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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.

NOVEMBER 29, 1939, SAARIJARVI, KULLAA, FINLAND, ARVO AND HIS FATHER:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufologist Mervi Virtanen, from Finland, apparently reported that in Saarijarvi, Kullaa, Finland, on November 29, 1939, at 17:00, the day before the great Winter War began, 14-year old Arvo was in the forest with his father collecting firewood.

When twilight came, they headed home, and almost at once the boy noticed on the right side of the path, on a small rocky hill some 2-3 meters high, a strange device 3-4 meters in diameter.

He assumed it was a moonshine factory and since he had never seen one before, he wanted to have a look, but his father deterred him from approaching the object. He observed the device from a distance of about 70 meters.

He described the device as being 3-4 meters in diameter, narrowing at the top, which was hidden by the dense firs. The bottom section was round like a kettle and it was about 2.5 meters in height, supported by perhaps three landing legs made of 2-3 rods ending in triangular plates, which he would observe later. From the bottom of the craft emanated a "dull" flame like that of an upside down candle, 1.5 meters long. From the sides of the lower section of the object shot out 5-6 strong flames of different colors angled at 45 degrees down and about 1 meter in length, emitting a loud noise resembling that of escaping gas.

Standing outside the object, was a 1.60 meters tall human or humanoid creature, clad in an astronaut-like suit with a round helmet, which had an oval opening. It was carrying a box, which he was apparently using to direct 2 or 3 robot-like creatures, which had box-like heads. At least one of these robots lifted his legs very high when walking, so Arvo could see that the legs were like two rods below the knees ending in a plate. It was not possible to make a very accurate or detailed observation of their activities due to the twilight and covering trees.

The next day the Winter War began, but Arvo went to the landing site, despite his father's objections, who also refused to go fetch firewood with him. At the site where the object was seen, there was a triangular mark of a support leg. There was also a strong, unpleasant smell in the area.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000957
Date of event: November 29, 1939
Earliest report of event: Not known.
Delay of report: 6 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologist Mervi Virtanen.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufologist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: August 14, 2009
This file last updated on: August 14, 2009
Country of event: Finland
State/Department: Kullaa
Type of location: Country, hill, trees.
Lighting conditions: Nightfall.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: 14, and adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Father and son.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1, plus 2 or 3
Type of entities: Humanoid or human, and robots
Entities height: 1.60 meters, and not reported
Entities outfit type: Astronaut-like suit, round helmet with oval opening.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities skin color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities body: Human-like, and robots with legs likes rods.
Entities head: 1) Not reported, and 2) Like boxes.
Entities eyes: Not reported or not visible.
Entities mouth: Not reported or not visible.
Entities nose: Not reported or not visible.
Entities feet: 1) Not reported and 2) Plates.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported or not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not reported or not visible.
Entities hair: Not reported or not visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Were near UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Curious, and frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Saarijarvi, Kullaa, Finland, on November 29, 1939, at 17:00, the day before the great Winter War began, 14-year old Arvo was in the forest with his father collecting firewood. When it was getting to be twilight they headed home. Almost at once the boy noticed on the right side of the path, on a small rocky hill some 2-3 meters high, a strange device 3-4 meters in diameter. He assumed it was a moonshine factory and since he had never seen one before he wanted to have a look. His father however deterred him from approaching the object. He observed the device from a distance of about 70 meters. He described the device as being 3-4 meters in diameter, narrowing at the top, which was hidden by the dense firs. The bottom section was round like a kettle and it was about 2.5 meters in height, supported by perhaps three landing legs made of 2-3 rods ending in triangular plates, which he would observe later. From the bottom of the craft emanated a "dull" flame like that of an upside down candle, 1.5 meters long. From the sides of the lower section of the object shot out 5-6 strong flames of different colors angled at 45 degrees down and about 1 meter in length, emitting a loud noise resembling that of escaping gas. Standing outside the object was a 160cm tall human like creature, which was clad in an astronaut-like suit with a round helmet, which had an oval opening. It was carrying a box, which he was apparently using to "direct" 2 or 3 robot-like creatures, which had box-like heads. At least one of these robots lifted his legs very high when walking, so Arvo could see that the legs were like two rods below the knees ending in a plate. It was not possible to make a very accurate or detailed observation of their activities due to the twilight and covering trees. The next day the Winter War began, but Arvo went to the landing site, despite his father's objections, which also refused to go fetch firewood with him. At the site where the object was seen there was a triangular mark of a support leg. There was also a strong, unpleasant smell in the area.

The source is indicated as "Mervi Virtanen, Finland".

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on November 29, 1939, at 05:00 p.m. , in Saarljarvi, Kullaa, Finland, the day before the great winter of World War II, Arvo was only 14 years old. He had left with his father to the local forest to collect firewood. When the day started to end both decided renter, and in the course of the travel, the incident described as follows occurred, reported by Albert Rosales, citing Mervi Virtanen, Finland:

Arvo sees a curious apparatus from three to four meters in diameter, which is on a small rocky rise two to three meters in height. This structure is as bright as the moon and thereafter he would never see this kind of object again. He wants to approach but his father dissuades some. He thus remains within approximately seventy meters of the machine to detail it. The object is round and narrow at the top, somewhat hidden by the density of the fir trees. The lower part is rounded like a boiler, and a height of about 2,50 m above the ground, supported by af landing tripod, each foot ending in a triangular plate as established a little later.

From the bottom of the apparatus a kind of 1,50 m length flame like that of a turned over candle emerges. On the sides of the lower part of the object five or six long flames of various colors spout out at an angle of 45 degrees to the bottom and approximately 1 meter long, while a strong noise resembling a gas exhaust emanates from it. Outside the apparatus there is a hman being approxaimately 1,60 in height, dressed of an outfit like that of our modern astronauts, with a round helmet equipped with an oval opening. He holds a kind of box, which seems to be used to control two creatures similar to robots, with cubic heads. At least one of these robots raises its legs very high when it walks, which makes it possible for Arvo to see that the two "tubes" under its knees end in a plate. It is not possible to see more details of their activities because of the twilight which fell and the thick foliage of the trees.

The next day Arvo came back to the landing site in spite of the anger of his father who refuses to go with him to seek wood. On the site where the object was posed, there are triangular marks of the landing tripod which the witness had not been able to see the day before. There is also a strong notable nauseous odor in all the surroundings.

Jean Sider comments that the comparison with a modern astronaut suit indicates that the witness revealed his observation a considerable number of years after the incident.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The belgian ufologist reproduces the [ar1] source, with thanks to Alberto Rosales.

Points to consider:

Regretably I do not know who reported the sighting, when it was reported, and how it was reported.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 14, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and incorrectly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe August 14, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature of report unknown: letter, interview, newspaper article...? Date of report not known. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Visiteurs extraterrestres ou invention.

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 August 14, 2009 Creation, [ar1], [js1], [go1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 14, 2009 First published.

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