The 1974 Berwyn Mountains UFO Incident: An Egg-Shaped Craft, Unmarked Helicopters & Alien Bodies

Updated: Jun 18

The 20 January 1974, was a night that many eyewitnesses would never forget when it was claimed that a UFO either landed or crashed on a remote peak in the Berwyn Mountains, North Wales.

In 1974 it is claimed that a UFO crashed in the Berwyn Mountains in North Wales
In 1974 it is claimed that a UFO crashed in the Berwyn Mountains in North Wales

This incident took place on the evening of 20 January 1974, local residents said that they saw a UFO impacting one of the mountain peaks that are within the Berwyn Mountain range in North Wales, UK.

This incident is all the more astonishing due to the amount of testimony given by local eyewitnesses who saw the event as it was unfolding.

A witness from Llandrillo, Annie Williams said: "I saw this bright light hanging in the sky. It had a long fiery tail that seemed to be motionless for several minutes, going dim and then very brilliant, like a dormant light that keeps coming to life. It would have been like an electric light bulb in shape, except that it seemed to have rough edges. then it fell somewhere behind my bungalow, and the earth shook."

The owner of the village post office in Ysbyty Ifan, David Hughes said: "The whole house shook violently and suddenly. It began quite suddenly, lasted for a few seconds, then stopped just as suddenly."

A local Police Constable by the name of Gwilym Owen also stated: "There was a great roar and then a bang. The sky lit up over the mountains. The colour was yellowish but other people in the valley described seeing blue lights."

Over the next few days after the incident, rumours were rife around Llandrillo and the surrounding towns and villages of Bala, Llandderfel, Corwen, and Crogen. The locals were talking about how the military had recovered a large, crashed UFO up on the mountain, they talked about secret operations to remove the craft, and how the military was trying to keep this hidden from public knowledge.

Strangely, at precisely the same time as the Berwyn Mountains UFO incident, reports of strange sightings in the UK skies were coming in from all over the country. In the Midlands, there was an influx of reports of people claiming to see bright lights in the sky as well as an abundance of unidentified helicopters.

One day before the reported UFO crash in North Wales, numerous reports were recorded of people witnessing strange, unmarked helicopters over Darley Moor in Derbyshire, Prestbury, and Scholar Green in Cheshire as well as in the area of Aston Cantlow near Stratford-upon-Avon.

The local police force in Cheshire was so bemused as to what was going on and who these strange helicopters belonged to that they contacted the Special Branch as well as the Royal Air Force for answers, neither of which were forthcoming with any type of explanation, no response was given to either who was flying the helicopters or for what reason were they there.

An influx of reports of unmarked helicopters flooded the UK at the same time as the Berwyn Mountain UFO incident
An influx of reports of unmarked helicopters flooded the UK at the same time as the Berwyn Mountain UFO incident

Around the same time, investigator Tommy Blann said that he had a contact in the United States, a lieutenant colonel in the US military who said: "underground installations, as well as isolated areas of military reservations, have squadrons of unmarked helicopters, which have sophisticated instrumentation on board, that are dispatched to areas of UFO activity to monitor these craft or airlift them out of the area if one has malfunctioned."

This claim seemed more prominent when in January 1974, The Times published an article stating that there had been a sudden influx of United States CIA agents arriving in the UK. It would appear that during this time the whole of the United Kingdom was full of strange phenomena.

Pat Evans, The Nurse Who Saw The Berwyn UFO

On that night of 20 January 1974, Pat Evans was at home with her two daughters, her husband was a long-distance lorry driver and was working away at the time. She recalled how she felt the earth tremble intensely, before hearing a loud explosion. Almost immediately Mrs Evans thought a plane had crashed on the Berwyns, she was a nurse and two years earlier she had been called out when a military plane had crashed in the same area.

She phoned Colwyn Bay Police and said, "I've heard this terrific explosion; I think a plane's crashed. Shall I go? The police replied to her, "Yes, please do. We will inform the appropriate authorities."

Mrs Evans promptly jumped into her car with her two teenage daughters and headed up the track from the village where they lived onto the B4391, a drive that takes around 15 minutes to get back on the main road. They then drove up into the Berwyns and across the Berwyn mountains, right to the highest point that the road can take you, below them is a large drop down to a gorge, and on the other side is a pine forest.

Just above the pine trees, Pat Evans, as well as her daughters saw what they described as a huge egg-shaped object that was clearly defined and letting out a defused light, they were approximately a quarter-mile away from the object. All three of them stood in amazement at what they could see for approximately 10 minutes. The daughters started to feel uncomfortable, and one of them said, "come on mum, let's go. There's nothing we can do; it's not a plane crash."

More Witnesses To The Berwyn Mountain UFO

Another witness, Miss Wynne, had gone out that night with her father and brother to visit family relations. On their drive back towards Corwen they recalled feeling the earth shake, and they too heard an explosion. When they looked up towards the mountains, they witnessed a big glow in the sky, just as you would expect if something had exploded.

The three of them drove along the Forestry Commission road to try and find out what had happened, it's a very narrow road where no cars can turn around. They said that the road was littered with police and military all the way along, they also saw the bright UFO sitting just beyond the forested area in the mountains.

So, how did the description of the UFO given by Miss Wynne compare to that given by the nurse, Pat Evans? Well, they were both exactly the same.

They said to the police, "What's it all about?" The police replied, "It's nothing to do with you. Turn around." As mentioned above, the road was that narrow, and with lots of other drivers venturing up to take a look at what was going on, it meant that they got a chance to have a really good look at this UFO, whatever it was. Meaning dozens of people actually saw this apparent craft on the mountain.

Rumours were still circulating in the local area that a secret military operation had taken place to remove the object, whatever it may have been. This wasn't the end of the Berwyn UFO incident, not in the slightest.

Alien Bodies Recovered From The Berwyn UFO

A well-known investigator within this field, Tony Dodd claimed that in 1996 he had spoken to a retired military figure who had attended the Berwyn UFO incident and had released some mind-blowing information. Dodd claimed that his source was reliable and that he had checked out his credentials and he was indeed who he claimed to be. The apparent retired military figure was given the pseudonym of James Prescott to protect his identity.

The top secret UK research facility that is said to have housed the bodies of recovered extraterrestrial beings
The top secret UK research facility that is said to have housed the bodies of recovered extraterrestrial beings

According to Prescott, in January 1974, he was stationed at an Army barracks in the south of England. "I cannot name my unit or barracks as they are still operational," Prescott said to Tony, as he told him how on 18 January his unit was put on "stand-by to move north at short notice." Twenty-four hours later, the unit was directed to make its way towards Birmingham.

"We then received orders to proceed with speed towards North Wales, but we were halted in Chester in readiness for a military exercise we believed was about to take place," Prescott explained.

Prescott recalled how on 20 January, his military unit was directed to proceed to Llangollen in North Wales and to wait at that point. He explained that upon their arrival at Llangollen, his unit noticed a large amount of "ground and aircraft activity" in the area.

It was at approximately 11.30 pm when the events took a really bizarre turn. Prescot said, "We, that is me and four others, were ordered to go to Llandderfel and were under strict orders not to stop for any civilians."

The team was told that when they reached Llandderfel, they were ordered to load two large oblong boxes into their vehicle.

"We were at this time warned not to open the boxes, but to proceed to the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down and deliver the boxes to them."

After an approximate 4 hour drive, they reached Porton Down, and the mystery cargo was taken inside the facility.

Prescot then made the astonishing claim, "Once inside, the boxes were opened by staff at the facility in our presence. We were shocked to see two creatures that had been placed inside decontamination suits." "When the suits were fully opened it was obvious that the creatures were clearly not of this world and, when examined, were found to be dead. What I saw in the boxes that day made me change my whole concept of life."

"The bodies were about five or six foot tall, humanoid in shape, but so thin they looked almost skeletal with a covering of skin. Although I did not see a craft at the scene of the recovery, I was informed that a large craft had crashed and was recovered by other military units."

"Sometime later we joined up with other elements of our unit, who informed us that they had also transported bodies of 'alien beings' to Porton Down, but said that their cargo was still alive."

Prescott also added that this was "the only time I was ever involved in anything of this nature. This event took place many years ago and I am now retired from the Armed Forces."

Tony Dodd has explained many times that he believes that James Prescott is certainly genuine and that the only reason he is no longer willing to discuss the incident is due to fear of reprisal from the Ministry of Defence.

The MoD Dismissed The Incident As An Earthquake & A Meteor

In 2013, Pat Evans, the nurse who said she witnessed the glowing UFO on the mountaintop broke her silence after the Ministry of Defence claimed that the Berwyn UFO incident was nothing more than a combination of an earthquake and a meteor, describing their explanation as "rubbish."

Mrs Evans, from Llandderfel, who is now in her 80s, said "It was unidentified because they couldn't identify it and it 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."

Completely dismissing the MoD's account, Mrs Evans still stands by what she claims to have seen with her two teenage daughters, adding: "It's rubbish. I know what I've seen."

"I had the meteorite people call here. There's a smell of sulphur with meteors and there was no smell, just night air."

"We just saw this huge ball glowing and pulsating on the mountain. Some lights seem to be scattered around it and I just wish we'd stayed to see what the end result was - whether it would just disappear or fly away."

"We didn't see anybody on the road even though there were various reports that we were told to go away by armed police and military etc, which was all totally untrue. We'd heard an almighty bang and we live at the foot of the mountain and I thought it might have been a plane crash. Me being a nurse and my girls being in St John's (Ambulance) I thought we could help."

Another fascinating UFO encounter in the United Kingdom that is rarely spoken about nowadays. Do you think a UFO did crash in the Welsh mountains in 1974? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below. Now you have read about the Berwyn Mountains UFO Incident, make sure you check out the full-length interview with Bob Lazar on Area 51, Element 115, and Alien Spacecraft.


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