Capt. Oliver Henderson, a.k.a. "Pappy", was a senior pilot at Roswell AFB durring the alleged crash of an extraterrestrial craft in 1947.
When the fascination with Roswell was renewed in the 1980s, Henderson decided to tell his wife, daughter, and friends about his involvement. Henderson claimed that he was told never to speak about the incident but he decided that since the subject was now appearing in the papers that it would be okay to talk about it.
According to Henderson, he was one of the pilots that flew the wreckage and bodies to Wright-Patterson. Henderson described the bodies as being small, pale, with large eyes and heads, and dressed in a strange material. Henderson also claimed that it appeared as if scavengers had gotten to the bodies. The bodies were temporarily preserved in dry-ice for shipment.
Investigator Karl Pflock concluded that Henderson had told his family and friends a joke. Pflock, though a good researcher, was a proponent of the Project Mogul explanation for Roswell and as such tended to dismiss anything that didn't fit his preconceived views. Henderson's family and friends insisted that the story was related to them in all seriousness and that it was not a practical joke.
Henderson passed away in March of 1986.
Capt. Oliver W. "Pappy" Henderson
Oliver Wendelle "Pappy" Henderson