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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:

In 1990, a man known for having been involved in various invented UFO crash stories claimed there was a UFO crash on May 5, 1955, in Brighton, England, with 4 bodies of aliens recovered.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000503
Date of event: May 5, 1955
Earliest report of event: 1990
Delay of report: 35 years
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: Ufologist.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Ufologist.
This file created on: February 15, 2008
This file last updated on: February 15, 2008
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: East Sussex
Type of location: Not reported.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: N/A, "crash".
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Not reported.
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 4
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: Not reported.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, recovery.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Hoax.
Explanation certainty: High.


[Ref. pr1:] "PEA RESEARCH":

An anonymous "UFO Crash list" dating from the times of the Bulletin Board Services, before the Internet era, lists dates and places of "UFO crashes"; among them is one date May 5, 1955, in England, near Brighton, with 4 bodies, the source being indicated as "MARCEN".

When the Internet's World Wide Web became popular, this list was reproduced on dozens of web sites.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jérôme Beau indicates that on May 5, 1955, there was a recovery of 4 bodies following a crash in Brighton in England.

[Ref. ik1:] "ISAAC KOI":

After a participant on the "Above Top Secret" web forum asked about an alleged UFO crash in Brighton on May 5, 1955, "Isaac Koi" replied that the web page http://home.pacbell.net/joerit/docs2/crash/pearsrch.htm gives the source of the story as being "MARCEN"; which stands for "Maryland Center for Investigation of Unconventional Phenomena", from a list "apparently compiled shortly after (MARCEN's) inception in 1978; they're source: Col. Gernod Darnbyl".

He notes that he came across "MARCEN" in connection with at least another one or two incidents that are now widely regarded as hoaxes.

Points to consider:

"MARCEN" stood for Mutual Anomaly Research Center and Evaluation Network, a (self-proclaimed) "UFO investigation and research group" founded in the 1970s by Willard F. McIntyre, at Sandy Spring, Maryland, USA.

There are numerous stories and hoaxes in which Mr. Willard F. McIntyre was involved, notable the "Laredo crash", "Tomato Man", the "Steinman affair" and according to the satirical ufology bullein Saucer Smear for June 25, 2001, his last claim was about NIDS getting a "vision" about free energy at the infamous Utah Ranch they investigated: Saucer Smear editor established that Willard F. McIntyre did not even really know what people were in this NIDS project.

In short, this one-text-line so called "UFO crash and body recovery" is just BS.

Need more to be said? Yes.

Interested people might want to read a September 11, 1885 New York Times article archive at
query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9905E0D81139E533A25752C1A96F9C94649FD7CF :

List of issues:

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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 15, 2008 Creation, [pr1], [jb1], [ik1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 15, 2008 First published.

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