Pre-1950s UFO Sightings
E.M. Morgans of
"When I was a
little girl I heard my grandmother say what a fright she had when she was about
17-years-old. She said she ansd her friend were walking home about 6 o'clock
one night. It was dark.
They thought they heard something. They looked back and
a ball of fire was the back of them. They ran and the fire ball came faster
after them. They came to a pub and ran in crying. They said a fire ball was
outside. All the men went out and saw it. It went rolling away. The sound it
made was like knocking against tin.
The next night the
men went out after dark to see if it was to be seen again. What they did see
was a very tall man. His hair and waistcoat were shining silver. They said
goodnight to him a few times, but he never moved or answered.
Source: Western Mail May 17, 1977.
1856 – VALE OF
Ronald Rhys, who
lived in the Vale of Neath, went missing for a week. On his return he had no
idea that he been gone as long as that until local people told him. It was then
that he recalled the following:
He had been
returning home after finishing work one night, when he encountered an eerie
light ‘that made a whooshing sound’ in a field nearby. He went to investigate
the light and on getting closer, found that he was floating. The next thing
that he could recall later was of being physically examined by small beings who
took blood samples from him.
had caused a physical effect on him, in that it left scars and his skin had
turned bright pink and his hair was falling out. Could this have been caused by
exposure to radioactivity?
Source: UFO Wales David L. Richards 2012 page
34. (David used Charles Fort as a source for this account).
17 SEPTEMBER 1889 - LLANSTEPHAN
To the Editor of THE JOURNAL, SIR,-If any of your astronomical readers had been up and about at 3 o'clock on Tuesday morning last, they would have seen a really grand sight, which I myself saw by chance. I happened to be awake at 3.20. on the morning in question, and, looking out of my window, saw what appeared to me to be an enormous ball of fire, which seemed to be very agitated before it settled down, in a few minutes, into a steady glare. The star, or whatever it was, appeared in the north-east; it had none of the appearance of a comet, but still had a kind of forked tail. At about four o'clock it suddenly seemed to divide, and then the whole disappeared in a second, leading the other smaller stars in the field looking ashamed of themselves. I know nothing about astronomy myself, and cannot tell what it was but having had my night rest disturbed (for which I disturbed others in the house), I should at least like to know what had disturbed it. Perhaps some of your readers can enlighten me. I am yours, etc., F. W. C. Llanstephan Vicarage.
Source: The Carmarthen Journal & South Wales Weekly Advertiser: Friday, 20 September 1889.
The significance of the above sighting - which questions the fact that what F.W.C. saw was a meteor - as it lasted 40 minutes, is this letter in a later edition of the same paper:
Sir. Looking over one of your recent issues I was struck by "F.W.C.'s" account of a strange appearance which he saw in the sky at Llanstephan. Are we to understand that the luminous object was visible in or near the same spot in the heavens for 40 minutes, because if so the phenomenon is worth reporting to scientific headquarters. I trust there may be corroborative evidence forth-coming. Yours, &c., ARTHUR MEE, F.R.A.S. Editor, "Carmarthenshire Notes," Llanelly.
Source: The Carmarthen Journal & South Wales Weekly Advertiser: Friday, 11 October 1889.
29 MARCH 1905 - CARDIFF
A STRANGE LIGHT
Mr. Arthur Mee
writes: "I have received a number of communications relative to the
curious light seen in the sky on the evening of March 29, I did not see the
light myself. The evening was a clear one, according to my note-book, and I
observed a meteor in the east at 9.15; but was not on the look out at the time
of the phenomenon.
Moreover, anything seen in the southern sky at Llanishen is
interfered with by the glare of Cardiff and the Dowlais Works. The first I
heard of the light was from my friend Mr. Gunstone, of Llanishen, who saw the
strange beam of light at the time specified in the south-east. He and others
watched it for some time, and he was sure it was neither from the works nor a
Mr. T. Skeats, of Whitchurch, watched the bond of light for some
time, and was much struck by it. Mr. Ansaldo, of Llandaff, writes that on the
evening in question about ten o'clock he saw in the south south-east what at
first looked like a long cluster of stars obscured by a thin film or mist. It
gradually grew brighter and brighter until it looked like an incandescent
light, and lasted for about 25 or 30 minutes. Mr. Ansaldo saw several people
watching it .
Mr. J. Havard, Peterston-super-Ely, says he and several others
saw the light, which looked like an iron bar heated to an orange-coloured glow,
suspended vertically. These accounts are explicit but other less on, or
referring to other lights or on other dates, are to hand from Mrs. James
Mr. Jesse Williams the chemist, and Mr. Wm. H. Yeo
Talbot-street, Cardiff. I confess I am unable to explain the above phenomenon,
and only wish I had seen it for myself. Perhaps some other correspondent can
help to clear up the mystery."
Source: Weekly Mail 15 April 1905.
27 MAY 1905 –
A doctor from
Tylorstown recounted for the SPR enquiry this incident:
‘About 10 pm on
Saturday night I was coming home with my wife, when she drew my attention to a
bright light over the Libanus Chapel, towards the side of the mountain.
appeared as a ball of fire about the size of a cheese-plate; it was perfectly
fixed. As soon as I saw it I marked its position, in order to be sure that it
could not be someone with a light on the road which passes over the mountain,
but its position was far enough away from the road.’
1905 - PONTYCYMMER
Mr. Beriah Evans
writes: - The mysterious lights which were seen in connection with the early
missions of the Welsh seeress, Mrs Jones, Egryn, are once more in evidence.
Recently the seeress went to South Wales, but even in the crowded Rhondda
Valley the lights appear to have been visible as in the quiet seclusion of
Now she has left
the Rhondda and commenced a mission in the colliery districts in the Bridgend
area, and here again the lights have been repeatedly seen.
Stranger still, Mr
Evan Roberts, having returned from North Wales and been associated with Mrs
Jones in this her latest mission, is now visited by the lights.
The Rev David
Hughes, a well-known Welsh minister, who resides at Pontycymmer,
Glamorganshire, contributes to the current Genedl newspaper a signed article,
in which he gives an account of the combined mission. Mrs Jones addressed a
crowd of between 3,000 and 4,000 people in the open air, and when darkness fell
the audience proceeded to the Tabernacle Chapel, where Mr Evan Roberts
conducted the meeting, which lasted until midnight.
Mr Davies goes on
to say:- "We were given to understand that the lights had now visited the
neighbourhood, and of this my wife and myself are living witnesses. We each saw
the lights about the house where Evan Roberts stays. A little after one o'clock
in the morning of Wednesday last my wife and myself saw a strange light similar
in appearance to the upper segment of the setting sun, and throwing out
sparklets of light from its circumference crossing from side to side of an old
quarry where the youths of the place had held nightly prayer meetings for a
week, and where, as I subsequently learnt, a prayer meeting was then in
vanished, and was followed by a ball of fire about the size of a cricket ball,
which rose vertically instead of travelling horizontally as had the first seen.
"Then we saw a
bar of light, apparently about nine inches (? in width), climbing the wall of
the house where Evan Roberts was then staying.
sensations may be better imagined than described; but that which our eyes saw,
that do we testify."
Source: The Welsh Coast Pioneer and Review for North
Cambria (Abergele edition) 4 August 1905.
The Evening Express of Tuesday 18 July 1905 gives an account of
the meeting at Tabernacle Chapel and states that this was held on Monday (which
would be 17 July 1905) and states that Evan Roberts will be staying in
Pontycymmer for several days. The Wednesday referred to above would have been
19 July 1905.
The Evening Express of 21 July 1905 gives an
account of Evan Roberts' meeting which lasted until midnight, but states that
the meeting was held at Bethel Chapel in Pontycymmer.
23 JULY 1905 –
A group of young
people returning from a prayer meeting at Ynysybwl, near Pontypridd, had a
They told local reporters:
in the heavens a very large and bright ball of fire. It had two brilliant arms
which protruded towards the earth. Between these arms appeared lights
resembling a cluster of stars, quivering with varying brightness. It lasted for
Source: The Unexplained 1980-83.
[See August 1991
– Cray Reservoir – could this be a similar object? – E.W.]
EGRYN SEERESS AT
Tregaron, which is
situated in the heart of Cardiganshire, was visited by Mrs. Jones, the Egryn
seeress. She conducted a meeting at Llwynpiod, and all the way from Llwynpiod
to Esgerhendy (writes a correspondent) the party were accompanied by a
mysterious light, which in some places burst forth into a bright flame.
next evening she was at Blaenpenal. The meeting here again was full of the
revival fervour, and it was ten o'clock before Mrs. Jones was given a chance to
address the meeting.
Light was to be
seen at Tregaron after the meeting there, and it continued for about three
hours. It appeared in the sky right above Gwynfa, where Mrs. Jones is the guest
of Mr. and Mrs. Evans. Mrs. Jones spends the day-time visiting the poor and the
old and sick of the districts which she visits.
Source: Evening Express 29 March 1906.
15 MAY 1909 - NEWPORT, MONMOUTHSHIRE
G. Beanland and A.
V. Day, at the local flour mill, sighted a cigar-shaped object stationary over
Newport Bridge, shortkly after 1.00 AM. Searchlights flashed from each end on
to the bridge.
After 10 minutes one of the lights went out, and the object flew
off towards Stow Hill.
Source: The Eternal Subject Brinsley Le Poer
Trench 1973 pages 97-98 citing South
Wales Daily News, Cardiff, May 17, 1909.
SAID TO HAVE BEEN
SEEN HOVERING OVER NEWPORT
Victor Day, packer,
employed at the Star Flour Mills, Newport, states that whilst he was in company
with two other men standing on the railway siding about one o'clock on Saturday
morning, he saw what he believed was an airship hovering over Newport Bridge
very high in the air.
He was standing on
the quay wall near the Star Mills, and had his attention drawn to something in
the sky. In his opinion it had the shape of a torpedo, and was then statonary.
There appeared to
be two lights out at each end, which flashed across the sky. The airship was
clearly outlined against a clear sky, but it was not very light. It appeared in
the same position for about ten minutes, and then one of the searchlights
suddenly went out.
A minute later the
other light gradually grew dimmer, and also disappeared. It appeared to be
affected by a slight wind in the direction of Stow Hill, and then went out of
Source: Western Mail Monday 17 May 1909.
18 MAY 1909 - CAERPHILLY MOUNTAIN
Mr. C. Lethbridge was returning home to Roland Street, Cardiff, via Caerphilly Mountain. He was employed during the summer months as a Punch & Judy man. As he pushed the little cart Mr. Lethbridge was startled to see a cigar-shaped object, about 45 feet in length, lying on the grass adjacent to the mountain road. Two young men, apparently clad in heavy fur coats, worked away at something on the craft. Mr. Lethbridge related his encounter to the Western Mail as follows:
"When I turned the bend at the summit I was surprised to see a long tube-shaped affair on the grass on the roadside, with two men busily engaged with something near by... They attracted my close attention because of their peculiar getup; they appeared to have big heavy fur coats and fur caps fitting tightly over their heads. I was rather frightened, but I continued to go on until I was within twenty yards of them, and then my idea as to their clothing was confirmed.
The noise of my little spring cart seemed to attract them, and when they saw me they jumped up and jabbered furiously to each other in a strange lingo — Welsh or something else; it was certainly not English. They hurriedly collected something off the ground, and then I was really frightened.
The long thing on the ground rose up slowly. I was standing still at the time, quite amazed, and when it was hanging a few feet off the ground the men jumped into a kind of little carriage suspended from it, and gradually the whole affair and the men rose in the air in a zigzag fashion. When they had cleared the telegraph wires that pass over the mountain, two lights like electric lamps shone out, and the thing went higher into the air, and sailed away towards Cardiff."
May 19th, Mr. Lethbridge returned to the landing site, accompanied by a local reporter. The two men discovered clear evidence that something had come to rest on Caerphilly Mountain very recently.
The ground at the landing site had quite obviously been disturbed. Several mysterious items also littered the site. Amongst them, was a small plug on a chain. A red label adhered to the plug, with the following instructions printed on it, in French:
Important notice. This pin is attached to push back the shell from the valve when it is held on its seat; detach the pin and fix it near the tube of the pump at the extremity which fits on the valve.
The inscription also included the word 'obus', which is the French word for an artillery shell. The men also discovered newspaper clippings at the scene, of articles relating to either the German army, or airships. Even more strange, was the presence of scraps of paper "bearing a mass of figures and letters of the alphabet formed in a style distinctly different to that of the average English hand".
19 MAY 1909
- CARDIFF DOCKS
At about 1.20 AM
coal trimmers at the Queen Alexandra Dock in Cardiff, W. John, C. Hayman, A.
Bradley, C. Harwood and J. Thomas, a signalman named Westlake and Dick Squires,
another workman at the dock, and a number of men onboard a ship saw an object
in the sky.
The coal trimmers
were near the foreshore, when a "swishing" sound overhead attracted
their attention. It was too dark to clearly distinguish any object, but the men
saw two lights "a kind of flashing searchlight", they explained - which
were visible for about three or four minutes, and appeared to be going in the
direction of Newport, and then turning towards Weston.
Robert Westlake, in a statement said:
"At 1.15 this
morning, while attending to my duties signalling trains at King's Junction,
Queen Alexandra Dock, I was startled by a weird object flying in the air. In
appearance it represented a boat or cigar shape, and was making a whizzing
noise. It was lit by two lights which could be plainly seen. It was travelling
at a great rate, and was elevated at a distance of half-a-mile, making for
A number of men
working on the steamship 'Arndale' also saw the airship. It came from the
direction of Newport, took a curve over the docks, and passed over the Channel
towards Weston, being clearly in view for a minute or two before the lights on
board were suddenly extinguished.
Source: Western Mail Wednesday 19 May 1909 and
Thursday 20 May 1909.
19 MAY 1909
- BRISTOL CHANNEL OFF MUMBLES
Dusk. A witness whose name is unpublished, reported a sighting to the Western Mail:
correspondent, who sends us his name and address privately, writes: - "The
following observations may be of interest: Last night (Wednesday), being on
Mumbles Head at dusk, I observed over the Channel in a S.S.E. direction, two
elongated dark objects, apparently about 80 to 100 feet long, moving from N.W.
to S.E. at a rapid rate.
After watching them intently for a few minutes I saw
four, white flashes in quick succession from the most easterly object, which
was immediately answered by three slower flashes from the other. I also
distinctly heard three sharp signals, apparently from a bell, answered by two
The objects appeared to approach each other, and then disappeared,
travelling away from my observation at a considerable speed."
Source: Western Mail Friday 21 May 1909.
24 MAY 1909 - SWANSEA
police-constable has supplied an official statement that he saw distinctly from
Port Tennant at 11.30 at night an airship going in a westerly direction at a
great speed, with a powerful light.
(111) Williams reports that at 11.15 on Monday night, whilst standing at the
tram terminus, Port Tennant, in company with a man named Bell, the latter
noticed a light moving in the air, and drew the police-constable's attention to
After a little
while the airship was noticed passing along in a north-westerly direction at a
great speed. The light attached to the airship was exceedingly bright, and was
located under it.
The airship was at
such a height that it was impossible for the observers to give a good
description of it, and it passed out of sight.
To make sure they
were not mistaken they sought the assistance of Police-constable Johnstone.
That officer avers that he saw a bright moving light, but he will not swear
that it was an airship.
The incident was
reported in the police occurence book.
Source: Weekly Mail 29 May 1909.
8 JULY 1909 - NEWPORT, MONMOUTHSHIRE
A month or so ago
South Wales was excited over the mysterious appearance and disappearance of a
strange object in the heavens. That proved to be the wonderful aerial invention
of Dr. Boyd. The secret only came to light a few days ago, proving the veracity
of reports published in the "Evening Express".
Now there is a
mystery in the air again. Some campers and others at Allt-yr-yn were startled
on Thursday night by seeing a cigar-shaped object hovering over the Crindau and
Llantarnam districts, where it remained for about half an hour, between nine
o'clock and half-past nine. This story was communicated by Mr. W. G. Crawley.
Source: Evening Express Saturday 10 July 1909.
1909 - CARDIFF - NEWPORT
Miss Isabel Evans,
of 43, Diamond-street, Roath, Cardiff, had her attention drawn to a brilliant
light. More careful observation revealed to her a "cigar-shaped object
with a powerful searchlight attached."
was a most powerful light," emphasised Miss Evans in an interview a
reporter, "and it was, apparently, playing down on Newport, although it
was distinctly over Cardiff, appearing to be just over our heads."
Miss Evans said she
called the attention of her mother to the strange sight, and they watched the
ship moving about for nearly half an hour. Now and then it would make a violent
dart and take a circular tour.
Finally the object
disappeared over Newport into the darkness.
Source: Evening Express Saturday
10 July 1909.
9 AUGUST 1909 - MERTHYR MOUNTAIN
ANOTHER AIRSHIP SCARE
WHAT CWMDARE PEOPLE SAW
Three persons in Cwmdare declare that they saw an airship last Monday morning. Mr. Evan John Evans, milk vendor, one of the three persons referred to, was milking his cows in Gamblyn field at 7 o'clock that morning, when he perceived an object descend on the Merthyr moun- tain and rise again very quickly. It was cigar-like in shape, similar to the one seen on Caerphilly mountain. He also saw a person inside, dressed in black. The airship went in the direction of Merthyr. Mr. Evans' son and daughter, who were with him, also testify to seeing it.
Source: Aberdare Leader Saturday 14 August 1909
3 SEPTEMBER 1909 - PENTRE, RHONDDA
On Friday night, an unusual sight was visible in the sky above Pentre. The
appearance of lights at intervals led some prophets to think of the end of the
world, while others of a more modern frame of mind thought of aeroplanes and
balloons. As yet, no definite information can be obtained as to the cause of the
Source: Rhondda Leader Saturday 4 September 1909.
22 AUGUST 1910 - CARDIFF
A SKY PHENOMENON
informs us of an extraordinary spectacular effect witnessed on Monday evening.
In the south-western sky he saw two long bars of light, perfectly straight and
parallel, suggestive of bars of red-hot iron. Perhaps other readers also
observed the spectacle, or can afford some explanation.
Source: Evening Express 23 August 1910.
17 JANUARY 1913 - SOUTH WALES
An 'airship' was seen traversing a large area of South Wales. Reports came in from various locations which, if the reported times of the sightings are to be considered accurate, meant that the object was able to cover the distance at high speed.
A letter written by Sara E. Hanmer of Bettisfield, Rogerstone on 23 January and was printed in the 25 January edition of the Western Mail:
Sir, - My sister and I also observed the mysterious airship on Friday evening last, at about six o'clock. It was wobbling considerably over Fox Wood. It seemed to carry a searchlight, which flashed brilliantly at times, and at others was quite obscured it seemed to us. From this we concluded the occupants were in difficulties. It was so close to earth that we could distinctly hear the whirr of the machinery. Eventually it only appeared to be a darker object travelling in a westerly direction. This is the third time we have seen a similar object in the last four or five weeks, but this one was much nearer, and looked an immense object travelling very swiftly.
The Western Mail of Monday 27 January 1913 printed a map showing the probable route that the 'airship' took. This started at Barry. The object was seen above Barry by an observer in Bonvilston, some miles inland. It was next seen above Cardiff by a witness in Roath Park. At about 6 pm it was seen above Newport. Merthyr Tydfil was next, also reportedly seen at about 6 pm. It was seen over Glanamman between 6.30 and 6.45 pm, finally being seen by an observer in Sketty, Swansea.
The newspaper said: '...probable route of the mysterious airship which hovered over South Wales on Friday, January 17, according to the times and places of correspondents who wrote to say they had seen it. The following night an airship was also stated to have been seen over Essex and Surrey.'
Source: Western Mail Saturday 25 and Monday 27 January 1913.
18 JANUARY 1913 - UPLANDS, SWANSEA
Mr. Marshall, a ship-broker residing in the Upands, informed a "Leader" representative that he could not say with certainty whether the object which he saw at eight o'clock on Saturday evening was an airship or anything else. He observed what he at first took to be a star. The light, however was diffused, and he watched it for some time, observing that it appeared to be moving at a fairly good speed. He went into the house to call the members of the family to see it, and when they came out it had disappeared.
Source: Cambria Daily Leader Wednesday 22 January 1913.
18 JANUARY 1913 - SWANSEA
Between 8.30 PM & 9 PM
SWANSEA BOY AND A WHIZZING NOISE.
Master Harold Gibbs, son of a superintendent of the estates department under Swansea Corporation, claims to have heard the aeroplane between half-past eight and nine on Saturday evening on the Parade Mayal of the Town Hall Garden City, Swansea. "I was taking the bread home," he said, "when I heard a hooting noise from St. Thomas way, so I stopped and put down the bread. My brother was with me; we stopped to listen to it. We heard it whizzing overhead, and there was a hooter in it, and then it passed over in direction of Sketty. We both looked up, but we couldn't see anything. We could hear the whizzing of the propeller and a sound like a motor-horn. It passed as soon as anything. It went over between Honey's Farm and Sketty."
Source: Western Mail Friday 24 January 1913.
21 JANUARY 1913 - UPLANDS, SWANSEA
Mr H. J. Marshall, of Eaton Crescent, Swansea, stated that he saw either an aeroplane or an aircraft of some kind coming from the direction of Llanelli. It was travelling from west to east at a fairly good speed, and the light was of a peculiar reddish warm colour.
Source: Western Mail Thursday 23 January 1913.
1913 - CLYNE VALLEY, SWANSEA
A postman named J.
Bowen, of Sketty was going towards the Clyne Colliery when he saw a large
bright light hanging over Clyne Woods. He had been reading about the airship
only an hour before, and noticing the brilliancy and unsteadiness of the light,
he was convinced that he had at last seen it.
Arriving home at
No. 2 Harry-street, Sketty about an hour later, he could still see the light,
which had moved very little at all. He called out his brother and his next-door
neighbours, but they were at first sceptical, saying it was only a star.
Then, as they were
gazing at the light, it began to bob about, and finally went out. It
re-appeared shortly in a slightly altered position, and was seen to be
considerably larger than the brightest star.
Spoken to by a
"Leader" representative this morning,
J. Bowen said it looked twice as large as Venus.
"Do you think
it was a searchlight?" asked the "Leader" man.
said J. Bowen, "it looked like a head-light.
A very bright one and when it
went out it died out slowly. It looked as if they put the light out, flew a
bit, then lighted it again."
The latter remark
was in answer to a suggestion that perhaps the disappearance of the light was
caused by the tacking of the airship, which would have put the stern towards
On these details
all the witnesses agreed. Mr. James, of No. 1 Harry-street, describing the
light as having a bluish centre throwing off sparks. The only thing lacking in
the airship theory of the light is, that, in spite of the exceptional clearness
of the atmosphere and the bright moon, no one saw the body of the ship; neither
did they hear the propellers, which latter fact could be explained by the fact
that they locate the position of the "mystery" as being over Clyne
Common - a distance of a couple of miles from their point of observation.
Mr. Bowen went to
the top of the hill and once more saw the light, which appeared to have moved
considerably in the direction of Tenby; then it slowly died down and
disappeared, as on the previous occasion. After he had mentioned the light, he
said, several other people said that they had seen lights during the last few
nights, but had thought them to be only stars.
Source: The Cambria Daily Leader Wednesday 22
[Note: compare this
sighting with that of the boys in Kidwelly on the same evening. No time given
but it could have been after the Clyne sighting, and it being to the west of
Swansea, could have been the same object - bluish centre, sending off sparks. -
21 JANUARY 1913 -
THE WONDER LIGHT
A Schoolboy on the
It is interesting
to read what a schoolboy thinks of the mystery in the sky which excited the
amazement and inventive powers of explanation of adults throughout South Wales
A Standard VII
pupil at Kidwelly Castle Council School who saw the mysterious light many days
ago wrote the following bright and intelligent description of it at the request
of his schoolmaster, Mr D. O. Jones.
28 January 1913
Last Tuesday, as I
was playing with some friends in Bridge street, my attention was drawn to some
curious object, which took the form of a star, and moved slowly to and fro in
the sky. A strange thing about the object is that it did not keep its shape for
a long time. When my friends and I first saw it, it was a brilliant star
situated in a lighted atmosphere, and appeared to be sending out sparks in all
Then it got smaller and smaller until we could only distinguish its
bluish centre, which at times went out of sight. It then re-appeared and kept on
disappearing and re-appearing for a very long time. After gazing at it for some
time we lost sight of it altogether, when it appeared to be going in the
direction of Carmarthen.
We then parted, greatly puzzled at the wonder we had
10 Bridge st..
Kidwelly. 13 years.
Source: Western Mail Monday 10 February 1913; The Carmarthen Weekly Reporter Friday 14
25 JANUARY 1913 - FISHGUARD
Sir, - You may be interested to hear that on Saturday last, at about eight p.m., my wife and self saw what we believe to have been the lights of an airship. We were returning from Fishguard to Goodwick by the Priory-road, and saw the lights, which appeared above the high land to the southward of Pen Cae. It moved to the northward at a fairly rapid rate, and we watched it for some minutes when it was hidden by the higher land. While we were observing it the lights varied in grouping, as if the direction were being altered.
ANDREW MORTON, Anstruther, Goodwick, Pem. Jan. 29.
Source: Western Mail Tuesday 4 February 1913.
1 FEBRUARY 1913 - PONTLOTTYN
Hundreds of witnesses saw what was believed an airship, going in the direction of Fochriw and Bedlinog.
Source: Western Mail Tuesday 4 February 1913.
1 FEBRUARY 1913 - TONGWYNLAIS
The flight of an airship near Tongwynlais on Saturday night is stated to have been seen by two men-servants of Colonel Henry Lewis of Greenmeadow. It was at ten minutes to eleven that they observed its movements. The first to see it was a groom. He states that he saw a dark object with a red light at the rear approaching from the direction of Cardiff and following the course of the road. Immediately he called another servant, who states that he also is convinced that it was an airship. Together they watched it for about four or five minutes. After following the road for some distance, its course was turned westwards over Tongwynlais and between Tynant and Radyr, eventually disappearing. It was travelling at a fairly good rate and several hundred feet above the ground, and the light, carried is described as "a big red lamp."
Source: Western Mail Monday 3 February 1913.
1 FEBRUARY 1913 - NEWPORT, MON.
A Newport resident states that on Saturday night he noticed a moving light over the docks or the river, and for some minutes when first seen it was difficult to tell whether it was a very high land light or a mast-head light. Slowly the light rose, and at the same time gradually travelled in the direction of Cardiff. No sound of engines could be heard, but that was not to be wondered at, seeing that the airship, if it was one, was much too far off. Then suddenly the light disappeared as though the craft was enveloped in a dense cloud.
Source: Western Mail Tuesday 4 February 1913.
2 FEBRUARY 1913 - SWANSEA BAY
Whilst on special duty on the Aberavon Beach, Port Talbot, at about 6.30 on Sunday evening, Police-constables Church and Hurley plainly discerned an airship proceeding from a northerly to a south-westerly direction towards Swansea or the Mumbles. Its outline and also its light were clearly made out, and its flight was also followed by a number of people who were on the beach.
Police-constable Church told a Western Mail reporter that there was no possibility of any mistake, as he could see it distinctly, and also heard the action of the machinery. After some minutes it disappeared in some mist in the direction of Swansea. The other officer supported these statements, and declared that he was sure it was not an optical illusion.
The Neath and Swansea police were communicated with to keep a sharp look-out over these localities.
Source: Western Mail Monday 3 February 1913.
5 FEBRUARY 1913 - AROUND SOUTH WALES
7.30 PM. Cardiff. An 'airship' displaying a bright
light was seen hanging over the west of the city. Large crowds soon gathered in
the streets. Inside the Western Mail offices, one or two members of the
editorial staff went up to the roof for a view of the object. Towards the west
hung a bright light amidst the stars, but some cynics decided it was just
Venus, and so they descended again.
But many in the streets were still
watching. A few minutes later, the
Swansea office of the Western Mail telephoned to say that the same occurence
was taking place there, with many out, watching a light. So could this indeed
have just been the planet Venus?
However at Taffs
Well a powerful light was seen in the sky which brought everyone outside to see
it. It was described as being bright enough to illuminate the whole area before
it disappeared in the direction of Llantrisant.
The light did not travel across
the sky but receded into the darkness.
Witnesses in the
Llantrisant area reported that a headlight and searchlights were clearly
visible. The object seemed to approach from the direction of Cardiff (east of
them - so could not have been Venus).
At Llanharry the
object is said to have hovered over and around the same spot for about ten
minutes. It made descents and ascents, and once came so close to the ground
that a number of people declared that they clearly discerned the wings of the
machine. It then proceeded in the direction of Swansea.
Witnesses in the
Aberdare area heard "something" overhead. Between 7 and 8 o'clock
Police Sergeant Evans and a number of other people in Abercynon said that they
saw a powerful searchlight, and could distinctly hear a "whizzing
noise" as of an air machine. It was travelling at a fast speed in the
direction of the upper part of the Aberdare valley. From some parts of that
district, similar accounts came to hand.
From Seven Sisters
in the Dulais valley, Police Sergeant Morgan and Police-constable Foster, of
the Glamorgan County Police saw the light. Its presence was first revealed to
PC Foster. He was standing at the rear of the police station when he was
startled by the flashing of a brilliant light which shone down right upon him.
He described it as a searchlight.
Looking up, he distinctly saw an airship of
the dirigible type speeding swiftly at a considerable height in the direction
of Swansea, and he watched it for a full twenty minutes, when it disappeared
from view. This statement is confirmed by PS Morgan.
Hundreds of people
in the Newport area saw a light soon after 7 PM and continued for over two
hours, which was assumed to be that of an airship. It was seen distnctly by
people in Rogerstone and Risca, who observed that it seemed directly over
Foxwood, about 5 miles to the north-east of Newport.
It appeared to have come
from the direction of Cardiff (the opposite direction to the progress of the
object above). It made turns and sometimes the light would grow dim and almost
disappear. Then it would become visible again and seemed to be stationary. The
light at times became so bright that it had the appearance of a searchlight.
An 'airship' was
seen over Wenvoe and Barry and passengers on the last train from Pontypridd to
Barry followed its movements for some time. It moved about at a great height,
making rapid progress through the air in an inland direction from Barry (so
could not have been Venus).
Source: Western Mail Thursday 6 February 1913.
At about 9.45 pm, George Winterson, of Ashfield Cottage, Crickhowell said, '..my attention was called to an airship sailing in a North-West direction, apparently coming from the South, at a slow speed and not very high, after travelling three or four miles beyond Crickhowell on the West side of the River Usk; in the direction of Brecon it suddenly turned to the left and disappeared.
Source: Western Mail Monday 17 February 1913.
8 FEBRUARY 1913 - OGMORE-BY-SEA
Mrs Bassett, Little West, Southerndown, wrote to Captain Lindsay, Chief-Constable of Glamorgan, reporting that she saw, '.... out of a west window an airship going over the mouth of the Ogmore River, and bearing to the right. It had a bright red light and was going very fast. There was not any wind; I distinctly saw the shape of it. It was most certainly not Venus. The light disappeared as it was going, and did not reappear.'
Source: Western Mail Wednesday 12 February 1913
16 OCTOBER 1916 -
was on tip-toe on Monday evening between 7 and 8 o'clock gazing excitedly at a
luminous shape in the sky, away towards the south-east.
Locally, in common
with other districts opinion was divided as to the nature of the apparition,
some inclining to the belief that it was the northern lights, others that it
was a peculiar light from Dowlais or other works. Very few believed that the
mysterious light was an airship.
Major Baird, M.P.,
of the Air Board, in reply to an enquiry from Mr. C. B. Stanton, M.P., who
watched the "light" in his own constituency has informed that
gentleman that "There is no doubt that the airship seen over Aberdare and
Merthyr was one of ours. You will not ask me where it lives. The main thing is
that it is ours."
Mr. Stanton was
given authority to make the fact known.
Source: Labour Voice (Llais Llafur) 21 October
In the House of
Commons on Tuesday Mr. J. H. Cory (U., Cardiff), asked the First Lord of the
Admiralty whether he was aware that a British airship's sudden appearance over
parts of South Wales on Monday night week, created a good deal of excitement
that would have been avoided had any warning been the practice in London; and
whether he directed the officials responsible for these flights by British
airships to give warning whenever possible of such proposed visits?
Airships were over South Wales, during Monday, the 16th October but returned to
their base in day light. No reports have been received indicating that any
alarm was caused.
Voice (Llais Llafur) 28 October 1916.
25 MAY 1931 - PONTNEWYDD
About midnight on
Whit Monday, a blue ball was seen to strike a brick wall and bounced off a
road. It left traces.
Source: www.deltapro.co.uk citing M. Stenhoff
- BUFORA Journal Vol. 7 no.3.
Warren Davies and
his sister were walking home from school one evening to their home in
Freystrop, where they lived with their grandparents. They had to cross a field
and then a wood on their way, and had been taking this route for some time.
they neared the end of the wood, they saw a bright yellow object, about the
size of a bicycle wheel, which they thought at first was a balloon. It was
floating amongst the trees and was moving backwards and forwards like a
pendulum, about six feet each way.
The children wer scared and ran home.
Although they continued to use the same route to school they were usually
accompanied through the wood by their grandfather after this episode.
Source: The Dyfed
Enigma Randall Jones-Pugh and F. W. Holiday 1979 page 58.
1947 - 1948
The witness does
not remember the date of his sighting, but occurred between September 1947 and
July 1948, this being the academic year.
Robert, was born in May 1942 and so was 5 years old at the time of his
sighting, whilst in school at Neath Abbey Infants School. He remembers walking
into the yard, which is located to the south of the front of the school
building, with other children at the start of playtime.
He looked up to his
right and saw a silver-coloured object, hovering motionless about 100 ft up to
the right and slightly back of the school building. It was disc-shaped, the
centre of which had 6 or 7 ridges or spokes coming from a central hub, which he
described as being like a plane's propeller. The outside edge was like a ring
with curved surface.
He does not remember seeing daylight between the 'spokes',
due possibly to the fact it was tilted, or because there was a solid surface at
a deeper level. So in effect, the object would have been like a silver wheel
with thick spokes.
The tilt of the
object was about 30-40 degrees off the horizontal, with the bottom surface
towards the children, but when describing it he seemed to think it was the top
facing them - but if that were the case, it would have been upside down. It did
not spin on its axis, made no sound, and remained completely motionless. It
size was comparable to two bus-lengths in diameter, so was a large object.
asking the teacher (all the teachers at the school were female), "What is
that?", but she just said she didn't know and told the children to go and
play, which they did. 15 minutes later, when they all went back in to resume their
lessons, the object was still in its original position.
He has no
recollection of seeing it after school, so presumably the object had left the
It is interesting
to consider the reaction of the teacher. It would be understandable to imagine
that the adult would not wish to alarm the children, despite a probable feeling
of alarm herself. Were there comments back in the staff room? Was it reported
to the authorities? It was just after the war, and the latter was probable.
This deserves further research.
Robert had never
reported it to the authorites, but has often told the story to close family and
Robert wishes to
remain unidentified at present, but has said he will make a model in clay to
better describe the object.
Files: witness interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 19 February