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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 17, 1954, REIMS, MARNE, FRANCE, A MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

An man wrote an anonymous letter to a newspaper claiming that a few days earlier on October 17, 1954, in the evening, he skirted the canal at the level of the Saint-Charles ground, in Reims, the Marne, France, when he saw a sharp gleam not far from him.

Approaching, he distinguished a cigar-shaped machine of 8 meters length by 2 meters height posed in the grass. One of its ends emitted phosphorescent gleams; which were reflected on the metallic wall of the machine.

A door opened and three beings of approximately 1 meter 20 emerged, with a crab-like walk, and uttered incomprehensible sounds. A fourth being gten appeared then, who was 1 meter tall and whose bottom of the legs seemed transparent.

The witness tried to come closer, but the creatures then rushed in their craft at with a surprising speed, whereas during this time the witness felt paralyzed by a red, then yellow radiation, coming from a sort of porthole.

The object then took off and moved away quickly towards Tinqueux.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000412
Date of event: October 17, 1954
Earliest report of event: October 23, 1954
Delay of report: 5 days
Witness reported via: Anonymous letter to newspaper.
First alleged record by: Regional newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Regional newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: December 25, 2007
This file last updated on: October 29, 2016
Country of event: France
State/Department: Marne
Type of location:
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 4
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.20 and 1.00 meters
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
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: Emit unintelligble sounds.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, approached.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that he located this case in ufologist Alain Gamard's file, who himself quotes the regional newspaper "L'Union ", of Reims, for 23-24 October, 1954. Jean Sider notes about this source that the newspaper had to be a local version since there is no mention of the account in the version of this newspaper as archived at the National Library. The account is said to be a reader's letter to this newspaper.

The account for this case is that on October 17, 1954 at the evening, the witness skirted the canal at the level of the Saint-Charles ground, in Reims in the Marne, when he saw, not far from him, a sharp gleam.

He approached and then distinguished a cigar-shaped machine of 8 meters length by 2 meters height posed in the grass.

One of its ends emitted phosphorescent gleams; which were reflected on the metallic wall of the machine.

A door opened and three beings of approximately 1 meter 20 emerged, with a walk like crabs and uttering incomprehensible sounds. A fourth character appeared then, who was 1 meter tall and whose bottom of the legs seemed transparent.

The witness tried to come closer, but the creatures then rushed in their craft at with a surprising speed, whereas during this time the witness felt paralyzed by a red, then yellow radiation, coming from a sort of porthole.

The object then took off and moved away quickly towards Tinqueux.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

175.

Location. Reims Marne France

Date: October 17 1954

Time: evening

An unidentified man, returning from fishing along the canal at Reims, saw a bright light resting on the grass near the canal. As he approached he saw it came from a cigar shaped object about 26 feet long and 7 feet high. From one end came "phosphorescent" lights, which reflected on the metallic hull of the object. A door appeared from which emerged three hairy beings, about 3 ft 9" tall, walking "crab-wise," or sideways. Then an even smaller being a little more than a yard high appeared, whose lower legs appeared transparent. The witness tried to approach closer, but the entities rushed back inside the object at surprising speed, just as the witness was paralyzed by a red beam of light, which turned yellow, coming from a porthole. The object then took off and flew rapidly towards Tinquex. The witness then recovered his freedom of movement.

Humcat 1954-31

Source: Joel Mesnard and Jean Marie Bigorne

Type: B

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Reims Marne France

Date: October 17 1954

Time: evening

An unidentified man, returning from fishing along the canal at Reims, saw a bright light resting on the grass near the canal. As he approached he saw it came from a cigar shaped object about 26 feet long and 7 feet high. From one end came “phosphorescent” lights, which reflected on the metallic hull of the object. A door appeared from which emerged three hairy beings, about 3 ft 9” tall, walking “crab-wise,” or sideways. The an even smaller being a little more than a yard high appeared, whose lower legs appeared transparent. The witness tried to approach closer, but the entities rushed back inside the object at surprising speed, just as the witness was paralyzed by a red beam of light, which turned yellow, coming from a porthole. The object then took off and flew rapidly towards Tinquex. The witness then recovered his freedom of movement.

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 17, 1954 - A man was returning from fishing along the canal at Reims, Marne, France in the earlty evening when he saw a brightly lit cigar-shaped object resting on the grass near the canal. As he approached he saw it was about 26 feet long and 7 feet high. From one end came “phosphorescent” lights, which reflected on the metallic hull of the object. A door appeared from which emerged three hairy dwarves, about 3 feet 9 inches tall, walking “crab-wise,” or sideways. Then an even smaller being, a little more than a meter tall appeared, whose lower legs appeared transparent. The witness tried to get closer, but the beings rushed back inside the object at surprising speed. Just then the witness was paralyzed by a red beam of light coming from a porthole in the craft, which turned yellow. The object took off and flew rapidly towards Tinquex. The witness was then able to recover his freedom of movement. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-31 (A0340); Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 206).

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Reims, in the Marne, on October 17, 1954, in the evening.

An anonymous witness returned from fishing and skirted the channel at the level of the ground of Saint Charles, when he saw precisely there, not far from him, a sharp gleam.

While approaching he distinguished in the grass an apparatus in the shape of a cigar of approximately eight meters in length and two meters in height. One of the ends emitted phosphorescent gleams reflecting on its metal wall.

A door opened and three beings, 1,20 meters tall approximately, emerged, walking "like crabs" [sideways] while uttering incomprehensible sounds.

A fourth character appeared then, being approximately a meter high, and with a bottom of the legs that seemed transparent. The witness tried to approach more but the creatures engulfed in the cigar surprisingly fast, while the witness felt paralysed under the apparent effect of a red, then yellow beam, emitted from a kind of port-hole.

Then the object took off and moved away quickly towards Tinqueux.

The sources are indicated as the Alain Gamard file quoting L'Union, of Reims, for October 23 and 24, 1954, in which this is a reader's anonymous letter; and Jean Sider, Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste, page 206.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541017 17.10.1954 Reims France Evening CE III

Points to consider:

The report is extremely poor as of the beings description; only their height is indicated. The report is nothing more than an anonymous letter to a newspaper, with no investigation or any corroboration; thus a hoax is a very likely explanation.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 25, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source, reader's letter to newspaper, not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 25, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No credibility: anonymous reader's letter to newspaper with little information, no investigation. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable 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 December 25, 2007 Creation, [js1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 25, 2007 First published.
1.3 Patrick Gross October 29, 2016 Additions [ni1], [ta1], [jg1], [ub1].

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