Unsolved Rubaiyat - Suspicious deaths, codes & spies

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A Final Rendezvous revisited

A friend of Mr Skirpov eh? No wonder ASIO had 3 files on Oliphant. This one's interesting, in as much as it's in the very timeframe that Skirpov received the burst transmitter from Moscow and passed it to "Sylvia" for delivery to Adelaide. similar timeframe when Oliphant was due to host visiting Russian scientists. This maybe the same flight that bought the burst transmitter to Australia.
A lot of redacted stuff and non disclosed pages in Oliphant's files btw


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Worth following up on ArthurEmmons 111rd, US Embassy and close association with Asio, Max Phillips? He was the Director in Canberra. ASIO were certainly aware of Oliphant and of one other.
 

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LA-13638, "A Review of Criticality Accidents" 003731912 - NRCView attachment ML003731912.pdf


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The Philadelphia Incident

On September 2, 1944, three men entered the transfer room of the liquid thermal diffusion semi-works at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to repair a clogged tube. The tube they were working on consisted of two concentric pipes with liquid uranium hexafluoride circulating in the space between them and the innermost pipe contained high-pressure steam.
These men, all from different backgrounds and each representing a different facet of the complex Manhattan Engineer District, had one thing in common: they had all volunteered to work in a dangerous environment on a process that had only recently moved from the laboratory experimental stage to a pilot plant operation. Peter N. Bragg Jr., a chemical engineer from Arkansas, was hired in June by the Navy Research Lab; Douglas P. Meigs was an employee of the H. K. Ferguson Company of Cleveland, OH, the prime contractor for the thermal diffusion project; and Arnold Kramish, a physicist by education and a member of the Special Engineer Detachment (SED), was on loan from Oak Ridge, TN.
Kneeling on the floor with a Bunsen burner, Bragg and Meigs worked to free the clogged tube. Without warning, at 1:20 PM, there was a terrific explosion. As the tube shattered, the liquid uranium hexafluoride combined with the escaping steam and showered the two engineers with hydrofluoric acid, one of the most corrosive agents known. Within minutes, both Bragg and Meigs, with third degree burns all over their bodies, were dead and Kramish, also burned, was near death.
As the explosion ripped through the transfer room of the Naval Research Laboratory's thermal diffusion experimental pilot-plant, the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin sat berthed not more than two hundred yards away. Just back from its "shakedown" cruise, the sailors on board were never made aware that they had been exposed to a cloud of uranium hexafluoride, nor were the firemen and others who responded to the scene. Although not highly radioactive, the uranium hexafluoride was nevertheless toxic.
Due to the extreme secrecy surrounding the Manhattan Project and specifically this experimental facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, General Leslie Groves immediately drew a veil over the incident. A press release was entitled only "Explosion at Navy Yard." Even the Philadelphia coroner was not made aware of the actual causes of death. It was not until many years later that the facts of the incident emerged.

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LA-13638, "A Review of Criticality Accidents" 003731912 - NRCView attachment 980181


Extract:
The Philadelphia Incident

On September 2, 1944, three men entered the transfer room of the liquid thermal diffusion semi-works at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to repair a clogged tube. The tube they were working on consisted of two concentric pipes with liquid uranium hexafluoride circulating in the space between them and the innermost pipe contained high-pressure steam.
These men, all from different backgrounds and each representing a different facet of the complex Manhattan Engineer District, had one thing in common: they had all volunteered to work in a dangerous environment on a process that had only recently moved from the laboratory experimental stage to a pilot plant operation. Peter N. Bragg Jr., a chemical engineer from Arkansas, was hired in June by the Navy Research Lab; Douglas P. Meigs was an employee of the H. K. Ferguson Company of Cleveland, OH, the prime contractor for the thermal diffusion project; and Arnold Kramish, a physicist by education and a member of the Special Engineer Detachment (SED), was on loan from Oak Ridge, TN.
Kneeling on the floor with a Bunsen burner, Bragg and Meigs worked to free the clogged tube. Without warning, at 1:20 PM, there was a terrific explosion. As the tube shattered, the liquid uranium hexafluoride combined with the escaping steam and showered the two engineers with hydrofluoric acid, one of the most corrosive agents known. Within minutes, both Bragg and Meigs, with third degree burns all over their bodies, were dead and Kramish, also burned, was near death.
As the explosion ripped through the transfer room of the Naval Research Laboratory's thermal diffusion experimental pilot-plant, the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin sat berthed not more than two hundred yards away. Just back from its "shakedown" cruise, the sailors on board were never made aware that they had been exposed to a cloud of uranium hexafluoride, nor were the firemen and others who responded to the scene. Although not highly radioactive, the uranium hexafluoride was nevertheless toxic.
Due to the extreme secrecy surrounding the Manhattan Project and specifically this experimental facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, General Leslie Groves immediately drew a veil over the incident. A press release was entitled only "Explosion at Navy Yard." Even the Philadelphia coroner was not made aware of the actual causes of death. It was not until many years later that the facts of the incident emerged.

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There is much more to be told about the Philadelphia story and the push for the Hiroshima bomb. It will not be "rank revisionism" but rather the final lifting of the curtain of secrecy. Arnold Kramish, who worked on the Manhattan Project and for the Atomic Energy Commission, is writing a book about the Philadelphia experience discussed in this article.

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"I left out one very important thing. When we were preparing these cores [in Los Alamos], Louis Slotin was in charge of the critical assemblage and had to verify that these cores were safe to be put into a high explosive assembly, with the mockup assembly obviously with high explosives. You don’t mix the two in populated areas. And that afternoon we had to check some initiators, which were in the same laboratory where he was doing his experiment and demonstration, and had this famous accidents.
Rhodes: Could you characterize what he was doing, I’ve heard talk about a screwdriver?
Schreiber: He had essentially a spare core, which was some six plus kilograms of plutonium and which was 95% critical, and a normal uranium reflector, and beryllium reflector hemispheres – I don’t know the total thickness, probably yay so. It is super critical, because of the better reflective properties.
What he did was, he had a table like this with a stand, and put the bottom hemispheres on the table, put the core in, and then lowered the top half down using a screwdriver to lower the thing. Then he had a wooden wedge. I wasn’t over there; I was busy doing some other work within the same laboratory. And the thing slipped and it was super critical. He immediately flipped the top off.
Rhodes: The top being beryllium.
Schreiber: Went clattering on the floor. Everything went off scale, there was a blue flash, etc. He knew he had had it at that time. He kept his head. We all dashed out of the room and I went back around the corner with a meter and that went off scale, so I decided I better not go back in. I guess he called the hospital and told them to send the ambulance out. He and Al Graves were in there.
I was far enough away and Ted Pearlman, who worked with me, had come down in the jeep. So we went back and I stopped off to my apartment and told my wife that I was going to have to go and be checked into the hospital, but I was all right. Well, I was thirty feet away. So my silver coins, they were being measured to see how much radioactivity they had gotten, and it turned out that I wound up with 25R or something like that. They kept me out, took blood samples and stuff for a day or so. But anyhow, it didn’t bother my health, so I went on with going overseas.
Rhodes: Harry Daghlian had already—
Schreiber: That was another thing; this happened while I was still on Tinian.
Rhodes: Oh right, yeah."


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lessons in the russian ballet during second world war

Picture taken of White Russian ballet school class in the rubble of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki apparently according to whoever posted it upon Pinterest

Raises some questions obviously. Who's instructing them for one, and how many White Russians were actually living in Nagasaki during WW2, seems more than is commonly thought?

But i have doubts if this is from Nagasaki nor in amongst any rubble. The background suggests it was taken elsewhere. IMO the assertion seems false.


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Notice anything interesting about Stuart Seborer's 1939 photograph?

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"Fourth Spy Unearthed in U.S. Atomic Bomb Project" article published 24/11/2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/23/science/manhattan-project-atomic-spy.html?smid=tw-shareView attachment 990631

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Stuart Seborer {Venona code name GODFATHER}


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Some more background to the Seborer spy ring {Venona code name ENORMOUS}


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Stuart Seborer {Venona code name GODFATHER}


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Max Seborer {Venona code name RELATIVE}



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Oscar Seborer {Venona code name GODSEND}






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The Seborers are all very interesting, but what ties to they have to the Somerton Man case you ask.

Well, let's look at a few things that we do know. Members of this family did work and live at Los Alamos, but previously they spent years in Palestine and England before that after leaving what's now Poland. They spoke Russian, were Jewish and some were into music and dance. Do we have proof that Jessica ever crossed paths in her formative years? Not yet, but let's delve a bit more. What do I see in the pictures of each of the Seborer brothers, that we have found pictures of.... appears to be the same ears and a hint of the same dental deformities, shared by the Somerton Man. OK so we have a family of ethnic Russian Jews living in the USA at the time of the Somerton Man arrival in Adelaide all potentially exposed to higher than average levels of radionucle, same as Somerton Man's hair, involved in espionage and passing coded messages from within the US Atomic weapons facilities, with a history of teaching Russian and maybe performing arts, a nest of communists, and with members in the US Military regularly on deployments in Japan, Asia and elsewhere. Although each of these specific members in this thread are not Somerton Man, there are other siblings, cousins and indeed a large number of relatives who could be. Next step is to find more photos and find which lines carried those weird ears.

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We were only discussing Soviet submarines in South Australian waters the other day, and viola, it jogs someone's memory!
First hand account follows.


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The only thing that I worried about using a genealogical search given that most believe that Robin inherited Somerton Man's ears and teeth is that I'd find some weird colt family like goings on, where Somerton Man was not only Robin's father, but also his Uncle, and Cousin all at the same time ;)

I ruled out all close relatives and in laws of Jessica, either with pictures or dates of death, or both as in one person who was nominated in a blog years ago, whose picture looks nothing like Somerton Man, and was well and truly alive for years after 1948.

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Finally found it. In a war service record for a Jessie Pile, and a marriage record on Victoria's BDM website.


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