The weather was cold, although there was no snow, and a strong wind was blowing over the area of Vilvorde, some 7 miles to the northeast of Brussels, Belgium. Monsieur V.M., hereafter called John H. Doe, 28 years old, and his wife, were in bed and asleep. At 2:00 a.m., he arose to go to the bathroom which is in a small outer yard adjoining the kitchen.
In order to avoid waking his wife, he used a flashlight. Upon reaching the kitchen, he heard a sound like a shovel striking the ground which came from the outside. He also became aware of a greenish colored light which filtered in through the gap at the left hand window curtain, and compared it with the diffused glow of an aquarium light. Knowing that the garden should be in total darkness at that hour, and puzzled by the noise as well, he went to the window and parted the curtain to behold an astonishing sight.
At the other end of the garden was a small being about 3½' in height and wearing a shining green one piece suit. The beings’s back was to him in three quarter profile, he was of medium build and his head, arms, and legs seemed normal in appearance. The green uniform was very bright and sparkling, and John compared it with the material of the upholstery of certain buggy types of cars, polyester tinged with metallic particles.
The entity’s head was encased in a transparent globular helmet and a tube led from the rear of it down to join a sort of rectangular shaped knapsack on his back. This knapsack covered his back from about the waist area upward to the level of the shoulder blade area on a man. The apparatus appeared to be the same material as the rest of the uniform.
The being’s clothing appeared to be smooth, without buttons or seams, and did not exhibit any evidence of fasteners of any kind, or pockets. John did notice a belt, and as the creature moved around, he could make out a small bright red box on his abdomen at waist level, which was sparkling and luminous. The belt appeared to be about 1¼" to 1½", and the box about 3¼" long and 1¼" to 1½"wide, about the size of a pack of cigarettes. These estimates are very rough considering the distance involved.
This box emitted a red light of constant intensity.
The creature’s trousers, which were slightly baggy at the bottom, were thrust into close fitting boots which had the same appearance as the rest of the clothing. At this time, no detailed features of the entity could be made out. Although his hands were the same shape as those of humans, they were gloved and the sleeves of his suit were tight at the wrists, but like the trousers, the rest of them were slightly full. Mr. Doe said that from the rear, the head looked round and black, and he thought the creature had short hair. A luminous halo surrounded him from head to foot and also partly illuminated the ground around him and the wall which was located at his left. The creature made no sound and John could not detect any respiratory movement.
The being was holding a device in his hands which closely resembled a vacuum cleaner or metal detector which was slowly being passed to and fro over a heap of bricks that John had gathered together a few days previously. The device had a long shaft which was bent at one end to form a handle, with a small rectangular box just below the handle. The instrument itself consisted of a thick rectangular plate with the front edge bevelled and the rear consisted of a cylinder with about the same diameter as the thickness of the plate. The shaft was connected to the instrument between these two areas. The device was the same color of the humanoid’s clothing and John could detect no sound or light coming from it.
John noticed that the small man seemed to have difficulty moving about for he would move slowly, with a waddle, bending his knees slightly. His gait seemed very heavy. At this point, John made use of his flashlight, flashing it towards the end of the garden twice. Thereupon, the entity turned around; he did not turn his head around, but rather brought his whole body around, suggesting that its neck might not have been movable. Then John caught sight of the dark face for the first time.
Neither mouth nor nose was visible, but he could distinguish a pair of ears which appeared somewhat pointed. The eyes were oval and yellow in color, quite large, bright, and surrounded by a green rim. John said that on the iris of the eyes, he noticed small, black, and red veinlets, and the pupil was black and somewhat oval. At times, the lids would come down over the eyes and at such time, the face became completely dark for a few moments. But when the eyes were open, these lids were not visible.
The creature stood there with the device in his left hand and seemed to answer Mr. Doe’s flashlight signals by raising his right hand and giving the V signal, holding up the index and second fingers. Then he turned away and with waddling gait and arms gently swinging, walked off toward the back wall.
At the wall, the entity placed one foot flat against it and then, without hesitation, did likewise with the second foot and walked straight up the wall with no change of pace, except that its knees did not bend. It continued to hold the instrument in his hand and to swing his arms as though walking normally on flat ground .
When he reached the top of the wall, which is about 10' high, he walked over the top and down the other side, his body perpendicular to the side of the wall, and was out of sight.
About four minutes after this astonishing exhibition, a vivid halo of light appeared beyond the wall and John heard a faintly perceptible chirring sound which seemed to be muffled by the wind. Then a round object began to slowly rise above the top of the wall, probably only a few yards from it.
After rising a short distance, the object halted and remained stationary for about another four minutes, still giving off the chirring noise which was compared to the sound of a cricket rubbing its wings together, and with the same amount of loudness. John thought the diameter of the object might have been about 16½' based on the width of his garden. The upper half was an orange color, phosphorescent, and topped with a transparent cupola which emitted a greenish light. The lower half of the object was a dark red color and on this area, very much in evidence, were three lights arranged horizontally, the left one being blue, the middle one yellow, and the one at the right was red. These lights flashed on 3 times in sequence.
The humanoid he had seen on the ground was clearly outlined in the greenish light of the cupola, but he could see no other detail in the cabin. On the periphery of the object, John said, there issued what looked like showers of sparks like those from a cigarette lighter. They were located at the point where the dark lower part and the bright upper part came together. On the bright upper part was a round black circle traversed diagonally from right to left by a yellow lightning flash. This, Mr. Doe took to be an emblem of some kind.
The object then rose again vertically about 65', still horizontal, and began to rock gently to and fro. The sparks were still coming out all around it. Then the chirring sound grew in volume and became a sort of hiss and the craft increased speed and shot straight up into the atmosphere, leaving behind it a luminous trail. Within a few seconds, it was a tiny point of light among the stars, then lost to view.
John said that at no point in the experience did he feel fear or hostility, and that he found no marks on the ground or on the wall.