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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

July 1947, Fishpool Hill, Herefordshire, U-K., Frank Handford and Mrs, Newman:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Peter Rogerson's INTCAT ufology catalog includes a case that would only be known from the information provided by the niece of witness Frank Handford:

In July 1947, late at night. at Fishpool Hill, Herefordshire, England, Frank Handford and his housekeeper Mrs. Newman were awoken by the barking of their dogs. Fearing intruders, they both went to investigate. Through the window overlooking their apple orchards, they saw a luminous dome-shaped object descending to the ground. From it emerged a ladder, down which three beings in silver suits came out.

The beings picked up apples and some turf and re-entered their craft.

The next day they found a large burned circle into the ground and scorching on a wicker gate. The police were called and they came with military personnel, who claimed that a search with Geiger counters revealed a high level of radiation, and warned the witnesses not to talk.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001749
Date of event: July 1947
Earliest report of event: 2003?
Delay of report: Decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: "Skeptical" ufology catalogue.
This file created on: October 18, 2018
This file last updated on: October 18, 2018
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Herefordshire
Type of location: At home in Fishpool Hill.
Lighting conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man and his housekeeper.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Suits.
Entities outfit color: Silver.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, pick up apples and turf, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ht1:] "HEREFORD TIMES" NEWSPAPER:

Was this the UK Rosswell? [sic]

RETIRED police officer John Hanson, from the West Midlands, has been in touch regarding his on-going research into UFO reports stretching back to 1943.

He would like to hear from anyone who has any information regarding the reports of a landed craft at Fishpool Hill in Fownhope in 1947.

John would also like to get in touch with a Mr and Mrs Lloyd of Pencombe who spotted a hexagonal object heading towards Bircher from their back garden in 1982.

If you can help, contact John at 31 Red Lion St, Alvechurch, Worcestershire B48 71G or by telephone on 0778 877 3340.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

July 1947. Late night.

FISHPOOL HILL (HEREFORDSHIRE : ENGLAND)

Frank Handford and his housekeeper Mrs Newman were awoken by the barking of their dogs. Fearing intruders, Frank and Mrs Newman went to investigate. Through the window overlooking their apple orchards they saw a luminous dome shaped object descending to the ground. From it emerged a ladder, down which three beings in silver suits, who picked up apples and some turf and re-entered their craft. The next day they found a large circle burned into the ground and scorching on a wicker gate. The police were called and they came with military personnel, who claimed that a search with Geiger counters revealed a high level of radiation, and warned the witnesses not to talk.

Hanson and Holloway 2010a p50 citing investigations by themselves and Robert and Marilyn Aldworth.

Evaluation: Only known from information supplied by Handford's niece.

Points to consider:

Having no primary source and no further information on this case for now, I do not feel able to form an opinion. The credibility of the case is unknown to me.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 18, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe October 18, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Lack of data: missing duration distance, description of UFO description of beings, size... Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or invention

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 18, 2018 Creation, [ht1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 18, 2018 First published.

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