INTCAT 1978 JANUARY - JUNE

1978
BISHOP’S STORFORD (HERTFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
A 7 year old boy and his younger brother independently told their mother that they had been taken on board an aerial craft during the night in a white beam of light. There they met red and green beings. When the older boy touched one his hand was burned. The younger boy said they gave him a present which resembled a digital watch. When he tried to show it to his mother , it had disappeared.
  • Edward Harris in Magic Saucer 12, p.9.
  • Evaluation: known only as result of a conversation between Harris and the boys’ mother. Childish fantasy

1978
(PAPUA NEW GUINEA)
A 12 year old was abducted. Only recalled years later under regression and no details were published.
  • UFORA Research Digest 21, p.6, citing UFO Research Queensland.

Early 1978. 0200hrs.
RIVER OUSE (NORTHAMPTONSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Two men out fishing on an island in the River Ouse saw a dark object with a circle of red lights rise from behind trees across the river, on this rainy night.
  • Randles 1983b p103.

Early 1978.
RICKMANSWORTH (HERTFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Mrs Margaret Griffin was in the cloak room of the Mill End Community Centre, when, in the mirror, she saw the figure of a young blonde girl in Edwardian dress with a large hat. She asked what she wanted and whether she had permission to be there, the figure replied she had as much right as Margaret. When Margaret turned round the figure was gone.
  • Broughall and Adams 2010, p118.

January 1978. 0350hrs.
FELLING (TYNE AND WEAR  :  ENGLAND)
On several occasions a single mother living in a third floor flat was awakened by a buzzing sound that seemed to come from inside her head, so that she started sleeping on the settee with the light on. She then awoke to find her arm being held by an arm with a blue sleeve. She did not turn round to look at its owner. Her own hand was glowing and she could see the bones in it. When she moved it away, the glow faded. She then re-awoke a few minutes later. She had a later experience in which she saw the figure full on (no details) and heard a high pitched “singing” noise.
  • NUFON News 117.
  • Evaluation: false awakening, sleep paralysis.

January 1 1978, 0145hrs.
SHEVINGTON (GREATER MANCHESTER  :  ENGLAND)
A group of people saw a large circular bright red light, with a faint bluish tinge, pass silently and slowly overhead at about rooftop height, illuminating the surroundings as it did so. It disappeared to the south west.
  • Tucker 2013, p216, citing Jenny Randles in FSR 23, 6.

January 2 1978.
WARKWORTH (AUCKLAND, NORTH ISLAND  :  NEW ZEALAND)
A young Warkrworth couple had seen on a number of occasions small glowing lights moving around. On this occasion the husband stood at the back door and flashed his torch at one of the lights. The light descended into a paddock 50m away, and the witness saw that it was a round, silvery, glowing object. A door opened and a figure 2.2-2.3m tall stood there. The witness waved at the figure, which waved back. The door then closed, the object then rose to 15m and then departed.
  • Keith Basterfield in APRO Bulletin 28, 3, p7, citing Spaceview 76, + VUFORS Bulletin, August 1978 + Rodney and Waitemata Times 1 February 1978.

January 2 1978. Late night.
GOMEZ PALACIO (JIMULCO  :  MEXICO)
A relative of the editor of the newspaper Siglo in Turreon was sat in his front room reading when he suddenly looked up and saw a tall, blond, blue eyed man in the room. The witness asked the man who he was and what he was doing there, but the stranger did not reply, instead he turned around without touching the floor. His body became surrounded by a glow and he floated through the doors of two other rooms into a rear patio, followed by the witness. The glow on the stranger’s body increased  and he flew up into the air and out of sight.
  • Paul R Hill in APRO Bulletin 27, 3, p3, citing information from the editor of Siglo.

January 2 1978, 2040hrs.
KENDAL (CUMBRIA  :  ENGLAND)
A woman from Windermere was driving along a familiar route along the A591, 6.5km north of Kendal on this rain night, when she suddenly encountered in this lonely area what looked like a huge two story mansion by the side of the road. It had dark mullions dividing rows of windows and a sharp slope to the left, which resembled a porch. The whole structure glowed with a peculiar intense amber light. The witness thought it was a building but was curious and was going to stop for a better look until she saw a police car and decided to drive on. It was only when she got home that she realised that there was certainly no such large building there and how odd the whole experience had been.
  • NUFON News 45, p7, citing investigation by Peter Warrington.

January 2 1978, 2320hrs.
RAINFORD (MERSEYSIDE  :  ENGLAND)
Four young men in a car (driver Geoff Hales,  passengers Stephen Simpson. Glyn Matthews and Keith Thomas) were driving along an old coach road in the Kirkby Moss area when they took a wrong turning, braked sharply and skidded into a ditch. They then saw, standing in the middle of the road, illuminated by their headlights, a humanoid figure about 2m tall, dressed in a fluorescent one piece suit with short white boots and a rounded helmet, with no openings for the face, which appeared to be an integral part of the suit. Its body was very broad, much more so than a normal man, and its arms were very short (perhaps only 20cm long) and terminated in what might have been claws. On its chest,, directly under the head, was a rectangular box that stood out in relief, on which were two red lights that flashed on and off in rapid succession. As the figure approached, Hales tried to reverse the car out of the ditch. In panic Hales suffered a severe asthma attack, but they managed to get out of the ditch and drive to nearby Brown Birch Farm, where the owner called the police. Police confirmed Hales’ distressed state but searches were fruitless
  • Jenny Randles in FSR 23, 6, p3, citing investigation by Stephen Balon, Tony Pace and Bill Skellon.
  • Tony Pace and Stephen Balon in BUFORA Journal 6, 5, p18, citing own investigation.
  • NUFON News 45, p8.
  • Randles 1978, p11.
  • Skyquest 2, p2.
  • Daily Mail 3 January 1978.
  • A critical view is given by Robert Morrell in FSR 24, 3 p25.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p26.

January 3 1978, 0400hrs.
SIDLEY (EAST SUSSEX  :  ENGLAND)
Mrs H, a 33 year old housewife, was returning to bed after seeing to her baby daughter, when she became aware of something unusual outside. Looking through her north facing bedroom window she saw a dark object like an inverted cereal bowl, 3-4.5m diameter, with a large number of dull orange lights, hovering over some houses 6m away, lower than the treeline. As she watched, the lights flared up to brilliant white and the thing spun away like a flung discus. As it did sol a tree seemed to be enveloped in flame for a couple of seconds and then glow white and then red. The lights were brilliant as the object moved away but after about a minute they disappeared.
  • Philip Taylor in BUFORA Journal 7, 1, p17, citing own investigation.
  • Steven Watson in Awareness 7, 2, p3 + Skyquest 2, p2, citing own investigation (dates event as 2nd)

January 3 1978, 0650hrs.
BENTLEY (SOUTH YORKSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Paul Strutt (13) was awakened by a storm and got up to get a drink. Looking through the upstairs widow, he saw a very large object, with red lights, on the ground some 250m away. The top part was spinning and a bright white light in the centre flashed on and off. There were two red lights on either side of the white one and a row of three red lights on the lower half. The body of the object was silver coloured and emitted a sound like a vacuum cleaner, which was also heard by neighbours. Contemporary sources say that Paul ran to his parents but they did not believe him and he then woke his 15 year old sister Jane to see the thing, and she persuaded her parents to look. Mrs Jenny Strutt saw a half circle of green lights, which as it went into the distance absorbed a red light. M<any years later Jenny Strutt she had seen the lights hovering over school playing fields behind their house, the top part rotating. She tried to call the police but the phone was down.
  • S Thrower in BUFORA Journal 7, 1, p18, citing his own investigation.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p27, citing their own investigation.

January 9 1978, 0030hrs.
NORTH QUEENSLAND (QUEENSLAND  :  AUSTRALIA)
A woman saw her bedroom lit by an external light source and heard a humming sound, then a pitch black oblong passed her window and as it did so the humming faded.
  • Basterfield 1981 citing ACOS Bulletin 13, p12, citing investigation by UFO Research Far North Queensland.

January  9 1978, 1930hrs.
SOUTH MIDDLETON (MASSACHUSETTS  :  USA)
Mrs Therea Gould (50) and her daughter Nancy were sat in their living room, when Therea saw a large yellow-orange ball of light descended behind trees. She phoned a friend, but when she tried to use the phone 5 minutes later, the phone was dead. Meanwhile Therea’s mother, Mrs Campbell, who lived next door had been trying to phone Therea without success. In her home, her great-grandson, Johnny, had been frightened by a white figure in his room, which tried to touch him. Giles T, the boy’s father, tried to reassure him that it was a nightmare but as he left the lad’s room, he heard a knock in the empty bedroom next door. Going in, he saw, through the window, a masked and white suited figure on top of the porch 60-90cm away, eyes staring out of the mask. Giles fled.

Later his wife Carol complained about the porch door banging and when Giles went out to close it, he saw, as he re-entered the house, the same figure standing outside the glass door. The next day at 1430 Thomas Gould (52) was chopping wood in an area north of the his house when he noticed a white suited figure standing on a path by a tree about 27m away. The figure was 1.35m tall, wore a squarish helmet in which Thomas could see two dark eyes or eye holes. It had broad shoulders with arms that hung down by its side, terminating in gloved, three digited hands (thumb, finger and thicker part like mittens. The figure’s hands and helmet were battleship grey. (This was a reconstruction based on a number of encounters, not all registered).  Tom spoke in English and French, and at the latter, the figure seemed to move slightly. These figures now being a common sight, Tom went on unconcernedly  chopping wood for 60-90 minutes. On finishing, he drove down the road a short way in his pickup. He looked back for the being but it was gone.

He then noticed what looked like a huge boulder about 45m down a slope in a partially wooded area. He got out and walked towards it for a better look. It was an egg shaped object wider at the front than the back. All over the sides were small hooded windows. Its surface was dark grey, dull, rough and seamless. It was 12m long by 4m wide. He was too afraid to approach closely and eventually returned home. The next morning at 0430, Tom again saw the object in the same place, and called his children , Allan (21) and Nancy (20) to see it. Allan was unable to see much because of the glare, but Nancy was able to make out 7 round windows protruding from its side, evening though it was 45m away, and obscured by bush and trees. At 1000 on the 12th, Allan observed, from the bathroom window, an object about 30m in the air. It had a smooth, dull, metallic surface and was shaped like two discs placed together, the bottom one being flatter than the top. He could see two landing legs but assumed there were four. The object rose slowly and vertically. Allan ran outside but it had gone. He later found pod marks in the clay soil by the rise. The one seen by the investigators was  113mm deep and 15cm wide.
  • David Webb and Raymond Fowler in MUFON UFO Journal 143. p7. citing own investigation.

January 10 1978, 0400hrs.
BAKERS CREEK FALLS (NEW SOUTH WALES  :  AUSTRALIA)
Garry P was driving along the old Grafton-Armidale Road, about 16km out of Grafton when he observed two aerial lights about 10-12k altitude, a short distance away. One of the lights moved slowly down a mountain side, trailing sparks. This observation lasted for about 20 minutes. Garry then left the area, reaching Bakers Creek Falls near Armidale via Tyringham (where he saw some people he took to be hunters by the road) a distance of more than 150km without any coherent memory of the journey, which he thought was much shorter than it actually was. At Bakers Creek Falls he encountered a huge brilliant elongated object with portholes above the ground. He thought it was a chicken coup until it started to move. He then tried to take photographs (which showed a yellow blur) and became involved with a second witness, who refused to cooperate. He then drove towards the paddock but the object retreated into the surrounding mist. 

He returned to the falls, saw the fog retreating out of the ravine, then stop and roll back towards and rapidly envelope him, reducing visibility to less than 3m. This was accompanied by a sound like a vacuum cleaner, and he saw through the mist, a column above him where he could see the sky. The fog and sound then faded away. Garry stayed by the falls until morning, when he returned to the car, where he experienced two shock waves one minute apart, which seemed to shake the entire area. Then at 0705 all returned to normal
  • Bill Chalker in UFO Research Newsletter November/December 1979, p18 citing Australian UFO Newsletter 54. p6. citing investigation by himself and David Reneke.
  • Basterfield 1981, citing ACOPS Bulletin.
  • Bill Chalker in UFO Research Australia Newsletter 1, 1, p13.

January 10 1978, 2015hrs.
CANNOCK (STAFFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
A woman going out to get some coal observed an unfamiliar glow from the tops of some trees. A saucer shaped object, emitting a bright orange glow from its lower half, emerged from behind the trees. The thing rotated silently as it accelerated away away NE-N, disappearing behind the trees.
  • D N Mansell in Awareness 7, 2, p4, citing investigation by Garry Piper.

January 11 1978, 2135hrs.
MYTCHETT (SURREY  :  ENGLAND)
Ron Hills and Ian Hoole (both 15) were running home from the Youth Club along Mytchett Road when they observed what they first thought was an aircraft flying overhead, but they then saw that it had two headlights, which lit up the clouds, and two red lights underneath, flashing on and off alternately. When they reached the bridge, they saw the object getting lower over field to their left. It was a large oblong object, with rounded edges and a shiny strip along the side. There was a faint noise. The boys were very frightened and walked way hurriedly as the object moved away. As they looked back, they saw the red lights in the distance seeming stop and then moved towards them; upon which they started to run. After about 100m the object was right over them. It was massive, and the row of small windows was emitting an orange light. The object glowed with a misty light which gave an impression of heat. The front lights were on again. The boys fled to Ian’s house, where they saw the object disappear behind trees. Mr and Mrs Hoole confirmed that the boys were very shaken.
  • Omar Fowler in FSR 24, 1, p25, citing own investigation.

January 12 1978, 0430hrs.
TORRE BOLDONE (LOMBARDIA  :  ITALY)
Sandra Cavalletti was awoken by her daughter and saw a ball of fire hovering in nearby woods, under a TV booster. The golden yellow sphere was rapidly revolving, moving back and forth and pulsating. It was still there at 0500.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue.
  • Evaluation: probably astronomical

January 12 1978 (approx date) 2155hrs.
VYELIKEYE POLYE (PSKOV  :  RUSSIAN FEDERATION then part of USSR)

Vladimir S Kharanitov and his brother were having a meal at a friend’s, when Vladimir stepped out to smoke. He saw three people who seemed to be looking for something,. When he hailed them, they straightened up and he saw that they were dressed in seamless, metallic shiny overalls and visors covering their faces. One of the beings was a woman with long hair. Next to them was a dark object surmounted by a cupola 2-2.5m diameter.  One of the beings gestured to Vlad  to join them in this machine. He left a garment tied to a tree and entered the machine, in which there were soft seats, a sort of steering wheel and a console. The thing took off, without any sense of acceleration, but Vlad panicked and hit the pilot. Vlad then passed out and recovered consciousness sat against a tree outside the house. He had been away for 10 minutes.
  • Bronislaw Rzepecki in UFO Times 21, p19, citing archives of Dr V N Fomiyenko.

January 14 1978. Night.
REDDING (CALIFORNIA  :  USA)
Janet Chapin (qv) saw an entity with a flat head, large eyes and nose and an extended arm but no visible feet, near her bed.
  • Vallee 1991, p187.

January 18 1978, 0400hrs.
BURLINGTON COUNTY  (NEW JERSEY  :  USA)
A number of strange objects were seen over McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix army base, and military police and state troopers pursued them. A military police officer from Fort Dix was pursuing a luminous blue-gren oval object, when it hovered over his car, at which his radio failed. Then there appeared in front of his car a grey brown being 1.2m tall, with a fat head, long arms and slender body. The terrified officer fired five shots at the being and one at the object, which took off and joined eleven others at high altitude. The being ran into the woods. State troopers and security at McGuire became involved in the search for it, and they found a dead body, which was crated up and taken to Wright-Patterson.
  • Quest 4, 5, p37 citing anonymous letter to Len Springfield.
  • Evaluation: known only from an anonymous letter from an alleged security guard at McGuire. Probable hoax.

January 18 1978, 1300hrs.
ANLABY (HUMBERSIDE  :  ENGLAND)
Four schoolboys aged about 7 were in their school playground at lunch time, the weather having been foggy but now clearing, when they heard a sharp whistling sound and saw a round object descend onto the flat roof of the school, changing colours as it came down. From it emitted three beings, in gold coloured suits, who seemed attached to the object by wires or tubes from the backs of their suits. The boys could not observe any arms. When a boy standing on a concrete slab, who had the best view, called out to his friends, the beings turned round and ran  back into the craft, which moved off slowly until it cleared the building then shot away. This boy was nervous about going to bed for some days afterwards.
  • Nigel Watson in Fortean Times 33, p42, and personal communication citing transcript of a Radio Humberside 'Countywide' phone in July 1978 between himself with Robin Pulford and Colin Watson and the mother of the main witness, who refused to give her full name.

January 19 1978, 2045hrs.
ESTES LAKE (MAINE  :  USA)
Richard Wakefield, his cousin Robert Gammon and Richard Noble were snowmobiling on Estes Lake, when Richard drew his two companions’ attention to two large oval objects, with red lights, hovering over the trees. They party approached and then switched off their snowmobiles. The silent objects were covered in lights and were rotating slowly. After a few seconds the things flew off side by side, and 12-15m apart, at high speed.
  • MUFON UFO Journal 126, p18, citing Michael Lafavore in Biddeford Journal Tribune 24 January 1978.

January 20 1978. Evening.
RONDOPOLIS (MATO GROSSO  :  BRAZIL)
Manoel Roberto (11) and his cousin Paolo were taken from their home town in shiny machine, inside which there were small people dressed in red who did not speak, but communicated in eye movements.  At the time of the incident there was an electricity blackout and some residents saw a strange luminous object in the sky. Manoel was found half naked and dirty by a Chilean engineer, but Paolo was still missing at the time of the press reports. It appears that the boys were playing with other youngsters.
  • Toronto Sun 26 January 1978, citing AFP.

Last week in January 1978.
CHELMSFORD (ESSEX  :  ENGLAND)
A young couple, Richard Wilson and Amanda Prowse, were out driving  when Richard saw two bright lights in the sky in front of them. When they came closer about 30m above the car,  they saw that it was domed object, with a flat base and the girl saw shapes through a window. The object had a green light. Other cars stopped before the object moved rapidly away.
  • BUFORA Journal 7, 1, p8, citing Essex Chronicle 3 + 17 Feb 1978, citing Essex UFO Study Group.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p.280.
  • Evaluation: possible aircraft

January 26 1978, 1830hrs.
FELMERSHAM ( BEDFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
A group of children at the Pinchmill School Youth Club, who had seen strange lights the previous week, observed complex of yellow and white lights manoeuvring over Pavenham Woods. Two of the youngsters, Stephen (12) and Robert (17) Honeywood, who lived nearby, went for their father Howard (39), an agricultural manager. He observed the lights above the woods and in the trees, as if close to ground level. After about 30 minutes he decided to go and investigate in his van, the group of about 13 children piling into the back. When they reached the woods, about 2.5km south-south west they saw one of the objects overhead. The lights then veered away westwards towards Carlton, with the van following. About 8 lights were darting about in the sky and on several occasions they got close, only for the light to dart away.

At a the village of Turvey they pulled up at a bend in the road just outside the village to observe an object hovering by a tree just off the road. This light veered off towards the village and when they looked round in the North West, they observed a triangle of lights in a field about 45m away. The lights were equilaterally placed 11m apart on a transparent dome, through which they could seen the headlights of a car on a road some distance beyond. Becoming uneasy Howard turned around to shine his headlights on the object, but it was obscured by a sort of mist, which made them feel even more uncomfortable so they drove away from the scene. No traces were found. The lights resembled “flying bubble cars” the size of helicopters, but without rotors or fins.
  • Ken Phillips in FSR 25, 3, p28, citing his own investigation.

January 27 1978, 1945hrs.
FRODSHAM (CHESHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Four young men (aged 17-19) were out looking for pheasants to poach on farm land in the Devil’s Garden area on the banks of the River Weaver. They were waiting for pheasant when one of them saw a strange object coming along the river from the south-east, about 6m above the water level. They thought it was a satellite out of control. The object passed by and landed in  the bushes making a buzzing sound, mixed with a peculiar sound of rushing air. It was a silvery sphere about 4.5m diameter with a sort of skirt or rim (like that of a hovercraft) on the underside. There were flashing lights on the sides, and windows which emitted an ultraviolet light that made it painful to look at for any length of time, and emitting flames from the underside. The interior was rendered indistinct by the light.

Fearing it was some sort of atomic powered satellite, they were about to run away, when a man wearing a silvery one piece suit came from around the side of the object. The stranger, who had a light on the upper part of his helmet, looked at some cattle, which the youths realised were standing dead still, then returned to the spherical object, returning moments later with a companion. They were carrying what looked like a silvery metallic cage or frame, which they placed over one of the dead still cattle, and moved the struts and bars of the cage, as if measuring it. the young men fled from the scene to the bridge over the river, one of them feeling a force pulling his testicles as he ran. His testicles and legs were red and sore for some days afterwards. His companions experienced faint tingling sensations. One of the witnesses possessed certificates in science subjects, another was the son of a prominent local person. They refused to meet ufo investigators and details were provided by a newspaper reporter.
  • Jenny Randles and Paul Whetnall in FSR 23, 3, p6 + Runcorn Weekly News 2 February 1978 and 13 April, 1978 all citing journalist Sue McTurk.
  • Randles 1993, p71.
  • Evaluation: this is probably a hoax.

January 28 1978, 2200hrs.
BEXLEYHEATH (KENT  :  ENGLAND)
The occupants of a car driving along the A2 near Gravel hill had their attention caught by a bright orange light moving across some trees and then appearing to land behind some nearby houses. The thing was round, between the apparent size of a cricket ball and soccer ball at arm’s length, and emitted a soft orange glow. It then reappeared, hovered and moved across the front of the car before disappearing behind some more houses.
  • D. N. Mansell in Awareness 7, 2, p 6, citing investigation by Margaret Fry.

January 29 1979, 1745hrs.
TORONTO (ONTARIO  :  CANADA)
Mr A was driving down Hw 47, east of Toronto when, 1.5km from Hw 48, he observed a brilliant fluorescent white light in a field several hundred metres from the road. It was the size of a house, with short stubby wings on either side. He pulled in to have a closer look and saw that the light was hovering just above the ground. When he turned off his headlights and put on his flashers the light began to move towards him. He walked towards the object, which was now 200m from the road and then, deterred by the cold, returned to his truck to observe it further. Almost immediately the bright white light went out and was replaced by a pulsating light. The witness made another attempt to approach it but was stopped by the snow and when he stopped a car, a woman passenger became afraid and they drove off. A then returned to his truck.

The object flared up white again and retreated from the highway at an angle over the trees. A continued on his journey and after a short distance observed tow bright lights in the sky at 150m altitude, 60m apart, but was too intent on the traffic to take much noticed of these lights, which may have been b=on the highway poles. He then pulled into a petrol station and was describing the experience to the attendant when he observed the red pulsating light again, 100m from the station at 60m altitude. He watched with the attendant and several customers as the light moved about 1.2km from the station and apparently landed on a large hill, where it rested for 5-7 minutes before it moved off to the south.
  • David Haisell in Journal of UFO Studies 1, 1, p22.

January 29 1978, 2300hrs.
LIVINGSTON (WEST LOTHIAN  :  SCOTLAND)
The Fisher family were driving along the M8 from Edinburgh to Lanarkshire, when just before the Livingston turn off they saw an intense white light in the sky, which they forst took to be an aircraft. They lost sight of this, but on turning a corner saw a dark object hovering about 45m above fields. It had four red lights on its underside, a bright searchlight in front, sweeping the ground. The shape of the dark object was obscured by this light, but they thought that it was rounded. The object moved off slowly, sweeping the ground with the beam. The Fisher’s wound their windows down but could hear no sounds.
  • NUFON News 52, p6, citing investigation by Paul Murray.
  • Evaluaton: helicopter?

January 30 1978, 2000hrs.
BASINGSTOKE (HAMPSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Four boys were skateboarding on a quiet road in the Brighton Hill Estate when they noticed a bright light in the sky moving towards them. Two of the boys moved off, leaving the other two (14, 13 ½) on their own. These two saw a round object, emitting an orange red glow. The whole object seemed to be rotating as it approached but when it hovered only the outer lights rotated. The object came within 30m of the ground and the boys could see that it was an oval shaped thing with a row of yellow lights around the centre, rotating at least 80 revs per minute. There were other lights and the object was surmounted by a red dome, atop of which a red light was suspended. There was a white light on the forward part of the object. It emitted a rhythmic droning noise, like bees. The thing reversed a little and then came forward again and continued to hover. It appeared to be about the length of a house roof. The boys fled and after a short time they looked back but the object had gone.
  • BUFORA Journal 7, 3, p.17, citing Omar Fowler in an unspecified issue of SIGAO News.

January 31 1978, 0410hrs.
PAWLEENA (TASMANIA  :  AUSTRALIA)
A well-defined object with two brilliant white lights in its centre was seen performing a circular motion over a paddock, only 1 or 2 m above the ground, less than 200m away. It circled for three or four minutes, then passed over trees and repeated its movements, before departing at speed.
  • Basterfield 1997, p218, citing ACOS Bulletin 13. p11, citing TUFOIC files.

January 31 1978, 0645hrs.
CHELMSFORD ( ESSEX  :  ENGLAND)
William Charles Bartrop (66) was in Whittle Road when he saw an object shaped like an inverted saucer, with two bright yellow-orange lights on its edges, and with wings, appear from behind the Crompton Works about 20m away and at about 15m altitude. Its body and wings were grey.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p39, citing Dan Goring.

January 31 1978, 1815hrs.
MONTVALE (NEW JERSEY  :  USA)
Three small boys; John and Michael (10) and Eddy (8) were playing on the icy playing field of Montvale Memorial Elementary School, when two objects, one after the other, passed overhead. The second one came directly over the field, circled and hovered. It was a square object with large yellow lights at each corner, a slight dome on top and a red light underneath, which projected a beam of red light toward, but just short of, the ground. Its altitude was 150-300m. Rather unnerved the boys moved towards a shed, from which they saw first one, then a group of figures moving south along Memorial Drive. These figures moved in a stiff fashion “as if stunned”. They were about 1.68m tall, bald, dressed in bright yellow outfits with boots and gloves. There was one who appeared to be slightly different, with a larger head, creased down the middle like a hawk and who wore a brown coat or cape over his yellow suit. They kept moving back and forth so that it was impossible to say how many there were, the boys estimates ranging from six up to eleven.

At this time, the boys noticed a peculiar silence all around them and an unpleasant odour like sulphur. The boys then left the shed and approached by about 15-30m. They then saw, in the parking area on the east side of the drive a woman with medium length brown hair and a dark suit with a blue fur around her shoulders, who walked as if in slow motion and who sat down on the fence pointing to the sky, where the boys saw the same or similar square object. They were so intent on this woman that they did not see the other figures leave. The woman began walking towards the public works garage. When a police car passed, she disappeared from view, only to reappear when it had passed. The she began to fade away from the legs upward, until only her top half was visible, then walked into a solid wall. The boys began to run towards John’s home, where his 12 year old brother Hilton saw them running towards the house, with over their heads at an 135 degree angle, an oval object several times the angular diameter of the full moon, with four yellow lights around the edges and red light in the centre. The dog, which had been acting in a peculiar manner, was now very exited as Hilton ran to let them in. As they entered a fire alarm sounded, which alarmed them still further. They phoned the fire brigade and police, who investigated but found nothing. John and Hilton’s mother arrived home at 1840 and found the boys very agitated. She had to take Eddy and Michael home, 
  • Ted Bloecher, Budd Hopkins and Patrick Huyghe in MUFON UFO Journal 123, p4, citing their own investigation.

February 1978 (approx. date)
ERMINGTON (DEVON  :  ENGLAND)
A woman hanging out washing saw a blue light coming from the north and hioveringn over the garden. She became enveloped in “bubbles of light”. She then encountered three beings 1.5m tall, dressed in blue metallic clothing, who grabbed her by the arms and lifted her into a sort of room, where there more such beings. They communicated that they meant no harm. She then found herself back on the law and was stunned by a blow to the back of the head. Looking around he saw the object departing.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p43, citing Daily Express 14 February 1978, citing investigation by Contact UK.

February 1978.
BALADONIA (WESTERN AUSTRALIA  :  AUSTRALIA)
A 30 year old truck driver saw two unusual lights and suffered a three hour memory lapse. He recalled talking to two voices and talking about some invention.
  • UFORA Research Digest 21, p7, citing Jeff Bell.
  • Evaluation: no proper investigation and further details lacking.

February 1978.
VALLE DI FAEDIS (FRIULI  :  ITALY)
Two friends out driving saw a red flash and their car headlights dimmed. Getting out  of the car they approached the area where they had seen the flash ans suddenly saw an objhect resembling an inverted soup tureen. They fled, one of them falling and hurting himself in the panic. The next day they found a circle of burnt grass at the spot.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

February 1978. Morning.
CARMARTHEN (DYFED  :  WALES)
Two company directors driving between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn saw a large cigar shaped object, at least 6m long, cross their path as low as the top of a bus, only 100m ahead and pass out of sight into a field. The men expected a crash and were surprised when they drove by and saw nothing. 
  • BUFORA Journal 7, 1, p9, citing Daily Express 13 February 1978.

February 2 1978, 2000hrs.
PHOENIX (ARIZONA  :  USA)
CCM (sex not given) and son Bruce were leaving the house of M’s mother, Kay Burlingham,  when M saw, about 9-12m from and above 12th Street what looked like two lighted cylindrical bird cages made of thin silver coloured wires, drawn together top and bottom to make fat sausage shapes with rounded ends. The two cages moved around one another as if swinging on a common pole, always the same distance apart from each other and above the ground. At the bottom of each basket was a bright light, which did not light up the surroundings, though it created a glow at the bottom of its cage. Each basket was 3-4.5m high and 1.5-1.8m in diameter, the wires about 13-25mm thick and about 10-15cm apart. The things emitted a soft humming sound. CCM ran back to his/her mother’s house, aroused Kay and pointed out the objects, then 45-60m away and rising. The contraption went south out of sight. CCM then re-joined Bruce and they followed the objects south until they went out of sight. Kay had seen a silvery connecting bar linking the two baskets.
  • Letter from CCM in APRO Bulletin 26, 9, p1.

February 3 1978, 2200hrs.
BOLZANETO (LIGURIA  :  ITALY)
Francesco Ida, his wife and sons saw a very bright light on the slopes of San Geminiano Hill. It was also seen by journalists and the policemen, who observed from the Ida house until 0100 and photographed it.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978)

February 4 1978, 0445hrs.
LA FLORIDA DAM (SAN LUIS  :  ARGENTINA)
Argentine Airlines employee Manuel Alcarez and three companions (his brother Pedro Sosa; a civil servant and Regino Perrol, a taxi driver) were fishing at the La Florida dam, when they observed an object shaped like an inverted soup bowl, emitting a fluorescent light, which appeared suddenly, flew towards them at low altitude, then stopped and descended noiselessly to an altitude of 3m, 25m away. A hatch opened in the side, a small ladder was lowered, and down it came a figure 1.8m tall, dressed all over in a one piece silvery, luminous suit that was covered in scales. It carried a device in its mitterned hand. The being walked a few paces, extended its hand, as if in greeting then returned to the object, which took off immediately. The observation lasted  one minute. Police searched the area, and though no official results of the enquiry were made public, it was known that traces 30cm long, 17cm wide, 6cm deep, as if made by some extremely heavy body, were found at the site.
  • La Nacion 6 and 12 Feruary 1978.
  • D. N. Mansell in Awareness 7, 2, p6, citing Buenos Aires Herald 16 February 1978.
  • Canadian UFO Report 5, 1, p3 + MUFON UFO Journal 131, p11 + Fate November 1979, p9, all citing Ashland Daily Press 14 November 1978 citing Associated Press sources in Buenos Aires.

February 4 1978, 2200hrs.
SCARBOROUGH (ONTARIO  :  CANADA)
A 6th grade student out walking heard a sharp, wavering, siren like sound and looked up to see a saucer shaped object hovering above the ground. He observed movement that looked like creatures through the dome portion.
  • Musgrave 1979, p54 case 89, citing Joe Muskat in CUFORN Summary May/December 1978, citing own investigation.

February 5 1978, 0045hrs. BORDER VILLAGE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA  :  AUSTRALIA)
A truck driver experienced a time lapse of over three ours when travelling from Boarder Village to a point some 40-50km east of Balladonia, and had only vague memories of talking to someone about an invention and conversing with two voices. When he came to at 0400, driving west towards Balladonia, he observed large spotlight coming towards him west to east. Thinking it was another vehicle he put his headlights on full a couple of times, but the other light did not respond. He then saw that this light coming towards him was diamond shaped, with red, blue , green and yellow lights reflecting off the roadway under it. He was momentarily blinded by the white light and was unable to tell whether it went over him or veered off to one side. He then stopped, got out for a bit, before starting his journey again. He then noticed a dull white light, apparently diameter 5-7cm, which paced the truck. This disappeared on the outskirts of Balladonia, where he got out to refuel. He then realised that he no longer had his shorts on, though he was wearing them when he started out, and had no recollection of taking them off. The object reappeared as he drove through the town, only to disappear when the driver of a truck coming in the opposite direction asked him if he was alright, as he had stopped again. The light then reappeared and he switched his lights off, at which the object changed from a round to an elongated shape (apparent diameter 42 x 20cm) of dull white colour, with black segments. When he switched his headlights back on again 1-2 minutes later, the object disappeared only to reappear on his right hand side At 0430 as the sky grew brighter, the object disappeared.
  • Bill Chalker in UFO Research Newsletter November/December 1979 ,p20 citing investigation by Jeff Brill.
  • Basterfield 1981 citing ACOS Bulletin 13, p12, citing UFO Research West Australia.
  • Evaluation: there seems to have been some confusion as to whether the stopping place was 4 (6.5km) or 40 miles (65km) east of Balladonia, if the latter this was well before the light. The story is strongly suggestive of highway hypnosis, fatigue and microsleep distorting perceptions of astronomical objects.

February 5 1978. Early hours.
MEDINACELI (CASTILLE AND LEON  :  SPAIN)
A man walking his dog experienced a time lapse and under hypnotic regression recalled being blinded by a light and entering a room, where tall blond beings that examined his dog and told him that the earth was a cosmic oasis and about the two races visiting the earth.
  • Spencer 1991 p108.
  • Evaluation: kypnotic confabulation respouting popular UFO lore

February 13 1978  (approx. date)
SAN JUSTO (SANTA FE  :  ARGENTINA)
Jorge Daniel Lamazon and Mario Martinez were driving to Parana by car, when, about 10km south of San Justo, they saw a very bright white light 500m from the road. A minute later they saw a tall figure dressed in black clothes standing by the light. The figure moved closer to their car, stood there for a while, then went back into the light. While the figure was close they could not move the car, but could once it had retreated.
  • La Nacion no date given.

February 17 1978.
DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX (QUEBEC  :  CANADA)
A small being was seen. No further details.
  • Musgrave 1979, p54, case 90, citing Canadian UFO Network Report 2 March 1978.

February 20 1978. Evening.
FLAXCOMBE (ALBERTA  :  CANADA)
A truck driver observed an object at low altitude and his truck experienced difficulties. No further details 
  • Res Bureau Bulletin 35, p4.

February 21 1978, 2245hrs.
NETTLEBED (OXFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
A couple were driving towards Nettlebed on this foggy night. As they approached the village, the fog thinned out, and when they turned into the High Street, they saw, in the middle of the road, two figures which appeared to be almost completely bandaged. The witnesses were extremely startled.
  • Skyquest 3, p3, citing BUFORA.

February 23 1978,  (approx. date) 0500hrs.
KILLINGWORTH (TYNESIDE  :  ENGLAND)
A woman asleep in her back bedroom was awakened by a loud noise, which became deafening, driving her to take refuge under the bedclothes. Her daughter, a 21 year old nurse, in the room above, was also wakened by the extended rumbling. As she ran to the window, the noise changed into an even louder pulsating whirr. Just then there glided through the gap between her house and the one next door, so close that she could have touched it, had the window been open, a silvery, metallic cigar shaped object with a row of 20-25 horizontal lights on each side ,slowly rotating along its horizontal axis. It was 9-11m long, about 2.5m wide. There were no signs of doors, windows, or occupants as it sailed through the gap at an altitude of 8m, being lost to sight behind some of the higher flats at the back of the estate in about 30 seconds. She could still here the noise fading away for some seconds. The experience lasted about 3 minutes. Neither the four men nor the dog in the house were disturbed.
  • Carol Tounessen in FSR 24, 4, p29, citing her own investigation.

February 23 1978, 2345hrs.
SESTO FLORENTINO (TOSCANA  :  ITALY)
A courting couple in a car on Mt Morelio suddenly noticed that their radio was being drowned out by static. The young man got out to see what was wrong, and found himself bathed in a warm violet light. He thought he saw four vague shapes and  several lights all around him. He thought he had only walked round the car once, but when he returned to the car, the girl was crying as he had been gone for 20 minutes. The radio was now working again. He had no memory of what happened to him outside the car.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.
  • Paolo Fiorino in UFO Times 13, p6.

February 24 1978, 2145hrs.
CLAPHAM (LONDON  :  ENGLAND)
Elsie Tate (20) a woman with a BA in Fine Art, had almost reached her home when she looked up and saw four white lights surrounding a centeral red one. Stepping back to get a better view, she first thought that they were on an aircraft but then saw that there were too many lights and that they were on an object shaped like a helmet made of a dull metallic material that was hovering silently just above the rooftops with just a vibratory movement. After a minute the thing moved off northwards at about 150kph. Elsie estimated it to be about 14-18m in diameter.
  • BUFORA Journal 7, 2, p6, citing investigation by S Kellard.

March 1978, 0200hrs.
HEYWOOD (GREATER MANCHESTER  :  ENGLAND)
A woman coming home in a taxi from a night out saw a white shining sphere, the top portion of which was hidden by mist, in a field. The felt as though everything stopped, including her thoughts and he spoke neither to the taxi driver nor her sister, who had been baby sitting, about the incident. She claimed several positive character changes since the incident.
  • NUFON News 123, p10.

March 1978.
ISLE OF SHEPPEY (KENT  :  ENGLAND)

Several drivers observed a silver suited being that loped along like an ape. The police were called but it had disappeared into a ditch before they arrived.
  • APRO Bulletin 28, 8, p1, citing press reports of a talk to the BUFORA London Conference by Lawrence Dale.

March 1978. Night.
KENT (OHIO  :  USA)
Two campers on the banks of a lake saw a 12m diameter pulsating light and retreated to their tents, but otherwise seemed unusually unfazed. After 10 minutes they went out to fish. After about 30 minutes they heard heavy footsteps in the woods behind them. At first, as they swung their light beams around, they could not see anything, but the light then picked out a large hairy bipedal creature with its arms down to its knees, 8-10m away. One of the men shot at it several times, and crouching, the thing went away behind trees. The men rushed to their tent. When, some minutes later, they heard a sound like a bounding on a hollow tree, they fled from the scene.  The men’s faces were red and swollen and they later suffered from nausea, diarrhoea, thirst, exhaustion, sleepiness and depression.  They both had dreams of being floated up into a place where they were sat in chairs and examined by strange hirsute beings.
  • Don Worley in Unsolved UFO Sightings 5, p68, citing his own investigation.

March 1 1978, 2130hrs.
ROMULUS (MICHIGAN  :  USA)
Interior designer Lynn Holley (25) was out driving, listening to her radio, when, as she turned a corner, saw a glowing ball of blurred pulsating light hovering about 6m above the road. The light appeared white at the centre, then a red-orange area and then a green phosphorescent glow on the outside. Four beams of glistening light were projected to the four points of the compass and Lynn heard a low swishing sound. As she observed the object the car radio crackled and went out. It continued to malfunction and later had to be replaced. After about 50 seconds the object moved straight up at high speed, moved north over the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and finally straight up again until it disappeared from view.
  • UFO Investigator October/November 1978, p4 citing Jack Thompson.

March 5 1978, 0210hrs.
PARACHILNA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA  :  AUSTRALIA)
Mr Balogh, a truck driver, driving between Leigh Creek and Hawker, had stopped to change a tyre just before Parachilna when he had a feeling of being watched. He neither saw nor heard anything so finished his task and set off after a short break. Two-three minutes after he re-started he observed a blue-green light about 2-2.5m above the road. He thought it was reflection from the railway, but then it started to move slowly up and down by 60-90cm. As he put his beam on it, two small red lights appeared under the green one, and it took off at 45 degrees, too fast for his eye to follow. The green light reappeared about 30 seconds later 4.5-6m above the road. It descended to 1.5m, at which Balogh switched on his high beam. Again, before the beam could hit it, the two red lights came on and the thing shot off again. It soon reappeared, pacing him 6m above the road, about 45-60m ahead, altering speed with him. When a semi-trailer came up behind, Balogh stopped, switched off his headlights and hailed the driver down. As he walked to the semi-trailer he could still see the light, but before he reached it the light had gone out. The semi left and when the light did not reappear Balogh left himself 10-15 minutes later.
  • MUFON UFO Journal 126, p8, citing UFO Research South Australia Newsletter 30.

March 5 1978.
PRINGBROOK (QUEENSLAND  AUSTRALIA)
A man cutting timber near here heard a sound like a pig grunting and on going into the forest to investigate, saw, less than 4m away a black hairy humanoid, with huge hands, one of which was wrapped round a sapling. It had a flat black shiny face, two large yellow eyes and its mouth was just a hole. The witness was unable to move, even to raise the axe he was holding.
  • Clark 2012, p226.

March 6 1978, 1400hrs.
FLORENCE (ARIZONA  :  USA)
Elementary school teacher Jerry Ysaaguerre was lining his music students to go into class when one of the children drew his attention to a dark metallic grey flat circular object hovering over some trees a distance away in the southeast. It was titled at 10 degrees towards them, revealing five equally spaced round markings and two lighter straight lines on the underside. The object moved suddenly sideward, stopping again a short distance to its left, where it hovered for five seconds before it moved straight away in a 90 degree change of direction, towards a small dark cloud, where it stopped and hovered again. In a few seconds it started to move again, once more moving smoothly to the left, stopping again for a few more seconds. It then moved straight away and ascended out of sight.
  • Wendell Stevens in APRO Bulletin 26, 9, p1, citing his own investigation.

March 7 1978, 0330hrs.
ECHUCA VILLAGE (VICTORIA  :  AUSTRALIA)
Mr and Mrs Gilham (both 65) were awakened by their dogs barking and disturbances among the sheep, which had gathered near the house. Mrs Gilham got up and walked past the wash house, to find it illuminated. She then saw a huge brilliant white light, which resembled a giant cobweb, in a paddock, hovering just above the ground and apparently wobbling and shaking. They watched it for 20 minutes, though it made Mrs Gilham’s eyes ache. Eventually she went indoors. Mr Gilham saw it as a pillar of light. A 4cm depression was found in the driveway where the light had appeared, and the dirt and gravel were blown apart. Scores of sightseers made the site impossible to investigate. Mrs Gilham suffered from a severe headache for days after the experience.
  • Bill Chalker in APESG Update 1, citing  Paul Norman in Australia UFO Bulletin, May 1978, p1 + Chalker’s own investigation + Sun-News Pictorial  + Northern Star both 9 March 1978.
  • Basterfield 1997 p219, citing Northern Star op cit + Melbourne Sun 9 March 1978 + AUFOB op cit.
  • Chalker 1996, p164.

March 8 1978, 0645hrs.
GOMMECOURT (YVELINES  :  FRANCE)
Mrs Simone Huguet was to driving to work at the Singer factory at Bonniere-sur-Seine when reaching a crossing on the road to Bonnecourt; her attention was caught by some lights flickering through the trees to her front and right. She continued to watch these lights as she turned on the local road, fascinated by their beauty but feeling uneasy. As she got close to the field from which they were originating, she was surprised to see a large mushroom shaped object on the ground. The red and blue lights were coming from little squares on its periphery. The thing was topped by a bright metallic cone or triangle. The object was about 7m long and 2m high. Simone observed it for a short time, but after less than a minute, a combination of pain in her eyes caused by the lights, her general unease and her need to get to work on time, made her drive away hurriedly. When she arrived at work she was very shaken and on the verge of collapse.  She returned to the field with some colleagues at 1200. They found a circle of flattened trees and scrub 7m in diameter, but this had gone by nightfall.  Simone suffered from anxiety induced stomach ache, giddiness, burning sensation in her head and sleeplessness for a couple of days. Faint radioactivity was detected at the site.
  • Jean H Sider in UFO Examiner 2, 4, p17, citing investigation by himself and colleagues.

March 8 1978, 2000hrs.
MACOMB (MICHIGAN  :  USA)
Two park rangers observed a green and yellow conical object fly past the park administration building at perhaps only 15m above ground level and then travel east across Lake St Claire at 65-80kph.
  • Awareness 7, 2, p8, citing Port Huron Times Herald 8 March 1978.

March 8 1978, 2010hrs.
NEW BALTIMORE (MICHIGAN  :  USA)
A turquoise coloured light ascended vertically from ground level and was in view for several seconds
  • Ditto.

March 11 1978, 1930.
CISERIIS (FRIULI  :  ITALY)
Three radio hams, L Olivieri, L Spongero, and a man who would only give his code “Phantom” were on Mt Bernadia for radio communication when they saw a large circular orange object manoeuvring at fairly low altitude. It passed over their car, went out of sight and then returned and landed in a wood about 200m away, behind a hillock. “Phantom” approached the light but after he had gone 40m he fled in panic as the light got brighter. While driving away they saw the object take off and leave.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

March 11 1978, 2310hrs.
WAIMATA VALLEY (GISBORNE, NORTH ISLAND  :  NEW ZEALAND)
Three young women were camping on the site of an ancient Maori burial ground when they heard a strange sound like the buckling of tin cans, but saw nothing. Three hours later one of the campers awoke to see a figure in calf length silvery boots standing by her. She touched the boot which felt metallic and cold. She could not remember anything more until 0400, when all three suddenly woke up and left the area in a hurry. Under hypnotic regression, one of the campers recalled being awakened by a strong white light emitted from a sharp edged white disc hovering directly overhead. The object had a dome and yellow lights. She felt something heavy on her chest and she and one of her friends were drawn up the beam of light into the disc, where they conversed telepathically with a medium built occupant who told them not to repeat any of their experiences in the craft.
  • Kevin Berry in APRO Bulletin 30, 2, p3.
  • Chalker 1996, p165, citing investigation by himself and Keith Basterfield.

March 12 1978. Night.
WAERENGA-A-HIKA (GISBORNE, NORTH ISLAND  :  NEW ZEALAND)
A mill worker encountered a huge egg shaped object, the size of a 5 story building, with thousands of small lights on the side. He got to within 15m of the thing before it rose to a height of 100-130m.
  • Kevin Berry in APRO Bulletin 30, 2, p3.

March 12 1978, 2145hrs.
HINCKLEY (LEICESTERSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Mr and Mrs Bedford had just switched off their TV and were about to walk out to a nearby pub when, over the houses opposite, they saw a pulsating red light. They watched it circle slowly southwards and kept it in view as they walked to the pub. On reaching there they saw the light fall slowly from the sky in a gap between the pub and an adjacent building. The observation had lasted 10 minutes. A fluorescent light had blown out in the pub at the same time. No traces were found at the presumed landing sight.
  • NUFON News 48, p6, citing investigation by HAPI.

March 15 1978, 0430hrs.
MOSER CHANNEL (FLORIDA  :  USA)
About 1.5km west of Moser Channel two motorists observed a birght white light plunge into the water, just off Seven Mile Bridge on the gulf side and reported it to deputies. No planes were missing. 
  • Derek Mansell in Awareness 7, 2, p9, citing Key West Citizen 15 March 1978.

March 17 1978, 2130hrs.
WISHAW (LANARKSHIRE  :  SCOTLAND)
Seven people observed an object with reddish lights, like two bowls stuck together. Three of the witnesses, 12 year old girls, saw the lights split up and a huge, dark, cigar shaped object, surrounded by red, green and blue flashing lights, descended to 10m. It shot up into the sky, soundlessly and at terrific speed. The girls fled home in hysterics.
  • NUFON News 47, p8, citing investigation by Paul Murray.

March 17 1978, 2330hrs.
RISLEY (CHESHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Service engineer Kenneth Edwards (39) was driving home to Fearnhead from a union meeting in Sale, when, as he passed within 400m of the Risley Reactor, he caught in his headlights, which were lighting the road for 100m ahead. a figure climbing down the 3m high embankment to the right (the direction of the reactor). Ken was intrigued by the figure’s peculiar stance; walking with the arms outstretched forwards down the steep bank, in a manner that seemed quite impossible; and also by its clothes. He stopped about 50m away, then saw that the figure was over 2m tall, with a broad body, arm that stretched out directly from the chest, a stiff body, and was walking bending the legs at the hips as if it had no knee joints. It appeared to be covered in a uniform dull silver boiler suit. Its head was dark and round and appeared to be covered by a balaclava type helmet, through which Ken could see two small round eyes, no ears, nose, mouth nor hair was visible.

It took about 30 seconds to reach the centre of the road, where it stood about 10m in front of the van for about 60 seconds, during which time it turned its head toward the van, projecting two pencils of light, from its eyes, towards Ken.  Though they diverged slightly, they were only 15cm apart when they reached the van. When they hit him, Ken felt a sort of force pressing on him and paralysing him, while unusual thoughts seemed to race through his head, including a conviction that the figure “came from outer space”, The figure then continued to walk along its previous path, coming within 5m of the van, until it reached the 3m tall security fence on the other side of the road, where it raised its arms, stopped for a moment, lowered them again, and walked through the solid fence as if it were not there and continued to clamber up what remained of the embankment. 

Ken was unable to move for some minutes after the figure had left, then, after waiting for a few moments to calm down, he drove rapidly home; a journey that normally took only 5 minutes. However, he found that it was 0030 when he arrived home. He had the impression that the confrontation with the strange figure had lasted longer than he remembered. When Ken arrived home he was white and shaking, and felt impelled to call the police and got his wife to drive him to the police station at Padgate. Police confirmed that Ken was reliable and sober, but could find no traces. His watch stopped at 2345, three dark marks appeared on the inside of three fingers and the van’s radio equipment was burnt out, as if a power surge had come through the aerial. On the 23 March at 2355 Ken was showing a UFO investigator the site when he experienced the same pressure and feeling during the time the entity had focused its beam of light on him. They got out of the car and walked up the embankment. When they reached the top, the investigator walked away, and then Ken saw the same figure again ,walking away from him along the waste ground along  the top of the embankment. Afraid, he drove home.
  • Jenny Randles and Paul Whetnall in FSR 24, 2, p16, citing own investigation.

March 18 1978, 2030hrs.
CHARLESTON (SOUTH CAROLINA  :  USA)
Bill Hermann (27), a car repair worker and “ufo repeater” was driving home when he observed a disc hovering over the power lines. It swooped down on him. He was struck by a blue white beam, became paralysed, then lost consciousness. When he came to he was in a field watching the silvery disc flying away in a series of triangular patterns. The occupants of a passing car told him he was at Summerville 25km from his home and that the time was 0005. He was shocked and called the police. His wife and father took him home. He complained of headaches, insomnia and flashbacks to the missing period. Under hypnotic regression he recounted an abduction story in which he was lying on a bed watching a bar with two lights flashing in sequence, while three pale, oriental looking, beings, 1.35m tall, examined him,. The beings were pale, bald, with large heads, dark eyes, small noses, were wearing buttonless red hued jump suits. The walls and ceilings of the room emitted a deep red light. One of the beings seemed to communicate in perfect English without moving its lips, tell Bill that the time was short and he must come. Bill was taken along a curving corridor to a room filled with machinery, computers, flashing coloured lighted, more crew members who were seated on swivel chairs and watched over a checker board of lights. Another room contained wires and coloured rods that the beings said were part of the propulsion system. Bill was then told that the reason for his abduction would be explained at a later occasion, but now he must forget. He was taken back to the examination room, told to lie down, and they shone the bar of flashing lights again, after which he remembered nothing till he was in the field.
  • Allen Hendry in Frontiers of Science July/August 1980, p26, and in Probe September 1980, p7 citing investigation by James Harder.

March 20 1978, 0030hrs.
CISERIIS (UDINE  :  ITALY)
The CB enthusiast “Phantom” was driving home when he felt an impulse to return to Mt Bernardia. There he saw a broad being 2m tall, with a helmet and bright close fitting overalls, which had transverse stripes. The being approached the witness and extended its right hand, which the man, who felt extraordinarily calm and collected, grasped instinctively. As he did so, he felt a pain in his hand and tried to free it, but the being’s hand felt so sticky that the witness had to use his left hand to wrench it free. He now felt panic stricken, but after watching him for a few seconds, the being then headed for a landed machine, that the witness had not previously seen. Three conical light beams came out of it, the central one drawing the being on board. The craft then took off vertically, with a bright red flash. The witness felt a message in his mind telling him that they would return and provide him with something that would make him believe in their existence and meanwhile not to tell anyone what he had seen. The fingers of his right hand were darkened and sore as though suffering from sunburn. The witness did not want his real name to be given or to talk about the incident.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

March 20 1978, 0430hrs.
HORNCASTLE (LINCOLNSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Lorry driver Terry Rennie had set out from Horncastle with a load of paper sacks, when he encountered a pale yellow egg shaped object to the right of his cab, which object seemed to come closer. It was spinning in the centre and castling a circle of light onto thr hround. It now apced the lorry very close, appearing to be 15 times the angular diameter of the moon. Terry felt very afraid, his hair was standing up on the back of his neck and he was sweating, despite a mental impression that he should not be afraid. When he stopped, the object also stopped. At Langton he made a 999 call from a call box at 0445. The police advised him to stay where he was. While he did so he flagged down another lorry but the object had gone. This driver had seen the light also but thought it was the moon. After the second driver had gone the object returned, but as the lights from an approaching vehicle appeared the object accelerated away towards Lincoln with a swishing sound.
  • NUFON News 52, p7, citing investigation by SUFOR.
  • Evaluation: almost certainly the moon (Randles 1983, p76), again fatigue, sensory restriction and possible REM intrusion were probably playing a role.

March 20 1978, 2000hrs.
SAN TEODORO POSADA (SARDEGNA  :  ITALY)
Graziano Muzzetto and Maria Grazia Corona were out driving when their radio stopped working and their engine died as they saw a white luminous object.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

March 21 1978, 2035hrs.
HAREWOOD (ONTARIO  :  CANADA)
Mr J of Rexdale was a passenger in a car travelling east along Hw 401 when, just after they had passed Church Street, he observed a bright point of yellow white light in the sky to the south, Suddenly the light swooped rapidly down over the highway for an instant and then returned to high altitude and disappeared to the east.
  • David Haisell in Journal UFO 1, 1, p.23.

March 21 1978, 2045hrs.
AJAX (ONTARIO  :  CANADA)
Mrs Grace Nye and her son Mike were driving along Westney Road when their attention was caught by a bright star in the west. As they were looking at this, they then noticed an object first seen as red and white lights close together. The object, moving easterly, swooped right down over the car, at which Grace and Mike could see that it was circular, with a series of 10-15 steady red, green, light yellow and green-blue lights in a circle on the underside, a short distance from the rim. It was the apparent size of a dime at arm’s length. Grace wanted to observe it closer but Mike became scared so they drove off, as the object moved off to the east, now travelling slowly. Its lights seemed to be eclipsed one by one by a sort of protrusion along the underside rim, until nothing could be seen but red, orange and white flashing lights.
  • David Haisell in Journal UFO 1, 1, p23.

March 22 1978.
SQUARE LAKE (MINNESOTA  :  USA)
A number of people, including Jeane Pluff, observed an unidentified object at ground level. A circular spot, 1.8-2.4m diameter of melted snow was found in a garden at the site.
  • MUFON UFO Journal 127, p17, citing St Paul Dispatch 20 June 1978, citing investigation by Brad Ayers.
  • Rath 1998, p38, (gives location as Beaver Lake)

March 22 1978, 1910hrs.
VOLTRI (LIGURIA  :  ITALY)
Several people watched for 4 hours, three aerial objects, which changed from red to green and back as they moved around the Voltri Hills, following geometrical paths. One of them appeared to land, the second began to pulsate and then turned green, the other two changed their colour also at the same time. They later left.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.
  • Evaluation: probably astronomical + autokinesis

March 22 1978, 2300hrs.
PATAPSCO STATE PARK (MARYLAND  :  USA)
Four young men, Gary (24) and David (22) Oickle, Barry Smith (22) and Ken Cabot (22) were talking round their campfire when Barry and David, who were 15m from the other two, saw for a few seconds a flat object that went behind a ridge. As they walked back to the fire, another object appeared overhead from behind a ridge to the north.  It was a triangular object, 45-60m long, with large windows along the side and three white lights, one at each corner, at about 60-75m altitude. Three of the men saw a shadowy figure at one of the windows, as the thing moved slowly southwards. Three of them also saw a bright point of light that repeatedly changed colour, blue-green-yellow-red.
  • Marler 2013, p109, citing APRO Bulletin April 1978.

March 23 1978, 2230hrs.
CASTEL SAN GIOGRIO (CAMPANIA  :  ITALY)
Eight people saw a white disc hovering low against Mount Sant’ Apollinare, illuminating the slopes. The light fell and rose several times in a dead leaf fashion, before finally ascending and disappearing behind the mountain. Dog were heard howling and a power blackout was reported in nearby Lanzara
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.
  • Evaluation: probably astronomical + autokinesis.

March 28 1978. Night.
KIRKINTILLOCH (DUNBARTONSHIRE  :  SCOTLAND)
A woman going to bed saw a light through her blinds and heard a droning sound. Looking through her window she saw a large transparent disc. When she turned round to get her husband she found herself walking down a long corridor, lit by a soft warm light. She felt euphoric rather than afraid and her questions seemed to be answered by voices in her head. At the end of the corridor were a tall, blonde, beautiful man and woman, with short hair. They did not appear to notice the witness, dressed in her nightdress and barefooted. Instead they just carried on with their work. She next found herself in a dome, with seats around the walls. There was a man in pyjamas there. She remembered nothing else to the morning, when she awoke with two pin pricks in her arm. She suffered a mystery illness after this.
  • Gary Blair in SPI Enigmas 39. p33.
  • Evaluation: false awakening-dream.

March 29 1978, 2135hrs.
INDIANAPOLIS (INDIANA  :  USA)
Three trucks were going along 1-70 East, 1.6km from Hw 165, at about 95kph, their drivers talking to each other over their CBs, when they were all covered by a bright blue light. The drivers were unable to see beyond the hoods of their trucks, all outside sounds stopped, and the engines began to splutter. This lasted for 3-5 seconds and then the light went off and all returned to normal. The drive in the rear truck yelled out over the CB “hey ufo I want to go with you”, upon which the blue light came on over the trucks again, producing the same effects, this time lasting for 15 seconds, during which time the trucks were slowed down to 8-16kph. During this period the drivers felt as though there was no one else in the world, and extraordinarily peaceful. One of the drivers reported that his clock, which had previously worked perfectly, now lost an hour a day, and that it took his battery 90 minutes to recharge. Other motorists on the freeway, about 100 people, saw the three trucks obscured by a light 75-90m long, coming from a spout 7.5m long.
  • Charles L Tucker in MUFON UFO Journal 126, p3, citing his own investigation.
  • Awareness 7, 1, p4.

March 29 1978, 2200hrs.
VALLE DI FAEDIS (FRIULI  :  ITALY)
A number of CBers including the UFO buff Maurizio Midena were informed by a colleague of a light that was frequently changing colour.  When the party pointed their aerial towards it, their communications were interrupted by a strong signal. Ten of them drove towards the thing, noticing its yellow, red, white and blue lights. These grew brighter and were apparently revolving around something. When the party arrived at the foot of the mountain they were unable to see the lights any longer. They got to look for the object, which they then saw had landed behind a hill. One of the party was frightened and persuaded the others to drive away. On the following day they returned to the site and found a circle of burnt grass, 8m in diameter, with four holes regularly spaced around it, but at different depths because of the slope of the ground. Within this circle mole hills had been flattened. Near this track vehicle engines and cameras appeared to malfunction.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

March 30 1978, 2230hrs.
POMPEY (NEW YORK  :  USA)
Joe La Bella was driving home after dropping his girlfriend off when he found that he was getting a lot of static on his car radio. He then noticed, through his mirror, a light in the distance behind him. It was a single light like a motorcycle headlight, about 800m behind him. Joe thought little of it, carrying on trying to get a station on his radio, when the car was lit by a brilliant flash. Looking out of the window, he saw an object gliding over the field 30-50m away. The thing resembled a boxcar, 12-18m long, 3-6m high, with a multitude of flashing lights, like those on a Christmas tree and was pacing him. It had a middle section containing many bright white lights, and the top and bottom sections contained duller blue white lights. Though his car was bouncing because of potholes on the road, the object stayed steady. After two minutes the thing ascended in a blur of speed. The witness was a junior at Brockport College studying computer science and physical education.
  • APRO Bulletin 26, 12, p5, citing investigation by Robert Barrow.

April 1978 (apprx date)
BADSHOT LEA (SURREY  :  ENGLAND)
Terry Ward (13) was walking home when he saw a strange object come ovr the trees, a few metres from his house. The thing then hovered 15m above the centre of road. On its underside were three dark concentric circles, inside of was a sort of cross shape, on which there were small lights. The thing was surrounded by a sort of luminous vapour and was making a hissing sound. It moved off towards Badshot Lea and then made  90 degree turn towards Aldershot. The boy was so frightened that he hid a thorn bush.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p54, citing own investigation.
  • Evaluation: not reported for more than 30 years.

April 1978.
FIRENZE (TOSCANA  :  ITALY)
A girl was awakened by a beam of light coming through the window. From it came a man who invited her on board. She accepted and took a trip in it, later coming back home. No further details. 
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

April 1978. Night.
EPPING (NEW HAMPSHIRE  :  USA)
An elderly couple driving along Route 125 on this dark, wet, windy night, traveling slowly along the deserted twisting two lane road, when they saw a red light in the distance. They first thought that it was a helicopter sitting on the road and backed away. The thing then hovered over their car so low that they felt they could have touched it. It was at about 10m altitude, with three bright red lights, about 1m diameter, 6m apart. They were unable to make out the thing’s general shape. Even though they wound down the windows they could not hear any sound. They were so afraid that they drove into a ditch. The thing then flew above some high trees that flanked the road. When they got their car out of the ditch they drove away without looking back.
  • Cahill 1985 p38, citing investigation by Peter Geremia.

April 2 1978, 2030hrs.
EAST COAST BAYS (AUCKLAND, NORTH ISLAND  :  NEW ZEALAND)
Lee Robinson was motorcycling when she saw lights in the distance. She stopped as the lights, which seemed to revolve like a lighthouse beam, came closer. Lee now saw they were on a edge shaped object, broad at the front, narrow at the back. There were two red lights and one green. The object stopped about 200m away and Lee clearly saw two figures, visible from the waists up and apparently wearing dark robes, peering down at her. She stood petrified for several minutes untikl a car arrived from the opposite direction and the object moved away.
  • Keith Basterfield in APRO Bulletin 28, 3, p7, citing Victoria UFO Research Society Bulletin August 1978 + Xenolog 115 + Auckland Star 3 April 1978.

April 5 1978 (approx. date)
OSAIA (CAMPANIA  :  ITALY)
Between Osaia and Policastro a couple saw two grey-green objects with short trails land behind a hill.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

April 5 1978 (approx. date). 1800hrs.
VILLAMARE DI SAPRI (CAMPANIA  :  ITALY)
Constantia Imbimbo and Bruno Neverins saw a white thing like a rocket, coming from behind a hill, moving slowly, with an orange red trail and then returning, near here.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

April 5 1978, 1940hrs.
FARNBOROUGH (HAMPSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Andrew Slater and two other boys playing football on the Moor Road football field in the Hawley Estate were surprised to see a gold coloured cigar shaped object, with red, green and blue flashing lights on its side hovering over the field. It was making a humming sound. The object then took off at speed and the boys fled in terror.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p51.

April 6 1978.
WARTON (LANCASHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Three teenagers saw a strange object, shaped like an upturned saucer, with flashing, red, orange and cream lights, `5m above the ground. It moved towards Carnforth and then returned. They went to fetch the police
  • NUFON News 48 p7, citing J Bleasdale.

April 7 1978, 1730hrs.
DAYBOROUGH (QUEENSLAND  :  AUSTRALIA)
A hunter found his car bogged down in mud on a lonely stretch of road near Dayborough. When he got out to investigate he saw two figures walking in a paddock some 100m to his left. They were human in appearance, were wearing white jump suits and were 1.2m tall. He looked at them through his rifle scope, jumped back in his car and tried to restart it, without success. Getting out again, he saw the figures staring at him, so he ran down the road to get help.
  • Keith Basterfield in APRO Bulletin 28, 3, p7, citing UFO Research Queensland Newsletter April/May 1978.

April 9 1978. Morning.
SOUTH MIDDLETON (MASSACHUSETTS  :  USA)
Douglas Gould (14) (q.v.) was riding his minbike with his cousin, D. P., near the family’s ruined pig house when they suddenly glimpsed two large white heads through the low bush about 9-10m away. Only the heads were visible, in an attitude as if crouching behind the bushes. The heads were of normal size and had no hair. The two youths rapidly left the site. That afternoon at 1400, Douglas and Allen Gould returned to the same site with DP and his sister RP. While sitting and talking they felt as if they were being watched. Doug and Allen glimpsed several figures that faded from sight or moved too quickly to be studied. RP and DP were sat together, when RP saw a figure standing 3-4.5m, in profile. It was about her height (1.58m). The head an unusually a large posterior projection and appeared to be encased in a clear round helmet. She noticed a large, dark, oval eye, a slit like nose, but no mouth nor ears. No hands nor feet could be seen and the ends of flaring sleeves and pants. Its waist was encircled by a belt with a dark central band, vertical stripes and a black buckle. Recovering from her initial shock, she shouted out, and ran after the being, which quickly retreated with its back to her, going into the bush where it was lost to sight. The others did not see many details but Allan detected a sulphurous smell.
  • David Webb in MUFON UFO Journal 143, p9, citing own investigation.

April 10 1978, 0515hrs.
GOOCHLAND (VIRGINIA  :  USA)
Police officer Ben Eldridge was, standing in the corner of a field, by a hay barn ,on a stake out for cattle killers, when over his right shoulder, about 300-400m away, he saw a bright red circular object at least 3-4m long. It was metallic, surrounded by a red glow. It moved off slowly and silently 6m above the treetops.
  • Robert Gribble in MUFON UFO Journal 240, p21.

April 10 1978, 2200hrs.
BOURNEMOUTH (DORSET  :  ENGLAND)
Anthony Charles Boys (16) was walking home along East Howe Lane, when he had a peculiar feeling of being watched. Turning around he saw a luminous figure, which seemed to mesmerise him. It vanished on the spot only to reappear closer. Anthony felt unable to move as the figure bent towards him, at which he felt sensations of heat and pressure. The figure then turned sideward, giving the impression of having no depth, and it became surrounded by a tube of smoke that turned into a beam of light and then disappeared. Anthony came home very frightened. His parents went with him to the scene but nothing could be seen.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p57, citing an unspecified issue of Scan.

April 13 1978.
ENFIELD (CONNECTICUT  :  USA)
Six children aged between 11 and 13 saw a strange object with a square top and circular bottom, with flashing red, white and yellow lights hovering low overhead, at one point extending three or four metal legs from its underside. The object made a humming sound and was so close that one boy hit it with rock, which struck with a “pinging” sound. During its 10 minute presence the boys felt a peculiar tingling sensation. Their screams alerted a local woman who came out to the object “like a large aeroplane” moving away at 30m altitude.
  • Robert Gribble in MUFON UFO Journal 240. p21.

April 14 1978. Night.
CULIACAN (SINALOA  :  MEXICO)
The Jacobo brothers, Ismael, Candelaeio and Fernando were driving their tractor across the fields when they saw a round disc that gave off a copper green light and emitted a roaring sound. As the disc came towards them, they turned off the tractor lights and fled. The object then landed in the field for a few minutes before taking off again.
  • Edmonton Sunday Sun, 15 April 1978, citing UPI.

April 16 1978. Night.
SOUTHAMPTON (HAMPSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
An AA patrolman, Cyril Gates, had just arrived home when his attention was caught bya bright light behind trees to his left. Then a brilliant silver-white object with a bulbous front and a thinner tail rose slowly above the trees and hovered at the height of the electricity pylons above the railway station. It approached and rose towards the east, coming within 500m and emitting orange sparks. Other witnesses saw it as a light in the sky.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p61, citing Price 1990.
  • The News 18 April 1978.

April 17 1978, 0100hrs.
OAKEN (STAFFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Mrs Ritherford was driving along slowly in unusually heavy traffic when, as the road passed an orchard, she looked down to see an object that looked like a horizontal fir tree. It was metallic grey, 1.2m long, with a green fuzzy haze at the rear from which red sparks were shooting out. It hugged the ground as it moved along at high speed, until it reached a bank, at which it stopped, changed direction, then accelerated out of sight. It was in view for about a minute. The witness did not stop.
  • NUFON News 50, p9, citing UFORA Staffs + an undated issue of Wolverhampton Express.

April 19 1978. Night.
SOUTH MIDDLETON (MASSACHUSETTS  :  USA)
R. P. was playing with he brother and the two Gould boys in the Gould basement, when she glanced at the window, which was at eye level. Only 30m away, she saw a whit face staring at her through the window. It was oval, with a vertical nose slits, a narrow mouth and large, gold, slanted eyes. It may have been covered by a transparent helmet. She turned to yell to her companions but when she looked back the figure had gone.
  • David Webb in MUFON UFO Journal 143, p9, citing own investigation.

April 24 1978, 2355hrs.
CODOPRIO (FRIULI  :  ITALY)
Between Codoprio and San Vito al Tagliamento an object with an intermittent yellow-orange light passed along at speed, 2-3m above the ground.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

April 25 1978.
DUNLOP (AYRSHIRE  :  SCOTLAND)
William McNair and his son were driving back to their farm “Merrymouth” and as they turned onto the track leading up to the farmhouse, a bright red glow filled the lane ahead, keeping a constant distance. They stopped and got out, to see, in a field 100m away, a rugby ball shaped object, about 30cm long, projecting light all around. It was stationary and after 30 seconds just blinked out. They waited a while, and then drove to the farmhouse. About 30 minutes later, as they went out to tend the cattle, the air became filled with a squealing noise that came from the top of the hill behind them. William called the dogs but they refused to move, which was most unusual. They walked towards the hill but the sound suddenly rose in pitch and then faded. Only then did the dogs follow them, still on edge. William examined the field at first light but found nothing. People in Burnside about 2km to the west had seen a red light the previous evening.
  • NUFON News 66, p6, citing Andrew Ewan.

April 25 1978. Afternoon.
VILLAMMARE DI SAPRI (CAMPANIA  :  ITALY)
Constantina Imbimbo saw a bright spherical mass 2.5m in diameter, which became smaller. When it was down to 1.5m, there emerged from it a human shape with a pointed head, very thin arms and legs, wearing orange overalls and dark booties. The being descended the hill in front of  Constantina’s house, leaping and bending forwards, while the sphere was fading out. When she yelled out,. the being hid behind a tree, then dissolved into thin air leaving behind a mist that soon dissolved.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue 1978.

April 26 1978.
EDEN PRAIRIE (MINNESOTA  :  USA)
Sally Stondart  saw a strange object low near Baker Road.
  • Rath 1998 p40.

April 27 1978, 2030hrs.
OAKVILLE (ONTARIO  :  CANADA)

Ann Hauprich-Neilsen, a reporter on the Oakville Journal Herald was driving home from work along Derry Road, between Trafalger Road and Highway 25 when she observed a bright light in the sky at 30 degrees elevation straight ahead. She first thought it was a plane but then it started to descend rapidly towards her, making her think it was going to crash onto the road. Her attention was then diverted to the red flashing lights of a van in a ditch to her right. When she turned attention by to the aerial object, she saw it was an oval with slightly pointed ends that shone with a silvery white glow. It had a horizontal row of red, orange and yellow lights around its rim, the yellow predominating in the pulsating lights. Ann now became very frightened and sped away, going right under the object, which was now 9012m above her. As she looked back she saw the object hovering over the road, moving up and down a metre or two.
  • Journal UFO 1, 1, p24, citing David Haisell and Oakville Journal Record 3 May 1978.

April 30 1978, 2030hrs.
MILLHEAD (LANCASHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Debra S (13) and twins Charles and Guinivere G (12) were walking home from Warton along a public footpath, on this clear still night, when they saw what they took to be an aircraft moving slowly over the houses in the South West. However it then descended until it was only 8m above the path, some distance ahead; where it hovered making a high pitched buzzing sound. It was cigar shaped, 5m long, 2m thick at the widest, with pointed ends, dull grey in colour and had three erratically flashing lights. The right hand one was red, the left one yellow-white and the one on the centre underside orange.  The whole area had become very still and quiet. The youngsters walked towards it for a couple of minutes, but when they got within 30m it suddenly took off vertically and moved away to the NE at speed. They children were now very frightened and ran home, seeing, as they did so, the object again, over electricity pylons in the distance. It then moved very rapidly to the south west, passing its original position and disappearing. The observation lasted 10 minutes in all. Debra came down with influenza shortly afterwards, and that night and for a couple afterwards, Guinivere had a dream in which she relived the incident.
  • NUFON News 68, p10, citing investigation by Gordon Barraclough.

April 30 1978, 2300hrs.
MISSISSAUGA (ONTARIO  :  CANADA)
Ron Jolie and Wendy Hamblin (a graphic artist) observed from their apartment several object bearing red, white and green lights circle and perform complex manoeuvres in the sky to the west. One of these objects then descended until it was just above the 11 story apartment building across the road. They could see that the object was huge and circular, about15m in diameter and resembled one disc inverted over another and glowing with an intense golden colour. It covered half the roof and barely cleared the TV aerial. The centre was glowing golden section, dissected by a series of dark vertical bars. On top of the upper section was a protrusion like a small dome. The bottom disc was flatter than the top. After hovering soundlessly over the building for 30 seconds, the object began to move away at 25kph, trailing a long narrow protrusion in the direction in which it was moving. This had half the diameter of the object in length. Wendy phoned a friend in the apartment over which the object was hovering, but this person could see nothing.
  • David Haisell in Journal UFO 1, 1, p25.

May 4 1978, 1530hrs.
LOWESTOFT (SUFFOLK  :  ENGLAND)
Four teenage girls playing on Barnard’s Meadow saw two bright orange objects hovering over the town and then descending with a peculiar sideways motion until they were lost to sight. 
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a,p68.

May 10 1978, 1900hrs.
EMILCIN (LUBLIN  :  POLAND)
Jan Wolski, a 71 year old farmer, was driving his horse drawn cart though the woods, in a country area, when he came across 2-4 strange beings by the roadside. They were 1.5m tall, wore tight fitting divers suits, had green faces, squinting eyes, protruding cheek bones and webbed fingers. Their suits were completely smooth with no buttons nor pockets. They moved in  a sort of gentle jumping motion and made inarticulate sounds. The beings either forced or persuaded Jan to enter a white rectangular vehicle hovering nearby. It resembled a bus, 5m by 3m by 2.5m, on the edges of which where things like barrels in which straight and helical shaped tubes were spinning rapidly. Inside the vehicle he saw only benches in a black room, where he was examined by an apparatus like an X ray machine. The creatures then offered him some transparent food that they ate themselves, but which he declined. They then let him go. When he reached the site the object had gone, but some rectangular footprints were found in a muddy section by the river. At about the same time a boy in the village saw what he thought was an airplane hovering over the granary. He called his mother but before she could go outside it took off with a roar that shook the cottage. According to some reports two children and two policemen also saw the creatures.
  • George Wielunski in MUFON UFO Journal 126, p8, citing Kurier Polski 17 May 1978.
  • John B Musgrave in Canadian UFO Report 4, 8, p8, citing Kurier Polski op cit and anonymous private information.
  • Fortean Times 33, p36, citing Feliz Ziegel in National Enquirer 20 May 1980.
  • Marek Iwanek in Journal UFO Studies 2, 3, p8, citing Zbignaw Blania and Ryszani Kutlinski in Kultura 5 November 1980, citing own investigation.

May 13 1978. Evening.#
LOWESTOFT (SUFFOLK  :  ENGLAND)
Tracey S (14) and her friend Michaela F (13) were putting away their horses when they saw an unusual object hovering close to the ground among trees 400m away across the marshes. It was a silvery object with orange lights around it. The lights changed to red-pink then brilliant white as the object rose, hovered for a few seconds and then landed again, the lights changing back to orange. The lights then dimmed and the girls saw four figures coming towards them, one large and one small being on each side, moving in a strange jerky motion, covering 1.5m in each leap. The creatures then vanished and the object rose up, then faded away in 10 seconds. Horses, dogs and cats in the vicinity became agitated.
  • Robert Gribble in MUFON UFO Journal 241. p21.
  • Lantern 2, p1o.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p68, citing investigation by David Spoor.

May 22 1978, 2145hrs.
TAVARNUZZE DI IMPRUNETA (TOSCANA  :  ITALY)
Altered by the loud and continual barking of their dogs, Mr and Mrs Li Fuma went outside and saw two-three luminous spheres hovering at the height of a man. They were flashing on and off, were 30cm in diameter, red in colour and slowly approaching the house along the road. They then saw two small human shapes, like children covered by red cloaks, one of which was very near, and they heard a shrill voice. Suddenly the figures disappeared into thin air. Frightened, the couple ran home to continue their observation through the house window. When a car approached the spheres switched out, reappearing when the car had passed. After 15 minutes one of the lights took off and the others disappeared. The dogs had been barking the whole time.  Two days later at 2200, Mrs Li Fuma was in the house alone when she saw the spheres again, but was too afraid to look at them for any length of time.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue.

May 23 1978, 0730hrs.
BRIERLEY HILL (WEST MIDLANDS  :  ENGLAND)
9 year old Melanie was alone in her kitchen for a short while. She looked out of the window to the east, to see a strange object hovering at rooftop height. After a few moments it descended to within 8m of the house, at an altitude of 2.5m, stopped for a moment then travelled below the height of the 1.8m tall fence and stopped in front of the kitchen window, 90cm away and 1.2m above the ground. At this point Melanie saw it was about 1.8m in diameter, with a curved rilled (like a coin) silvery plate on the bottom, surmounted by a dirty yellow dome, the whole thing had an appearance of being tatty, with some of the yellow paint peeling off.  On top of the dome was a black circle, set on top of which was something that looked like a handle. The object appeared to be rotating anticlockwise and making a humming sound that died down. As Melanie watched, a head appeared, sticking up out of the dome. It appeared to be made of a silvery material, which, however, was creased like leather. It was turning from side to side and appeared to be animate but no facial features were visible. The object then moved off again, was temporarily obscured, then it reappeared, still low, opposite the house and moving, though the head was no longer visible. She was now very frightened and had backed against a wall, fearing a crash. She then fled from the room and called her mother, but the object had gone when her mother arrived. the buzzing sound had increased when the object started moving again. The observation lasted 2-3 minutes. The house was in a rural area.
  • NUFON News 56, p10, citing investigation by Geoff Westwood and Mark Pritchard.

May 28 1978 (approx. date). 2330hrs.
WEELEY (ESSEX  :  ENGLAND)
Bill Duncan (42), the manager of a pet farm, mad been making later checks and was walking back to the house when he noticed the trees behind the office become illuminated by a white light and heard a droning noise, which was heavy but not loud. It came from a field where two horses were kept, and after a few minutes hesitation Bill went to investigate. As he approached he saw a white light about 3m down from the top of a 6-7.5m tall power line pole in the middle of the field. The light was 60-90cm in diameter and Bill firs thought that it was on a helicopter landing in the field  and carried on to see what was up. He then saw a second light about 25m to the right at the same altitude.

As his eyes got accustomed to the darkness and had climbed over the fence into the field Bill realised that the lights came from a huge object only 55m away. It was 6-7.5m high and 26-27m in diameter. It consisted of three sections; the top was a mushroom shaped dome, the centre was a tube, its diameter four times its width, in which there were horizontal, window like, slits, two on each side of what appeared to be a door, with a walled ramp leading down to ground level, the two bright lights were on either side of this section. On the underside was a sort of skirt. The whole object was a dull grey or silvery colour. After 5 or 6 minutes Bill lifted his torch to illuminate the slits and door but as he did so the object lifted up and rose over the railway to the south east at high speed. The TV played up slightly that evening Bill had a dream or dreams about a fleet of such objects over the farm and felt that he would see the thing again. His wife first heard humming noises on various occasions.
  • Bill Eden in Earthlink 3, 2, p10, citing his own investigation.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p76, 281.

Late May/Early June 1978.
LAKE PYROGOVSKOYE (sic) (RUSSIA)
A high ranking army officer was walking away from the lake when he was grabbed on either side by two men in dull coloured cellophane like garments. His initial fear vanished and he felt light headed. They told him they wished to speak to him, but would erase his memory. He came to a room, in which there was a table illuminated by a bright white light that seemed to emanate from the walls and for which he could see no definite source. The room itself was dark and he just make out two people, some small tables with buttons and what looked like a TV screen. he suggested they should drink to the occasion, and they brought out a hemispherical glass, which they filled with a liquid that tasted like salty lemonade. The officer then wrote the formulae for alcohol the wall, and they produced some. They talked for about three hours, the beings claiming that they could not interfere with the earth’s affairs. When the time came for them to erase his memory they said that they couldn’t take the risk after, as they did not know what part of his brain had been affected by the experience. He then came to standing in the same place and it was clear that only seconds had, in fact, elapsed. His memory appeared to, indeed, have been affected and he claimed that his suit and clothes were fresher and cleaner after his experience than before it.
  • Nkita Schnee in FSR 26, 6, p6 citing own investigation.
  • Evaluation: this place name cannot be traced in this spelling on Google

June 1978.
(CLEVELAND  :  ENGLAND)
During a game a schoolboy playing in goal was hit on the head with the football, which made him feel dizzy, He blacked out after leaving the field, and next recalled coming to on a sort of slab surrounded by dark figures in monk like garb. He thought they did something to his side and has a scar there. He later had all sorts of anomalous experiences.
  • UFO Times 30, p13, citing investigation by Gloria Dixon and D Newton.

June 1978. Day.
WEYBRIDGE (SURREY  :  ENGLAND)
Matt Sanders was on the playing field of Heathside Secondary School when he saw silvery-grey disc shaped object, with a central rectangular section composed of things that looked like darkened windows. The object was hovering about 10-12m above the ground in front of woodland area separating this school from Brooklands College, about 50m away. He looked away for a moment and when he looked back the thing had disappeared.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p83, citing own investigation.

First week in June 1978. 0200hrs.
LEEDS (WEST YORKSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Barry Ledger (37) and his 12 year old son were walking towards Halfpenny Bridge near Clove Field while rabbit hunting when they saw a stationary white light, with a silver haze around it, hovering about 60cm above the ground ahead of them. After a few minutes it shot away at fantastic speed. Three days later at 0230 Barry was out hunting with his 12 year old and his 14 year old daughter when they saw, at the far end of Halfpenny Bridge a rugby football shaped object 9012m long, 6m high, hovering less than a metre above the ground 30m away. After about 30 seconds it just disappeared. The next day Barry and his wife were walking in the field where he had seen the object when they found 5 clusters of 5-6 holes in the ground.
  • Nigel Watson in Fortean Times 28, p44, citing investigation by Mark Biridsall.

June 4 1978, 2300hrs.
BELLARIA (EMILIA  :  ITALY)
Mareo Neri and two other motorists noticed regularly spaced flashes of light coming from a nearby wood. They stopped their cars and saw a bright red hemisphere among the trees, revolving on its axis, each turn emitting a bright flash like a lighthouse light. The thing was about 10-12m diameter and 15m above the ground. After a few minutes the white light died out. The following morning a rectangular track was found in a potato field at the site. An area 3m by 4m was denuded of plants and the ground was flattened as if by a heavy object. Two girls had also seen the light from a place several kilometres away.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue.

June 10 1978, 0230hrs.
WARMINSTER (WILTSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Muriel Pusey were driving with her husband Arthur back from Warminster along the  A350 when, as they left the town, a luminous sphere shot up from their right hand side, crossed in front of their car and disappeared. Further along, on the Dorset border they encounter a motorcyclist and another man talking to a woman outside a lit up cottage, which the Pusey’s knew should not be there.
  • Hanson and Holloway 2013a, p81, citing own investigation.

June 14 1978. Late evening.
STANFORD IN THE VALE  (OXFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
A man, his wife, two daughters (5, 3) and his sister had just passed Stanford en route from Reading to Gloucester, when they noticed a light in the sky ahead and to the right, pacing them at 80 kph, too slow for an aircraft. Connected to this white light was a smaller red one. When they stopped, the lights arced around. They were on a large circular black object with a shallow curved underside, which crossed over the road and descended behind some trees. Through the trees they could see a row of small multicoloured lights, revolving slowly from left to right. The object rose and fell several times at ground level without ever quite reaching the ground. It now presented the appearance of a biconvex lenticullar object with tapering ends, which emitted a rhythmic swish and a metallic drumming sound. The wife became afraid and asked them to drive away. The landscape now seemed totally distorted, with non-existent cottages, hedges and hills. The car seemed as though it was driving itself. The light paced them, leaving when they reached Faringdon, reappearing when they were back in open country, finally going at Cirencester.

When they reached home they found that the journey had taken them 50 minutes longer than usual. At 0130 they heard the sound of the object passing over the house. The adults developed a skin irritation and discoloured marking around the knees. A casual remark from the 5 year old led to fears of abduction. She said that she now remembered them being stopped a second time by a disc with square windows, through which people could be seen as it hovered nearby. A row of coloured lights were moving around it. A light shone on them and a woman in a shiny metallic suit led them up the beam into the object, which they entered by a sliding door. On a sort of screen she was able to see the car. This led to a hypnotic regression of the adults, from which emerged an account of abduction by the inhabitants of the destroyed world “Janos”, who wanted to emigrate to earth. These aliens were said to look like normal Europeans.
  • Johnson 1980, p8, citing own investigation.

June 16 1978, 0030hrs.
BORISSOGLEBSK  (VORONEZH  :  RUSSIA then part of the USSR)

Veterinarian V. G. Paltsev was hitchhiking home to Borissoglebsk when he saw a softly glowing object in a field and walked towards it. When he was about 50m away, he saw it was surmounted by a transparent dome in which there were three short men with egg shaped heads and long fingers, who were working a sort of control console. When he got within 25m he was knocked out by a sort of force field, and when he came to, he saw that his briefcase now looked old the frayed. The force field had now gone, so he again walked to within 25 of the machine, whereupon he was knocked to the ground by a gust of wind as the object started to glow and ascend. It rose to 100m then suddenly took off. His watched had stopped, but he discovered from a motorcyclist who gave him a lift that he had lost 45 minutes. Under hypnotic regression he recalled being picked up and taken on board the object by the humanoids, who placed his briefcase in a sort of machine that aged it. He was then dragged back to the same sport where he had been lying.
  • Fortean Times 33, p30, citing Bernard Gris in National Enquirer 29 April, 6 and 20 May 1980, citing Felix Ziegel.

June 16 1978, 2315hrs.
OULTON (STAFFORDSHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
A 16 year old schoolboy walking back from his girlfriend’s along Oulton Road suddenly heard a very loud voice all around him, so loud that he thought it would wake the village. It sounded like a radio newsreader but was talking nonsense and rose and fell as though blown on the wind. It faded after five seconds. After he walked another 50m (about 5 to 6 seconds later), he noticed, through a wooded gate to his right, a cylindrical column of white light, about 200m away in the grounds of a convent. It was 3-3.5m high, 2m diameter and appeared to be sharply defined and solid. It appeared shining directly over a 2m high cross in the in the grounds. After five seconds he the impression there was something in the beam and ran home in fear.
  • Martin Keatman in BUFORA Journal 9, 1, p17, + NUFON News, 57, p5, citing his own investigation.

June 17 1978
WIDNES (CHESHIRE  :  ENGLAND)
Raymond Poar (17) was training his motorcycle on waste ground with Keith A (15) and Tony B (13) when they observed a green light, the size of a car, emitting a high pitched sound that changed to a buzz as it hovered overhead. It followed them through a tunnel and Raymond was so afraid that he fell of his bike. They called the police but nothing could be found.
  • Sunday Express 18 June 1978.

June 22 1978, 0040hrs.
FARNETO  (EMILIA  :  ITALY)
A woman driving near Farneto saw a very bright beam moving in the sky and then suddenly saw it on the road ahead of her.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue.

June 24 1978, 0030hrs.
CIVITANOVA (MACHE  :  ITALY)
Giovanni Salvucci was on the beach when he saw an odd light on the surface of the water coming towards the beach. As it approached, he saw it was a spherical object the angular diameter of the moon but slightly flattened. It suddenly emitted a bright flash that so frightened Giovanni that he ran away.
  • CUN Provisional Catalogue.

June 25 1978, 2240hrs.
FAIRVIEW PARK (NEW SOUTH WALES  :  AUSTRALIA)
A man and his wife her driving home, when, navigating a roundabout, the husband, who was driving, glimpsed a figure 1.4-1.5m tall, with a dark complexion, by the side of the road and swerved to avoid it, but when he looked back there was no-one there. The investigator regarded it as a misperception.
  • Keith Basterfield in APRO Bulletin 28, 3, p7, citing investigation by John Burford.

June 26 1978, 0110hrs.
DARTFORD (KENT  :  ENGLAND)
Mrs Robinson was driving her sister Brenda home from visiting another sister, when an object the colour of the moon and the size of a saloon car descended to about 1m above the road surface and flew alongside their car. It was a hemisphere which would turn on its side at times, but was flat side down when just above the road. It paced them as they made sudden erratic turns down side roads to avoid it. It would move on slightly ahead and wait for them to arrive at times and when another car passed by it rose into the air and then returned. The sisters stopped a publican in Crayford who was stood outside but he said it was just the moon. Not comforted they drove back to their parents’ house in Barnhurst, where they were unable to rouse anyone. As they returned to the car the object was waiting for them and the pacing continued, the object staying 1-3m above the road, until they arrived at the Robinson house. Mr Robinson refused to look outside when he let them in. When the women went to bed in the back room they saw the object outside, beaming light in. It was still there when they went to sleep at 0330. It had paced them for over 16km.
  • Earthlink 2, 4, p13, citing investigation by Margaret Fry.
  • Evaluation: rhe pacing and the long period of appearance all suggest an astronomical misperception, almost certainly the moon low on the horizon.
 
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