Go Back Report # 156
04-09~10-1958

04-09~10-1958       

GHANA: UFO 2 Nights Running         

Ducks and birds uproar         

       Commander J. O. S. Wilde, R.N. (Retd.), our Area Investigator in Ghana, recently heard of a remarkable saucer sighting which was repeated two nights running. The scene of these events was the small coastal town of Keta, about 140 miles from Accra, the capital. Commander Wilde interviewed the eyewitness, Mr. J. H. Neal, of the Public Works Department, and has sent the following report:         

       On April 8, Mr. Neal reached Keta after a long and tiring journey. He was given accommodation at a Government Best House about 200 yards from the edge of the sea. Between the house and the seashore were clumps of young coconut palms, with the nearest about 50 yards away rather larger than the rest almost facing his bedroom window.

       Feeling rather tired, Mr. Neal retired to bed about 8 p.m. and did not waken until 3:30 a.m. the following morning and felt that something unusual was taking place. Quite a lot of noise was being made and the night disturbed by the barking of dogs, the quacking of ducks with other animal and bird noises to assist this assorted orchestra.

       Mr. Neal then noticed a very bright light rather low in the sky and in the direction of the solitary coconut tree moving upward into the sky from the direction of the sea. It was apparently this bright light that was causing the commotion among the birds and animals.

       He gazed at the light with some fascination as it slowly rose. It appeared to sway in the sky with a motion rather like a boat when at anchor is moved by the currents of the sea. Mr. Neal continued to watch the object for about an hour as it gently swayed with very little movement in its actual position. During this time the lights seemed to vary in intensity from its outside edges. At one time the object seemed to be brighter on one side and then brighter on the other alternatively. At about 4:30 a.m., the UFO began to move higher into the sky at a rather slow pace until Mr. Neal could no longer see it from his bed. He thereupon got out and, looking out of the window, found it almost immediately over the top of his quarters.

       The object remained in this position almost stationary until 5 a.m. Mr. Neal then got back into bed and slept for half an hour before being awakened by his alarm clock at 5:30 a.m. By that time the object had disappeared.

       During the day Mr. Neal found that two senior European government officials had also observed the object earlier in the evening between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., and had commented upon its excessive brightness.

       On the following night there was a repetition with the difference that the object appeared to be much higher. It came up from the sea moving in an easterly direction. After hovering for about an hour, it moved high up into the sky at about 4:30 a.m., and Mr. Neal went to bed. Incidentally, the birds and animals again gave warning as on the previous night.

       Commander Wilde considered that the occurrences might possibly be explained by ball lightning. However, Mr. Neal assured him that the sky was fairly clear and that there was no thunderstorm out at sea on either night. So the commander concluded that that explanation must be ruled out. The Accra Airport sends up a balloon at around 10 p.m., but the wind did not appear to have been in the right direction to take it to Keta, and certainly not two nights running, even if its lights were to burn so long which was highly improbable. The Chief Meteorological Officer informed Commander Wilde that lights on the weather balloon only last half an hour, so the object sighted could not have been one of these.                                                                     

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 4, No. 5, September-October 1958, p. 6.

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO Computer Database, see http://www.larryhatch.net

UFOCAT PRN – 71248 [DOS: 04-09-1958]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 4, No. 5, September-October 1958, p. 6

UFOCAT URN – 071248 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 16, No. 5, September-October 1970, p. 28

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Mysterious Visitors: The UFO Story by Brinsley Le Poer Trench,

                                        pp. 79-80, © 1971

UFOCAT URN – 030892 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2811 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT URN – 178584 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002

UFOCAT PRN – 71249 [DOS: 04-10-1958]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 4, No. 5, September-October 1958, p. 6

UFOCAT URN – 071249 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 16, No. 5, September-October 1970, p. 28

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Mysterious Visitors: The UFO Story by Brinsley Le Poer Trench,

                                        pp. 79-80, © 1971

UFOCAT URN – 030898 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2812 by L. Schoenherr,

                                        no © date   

Africa - Ghana

Keta     Latitude 5-55 N, Longitude 0-59 E (D-M)

Accra    Latitude 5-33 N, Longitude 0-13 W

Reference: Ghana Gazetteer, prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1967.         

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 5.87 N, Longitude 0.33 E (D.%) [URNs 30892 & 30898]

                                      Latitude 5.92 N, Longitude 0.97 E [URNs 71248 & 71249]

                                      Latitude 6.00 N, Longitude 1.00 E [URN 178584]     


 



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