1940s - Reports: 3
DECEMBER 1944 - COEDPOETH
Geraint ap Rhys:
"As a boy, walking back from Wrexham to Coedpoeth very late one night in December 1944, I saw an intensely bright white light in the woods near Adwy'r Clawdd. I was startled, because the blackout was in full force. As I stood watching, it soared into the air, slowly at first and then at tremendous speed, quite suddenly, and was lost in thick cloud. I thought it was some secret weapon or other."
1947 - 1948 NEATH ABBEY
The witness does not remember the date of his sighting, but occurred between September 1947 and July 1948, this being the academic year.
The witness, 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.
Robert remembers 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 area.
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 friends.
Robert wishes to remain unidentified at present, but has said he will make a model in clay to better describe the object.
Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 19 February 2017.
1949 - DENBIGH
"In 1949 I was a pupil of Fron Goch Infants School and whilst I was going back into school after playtime I looked back and saw a flying saucer fly down the length of the brook that runs behind the school near where the new police station is now.In those days helicopters were virtually unknown and it was too small (about 6 ft diameter) to be an aircraft and too big to be a bird. The teachers also saw it and stood there for quite some time."
[In 1949 Fron Goch school was in Grove Road, now housing Denbigh Museum, there is indeed a stream behind the buildings - E.Williams]
Source: z1.invisionfree.co,/e2wufos/ar/t425.htm - posted by witness 2005 [Haydn then living in Newport].