Go Back Report # 148


Police officers see blood-red UFO rise from sea.    

       Two policemen patrolling the seafront at midnight on Sunday, September 1, at Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales, saw a blood-red object with a jagged black streak across its centre rise out of the water on the horizon.

       Chief-Inspector Reginald Jones, of "D" Division, Glamorgan Police, told Flying Saucer Review 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, a good deal larger than a full-sized harvest moon.

       While the two police officers watched, two more streaks appeared above and below. It remained at sea level, then suddenly took off at a fantastic speed towards the Atlantic.

       Chief-Inspector Jones said the report had gone to top level.

       An Air Ministry spokesman said that one possible explanation of the phenomenon was that it was "a planet playing tricks."

       "Venus does at certain times of the year play all kinds of tricks--often due to climatic conditions.''

       Flying Saucer Review has since ascertained that Venus went below the horizon one hour after sunset on that evening. Sunset was at 7.48 p.m. (Summer time). So it could not possibly have been visible at around midnight!                                                                                               

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 3, No. 6, p. 9, November/December 1957, “UFOs Ahoy!” by Janet Gregory.        

UFOCAT PRN – 73299 [DOS: 09-01-1956]

UFOCAT URN 73299 - Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 39, © 1970

Date error. Invisible Residents showed the date as Sept. 01, 1956. Two reasons for dating this as 1957 are: 1) Sunday, Sept. 1 (which is in the text) is in the year 1957, not 1956, 2) FSR, Vol. 3 was published in the year 1957 and the article does not specify a different year, therefore, we must assume it is also the year of publication – 1957.     
The error might have occurred because of the reference to “midnight” as it lies between the end and beginning of the day. In 1956, Sept. 1 was on a Saturday, so “midnight” might have been considered the end of that day, and therefore 1956.-CF-         

UFOCAT PRN – 74066 [DOS: 09-01-1957]

UFOCAT URN – 028546 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1038 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT PRN – 77597 [DOS: 09-01-1957]

UFOCAT URN – 074066 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 17, No. 5, September/October 1971, p. 29

UFOCAT PRN – 97296 [DOS: 09-01-1957]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 3, No. 6, p. 9, November/December 1957

UFOCAT URN – 077597 What We Really Know About Flying Saucers by Otto Binder, p. 153,

                                        © 1967

UFOCAT URN – 177515 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002    

UFOCAT PRN – 97296 [DOS: 09-03-1957]

UFOCAT URN – 028550 Computerized Catalog (N=3073), #2400 by J. Vallee            

UFOCAT PRN – 97296 [DOS: 09-04-1957] probably due to the date of news clip.-CF-

UFOCAT URN – 097296 Newspaper clipping dated September 04, 1957        

Europe - United Kingdom, South Glamorgan. Body of water is the Bristol Channel/Celtic Sea.

Porthcawl         Latitude 51-29 N, Longitude 3-42 W (D-M)

Glamorgan       Latitude 51-40 N, Longitude 3-40 W

Ilfracombe        Latitude 51-13 N, Longitude 4-07 W

Reference: United Kingdom Gazetteer, prepared in the Division of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1950.     

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 51.48 N, Longitude 3.72 W (D.%)

                                      Latitude 51.48 N, Longitude 3.70 W [URN 177515]  


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