Rendlesham Forest Incident – 26th – 28th Dec 1980The Rendlesham forest incident is the most famous of all UFO cases in the United Kingdom and arguably 2nd only to Roswell in the English speaking world. At first glance it appears that witness testimony from US military officers and the physical evidence makes this an absolute nailed on genuine UFO landing case close to twin RAF bases leased to the USAF at Bentwaters/Woodbridge in Suffolk during the Christmas holiday period in 1980. But delve deeper and the waters are muddy. There are many unanswered questions, plenty of contradictions, and conflicting testimony. Even if you don’t think the case has anything to do with ET though this is still a very interesting story to sift through.
There are already a number of threads that go into great detail on Rendlesham.
But, for those not familiar with the story here is a brief synopsis. I guess many will not be familiar with the events of the 26/27th. However I have based this on a 2009 interview that John Burroughs gave to the Paracast. As he was present on the 1st investigation and the night when Colonel Halt ventured into the forest then it does explain the timeline more clearly.
25/26th Dec 1980 - Late on Christmas Night 1980 3 USAF security men (Ed Cabansag, Jim Penniston and John Burroughs) respond to a call to investigate lights and a possible downed aircraft. What they appear to witness is a landed UFO in Rendlesham Forest which eventually disappears at rapid speed into the sky.
26/27th Dec 1980 – Whilst the officers involved on the first night were off duty the Shift Commander goes out into the forest to investigate further strange lights in the forest. Her vehicle stalls and a small ball sized blue light flies through her vehicle. She is then sent home as she is so disturbed by the incident.
27/28th Dec - the UFO returns and the Deputy Base Commander Colonel Halt joins a team of men who see strange lights blinking and moving through the forest and above Woodbridge and Bentwaters bases. They also detect radiation in the forest in the area where the UFO was believed to have landed. More alarming is the strange laser like beams coming down onto the airbase and their patrol from what appeared to have been a controlled craft in the sky above them.
Another witness, Larry Warren, even claims to have seen a commanding officer attempting communication with 3 small alien beings in the forest and that the whole incident was filmed. Warren also claims to have been drugged shortly afterwards and taken to a secret underground base. A location where he was ‘de-briefed’ and told to stay silent because “…bullets are cheap”.
In later years Jim Penniston claimed to have touched and sketched a triangular craft with strange glyph markings on it. In 2010 he produced a notebook containing binary code which he had somehow downloaded and memorized after touching the craft. The code was translated back into English and displayed a strange message.
EXPLORATION [of] HUMANITY
52° 09’ 42.532” N
13° 13’ 12.69” W
FOR PLANETARY ADVAN[CE]
There is plenty of evidence to back up the claims of the airmen involved. Much of this is now in the public domain. Next morning, Penniston made plaster casts of what appeared to have been indentations left from the landing gear from the UFO in the forest.
Halt’s team returned with positive radiation readings from the alleged landing sight and a micro cassette recording of the investigation as events unfold in real time. There are witness statements (some of which are contradictory) and even an official memo to the RAF Liaison Officer confirming the sightings (although the details are low key and the date of the first encounter is wrong).
More recently, Nigel Kerr, the RAF radar operator, on duty during the first night confirms that he saw a number of radar blips over the Bentwaters area before the signal faded out completely.
Harder to establish are the claims that video tape of the events was allegedly sent to USAFE HQ ,Ramstein, Germany and that investigators from both British and and US security services were crawling all over the base in the aftermath of the event.
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