Boianai sightings, Father Gill

Date: June 26, 1959
Location: Papua New Guinea, Australia
Appearance: Disc with 4 legs
Classification: CE 3
Sources: Dr. Allen Hynek; letters of Rev. Gill
Summary: Nearby UFO with occupants, seen by 38 people.

Rev. William Gill, an Australian Anglican missionary, and 37 members of his Boianai mission, including teachers Steven Gill Moi and Ananias Rarata, and Mrs Nessle Moi, watched a UFO which looked like a large, disc-shaped object. It was apparently solid and circular with a wide base and narrower upper deck. The craft appeared to have four "legs" underneath it.

There also appeared to be about four "panels" on the side of the craft, which seemed to glow a little brighter than the rest. Repeatedly it produced a shaft of blue light which shone upwards into the sky at an angle of about 45 degrees. Rev. Gill made notes about the experience, which the media obtained. Stories appeared in August 1959, causing a sensation.

What looked like "men" came out of the object, onto what seemed to be a deck on top of it. There were four men in all, occasionally two, then one, then three, then four. The first sighting over the sea, according to Rev. Gill, seemed to be about 150 metres above the water all times. The UFO was clearly visible and seemed mostly stationary during the twenty-five minutes of observation.

Astonishingly, the UFO returned the following night, June 27, also with figures on top of it. Two of the figures seemed to be doing something near the center of the deck, were occasionally bending over and raising their arms as though adjusting or "setting up" something. Rev. Gill reported:

"One figure seemed to be standing looking down at us. I stretched my arm above my head and waved. To our surprise the figure did the same. Ananias waved both arms over his head then the two outside figures did the same. Ananias and self began waving our arms and all four now seemed to wave back. There seemed to be no doubt that our movements were answered."

"As dark was beginning to close in, I sent Eric Kodawara for a torch and directed a series of long dashes towards the UFO. After a minute or two of this, the UFO apparently acknowledged by making several wavering motions back and forth. Waving by us was repeated and this followed by more flashes of torch, then the UFO began slowly to become bigger, apparently coming in our direction."

The Minister for Defence requested a report and the RAAF interviewed Rev. Gill on 29 December 1959, some six months after the sighting. His recollection of the visit is that the two officers from Canberra talked about stars and planets and then left. He heard no more from them.

In 1973 Dr. Allen Hynek visited Papua New Guinea and found six of the witnesses to the Boianai events. They all supported Rev. Gill's version of what had happened.