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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.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The local newspaper at the time reported that on April 16, 1916 in Stavanger, Norway, students at the Stavanger People School aged between 9 and 11 saw a "black cloud" appear in the sky, with a red light behind.

They allegedly suddenly saw a figure like an angel carrying a cross next to the cloud, and later a "religious message" in red letters allegedly appeared in the sky.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001436
Date of event: April 16, 1916
Earliest report of event: April 1916
Delay of report: Day, 2 weeks.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Local newspaper of the time.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Local newspaper of the time.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: March 13, 2013
This file last updated on: March 13, 2013
Country of event: Norway
State/Department: Rogaland
Type of location:
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Not reported
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Not reported. Several.
Witnesses ages: Not reported. 9 to 11.
Witnesses types: Not reported. School children.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Angel
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Angel.
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: Appeared holding a cross near a dark cloud.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported or angel.
Explanation category: Probable children invention. Not related to UFOs or UFO occupants.
Explanation certainty: High.



Albert Rosales indicates that in Stavanger, Norway, on April 16, 1916, at an unknown time, "Several children playing outside witnessed a black cloud appear overhead, it had a bright red light behind it. Suddenly an angel-like figure that appeared to be carrying a cross became visible next to the cloud. The children also saw a message in red letters of a religious context."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Ole Jonny Braene".

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:



16 In Stavanger (Norway) Stavanger Folkeskole students, aged between 9 and 11 years, saw a black cloud appear in the sky. There is a red light behind it. The observation takes a religious tone when they saw an angel with a cross. Later a message appears in the sky.

The sources are indicated as "Stavanger Aftenblad, April 1916, March 1917, March 1918, Dec 19 1942, Apr 1943", "Hiorth: Lebesbymannen, 193-?, 45-8", "Omvend Dere for Jesus Kommer Snart, 198-?", "UFO, 1/1989, 22-3".

Points to consider:

There are many cases in which children made much more detailed claims that ultimately proved untrue. See the List of Issues below.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe March 13, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 13, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Newspaper sotry only, not sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe March 13, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Extremely vague report, no time, no place, no description of the "angel", no text of "message", no sizes, distances, duration... Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe March 13, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No witnesses names. Help needed. Opened.


Probable children invention. Not related to UFOs or UFO occupants.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 13, 2013 Creation, [ar1], [jb1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 13, 2013 First published.

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