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Rendlesham File: A Triangle-Shaped Aerial Craft - Sgt James Penniston interview


From: eric stewart
To: ewar
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 7:54 PM
Subject: [EWAR] Rendlesham File: A Triangle-Shaped Aerial Craft (with interview)

Twenty-two years ago on December 26, 1980, U. S. Air Force Staff
Sergeant James Penniston was stationed in the 81st Security
Police Squadron at the large joint British and U. S. Air Force
base known as RAF (Royal Air Force) Bentwaters and its smaller,
secondary base at Woodbridge, about three miles away, where some
aircraft were kept. Not long after midnight on December 26, Sgt.
Penniston was asked to investigate odd lights seen moving in the
Rendlesham forest between Bentwaters and Woodbridge. Joining him
was USAF Airman First Class John Burroughs and several other
security and military personnel. (read more)

As the security men approached the odd lights about 300 meters
off the main access road in the trees, the men could see blue,
yellow, red and white colors were pulsing.


Provided below is a complete interview with that witness:

Jim Penniston, Former USAF Staff Sergeant, 81st Security Police
Squadron, Joint USAF and RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge, England Air
Force Base: "As we got closer, a silhouette of an object was
present and I realized at that point, it was not a conventional
aircraft, meaning it was not one that was published in Jane's
Defence book about aircraft. It was like no aircraft that I had
ever seen.

WHAT WAS THE SHAPE?

Triangular.

WHEN YOU SAY TRIANGULAR, WAS IT ABSOLUTELY STRAIGHT ON THREE
SIDES? OR WAS IT SWOOPY LIKE A CORVETTE? OR?

No, no, it was triangular, straight on each side.

[Sketch of triangular craft by USAF Staff Sergeant, Jim
Penniston, from his December 26, 1980 investigation notes made
after midnight while examining the glowing craft of unknown
origin in the Rendlesham forest near the joint RAF and USAF
Bentwaters AFB in Woodbridge, England.]

IN TERMS OF WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS MADE OUT OF?

Well, I couldn't tell at that point, but obviously I set the
other airmen up to complete the radio relay because we were
having awful bad static on the radios. I could barely talk to
the first patrolman that I had set by the logging road. I could
barely hear him. I could not hear our control center at all.

Anyway, as I got closer to it, it was -- I tell you what -- I do
have my notes from that night in my notebook. And it's probably
best to just read it out of there.

I had my notebook and my camera while I was out there because
cameras were carried because of terrorism to take pictures of
base encroachments. And it says what I wrote that night:
'Triangular in shape. The top portion is producing mainly white
light which encompasses most of the upper section of the craft.
A small amount of white light is appearing from what appears to
be the bottom of the craft. At the left side is a bluish light.
And on the other side is red. The lights seem to be molded as
part of the exterior of the structure.'

THE LIGHTS SEEM TO BE MOLDED AS ...

Part of the exterior of the structure." You got to remember,
that's the way I wrote it that night. It might not make sense in
the sentence structure. The light seemed to be molded as if part
of the exterior of the structure, smooth, slowly fading into the
rest of the outside of the structure, gradually molding into the
fabric of the craft."

Then at that time, I started taking photos. I think there were
36 in a roll. They were all B & W, that's what we carried.

WHERE DID THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS GO?

Base photo lab.

AND THE BASE PHOTO LAB PHOTOS WOULD BE IN WHOSE HANDS TODAY?

U. S. Air Force.

AND THEY WERE NOT RELEASED IN THIS RENDLESHAM FILE.

No.

SO, IT'S NOT A COMPLETE FILE RELEASE?

Oh, no. What the British knew of this incident I would say is
probably 10% of what happened. The other 90% is through U. S.
channels. It would be primarily -- the way to report it -- would
be through USAF channels to 3rd Air Force to MAJCOM Major Air
Command, which would have been at Ramstein AFB. Then Ramstein
has procedures reporting to JCS in the United States.

AND THAT'S THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF (IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
PENTAGON.)

Correct. And that's the reporting procedures for anything. It
could be for aircraft crashes or just if we have a security
situation. That would be the reporting path it would take.

SO, YOU TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS -- AT LEAST 36 IN BLACK AND WHITE -- OF
THIS TRIANGLE IN WHICH LIGHT SEEMS TO BE PART OF ITS STRUCTURE.
THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE IN A FILE SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT. WHAT ELSE HAPPENED BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHING?

Well, on the night in question with me -- I did a full
investigation of the downed craft. I mean I did a 360 degree
walk around it. It was on the ground approximately 45 minutes.

DID YOU TOUCH IT?

Yes, as part of the investigation. The size of it was
approximately 3 meters wide by 3 meters tall -- that's
approximately 9 feet.

AND WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE SURFACE THAT YOU TOUCHED?

Well, I think the fabric or the shell was -- I guess the best
description would be a very smooth opaque, like black glass.
Even though at a distance, it appeared metallic. It made no
sense, once I was up there (close to it) that it was more like
black glass. I'm not sure -- I was pretty confused at that point.

WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THIS A FEW YEARS AGO, YOU REMEMBERED, I
THINK, SEEING SOME KIND OF SYMBOLS?

Yes, that is probably the most interesting part of it. I did
draw them into my notebook. That was part of the 360 (degree
examination) we were doing on the investigation because it was
not a downed aircraft at that point, but we knew we had
something out of the ordinary. You don't mind if I look at my
notes, do you? 'On this smooth exterior shell, there is writing
of some kind. I'm not sure what it is. Size 3-inch lettering.
May be symbols that stretch for a length of 2 feet. Maybe a
little more.'

The feeling after I touched these symbols, I would describe them
as like etched or engraved, like a diamond cut on glass. That
was the feeling of these. I guess etching would be the best way
to describe it.

SO THE SYMBOLS WERE CUT INTO THE SURFACE, NOT RAISED FROM THE
SURFACE?

Right, it was not paint or anything like that. One was
triangular. That was in the center. That had three circles
around it, or rather, circular objects (two small solid black
circles and triangle all inside a circumscribing circle).

Symbols engraved into the dark, glassy surface of the triangular
craft, re-drawn from his original December 26, 1980 USAF notes
at the Rendlesham forest site by Jim Penniston.

WHEN YOU TOUCHED THESE SYMBOLS WITH YOUR HAND, DID YOU GET ANY
IMAGES IN YOUR MIND?

No. But I did have a sensation. The fabric of the craft was
warmer than the air temperature. The air temperature that night
was around 31 or 32 Fahrenheit. The craft was quite a bit
warmer.

AND YOU COULD FEEL THAT WITH YOUR HANDS?

Oh, yes.

WHEN YOU TOUCHED THE SURFACE, WAS THERE ANY REACTION FROM THE
CRAFT ITSELF IN ANY WAY?

Well, I had no problem going around the craft and doing the 360-
degree looking at it. But after I did touch the actual symbols
and that on the exterior of the craft, that's when it started to
-- I backed away. I backed away from it because the light was
starting to get brighter. There still was absolutely no sound.
That is probably the most incredible part of this. There was
absolutely no sound from this craft.

WHICH COLOR LIGHT GOT BRIGHTER, WHITE, RED, OR?

White. You know, there is no doubt that the craft was
mechanical, or ship or whatever you want to call it. But there
is also no doubt in my mind that it was under intelligent
control because the craft lifted off the ground.

At that point, I thought it was on fixed legs, the craft. But
when it lifted off the ground, there was no legs on it, so I
don't know how it was sitting on the ground. It lifted up a few
feet, sort of went through the woods maybe 25 or 30 meters,
hovered momentarily, then lifted up to about 250 feet above the
top of the trees and then it was literally in the blink of an
eye, gone at that point.

YOU ARE ALL STANDING THERE AND DO WHAT NEXT?

Well, I turned to my partner there and said, 'How are you going
to explain this?' And that was pretty much -- we were trying to
absorb what we had just seen. It was most unusual.

WHO WAS WITH YOU?

The patrolman who was with me was John Burroughs. He has worked
the law enforcement side. In fact, he had worked directly for
Bud Stefans, but he was one of the guys who went out there with
me.

SO, IS HE THE ONLY ONE WITH YOU?

Well, immediately next to me at 10 feet, yes. We, of course, we
had another one back about 100 meters and there were others back
at a logging road. Of course, there were several people at the
East Gate. And all of this was observed from Bentwaters, too.

YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CONSISTENT ON THE EARLY MORNING OF DECEMBER
26 AS YOUR AND JOHN BURROUGHS' ENCOUNTER WITH THE CRAFT.

And the only reason I know that for sure is because it was
Boxing Day. Christmas was over, it was the day after Christmas.

YOU AND JOHN BURROUGHS FILED A REPORT ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT
HAPPENED THEN?

Yeah, we kept a very sanitized -- we reported it to our Security
Shift Commander, I think it was Captain Mike Verrano at the
time. And we were assured by then the senior officer at
Bentwaters that this information would not go outside the United
States channels.

DID YOU UNDERSTAND AT THE TIME WHY THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A
PROBLEM IF PEOPLE WOULD JUST HAVE SAID WHAT HAPPENED PUBLICLY?

I did ask specifically that of Col. Halt. And his response was
pretty much, 'Well, don't worry about it. We're treating it as
TOP SECRET information right now.'

So, when he said that to me, that tells me that it's not going
to leave U. S. channels.

DID YOU SAY TO COL. HALT, 'I SAW IT. IT WAS TRIANGULAR. IT
SEEMED TO BE MADE...?

Oh, he was fully briefed.

DID HE SAY TO YOU AND YOU SAY TO HIM, 'WE'RE DEALING WITH AN
EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRAFT HERE?'

No. No. We are dealing with a craft of unknown origin. We had a
lot of questions and no answers. Why, how can a craft take off
with no sound? How can it have this type of appearance? How can
it emit heat without fire or anything like that? We had a lot of
questions.

BUT YOU DIDN'T DISCUSS ENTITIES?

No, never."

--

"Entities" Described in MOD Rendlesham File

Yet, "entities" are described in the November 29, 2002 release
of the Rendlesham file by the British Ministry of Defence as
shown in the following memo in which the date, address and
writer are blacked out:


English Ministry of Defence Memo that references "several
entities near RAF Bentwaters on the night of December 29/30
1980." Jim Penniston knew there was at least one other incident
in which U. S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Charles Halt was involved.
It's also possible that several incidents happened over a series
of nights. Further, intelligence agents often deliberately
scramble dates to confound investigators.



September 10, 1994 - Jim Penniston Tried Hypnosis To Remember
More

DS8 referenced in the last paragraph of the MOD Memo is a
reference Jim Penniston overheard at the U. S. Air Force Office
of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Bentwaters, when he was asked
to report for further debriefing about the December 26 incident.
At the AFOSI office, agents asked Sgt. Penniston to sign a
release so he could be given Sodium Pentothal, combined with
hypnosis, that would be recorded by two tape recorders.
Penniston said he agreed "to get them off my back. They seemed a
lot happier after I signed the release."

Penniston remembered that the agents at Bentwaters had him "lay
down on a walnut table" and that a "British guy" got the needle
ready. Under hypnosis, he described receiving information from
the lights of the triangular craft about "time travelers" from
some distant future coming back to get genetic material from
earth to use as "band-aids" in a future where reproduction of
the time traveling species is failing. For excerpts from Jim
Penniston's 1994 hypnosis session to recall more details from
his interaction with the triangular craft at Bentwaters AFB,
England on December 26, 1980.

MOD Rendlesham File

Several times in the recent November 29, 2002 Ministry of
Defence Rendlesham File release, documents say that the
Bentwaters incident did not have any impact on defense concerns.

That position was challenged by one May 14, 1985 letter from an
unnamed writer to attorney David Alton in Westminster, London:
"I cannot accept Lord Trefargne's view that there is no defence
interest in this case. Unless Lt. Col. Halt was out of his mind,
there is clear evidence in his report that British air space and
territory were intruded upon by an unidentified vehicle on two
occasions in late December 1980, and no authority was able to
prevent this. If, on the other hand, Halt's report cannot be
believed, there is equally clear evidence of a serious
misjudgment of events by U. S. Air Force personnel at an
important base in British territory. Either way, the case can
hardly be without defence significance." I asked Jim Penniston
why he thought the Ministry of Defence took the position that
the Bentwaters incident had no impact on British defence
security.

Jim Penniston: "Well, their air space got violated. They weren't
fully aware of what was going on. How can a craft invade air
space that dramatically in that country without having a full
alert to all the RAF bases? I don't think they actually know. I
think there might have been one RAF base maybe recorded air
traffic or something and of course Bentwaters did. But, I think
it is an embarrassment for them that they actually had an
aircraft, or craft of some sort, land unannounced, without them
being fully aware of it. I think that is a significant defence
issue for Britain.

Here we are sitting in the year 2002 and 22 years later, and we
cannot replicate the technology that was there in Rendlesham
that night. Those are the questions we all have, the witnesses,
is how can this be?

AND BETWEEN THE END OF DECEMBER 1980 AND DECEMBER OF 2002, AS WE
ARE SPEAKING TODAY ON DECEMBER 8, YOU HAVE NEVER HAD ANYBODY SAY
TO YOU OFF THE RECORD, 'JIM, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED AT
BENTWATERS?'

No, I haven't. No one has ever done that. I have just as many
unanswered questions that you do. We would love to have an
absolute answer about what we investigated. That would make it a
lot easier for all of us.

AND YOU DO NOT HAVE...?

I do not have the answers. All I have is questions and more
questions.

AND MEMORIES?

Yes. That's the other part, too.

MEANING?

Well, you wonder how much -- with the cover-up -- I was involved
with it, too. When you start classifying stuff and you start
saying, 'We're not going to speak about this. We're following
orders.' Hey, cover-ups happen. I was involved with it, too,
unknowingly, but I was part of it. And I think that's probably
the worst part of it right now."

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