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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.

OCTOBER 5, 1954, ROVERBELLA, MANTOVA, ITALY, A FISHERMAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Apparently, an unspecified Italian newspaper reported that in the night of October 5, 1954, a fisherman of Robervella, in the Province of Mantova, was approached by "a mysterious individual" of human appearance, dressed in red, who talked to him in a language which was incomprehensible for the fisherman, and went away.

In many ufology summaries, including one supposedly devoted to UFO landing cases, the mysterious individual of human appearance became a "being" or a "humanoid."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000179
Date of event: October 5, 1954
Earliest report of event: Not known.
Delay of report: 2 days.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology Book by Jimmy Guieu.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Foreign newspaper.
This file created on: May 20, 2007
This file last updated on: May 31, 2010
Country of event: Italy
State/Department: Mantova
Type of location: Not reported.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Fisherman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Outfit.
Entities outfit color: Red.
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: Spoke an unknown language.
Entities actions: Spoke an unknown language to witness.
Entities/witness interactions: Spoke an unknown language to witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: No UFO, not a RR3. Insufficient information.
Explanation certainty: Certain.

Narratives:

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Scan

A BAKER FROM BRITTANY CLAIMS THIS:

"My Martian was not shaven and had eyes as large as a corbel's egg"

The daily chronicle of the "flying saucers" grows more and more. Each day, numerous newsbriefs report the passage of mysterious machines in this or that region. It remains to be learned whether the bad weather that the complacent meteorologists announce obligingly, will have an unspecified influence on the gracious evolutions of the ethereal visitors. It does not seem to be that way, so far.

To see a machine in the sky thus is nothing extraordinary any more and one could fear monotony if, fortunately, the "celestial pilots" didn't come from time to pay a short visit on the dry land and to bring with their height, their costume and their actions, more spice to the current controversies on the reality of the "saucers".

"He resembled a man"

In this field, the transitory ephemeral topicality is rightfully to be credited today to a modest bakery worker of Loctudy (the Finistère), Mr. Pierre Lucas.

Standing up early and well awaken, our man was going to get water in the court of the bakery Tuesday morning when, in the wavering gleam of a rainy dawn, he saw a machine of the shape of a saucer of 2 m. 50 to 3 m. in diameter, which stationed there stupidly. He would certainly not have cared that much about it, if he hadn't suddenly seen an individual come out of it!

"He measured 1 m. 20, resembled a man (sic) and approached me. Before I recovered from my surprise, he had tapped on my shoulder while articulating unintelligible words."

Mr. Lucas showed a remarkable coolness. "Come inside, we'll have a chat", he

Continued on p. 10 (1st and 2nd col.)

Scan

"My Martian was not shaven..."

(continued from the first page)

must have told him, for the unknown followed him in the bake house. There, one saw all the same a little more clearly and without shame the "Martian" let himself be contemplated.

It is still Mr. Lucas who speaks:
"He had an oval face, entirely covered of hairs and eyes of the size of a corbel's egg!"

The young man called his owner, but the unknown undoubtedly estimated that the interview had lasted long enough. By the time that Mr. Lucas goes into the staircase to alert his owner with cares, the man and the machine had disappeared. Too bad...

First thing thus learn until better information: the strangers that pilot the saucers have a human form, but the size of children, and apparently developed hair.

Confirmation is given to us by Mr. Henri Lehérisé, young farmer of Megrit (Côtes-du-Nord), whose gift of observation did not await the number of the years.

With much off-handedness, his own apparatus, whose diameter did not exceed one meter, was posed in the court of his farm. Two dwarves occupied it, motionless, impassive. They did not condescend to come out and engage the conversation.

Some saucers among others...

These two appearances obviously eclipse the "visions" of the day. Let us note however that the "saucers", threatened for a while by the barrels, balls, crescents and other cigars, launched a counter-attack of great style since there are now only talks of saucers.

The one in Saint-Brieuc let itself be contemplated during one hour; that of the surroundings of La Rochelle hovered in front of the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Guillenoteau, within one meter of the ground, in an impressive silence and the farmer noted oily traces in the grass.

In Lézignan, it was at the same time flying and giant: ten meters in diameter! Three meters only, the one that landed in the garden of Mr. Jean Labonne, in Bergerac, but on three crutches.

Lastly, the "saucers" cannot always be approached: that of Lésignan, again, wrapped Misters André Garcia and André Darzens of a bright gleam before disappearing. The one in Clermont-Ferrand literally nailed the witnesses who wanted to see it closely on the spot and released a strong nitro-benzene odor.

When the machine moved away, faintness ceased with the odor.

The good story of the poor fisherman

Odorous, coloured and inhabited, the "saucers" are also international. In Mantova, they passed in tight formations and one of them was detached from the group to make a small air carrousel show which lasted one hour... and blocked the traffic in the center of the city, the witnesses having gone down in the street for better seeing.

In Roverbella, finally, a poor fisherman entered in conversation with a "Martian", dressed in red, but they were unable to understand each other and his interlocutor disappeared when he saw the fisherman's woman appear. Mysoginic [mysogynic], perhaps...

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that in the course of the night of October 5, 1954, an Italian fisherman of Robervella, in the Province of Mantove, was approached by "a mysterious individual" of human appearance, dressed of red and who talked to him in a language which was incomprehensible for the fisherman.

This unknown left even before the fisherman had time to call his wife.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

In his catalogue of UFO landings, Jacques Vallée indicates that on October 5, 1954, in Roverbello, Italy, a fisherman met with a red-clad being who spoke an unknown language, and there are no details.

Vallée indicates that his source is "Quincy."

[Ref. cu1:] C.U.N.:

Among other cases described as having insufficient data, the CUN noted that on October 15, 1954, at night in Roverbella, a humanoid dressed in red said unintelligible words to a fisherman.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

This ufologist indicates that on October 5, 1954, in Roverbello, Italy, a red clad being who spoke an unknown language approached a fisherman and quickly left when the witness called to his wife.

The source is indicated as a newspaper for October 7, 1954 and Jacques Vallee's, Passport to Magonia, page 218.

[Ref. rr1:] RR0:

A chronology for 1954 indicates that on Tuesday October 5, 1954 in Roverbello in Italy, a fisherman met a being dressed in red who spoke an unknown language.

The source is indicated as "Quincy."

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Roverbella, Italy, on October 5, 1954 at night, a fisherman of Roverbella declared he was approached last night by a mysterious individual dressed in red, who addressed to him some unintelligible words and then rapidly moved off, before the fisherman had time to call his wife.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Jacques Vallee.

Points to consider:

This case reaches heights as unusable alleged CE3 report.

The newspaper reporting back the story is not indicated. The witness is not named. It is a single witness. No investigation appears to have been carried out. Nothing that can be called a UFO is reported. A language not understood by the witness is not far from being presented as an unknown language per se, therefore extraterrestrial. Roverbella becomes Roverbello. What was initially a man in red becomes from one ufological version to the other not a man anymore but a "being" or a "humanoid."

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe May 20, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information. No primary source referenced or available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe May 20, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Quincy catalogue non available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe May 20, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No UFO reported. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe May 20, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross From the insufficient description of the entity, it could have been a normal human being speaking a foreign tongue. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

No UFO. No alien. Insufficient information.

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 May 20, 2007 Creation, [jg1], [jv1], [cu1], [dj1], [rr1], [ar1].
0.2 Patrick Gross May 20, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 29, 2010 Conversion from HTM4 to XHTML Strict.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 31, 2010 Addition [le1]. In the "Basic Information summary", "First certain record by" changed from "Ufology Book by Jimmy Guieu" to "Newspaper L'Est Républicain" and "First alleged record type" changed from "Ufology book" to "Foreign newspaper".

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