‘Missing” British Ministry of Defence File Surrenders its Dirty Secret

Press Release: A ‘missing’ British Army log sheet has surrendered its dirty secret nearly half a century later.

The imprint of a British military log covering the aftermath of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre, which the British of Ministry of Defence says is missing, has surrendered its dirty secret more than 48 years later – the British Army did indeed record the suspect car leave the scene of the attack.

A scanned copy of the file on top has also picked up the carbon copy of the missing file beneath. A single “ghost” serial yields critical new evidence proving that the British Army recorded the suspected bomb car escaping the scene of the attack.

Above Serial 40, Log Sheet 4, 4th December 1971, you can discern the “ghost” copy of Serial 52 of missing Log Sheet 5 recorded in the minutes after the atrocity, which reads:

“Black car with headlights on went into city centre with 3…”

McGurk's Bar MoD Missing File Imprint Cropped


The families believe that this report to 2 RRF Tactical Headquarters in Glenravel by Call Sign 19, which was logging reports of the bombing and the subsequent rescue efforts from the scene, corroborates witness testimony of a dark coloured car with 3 attackers in it escaping down Great George Street and turning right in the direction of the City Centre of Belfast.

Nevertheless, the British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary colluded to blame the massacre on the innocent civilians in the bar [read General Sir Frank Kitson Implicated in McGurk’s Bar Cover-Up].

The British armed forces also publicized the lie despite the testimony of a witness who saw a bomber plant the bomb and escape in the car, and the report of a British Army bomb expert who pinpointed the seat of the explosion in the entranceway where the witness saw the bomb planted.

New Evidence

Ciarán MacAirt, a grandson of two of the McGurk’s Bar victims, accessed heavily redacted battalion logs of the resident 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers following a targeted Freedom of Information request and subsequent Public Interest Test.

These battalion logs yielded much new evidence missed – or ignored – by previous historic investigations such as the Historical Enquiries Team, Police Service Northern Ireland and Office of the Police Ombudsman. None of this crucial evidence was placed before the coroner at the original inquest.

Furthermore, the British Ministry of Defence has ‘lost’ crucial files recording the minutes in the immediate aftermath of the explosion.

MacAirt immediately challenged these missing files and British Ministry of Defence (via Headquarters 38 Brigade) informed him:

“We searched the tapes in which these records are stored on and we have been unable to locate the missing log sheets. As part of our search for information we have approached all location where the information may be stored, however, we have been unable to locate any further copies of the logs.”

Nevertheless, the imprint of one missing log has surrendered a dirty British Army secret minutes after the explosion, which killed 15 civilians, including 2 children.

Ciarán MacAirt discovered the disturbing new evidence and he said:

“Contrary to what we have be have been told by every previous historical investigation team, the British Army was indeed in the area at the time of the explosion and reported the explosion immediately.”

“Call Sign 19 specifically reports from the scene and it appears in the ghost serial that Call Sign 19 reports the suspect car leaving the vicinity following the explosion.”

“The description of the car with 3 attackers in it and its direction of travel after the bombers made their escape matches witness testimony of the paper boy and a witness who gave information to the British Army the following morning – which we never knew about until recently.” [5]

“So, the British Army buried this absolutely critical evidence nearly half a century ago and has allegedly lost the log sheets today; but the missing page has given up its dirty secret anyway – the British Army watched the bombers flee, allowed them to escape and covered up for them afterwards. We have yet to receive a fair investigation.”

“Our families demand an independent, Article 2 compliant investigation now.”


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