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Welsh UFO Sightings 1968

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 1968. For sightings from other years please click HERE.



UFO REGISTER
January 31st, 21:50
Between Bwlch and Crickhowell, Brecknock

Oval shaped object. The UFO Register categorised the sighting as A, aka genuine UFO.



SIGAP
April 23rd, 00:20
Newport

From SIGAP (Surrey Investigation Group for Aerial Phenomena) Newsletter #14, 1968: 

UFO PAYS MIDNIGHT VISIT TO NEWPORT

Mr. Derek Toombs, a Welsh S.I.G.A.P. member, has sent in an extremely interesting account of a UFO which he and a friend saw over Newport in April. Mr. Toombs, a newcomer to our group who lives at 28 Clynmawr Street, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales, says in his report:-

"At 12.20 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, April 23, 1968, I was walking along Stow Hill, Newport, in the direction of the Hardpost [sic. Handpost?] Pub, with Miss Violet Burnap, of 160 Stow Hill. By chance I happened to look up at the sky - to see a brilliant white light moving from West to East. After a few minutes I came to the conclusion that it was a UFO. The behaviour pattern was of the usual kind exhibited by such objects - bizarre pendulum, zig-zag and curved movements of varying accelerations along its average West to East course.

The UFO gave the impression that it was scrutinizing Newport town, and appeared to be travelling along the South Wales coastline towards the River Severn. At first the object looked like a bright moving star. But after continued observation both of us could define an outline. It seemed to be shaped like a tea-cosy with a light on top and a light underneath. Along the perimeter or the bottom part of the tea-cosy shape was a deep red band. At no time did the lights change in brightness. The object did not make any noise and we could see no vapour trails or emissions of smoke. The object, which moved very slowly, was first sighted approximately 85 degrees above the western horizon. It was last seen about 35 degrees above the eastern horizon. It faded into the distance behind the glare of Newport's lighting complex. Police and local newspapers were given details of the sighting".

April 23 1968 UFO Sighting



June 15th
Caerphilly

SIGAP (The Surrey Investigation Group On Aerial Phenomena) Bulletin #15 from August 1968 published details of the WUFORA (Welsh UFO Research Association) skywatch:
 
SIGAP Bulletin #15



MUFORA
June / July
Anglesey

The witness, then 25, was camping with his wife in the north west of the island. He spotted the yellow object, size of 1p at arms length, through trees. It was the same brightness as the full moon. Object was seen in the east for between thirty minutes and one hour. Eventually it was obscured by trees. It is possible this WAS the moon, though the witness claims this is not possible because it hardly moved at all during observation.

Original clipping from NUFON UFO News #27 (August 1976):

NUFON UFO News #27



BUFORA
Summer, 23:30
Cwmbran
Large metallic UFO plus missing time!  

Jill R was twelve years old at the time of her sighting and they were living on a new housing estate where building was still going on in Fairwater, Upper Cwmbran. It was between 11 and 12 o'clock and her father had just come home from a late shift. Jill and her mother decided to walk their dog prior to retiring for the night. They walked through the unfinished estate and were standing on a clear warm night looking toward the top of the nearby mountain when they became aware of two lights which appeared to be moving steadily closer to them.

Suddenly, right above them was a metallic oval object the size of a large car, which was hovering very low and they felt was no more than a height of 45 feet above them. It appeared to be very still and they were aware of a blur of colours, pinks and purples. It then appeared to be spinning and they felt as though things were in slow motion. They were then aware that it was moving away towards the valley and Cwmbran town centre. It suddenly shot up and Jill describes it as "going into the stars". They both felt very calm, but panicked later on and upon returning home Jill's father asked where on earth they had been for so long, although both mother and daughter felt they had only been away for several minutes.

This is an interesting area and there is another recent report from this area describing unusual light phenomena. Certainly many parts of Wales have generated some strange phenomena and anomalous events over a very long period of time. Have readers noticed how many UFO incidents occur over or near mountains and forests or copses?

Written by Gloria Dixon, then Director of Investigations at BUFORA, for UFO Times #45 (1997).



UFO MAGAZINE
September, 1:30
Rumney
Orange glowing rugby ball shaped UFO.  

Malcolm Chamberlain (32) was living with his mother in a small house in Rumney, east of Cardiff. 'It had been a magnificent, bright sunny day and most of the windows had been opened wide. My mum and I had been up very late, just talking and drinking tea and coffee. Close to 1.30 am I decided to head for my bed and proceeded upstairs. On the landing of the stairs the window had been left wide open and because it was no rather chilly I moved to close it. I stopped to admire the beautiful, clear star-filled heavens, looking above two large water cooling towers of a power station one mile away, close to Cardiff. 

Our house was on a hill and as I looked at the twin towers, to my great surprise, an enormous flattened rugby ball shape materialised above one of them. It was much wider than the tops of the towers and glowed a vivid orange colour. I didn't see it 'fly in', it just manifested, like switching on a light. I studied it in amazement for some minutes, before another UFO appeared above the first and seemed to merge together as one. At that I ran down the stairs calling my mother to witness the sight, but by the time she and I got back they had gone. 

I subsequently wrote to the South Wales Echo to enquire if anyone else had written to them regarding the sighting for surely, many others must have seen it. The Echo duly published my letter in a column called the 'Stroller'. Sadly, no one wrote in to corroborate my sighting, although I am sure that anyone looking skywards could not have missed seeing these very large, bright orange red UFOs.' 

Source: 'UFO Magazine' May 2003, page 34.



SIGAP
Sunday October 13th, 20:45
Monmouth

SIGAP Bulletin #21 1969



BUFORA
Friday November 15th, 07:30
Port Talbot

Several objects, some round and some elongated were seen performing an aerial display. They were described as white, and also darker shades.



SUFON
Winter
Penarth

Possibly November. Late afternoon - "tea-time". Weather: calm and still.

Rosalind, aged 10 of Penarth was with her mother and younger sister on an evening in 1968. They were walking the two miles to visit her grandfather who had recently become a widower in February 1968, and who lived in Plassey Street, Penarth.

They had crossed the railway line, using the footbridge near Dingle Halt and were about to cross Windsor Road. They looked right and left at the main road which was devoid of traffic, when suddenly they saw a silver sphere - shooting over roofs of the house just above the roofs. About the size of a lamp post light (about 2 feet across), it came over the houses behind them on their right and crossed Windsor Road from right to left (south-west to north-east). It disappeared behind the houses on their left as they looked up the road - heading north-east in the direction of Cardiff.

They continued to visit the grandfather, but they didn't stay long as her mother was nervous about the return walk being too late in the evening and in the dark. They had walked down the lane known locally as the 'Dairy Lane' leading to Windsor Road and were about to cross the road again. It was now dusk and completely silent, no traffic. Suddenly they spotted up the road to their left, a round silver object coming towards them at eye level along the road, about 50 metres away. It appeared to be glowing and was the size of a traffic light lens. They were rooted to the spot as it seemed to be getting faster as it came towards them but suddenly it shot to the left (their left) between houses and Harbour View Road.

The mother dragged the children across the road, and had a tight grip on their hands but suddenly, when looking right, down the hill, a large orange spherical object appeared - probably the same object, but now orange-red, and which must have done a u-turn after it had disappeared between the houses. It seemed to be glowing hot and pulsating as it shot over the road at lamp post height from over the roofs of the houses from the right. It appeared to have objects stuck to it - "almost as if it was magnetic", Ros explained. It was slightly higher than the lamp post just a few yards away from them, and it stayed hovering as if looking at the witnesses. There was a low humming sound coming from it and it was "pulsating like burning coal in a fire". Rosalind was absolutely fascinated and a bit scared but her mother was terrified, and the young sister just stared.

Suddenly it started moving down slowly, as if controlled, behind the trees at the side of the road and down into "the Dell", a small area of parkland behind the railings on the west side of Windsor Road, and at a lower level.

"All of the trees lit up glowing red and mum says she thought everything would go on fire. I got dragged up over the railway bridge by mum although I tried to get away to look down into the dell. We got home safely but will never forget it."

Source: SUFON Files: Ros Sparkes sent report by email 8 May 2016 and was interviewed on site by Emlyn Williams and Steve Drewson 25 May 2016.



BUFORA
?, 11:00
Anglesey
 
Jenny Randles investigated for BUFORA. They listed it in V5/N5 as a C3b 'classical flying saucer' report.



SUFON
Tiers Cross, Pembrokeshire

12-year-old David Edwards was on land behind a self-build house in the village of Tiers Cross, standing on a mound of earth looking at a lighthouse in the distance in St. Brides Bay to the west. He spotted, at an angle of 30 degrees, a bright yellow-orange light which suddenly shot to the right and left, back and fore without a sound for 5-10 minutes. In the end it moved erratically around then shot upwards at an angle. He told his father who phoned RAF Brawdy and the police. 

 Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams 4 February 2017.



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