When Worlds Collide: UFOs and the British Military's Encounter in Rendlesham Forest

By Jack Ripley | December 27, 2023

Rendlesham Forest Was The Last Place anyone expected to see a UFO

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Rendlesham Forest, a picturesque woodland that covers about 5.8 square miles, is currently under the ownership of the Forestry Commission. Situated in Suffolk County, this area lies about 8 miles to the east of Ipswich. Notably, the forest finds itself in close proximity to two former military installations: RAF Bentwaters, which is just north of the forest, and RAF Woodbridge, which extends into the forest from the western side and is bordered by the forest on its northern and eastern perimeters. During the time of the incident, both bases were utilized by the United States Air Force and fell under the command of wing commander Colonel Gordon E. Williams. The base's commanding officer was Colonel Ted Conrad, with Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt serving as his deputy.

A UFO Buzzed The Base On Boxing Day

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(Center For UFO Stories)

At about 3am on December 26, 1980, the reported UFO incident took place in close proximity to the East Gate of RAF Woodbridge, which is essentially located at the far end of the base's runway. It was in this specific area that security guards initially witnessed a series of peculiar lights descending towards the forest, near the border of a farmer's field known as Capel Green. At the time it was unclear what the lights were, but it was initially believed to be a meteor or a downed aircraft.