a reply to: mirageman
The question should be WHY they decided to take a Geiger counter out on the third night. From all accounts there had been multiple visits to the
landing site by various personnel including British police officers in the previous two days. So why did they finally decide on the third night that
they needed a Geiger counter?
SSgt Monroe Nevels (also given as Nevilles (by Bruni) and Nevel (by Halt and Hanson)) has an interesting role in the RFI. In Halt and Hanson (2016)
there is a passing mention to Nevels on 26th December in the context of the visit to the landing site by PC Creswell, Maj Drury, Cpt Verrano and MSgt
Gulyas. Whilst SSgt Nevels is not specifically mentioned as present on that day, the comment is made that “the marks on the trees, as described by
Monroe Nevel, were found to be five feet off the ground.” [sic]
This gives some credence to SSgt Nevels inspecting a site in the forest separate from the indecent of the later Halt patrol, even though his role is
In a 20 July 2010 interview by Linda Moulton Howe on Earthfiles, SSgt Nevels claimed that, on Saturday 27th December 1980, at about 16:00 hours, he
was visited at his home on the RAF Woodbridge base by Lt Bruce Englund. Englund is said to have stated that he was there on the Top-Secret orders of
Col Conrad. Englund then began relating “all the instances of the UFO on December 25th through that timeframe.” Englund mentioned that SSgt
Penniston and A1C Burroughs were involved, and that this was two nights previously. Englund said that someone had been abducted into the aircraft. A1C
Burroughs name was not mentioned (no name was specifically mentioned) and he is said to have been taken into a craft on the night of Halt’s patrol
(as witnessed by Bustinza).
SSgt Nevels and Lt Englund left at 16:30 hours for RAF Bentwaters, and then Lt Englund took SSgt Nevels to the alleged landing site in the forest. At
this time it was dark. Lt Englund told SSgt Nevels that the landed craft did not break any limbs as it came down. SSgt Nevels witnessed the three
indentations in the ground. He had a camera with him but did not state if he took any photographs. They left the site at about 19:00 to 20:00 hours,
suggesting that they were on site for about one to two hours.
On the way back SSgt Nevels witnessed a bright flashing light through the forest and experienced static electricity. They both immediately reported
back to Col Conrad who was in the officer’s club. Present also was Lt Col Halt, Col Williams and the Security Police Chief. This report allegedly
led to Lt Col Halt assembling his patrol, with SSgt Nevels collecting his Geiger counter and accompanying the patrol.
This is clearly at odds with the currently accepted narrative. Bruni reported that Halt's recollection was that he and other officers, including Base
Commander Colonel Ted Conrad, were attending a Combat Support Group awards dinner at Woody’s Bar on the Woodbridge base. During the evening Lt Bruce
Englund turned up and told Conrad and Halt that there had been more sightings in the forest and that it was back. Bruni continues:
"‘What’s back?’ enquired Halt. ‘The UFO is back,’ replied Englund. Colonel Conrad then instructed Halt to assemble a group of personnel and
investigate with the aim of debunking the saga once and for all. Apparently, the officers felt it was now getting out of control. Before leaving the
party Halt made a call to the Disaster Preparedness and spoke to the chief of the department, Captain Sue Jones, who told him that the officer on
stand-by was Sergeant Munroe Nevilles. When Halt reached Nevilles, a keen amateur photographer (although Halt claims he was a professional), he
instructed him on what equipment to gather and reminded him to take along his camera."
Lt Col Halt stated in an interview with Open Minds Radio 30 November 2010, that he had been at the end of the year party. They had just finished the
main course and were waiting for desert when Englund came in, the on-duty flight commander. He was as white as a sheet. He said to Lt Col Halt,
So the timing of Englund's arrival would appear to be consistent with his and Nevels' return from the forest sometime after 20:00 hours.
Halt and Hanson’s omission of SSgt Nevels’ initial role is, therefore, very strange. Especially so given that SSgt Nevels went on the public
record for the first time in 2003, and then again in 2010. Also, Pope in 2014 did not mention SSgt Nevels visit to the forest with Englund. Rather, he
simply reiterates that after Lt Englund reported to the officer’s club, Lt Col Halt called the Disaster Preparedness Office and spoke to the chief
who was on stand-by. This was identified only then as SSgt Nevels.
Jenny Randles in 1981 obtained information from an RAF Watton Source, who had been informed by USAF Intelligence officers that a metallic UFO had
crash-landed in a forest near Ipswich, that patrols investigating had experienced difficulties with their vehicle lights and engines cutting out, thus
having to continue on foot. The object had been on the ground for several hours, during which time entities were witnessed. Potts informed Randles
that the base commander and several officers were called out to the forest from a party on the base and that the base commander was communicating with
the alien entities. This of course suggest the Larry Warren incident more than the Halt Patrol.
Again quoting Bruni:
"Bustinza is not exactly sure what night he was involved in the incident, but thinks it was probably 29 December because he specifically remembers it
was the last night of his midnight shift with D Flight before he went on his three-day break. Due to the Christmas holidays, there was a skeleton
staff on duty and he was the only non-commissioned officer assigned to the Woodbridge base. When the report came in around midnight he was still in
the alert area at Bentwaters, preparing to make his way over to Woodbridge. The airman on duty at the east-gate post did not describe exactly what he
saw but thought it looked like a fire in the forest. Sergeant Bustinza immediately alerted his acting commander, Second Lieutenant Bruce Englund, who
in turn contacted Lieutenant Colonel Halt. Englund was instructed to check out the situation and, with Bustinza acting as his driver, they collected
Master Sergeant Bobby Ball."
There is no mention of Nevels (or Nevilles) and they meet up with Halt only later in the forest. As far as Bruni could ascertain, MSgt Ball collected
Lt Col Halt and Sgt Nevels and drove them to Rendlesham Forest.
edit on 26-5-2019 by Sutekh because: typo