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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.

DECEMBER 17, 1959, HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, FOUR CHILDREN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufologist Loren Gross reported that in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA, on December 17, 1959, at 08:00 a.m., four children on a school bus saw a flash in the sky, then watched a silver, domed disc land in a field.

A door on the craft opened and a humanoid occupant exited.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000576
Date of event: December 17, 1959
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: 41 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology booklet Loren Gross.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology booklet.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: March 20, 2008
This file last updated on: March 20, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Massachusetts
Type of location: Field, seen from bus.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 to 4
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Children.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Schoolchildren.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or 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: 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: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO using door.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, helicopter. Insufficient data.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on December 17, 1959, at 08:00 a.m., in the morning four children on a school bus saw a flash in the sky, then watched a silver, domed disc land in a field. A door on the craft opened and a humanoid occupant exited. There is no additional information.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is UFOCAT, quoting Loren E. Gross, "The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs A History. 1959: October-December.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on December 17, 1959, at 8 a.m., four children on a school bus in Haverhill, Massachusetts saw a flash in the sky, then watched a silver, domed disc land in a field. A door in the craft opened and a humanoid occupant exited.

Donald Johnson indicates that the source is Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1959: October-December.

Points to consider:

With so few details, all the assumptions are allowed: for example, these children perhaps simply saw a helicopter land in the distance and its pilot come out.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe March 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source, primary source not referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witnesses are children, of unspecified ages. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe March 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe March 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Possibility of helicopter landing not mentioned and not evaluated. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe March 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient data: sighting distance missing, meager descriptions. Two sentences report only. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe March 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Origin of report unknown: newspaper, anonymous letter, rumor? Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe March 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Case surfacing 4 decades after sighting date. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, helicopter. Insufficient data.

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 March 20, 2008 Creation, [ar1], [dj1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 20, 2008 First published.

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