Military Documents Verify Amazing UFO Encounter
Over the course of the last few weeks, I have posted to the
Phenomena website a whole range of reports, interviews and
official documents that I collected during my years as a UFO
investigator in the UK and that I had not previously highlighted
I recently received an email from a guy who had
read the material on the site and he asked me what I considered
to be the strangest official UFO related document that I had
ever found in the British Government's archives.
I really didn't
have to give this much thought: I knew instantly what my answer
Without doubt the most unusual report (in my opinion, at least)
I ever came across at the National Archive (formerly the Public
Record Office) at Kew, England, surfaced in 1999.
It concerns an
incident that dated from 1966 and that originated with the
British Royal Air Force's Provost and Security Services – an
elite arm of the RAF that until 1998 had its headquarters at a
British RAF base named Rudloe Manor, and that has for many years
been the alleged central hub for classified, official UFO
In a painstakingly-detailed report, one Corporal R.A. Rickwood
of the P&SS Special Investigation Section, related to his
superiors the facts:
On 10th November 1966 a telephone message was received from
Flight Lieutenant Williams, RAF Shawbury, reporting that a Mrs.
Foulkes of [Address of the witness] Shrewsbury, had complained
that his daughter had been frightened by an object in the sky
whilst she had been driving along the A5 road near Great Ness at
2355 hours on 8th November 1966.
This object had emitted
brilliant lights and radiation beams. On arriving home her
daughter had been in a distressed condition and she had
discovered marks on the car, which she considered were burn
On 14th November 1966, Miss Diane Foulkes, aged 22 years, a
typist employed in Shrewsbury was seen at her home in the
presence of her parents. She stated that she had received a
letter dated 11th November 1966 from RAF Shawbury signed by a
Flight Lieutenant Penny informing her that no service aircraft
had been flying in that area at the time of the incident.
was now satisfied that the incident was in no way connected with
the Royal Air Force or the Armed Forces.
She then went on to
relate her experiences connected with this enquiry. There had
been two similar incidents. The first occurred two years ago in
November 1964, when she had been driving from Shrewsbury to her
home along the A5 road.
This was at about 0200 hours as she
neared the Montford Bridge over the River Severn. Approximately
midway between Shrewsbury and Great Ness a brightly lit circular
object appeared in the sky above her car.
She had been
frightened and had accelerated along the road. The object had
kept pace with her remaining at the same height until she
She had told her mother and father who also
watched the object.
She described the object as an especially
bright light in the sky which remained stationary due west from
their home for about half an hour. It had then rapidly
diminished in size and they assumed it had accelerated away from
them. No sound was heard from the object.
The light was yellow
in colour and became red as it diminished.
The second incident occurred on the 8th November 1966 at 2355
hours and again whilst she was returning from Shrewsbury on the
The object had again appeared at Montford Bridge but
this time it was much lower in the sky and on the north side of
On this occasion she could see rays of light shooting
from the object which had again appeared to keep station with
her car until she arrived home. At one time during the journey
the object travelled near her and the rays seemed to come
towards the right hand side of her car.
She felt a bump against
that side as if they had struck it. At this moment she felt as
if she had received an electric shock and had felt a severe pain
in her neck.
The left-hand side headlight of the car also went
out. This made her extremely frightened. When she got home she
felt very ill and had complained to her parents.
again remained stationary in the sky north of her home and had
not been seen by her parents. They had noticed it for a short
time before going inside her home.
There had been no sign of the
object on the following morning.
Miss Foulkes' parents confirmed seeing an object in the sky on
both occasions as described by their daughter and agreed with
her descriptions of these.
Miss Foulkes further stated that she believed that the objects
could be associated with a Mr Griffin who lived in the area and
who is reputed to have made contact with these objects and
actually entered one and met one of the occupants.
He is also
alleged to make his contacts with them at Montford Bridge.
The local civil police had no information or reports of
sightings of objects in the sky. There is no evidence to
associate the incidents complained of with the Royal Air Force
and the complainant Miss Foulkes is now satisfied that the
incidents are unexplainable and are in no way connected with the
In essence, that is the file. It is clear from examining its
contents that the witness had reported some stunning
experiences: "the rays of shooting light" that enveloped her
car; the electric shock-like pain that surged through her neck
as the vehicle was bathed in the beam of light; the loss of
power from the car's headlights (something that is reported time
and again in UFO encounters); and the potentially-worrying fact
that the experience had left the witness "very ill."
Perhaps the most significant factor, however, was the reference
of the Provost and Security Services to a man in the near
vicinity that had reputedly "made contact with these objects and
actually entered one and met the occupants."
Prior to the 1970s,
very little exposure was given to so-called alien abduction
incidents; however, many of the factors present in the P&SS
report lead me to believe that something very strange indeed had
taken place in the Great Ness area of Shrewsbury in 1966, and
that that "something" was very possibly connected with
Oddly, despite the fact that the official file on this case was
declassified more than half a decade ago -and the document at
issue has been examined by a number of UFO researchers - it
seems that little or no attempt has been made to resolve the
Perhaps now with its contents highlighted here, someone
will take a fresh look at the case and attempt to resolve the
question of what really happened nearly 40 years ago at Montford
By: Nick Redfern
Phenomena US Editor in Chief
REF: National Archive File Reference: AIR 2/17984.
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