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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:

Mrs Porta reported to sightings, the first occurred as she rode a motorbike between Ceret and Boulou, the Pyrénées Orientales, France, on February 4, 1955, at 07:25 p.m., going home after work.

She saw in the middle of a vineyard at the edge of the road, four green blue fires of horizontal rectangular form with rounded corners, laid out in an arc and seeming to be 1.50 meters above ground-level.

50 meters further, she saw two rather tall men standing in the road's ditch. She saw no detail of them.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000477
Date of event: February 4, 1955
Earliest report of event: 1977?
Delay of report: Days, decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology catalogue HUMCAT.
First certain record by: Ufology magazine LDLN.
First alleged record type: Ufology catalogue.
First certain record type: Ufology magazine.
This file created on: February 6, 2008
This file last updated on: February 6, 2008
Country of event: France
State/Department: Pyrénées Orientales
Type of location: In wineyard from road on motorbike.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Uncertain
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult or adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Tall
Entities outfit type: Not seen.
Entities outfit color: Not seen.
Entities skin color: Not seen.
Entities body: Men.
Entities head: Not seen.
Entities eyes: Not seen.
Entities mouth: Not seen.
Entities nose: Not seen.
Entities feet: Not seen.
Entities arms: Not seen.
Entities fingers: Not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not seen.
Entities hair: Not seen.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Stood in a ditch at the edge of the road.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable confusion and imagination.
Explanation certainty: Low.


[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

In a listing of cases of close encounters of the third kind that are to be considered very doubtful, the French ufologist notes a case with with dates "04.02.1955", i.e. February 4, 1955, the location is "between Ceret and Le Boulou", and the description is "Witness of two CE3."


Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Ceret, Pyrenees Orientales, France, on February 4, 1955, at 1925, Mme Porta, coming back from work on a "mobylette," saw in the middle of a roadside vineyard four blue green lights of horizontal rectangular shape with rounded corners, arranged in an arc and seeming to be 5 ft above the ground. 50 yards farther on, two fairly tall men were standing motionless in a roadside ditch; she could see no details.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is R. Vidal LDLN, #100 and Humcat 1955-28.

Points to consider:

The observation is relatively vague, I do not refuse to think at the simple reading that this can be a matter of some rather ordinary confusion. Other elements exist to still reduce the strangeness of the observation:

The article by R. Vidal in Lumières Dans La Nuit #100 indicated as source in [ar1] relates to another observation by the same witness in the same area but on August 22, 1956. Mrs. Porta said she saw four strange motorcyclists, and this became a ufology case. This is what explains why Michel Figuet [mf1] notes that the witness claimed two CE3, the dubious nature of the case appearing to me not only from the fact there were two sightings, but especially because the second is that of four motorcyclists, nothing really strange, an observation for which it seems to me that a very strong imagination is required to think that they were UFO occupants and not just motocyclists.

Sketch made according to witness statements of the four motorcyclists she saw on August 22, 1956.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 6, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe February 6, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe February 6, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Low strangeness: two men, no details, and light. Help needed. Opened.


Probable confusion and imagination.

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 February 6, 2008 Creation, [mf1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 6, 2008 First published.

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