9-year-old Tyrone Davies was living with his grand-parents in a terraced house in the mining village of Pontyberem in the Gwendraeth valley. One night in the winter of 1957, there was a storm blowing with thunder and lightning and heavy rain. At about 8.30 PM Tyrone's grandmother asked him to collect a bucket of coal from the coal bunker which was situated at the side of the house.
Whilst filling the bucket, there was an almighty thunder flash which lit up the sky above the house. As he looked up at the sky, Tyrone could see an enormous saucer-shaped craft which was partly hidden by the clouds. Further lightning flashes revealed the same craft which seemed to be motionless in the sky.
"As I had never seen anything like this before, I ran into the house and called my grandmother to come and see this strange craft in the sky. She declined and informed me that what I had seen was probably caused by the lightning flashes. Knowing what I had seen I decided to open the front door of the house and gazed out over the valley. As the lightning lit up the sky, to my astonishment I could see four smaller saucer shape crafts which again were motionless and looked to be in some kind of formation. Again my grandmother declined to witness this sighting. As she closed the front door, she advised me not to mention what I assumed to have seen to anyone, otherwise I might end up in a mental institution. I took my grandmother's advice and to this day I have only mentioned these sightings to a handful of people."
Tyrone sent us some drawings, one of which shows the four smaller craft hovering over Pentremawr Colliery in Pontyberem.
Source: SUFON Files: witness correspondence spring 2018.
1 SEPTEMBER 1957 - BRISTOL CHANNEL OFF PORTHCAWL
THE THING FROM THE SEA It was nearly midnight. Two policemen were patrolling the seafront at Porthcawl. Then it happened.....Something rose out of the water on the horizon – something that was blood-red, with a jagged black streak across its centre. What the policemen saw on Sunday was officially reported last night. The report has gone to “top level.” Chief-Inspector Reginald Jones, of “D” Division, Glamorgan Police, said that the two policemen thought at first that they were seeing a ship on fire on the horizon towards Ilfracombe. But then it rose out of the water like a blood-red sun – much larger than a full-sized harvest moon. As they watched, two more streaks appeared above and below. It remained at sea level, then loved off at “fantastic” speed towards the Atlantic. WAS IT VENUS? In London, an Air Ministry spokesman said that one possible explanation of the phenomenon was that it was “a planet playing tricks.” “What the officers reported seeing is consistent with this.” “Venus does at certain times of the year play all kinds of tricks – often due to climatic conditions. A reflection of the planet appears in the sky.” “This is sometimes the explanation of flying saucers.” A meteorologist said that the most likely explanation was that the policemen saw the Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights – which had been reported as having been seen during the past two or three nights. Source:Western MailWednesday 4 September 1957. “Just over a week ago, two policemen patrolling Porthcawl promenade, reported seeing a “mysterious red disc” moving across the sky at a fantastic speed. It was seen at the same time over Carmarthen Bay, and again the lifeboat was called out. Porthcawl police reported last night that the lights had not been seen again although a watch was being kept.” Source:Western Mail10 September 1957.
NOVEMBER 1957 – COWBRIDGE 2.35 AM. Two uniformed police officers observed a green blue UFO as it passed over South Wales. Five minutes later two other uniformed officers saw the same object as it passed over the Rhondda Valley. The object was described as being delta shaped and travelling at high speed. Several civilian witnesses also observed the UFO. Source:www.prufospolicedatabase.co.ukciting Press Archive.
Bus passengers travelling from Aberdaron to Nefyn told Porthdinllaen coastguards they had seen "a sheet of flame enveloped by thick black smoke falling into the sea." The mysterious light was seen six miles off Whistling Sun, north-east of Aberdaron. Porthdinllaen Lifeboat was launched but after a five-hour search, returned without finding anything. The coxswain, Tom Moore, said, "We searched for 12 miles between Penygraig and Bardsey Island but found nothing unusual." The RAF stations at Valley, Anglesey, and Llanbedr, Merioneth, said none of their planes was missing, but they called out the lifeboat to investigate. Source: Western Mail Monday 25 November 1957.