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Date: December 1978
Location: Martins Bay New Zealand
Time: early morning
Summary: The witness woke up to an unusual buzzing noise, looking out she saw what appeared to be a large object linking up with two smaller craft over the sea. The objects were rectangular in shape and she was able to see three men wearing dark wetsuit like garments perform what appeared to be repairs. The men would climb down hanging ladders and enter the other objects; they also flashed silver, gold, and orange colored beams of light into the different objects. As the men finished the objects quickly disappeared in the direction of Rangitoto Island.
Source: UFO Tasmania 1979, quoting Xenolog


Date: December 1978
Location: Near San Angelo, Texas
Time: night
Summary: Two service personnel on their way to a transfer location had fallen asleep in an isolated spot on the side of the road and ran off the road. Breaking the axle of the vehicle. They had no success hitching a ride and soon noticed a group of about 30 dark figures walking towards them over the desert; at first they yelled at them for help. The group turned in their direction, had flashlights, but made no sound at all as they approached. Concerned about the eerie nature of the silence they stopped a vehicle, which the driver told them reluctantly to get in. As they boarded the vehicle they noticed that the group of people broke into a run at him. They never said a word. The drive of the vehicle managed to get away before the figures reached the area.
Source: Fortean Times


Date: December 1978
Location: Rios dos Indios, Brazil
Time: night
Summary: Three girls, Mercedes, Fatima & Neusa were returning from school along an isolated path when they observed an intriguing creature about 1 meter in height, huge pointed ears, wearing a red & black outfit and with what appeared to be two small antennas on the top of its head. It was walking silently down a wooded path. 
Source: Revista Brasileira Ovni


Date: December 1978
Location: Barahona, Dominican Republic
Time: night
Summary: A creature resembling a large black dog repeatedly mutilated small animals like dogs, cats, chickens, and rabbits under cover of darkness and with chilling finesse: it made its way into chicken coops and pens somehow opening the gates without destroying them. Local residents believed that the otherworldly creature had some sort of “intelligence” that allowed it to elude their best efforts at catching it. Soon the murderous phantom dog was joined by an even more fearsome manifestation: a cadaverous being resembling a human female. (Island folklore mentions fearsome female like creatures called “Ciguapas.) Those who managed to see it closely noted that its face “appeared to be covered with cotton”. This entity was also blamed for a number of mutilations.
Source: Scott Corrales, Inexplicata Issue # 10


Date: December 1978
Location: Mexico
Time:
Summary: a close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants.
Source: Webb, David


Date:  December  1978
Location:  Rapatee, IL
Time:  Night
Summary:  Two teenage girls from London Mills reported a tubular aircraft approached their car as they drove on Illinois Rt.11 near Rapatee. It came within about 10 feet of their vehicle, circled them once, and left “toward the east at a fantastic speed, but there wasn’t any noise at all.” 
Source:  NCS


Date: early December 1978
Location: Vacri, Chieti, Italy
Time: early morning
Summary: Several locals reported seeing in the outskirts of this town two figures wearing luminous coveralls and oval shaped helmets. They seemed to be gliding over the fields.
Source: Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia


Date:  December 1 1978
Location:  Giulianova, Italy
Time:   1:40 AM.
Summary:  A small dark disc with a luminous underbody, estimated to be about 1.5 meters in diameter, flew slowly along the coast heading south in Giulianova, Italy. About four hours later, in Milan, Italy the entire electrical system of a car failed when a luminous, orange and green saucer-shaped UFO flew overhead. The object circled the car then rose vertically. The car functioned without trouble after the UFO left the scene. 
Source:  Lumieres dans la Nuit and ITACAT


Date: December 3 1978
Location: Leme, Brazil
Time: night
Summary: A brightly lit globular shaped object was seen flying at a low altitude over the area. Several moving figures could be seen moving inside through a large opening. 
Source: GEPUC Brazil


Date: December 4 1978
Location: Mendoza Argentina
Time: unknown
Summary: A woman walking home encountered a blue green object with two undescribed beings. She felt intense cold, but at the same time it was like she was in an intense energetic state. When she recovered she found her left eye bruised and violet rectangular marks behind her left ear and on her waist.
Source: John Schuessler, UFO Related Human Physiological Effects.


Date: December 6 1978
Location: Amur Region, Siberia, Russia
Time: unknown
Summary: In the isolated taiga, between the rivers Urkan and Tyndoy a UFO shaped like a metallic mushroom was found, apparently crashed. Its diameter was about 5.5m to 6m and about 3.0 in height. It reportedly weighed 720 kg. It was transported to Novosibirsk where it was hidden in the Akademgorodok region. Inside the body of a short dwarf-like humanoid was found, it was delivered for an autopsy to the scientific research institute in Novosibirsk. When first discovered the humanoid still had displayed vital functions, it stayed in a coma for two weeks in a special altitude chamber. Soon the vital functions ceased. A segmented aperture was found on the side of the disc where apparently other crewmembers had catapulted out in an escape pod.
Source: Anton “Cade” Belousov, Soviet X Files List


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Location. Alegria de Alava, Spain
Date: December 6 1978
Time: 0040A
Pilar Martinez de Arregui opened the windows in order to relax after a long day’s work as her husband rested in the nearby bedroom. Suddenly a strong orange light reflected from the glassware inside the house attracting the witness attention to it. The light gradually disappeared on a nearby field. Forgetting about the light Pilar now began doing some chores around the house when a second more powerful orange flash of light again attracted her attention outside. Looking out she saw a bright orange spherical object approaching her location at very high speed. Afraid she ran to and turned all the lights off of the house. Outside the object had now landed about 100 meters from the house. Hiding behind the window she noticed a small light resembling that of a flashlight that was apparently being carried by two tall and very corpulent humanoid figures. Both figures now began approaching the house. Pilar noticed that the humanoids wore tight fitting one-piece coveralls, very light in color. They had been standing next to the landed object and had not emerged from any opening or door, they had just all of the sudden appeared standing next to the object. She also noticed that the craft was oval in shape appeared to balance itself just above the ground. For several minutes she watched the humanoids move around through the partially opened blinds of the window until she decided to bathe and then went to bed. Later feeling a bit nervous she got up and looked outside again to see the object rising and emitting a sharp whirring sound and quickly disappearing from sight. Investigators found strange tracks at the site of the landing.
Source: Iker Jimenez, Encuentros, Historia de Los Ovni en España


1978-12-06-brazil-maribondo-ufoDate: December 6 1978
Location: Marimbondo near Fronteira Brazil
Time: 2030
Summary: A security guard at the local hydroelectric plant was at his guardhouse on top of the dam when he noticed some lights shining down on the water surface, he went out to investigate and noticed a luminous circular object approaching him from across the river. The object approached the witness and began hovering close to the ground near the power station. The witness could see a door and a small window on the object. 1978-12-06-brazil-maribondo-witnessThe small window opened and a very human face looked out the witness. The craft’s door opened and three very tall men came out. These men wore shiny metallic blue overalls and all had very long smooth black hair. The beings approached the witness and spoke to him in an unknown language. The witness panicked and attempted to fire a warning shot into the air with his revolver but it jammed. One of the men then went inside the object and came back out holding a black box and handed it to one of the others. After that the witness was able to understand the beings and was told they were here on a “research and study mission.” At one point one of the men started collecting stones from the ground and the witness protested. The men then put away the box and calmly walked back into their craft, which left silently and at high speed.
Source: Dr. Walter Buhler, FSR 25 Vol. # 3


Date: December 6, 1978: Watchmen encounters enormous green creature


Date: December 7 1978
Location: Caorle, Italie
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Summary: 7 décembre 1978 à l’aube à Caorle, Italie, il y a eu une “rencontre rapprochée avec un engin non identifié et ses occupants. Plus de deux objets ont été observé par de nombreux témoins sur l’océan. Explication: Animaux.
Source: CUFOS


Date: December 7, 1978 in Navelli, Abruzzi, Italy


Date:  December 8 1978
Location:  Portegrandi, Italy
Time:  1:30 AM.
Summary:   A seven-meter diameter domed disc hovered over a road in Portegrandi. It had four windows on its side and emitted rays of light. At 2:45 a.m. on a road in Catanzaro, Italy three policemen saw a luminous domed object tilt over the roadway. It shot away from them when they hit it with a spotlight. 
Source:  Lumieres dans la Nuit, issues 212, 214; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case


Date:  December 8 1978
Location:  Milano Torino Italy
Time:  2300
Summary:   Two young men walking along a mountain slope sighted a blue white light among the trees. One of the men approached the light and he suddenly disappeared, then a bright light took off into the sky. The other man went for help and a group searched for the missing man. He was found unconscious, cold, and weak and any light bothered him. A scar was found on his leg. All that he could remember was seeing three to four figures with large pumpkin like heads standing in front of the light. He was paralyzed and vaguely remembered odd lights and sounds and a feeling of being touched.
Source:   Paolo Fiorino, UFO Universe 10/11 1991


Date:  December 9 1978
Location:  Reggio di Calabria, Sicily, Italy
Time:  6:00 AM. 
Summary:  Police watched a multi-colored object with intermittent flashing lights. When spotlighted the UFO seemed to enlarge, then emitted a beam down onto the police car. Five lights came on aboard the object. When the police spotlight was turned off, the lights on the UFO went off as well. 
Source:  Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 175 & 351; Larry Hatch, U computer database, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 214


Date:  December 11 1978
Location:  Avellino, Italy
Time:  afternoon
Summary:  On this afternoon a police trooper in Avellino took a photograph of a round, possibly disc-shaped object that was directing an intense beam of energy at the ground. The photograph, taken from a highway patrol car, shows a black dot on white background. 
Source:  Jane Thomas, UFO Newspaper Clipping Service, March 1979, p. 14, citing Cronica, December 12, 1978


Date:  December 11 1978
Location:  Navelli, Abruzzi, Italy
Time:  10:00 PM.
Summary:   A taxi driving on a road near the town of Navelli was forced to brake when two luminous globes were blocking the road ahead. The engine of the vehicle then died. Two humanoids glided across the surface without touching the ground. 
Source:  Maurizio Verga, ITACAT: Italian UFO Catalogue


Date: December 11 1978
Location: Arembepe, Brazil
Time: night
Summary: In a field, a tall human like figure with dark hair, light skin and wearing a tight fitting silvery suit and boots was seen coming out of a metallic basin shaped object about 12 meters in diameter that had landed on a field. No other information.
Source:: Antonio Faleiro, Brazil


Date: December 12 1978
Location: Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany
Time: 0800A
Summary: Adele Holzer was in her car traveling to work when she saw a hemispherical white disc. More puzzled than afraid she pulled off the side of the road, and saw a “row of shining green ports along its periphery.” Then, she allegedly thought to herself, “If I could only see its bottom”, when it suddenly turned. She reported that there were three spheres on its bottom surface, the middle one being larger. It possessed a bright orange spot at its center. As the UFO hovered over some nearby trees, six beams of green light shot from it; she felt “slightly paralyzed” by one of them. She lost track of time as the object hovered over her. When the light beams went out, the object rose up silently into the sky. Her watch had stopped at 0801A and the car’s ignition key in her hand the entire time, was found to be bent. Later she told investigators that she felt “somebody was trying to get into telepathic contact with her.” She claimed to have been given a message saying that they had friendly intentions…and wanted to stop us from destroying the earth.
Source: M Hessemann


Date:  December 12 1978
Location:  Marzocca, Italy
Time:  
Summary:  Luminous UFO emitted light beam, shone onto car, tape player malfunctioned.  
Source:  See Section VIII, 1978 Sighting Wave (E,L) car


Date: December 12, 1978: Tony Dodd Sighting


Date: December 12 1978
Location: Navelli Abruzzi Italy
Time: 2345
Summary: Alfonso Marinelli was traveling in his new Mercedez near Navelli when his engine suddenly quit. The witness then noted two bright lights approaching slowly in his direction. As the light approached the witness was able to make out two short human like figures. The figures wore silvery suits, resembling that of astronauts. The suits were fluorescent, and both figures wore huge oval shaped helmets. The front of the helmets had black rectangular shaped visors. In the chest area the figures had what appeared to be straps with a bright round light on the center. The figures then rose to about 90 cm in a vertical movement and in a few minutes flew over the witness vehicle, quickly disappearing from sight. Soon Marinelli was able to start his engine and drove away from the area.
Source: Archivio S.U.F.


Date: December 13 1978
Location: Brindisi Air Force Base Italy
Time: 1830
Summary: Soon after two motorway watchers saw a luminous mass descend close to the ground and take off at high speed towards Puglia, two soldiers on watch at the Air Force Base saw an object with pulsating lights maneuvering and hovering near them. As the object left, a strange undescribed being shot up from the ground skywards quickly disappearing from sight.
Source: Edoardo Russo


Date:  December 14 1978
Location:  Brewer, Maine
Time:  0130A
Summary:  Feeling an overwhelming compulsion, John, got dressed, got in the car and drove out, leaving his young daughter alone in the house. John drove as if in a daze along Route 9E, a very desolate stretch of road. All of the sudden his car went dead completely, the motor went out and he coasted to a stop. His battery wasn’t dead because his lights remained on. He tried unsuccessfully to re-start the car, both in neutral and park. All of the sudden he heard a noise, a very loud crackling noise. He turned his head to the right and slightly ahead of his car and off to his right, about 50 feet from the road, a huge elongated, rectangular dark object was hovering 30 feet above the ground. Almost as soon as John saw it a rectangular portion on the object’s front end lit up and shone a soft green light through the car’s front windshield. Simultaneously John felt a strange tingling sensation, like “pins & needles.” He also felt himself sink into a trance-like daze. He remained fully aware but could not move a muscle. Strangely enough, his initial fear upon sighting the huge object had disappeared. He felt calm and unafraid. Abruptly the soft green light changed color and began pulsating first slowly, then faster and faster. The color looked like a reddish pink, blinking very rapidly. He then heard a voice that said: “Do not be afraid. We will not harm you. We are from the 17th star.” The lights then slowed down again and John heard the voice say, “We will return,” and felt a strong impression that this statement was true. The lighted rectangular opening suddenly blinked off, and John heard the strange clicking sound again. The object then backed away and seemed to rise in an angle. On his way home, he felt cold, very cold. The next morning he noticed skin peeling off around the nose and in back of the ears and on the forehead. He also suffered from severe headaches after the incident.
Source:   Raymond E Fowler, UFO Testament


Date:  December 14 1978
Location:  Park Ridge, IL
Time:  5:30 PM.
Summary:   Two close encounters occurred. Two 12-year-old girls in Park Ridge who were tobogganing in the city park saw a saucer-shaped object with a row of flashing red lights on the top and bottom and flashing yellow lights in between. It had 3 balls on the bottom. It hovered for 20 minutes, and then made a semi-circle in the sky before leaving.  
Source:  George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, pp. 543 & 549; Park Ridge (IL) Herald, December 21, 1978


Date:  December 14 1978
Location:  London Mills, IL
Time:  7:00 PM. 
Summary:  On Highway 116 a tubular-shaped craft hovered and circled a car being driven by two teenage girls. The craft circled the car “close enough to have touched it.” It had two parallel tubes and one perpendicular tube but no windows. It took off fast toward the east. The father of one of the girls, Ralph Brashear, reported the incident to the police.
Source:   London Mills (IL) Times, December 21, 1978


Date:  December 14 1978
Location:  Pomeroy, WA
Time:  
Summary:  A large UFO paced a car with three women inside. The object had two transparent blue lights and followed them to one of their homes. It circled around their car once, and then sped off to the west. 
Source:  George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies; Pomeroy East Washingtonian, December 21, 1978


Date:  December 14 1978
Location:  Sarandi del Yi, Uruguay
Time:  
Summary:  A UFO with bright red lights suddenly appeared and started to circle the car driven by Mr. La Bandera and his two passengers. It circled at a distance of only 10 meters (33 feet). It changed color to a deep green when it crossed the highway and made a steep climb into the sky. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 14
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Date: December 14 1978
Location: Torrebruna, Chieti, Italy
Time: midnight
Summary: A man traveling in his car saw an object that emitted lights hovering just above the roadway. The witness turns on his headlights and the object descends and lands on the road ahead of him. The car’s radio stops working. The witness then approaches the object and a door opens up. The witness then enters the object and finds himself in a circular room completely illuminated and fill with what appeared to be electronic equipment. He did not see any occupants. After a few minutes the witness exits the object and sees it depart at high speed.
Source: Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia


Date: Middle of December 1978
Location: Jarabacoa Dominican Republic
Time: 1800
Summary: A night watchman reported seeing a very tall man wearing a silvery outfit and with very luminous eyes standing in front of a nearby pine tree. The humanoid suddenly vanished in plain sight as the witness approached. The next day at about 2330 several other persons watched a large bright object with a cupola hovering above the same pine tree
Source: Robiou Lamarche, Manifesto Ovnis en Puerto Rico Santo Domingo Y Cuba 


Date: middle of December 1978
Location: Casale, Italy 
Time: night
Summary: A man driving his car saw a very tall and luminous human-like figure standing on the roadway. As the witness approached the figure suddenly vanished in plain sight. It apparently caused damaged to nearby trees and a field as it left the area. 
Source: Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia


Date: December 15 1978
Location: Catania Italy
Time: 0015A
Summary: Two young boys were playing in a yard near a large TV antenna when suddenly the whole area around them darkened, they then noticed a hovering disc shaped craft just above the antenna. The object emitted multicolored rays of light and had an open hatch in its center section. A bright beam of light shot out of the opening and a strange medium sized being descended within the beam. The being was described as “ugly” with two large eyes and two antennas like protrusions on its head. A second similar being reportedly descended carrying a “laser” type gun and shot at a rock causing it to burn and explode. He was seen to bend down, touch the ground, and then spill a black liquid on it. Moments later a beam of light transported the beings back into the craft. The craft then shot away at high speed. Ground traces were reportedly found.
Source: Maurizio Verga, “Itacat”


Date: December 15 1978
Location: Collegno, Torino, Italy
Time: 1830
Summary: Several witnesses spotted a bizarre human like figure about 1.60 meters in height, wearing a rose-colored coverall and without apparent facial features. It moved around in a field at very high speed and then remained immobile leaning against a wall for more than 30 minutes. The witnesses were afraid to approach the figure and some thought it was a prank and summoned the authorities. As the police arrived the strange figure suddenly ran through an opening in the wall at incredibly speed and quickly disappeared from sight.
Source: Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia


Date: December 15 1978
Location: Ragusa Italy
Time: 2350
Summary: A truck driver suddenly experienced radio interference and stopped to repair it, he then saw five meters away two very tall humanoids dressed in black tight fitting coveralls and helmets. On the side of the helmets they had short protuberances and they had transparent faceplates and inside human-like faces could be seen. Two bright beams of light were emitted from their helmets illuminating the truck cabin. The beings came closer and uttered unintelligible sounds then turned and left. Seconds later the witness saw a dome shaped craft take off with a bright flash. A strong smell of sulfur was noticed in the vicinity.
Source: Richard Hall, Mufon Journal # 153


Date:  December 16 1978
Location:  Francavilla, Italy
Time:  2:30 AM. 
Summary:  A college coed saw an ovoid UFO surrounded by a white mist. She was standing in her living room by a balcony overlooking the sea when she noticed a gaseous form, white in color with two pulsating lights, a red one at one end, a green one at the other end. It descended onto the surface of the sea and became a very bright fluorescent white light that reflected off the surface of the water. She attempted to wake her parents but they continued to sleep. She next noticed two short figures standing in the garden at the adjacent apartment. They were very thin with large squarish heads and large feet. Both were wearing dark gray tight-fitting uniforms. They turned a corner moving as if in slow motion and in a limping manner, disappearing down an alleyway. Moments later the bright white light, now very near the breakwater, vanished. 
Source:  Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 218; Maurizio Verga, ITACAT – Italian UFO Catalogue


Date: December 16, 1978
Location: Arles, Bouches-Du-Rhône, France
Time: 10:45 p.m.
Summary: Arles, Bouches Du Rhone, France, on December 16, 1978, at 10:45 p.m., at a local petroleum depot, a worker had gone outside to put out some trash and saw a white sphere of light approaching in a quick zigzagging motion. The light hovered and the witness saw multicolored lights and a rectangular shaped metallic object descended from the light. At this point he saw two men like figures inside the rectangular object, one at each end. One of the figures apparently signaled the other and the object then left. The witness car battery was apparently damaged as a result of the incident. Soon after the encounter the witness disappeared under mysterious circumstances; which are not detailed.
Source: Denys Breysse, Project Becassine.


Date: Francavilla, Italy
Location: December 16 1978
Time: late afternoon
Summary: Alfredo D’Aviero was cycling home on a deserted and isolated dirt road riddled with holes when as he rounded a bend he spotted two strange figures standing on the road ahead. Ashe approached he noted that the two figures were two thin humanoids with human like features and pointed chins wearing white silvery uniforms, with loose fitting pants and jackets. Both wore large black helmets with what appeared to be a small white “feather” on top. From the knee down the legs were like two black “batons”, no feet were visible. The witness stopped and approached the two strangers offering them a cigarette, he was either refused or ignored, and he then decided to turn back to town, possibly to obtain additional witnesses. Then there was a sudden flash that made him stop, turning around he noticed that the two strange figures were now gone.
Source: Archivio S.U.F.


Date:  December 16 1978
Location:  Abington, IN
Time:  8:20 PM. 
Summary:  Five witnesses. (Repeated sightings for perhaps over an hour.) These sightings took place in the vicinity of Abington to the witnesses who were in an auto. Dark object three times the size of a moon came over low above trees and hovered near auto causing its motor and radio to stop. As it hovered in front of the auto three red lights were seen and a large white light was on the rear. Object departed with a whooshing sound. Later on the Brownsville road first one then two then three objects appeared and seem to follow the auto. Objects sped off when witnesses reached their home in Abbington. P Drew. 
Source:  Worley files


Date:  December 16 1978
Location:  Calama, Chile
Time:  Shortly after Midnight. 
Summary:  Near the city of Antofagasta in northern Chile a Chilean Air Force jet sighted and tried to intercept a huge luminous rectangular flying object. (Source: 
Source:  Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 42 citing the MUFON UFO Journal, December 1978


Date:  December 16 1978
Location:  Caracas, Venezuela
Time:  Early morning, predawn hours
Summary:  Early morning, predawn hours five UFOs emitted different colors, made a semi-circular turn, and then hovered over a mountain for several minutes before finally shooting away.  
Source:  Jane Thomas, UFO News clipping Service, March 1979, p. 14 citing Cronica, December 16, 1978


Date:  December 16 1978
Location:  McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, NV
Time:  5:30 a.m.
Summary:   At McCarran Airport a married couple and a child saw a disc-shaped object with glowing white lights. The UFO made several falling leaf movements. An airline pilot flying in the vicinity also reported that a UFO streaked by his airliner although the UFO did not appear on radar.
Source:  Las Vegas (Nevada) Sun, December 17, 1978


Date: December 16 1978
Location: Richmond Indiana
Time: 1940
Summary: Five witnesses reported seeing an object resembling a missile nose hovering in front of their vehicle. An abduction ensued in which strange creatures (not described) were reported. One of the female witnesses reported a missing fetus afterward.
Source: UFO Intelligence Newsletter, January 1995 Quoting Don Worley


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Location. Arles Boucher Du Rhone France
Date: December 16 1978
Time: 2245
At a local petroleum depot, a worker had gone outside to put out some trash and saw a white sphere of light approaching in a quick zigzagging motion. The light hovered and the witness saw multicolored lights and a rectangular shaped metallic object descended from the light. At this point he saw two men like figures inside the rectangular object, one at each end. One of the figures apparently signaled the other and the object then left. The witness car battery was apparently damaged as a result of the incident. Soon after the encounter the witness disappeared under mysterious circumstances. (No details on that)
Source: Denys Breysse, Project Becassine


Date:  December 19 1978
Location:  Montebello di Bertona, Italy
Time:  6:00 AM. 
Summary:  A single witness reported that a UFO shaped like a cylindrical space capsule landed and then lifted off again. It had rotating lights. 
Source:  Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 216


Date:  December 20 1978
Location:  Sorrento, Italy
Time:  5:00 AM. 
Summary:  Three people on the balcony of their house south of the city watched a huge sphere low in the sky over the shoreline of the Mediterranean. It made an odd noise like radio static, and vanished.   
Source:  Lumieres dans la Nuit, issues 216 and 240; D. N. Mansell


Date:  December 21 1978
Location:  Resistencia, Argentina
Time:  Shortly after two o’clock in the morning
Summary:  Shortly after two o’clock in the morning several witnesses saw 6-7 objects moving in formation through the sky at great speed. The UFOs were radiating a bright, light blue light but made no sound. Power outages were reported throughout the city.
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Date:  December 21 1978
Location:  La Rioja, Argentina
Time:  2:45 a.m.
Summary:  At 2:45 a.m. a very large glowing disc-shaped UFO headed a formation of three other craft that flew from north to south at an estimated 1000 meters altitude. They reportedly lit up the sky like day. Each object was white in color with a green halo, and they left behind a bluish trail. A truck driver said his trucks radio stopped working at the time
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Date:  December 21 1978
Location:   Santa Fe, Argentina
Time:  2:55 PM. 
Summary:  A giant light was observed in the western sky. It was blue and green in color, and spewed fiery particles, resembling an airplane on fire. Smaller objects surrounded it. 
Source:  Jane Thomas, UFO News clipping Service, March 1979, pp. 14-15, citing La Razon, December 22, 1978 and El Independencie, December 22, 1978


Date:  December 21 1978
Location:  New Zealand
Time:  3:38 AM. 
Summary:  Foreign commercial aircraft with two observers at 2500′, 2-3 nearby UFOs. 11 minutes. 
Source:  Haines printout


Date:  December 21-22 1978
Location:  New Zealand
Time:  Near midnight. 
Summary:  Foreign commercial aircraft with two witnesses, unknown altitude.
Source:  Haines printout


Date: December 23 1978
Location: San Vito Chietino Italy
Time: 2030
Summary: The Bucco family was returning from visiting relatives when a dazzling light began following their vehicle. The light overtook the vehicle and the vehicle suddenly stopped without the driver applying the brakes. Then at the same time a strange little man crossed road in front of the vehicle in strange bounding jumps. Mr. Bucco thought he had struck the figure with the car. The figure then quickly bounded away and disappeared into a nearby pine grove. Francesco and Fiorentina Bucco reported seeing one humanoid, but the other two passengers in the vehicle reported seeing two. The figure or figures wore brown “astronaut” like suits, large helmets with black square visors, and 5-digit white gloves. The beings were about 1 meter in height, and moved over the road in a strange unison-robot like manner, floating 20-35 cm above the road as if bouncing on an invisible cushion. Mr. Bucco noticed a green flashlight like object wrapped over the humanoid’s shoulder.
Source: Archivio S.U.F.


Date:  December 25 1978
Location:  Cicagna, Liguria, Italy
Time:  4:30 AM. 
Summary:  A three-meter long, oddly shaped UFO was seen at a low altitude over Cicagna, Liguria, Italy. It had what looked like iron claws on one end of the object. The UFO fired a beam of light, then shot off toward the south. 
Source:  Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 216


Date:  December 25 1978
Location:  San Bernardino County, CA
Time:  7:18 PM. 
Summary:  Two huge UFOs came screaming over Lake Arrowhead. They made a sound similar to ambulances. There were two sets of independent witnesses to the fly-by, for a total of five witnesses.
Source:  George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, p. 112, citing Mountain News & Mountaineer, December 28, 1978


Date:  December 25 1978
Location: San Martin department, Peru 
Time:  Evening
Summary:  . A fleet of six UFOs was seen by Peruvian fishermen over the Caynarachi River. They first noticed a brightly illuminated rhomboid object that passed over from south to north. It was followed by five more objects in formation. The UFOs had yellow, amber, and violet lights. The men fled in fright. (Source: 
Source:  Jane Thomas, UFO News clipping Service, April 1979, p. 13, citing Cronica, December 26, 1978


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Location. Basiliano Udine Italy
Date: December 25 1978
Time: 2215
During the celebration of a Christmas party, a local family noticed outside a window of their house a strange face, looking into the room. The face was human like, with large eyes, a large square jaw, a tight “stretched” mouth, and a small nose. The neck appeared to be tightly packed into the trunk-shoulders area. On the head it appear to have a tight fitting white helmet or white matted hair. Upon closer inspection the witnesses noticed that the figure was wearing a tight-fitting silvery outfit and its eyes appeared to glow, they also noted that the humanoid’s ears were pointy and had long white sideburns. Upon noticing the witnesses the figure moved quickly away into the darkness, covering a distance of 100 meters in two seconds.
Source: Archivio S.U.F.


Date:  December 26 1978
Location:  Hackney Marshes, East London area, UK
Time:  5:15 PM. 
Summary:  A couple was driving alongside the marshes when the wife noticed what appeared to be a “window” in the sky. It was quite long and narrow, and well defined. Its color was bright white. Its long axis lay horizontally, and had 4 lights mounted along its edges [two along the top, and two along the bottom]. These lights were red and green. It just hovered there. The husband halted the car and jumped out. The object then disappeared behind a cloud. Now, this is the odd part: the wife then asked her husband where he thought the colored lights were placed exactly on the rectangle as she was sketching it. He said essentially: what lights? He saw no lights at all, but “worse”, he saw no rectangle. What he saw was an egg-shaped object composed of triangular windows in top and bottom halves, and with a “band around the middle”. The triangular windows were varicolored and gave the object a beautiful merry-go-round appearance. Well, we are not told in the report how long the couple spent checking each other’s sanity, as their observations are almost a complete mismatch. This case is one of a rare type that UFO researchers get, wherein the object seems to be projecting a different appearance to the witnesses depending upon their angle of view. This would be a particularly spectacular instance of that. Such cases have caused some analysts to suspect that such events may involve optical displays rather than “normal” solid three dimensional objects, or some spatial situation which would allow of such different versions of what two thoroughly believable observers report.
Source:  BUFORA Journal, 8 (3), June 1979 [investigator: M.Weaven


UFO_401Date:  December 27 1978
Location:  Ranelagh, Argentina
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Date: December 27 1978
Location: Near Ceballos, Mexico
Time: 0200A
Summary: Several witnesses were camping out in an isolated area known as “La Zona del Silencio.” One of the men had stayed up keeping a watch in the area when he decided to go relieve himself behind the car. Suddenly out of nowhere a little man about 1 meter in height appeared and took him by the hand, telling the witness to follow him. Thinking that it was a lost child the witness shone his flashlight on the figure and realized that it was a man like figure wearing a tight fitting silvery outfit and with Oriental features. As proof of the incident the witness was given a small shiny metallic cube, which he kept. Whereabouts of the object is unknown.
Source: Contacto Ovni


Date: December 27 1978
Location: Smithfield, NSW, Australia
Time: 0200A
Summary: A woman claims to have had 5 UFO sightings. In the first sighting, the woman got up from bed when she heard neighborhood dogs barking. She heard a soft, low pitched humming sound, looked outside and saw a large, silvery white, cigar shaped object facing three smaller cigar shaped objects, all at a high altitude, Bluish-silver “sparks” emanated from one cigar while the largest cigar appeared to “shudder”. The objects were viewed for over an hour. The following afternoon, the percipient allegedly became ill, vomited and had recurring headaches. Several times, the percipient has received mental communications whilst engaged in routine activities. In one incident, a male “voice” started a message by saying” “We are peaceful…seek and you will find…” The percipient also claims to have seen “letters” in the sky and visions of Christ in a neighborhood church. She claims to have a psychic background as a medium. Several times she has “spoken in tongues.”
Source: Mark Moravec, PSIUFO Phenomena


1978-12-28-argentina-arroyito-jt1Date: December 28, 1978
Location: Near Arroyito Argentina
Time: 0430A
Summary: Three men, employees of a power company, were driving a company truck toward a bridge when they suddenly found themselves 15 km. Away, with their cigarettes the same length as when they neared the bridge. At some point, the men spotted a domed UFO and one of them apparently signaled the occupants (not described) of the craft. No other information.
Source: Mufon UFO Journal # 133.


Date:  December 28 1978
Location:  Hemel Hempstead, England
Time:  Afternoon
Summary:   A round orange object with six lights underneath flew over Hemel Hempstead. It was the size of a double Decker bus, and emitted a zooming sound. 
Source:  UFO Newsclipping Service, February 1979, p. 13, citing the Luton Evening Post


Date:  December 28 1978
Location:  off Santa Tecla, Italy
Time:  5:30 PM. 
Summary:  The sea was seen roiling off of Santa Tecla and a dark disc shaped object rose from the sea surface and flew to the west. Rays of light beamed down from the object, and several metallic satellite objects jumped around it.
Source:   Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 216


Date:  December 28 1978
Location:  L’Aquila, Italy
Time:  Night
Summary:  A luminous object surrounded by a red halo stopped several hundred meters over an electric power generating plant in L’Aquila. It was seen by several of the power plant technicians. The generator stopped working for five minutes, and the central power plant instruments went “haywire”. Several had to be re-adjusted after the incident. 
Source:  Jane Thomas, UFO News clipping Service, April 1979, p. 14


Date:  December 28 1978
Location:  Marzano Di Torriglia Italy
Time:  2348
Summary:  Fortunato Zanfretta was out patrolling a housing complex when he suddenly yelled over his radio that he had lost control of his vehicle, it was apparently speeding down a mountain road on its own accord. The car finally stopped and the witness got out to investigate a nearby strange light. He was later found incoherent next to his car, his pistol had been fired 6 times, and giant footprints were found at the site. Under hypnosis he again recalled being taken onboard an object by giant humanoids and examined with strange devices. He was asked several questions and was told that they would soon be back.
Source:  Paolo Fiorino, UFO Universe 10/11 1991


Date:  December 30, 1978: The New Zealand UFO / Airplane Encounter


Date:  December 31 1978
Location:  England and Scotland
Time:   7:00 PM.
Summary:  In Bayford, England Mr. and Mrs. Mason sighted a cigar-shaped object moving silently through the sky from the west to the east. The UFO had a long body with lots of tiny lights. Before losing sight of it two strong lights came on, one in the middle and one at the end. At the same time a silver triangle crossed the sky from west to east in Carlisle, England in Cumbria. Two minutes later a triangle with a grayish hue crossed the sky from west to east in Edinborough, Scotland, and three minutes after that another huge triangle was seen flying in the same direction over Hull, England.
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Date:  December 31  1978
Location:  S. Island, New Zealand
Time:  Early morning hours shortly after midnight
Summary:  Early morning hours shortly after midnight, a famous motion picture film was taken by a news crew while flying off the eastern coast of South Island, New Zealand near the town of Kaikoura. The luminous UFO was seen by everyone on board the aircraft and was tracked by radar at the same time. It was somewhat cone shaped, and was not a Japanese shrimp fishing boat, as claimed by debunkers. 
Source:   International UFO Reporter, July 1979, p. 6; APRO Bulletin, May 1980, p. 2


Date:  December 31  1978
Location:  Posada, Italy
Time:  1:00 AM. 
Summary:   A 3-meter in diameter glowing sphere appeared over a marsh. It had dark triangular spots that moved back and forth on the surface of the object.
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Date:  December 31 1978
Location:  Bayford, England
Time:  7:00 PM. 
Summary:  Mr. and Mrs. Mason sighted a cigar-shaped object moving silently through the sky from the west to the east. The UFO had a long body with lots of tiny lights. Before losing sight of it two strong lights came on, one in the middle and one at the end.
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Date:  December 31 1978
Location:  Carlisle, England in Cumbria
Time:  7:00 PM. 
Summary:  A silver triangle crossed the sky from west to east.
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Date:  December 31 1978
Location:  Edinburgh, Scotland
Time:  7:02 PM. 
Summary:  A triangle with a grayish hue crossed the sky from west to east
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Date:  December 31 1978
Location:  Hull, England
Time:  7:05 PM. 
Summary:  A huge triangle was seen flying in the same direction.  
Source:  Maurizio Verga, ITACAT Italian UFO Catalogue; UFO News clipping Service, February 1979, p. 13 citing the Hertfordshire Mercury, December 31, 1978; D. N. Mansell, Awareness, April 1979, p. 12


Date:  December 31 1978
Location:  Homestead, FL
Time:  3:00 PM. EST. 
Summary:  Three men saw a silver disc hovering only one block away from one of their residences in Homestead. Mr. Betancourt, age 37, described the UFO as being between 40-50 feet in diameter and having no visible engine or wings, and making no noise. It hovered over a neighbors backyard for about 30 seconds before flying off.
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Date:  December 31 1978
Location:  Zermatt, Switzerland
Time:  10:00 PM 
Summary:   European. Two people witnessed a luminous round object over the alpine glacier, brightly illuminating the ice. Later that night, at 2:30 a.m. the next morning (Jan 1, 1979), a big electrical power outage occurred in the city.
Source:  Dade News-Leader, January 3, 1979; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 13046


Date: December 31 1978
Location: Mirassol Brazil
Time: 2300
Summary: A man was walking back home alone when as he was crossing a street he heard a noise and noticed a light approaching from behind. He stepped aside thinking that it was a car but then realized that it was a huge yellowish light that was attached to the bottom of a large object. He was suddenly struck by a beam of light and apparently lost consciousness. Later he found himself inside the object in a corridor with some type of balcony. He then noticed three short humanoids that spoke among themselves in a strange language. The beings wore overalls, helmets, and face covers light green in color. The eyes resembled two simple holes lacking eyelids or eyebrows. The witness then apparently blacked out again and arrived home at 0330A with no further recollection of what happened.
Source: Dr. Walter K Buhler, Guilheme Pereira & Prof. Ney Matiel Pires, UFO Abduction At Mirassol


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