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October 10, 1954, Chazey, Ain:

Reference number for this case: 10-oct-54-Chazey. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. fs1] "FRANCE SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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Three "little beings" in an electric saucer

NEVERS, October 13 ("France-Soir" newsbrief). Two merchants from Clamecy, Mr. Louis Vigneron and Henri Gallois, who were traveling yesterday morning at about six o'clock in their van to the Cordigny fair, saw in a field about fifty yards from the road, a machine of cylindrical shape of a rather large diameter.

At the same moment, the engine of the van stopped and the headlights turned off.

"I was," said Mr. Gallois, "breathless. My body covered with electric shocks. I was able to distinguish very clearly the machine that resembled a saucer.

"I saw, around the machine, three people of small size who seemed to me to be human, and we were immobilized inside the car and unable to move. It was only after the craft had taken off with tremendous speed that we were able to resume our travel."

Mr. Vigneron confirmed the statements of his companion as well as a third witness, Mr. Henri Chameau, cartwright in La Carte, commune of Clamecy.

Car stopped by the passage of a reddish ball

SAINT-ETIENNE, October 12 ("France-Soir" newsbrief). - Two residents of Geugnon, Mrrs. Jeannot and Garnier, who were returning home by car, were, on Sunday evening, witnesses of an unexplanable phenomenon.

Suddenly, their vehicle was overfloen by a kind of reddish ball that passed like a lightning. The engine of the car stopped and they were deprived of light. Moments later, as the light faded on the horizon, the headlights of the car functioned again and the engine began to roar again.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that two residents of Jean-Jaurès street in Geugnon, Messrs Jeannet and Garnier, reported their observation of October 14:

"We were returning from Clessy to Gueugon by the secondary road 25. It was a little more than 07:30 P.M., and we arrived all headlights on at the height of the last farm located on the right of the road, before the last descent towards the main road 494, when suddenly our vehicle was flown over at low altitude by a kind of reddish bolide which passed like a flash."

"All of a sudden, the engine stalled and we were deprived of light. After a few seconds, whereas the gleam spread by the ball became extinct far on our left, the headlights re-ignited. I actuated the starter, and the engine started to whirr again."

Michel notes that the place indicated by the witnesses is located on the western edge of the wood of Chazey.

[Ref. am5:] AIME MICHEL:

A WEIR LINE.

I then (after numerous other attempts) undertoook to study the disposition of the observations on a map, area by area, when something odd caught my attention on the Center East of France. From the south of Poligny til a spot located near Gueugnon, in the Saône-et-Loire, five observations showed a strictly rectilinear disposition, on a distance of 130 kilometers.

Along this line, from Eat to West, followed the observations of the Wood of Poligny, of Saint-Germain du Bois, of Saint Romain sous Gourdon, of the Départementale 60 near Ciry-le-Noble, and of the Départementale 25 near the Chazey Wood.

Checking their dates, I first discovered with amazement that all these cases were of October 14, then that, on the 5 observations, one (Saint-Germain) was a luminous object posed on the ground, the next (Saint-Romain) a motionless luminous object, posed on the ground, stalling an engine and turning off a headlight, the third a luminous object flying over the country grazing the trees (Départementale 60), the fourth a similar object blocking an engine and turnng off headlights. Only the observation of Poligny may be mistakken for a bolide. All the others showed the most incredible characteristic allotted to the Saucers.

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

The author notes that on October 10, 1954 in the Saone and the Loire, "Jeannet and Garnier. Car. Overflight of a reddish bolide. Engine stalled. Extinct headlights. (M. II, p. 294)"

[Ref. am2:] AIME MICHEL:

For the localizations made by witnesses on the ground in the direction of the lines, exmaples well established are also numerous: see for example in Lemps, on September 27, or the series between Poligny and the Chazey wood on October 14.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

343 004.08771 46.54870 14 10 1954 19 30 1 (BOIS DE CHAZEY) F 001233 C** 294

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that in his second book Aimé Michel reports that on October 14, 1954, at about 7:30 p.m., two inhabitants of Gueugnon, Messrs. Jeannet and Garnier, were driving on road D-25 from Clessy Towards Gueugnon. They were crossing a wooded area called Chazey Wood when a sort of reddish glow flew over their car at high speed, and they told:

"All at once the motor stopped and we had no lights. After a few seconds, when the light shed by the ball had gone out in the distance on our left, the headlights came on. I pushed the starter, and the motor begun to turn over again."

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 14, 1954, 07:30 p.m., Chazey Wood (France):

South of Gueugnon, Messrs. Jeannet and Garnier saw a reddish fireball fly low over their car as their engine and headlights died. (Anatomy 130).

[Ref. am4:] AIME MICHEL:

L'un des premiers alignements que j'ai découverts est celui qui embroche les observations du 14 octobre entre Poligny et le bois de Chazey. Sa rigueur, et je dirais sa beauté sont irrécusables.

[Ref. am3:] AIME MICHEL:

Puis, un jour, je crus voir un commencement de lumière. Etudiant les cas du 14 octobre sur une carte de Bourgogne, je fus frappé par le fait que cinq d'entre elles (Poligny, Saint-Germain-du-Bois, Les Brosses-Tillot, nationale 60 et Le Bois de Chazey) étaient disposées sur une ligne droite. Je cherchai alors d'autres lignes droites, et j'en trouvai des foules. Beaucoup de peu probantes, mais certaines qui semblaient défier le hasard.

[Ref. ai1:] ANTONIO RIBERA:

The author notes that according to Aimé Michel, on October 14, 1954 in the wood of Chazey in France there was an unexplained observation at 07:35 p.m..

[Ref. jv3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

257) October 14, 1954, 07:30 p.m., Chazey wood (France):

South of Gueugnon, Messrs. Jeannet and Garnier saw a reddish fireball fly low over their car as their engine and headlights died. (M 175, Anatomy 130).

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors note this case of October 14, 1954:

"Bois-de-Chazey - 71 - 07:30 p.m.: hoax after investigation (2 sightings)."

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two ufologists indicate that in Gueugnon in the Saone-et-Loire on October 14, 1954 at 07:30 p.m., misters Jeannet et Garnier circulated on D25 between Clessy and Gueugnon. At the level of the last farm located on the right of the road, before the last descent towards N494, that is to say in the North-West of the wood of Chazey, they saw a reddish ball evolving at low altitude and flying over their vehicle at high speed.

At this time their engine stalled and the headlights extincted; after a few seconds, the headlights were relitten. The driver actuated the starter of the car, and the engine functioned again.

The authors indicate as sources case 103 of the Vallée catalogue; Aimé Michel in "A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes" page 214 and "Mystérieux Objets Célestes" page 294; Quincy; and Anatomy 130.

[Ref. mr1:] MARK RODEGHIER:

October 14, 1954
1930

FRANCE, Chazey Wood, near Gueugnon: Two men observed a reddish fireball pass over their car. The motor stopped and the headlights went out. The light quickly passed out of view in seconds, and the headlights came back on. The car could then be restarted. (Michel)

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Cet ufologue a noté:

CAS Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HEURE LIEU CODE POSTAL CREDIBILITE SOURCE
207 CE0 14 10 1954 crépusc N-0 du bois de Chazey 71 71 E (bolide) p. 163

[Ref. mf2:] FRANCAT - MICHEL FIGUET:

N° CAS CLASSIFICATION LIEU CREDIBILITES SOURCES
204 CE0 N-O du bois de Chazey Au crépuscule. Confusion avec la chute d'un bolide.

[Ref. ld1:] MAGAZINE D'UFOLOGIE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

18. Bois de Chazey (Saône et Loire), le 14 octobre 1954. Version B&B: Journée du 14 octobre... Canular après enquête. p. 197 Version LDLN: Le cas s'est produit avant le 12/10, ce dont B&B se seraient aperçus s'ils avaient vraiment fait une enquête. (Le Petit Maconnais du 12 Octobre 1954).

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4052: 1954/10/10 19:30 8 4:04:40 E 46:41:20 N 3333 WEU FRN S&L 6:6

CHAZEY WOOD nr GUEUGNON,FR:RED GLOW > OVR CAR/D25:CAR EMES:OK AFTER:/LDLN#345

Ref# 2 VALLEE:UFOS IN SPACE:Anatomy/phenon. Page No. 180 : FOREST

[Ref. lh2] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4122: 1954/10/14 19:40 12 4:25:20 E 46:37:20 N 3333 WEU FRN S&L 8:8

Nr BROSSES TILLOTS,FR:MCYCLE off:7M classic Scr/CHAZEY wood:/r217p28+/r2p179

RefN°138 GROSS,L.:UFOs a HISTORY-1954/10 bks Book N° 9 Page 45 : FOREST

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in Ciry le Noble, at twilight Mr. Cognard circulating in a car, on the top of the hill, was almost face to face with a kind of disc of a luminosity such as he was blinded. The craft flew over him at low altitude and continued its road towards the west.

The ufologist interogates herself "this Mr. Cognard, was it in Ciry le Noble or in the wood of Chazey ? – see next entry".

The source is moted "Aimé Michel: 'M.O.C.' Seghers pub., p. 234".

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates as next case that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in the Wood of Chazey, Mr. André Cognard, coming from Gueugnon, was blinded by a light at the time when his car was flown over, at low altitude, by an object in the shape of a disc".

The source is noted "Anatomy 130".

She adds that another version [actually a different case] is: "At 19:30 in the south of Gueugnon, Misters Jeannet and Garnier saw a reddish ball of fire which flew at low altitude over their car whose engine stopped and the headlights died out."

The source is noted "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENoeL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL.- p. 281"

[Ref. fb1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #030: 14/10/1954, p. 164 (Gueugnon)

[Ref. fb2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 Frnech flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Gueugnon 2 4 1

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday October 14, 1954

19:30 In Bois de Chazey (France), In the south of Gueugnon, Misters Jeannet and Garnier see 1 ball of reddish fire flying at low altitude over their car whose engine stopped and the headlights died out.

Jérome Beau indicates as source "Vallée, J., Anatomy 130".

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

Oct. 14, 1954
1930

FRANCE, Chazey Wood, near Gueugnon: Two men observed a reddish fireball pass over their car. The motor stopped and the headlights went out. The light quickly passed out of view in seconds, and the headlights came back on. The car could then be restarted. (Michel)

No source is indicated, the file name of the web page is "Rodeghier_VehiclesInterference".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Saone et Loire in Gueugnon on October 14, 1954 at 19:30 hours "the two witnesses circulate on the D25 between Clessy and Gueugnon: at the level of the last farm located on the right of the road, before the last descent towards the N494, that is to say in the North-West of the wood of Chazey, they see a reddish ball moving at low altitude and flying over their vehicle at high speed. At this time the engine stalls and the headlights die out; after a few seconds, the headlights are on again. the driver actuates car's starter, and the engine functions again."

The source is noted: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 19:30 in Chazey Wood, France, "South of Gueugnon, Messrs. Jeannet and Garnier saw a reddish fireball fly low over their car as their engine and headlights died. A flying disc was observed. It buzzed a witness. One red ball was observed by one male witness (Cognard; Jeannet, Garnier)."

The website indicates that the source is Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966.

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 14, 1954, in "Chazey Wood", south of Gueugnon, Saone-et-Loire department at 7:30 p.m. Messrs. Jeannet and Garnier saw a reddish fireball fly low over their car as their engine and headlights died.

The sources are indicated as Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 175; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 130; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 257.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 14, 1954 - In Chazey Wood, south of Gueugnon, Saone-et-Loire department, France at 7:30 p.m. Messrs. Jeannet and Garnier saw a reddish fireball fly low over their car as their engine and headlights died. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 175; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 130; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 257).

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case 12 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon France 19.30 CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Chazey Foret France Nightfall CE I
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon France 19.30 CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Chazey Wood France
19541014 14.10.1954 Bois Chaze [sic] France Nightfall CE I
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon France 19.30 CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon Clessy France 19.30 CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon Clessy France 19.30 CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon France 19.30 CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon France 19.35 CE II
19541014 14.10.1954 Gueugnon France
19541014 14.10.1954 Clessy France 19.30 CE II

[Ref. pr2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 14 1954. 1930hrs.

CHAZEY (AINE : FRANCE)

South of Gueugnon, Messes Jeannet and Garnier, travelling on Rte D023 saw a reddish fireball fly low over their car as their engine and headlights failed. When the object had passed these resumed functioning. At about the same time Andre Cognard driving from Gueugnon was at the top of a slope when he was so dazzled by a brilliant light that he had to stop. The light came from a sort of disc that flew over his car in a westerly direction.

Michel 1958b p175,176

Vallee 1966a 9p 130/1

Evaluation - Obviously the same thing, a brilliant meteor

Explanations:

The meteor of 06:15 p.m.

About the date: Aimé Michel, then others like Barthel and Brucker, do not give the correct for this case. The press of October 12, 1954, sais it was "Sunday evening", so the date cannot be October 14, 1954, with the publication on October 12, 1954. The Sunday in question is October 10, 1954.

As for Barthel and Brucker, they have a wrong date and a correct one since they cumulate two observations in one, this one and that of André Cognard which would be indeed dated October 14, 1954.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Chazey, Ain, Jeannet, Jeannot, Garnier, multiple, ball, sphere, red, incandescent, car, stop, failure, engine, headlights, road, forest, wood

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 20, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [mr1], [go1], [jb1], [jb2], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 24, 2009 Addition [mc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Addition [ai1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [dj2].
1.4 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.5 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Addition [fb2].
1.6 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.7 Patrick Gross December 31, 2016 Additions [fs1], [ub1]. Change of case day from 14th to 10th according to [fs1].
1.8 Patrick Gross January 24, 2019 Additions [am2], [lh1], [pr2].
1.9 Patrick Gross April 13, 2019 Additions [am5], [am4], [am3], [ld1], [mf1], [mf2].

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