At an isolated location, miner Udo Wartena saw a large disc
shaped object about 35 foot high and over 100 feet across hovering
above a meadow. The object resembled two soup plates, one inverted
over the other and stainless steel in appearance. Wartena then saw a
staircase unfold from the bottom of the craft. Out of it came a man
who asked him if the ship could take some water. The man then
invited Wartena inside the object. Wartena accepted and met another
man inside that told him they had come from a distant planet and
were 609 years old.
this case described down here, reminds of a similar
in Sweden that happend ca 6years later as ill. above is to show.
An amazing alien encounter 7 years before
either Roswell or Kenneth Arnold's sighting may offer our best
chance yet to understand where some UFO's come from and why they are
visiting our planet.
For more than two decades, Udo Wartena, a Dutch immigrant living in
the Western U.S., kept what had happened to him one spring morning
in May 1940 a secret, not even telling his wife. Before dying in
1989 he finally confided in two friends and then wrote the details
of his experience down so it would not be lost.
Udo's incredible story remained completely unknown in UFO circles
however, until the details were finally released by Australian
researcher Warren Aston.
Before we review what took place in this deceptively simple report
we must remember that this is an unusually early case in the pre
1947 period, which has yielded only small numbers of UFO sightings
worldwide, and almost no cases where the occupants of UFOs were
Let us remember that in 1940, World War II still raged in Europe,
the first satellite was still 17 years in the future and the sound
barrier had not yet been broken.
Udo Wartena’s experience not only took place in daytime, but
involved intimate and open alien contact with a reluctant witness. I
have assembled the following from two handwritten accounts and one
typewritten account by Udo and from verbal recollections through
interviews with the handful of close friends and family members whom
he confided in.
Udo's encounter took place mid-morning early in May, 1940 at his
mining claim in the forest near the base of Boulder Mountain, a
short distance from Canyon Ferry Lake, near the small town of
Townsend, southeast of Helena in Montana.
Udo, a 37-year-old miner of Dutch origin was working in the area
part-time for the Northwest Mining Company.
During the previous month he had found a glacial deposit at the base
of the mountain, which showed indications of gold-bearing ore. He
began working the site in his spare time and first cleared an old
and neglected ditch, which ran around the mountainside, using it to
divert the water he would need in his mining from a nearby stream.
While moving some large boulders, he heard a humming or droning
sound, which he first took to be aircraft, which flew over the area
occasionally from Great Falls base in the north. At first Udo took
little notice of the sound, but when the noise continued he thought
that a vehicle had driven up so he climbed up onto higher ground.
A large disc-shaped object, measuring about thirty five feet high
and over a hundred feet across, was hovering a short distance away
just above the meadow where he had built his dam. Udo described it
as like "two soup plates, one inverted over the other" and
resembling "stainless steel in color, though not as bright and shiny".
As he stood watching, thinking at first that it was an airship, a
circular stairway with a solid bottom forming part of the craft's
hull was let down and a man who descended began walking towards him.
"As I was somewhat more than interested," Udo later wrote, "I went
to meet him. He stopped when we were ten or twelve feet apart. He
was a nice looking man, seemingly about my age. He wore a light gray
pair of overalls, a tam (a common term in that period derived from
"Tam O 'Shanter" - a circular cap) of the same material on his head
and on his feet were slippers or moccasins".
The man came and shook his hand, apologizing that they had not known
anyone was in the area, explaining that it was not their custom to
interrupt or allow themselves to be seen. "He asked me if it would
be alright if they took some water, and as I could not see why not,
I said 'sure'. He then gave a signal and a hose or pipe was let down.
His English was like mine, but he spoke slowly, as if he were a
linguist and had to pick his way."
The man asked Udo what he was doing and this was explained. Udo,
asked if he would be interested in coming aboard the ship, went
willingly and without any sense of fear. As he got underneath the
craft, Udo described the humming as "not loud, though it seemed to
go through you"; once inside the ship the noise was hardly
noticeable except what came up the stairwell.
this case described here, reminds of a similar in
Sweden that happend ca 6 years later as illustration above is to
INSIDE THE CRAFT
"We entered into a room about twelve by sixteen feet, with a
close-fitting sliding door on the farther end, indirect lighting
near the ceiling and nice upholstered benches around the sides.
There was an older man already in the room, plainly dressed, but his
hair was snow white. I then noticed that the younger man's hair was
Udo described him as being "young and strong-looking" and having
clear, almost translucent skin.
Perhaps this explains the curious fact that Udo seems to have asked
their age, even before asking their origin; clearly there was
something about their appearance to prompt such an enquiry.
The men answered that one was "about six hundred years old" as we
measure time and the other was "over nine hundred years" of age.
They informed him that they knew over five hundred languages and
were learning ours and improving upon them all the time.
(remark: some contact-cases are using very advanced
translator-devices as in the case of the
ITIBI-RA conctacts from the mid60s.)
When asked why they wanted to take water from the stream and not the
lake, the younger man replied that, "the water was good and was free
of algae (as if they had retrieved the same before) and it was
Many years later Udo indicated to a family member that hydrogen
extracted from the water was in fact the fuel source for the craft.
Udo then asked what caused the noise of the craft and was not only
shown the mechanism that powered the disc, but also given what
appears to be a full and open discussion of the key principle
involved, in the following words:"...'as you noticed we are floating
above the ground, and though the ground slopes the ship is level.
There are in the outside rim, two flywheels, one turning one way and
the other in the opposite direction'.
drawing is from book of a ufo-contact- case in England in -78,
where the main-withness was taken into the machine-room of the
craft - and he likewise was told of some similar principple of
making lift or magnetic anti-gravity. Click picture to get to this
case- opens in a
"He explained [that] this gives the ship its own gravitation or
rather overcomes the gravitational pull of the Earth and other
planets, the sun and stars; and through the pull of the stars and
planets...to ride on like you do when you sail on ice.
An interesting analogy. Elsewhere Udo described the 'flywheels' or
rings as being about three feet wide and several inches thick,
separated by rods turned by motors and next to 'battery of
transformer'-like units all around the inside perimeter of the
Udo was told that the two revolving rings or wheels developed an
electromagnetic force, a term he did not understand at the time and
inferred from what he learned that the ability to develop a cheaper
and more practical energy source was of the utmost importance to
here; in the swedish case from 1946, the guard- outside of the
light-globe, gives a sign to "Gosta" to stop, while the workers are
doing some repair-work on the ship inside this lightglobe. Gosta
could see how sparkles was formed where the light-globe reached the
ground! Also those looked like normal scandinavians!
He was also told that the craft was able to focus on a distant star
and use its energy to draw itself through space at speeds faster
than light, quote: "skipping upon the light waves". These 1940
explanations seem remarkably similar to the propulsion method Robert
Lazar claimed to have learned while working on alien craft in
possession of the U.S. government at 'Area 51' and also sounds very
much like some of the theories now being advanced by physicists:...the
creation of a local distortion of space-time is expanded behind the
spaceship, contracted ahead of it, yielding a hyper surfer like
motion faster that the speed of light as seen by observers...
In essence, on the outgoing leg of its journey the spaceship is
pushed away from Earth and pulled toward its distant destination by
the engineered local expansion of space-time itself.
• Commentary on practical faster-than-light travel as proposed by
Miguel Alcubierre, published in Classical and Quantum Gravity, 1994.
Udo then wrote "I then asked them where they got the energy to run
such a large ship? They said from the sun and other stars and would
store this in batteries, though this was for emergency use only.
They carried another source but did not explain this to me..."
Asked where they came from, he was told they lived on a distant
planet and gave its name - unfortunately not recorded by Udo - and
pointed in its direction. Udo asked what their object was for coming
"Well." he said, "as you have noticed, we look pretty much as you
do, so we mingle with your people, gather information, leave
instructions or give help where needed." Explaining that they were
monitoring the progression and retrogression of our societies, the
man claimed that they lived among us from time to time, a clear
statement indicating long-term covert alien surveillance prior to
1940. Udo wrote that he did not understand what was meant by them "giving
help where needed" but he did not feel it proper to ask about it
When Udo asked if they knew of Jesus Christ and about religion he
was told that they would "like to speak of these things but are
unable. We cannot interfere in any way". The area of religion and
belief systems was to be the only question the aliens refused to
During his time on board, Udo was invited to be examined for
impurities in his system by an "X-ray like machine" which passed
over him. Little was recorded about this examination however and Udo
seems to have attached scant importance to it.
While talking with the two men, a light had come on which Udo
believed indicated that the water had been taken care of. He
mentioned that he felt it was time for him to leave.
The alien's response was to ask if he was interested in going with
them, to which Udo responded: " I said that I thought it would be
interesting, but felt it would inconvenience too many people. Later,
I wondered why I said that".
Some time later, Udo recalled an incident about two years previously
where a young man had vanished nearby without a trace, despite days
of searching by a sheriff's team. He wondered if the young man had
met the same craft and gone with them.
As he started to leave the ship, they suggested to Udo that he
"...'tell no-one, as no one would believe me at the time', but in
years to come I could tell about this experience. When I walked away
from the ship they raised the stairway, and when I got a couple of
hundred feet away from the ship I turned around.
"A number [of] more portholes had opened up and though I could not
see anyone, I felt sure they could see me, anyway I waved at them.
The ship then rose straight up until it cleared the trees, then
while circling slightly, it practically rose straight up and in a
very short while was completely out of sight.
"As I didn't have a watch, I did not know for sure how long I had
been with them, but according to the sun it was around noon, or
somewhat around two hours."
Udo later related how some type of "energy" had permeated the area
and that he lost his strength for several hours and was unable to
walk. When his strength finally returned he went over to where the
huge craft had hovered, finding only crushed grass where the
stairway had rested. Later, still feeling overwhelmed by his
unexpected experience, he walked back to his base camp.
Warren P. Aston 1997
Credits: The Udo Wartena case first came to my attention via a brief
summary published in James L. Thompson’s Aliens and UFO’s (Bountiful
Utah, Horizon. 1993). In his otherwise unique and insightful book
Thompson did not conduct any investigation of this case however and
his account of it contained numerous factual errors.