1963 - Reports: 3

“SIR, - The report of an unidentified flying object seen at Langland prompts me to write of a strange object which I myself saw last Thursday afternoon from our garden in Sketty.
 It was certainly no ordinary aircraft and my mother and I watched it for about five minutes before it disappeared from our view above the clouds. It was white and oval in shape and crossed the sky from south-west to north-east.
Perhaps other people saw this object and it would be most interesting to know if this is so.”
J. R. F.    Sketty, Swansea
Source: South Wales Evening Post Wednesday, 28 August 1963.

By an “Evening Post” Reporter
Still wondering whether he could believe his eyes, Swansea bank manager, Mr W. D. Evans, told me today of the mysterious object he saw in the sky off Langland soon after midnight.
As large as a double-decker bus, shaped like a jelly-fish, and emitting a red-orange pulsating glow, it travelled silently from east to west on a steady course between 40 mph and 60 mph at between 2,000 and 3,000 feet, he said.
And, smilingly, he added: “I had not been drinking. It was a fantastic experience. Looking back on it now, I find it very hard to believe it happened. It was extraordinarily eerie.”
So convinced was Mr Evans, an ex-R.A.F.  operations control officer, that what he had witnessed for a full minute-and-a-half was unearthly, that he rang Swansea police and gave them a full description.
He called out near neighbour in Beaufort-close, Langland, Mr Desmond King, a production manager, who saw the object for about 15 seconds before it disappeared low down in the direction of Mumbles lighthouse.
Mr Evans’ wife also saw the object, and the police had reports from two taxi drivers who had seen things in the sky. One of them thought it was a flare which had come down at Southend.
Police searched the beach at Southend but found nothing.
R.A.F. air traffic control at Uxbridge were informed but they had had no report of a distress flare.
Said Mr. Evans: “My wife and I were returning home after taking an accident case to hospital. Looking up, towards Langland Bay Golf Club, I saw this thing which I first thought was a very large flare.
“But it passed directly overhead, completely soundless and on a definite track, unaffected by the wind. There was a tremendous glow from the thing.
“It was obviously going to a plan. It was either controlled from the ground or from inside. But who could live in such an inferno?
“The fact that it was so low and such a tremendous spectacle, cuts out any suggestion of a meteor.
“It was the shape of a shuttle-cock or jelly fish, and travelled low, steadily and majestically. It was something sufficiently unusual to be quite frightening.
“I have always been sceptical about flying saucers, but this is something clean outside normal human experience so far as I am concerned.”
Mr King confirmed that the object emitted an orange light, was moving in a straight line at a steady altitude, was silent and travelling from east to west.
“I had not seen anything like it in my life. I was quite fascinated, but cannot think of any explanation. It was nothing like a meteorite, and I would not have thought it was flare,” he said.
Coastguards on look-out duty at Mumbles saw no object to seaward.
“From reports we have had from police, the object must have come from landward. In our view, it was a rocket of flare by some unauthorised person. There was no distress flare last night,” said a spokesman.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Friday 23 August 1963.
SUFON note: The report says twice that the object was travelling east to west, but this is contrary to the fact that Mr and Mrs Evans first saw it over Langland Bay Golf Club, which is to the west of them.
Furthermore Mr King said it disappeared in the direction of Mumbles lighthouse, which is east of his location in Beaufort Close, Langland, in which case it would have been travelling west to east. Also the coastguard said the object had originated from landward, which again suggests a west to east course. 
Therefore it is safe to assume that the Evening Post reporter has had his compass bearings mixed up [Emlyn Williams].

Have you seen a flying saucer lately?
Four members of class 4A at Cadle Junior School, Fforestfach, believe they saw one one morning last week.
Writing to describe the experience they say: “It was shining and then it went dim and disappeared into space. It was a round shape as if was flattened. It was like a hovercraft. It had three spikes sticking out of it and they looked like legs. It had a propeller which was turning underneath it.
The time was approximately five to nine. Everybody in our class thought that we were nuts, but we can assure you we did see it.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Tuesday 3 December 1963.
I have news for the four members of Class 4A at Cadle Junior School, Fforestfach, who because they claimed to have seen a flying saucer one  morning last week have been dubbed nuts by their classmates.
There  was something unusual in the sky, a glowing disc-like object that was spotted by Mr and Mrs Victor Morgan, of Llangyfelach-road, Brynhyfryd.
Mr Morgan told me: “I managed to fix a pair of binoculars on it. It seemed to be very large and was travelling in a jerky manner. It suddenly streaked away into the distance.”
He added: “I don’t believe in flying saucers, but I don’t know what to make of this.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Thursday 5 December 1963.
SIR, - I would like to endorse the claims of some children in Fforestfach who reported (“Evening Post,” December 3) that they had seen a strange object of the type known as “flying saucers”, in the sky last week.
On Friday, November 29, I also saw a strange round object that appeared to come from the Neath Abbey direction and then went in a westerly direction over Mynydd Drumau towards Birchgrove.
It was a clear afternoon when I watched it pass slowly across the sky. It shone very brightly but there was no sound, as might have been heard from an ordinary aircraft, at all.
As it approached the mountain it emitted a bright red glowing flame of considerable length, that appeared to come from the back of the object. This flame resembled that which might be seen when fuel burns in an ordinary rocket.
I watched this strange craft, flying saucer, call it what you may, for the space of about three or four minutes, until it finally disappeared from view. Its strange round size and bright shining appearance made me positive that it was certainly no conventional aircraft.
The slow speed at which it moved and the definite course it followed removes any suggestion that it might have been a meteor.
There have been many sightings of such mysterious objects around the Swansea area in recent months. The authorities have tried to fob us off with stories of weather balloons, high altitude aircraft, and other such things, but no satisfactory argument has yet been offered to explain these strange, eerie happenings.
Down-to-Earthman, Neath.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Saturday 7 December 1963.