This is a UFO case I recall from the mid 1970s as a young boy which featured on BBC’s John Craven’s Newsround ( a popular children’s news show
that tackled some serious subjects in the day such as the troubles in Northern Ireland). It rapidly spread to the national news in the UK and even
received international coverage. It has eerie similarities to the Westall case in Australia in 1966. However to this day it remains somewhat low key
despite it being one of the few UFO cases that was investigated by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as part of a number of sightings in the area
during 1977 that were commonly dubbed “The Broad Haven Triangle”.
Although there are brief mentions of it on this site (if there is more detail I couldn’t find it) and on other websites around the net, the
information is fairly sparse and rarely goes into more detail than a brief synopsis. So here goes my first attempt at a full thread on here and I hope
you find it informative and worth the effort (this did take hours of investigation).
The story begins on the 4th February 1977. According to the regional newspaper the Western Telegraph of Feb 7th 1977, fourteen children at Broad
Haven junior school near Haverfordwest, South Wales, had witnessed a landed UFO in a field close to the school but it was somewhat obscured by
shrubbery. The report also confirms that 6 of the youngsters reported seeing a humanoid figure.
A local BUFORA (British UFO Research Association) co-ordinator, Randall Jones Pugh, was telephoned at 4:50pm on the day by
one of the children’s parents. Apparently the sighting had frightened the pupils and they were adamant they had something out of the ordinary. The
pupil concerned, David Davies described a silver, cigar shaped object the size of a bus, hovering up above the trees as if trying to take off. It
seemed to stop for a few seconds and disappeared back behind the tree line again. Davies agreed to accompany Pugh to show him the area where the
sighting occurred. However it was now around 6pm, it was raining heavily and the light had all but faded. Given that the alleged landing site was
obstructed by a fence bordering a fast flowing stream, Pugh noted the location and decided to make further investigations the following day.
On the Saturday morning (5th Feb 1977) Pugh phoned Hugh Turnbull of the Western Telegraph. Both men accompanied 10 year old David Davies to what was
considered to be the landing site. However the search proved fruitless and no tyre marks, tracks or other evidence of anything large being in the area
was found. There did, however, appear to be damage to a nearby telegraph pole with the support beam left at an angle. Pugh considered that the heavy
rain may have accounted for washing away some traces of evidence but found it implausible that he found nothing at all in the area.
The headmaster, Ralph Llewellyn, and his staff had at first been sceptical of the children’s excited verbal reports and did not make the effort to
go outside and investigate. They were eventually convinced the pupils had been shocked by something they had seen. So Llewellyn asked the pupils to
sketch and report what they had seen under examination like conditions so they could not compare notes.
Here are some of the descriptions given by the pupils at the time when asked to recount their stories:
David John Davies
(10) : said that they were standing at the top end of the school playing field watching a bush where the object was sighted.
Philip (Rees) was trying to get a close look when up from the bush popped a cigar-shaped object. It was silvery, bright and humming. It seemed to be
tugging . Then we all ran. The time was around 3.35pm as they had just finished school.
Philip James Rees
(10) stated that he saw silvery object at ground level around 1.30pm after school dinner and was still there when he went
back into school at 2.00pm. “My friends and I asked the headmaster to have a look at the object, but he refused. A couple of my friends saw movement
of a figure, but I did not. I was frightened. Two friends, Tudor and David, were very frightened.”
Micheal Mathieson Webb
(11) : “It was silver and a cigar shape with a big dome and a red light flashing on top.”
David R. George
(9) saw both the object and the humanoid. Initially after 1.00pm and the and then at 3.35pm. He stated that the object was huge
and silver-coloured. It was shining and humming, and looked like a saucer with a point. He saw the occupant who was silver suited, and whose features
were not seen apart from “odd long” ears. He also said that one boy was so frightened that he cried.
Tudor Owen Lloyd Jones
(10): Reported an object at ground level and behind a bush and stated that he saw a “man” and admitted to becoming
(9) : “I saw the UFO when it was dinner time. It was silvery green and it had a yellowy orange to red colour light. It was a
disc at the bottom and a sort of dome on the top with the light on top. It was about 300 yards away. It moved a minute and then disappeared. It did
have a noise, but I didn’t hear it. We felt very scared. David George wanted someone to go to the toilet with him. Tudor Jones was nearly crying
because he was scared he was going to be disintegrated or something so we all rushed in. Some of our school did not believe us. We tried to make them
believe us but they would not.” In answers to specific questions, Jeremy stated that the sighting last not less than 5 minutes, the object was on
the ground and he saw a “person” in a silverish suit about 350 yards away.
Here are some of the sketches made
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continued soon......in part II