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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.

SUMMER 1955, KOTKA, SOUTHERN FINLAND, FINLAND, A YOUNG MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

One Mervi Virtnanen reportedly said that in then Summer of 1955, between 09: p.m. and 10:00 p.m., a young man was driving his first car, a Russian Moskvits, on a road between Karhula and Huruksela near Kotka, when in a straight portion of the road in the middle of the forest, he noticed how three creatures resembling bears of penguins ran from the woods to the road, some 100 meters away.

When he drove closer, the creatures began to gesture for him to stop, which he almost did.

The creatures at once ran to his car and tried to open the doors, which luckily were locked.

The young man was terrified when he saw that their faces resembled that of Chinese or Eskimos. Their hands were covered by dark coveralls they wore.

He gestured to the creatures that he would drive to the side of the road a little bit farther on and stop, but instead, scared, he accelerated and left the location. The creatures seemed angry, gestured at him with their hands, ran some tens of meters after his car in a clumsy fashion.

Soon, accompanied by friends the driver returned to the spot but here was nothing to see. Later he found out that others in that area had found that there was a place where the ground vegetation was all burnt in a round area some 7-8 meters in diameter.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000495
Date of event: Summer 1955
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: 5 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Mervi Virtanen.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Someone.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: February 13, 2008
This file last updated on: February 13, 2008
Country of event: Finland
State/Department: south Finland
Type of location: Road in forest from car.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Human
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: Chinese or Eskimo.
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 heard.
Entities actions: Went from forest to road, hitch-hiked.
Entities/witness interactions: Hitch-hiked.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, humans.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Karhula, Finland, on Summer, 1955, at 2130-10:00 p.m., on a road between Karhula and Huruksela near Kotka a young man was driving his first car, a Russian Moskvits, when in a straightaway in the middle of the forest he noticed how three creatures resembling bears of penguins ran from the woods to the road some 100 meters away. When he drove closer, the creatures began to gesture for him to stop, which he almost did. The creatures at once ran to his car and tried to open the doors, which luckily were locked. The young man was terrified when he saw that their faces resembled that of Chinese or Eskimos. Their hands were covered by dark coveralls they wore. Scared, he gesture to the creatures that he would drive to the side of the road a little bit farther on and stop. When the creatures let go of his car so that he could drive to the side of the road, he accelerated his vehicle at high speed. The creatures seemed angry, and gesturing with their hands ran some tens of meters after his car in a clumsy fashion. Soon, accompanied by friends the driver returned to the spot but here was nothing to see. Later he found out that others in that area had found that there was a place where the ground vegetation was all burnt in a round area some 7-8 meters in diameter.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Mervi Virtanen, Finland.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website provides what is obviously a copy of [ar1], the source being indicated by a link to an nonexistent web page.

Points to consider:

It seems that in this case, the young man saw and described human beings, perhaps incongruous, but human. Kotka is a large international harbor - who knows what people might land and circulate there.

The link with the flying saucers, as UFO were called then, seems to rest entirely on the burned trace, a trace with nothing extraordinary about it, but this link is quite speculative, the more so as no UFO is reported.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source, reference of primary source insufficient. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe February 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of story not known. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe February 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, humans.

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 February 13, 2008 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 13, 2008 First published.

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