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Michael F. Strong

Is There a 1947 Link to the Rendlesham Forest UFO Case?

The Rendlesham Forest UFO is the most famous and oft written about UFO incident in Britain, so much so that it has often be referred to as the UK’s “Roswell.”

The Rendlesham Forest affair happened in the 1980s, four decades after the Roswell incident, however, new evidence has surfaced that it may share a link to a more contemporary cousin of Roswell.

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It was right around Christmas in 1980 when the Rendlesham incident was reported. The forest is situated in Suffolk, England, which is very near to the twin-Royal Air Force Bases, of Woodbridge and Bentwaters. A memo prepared by the joint Deputy Base Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt reveals the astonishing facts:

“Early in the morning of 27 Dec 80 (approximately 0300L) two USAF security police patrolmen saw unusual lights outside the back gate at RAF Woodbridge. Thinking an aircraft might have crashed or been forced down, they called for permission to go outside the gate to investigate. The on-duty flight chief responded and allowed three patrolmen to proceed on foot. The individuals reported seeing a strange glowing object in the forest.

The object was described as being metallic in appearance and triangular in shape, approximately two to three meters across the base and approximately two meters high. It illuminated the entire forest with a white light. The object itself had a pulsing red light on top and banks of blue lights underneath. The object was hovering or on legs. As the patrolmen approached the object, it maneuvered through the trees and disappeared. At this time the animals on a nearby farm went into a frenzy. The object was briefly sighted approximately an hour later near the back gate.”

The mysterious encounter remains unsolved to this day.

However, UFO researchers have recently reported that there is another bizarre UFO story – from the very same area – that dates all the way back to 1947, which interestingly enough, is the same year of the well-known Roswell Incident!

The account came from a man named Ronald Anstee, a long-time UFO researcher who died in November 2006. Newly declassified UFO papers reveal that Anstee had secured certain data that revolved around a flying saucer event in the summer months of 1947 – and very near to Rendlesham Forest.

The precise date was, and still is, unknown. What we do know, however, is that Anstee’s informant was a family member. Reportedly, the affair involved the sudden and brief appearance out of nowhere of a classic, saucer-shaped, metallic vehicle over RAF Bentwaters. It was said to have been around fifty feet in diameter.

Such was the concern over what happened, senior military personnel were flown in and secret meetings were quickly arranged to try and figure out what had happened. The matter was never resolved to Anstee’s satisfaction. He fired off letters to the U.K.’s old Air Ministry but failed to get meaningful answers. Anstee did, however, state that the presence of the UFO was somehow connected to a then-new radar system in the area. How he knew that, though, has not been disclosed. Nick Redfern, a writer for “Mysterious Universe,” who uncovered the documents refereeing to Anstee’s knowledge of the 1947 version of the “Rendlesham Forest UFO,” says:

“It’s doubtful that today – more than seventy years later – we will ever get the answers to this intriguing (but short on data) case. It should be noted, though, that Anstee’s letters to the Air Ministry were written on January 30, March 7 and March 21, 1963. Nineteen-sixty-three was seventeen years before the Rendlesham Forest affair occurred. How intriguing it is then, that in the early 1960s, Anstee was digging into a story of a significant UFO encounter near RAF Bentwaters, which would go on to become known in relation to the Rendlesham case nearly two decades later. A connection? It all depends on how you put the pieces together.”

Redfern concludes, “The best I can say right now is that one military base was involved in two incidents – and that’s it. Maybe there’s more to it all – but we’re certainly not there yet.”


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