In 1980, very strange and mysterious events occurred in the UK. Moreover, in terms of secrecy, this incident is even compared with UFO events in Roswell (“Roswell incident: UFO crash and alien abduction?”).
It all started on December 26, 1980. At about 3 am, security patrols near the gates of the American Air Force Base (she was near Rendlesham Forest) noticed strange lights coming down from the sky into the forest on British territory. At first they thought it was a downed plane.
The group went to the study and found a bright object that seemed metallic and glowed with colored lights. When the patrolmen approached, the object moved away and began to rush past the trees. At that time, terrible cries were heard from nearby farms, as if the animals had gone mad. Later, one of the military Jim Penniston claimed that they were faced with the phenomenon of extraterrestrial origin.
As soon as the lights disappeared, the group returned to the post. But in the morning of the same day, the patrolmen returned to the clearing, where they were at night, and saw on the ground three prints in the shape of a triangle. Charred tracks and broken branches were noticed on the trees. On the morning of December 28, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Holt arrived at the scene of the incident, along with several servicemen. They brought with them special equipment and cameras. It was even possible to take readings of radiation, which at the site of the marks were several times higher than those of the whole territory. In addition, a bit farther from the site, we found charred earth, as if something had exploded or exploded.
Later, Holt said that that evening they noticed three fiery objects in the sky 10 degrees beyond the horizon. He said that the brightest lights hung in one place for 2-3 hours, all the while emitting a bright stream of light. Later astronomers will say that these were just bright stars, but Holt would not accept such an explanation.
Rendlesham Forest, where Colonel Charles Holt (retired) returned to explain UFO sightings in 1980.
Despite rumors and witness conversations, the first official reminder of this event appeared only two weeks later (1981), entitled “Unexplained Lights”. The US Air Force military insisted that they were not involved in the incident in the forest. The same was stated by the British Ministry of Defense. They denied that the event bore at least the slightest threat to national security and tried to close the case as quickly as possible. No official investigation was conducted. However, from that day, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Holt continued to declare that he had witnessed an event of extraterrestrial origin, while in the government he was concealing information. Interestingly, the original investigation record from Holt was preserved, and one of the copies in 1984 was received by a UFO researcher and Lieutenant Colonel Sam Morgan. He could personally study the description of objects and radiation indications.
Experts claimed that the lights could be just the light of the nearest lighthouse. But the soldiers noted a strange movement. The stars also did not come up as an explanation, because they did not fit into the picture of the presence of charred trees, traces on the soil in the shape of a triangle and the sudden disturbance of animals on the farm.
In December 2018, a British UFO researcher, David Clark, suggested that the events in the Rendlesham Forest could have been created as a provocation against the US Air Force (which is why the incident occurred near the US military base). But the evidence has not yet been found. So the strange lights in the Rendlesham Forest are still a mystery.