Website note: This confidential two-page report details sightings on 15 July 1960 of an unidentified flying object (UFO) near Wewak, a nuclear weapons testing range some 24 kilometres from Maralinga Village, South Australia. The report was written on 24 July 1960 by security officer JJA Hanlon, and originally formed part of a Department of Supply file on the Weapons Research Establishment (WRE) in South Australia.
This document outlines the comprehensive investigation into reports of UFO sightings in the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA), where in 1959–63 more than 40 top-secret nuclear weapons tests, code-named Vixen, were conducted under tight security. The Wewak site and nearby Taranaki mentioned in the report are situated in the 270,000-square-kilometre WPA, which includes the Maralinga and Emu Field testing sites:
There were a number of reasons for the thoroughness of the investigations – control of unwelcome public interest, national security and scientific curiosity. Several dozen witnesses were interviewed for a number of reports associated with the