually everything Russ Kellett ever stated about this bizarre claim of alternative UFOs crashing near the Berwyns, having
been forced out of the sea by a military task force, flotilla or whatever, was given to him by JW (John Williams.) Russ Kellett
was given a story and supporting documents at the start of a trail laid especially for him. As he followed it, he found more
'clues' that lent credibility to the original outlandish claim.
He was told the story and given an old road map and various other bits and pieces. He seized it with gusto and that was the
plan. Kellett being the guy he is, a grabber, hoards UFO info' and shares little or nothing.
The document is 14 years old but has rarely been seen though seemingly this very image of it above has been circulated and
appeared here and there.
Along the way, Kellett was, I believe, encouraged to contact a specific coastguard station and enquire about UFOs/anything
unusual in the Irish Sea on the 23rd of Jan' '74 - the day of the Berwyn UFO event. I have reason to believe his letter of
enquiry went to Holyhead coastguard base on Anglesey though without the complete letter it is hard to say.
My theory is that Kellett's letter of enquiry was expected and therefore easy to intercept. It was either intercepted at destination
or en route. Either way, I believe it was intercepted. A reply was then engineered (the image above), quietly mentioning the
Photoflash operation in the Irish Sea. Upon receiving the reply Russ then put two and two together and linked an imaginary
military event with a real UFO event but a variant of it.
The letter above is clearly fake but Russ took it to heart. It was important for him to receive a reply on official headed
paper for authenticity, but whoever concocted that needed to alter it enough so that if it came back to bite them in the future,
the MCA would quite correctly claim it was a fake and they'd been duped. They walk away scot free.
Of course, the MCA itself were never involved in faking it, but possibly someone within MCA was. No matter what the outcome
here, MCA walks away clean.
There are various coastguard stations around the Irish Sea or were at that time. If one reads it carefully, the first line
states 'UFO and other sightings,' so when Kellett wrote his letter of enquiry, he knew nothing of Photoflash.
Now then, I know Russ to be very keen (if misguided) and I find it hard to believe he did not check this out with other coastguard
stations at the time for corroboration purposes - something or someone put him off.
In line 6 we read 'coastguards' (plural.) That means quite clearly that other coastguards allegedly knew also of this military
operation. Note also, no mention of ships. JW introduced Kellett to the flotilla idea.
The plural 'coastguards' involves two issues here:
1) It stated 'coastguards' deliberately to convince Russ others knew so he had no need to contact them or,
2) it was a mistake using the plural and Russ was in another way deterred from further enquiry elsewhere.
Either way, Russ was put off enquiring at other coastguard stations around the Irish Sea.
The last thing the scum behind this disinfo' campaign wanted was for another coastguard station to debunk it at the time by
claiming there was no Photoflash operation. If it was all real, one would expect Russ to have a similar letter confirming
the Photoflash event from each point of enquiry, and I imagine the Irish Navy would have had info' on it too as they were
the Irish coastguard at the time I understand.
As Russ never co-operates with anyone, being the grabber and hoarder he is, the finer detail is missing in this whole incident,
but even Russ would have spotted the difference in letterheads etc if he'd received multiple answers from multiple coastguards!
And the letter itself, what is really needed for comparison is a genuine letter from April 2000 with MCA letterhead. If different,
that would prove beyond doubt that MCA did not produce that letter.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Images of MCA stationery from 2002 show how a normal letter from the MCA would be formatted.
The example shows that sender's details and file references are provided in official MCA communications. Also, earlier format
of the MCA stationery displayed the 2 emblems at the bottom right of the paper unlike the more recent format where the emblems
are displayed bottom left.)