Article by Steve Bagnall July 27, 2019 (dailypost.co.uk)
• On the night of January 23rd, 1974 at about 8:30 pm, people near the Berwyn Mountains in North Wales, UK (pictured above), reported hearing a huge bang with earth tremors and claims of brilliant lights in the sky above the mountain range. Explanations have ranged from a series of coincidences including an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale whose epicentre was Bala Lake, along with a meteor shower and poachers with lamps, to a UFO crashing on the mountain side with an alien craft taken away by the military.
• UFO researcher Russ Kellett believes that the British military conducted a mission that night to flush out extraterrestrial craft operating from an undersea base in that region, and that the military captured one of those alien vessels. Kellett claims his research shows that one may have been shot down near Betws-y-Coed. Another came down near Llandrillo on the outskirts of the Berywn Mountains. And a third one landed in Bala Lake, before taking off again.
• To back up his claim, Kellett received a letter from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirming that a British military exercise had taken place at Jerby Range on the Isle of Man on the night of the ‘Berwyn Mountains Incident’. According to the letter, the exercise was code-named “Operation Photoflash”, comprising “at least 10 aircraft taking part and at least 80 flashes around the Liverpool Bay area and the North Wales coastline.”
• Kellett has obtained a digital copy of the logbook from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that has listed an ‘Operation Photoflash’ on that date, further verifying the event. Said Kellett, “This document shows that Operation Photoflash was real and I believe from my research that UFOs were flushed out of the sea off the North Wales coast in a military operation.”
• In 2010, retired nurse Pat Evans related that she saw something strange on the mountainside that evening in 1974, after hearing a large bang. Thinking it was a plane crash, she went to see if she could help. When she got there, she saw a large craft that glowed orange, red and yellow and was “moon-like, but without windows or doors.” Said nurse Evans, “[The craft] couldn’t have got there any other way apart from being flown there, so it had to be a UFO of some sort. I’m talking about something that could only have got there by flying and landing.” Added Evans, “I’ve never seen anything like it before or since. I have no idea what it was.”
• Skeptics maintain it all was just a meteor shower and an earthquake occurring at the same time, or perhaps a meteor exploding and showering red hot fragments over the Berwyns.
A new document has emerged which shows a military exercise was taking place on the night of one of North Wales greatest UFO mysteries.
The Berwyn Mountains “incident” still provokes debates about what happened on the night of January 23 1974.
Explanations have ranged from a series of coincidences including an earthquake whose epicentre was BalaLake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, a meteor shower and poachers with lamps, to a UFO crashing on the mountain side, with an alien taken away by the military.
At about 8.30 pm on that night 45 years ago people reported hearing a huge bang, earth tremors were felt, amid claims of brilliant lights in the sky above the mountain range.
Police arrived in the area and a RAF search and rescue team was scrambled from Anglesey.
Self-styled UFO researcher Russ Kellett has always believed an alien vessel came down that night and was taken away as one of a number flushed out of the sea off North Wales in a major military operation.
But a letter Mr Kellett received from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) appears to confirm a military operation, codenamed Photoflash, was scheduled for that night.
The MCA headed letter said: “During the late afternoon and early evening of 23rd January 1974 there was an exercise from Jerby Range on the Isle of Man.
“The exercise was called ‘Photoflash’ and coastguards were advised to expect at least 10 aircraft taking part and at least 80 flashes around the Liverpool Bay area and the North Wales coastline.”
However Mr Kellett came in for criticism about the letter and its veracity.
Now he has received a digital copy of the coastguard station’s logbook, from the MCA for that day, which clearly shows “Operation Photoflash” was a real event and appears on the log.
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