The above photographs: Showing the alleged location where the UFO landed, and drawings from eye witnesses. Many thanks to Shane Ryan.
Initially the incident was investigated by two organisations. The Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society (VFSRS) and Phenomena Research Australia (PRA). For both organisations the Westall UFO incident represented one of the best UFO cases in Australian history. The VFSRS were quick to attend the scene and arrived at Westall school on April 8th to talk with some of the students. They were also taken to the location where the object was said to have landed. VFSRS investigators noted the strange marks left on the ground by the UFO and in December 2000 they included an article and a photograph in their 'Australian UFO Bulletin' magazine. Brian Boyle, an investigator with PRA arrived at the school the following day along with four Australian army investigators. Boyle immediately got out his film recorder and started shooting. After he had conducted a number of interviews with students and local farmers he visited the landing site and gathered a few samples from within the ground mark.
Again, Investigators were unable to locate any records of aircraft being in the vicinity at the time of the UFO incident, even though several witnesses reported seeing five Cessna type planes. The local airport at Moorabbin were contacted, however they claimed that there were no aircraft in that location at that time. The Royal Austraian Armed Forces also reported that there were no military aircraft in the vicinity.
As in many UFO cases, there does seem to be a few discrepancies... Several students claimed to have seen, not one... but two disc shaped objects near to the ground and that they were almost in reaching distance. As they approached the objects they both immediately lifted from the ground and headed off out of sight. Both UFOs were described to have moved identically and at the same time.
A student from Westall school claimed to have touched the object just before it lifted and shot off at incredible speed. Some students said the object was disc shaped, others described the object as looking like an upside down tea cup, on a saucer. A few witnesses only saw the UFO whilst others watched five small aircraft circle above. Some witnesses claimed to have seen a flattened area of grass where the object landed, whilst others believe the area had been burnt. A couple of student near the farmers field claim to have seen two army transporters and a number of officers in differing uniforms stamp over an area in the field. Once the officers had left, the students went over to the location and found a spiral pattened area of flattened grass which looked to have been covered over a little. As if in an attempt to hide it. Several students claimed that military officers cordoned off the landing site and that soil samples were taken by the truck load.
University lecturer Shane Ryan was so intrigued with the story he decided to do some investigating of his own. Ryan an english lecturer from Canberra, Australia visited the location and conducted dozens of interviews with local residents. Unfortunately, like his predesessors, he found no official records. More recently Shane Matthews, a Westall student revisited the location and took a number of photographs. One of which shows the location where the UFO landed.
It's true to state that this is one of Australia's best UFO cases. Unlike many other incidents, this one took place during a sunny day, there were hundreds of credible witnesses along with a police and military presence, which coincidentally turned up at the location only 20 minutes after the object had vanished. Rather quick considering the nearest military facility was a considerable way away. Many have suggested that they must have been waiting somewhere locally with their engines running. Of course, when approaching the military for confirmation of their attendance, surprise surprise... there were no records of anyone attending. There were also physical traces left by the UFO, such as the strange mark left on the ground. A Westall teacher that had taken several photographs of the object as it flew over the school was ordered to not only hand over the film to officials, but the whole camera. It was clear from the start. Someone wanted to keep a lid on this incident.
The events that took place on that day back in April of 1966 will most likely stay in the minds of witnesses forever. A mystery that was quickly covered up and supressed, a mystery that will haunt Australian Ufologists, a mystery that will never go away...
Compiled by Steve Mera.
Photographs and details: Shane Ryan.