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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.

SEPTEMBER 1955, PLATTSBURGH AIR FORCE BASE, NEW YORK, USA, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

It seems that FBI's local Special Agent Edward McShane investigated a case in Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York, USA, that occurred about September, 1955, at 04:00 a.m., involving a 19-year old youth on night duty at the Air Base who saw a blue white flash and an elliptical object on the ground outside.

It is said in ufological catalogues that he was frightened and he closed the door, but then another door was flung violently open, and a man taller than the 7-foot doorway was seen stooping and looking in. He wore long black boots. The witness fainted; when he recovered, all was gone.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000528
Date of event: 1955
Earliest report of event: 1977?
Delay of report: Days, 2 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: FBI local agent.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: FBI local agent.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: February 27, 2008
This file last updated on: February 27, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New York
Type of location: Air Force base, outside then from inside room.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 19
Witnesses types: Not reported. In night duty on Air Force base.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: More than 2.10 meters.
Entities outfit type: Not reported. Long black boots.
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: None reported.
Entities actions: Violently opened door and looked into room where witness hid.
Entities/witness interactions: Violently opened doot and looked into room where witness hid.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, passed out from fright.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened, passed out.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitor of hoax. Insufficient information.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York, on about September, 1955, at 0400 a.m., a 19-year old youth on night duty at the Air Base saw a blue white flash and an elliptical object on the ground outside. Frightened, he closed the door. Then another door was flung violently open, and a man taller than the 7-foot doorway was seen stooping and looking in. He wore long black boots. The witness fainted; when he recovered, all was gone.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Edward McShane for FBI, and Humcat 1955-23.

Points to consider:

I found out in 2008 on www.altlaw.org/v1/cases/555852 that FBI Agent Edward McShane was stationed in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1974.

On static.pressrepublican.com/obit_archives/obits/ob060300.htm I found out in 2008 that Mr. Edward McShane, from Plattsburgh, was employed by the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice from 1939 to 1977 in Albany, New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, Corpus Christi and San Francisco. From 1947 to 1950 he was Special Agent In Charge in Plattsburgh and from 1950 to 1952 Administrative Assistant to Director J.E. Hoover in Washington, returning to Plattsburgh as Special Agent In Charge from 1951 to 1977. He passed in 2000 at his 83, of West Court Street in Plattsburgh.

I did not find related documents at search.fbi.gov in 2008. I also found nothing related in the Unusual Phenomena Listing material at the FBI's electronic reading room at foia.fbi.gov/unusual.htm, nothing in the US Air Force Project Blue Book archive.

This unfortunate since there seems to have been an interesting story, explained or unexplained, behind the short case summary that survived. It leaves me with a case with insufficient data.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 27, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source, FBI. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitor of hoax. 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 February 27, 2008 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2008 First published.

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