Real Famous WWI Ghost Airman Picture

Taken in 1919, this famous ghost photo of anĀ RAF (Royal Air Force) squadron from World War One has an extra ghostly face hidden in the picture.

The British fighter is believed to be airman, Freddy Jackson, an airplane mechanic who had been accidentally killed by a plane propellor two days before this photograph was taken. The ghost picture was likely photographed on the HMS Daedalus near Hampshire, England.

Freddy's funeral was said to have taken place the day this photograph was shot. Members of his air squadron identified his face, right away, believing the airman ghost must have showed up for the now, haunted picture, unaware that his body had expired. The ghostly apparition appears behind the airmen in the top row, fourth from the left.

We enhanced the ghost airman's face to see him more clearly. It looks like the right side of his chin is fading out. Is this proof of an apparition or just a double exposure created by the photographer to get Freddy in the pic?


This photo was not made public until 1975 by a man who was there at the time, had a copy of the picture, and recalled the story. His name was Sir Victor Goddard, a former RAF officer.

It would seem the secret behind the ghost photo may never be known. Real or not, we cannot say - interesting, yes.