U.F.O. Sightings and Encounters June 26 - 27 1959 Borianai, New Guinea

About a U.F.O. sighting from June 26th to 27th in Borianai, New Guinea, history and account of the encounter and description of the spaceship, official comment on the event.

Encounters with UFOs



Borianai is a small, quiet village on the south side of Goodenough Bay in New Guinea. The coral cement chapel of the Mission Station of All Saints is the largest building in the village and a center for teaching and religion. On the evening of June 26, Father Gill strolled out onto the lawn in front of the Mission House. Venus was bright in the sky, but he saw another object sparkling alongside. He called for several of his native assistants and students, and, as they watched, the light came closer and changed color from a brilliant white to a dull orange-yellow.

"It appeared solid," Father Gill recalls, "certainly not transparent or porous; we just assumed that it was metallic from our experience of things that travel and carry men."

Everyone who saw it that evening agreed that it was circular, with a wide base and narrower deck above, and that there were legs protruding from its underside. There was a shaft of blue light shining upward from the center of the craft at an angle of about 45 deg. and the craft had a row of windows.

"As we watched," Father Gill said, "men came out of this object...four men in all." The men were visible only from the waist up, because they seemed to be standing behind some sort of railing. They were illuminated by reflected light from the object and by a "curious halo which outlined them, following every contour of their figures."

The object returned the next evening, and this time Father Gill was surrounded by curious on lookers. There were three UFOs now, the one they had seen already and two smaller versions of the same shape. As they watched, there was activity on the deck of the large craft. "Two of the figures seemed to be doing something near the center of the deck...bending over and raising their arms as though adjusting or 'setting up' something not visible."

There was much waving back and forth between Father Gill's group and their visitors. "I sent Eric Kodawa for a torch and directed a series of long dashes toward the UFO...[it] apparently acknowledged by making several wavering motions back and forth."

After a few minutes of this, the crew of the UFO apparently lost interest in their audience and went back inside their craft. After a few more minutes, the UFO flew off into the night sky over Borianai, leaving behind Father Gill and his flock, waving good-bye.

Eyewitness Report

"I stretched my arm above my head and waved. To our surprise the figures did the same... All the Mission boys made audible gasps of either joy or surprise or perhaps both."-Father Gill

Official Comment

"At six o'clock the sun would have only just gone behind the mountains, and the sky would have still been bright until half past six. It would not have been really dark until at least 6:45. This rules out any possibility of the object having been a planet, such as Venus."--Rev. Norman Cruttwell

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