The object was flying along very slowly, then turned in a slight arc. While we gazed open-mouthed at it, the object seemed to dissolve in mid-air.’
Source: South Wales Evening Post Thursday, 2 November 1950.
30 OCTOBER 1950 – GOWERTON
Following a report by a member of the public of two lights travelling across the sky, Detective Sergeant Ambrose Davies, of Gowerton Police Station observed a single white ball of flame.
It was much brighter than any star and after a few seconds was seen to break into two pieces. A shower of reddish sparks were seen to the rear of the objects. The officer ruled out planets and meteors stating that there were definitely two objects in the sky and that they were joined by some kind of tether.
Source: www.prufospolicedatabase.co.uk citing UFO Magazine Press Archive (Date is recorded as 2 November which is incorrect. / South Wales Evening Post 1 November 1950
3 NOVEMBER 1950 – NEATH
William George Johns, a newsagent of Tonna, with his wife, saw a brilliant flat disc like a plate in the sky over Llandarcy oil refinery at 11.30 pm. It was giving off rays like a chandelier and appeared to be about a foot wide.
Even the clouds passing over did not blot out the object. He watched for about ten minutes, and the disc moved gradually towards Port Talbot (south-eastwards), its light becoming dimmer till it disappeared. Three or four minutes later, looking in a south-easterly direction, a brief white glow appeared, like a shell burst at a tremendous height.
Mr Johns has frequently seen the sky glow from the furnaces opened at Port Talbot, but says this was quite different – indeed the characteristic furnace glow appeared later.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Saturday 4 November 1950.
3 OCTOBER 1953 – LLANELLI/SWANSEA/NEATH
“STRANGE PHENOMENON” SEEN IN WEST
MYSTERY LIGHT FLARED, FAILED
The light that flared and failed, a strange phenomenon on the western horizon, is puzzling a Neath professional man who takes a sceptical view of flying saucers. At 10 pm on Saturday, having garaged his car after a busy day, he was walking down Upper Cimla-road to his home when he saw what he describes s “The Phenomenon”.
“I was facing Drumau,” he told an “Evening Post” reporter, “when I suddenly became aware of a light above the mountain, moving fast from north to south horizontally.
“It was a brilliant globe of white light with a greenish tinge, and about one-quarter the size of a full moon. It was not a perfect sphere for it was slightly elliptical on its southern edge.
“It was moving so fast that I thought at first it was something being towed by jet propelled aircraft, but I heard no sound of an aeroplane engine.
“The globe was about one third of
the way up between the horizon and zenith. It did not rise or fall from a
horizontal course. I watched it as it passed through about 10 degrees and then
it vanished suddenly, leaving two or three red linear embers behind it.”
Trained in science and an amateur astronomer, who makes his own astronomical telescopes, he is perfectly familiar with the normal night sky and is quite certain that what he saw was not “a falling star or a firework. I have never seen anything like it before,” he said.
“To make sure it was not a purely
subjective phenomenon, I stopped and spoke to a man who was walking behind me.
“He too, had seen it and agreed that its course was perfectly horizontal. I should like to know whether the light was seen by any Swansea astronomer.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Monday 5 October 1953.
TOO HIGH TO BE A FIREWORK
HE SAW THE “MYSTERY LIGHT”
The mysterious light seen above the western horizon by a Neath amateur astronomer at 10 pm on Saturday, was also seen by a Cwmavon man. Mr Geraint Davies, Brynglas-avenue, writes, “I should like to substantiate the account given by the person who saw the ‘mystery light’ last Saturday.
“On looking out of the window at about 10 pm that night, I saw a greenish coloured light travel in a North to South direction over Foel Mynyddau, which is west of Cwmavon.
"It was in my sight for about five seconds, then it seemed to flick out. It was too high to be a firework and it could not have been a flare because it travelled horizontally, and there was no sound of an aircraft."
NOT A STAR
“It travelled t about the same speed as a Vampire jet fighter and therefore it seemed to me to be too slow to be anything of the nature of a falling star. I confess to being greatly puzzled as to its nature and would be grateful if some reader could shed light on this mysterious object.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Tuesday 6 October 1953.
OTHERS SAW LIGHT IN THE SKY
Other correspondents report witnessing the strange light in the sky seen a few nights ago. Mr D. I. Evans, 32 Poplar-crescent, Cefncaeau, Llanelly, writes:
“While waiting for a bus at the Bryn Chapel bust stop on the Pontarddulais-Llanelly road on Saturday night, the usual street lamp which lights this spot, for some unknown reason, was off. So I had a magnificent unrestricted view of the night sky.
“To idle away the time I was trying to locate some of the constellations which I had learnt during my R.A.F. days.
“This light suddenly appeared, travelling in a horizontal direction exactly as described in your report except that I should say it was in the NW travelling West to East. My directions may be wrong, but the following diagram may help – Mr Evans encloses an astronomical sketch [this was not printed in the newspaper article].
“Everything in the Neath man’s
description tallies perfectly. I saw it at 9.45 pm – within n more than
two minutes either way.
“I thought it was a shooting star and told my wife of what I had seen but since reading your report my curiosity has been aroused and would like to hear an expert’s opinion.”
Mr. G. Janes, 178 Mayals-road, Blackpill, also saw the brilliant light in the
sky taking a line roughly from Dunvant to the N.O.R. viewed from the Mayals.
“I thought it was a plane on fire, and went to the door expecting to hear a crash, but none came.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Wednesday 7 October 1953.
FLEW OFF INTO SPACE
SIR, - I was delighted to read in the Post’s “30 years ago” item about sinister lights seen on the western horizon,because I also saw those lights and have never forgotten them.I was looking out of one of my upstairs windows in my then home ,
The Builder’s Arms, Melin, which is quite a high building with an unobstructed view of surrounding areas, when I saw this flashing green light whiz across the sky, drop down in a straight line, then leave these red “stars” behind, before flying off into space and disappearing. I ran down to tell my husband but, of course, he only laughed and told me I had been reading too many science fiction stories.
I have always maintained I saw those lights and now thanks to your paper my son
and daughter must believe that I DID see something.
You have made an old woman very happy, even if what I saw can never be explained. I DID see them all those years ago.
Dorothy Griffiths, Herbert Road, Melincryddan, Neath.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 7 October 1983.
JULY 1954 - NEWPORT, MONMOUTHSHIRE
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 t 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.
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.
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.
24 MARCH 1955 – ABERARTH, CARDIGANSHIRE
It was 7:15 PM that Mrs Harding, a
farmer’s wife of Aberarth, was called outside by her young daughter, who was
pointing excitedly at the evening sky. She gazed out over the sea in the
direction that Rosalyn, her daughter, indicated. There, to the north-west of
where they stood, and well out to sea, was a large orange ball giving out a
black trail and zig-zagging downwards. They remarked that it looked very like
the sun except for the movement and the long, black, smoky trail that streamed
out behind. As they watched, it exploded and, still in the shape of an orange
ball, plunged into the sea. The strange thing was that they could still see it
glowing beneath the surface of the water, and this continued for upwards of an
hour after the object finally struck. The trail that it had left behind changed
from black to grey before it dispersed: neither of the two watchers had heard
any sound from the ball, either in the aire or in the sea.
Source: Modern Mysteries of the World Janet & Colin Bord 1989 page 165 citing The Coming of the Space Ships Gavin Gibbons.
SUFON note: see 1 September 1957 – Porthcawl – is there a connection?
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 Mail Wednesday 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 Mail 10 September 1957.
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.