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October 1951 & Autumn 1994/95 - Gillingham & Burnley - Silver Oval UFO Sightings

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Originally forwarded by Richard Hall

Release Date: 25/07/2011

In July 2011 Janice got in touch with me via to provide details of two UFO sightings she has had – once when she was quite young and a second sighting she has had in the mid 90s. The most interesting thing is that both of these sightings appeared to be of a similar object performing similar manoeuvres.

1951 – The First Sighting

Janice’s first UFO sighting occurred in the second week of October 1951 when she was only 5 years old. It was mid-day and sadly the day of her father’s funeral. She was sitting on the steps of her neighbour’s house on Sturdee Avenue, Gillingham, Kent alongside her 14 year old neighbour who was comforting her. The weather was very clear and sunny.

Aerial map of Sturdee Avenue showing the position of the witnesses:

Glancing up into the sky to the North the girls noticed an object at high altitude. It appeared to be oval or lozenge shaped and was a dull silver colour. It appeared to be very large in size. Unlike most normal aircraft which travelled across the sky on a straight path, this object travelled in an arc and left no trail behind it. It moved in a Southerly direction.

Modern photograph of sighting location in the direction the UFO was seen:

Witness drawing showing the UFO, its movement path and the position of her and her neighbour:

Janice remembers watching it for between 5-10 minutes until it had vanished out of sight. Due to the distance it was hard to judge how fast it was moving at. Even though she was only young, she remembers the incident in quite good detail, especially considering the day it occurred on. She does not remember telling anyone about the sighting, and is unsure whether her neighbour ever did.

This is an interesting sighting of something which was clearly not a conventional aircraft. Both witnesses were used to seeing planes fly over so knew that this was different. However I do wonder if the object was a blimp at high altitude. We must consider the fact that it did not perform any abrupt manoeuvres. Also the witnesses were both quite young, and had probably not seen one of these before. When I suggested this possibility to Janice she did admit that this may have been the cause, though says that she could not find any information on airships travelling in that area back in the 1950s. The witnesses were quite sure that whatever it was it was at very high altitude, so it must have been sizeable, too big to have been an inflatable or balloon.

Autumn 1994/95 – The Second Sighting