Nederland in het nieuws bij de UFORoundup 96-99
- WHITE DISCS SIGHTED IN THE NETHERLANDS
On Sunday, September 8, 1996, at 12:30 a.m., "a bright white luminated
disc" was seen at Nieuwe Niedorp in the Netherlands. A woman on her way to
Schipol International Airport near Amsterdam spotted the UFO and alerted
From 1 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., a "Vliegende schotel" (Dutch for "flying saucer")
was seen hovering over Breezand. Witnesses saw "a swift, left-turning disc
hovering above Dorpstraat crossing. It then flew toward Alkmaar."
Earlier Sunday evening, an outbound ship crossing (Lake) Ijsselmeer sighted
"a flying disc" heading east.
White disc reports were also given to police in the towns of Bergen-aan-Zee
and Almere Suiten. (Email Interview)
UFO VISITS CANAL COUNTRY IN THE NETHERLANDS
On Tuesday, March 11, 1997, at 7:30 p.m., Robert van Troon and Manuela
Hoogstratten went for a stroll along the Galgerwaardstraat in the village
of Oosterwijk, on the De Linge River near Leedam, 55 kilometers (35 miles)
southeast of Amsterdam.
"We went for a walk, and it was a starry evening," Manuela reported. "So I
looked towards the stars and saw a very bright star. At first I thought it
was Venus, but then it moved. It moved very strangely, very quickly."
At first, the UFO moved north, over IJsselstein, then west towards Gouda.
Manuela estimated the UFO as "three meters (10 feet) in diameter" because
"it was one millimeter at arm's length."
The UFO was still hovering above the canals east of Gouda when the couple
went indoors at 9 p.m. (Email Interview)
UFOs BACK IN OOSTERWIJK
On Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at 10:55 p.m., Manuela Hoogstratten of
Oosterwijk, Netherlands spied her second UFO within a month. Oosterwijk is
a village on the De Linge River near Leedam 55 kilometers (33 miles)
southeast of Amsterdam.
"I was taking a walk with my fiance," Manuela said, "We were looking at the
stars and Hale-Bopp. It (the UFO) was the size of a star and not so bright
as Venus, and it was moving fast. It hovered in one place first and then it
made a curve to the right. Twice it lit up and accelerated a few times and
then it disappeared in a straight line. It wasn't the curve of a falling
star. Its path was like a roller coaster."
From Manuela's report, it appears that the UFO hovered for a minute or two
over the NATO military radar station at Nieuw Millingen, 25 kilometers (15
miles) from Oosterwijk. (Email Interview)
FLAP CONTINUES IN THE NETHERLANDS
Hard on the heels of last week's sighting in Oosterwijk come five reports
of UFOs in the eastern Netherlands, close to the border with Germany.
On Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at 10 p.m., "three lightning balls" appeared
over the Dutch city of Hengelo (population 67,000). The first witness, a
young woman, was sitting in her car when she spied "three objects passing
through the northern part of the sky. At first I thought they were
satellites, and then the white objects slowed to a standstill and hovered
there for a very short period of time." She estimated that the UFOs were 40
degrees above the horizon. Then, she added, they "went away quickly towards
the east," seemingly heading for Schuttorf, Germany.
At 10:15 p.m., a middle-aged couple driving from Enschede (population
157,000) to Hengelo spotted "a glowing object" in the northern sky. They
watched the UFO for one minute while it zigzagged through the sky.
At 11 p.m., a man in Delden "saw two light-balls." He watched them for
several seconds as "they flew away to the northeast."
Another woman saw "three objects moving and hovering in the sky above
Hengelo." She described the UFOs as "like the brightest stars
(first-magnitude)." She watched them "only for a few seconds before they
flew away." (Many thanks to Jeroen Kumeling and UFO-Werkgroep
Oost-Nederland (UFOWON) for these reports.)
NEW UFO SIGHTING IN THE NETHERLANDS
A gathering of 30 UFOs, similar to last week's incident in New Brighton,
Minnesota, took place at the same time in Heerhugowaard (population
45,000), a city in the Netherlands 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of
One night last week, R. Groeneveld, 62, who lives on the Versproncklaan in
Heerhugowaard, spotted several bright UFOs doing aerobatic maneuvers over
the neighborhood. "He counted, he says, at least 30 flying saucers above
his house. Also his daughter, her friend, a girl friend, and the neighbor
have seen the oval-shaped objects with flashing lights in the air. 'I think
we're being observed,' Groeneveld said." (See the newspaper Noordhollands
Weekblad for May 1, 1997. Many thanks to Jeroen Wierda of Picard UFO
Research International for sending us this story.)
MASS HORSE PANIC HAS DUTCH SCIENTISTS BAFFLED
On Monday, May 5, 1997, at 1 p.m., a herd of about a dozen horses grazing
near Udenhout in the Netherlands suddenly panicked and stampeded for no
According to the Dutch newspaper Brabants Dagblad for May 7, 1997, "A group
of ten horses were shocked enormously Monday afternoon by something in the
(sand) dunes near Udenhout. The horses ran off and left the children, who
had been riding them, behind and on foot."
"At the same time, between Riel and Goirie, a horse hitched to a wagon ran
"And in Hilvarenbeek, the citizens tell of seeing a horse running through
"We have not seen anything like this in years," said veterinarians J.
Silkman and A. Aarts. "There must have been something in the air."
However, the Koniklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI) reported
no unusual weather conditions. Meteorologist H. Haak said, "On Monday,
between 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., we cannot see any weird readings." (Many
thanks to Jeroen Wierda of Picard UFO Research International for this news
CROP CIRCLE APPEARS IN THE NETHERLANDS
On Tuesday, July 8, 1997, residents of Hooghalen, a town near Drenthe in
the Netherlands found 15 crop circles in a rye field.
The formation was investigated by Hilda Musch, 31, a ufologist with UFO-AID
of Sappemeer. The crop circles measured 7 to 8 meters (21 to 25 feet) in
diameter. Ms. Musch also discovered "in one of the circles...a mysterious
white powder on the plants."
The powder is being tested at a Dutch laboratory on behalf of the Centre
for Crop Circle Studies in Drenten.
Ms. Musch said, "We're talking about a very unique formation. This compares
well with the big complexes that have been found in England. This could be
a hoax, but the rye is unwalked upon. It's for certain that these circles
were made by an intelligent life form." (See the Belgian newspaper Het
Nieuwsblad for July 11, 1997)
MORE CROP CIRCLES FOUND IN THE NETHERLANDS
On Tuesday, July 15, 1997, residents of Vlissingen, a town on the
Westerschelde in the Netherlands, approximately 131 kilometers (82 miles)
southwest of Amsterdam, reported five new crop circles.
The circles were found in a corn field near Vlissingen. The largest circle
had a diameter of 6 meters (20 feet) and was surrounded by four smaller
Thus far in 1997, the Netherlands has reported a total of 27 crop circles.
(See the newspaper Brabants Dagblad for July 16, 1997. Many thanks to
Jeroen Wierda of Picard UFO Research International for this news story.)
NETHERLANDS TOWN GETS MANY VISITS FROM UFOs
On December 21, 1997, ufologist Geert van Halem left his home on the van
Beethovenstraat in Gorinchem in the Netherlands when he spotted a strange
object in the northern sky.
Van Halem described the UFO as "about 8 to 10 meters (25 to 33 feet) in
diameter, which illuminated a bright white light. It was not normal light
but was kind of a shiny glow. Its altitude was about 500 meters (1,650
feet) and it was about 45 degrees above the horizon. It was hovering
silently above my neighborhood."
Van Halem said he had seen an identical white UFO in the same part of the
sky the night of October 30, 1997.
On November 8, 1997, at 7 p.m., he observed "an object which illuminated a
bright red light with a kind of glow to it" to the north-northwest "at an
angle of about 50 degrees above the horizon."
Two weeks later, while bicycling after dark across a dyke on the
Merwedekanaal in the nearby village of Woudrichem, he saw "an object about
20 meters in length. I could see a row of lights around the object, but I'm
not sure if it was circular or similarly shaped...It moved silently with a
speed of 17.5 meters per second (i.e. 6,300 kilometers per hour or 3,780
miles per hour--J.T.) It was this speed that convinced me that it could
have absolutely not been an airplane." (Many thanks to Dutch readers
Stephan and Annet for forwarding this story.)
BRITISH NEWSPAPERS SAY RAF, DUTCH AIR FORCE CHASED GIANT UFO
The London newspapers Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail reported this week
that jet interceptors of the Royal Air Force and the Netherlands Air Force
had pursued a giant triangular UFO over the North Sea.
According to the Daily Mail, the phased-array radar network at RAF
Fylingdales in North Yorkshire picked up an "unusual craft (that was)
tracked flying in a zigzag pattern at 17,000 miles per hour (27,200
kilometers per hour) over the North Sea."
An RAF fighter squadron was sent to intercept the object. The Netherlands
Air Force "also tracked the UFO but the two (Dutch) F-16 fighters scrambled
to intercept the object were unable to keep up" with it.
The UFO dodged the Dutch fighters, increasing its speed to 24,000 miles per
hour (38,400 kilometers per hour), and shot away to the northeast, heading
for the Atlantic Ocean.
"RAF officials were said to be baffled by the object... 'It was definitely
under control, judging by the various manoeuvres executed,' said a
spokesman. 'It appeared to be triangular and was around the size of a
battleship (about 900 feet long) (273 meters--J.T.).'"
According to the Daily Telegraph, "Tapes to be shown to British and
American experts are said to show objects that change shape and in mid-air
and a battleship-sized aircraft traveling at 33 times the speed of sound."
The presentation of the radar tapes will be made in June at the Space
Symposium to be held at the Air Warfare Center at RAF Cranwell in
The newspaper articles appeared on Monday, April 27, 1998. The RAF Press
Office denied that a joint air operation against a giant UFO had taken
place, adding, "Yes, there is a conference at the Air Warfare Center at RAF
Cranwell in June, but this is to discuss military strategies in outer
The Daily Telegraph said Wednesday, April 29, that it stands by its story
and its "RAF source."
According to Graham W. Birdsall, editor of the UK's UFO Magazine, the "RAF
source" is Philip Burden, a former Ministry of Defence employee who served
as editor of the in-house RAF publication RAF News ten years ago. (See the
Daily Telegraph for April 27, 1998, "RAF Spots Speeding UFOs with New
Radar," and the Daily Mail for April 27, 1998, "24,000 MPH UFO Buzzes
Britain." Many thanks to Errol Bruce-Knapp, Graham W. Birdsall and Dave
Clarke of BUFORA for making the newspaper articles available.)
DUTCH UFOLOGISTS DISPUTE STORY OF NORTH SEA CHASE
Ufologists in the Netherlands disputed last week's reports in the London
Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph of a UFO chase over the North Sea.
According to the reports published in both British newspapers, the
phased-array radar station at RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire picked up
a UFO 900 feet (273 meters) long flying over the North Sea. RAF jet
interceptors were sent after it. At the same time, two F-16 jet fighters of
the Nederlandse Luchtmacht (Netherlands Air Force) took off in pursuit. The
F-16s reportedly encountered the UFO over the North Sea. The mammoth
triangular object then increased its speed to 24,000 miles per hour and
headed northeast towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Andy Denne of the Netherlands UFO group A.U.R.A. reported, "We have checked
our source in the Dutch air force, and we can be rather sure by now that
the F-16s sent to intercept never even took off."
"We also double-checked with the Dutch military defense radar station at
Nieuw-Millingen. They also assured us nothing was visible on radar."
A.U.R.A. members and other Dutch ufologists telephoned the Air Traffic
Control center at Schipol International Airport in Amsterdam. Radar
operators there "saw nothing on their radars during the past couple of
"So our conclusion is that there was no North Sea UFO, at least as
described by the British press," Denne reported. "Especially since the
Dutch air force is not as tight-lipped as their British and American
colleagues." (Many thanks to Andy Denne of A.U.R.A. and Errol Bruce-Knapp
for this story.)
NEW WRINKLES EMERGE IN NORTH SEA UFO CASE
At the end of April, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail of London
reported that a giant UFO had been chased over the North Sea by British and
Dutch jet interceptors.
Although the RAF Press Office and the Dutch ufology group A.U.R.A. disputed
the claim, new information is emerging in this controversial case.
According to the British newspapers, the RAF radar station at Fylingdales,
North Yorkshire picked up a giant UFO "the size of a battleship" (900 feet
long) over the North Sea. An RAF jet squadron was scrambled to intercept.
At the same time, two F-16 jet interceptors of the Nederlandse Luchtmacht
(Netherlands Air Force) took off and caught sight of the giant UFO over the
North Sea. The UFO eluded the Dutch jets and streaked away at an estimated
24,000 miles per hour. No date was given for this alleged encounter.
Around May 15, 1998, however, the newspaper Tipperary Star of Tipperary,
Eire reported that a local Irish couple claimed to have seen a giant UFO of
the same description as the North Sea object on February 28. The story was
summarized in another newspaper, the Munster Express.
"A couple, described as highly respected members of the community, told the
newspaper (Tipperary Star) that they saw an object in the sky between
Derrynaflan and Killenaule on the night of February 28."
"Because they did not want to be ridiculed, and be the butt of local jokes,
they decided to remain silent about their experience. But after they heard
a description of the object seen over the North Sea, they decided to come
forward because their UFO was identical."
"They said they clearly saw the UFO hovering at what appeared to be about
400 feet above the ground. The ship was approximately 250 feet wide and 100
feet high. It had lights, three on one side and two on the other, and had
panels with vertical lines through them as distinct from windows...There
was no sound at all from the object, which, at first, moved very slowly but
then accelerated so fast that it disappeared in an instant." (See the
Munster Express for May 22, 1998. Many thanks to Stig Agermose and Eroll
Bruce-Knapp for providing this newspaper story.)
FAST UFO FLYBY OVER LELYSTAD, NETHERLANDS
On Tuesday, July 7, 1998, a film crew shooting a TV movie on the dikes at
Blocq van Kuffeler in Oostelijk Flevoland, Netherlands accidentally shot
footage of a UFO speeding overhead.
According to Dutch ufologist Keet Veling, "At the upper white corner of the
frame, a white dot appears. It races through the film at great speed. The
dot disappears behind (actor) Kuno's head. You expect the dot to appear
over on the left of the frame but it does not."
The UFO was flying from Almene to Lelystad, a city 60 kilometers (36 miles)
northeast of Amsterdam. (Many thanks to Keet Veling for this news story.)
TRIANGULAR UFO SEEN AT ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS
Triangular UFOs were seen in the Netherlands during August, at the same
time similar UFOs were observed over the Ardennes forest in nearby France
According to Dutch ufologist Andy Denne of A.U.R.A., residents of Enschede,
a city located 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Amsterdam, on August 1,
1998 "saw a lone dark triangle. After watching the object flying in a
straight line for 30 minutes, it suddenly changed its course and shot off
in the direction of the German border."
On August 12, 1998, other Enschede residents "observed a triangular UFO
with a bright white light at each corner. The witnesses reported seeing the
object three times" that night.
This case was investigated by UFO Werkgruppe Nederland, a UFO study group
based in Enschede.
According to UFO Werkgruppe Nederland, "all of them (the witnesses) saw the
object in the evening at 11 p.m., 11:15 p.m. and at about 11:45 p.m."
The first sighting reported "three lights in a triangle."
During the second sighting at 11:15 p.m., "the three lights were moving.
And later, seen by one of the witnesses, moving around each other."
During the third sighting at 11:45 p.m., "the three lights were again in a
triangular shape. There was no sound." (Many thanks to Errol Bruce-Knapp
and UFO Werkgruppe Nederland for this story.)
FIVE UFOs SIGHTED IN YPENBURG, NETHERLANDS
On Saturday, September 19, 1998, at 2 p.m., eyewitnesses spotted a daylight
disc over Ypenburg, a small town near Delft in the Netherlands, about 60
kilometers (36 miles) southwest of Amsterdam.
Between 2 and 3 p.m., the witnesses sighted "five lights," of which "some
were triangular and the others disk-shaped. They were about two to six
meters wide. They produced a faint blue and red light. They were extremely
fast and able to stop instantly, then 'float' about...They disappeared at
high speed, straight up, in a formation." (USENET Report)
(Editor's Note: Take this one with a grain of salt. The writer did not
respond to my three requests for an email interview.)
UFO SIGHTED BY A COUPLE IN NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS
On Wednesday, November 25, 1998, at 9:45 p.m., a couple "was walking the
dog" in Nijmegen, a large city in the Netherlands when they spotted a UFO.
"They were watching the sky for a short time when they saw what looked like
a star getting brighter and brighter. The light was bluish-white in
colour." The couple described the UFO as "somewhat eye-shaped" or
elliptical in structure.
"It then moved energetically up and down for a short time before it shot
off in the night once again." The object hovered over the southwest section
of Nijmegen, and the condition of the sky was "cloudy but with a lot of
Nijmegen is on the river Rhine approximately 140 kilometers (84 miles)
southeast of Amsterdam. The city was the site of a ferocious World War II
battle back in September 1944. (Many thanks to Andy Denne of A.U.R.A. for
DUTCH MOTORIST SAYS UFO DISABLED HIS OPEL CAR
One night in August 1998, at 1 a.m., Joost van F. decided to let his dog go
for a moonlight run in T. Wiske nature park, near Zaandam, a suburb 10
kilometers (6 miles) north of Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands.
"I was driving an Opel Kadett with a 1600 centimeter engine, a sports
model," Joost reported. "The park is closed to traffic, but residents of
the neighborhood sometimes drive in there to let their dogs have some
"After letting out my dog, and as the (Opel's) motor was running, it
stopped--all at once--just shut down. In reflex, I braked. I had been
rolling along at about 5 kilometers per hour, and my car came to a full
"Did I run through a puddle? No, the way was 'dry' for at least ten meters
back. I stepped out of the car, flashlight in my hand. I opened the motor
compartment (hood in the USA, bonnet in the UK-- J.T.)."
"As I was checking the engine block and the electric wires, suddenly I felt
a presence behind me. Strangely my dog did not bark or show any signs of
upset. Turning, I saw two bright lights shooting up into the sky, almost
vertical and at a speed much higher than an aircraft or a helicopter might
use. No noise, no venting gases (exhaust--J.T.), nothing. They were about
eye-height above the trees and out of sight within two seconds. They were
over Zaandam and Purmerend, about one kilometer away."
When he tried the Opel's engine again a few minutes later, it started right
up and ran without missing a beat. (Email Interview)