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1965 – Ipswich – Glowing UFOs Sighting

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Release Date: 12/09/2021

In July 2021 an elderly gentleman named John Harwood got in touch with me via Facebook after reading one of my other case reports to discuss a sighting he had of numerous UFOs back in the 1960s.

Sighting Details

John thinks the incident took place in 1965, although he cannot remember the time of year. At the time he and his wife owned a small clothing shop in Colchester. One morning they drove to Colchester to pick up some dresses. John’s wife drove, John was in the passenger seat. It was a clear, sunny and still morning with barely a cloud in the sky.

Aerial map showing Colchester (A) and Ipswich (B)

They were on their way back to Ipswich travelling North East along London Road and just about to drive over the railway bridge. There were a few other cars on the road but it wasn’t particularly busy.

Aerial map of the railway bridge on London Road

Suddenly John noticed a glowing oval-shaped object in the sky off to the the left of the car in the North North East. It appeared to be motionless and was at an angle of 45 degrees elevation. Thinking it looked unusual he got his wife to pull over the car so he could get out and take a better look.

The object appeared to be about 1000 feet up and approximately 100 feet across. Initially he thought it must be a weather balloon catching the suns rays, but it appeared to be too still in the sky for this, too bright and seemingly too large. It looked like it was self-luminescent and had clearly defined edges. John’s wife got out and also started watching the object.

Photograph of the sighting location

They observed it for about 3-4 minutes, expecting it to start to move in a direction. Sadly they did not have a camera on them so were unable to attempt to photograph or video the UFO. They then noticed two smaller glowing oval shaped objects off to the right of the main one and slightly below it. John estimates each of them was 20 feet across.

Over the next 8-10 seconds they watched as the two smaller ones headed towards the larger object at a steady speed and straight course. They seemed to converge into the base of the main object and disappeared from view.

Next they noticed another individual smaller object, this time off to the left! Again it flew towards the main object and seemed to enter or converge with it.

They continued to watch the main object for another minute. There was a flicker of light, then the main object seemed to shrink in size before vanishing from sight. The couple could barely believe what they had just witnessed! They got back into the car and continued their drive home.

Afterwards they did not tell their family or work colleagues about the incident as they felt that they would not believe them. However many years later John and his father happened to be standing on the bridge where the incident had taken place. John’s father worked for Samford council. He mentioned what had happened, expecting his father to laugh. However instead he seemed to believe him, and informed him that it was a known corridor for sightings of UFOs!

Sighting Analysis

This is a very interesting sighting involving multiple unexplained objects. They could not have been normal aeroplanes reflecting the sunlight due to the length of time the main object remained stationary for. Helicopters also seem unlikely. John says that at the altitude they were at he would have seen some structure to them if they were helicopters. The manouveres of the smaller objects seemingly merging or entering the larger one is not something which helicopters would do. Also 360 Radar confirms that the area does not lie within any air corridors: