23rd January 1974 was a cold wet evening in the small North Wales town
of Llandrillo. A loud bang was heard and strange lights were seen in
the area of the nearby Berwyn Mountain range sometime around 8:30pm.
Reports from a number of witnesses described red and amber pulsing
lights on a sort of egg shaped craft.
At the time it was feared there had been an aircraft crash of some sort. Local nurse Pat Evans left home from the village of Llandderfel accompanied by her two daughters and made the journey towards the mountains in the belief she was going to help any survivors. She reports that she saw a red glow on a slope of Cader Berwyn and then smaller, flickering lights lower down the mountain. She assumed they were from a rescue team. That thought vanished as it struck her that no rescue team could have possibly responded as fast this. Becoming puzzled and nervous of what she was witnessing Pat decided she could be of no assistance and turned round for home. Some reports state she was flagged down and politely questioned by a British military patrol on her return home to Llandderfel.
In the days following there were reports of a lot of military activity in the area and strange visitors to the surrounding villages questioning people over what they had seen.
Felton, a local researcher, who also considered evidence given in Welsh
that Roberts ignored, believes that there was a UFO landing in1974 and
some of Roberts evidence is flawed. Author, Nick Redfern was told that
there was a retrieval operation by British military and that alien
bodies were recovered and taken to Porton Down. Another UFO researcher,
Russ Kellet, claimed to have uncovered a paper confirming a military
operation called "Photoflash" was scheduled for the evening of January
23rd 1974. A Marine and Coastguard document details that:
“During the late afternoon and early evening of 23rd January 1974 there was an exercise from Jurby 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 .”
Liverpool Daily Post of 25th Jan 1974 reported that many people,
especially in the Isle of Man, had seen an RAF night bombing exercise.
Kellet concludes that 3 USOs were flushed out of the Irish Sea by the
Royal Navy and RAF. One of the craft came down near Bala and aliens
were taken away from the scene by the military. Russ also claims to
have several fragments of one of the craft.
Berwyn has, for a long time, played second fiddle to the Rendlesham/Bentwaters case and remained low key outside of the United Kingdom. The story has grown somewhat since the 1970s and there seems to be no real evidence for alien bodies being taken on the back of a truck to Porton Down (or anywhere else for that matter). However there does seem evidence that military activity was going on in the Irish Sea on the night the UFO was seen. There are also errors in the detail of Andy Roberts report which throws doubt on the skeptical and officially accepted story that it was all just a bolides and a tremor.