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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.

Fall 1947, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, three people:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Apparently, Dr. Allen R. Utke, a ufologist and scientist from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, reported that in or near this city, in the fall of 1947, at night, three people saw a disc-shaped object hovering above the treetops.

Through lighted windows they could see figures looking out.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001773
Date of event: Autumn 1947
Earliest report of event: 1980s?
Delay of report: Decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologist Dr. Allen R. Utke.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue UFOdna.
First alleged record type: Local ufologist Dr. Allen R. Utke.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: October 19, 2018
This file last updated on: October 19, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Wisconsin
Type of location: Oshkosh
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 3
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2 or more.
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Not reported.
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: None reported.
Entities actions: Were inside UFO, looking outside.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible extraterrestrial visitors, totally insufficient information.
Explanation certainty: None.



Albert Rosales indicates that in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the fall of 1947, at night, a disc-shaped object was reportedly seen hovering above the treetops by three witnesses. Behind illuminated windows, figures were seen, apparently looking out. Rosales says that there is no other information.

The source is noted as "Allen Utke Investigailon files".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

In Fall 1947 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

In Fall 1947 Night

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

Close encounter with a an [sic] unidentified craft and its occupants. One object, about 150 feet across, was observed by three witnesses.

Hynek rating: CE3

Vallee rating: CE3

[Sources are listed as:]

"Utke, Allen, Allen Utke investigation files".


Fall 1947. Night.


Three people saw a disc shaped object hovering above the treetops. Through lighted windows they could see figures looking out.

Rosales citing Allen Utke


Points to consider:

Allen R. Utke, who seems to be the source for the report, is a 74 year old chemist with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in inorganic chemistry from the University of Iowa. He retired in 1999 as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He wrote and lectured about biochemistry, the notion of reality, the future of mankind in the cosmos, etc. He was consultant of the ufology group APRO and one of the original founders of MUFON in 1969 and its director until 1970. He stated on the UFO question in the Wisconsin Journal Times for January 17, 1973, that he "is 60 per cent convinced they are crafts of extraterrestrial beings, and 40 percent convinced they are just a natural phenomenon unknown to man".

I searched in the 20 Wisconsin newspapers for 1947 I can browse and found nothing on the incident, most likely reported to Dr. Utke later than 1947.

"Allen Utke", the reference likely given in ¨[ar1], is a poor reference. I found nothing from him on this case in the MUFON Journal or the APRO bulletin which I have, and nothing in other sources I have.

The report is extremely poor, of course.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 19, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source [au1] poorly referenced and not found. Help needed. Opened.


Possible extraterrestrial visitors, totally insufficient information.

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 October 19, 2018 Creation, [ud1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 19, 2018 First published.

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