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Was the Rendlesham UFO incident a prank ?

Posted on Tuesday, 1 January, 2019 | Comment icon 221 comments

The incident occurred just outside RAF Woodbridge. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Taras Young
A new theory has suggested that the incident was in fact a revenge plot orchestrated by British special forces.
It's the UK's best known UFO case and even now, more than 38 years later, the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident continues to remain a topic of heated debate among UFO researchers.

The strangeness began on December 26th, 1980 when US servicemen stationed at RAF Woodbridge witnessed an unknown object descending in to the woods. Upon investigating, they encountered a glowing metallic object which seemed to move through the trees as they approached. When they returned the next day, they found three triangular impressions in the ground at the same spot.

On December 28th the object appeared a second time, prompting deputy base commander Lt Col Charles Halt and a group of servicemen to venture out in to the woods to investigate.

But what did the men really see that night and could there be a conventional explanation ?

Now according to Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Dr David Clarke, an anonymous tip-off from a man claiming to have been a member of the SAS at the time of the incident has indicated that the whole thing may have been little more than a clever prank.

The story goes that a group of British soldiers had parachuted in to RAF Woodbridge as part of an exercise designed to test the base's defenses. They were quickly captured and imprisoned for 18 hours by US personnel who repeatedly referred to them as 'aliens'.

Keen to get their own back, the British soldiers concocted an elaborate revenge scheme.

On the night of the incident, the men secretly rigged up lights and colored flares in the forest as well as black helium balloons and remote control kites to make it look like there was a UFO.

Former MoD UFO investigator Nick Pope however remains skeptical.

"Having run the MoD's UFO project and having undertaken a cold case review of the incident I can confirm that no explanation for the Rendlesham Forest incident was ever found," he said.

"We looked at all the theories... and none of them fit the facts."

Source: East Anglian Times | Comments (221)

Tags: Rendlesham, UFO

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #212 Posted by quillius on 15 January, 2019, 16:30
i believe the request soon followed an interview of some kind...will go quickly look again now at what I had previously found.   so a date prior to 1983 as i think this was when the FOIA went in
Comment icon #213 Posted by quillius on 15 January, 2019, 16:41
there is this as a starting point:  
Comment icon #214 Posted by quillius on 15 January, 2019, 17:31
In 2010, Jenny Randles, who first reported the case in the London Evening Standard in 1981 and co-authored with the local researchers who uncovered the events, the first book on the case in 1984    this is from Wiki. it suggests that at very least it was reported in 1981 and that 'local researchers' uncovered the event.......I havent looked any further into confirming this
Comment icon #215 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 15 January, 2019, 18:16
The affidavit from Burroughs is a key document and he tells a completely different story from Penniston's latest, also confirming that he never saw a structured object at all. So they basically changed their story to a degree.   Thanks for the link
Comment icon #216 Posted by quillius on 16 January, 2019, 10:11
yes, annoying as the event stood well on its own in my opinion (as far as a mystery is concerned), further fanciful accounts really have damaged credibility, but as an earlier poster said (think is was sky), its often best to stick with statements made at the time and draw your own conclusions from there.
Comment icon #217 Posted by garth on 16 January, 2019, 22:54
You've probably heard of UFO investigator Jacques Vallee. He thought that the US military were likely testing a psy-ops trick that probably involved technology such as a holographic projector. As you know, hi-tech stuff is often invented by the military-industrial complex and revealed to the public only years later. Vallee says that the staff who witnessed the events were asked to write out detailed reports and give answers to prepared questionnaires. Usually reports of UFOs were hushed up and frowned upon, and soldiers were told not to mention them and to forget about them. Vallee said he cou... [More]
Comment icon #218 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 16 January, 2019, 23:11
Welcome in, @garth  and good theory
Comment icon #219 Posted by garth on 16 January, 2019, 23:15
Thank you, Earl.Of.Trumps. Jacques Vallee is a fascinating person. The UFO investigator in the film "Close Encounter of the Third Kind", played by Francois Truffaut, was based on him. Vallee told Spielberg he didn't agree with the extraterrestrial hypothesis of UFOs, but he accepted Spielberg's explanation that he had to give the audience what they would expect to see.
Comment icon #220 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 16 January, 2019, 23:21
Yes, I remember him. Truffaut played a good role.  And that was a great movie with the best special effects of its time. I like the scene at the RxR crossing.   good stuff.
Comment icon #221 Posted by garth on 16 January, 2019, 23:24
I also love the film that Truffaut directed himself, "Fahrenheit 451". He does a Hitchcock and appears in briefly in one scene.

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