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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.

AUGUST 23, 1978, LONGCROSS, BRISTOL, U-K., THREE YOUNG PEOPLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The British Flying Saucer Bureau reportedly said in their March 1980 bulletin that in Longcross, Bristol, U-K., on August 23, 1978, at 01:30 a.m., three young people saw a small black figure gliding quickly across a field.

It was described as 2 to 3 feet tall, apparently without any limbs, in upright position, gliding just above the grass.

At 02:30 the same people saw a van with a driver dressed in black and wearing sunglasses. In the passenger seat sat a huge humanoid figure about 8 feet tall with massive shoulders and a stump-like protrusion instead of a head.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001076
Date of event: August 23, 1978
Earliest report of event: March 1980?
Delay of report: Day, 2 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology bulletin British Flying Saucer Bureau.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology bulletin.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 12, 2011
This file last updated on: December 12, 2011
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Bristol
Type of location: Not reported. Outisde. 1 being in a field, 1 being seated in a van.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 3
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Children or teenagers.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young people.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1 and 1
Type of entities: Other
Entities height: 1) 0.60 to 0.90 meters. 2) 2.40 meters.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: 1) no limbs. 2) Massive shoulders, protrusion instead of head.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Two, large, black.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: 1) None. 2) Not seen.
Entities arms: 1) None. 2) Not reported.
Entities fingers: 1) None. 2) Not reported.
Entities fingers number: 1) None. 2) Not reported or not seen.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: 1) Glides in a field, 2) Sat in apssenger seat of a van with driver dressed in black.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusions by imaginative children.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Longcross, Bristol, England, on August 23, 1978, at 0130 a.m., three young witnesses saw a small black figure gliding quickly across a field. It was described as 2 to 3-foot tall apparently without any limbs. It appeared to have an upright stance and glided just above the grass. Later at 0230A the same witnesses saw a van with a driver dressed in black and wearing sunglasses. In the passenger seat sat a huge humanoid figure about eight-foot tall with massive shoulders and no head just a stump like protrusion.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Steve Gerrard, quoting British Flying Saucer Bureau News Bulletin 2/3 80, Vol. 2 #2."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 August 1978 at 01:30 in Longcross, Bristol England, UK, "Three young witnesses saw a small black figure gliding quickly across a field. It was described as 2 to 3-foot tall apparently without any limbs. It appeared to have an upright stance and glided just above the grass. Later at 0230A the same witnesses saw a van with a driver dressed in black and wearing sunglasses. In the passenger seat sat a huge humanoid figure about eight-foot tall with massive shoulders and no head just a stump like protrusion."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

See the List of issues below.

Besides, we have "repeaters" here, seeing in the same night "beings" twice, very different "beings". I do no see why this could not be a case of impressive children confused by 1) some vehicle of person seeming to "glide" in a field because the wheels or feet are not visible, and 2) some object transported in the passenger seat of a van. Evidently there was no UFO here.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 12, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe December 12, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Secondary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 12, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation, story only. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe December 12, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information, for example, no distances, no duration etc... Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe December 12, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross All witnesses anonymous or nor named. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe December 12, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of report unknown: rumour, anonymous letter, newspaper, investigated case...? Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe December 12, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witnesses ages not specified. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusions by imaginative children.

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 December 12, 2011 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 12, 2011 First published.

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