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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.

MAY 15, 1951, SALZBURG, SALZBURG, AUSTRIA, A MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

According to a journalist's newspaper article in the Prince George Citizen, British Columbia, Canada, for December 11, 1957, a soldier with the US Army occupation force who has always maintained his anonymity told him the experience he had 6 years earlier near Salzburg, in Austria, at 11:20 p.m. in the night from the 15th to the 16th of May 1951.

As he was on his way home, an entity moved into view from behind some bushes and pointed a long thin pencil-like device at him, and he was paralyzed.

He described the entity as about 5 feet tall, wearing a transparent near-spherical helmet, a two-piece suit with tight-fitting legs that and merged into its toes. The body appeared to be rigid and cylindrical, with a torso round like a tin-can. It had no neck, proportionate legs, short arms ending in long and graceful four-fingered or three fingered hands.

Its cranium was also slightly cylindrical, high, bald, with a white skull extending up and back from a wide, heart-shaped face. His eyes were large and compound like an insect's eyes. It had only holes for ears, two holes for a nose, and its mouth was a very small horizontal slit. The entity never spoke and never communicated anything.

The entity strapped a black and square device to the soldier's chest. This made the soldier virtually weightless, and he was pulled towards a 150 feet disc-shaped apparatus posed in a nearby field. He and the entity floated up to the top of the disc, where a hatch opened, and they entered a transparent room.

Inside, the soldier watched the Earth "fall away" through the flying saucer's transparent walls. The soldier told that he and the entity flipped over as they reached the "zone of gravitational neutrality between the Earth and the Moon."

They continued past the Moon and on to Mars, where they quickly arrived and landed on a raised platform. The entity left the craft, and the soldier said he saw fields of big red flowers, canals with bridges across them, and other saucers with human captives leaving two in them.

The entity then came back and the saucer took off. They passed a Martian satellite that "that looked like a tin ball," and 10 minutes later they were nearing Earth.

Once returned on ground, again, the square black device was strapped to the soldier's chest, and he was floated to the ground. The entity pointed a pencil in the direction of the soldier's head, then a dog barked, which seemed to frighten the entity. No loss of memory followed for the man. The whole episode had taken about an hour.

The journalist who wrote the article said he tried on several occasions to trick the soldier into contradicting himself, he did not, and thus he expressed that he was greatly impressed by his apparent truthfulness.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000244
Date of event: May 15, 1951
Earliest report of event: December 11, 1957
Delay of report: 6 years.
Witness reported via: Told to a newspaperman.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: July 10, 2007
This file last updated on: July 10, 2007
Country of event: Austria
State/Department: Salzburg
Type of location: Outside, near brushes.
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. Adult.
Witnesses types: US soldier.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.50 meters
Entities outfit type: Two piece tight fitting joined at toes, transparent helmet.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: White.
Entities body: Rigid, cylindrical torso like tin-can. No neck. Proportioned legs.
Entities head: Slightly cylindrical, high cranium, bald. Heart-shaped face. Holes for ears.
Entities eyes: Large, compound like insects.
Entities mouth: Very small horizontal slit.
Entities nose: Two holes.
Entities feet: Joined.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Yes. Long hands.
Entities fingers number: 3 or 4.
Entities hair: None.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Paralysed witness, took him to Mars in saucer, brought him back.
Entities/witness interactions: Paralysed witness, took him to Mars in saucer, brought him back.
Witness(es) reactions: Passive.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Fable of the "contactee" type of journalistic hoax.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. gc1:] GORDON CREIGHTON:

The author indicates that in Austria, in the night from the 15th to the 16th of May 1951, the famous case "Salzburg - Mars Express" took place; in which it is alleged that an Austrian man was abducted by an entity on board a "flying saucer" and then brought back on the ground.

Once returned on ground, the entity pointed a pencil in the direction of the man's head, then a dog barked, which seemed to frighten the entity. No loss of memory followed for the man.

Gordon Creighton indicates that his source is Charles Bowen, in Fantasy or Truth? in F.S.R. for July-August 1967.

[Ref. ab1:] ALAN BAKER:

The author indicates that in Salzburg, Austria, on May 15, 1951 at 11:00 p.m., a soldier with the US Army occupation force who has always maintained his anonymity was on his way home, when an entity moved into view from behind some bushes and pointed a long thin device at him and paralyzed him.

The entity is described as about five feet tall, wearing a transparent near-spherical helmet, a two-piece suit the legs of which were tight-fitting and merged into its toes, while the body appeared to be rigid and cylindrical. It had short arms ending in long and graceful four-fingered bands. Its cranium was also slightly cylindrical, extending up and back from a wide, heart-shaped face.

The most striking feature was the eyes, which were large and compound like an insect's eyes. It had no ears, no nose, and its mouth was a very small horizontal slit.

In order to make the soldier light enough to pull into its nearby craft, the entity strapped a black, square device to his chest. The soldier, now virtually weightless, was pulled towards the UFO, which was sitting in a nearby field.

He and the entity floated up to the top of the 150-foot diameter disc, where a hatch opened, and they entered.

Once inside, the soldier watched the Earth fall away through the UFO's transparent walls while the craft hurtled past the Moon and on to Mars, where it landed on a raised platform; which was surrounded by other spacecraft.

The entity then left the craft, while the soldier looked out through the walls, seeing other human beings leaving two of the other saucers.

The entity then came back and they flew back to Earth. Again, the square black device was strapped to the soldier's chest, and he was floated to the ground. The UFO then departed.

Only six years later did soldier feel able to share this experience, when in December 1957, he went to The Citizen newspaper in British Columbia, where he told a reporter what had happened to him in Austria.

The reporter tried on several occasions to trick the soldier into contradicting himself, he did not and the reporter was greatly impressed by his apparent truthfulness.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Salzburg, Austria, on May 15, 1951 at 11:20 p.m., walking after dark, a witness was suddenly paralyzed by a being with a pencil like hand weapon, and then "pulled", floating),after him to a flying saucer about 150 ft in diameter, where he was put in a transparent chamber and taken up with the saucer.

The UFO pilot had a bald, cylindrical head, no nose or external ears, a small mouth, and compound eyes; his hands were 3 fingered. He did not speak.

They passed close to the moon, then quickly arrival at Mars, where he saw fields of big red flowers, canals with bridges across them, and other saucers with human captives in them. Then, still a prisoner, he was taken back to Earth; they passed a Martian satellite that "that looked like a tin ball," and in 10 minutes were nearing Earth.

He was delivered back to the place where he had been captured. No communication passed. The whole episode took about an hour.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is FSR Vol. 13 #4.

[Ref. lg1:] LUIS R. GONZALES MANSO:

Luis R. Gonzalez Manso notes in his FirstHumCat catalogue that on December 11, 1957, a case of May 15, 1951, near Salzburg, Austria, was reported in the Prince George Citizen, British Columbia.

It told that in 1951, an unnamed American servicemen in Salzburg was captured by a bug-eyed monster and taken on a 1 hour trip to Mars on board a flying saucer.

The alien was described as being smaller than the witness, with a high, cylindrical forehead, large eyes with smaller eyes in them like an insect's, two holes for a nose, a slit mouth, holes for ears and a white skull. The torso was round like a tin-can; it had no neck, proportionate legs, but short arms which terminated in three-fingered hands.

Luis Gonzales indicates that the story contained one major scientific error: that the narrator and his captor flipped over as they reached the zone of gravitational neutrality between the Earth and the Moon.

Luis Gonzales indicates that the source is Charles Bowen, "Fantasy or Truth? A New Look at an Old Contact Claim", FSR 13:4, July-August 1967 [sic, 1957], pp. 11-14.

Points to consider:

I cannot see any chance of truthfulness of such an unverified uninvestigated whimsical story from some unnamed single witness reported long after the events as a foreign newspaper article. The story is just as nonsensical as any other "contactee" fable, and it is even possible that it was totally invented by the newspaperman himself.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium July 10, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source in the newspaper The Citizen, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, for December 11, 1957, not available. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Fable of the "contactee" type of journalistic hoax.

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 July 10, 2007 Creation, [gc11], [ab11], [ar1], [lg1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 10, 2007 First published.

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