1950s UFO Sightings


Mr Bevan of Dunvant Road, Killay, was returning home from church with his son during the morning, when they saw an object in the sky.
‘It resembled the tail end of an aeroplane and when we first saw it the sun had caught it and it was shining like silver.

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.




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.

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




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.





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.                                                                                             



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."


“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.”

South Wales Evening Post Tuesday 6 October 1953.


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.


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.



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.



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.




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.




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.




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.




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




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.




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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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.




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.
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?



A schoolteacher phoned the Brawdy Air Base to report that she could see a ‘flying saucer’ cruising over the West Wales coastline. The Commander of the Royal Naval Air Service station, Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, in his memoir Wings on My Sleeve (1961), said his first reaction was to laugh. However, he checked the report with a pilot returning from an exercise who told him ‘Yes and I can damn well see it too.’ Then one of the air traffic controllers reported that the object as visible from the control tower.
It was reported that it was hovering over the Haverfordwest area. And from 5 pm all the TVs in the area went black for about half an hour, for no apparent reason.
Brown decided he had to see it for himself and took off in a deHavilland Vampire jet fighter at 5.10 pm. Climbing to 35,000 feet, he could see the circular object still high above him in the darkening sky. Although visibility was good, Brown gave up the pursuit and returned to base.
His flying logbook entry read:
‘Flying Saucer Chase! Unidentified metallic object in the sky, sighted from ground. Scrambled in perplexing chase after some iridescent shape at very high altitude, which was probably a cosmic research balloon. What else?’
Later that night other reports flooded in to newspaper offices throughout the region. Brown received a call from an amateur astronomer who had taken a photo of the object and who maintained that it was not a balloon. It was reported to be moving slowly eastwards.
In 2011, Brown told researcher Dr. David Clarke that that phone call led him to reject the only theory he had, that it was a research balloon.
It was spotted hovering over the Swansea and Neath area on the same evening – various descriptions and colours were forthcoming – blue, red, silver, yellow. Many theorised that it was a meteorological balloon. One caller from St.Thomas said that it seemed to be over this area but moving towards Bonymaen and was ‘a ball of fire’. He said he had been watching it for over an hour, sometimes with the aid of a special photographic lens, ‘It is yellow now; it was silvery white some time ago,’ he said.
Brown died in February 2016, just over 60 years since his encounter in the skies of West Wales.





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.


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.

Source: www.prufospolicedatabase.co.uk citing Press Archive.  



At about 11 am, one morning in the middle of summer 1959, Mr D. J. Harris was walking down Charles Street, Milford Haven, heading west. He was on the left hand side of the street with Tabernacle Chapel about 70 yards ahead of him on the left. He suddenly he heard a ‘whispering’ noise as if a glider was passing close by and saw an object coming over the building on the right, opposite the chapel.
It was descending in height from his right to left (north to south) and passing over the street about 50 feet up in the air. He said it was huge, about 150 feet in diameter. It was metallic grey in colour, like weathered aluminium. It was travelling quite slowly and was spinning slowly. It was in the form of a flattened disc and around the diameter appeared deep scallops or fluting.
It was in plain view for about 10 seconds before it disappeared over the chapel on the left, on a downward course. The witness was certain it was about to crash, possibly into the Haven on his left, south of the town and ran down the road to get a better view clear of buildings. But when he got to a better vantage point, there was nothing to be seen.
Above: Tabernacle Chapel, Charles Street, Milford Haven, looking south-west. The object would have passed behind the chapel from right to left, diagonally downward.
He was interviewed by investigator, F. W. Holiday, who was convinced that the witness did indeed see what he said he saw, despite nobody else in the town having seen it, as it crossed the busy street. Holiday wondered whether it was seen only by Mr. Harris because his mind, and therefore perception were at the right ‘frequency’ just at the right time to see the object as it passed, invisible to others. He found that Mr. Harris had the ability to dowse and had certain psychical qualities. However he had not seen a UFO before or since up to the time when being interviewed by Holiday.

Right:  A sketch of Mr. D. J. Harris’s UFO.  
Source: F. W. Holiday Flying Saucer Review Vol. 20 No. 2