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1954 - Reports: 14


JULY 1954 - NEWPORT, MONMOUTHSHIRE
11.00 AM.
A male witness saw a black circle in the sky over Newport, which when it turned sideways, it looked like a silver saucer. It was moving across the sky.
Source: MOD Files - witness reported it 3 January 2008.
                                                                 

6 AUGUST 1954 –  RHOOSE
5.45 PM. Clear blue sky. George Hortop  and his fiancee were sitting on the pebble beach at The Knap, Barry, when their attention was drawn to a stationary object to the south-west over the Bristol Channel in the direction of, and well out past Rhoose Point.
He said it was a brilliant silver colour and “conveyed the impression of a strong light reflecting on a chromium or silver-plated body.” They were struck by the fact that there was a slight westerly wind but the disc-shaped object was not moving.
At the same time members of the RAF Gliding School were completing a series of flying operations from St. Athan airfield at the time. All were witness to the object, including the commanding officer, several instructors and a number of air cadets. A flying officer took off in a glider with a pupil to investigate the object from a closer position. He stated:
“The  form I observed was that of a large double-convex lens viewed in vertical profile. It was  not possible to estimate its true size or distance at which it was stationed, but on the southern and eastern legs of the first circuit of which I flew, the object was perfectly clear against a blue sky and very sharply defined and a bright silver colour.”
He was also impressed by the fact that it was so immobile, despite the wind.
They landed after one circuit and took off again with the same pupil for a second circuit similar to the first. The object was in the same position but had changed its shape to that of a silvery dumb-bell. Again there was no movement apparent during the course of the glider’s flight past. This ruled out the possibility of it being light reflected from a conventional aircraft, or of it being a weather balloon.
George Hortop and his fiancée watching from the beach at The Knap, could not see the shape-change, but could pick out the RAF glider near it. During this second approach by the glider the obect suddenly vanished. It had been in view for about two hours prior to this.
It had also been seen by observers at Rhoose Airport.
Source: UFO-UK Peter Paget 1980.
                                                             
                                                
6 AUGUST 1954 - CANTON, CARDIFF
7.15 PM. Mr. W. G. Weeks, a photographer, of Lincoln Street, Canton, Cardiff said he saw "two silvewr balls" hovering in the sky.
Source: Western Mail Saturday 14 August 1954.
                                                           
                                                                    
13 AUGUST 1954 - CANTON, CARDIFF
7.15 PM. Mr W.G. Weeks, a photographer, of Lincoln Street, Canton, Cardiff said he saw "two silver balls" hovering in the sky after his wife drew his attention to them. He said he saw them the Friday before also (6 August) "at exactly the same time, I made a note of it." He said he saw the objects against a clear blue sky.
"They were a little farther apart than they were last week, they hovered in the sky for about four or five minutes and then made off in the general direction of Barry at a rapid speed."
Many other people in Lincoln Street and other streets looked up to see the 'saucers'.
The discs were not seen by the coastguards at Barry or Llantwit Major.
Source: Western Mail Saturday 14 August 1954.
                                                            
                                                                        
13 AUGUST 1954 - RHOOSE
Shortly after two discs were seen over Cardiff, the RAF Meteorological Station at Rhoose issued the following statement:
"At 18.50 G.M.T. a bright white spherical object was sighted. Bearing 190 degrees, elevation about 7 degrees, visible for half a minute, being lost behind cloud. No obvious movement. The object was similar to a large white balloon."
The object at Rhoose was sighted 25 minutes after the two 'silver discs' were seen over Cardiff.
Source: Wwestern Mail Saturday 14 August 1954.
                                                             

26 AUGUST 1954 - LLANDUDNO
Tom Swift was latterly with the London Symphony Orchestra and a close friend of UFO researcher and fellow musician, Timothy Good. This report was forwarded to Margaret Fry by Tim Good by letter in May 2013, having received it from Swift in December 2011.
"One evening after a concert on Llandudno pier, I was leaving the pier with the orchestra conductor John Morava. It was dark, the sky cloudless, when our attention was drawn to a bright object in the sky over the east end of the town. It was flying too slowly and silently to be an aircraft so we stood and watched while it overflew the length of Mostyn Street parallel to the coast. It remained at a constant altitude and speed towards the Great Orme and seemed to glow with what I now understand could have been due to the effect of ionised air which made it difficult to make out the shape. The colour was a greenish blue but briefly there seemed to be red in the centre. It was certainly less than 1000 feet above the town as it slowly turned to our right over the Great Orme and out over the sea. Reaching just beyond the pier head it stopped for a second, changed colour to white, tilted upwards and shot off at a phenomenal speed to the east over the horizon. It still maintained a level course despite the tilting. More than any other detail about our sighting, it was the speed of departure of this thing that left us stunned. The whole episode lasted about a minute. The following day we listened to members of the orchestra who had been following us down the pier after the concert. They referred to the object as entirely red."
John Morava wrote to the local paper "Llandudno Advertiser" and his account of the sighting appeared on Saturday 28 August 1954:
"Mr John Morava reports that at 9.30 am Thursday night, he was walking down the Pier when he saw a cigar-shaped object flying fairly low from the direction of the Little Orme across Mostyn Street towards Anglesey. It was green and white and absolutely no noise could be heard. Other members of the Pier Orchestra also saw it as did people walking in Mostyn Street. We shall be interested to hear further reports from other sources of this strange object."
This appeared in the Llandudno Advertiser on 24 September 1954:
"TRIANGULAR HEADED LIGHT - another correspondent writes"
"Your report in your paper last Sat. Aug. 28, relating to an illuminated object seen passing over Llandudno has aroused a certain amount of interest. On the same Thursday evening I was standing near the railway crossing at Llandudno Junction talking to a friend. The time was approximately 9.30. During our conversation, a brilliant light in the sky caught my gaze. It's shape was that of a cigar but it also appeared to have a triangular head. In colour it was white but surrounded by a greenish outline. Also it was flying low and moved in a straight line in a westerly direction across the Conway River. Finally it disappeared above Penarth behind the castle. To give an idea of its speed, I had sufficient time to gain the attention of my companion and to point the light out to him before it vanished. Is it possible that this was the same body as seen by Mr. Morava? However it is usual to see a number of meteors at this time of year, an occasional few may be the forerunners of a meteor shower. On the other hand the fact that the light was observed to travel in a straight line throws difficulties upon such a simple explanation." D. Williams 22, Dol Drew, Llandudno Junction.
The object seen by Tom Swift and John Morava certainly didn't fly towards Penarth.
Source: Courtesy of Margaret Fry Files.
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28 AUGUST 1954 - CRUMLIN
11.30 PM. Bryn Lewis, of Bronybryn, Crumlin, saw a cigar-shaped object having an orange glow over Crumlin.
"The glow seemed to go on and off. The object was quite a size, about 8,000 feet up and stationary. The light could be seen going on and off for a little while and then the object just disappeared".
Source: Western Mail Monday 30 August 1954
                                                             
                                                                       
28 AUGUST 1954 - PONTYPRIDD
Night. Mr. C. Rae of Thurston Road, Pontypridd saw an object in the sky.
"It began as a dull orange glow with a white cone of light piercing the centre, and was in view for about a minute. Suddenly it started to extinguish from the top downwards."
Source: Western Mail 31 August 1954.
                                                             
                                                                        
31 AUGUST 1954 - CARDIFF
Late afternoon. Mr. R. Bennett, of Grand Avenue, Ely, Cardiff saw a silver disc which went in the direction of Barry. "It was at least a couple of feetlong" he said.
Source: Western Mail Wednesday 1 September 1954.
                                                             

31 AUGUST 1954 - CARDIFF
Evening: five youths who had just returned from a trip to the seaside and were talking near Albany Road, Roath Park when they saw a strange object in the sky. One of them, Brian Murphy said:
"It was a long shape and of a pale blue colour. It was moving fast in the direction of Newport, and we had it in sight for well over a minute."
His statement was supported by his four friends.
Source: Western Mail Wednesday 1 September 1954.
                                                              

3 SEPTEMBER 1954 - PORTH
8.30 PM. Mr. L. Bailey of David Street, Porth, who was with his wife and child at the time said that the object was flying in an easterly direction over the top of the Rhondda Valley. He described it as having a yellow head and a red tail. His wife was the first to see it and then Mr. Bailey saw it for "just over a second" before it disappeared.
It came back, however, and he saw it again.
Source: Western Mail Saturday 4 September 1954
                                                              

OCTOBER 1954 – SWANSEA
Mr D. Evans, caretaker of Parc Beck Nurses Home, Swansea, described an object he saw pass over the town. “Long black pencil-shaped-glowing with an orange light.”
The speed of the thing was fantastic. It travelled so quickly it “seemed to eat everything up in front of it.”
Source: Western Mail 5 October 1954.
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3 OCTOBER 1954 - CARDIFF
Night. A couple were getting off a bus near Gladstone School, Cathays and saw an object in the sky. It appeared to be oval with   an orange glow, alternately dim and bright, and with "a sort of searchlight ray" at the front.
It disappeared in a south-westerly direction, but after the couple had walked through a side-street to Fairoak Road the object was again visible in the south-west. It was motionless for about seven minutes, disappeared, and then reappeared as a bright light moving very slowly towards the west.
Source: Western Mail Monday 4 October 1954.
                                                                   

12 NOVEMBER 1954 - LLANDAFF
Night. A strange blue light was seen in the sky over Llandaff by Mr. Spencer Thomas, a farmer of Gwernigeddrych Farm, Peterston.
Mr. Thomas was driving his car towards Cardiff, and was near the Star Inn.
"I thought it was a falling star at first, but then it levelled out over Whitchurch golf course and went away in a northerly direction. As it went away from me the light was flashing still the same colour, at intervals of about one second."
An officer at St. Athan RAF Station said that flying there ceased before nightfall, and they had no reports of anything unusual in the sky.
Source: Western Mail Saturday 13 November 1954.