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June 1997 – Halesowen – Speherical UFO Formation Sighting

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Last Updated: 10/02/2014

In late December 2013 I was contacted by a gentleman named Kerry Devine. He had been looking through the cases listed on the BUFOG website and realised that his own fascinating sighting was not present, so decided to forward me the details of what he and others witnessed back in 1997.

Sighting Details

It was dusk on an evening in June 1997. Kerry was on his work shift at the Automobile Association Headquarters on Dogkennel Lane, Halesowen. He was in the West wing of the building which faces in the direction of Brierley Hill. He noticed that 5 of his work colleagues were gazing out of one of the large windows, pointing and chatting to one another excitedly. Kerry was intrigued and walked over to see what all the commotion was about. They pointed up into the sky through the window.

The clouds were quite low in the sky and were catching the orange glow of the setting sun. Below the clouds there were what appeared to be a couple of spherical objects moving slowly to the West. The objects were white or silver in colour and were reflecting the setting sunlight, so were definitely solid. They appeared to be at an altitude of about 3-4000 feet. Judging by the distance and estimated height, Kerry feels that they must have each been about the size of a large car. Kerry was informed by his colleagues that there had been about 20 of the objects, but most had already moved out of sight.

Aerial map of the sighting location with the location and directional movement of the UFOs added by the wintess: 

The remaining objects began to perform a series of very unusual manoeuvres. They appeared to be taking it in turns to move vertically up through the cloud layer at incredible speed then descend back down while zig-zagging through the air. This continued for about 10-15 minutes in front of everyone. These manoeuvres would have been impossible for an aircraft to perform.

The witnesses could barely believe what they were seeing. However as they were supposed to be working at the time some of them dispersed and returned to their desks. Kerry continued to observe the objects for as long as he felt he could get away with. After a while the objects which had remained behind the main formation seemed to finish their display and fly off rapidly to catch up with the rest of the UFOs.

As it happened, to his work colleagues amusement, Kerry was reading a book on UFO sightings at the time. Within the book there was a contact number for the MOD at Whitehall. At around 2am after thinking about whether he would be believed or not, Kerry rang them to report the incident. They took down the details of the sighting. They also denied that there had been any air traffic in the area at that time.

Kerry didn’t see his work colleagues again until a couple of days later. When he went back in for another shift he was informed that the Express and Star newspaper and numerous UFO societies had been trying to get hold of him. Kerry wondered how they had found out about the sighting or why they particularly wanted to speak with him. The other witnesses did not seem to want to talk about the incident as they felt it may damage their reputation if they were named.

As Kerry is the kind of person who does not deny what he has witnessed, he decided to speak to the Express and Star about what took place. He asked them where they had got their information from and they informed him that the MOD had contacted Brierley Hill police directly with his report. The police had subsequently got in touch with the papers. The article that the Express and Star released made front page news, possibly due to the involvement of the AA.

Kerry later found out that there had been other witnesses elsewhere in Halesowen who had also seen the formation. A gentleman who was out walking on the Clent Hills did see the UFOs and also reported it to Halesowen News, but unlike the Express and Star they did not release an article.

Kerry continues to have an active interest in the UFO subject. He believes that what he and his work colleagues observed was one of the largest formations of UFOs to have ever been seen over the UK and feels very lucky to have been a part of it. He has also pointed out the similarities between what he saw and the fleet sightings that have been observed and videotaped in Mexico.