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October 10, 1954, Quarouble, Nord:

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

Reports:

[Ref. mt1:] MARC THIROUIN:

Witness Marius Dewilde told his story to investigator Marc Thirouin:

"It was between 11:30 A.M. and midday when my son, aged three and half, came to inform me that there was "a car on the eailway." I went out, I saw, at 50 meters, a machine of same shape and dimensions that the one I saw a month earlier. It was not on the same tracks, but on those which pass on other side of the house. There was a rectangular opening at the base of the cupola of the machine. All around this base was a series of bumps of which I did not understood the significance. There was also, above the opening, like a horizontal line of port-holes; I distinguished three or four of them but I did not see anything through them."

"Beings of human appearance, dressed of a dark gray one piece suit entirely wrapping them, were busy around the apparatus; there were two on the plate of the disc (one on each side of the rectangular opening); later I saw two more of them leave the disc from behind - or more exactly perhaps - from its lower part. A fifth came out of the opening, went down to ground, spoke with the others; it appeared me to be the chief. He came to me. I had not stopped to advancing towards the machine during these observations, so that we met within approximately 3 meters of the apparatus."

"The being which was in front of me may have been of 1.30 meters of height. He gave the impression to me to be small but not to be a dwarf. He was entirely covered with an apparently tight and waterprrof one piece suit, comprising a helmet equipped with a transparent part in front of the face, of gloves and shoes, the whole in a very flexible matter, dark gray and mate, which could be an impermeable fabric, a plastic or rubber. A pad went down vertically from under its right arm to half-thigh level. Through the transparent part of the helmet, I saw his face, a little of his ears and the starting of the hair. The general aspect was Asian, Mongolian; the jaw was rather strong, the high knobs, the hair, the very black eyebrows, the brown eyes; rather brown skin: it was that of a white man with a dark complexion, not rosy but tanned, less "cooked" that that the color one attributes to the red indians, rather comparable with that of the Arabs, darker at the places where we have beard. No moustache. Nonprojecting eyes."

"The being flattered my son whom I held in my arms, tapped me on the shoulder, while smiling, and started to speak in a language that I did not know. I heard it very well, which is rather curious since he spoke to me through his helmet. I saw that he had very white teeth, impeccable. In the whole, his face was regular and really beautiful. His smile was completely human, like his facial expressions and his gestures. The beings, similar to him, that I saw around the machine, smiled, they too, from time to time."

"I was within 3 meters of the apparatus and perceived deaf complaints inside. It seemed me to hear repeat: Bukak... bukak... While looking at by the opening, I saw two other beings, one lying on the floor - I supposed that it was him who groaned - the other upright near him. As I was almost in the axis of the door, I could see the material inside was like "waxed" and a really strange materia, plenty of very small things - buttons of different colors, sorts of pressure gauges, etc, out of dark, gray metal (?), impeccable of cleanliness."

"The language in which the being spoke to me was apparently neither Chinese, neither an Indochinese language, nor the Siamese one; the sequence of the sounds seemed to me rather European, but it was, in my view, neither English, neither German, nor a Latin language. I am really unable to specify more, being totally unfamiliarized with foreign languages. The being took some steps towards my poultry, which was eating not far from us, he bent down to seize a hen. Instead of fleeing while shouting as these animals do, when I try to catch them, this one "froze" and let itself submissively be taken; I was amazed by that. He showed it in his hands then gave it to the two beings which had remained close to the door. They bent down a little and took it."

"Finally the being again cuddled my child, on the head, and again tapped me on the shoulder, nicely, then beckoned to me to go away a little. He eneterd in the machine, preceded by the two characters to which he had given the hen and followed by the two others who were behind or under the machine one moment before. Two of them helped him to climb up by giving him a hand. The character upright inside bent down to move the one who was lying, in order to free the entry. When seeing them move, I noticed that they were well proportioned, that they had a quiet behaviour, that while remaining subjected to gravity they did not seem, to some extent, to feel the weight nor to indicate any tiredness."

"A panel sealed the door, slipping from top to bottom, rather quickly but without brutality. Then the machine took off vertically, with no noise and no smoke, and disappeared towards the east. I had the time to see the lower part of the disc: there was a central part in relief, surrounded by small circles and lines laid out in rays. I was not very inclined to reveal this observation, remembering the troubles I went into the first time. But my wife spoke about it and the rumour spread, which again brought flood of investigators on the premises."

[Ref. er1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

A wave of strange "objects" is sweeping France

Dark-lovers Martians lovers play pass walls

But all those who have seen "saucers" are not dreamers

A plague of "flying saucers" and other mysterious craft is sweeping Europe, and the number of recorded testimony shows that France appears to be particularly targeted. There is no day, since weeks, where many of these events are reported from the Vendée, the Moselle and the Quiévrain to the Bidassoa.

In the Limousin, in particular, where a farmer was embraced on September 10, by a stranger; although he was peaceful, terror took hold, especially in the area of Roches (Creuse), where children no longer dare to go to school alone and where shepherdesses no longer want to keep their flocks since a dark shadow was reported hiding in the brushes. There is concern that the friendly Martian re-embarked leaving on the earth one of his companions.

In Diges (Yonne), two women saw each in her turn, a cigar land in a meadow and its pilot was leaning, perhaps on its engine. The "being" was of normal size, dressed in khaki and wearing a cap, but they were so scared that by the same reflex, they fled and locked themselves in.

Malenkov and Eisenhower shaking hands around a "saucer"

A pseudo-writer, on the contrary, delighted that these fantastic creatures come to join his philosophical ramblings, assimilates the "anti-saucerists" to troublemakers and warmongers. He writes without smiling: "These cigars and saucers could well make all of us agree. Perhaps this is why some people do not want to hear about it. Think about it! Eisenhower and Malenkov shaking hands around a saucer! What an idea!"

What to think of this new fever? Should we follow in their disdainful disapproval those who believe without verification, it is all hallucinations - sometimes collective - or should we believe with the others these are real craft originating from the human genius or more romantically coming from another world?

No doubt it is better to examine things more closely. The case now takes a too serious turn for trafficking in nonsense or admit all the news. It is time to grasp the problem and reason healthily on the sum of elements accumulated since more than seven years.

The first victim...

For it is on June 24, 1947, that the first "saucers" were reported in the manner described thousands of times since.

It was an American businessman, Kenneth Arnold, who saw that day "nine luminous discs flying in formation at high altitude" when he had taken off from Chehalis (Washington) on a personal plane. He could see that these "craft" were "flat like frying pans or saucers" before their disappearance and, if the case made little noise, the term "flying saucers" (soucoupe volante) was already launched.

It took six months before a new apparition was reported again in America, but this one was to end in tragedy, beginning to worry the public opinion. On January 7, 1948, the police in Fort Knox (Kentucky) warns the military at the Godman Airfield that "a huge fiery object, surrounded by a reddish glow" was flying in their direction. Three reservists fighter pilots were in flight, precisely at that time, on "Mustangs" propeller planes, and the tower alerted the control. Captain Mantell, leader of the squadron, immediately saw the "object" and putting gas on dove after it although his two comrades and himself had left for a flight at low altitude and were deprived of oxygen masks. The two crew members did not exceed 4,000 meters. Only Mantell went up to almost 7,000 meters before telling on the radio, breathless:

- It's frightening...

These words were the last and no one ever knew what they meant. The plane broke up in flight and the body of the unfortunate pilot was found horribly disjointed. The first reaction of Mantell's friends was naturally to think that he had been "downed" by the mysterious craft. His exclamation seemed to indicate that what he saw was awful and that monsters had fired at him.

This is the first victim - the first "martyr" - who tragically marked the true arrival of the "saucers" on earth.

An investigation commission was appointed, but its work was long and hard at a time when the high-speed compressibility phenomena were still unclear. When it put out its report on the accident, it finally explained that the pilot had climbed too high, probably in the pursuit of an atmospheric phenomenon. Deprived of oxygen, he had probably exclaimed that he was losing consciousness. The aircraft, abandoned to itself, had probably dislocated by diving at nearly the speed of the "wall of sound".

But psychosis was already on his way. What can the fairly conservative assumptions of technicians do against the taste of wonderful and the supernatural?

...and the first "hoax"

It is in any case strange to see that the appearances of "flying saucers" multiplied at once in America where 1,192 cases were reported, in waves, from 1947 to 1952. And it is no less surprising to see that, little by little parallel waves manifested themselves in France three to five weeks behind those recorded in the U.S.A.

Of course, the "pro-saucerists" interpret this pattern to their advantage: - We are part of the same humanity that the Americans and the "saucers" have no reason to despise us when visiting Earth. Their pilots wherever they come from can be as much interested in France and in the United States and if we see less it is because our territory is seventeen times smaller than that of the U.S.A.

It is certainly flattering to our national pride. But more Cartesian than sentimental "anti-saucerists", are concerned with this regular shift:

Just long enough to newspapers to inform you of the virus, they reply. After the Mantell crash anyway America was so gripped by the fear of the saucers deadly saucers that it accepted all the fables.

The most sensational story was published by one Franck Scully of Denver, who told in a weekkly magazine, then in a book, how a circular machine, that came from another planet, crashed in the United States, described the autopsy by a famous practitioner of sixteen little creatures found on board and stated that metal debris from the machine, heated to 10,000 degrees, had not melted. The finally palpable "saucer" and these little men in blue linen clothes made such a noise that an investigation commission - again - joined in. Frank Scully, interrogated, had to admit the "hoax". His piece of metal melted at 637 degrees and the case ended with two convictions for fraud.

But once again, the explanation came too late. The book beautifully sold and the author won a lot of dollars.

1953 has not been a hot year for "saucers".

In France, the first known "saucer" was reported in Antibes, in August 1949, but the following came in waves, parallel, we repeat, to those in the US. There is a fever in 1950, two in 1951 and one particularly important in 1952. That year, there were eleven appearances in May, six in June, six in July, two in August and two in September, eight finally in October.

This is precisely the time when America also see many "flying objects" and made us know its anxiety. We will see how calm then returned across the Atlantic. Here, 1953 was also quiet. The saucers disappeared from our skies until last August where a new wave started discreetly in Norway with the meeting of a helicopter by two young people who were picking blueberries.

This time Europe had exclusivity. The wave grows slowly, recalling the Loch Ness [Monster] who in the past returned in the heart of summer to fill the gaps in the news. But the Scottish snake was a prisoner of the lake while the "saucers" do not recognize borders nor countries nor the dreams and the real facts are now mingled with the disorder.

Awake hallucinations

We must reject from the first five recent stories - the most sensational alas! - just too unreliable.

In Vernon, the young witness has a strong imagination well known in the region.

In Quarouble, near Valenciennes, the gatekeeper who saw "little people" was a victim, one year ago, of a head injury and is subject, since then, to nervous disorders. Prints appear on the wood of the railway track, but may give rise to infinite interpretations.

Near Amiens, four pranksters had to admit they had wanted to make fun of their friends. In Bugeat (Corrèze), Mr. Mazaud has probably been embraced by someone but the air police firstly believes in a light aircraft that came in this deserted place at dusk, for a rendez-vous with a smuggler.

In Craintilleux finally, near St-Etienne, the giant, Hitler lookalike, double-faced (one grimacing at the front and the other, jovial, at the back) climbed in his saucer without opening the door, in the manner of wall-crossing ghosts, really seems too childishly wonderful. Witnesses, actors and writers have probably the romantic spirit that suits this kind of occurrence. And the Martian they thought they saw will at least have the advantage of providing them something for a play or a novel.

Medicine knows about these awaken hallucinations which can be experienced by completely normal people. Who did not see in the dark shadows move where there was nothing? It should be noted in this connection that virtually all reported landings of "saucers" took place at night and no one has yet seen Martians having a shape significantly different from ours in daylight.

Should we conclude that all recorded reports are the work of unbridled imaginations?

Certainly not.

Kenneth Arnold and Mantell were not dreamers. Most French witnesses aren' either.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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Oct. 10, 1954 Quarouble (France).

Second landing here, seen by Marius Dewilde (cf. Case 144) and his 4-year-old son. A disk, 6 m diameter, about 1 m high, landed again on the tracks. Seven little men emerged and spoke in an unknown language. The craft then vanished without noise or smoke. Traces larger than the first, and symmetrical, were observed. Dewilde refused to report the case. (Personal; Magonia)

[Ref. no1:] "NOSTRA" MAGAZINE:

[... Other cases ...]

The two creature who stole a hen from Marius de Wilde, in Quarouble, about the same time, were of the same size.

[... Other cases ...]

Credit: The Nostra magazine articles for 1974 were scanned and shared on the web by ufologist Patrice Seray in 2011.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

The author gives a morphological "typology" of UFO occupants, and says that the size of the "anthropoids" of the "mongolic type" varies between 1,20 meters and 1,80 meters, that the various parts of their body are in harmony, that they do not have any apparent deformity, that their morphology approaches in all aspects that of a normal human being and that to compare them "with a particular human race, it would seem, according to testimonys, that they are the Asian type. They would have a dark skin, strongly tanned."

He indicates that we have an important testimony, the one by Mr. Marius Dewilde who, after having observed a anthropoid of this type leaving a machine which had landed near his home, on October 10, 1954, gave this description:

"The anthropoïde that was able to observe was wearing a flexible helmet, transparent. Under the helmet and in spite of the darkness, I managed to see his face, his ears and the birth of his hair. This 'individual' had the Asian type, a definitely mongolic facies. His jaw was strong, his cheeks high and protruding, his eyebrows black, his eyes chestnut and slanted. He had a matt skin, suntanned".

Pierre Delval indicates that this type of UFO occupants would wear a tight-fitting outfit, like an astronaut suit, and that "according to the whole of the collected testimonies" on their subject it is this category which was most observed, "so that the description that we have just given is the least dubious."

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

The two authors indicate that in the case in Quarouble of October 10, 1954, Marius Dewile told:

It was between 11:30 and 12, when my three years and half old son came to inform me that there was a "car on the tracks". I came outside, I saw, within 50 meters, an apparatus identical to that which had been posed on the other tracks, one month earlier.

There was a rectangular opening at the base of the machine, below its cupola. All around this base, were a series of bumps, of which I did not understant the purpose. There was also, above the opening, like a horizontal line of port-holes; I distinguished three or four of them, but I did not see anything through them.

Beings of human appearance were busy around the apparatus, there were two on the plate of the disc, one on each side, I saw two other come out from behind - more exactly, perhaps - from the lower part. A fifth came out by the opening, went down to the ground and spoke with the others; it appeared to me to be the chief, he came towards me.

I had not ceased advancing towards the machine, so that our meeting took place within approximately 3 meters of the apparatus. The "chief" who was in front of me might have been 1 m 10 tall, through the transparent part of his flexible helmet, I saw his face, a little of his ears and the birth of his hair. The general aspect was Asian, Mongolian; the jaw was rather strong, the cheeks high, the hair, the very black eyebrows, the hait brown, a rather brown skin.

The being flattered my son whom I held in my arms, tapped on my shoulder while smiling, and started to speak in a language that I did not know. He seemed annoyed that I do not understand it. I heard it very well, through his helmet. I saw that he had very white teeth, impeccable. His face was beautiful and regular. The beings similar to him also smiled, at times.

I was within three meters of the apparatus and perceived deaf moaning inside. It seemed to me I heard repeat Boukak... boukak... While looking at by the opening, I saw two other beings, one lying on the ground - I supposed that it was him who moaned - the other upright close to him. As I was almost in the door's axis, I managed to see, inside, a "polished" and really strange material, buttons of different colors, kinds of pressure gauges, etc, out of metal (?) dark and gray, impeccable of cleanliness.

The being who seemed to me to be the "chief" took some step towards the poultry who fed not far from us, bent down, grabbed a hen who, instead of running away as these animals do, "ducked" and let itself be taken submissively: I was amazed by that. He showed it to the others, then gave it to the two beings who had remained close to the door on the plate. They took it while bending down a little.

A panel sealed the door, after the five beings had penetrated inside, helping each other by a hand. The machine took off vertically, without noise nor smoke, and disappeared towards the east.

The authors indicate that on a second railway track close to that where Dewilde had seen an apparatus being posed one month earlier, Marc Thirouin discovered ten traces indentical to those left at the time of the first landing, whose shape and orientation of the final cuts seemed to suggest the action of two sharp appendices being inserted in the wood, one vertically to ensure the vertical immobility of the craft and the other in oblique in direction of the first so as to prevent that the machine rises. Thirouin estimated that these marks did not have any relationship with the pressure of an object of forty tons and were rather marks of mooring from a craft that must have been lightwight whatever its dimensions.

The authors indicate that at the time of takeoff, Dewilde saw below the craft a sort of squaring emitting a reddish trail. At this time an burn odor and an effect of heat were felt, perhaps the odor of burned grass of the way rather than an odor of the propulsion system of the craft. The authors add that two trains by day go by, used by the minors of the steel-works of Blanc-Misseron.

The authors indicate that the beings wore entirely enveloping dark gray outfits, a helmet with a transparent part in front of the face, gloves and shoes, the whole in a very flexible matter, dark gray chechmate. A pad went down to semi-thigh and they were 1.10 meters tall.

[Ref. rm1:] ROGER-LUC MARY:

The author indicates he provides the story told to him by Marius Dewilde, who indicates that on Sunday, October 10, 1954, at 11:30, under a beautiful weather, he lunched in the kitchen while his son Serge, three years and half years old, plays outside close to the palisade, that his wife and his tenant are away and that his dog Kiki wanders in the woods.

The son suddenly rushed in the kitchen saying "- Dad! Come to see... there is a 'toto on the way!" and Dewilde stands up thinking that it must be his brother Paul coming from Paris to visit. There is a flat way skirting the railway, allowing the passage of a car and the intervention of his son thus does not astonish him.

He comes out and notes with amazement that what his son called an automobile isn't one, it is a lenticular craft surmountedof a dome, posed on the second railway at approximately 90 meters of the house.

The son suddenly starts to run in direction of the spacecraft and Dewilde follows and catches up with him after ten meters and, little reassured, takes him in the arms.

He then sees five small humanoids including one who seems to be the chief - detached from the group and walking towards him, advancing normally, without any appearance of aggressiveness. Motionless, Dewilde feels his "fear disappear as by enchantement."

When they are very close, he stops and Dewilde contemplates him lenghthily, describing him as no more than 1.20 meters in height, dressed of a tight-fitted gray dark chechmate outfit, of only one part covering the hands and feet, which seems made of a very flexible matter, waterproof, which is neither rubber nor plastic. He wears a helmet with a little curvature at the front equipped with a transparent part letting see a face of Asian appearance, with slightly slanted eyes, very black, not heavy and well-drawn eyebrows. The eyes are black and non-bulging, the skin matt and smooth, without hair nor moustache, the face seems beautiful but of "a beauty has which one is not accustomed on the planet", radiating with "the beauty that he carries in him" "which proceeds of a great interiority".

The jaw is rather strong, the knobs are high, the nose is normal and the mouth without characteristic except that it smiles, showing regular bright white teeth, firmly set.

The being very slowly raises a completely normal hand covered by the outfit wrapping the five fingers like a well adjusted glove. He cherishes the cheek of his son, "and this gesture is really a gesture of Love", then he poses its hand on Dewilde's shoulder, in a friendly or fraternally manner, still smiling.

Dewilde sees the being's lips move, he speaks and Dewilde hears an incomprehensible language in a guttural voice.

The being turns around suddenly and goes towards the house, Dewilde follows him and then notes that his outfit does not comprise any closing, it sticks to the skin and he sees the muscles moving when the being moves.

This lack of closing makes him think of a box that the extraterrestrial allegedly gave him another time, which also has no closings anymore after only one opening, and Dewilde wonders whether the being came to get this box back. But instead, the humanoid is interested in one Dewilde's hens, he crosses the threshold of the hen house, bends down, grabs a hen which froze instantaneously, slightly sagging, wings spread, as if the being had paralysed it or put it under some kind of hypnosis. That amazed Dewilde because he usually had to trick to catch one of these hens.

Dewilde obeys an impulse which he does not understand and points at his house inviting the being to come in, but he declines by gesture and points at the spacecraft. The hen under the arm, the being invites Dewile to walk ahead of him towards the craft, sometimes making gestures Dewilde didn't understand. Dewilde is not anxious.

Arrived close to the craft, he sees that three small beings were busy around it. The craft is a dozen meters in diameter and three meters in height and seems out of matt aluminium and smooth. It is composed of a disc surmounted of a cupola without any port-hole, at its base there is a door, of 1.60 meters high and 1 meter broad. The disc enclosing the cupola is more than 2 meters wide and ends in a slightly curved round with thickest part of about 70 cm.

With the humanoid walking ahead, Dewilde reaches the craft by a 50 cm broad metal staircase approximately. One of the two parts of the staircase is more tilted than the other, one of them leaves the ground to lead at the edge of the disc, while the other is embedded in the apparatus from the edge of the disc until the threshold of the door that Dewilde crosses by lowering the head.

Dewilde climbs down some steps to enter the cockpit and is amazed by the "extraordinary display." The dome above him is metallic, but as luminous as daylight, "without being translucent, like glass or plexiglass, it offers the strange characteristic to be 'transparent' and to let see the sky from inside the craft whereas one can only see a metallic mass from the outside. One could, to some extent, compare this effect with that produced by two-way mirrors."

In front of Dewilde there is a desk in half-circle with a seat and an being seated in it. Dewilde does not see any instrument on this desk whose dimensions are roughly 70 cm in height and 50 cm in width. The lower part is flat, smooth, the edges are sharp. Behind this desk a metal partition separates the cockpit's surface in two. Dewilde has the feeling that he should not see what was behind this partition.

Dewilde suddenly hears pronounce something like "boukak" and then sees, a little withdrawn, a humanoid lying on a stretcher supported by four feet which held the patient or the wounded at some 20 cm above the floor. This being repeats " Boukak ", which resembles has a kind of moaning, deafened by its helmet.

Two beings come in and carry the stretcher in a compartment located behind the metal partition. When the sliding door opens, Dewilde sees only "luminous pulsations" and "I hear sounds which resemble radio signals." This door closed again, no groove appears on the absolutely smooth surface of the partition wall.

Dewilde still sees another desk coupled along the internal structure of the spacecraft split up in two parts because of the main access, its height is 90 cm, its surface is equipped with various mute but coloured dials "and offers a declivity of 15 to 20 %." The equipment of the machine "is proportioned to the size of its occupants and calculated according to their needs."

The being sitting behind the half-circle desk retires, "perhaps by telepathic command" and the "chief" invites Dewilde to sit on the now unoccupied seat. It is narrow and uncomfortable, Dewilde has trouble sliding his knees under the desk, he is forced to rotate the seat by 90° towards the partition wall. As of this moment he receives "impulses in the brain" which he reluctantly answers.

The chief puts on Dewilde's head a kind of headset connected by wire, with a U-shaped stem ending in two contact segments put behind his ears. The partition wall opens again and a woman appears, "recognizable at the the roundness of her chest". She holds a kind of Thermos bottle of the same color than the outside of the spacecraft, fills up transparent glass with a colourless liquid that Dewilde drinks. Its taste is "indefinable but not unpleasant."

His son Serge is between the legs and leaning at his father's thighs, which reassures the latter. There is an "examination", Dewilde perceives by telepathy what is awaited of him: "drink", Relayx", "stop breathing", etc.

During this time, three humanoids had remained outside, "probably for surveyance", and to visit the hen house since they would "take away to space several hens and rabbits."

When the examination is finished, Dewilde is "aware to have been 'prepared' for other contacts, "which will be much more fantastic than the two firsts". He indicates that he was also immunized against the most serious diseases, and his son as well.

About thirty minutes - unless a "memory lapse" occurred - after being accomodated in the craft, he gets out of there with his son. Arrived on the ground, he turns back, the chief beckons to him to move away, he does this while walking backwards. When the beings judge that he is far enough not to suffer from the effects of a takeoff, one makes him understand that "this is the time of the departure, the separation, with big friendly gestures."

The craft's door shuts again slowly, the staircase retracts, not letting see anything of it anymore in the thickness of the disc but an absolutely smooth surface without groove. Dewilde feels a hot air blast accompanied by an odor of dried grass like in the night of the September 10 encounter. He hears a whistling sound, the machine takes off vertically to about thirty meters of altitude. He then had enough time to see the lower part of the disc which in its central part had a "shape of a squared crown" with a flat circumference. During acceleration, a reddish luminosity sets it ablaze and it disappears at full speed in the direction of the East.

[Ref. cc1:] GILBERT CORNU AND HENRI CHALOUPEK:

The authors indicate that on October 10, 1952, Marius Dewilde who already had a UFO experience on September 10, 1952, was the witness of a second "landing" on the railway close to Quarouble in the Nord.

They indicate that his testimony was often disputed but that it comprizes curious details however and in addition traces were noted again; and finally, he was so "marked" by the events that he had changed so much changed in the following years, which makes it difficult to think that it did not live anything.

He described the UFO as a 6 meters diameter disc, one meter in height, and this time, there were seven helmeted beings dressed of gray suits who came forward in full daylight little before midday.

The one who seemed to be their chief and had "Asian" facial feature had carressed his son whom it held in his arms. In spite of the helmet, he very well heard his words which he did not understand.

Before leaving, this "chief" bent down and seized a hen which, instead of running away as hens normally do, stayed on the spot let itself being caught, which amazed Dewilde.

The traces, ten, were analyzed a long time by Marc Thirouin who saw in them a system of mooring consisting in two claws, one vertical, the other oblique.

The authors indicate that the sources are an investigation by Marc Thirouin in the AAMT Archive, and Michel Figuet, pages 143-144.

[Ref. qs1:] MICHEL DORIER ET JEAN-PIERRE TROADEC:

At 10:30 p.m., Marius Dewilde, plant workman, living an old gate-keeper house, [...] One month later Marius Dewilde is the witness of another meeting, but this time by day. His young son also saw the scene.

[Ref. bm1:] BERTRAND MEHEUST:

Under the title "Marius Dewilde and the devil's hen", the author indicates that in September 1954, Marius Dewilde claimed to have met a flying saucer and his occupants on the railway which passed close to his home, an affair which made a fuss at the time, and a month later, he claimed the ufonauts had returned to visit him, making an account comprising a fantastic element well known to the ufologists.

Towards 11:00, his young boy called to tell him of the presence of an "auto" [car] on the railway. Dewilde came out and according to his statements he recognized the saucer posed at 50 m on the railway. He took his son in his arms and advanced. As he approached, he heard moaning coming from the inside of the flying machine, and soon five small beings faced him.

One of them, the "chief", advanced towards Dewilde and tapped the head of his son. He was 1.30 m tall at most and Dewilde thus bent down to present the young boy to him. Then, this small chief bent down and picked up a hen who was eating there; the bird crouched instead of fleeing and let itself be captured.

Then the ufonauts turned over towards the flying saucer, passed the bird to two companions who were on the external platform, moved again towards Dewilde, tapped the head of the child once again and finally went back to the flying saucer which took off.

Méheust indicates that the strange report prompted a brilliant comment by Michel Carrouges who, "using the psycho-critical method", wanted to see in it a set "of mental prints" translating "in reversed images the traumatism of the first encounter".

Méheust comments on that it seems to him that "this analysis would gain depth" if one noted the reminiscences of folklore which show through in the account of Dewilde; which he lists as:

The capture of hen in a manner which belongs to magic, a theme which "evokes the ritual which, in XVIth century, in general ruled the offerings of sorcerers to the devil", when in the East country, "the Malignant's worhsippers were compelled to pay a yearly rental, a hen", in a handing-over place which hardly varied, almost always in full day, behind the house of the witch, with sometimes the devil in person coming to get his due, capturing the bird in a magic way and carrying it with him "like a wind".

The moaning which came from the spaceship, the saucer thus replacing in his account the houses of the devil or the fairies, places of mystery "from where sometimes came, in the legends, cries of suffering."

The witness introducing his son to the ufonauts' chief, a theme which "gains thickness if one links it to another diabolic ritual. In the XVIthe century, sorcerers were to present, at a defined date, their offspring to the Devil in a ceremony where each gesture was regulated. They held the child in front of them and showed it to the devil. This attitude does not have anything surprizing about it: in the campaigns of the Renaissance the sometimes merry personality of the former pagan divinities still showed under Christian varnish. But this kindness remained ambiguous and a little worrying."

Méheust indicates that the same ambiguity is found in the attitude of the ufonauts' "chief", since his smiles contrast with the moaning coming from the saucer. He notes that Carrouges indeed noted this contrast but finds it indecent and absurd and gives up explaining it, while Méheust says that he sees "the logic of the clair-obscure there."

He indicates that the comment by Michel Carrouges is in his text "Les Invariants de Quarouble", in Inforespace, #50, March 1980.

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on November 19, 1954, the police force confirmed that Marius Dewilde submitted a second report about an observation of an object "in the vicinity of his home." However the Police force said:

"Dewilde and his family have decided, for fear of adverse publicity, to take no one in their confidence regarding this second occurrence. Therefore you will find no mention of it in local newspapers."

Civilian investigators were told politely but firmly by the police that they will keep any further information confidential.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 10, 1954, in Quarouble, the son of Marius Dewilde tells him that there is a car on the railway. He comes out and sees a disc with a dome within 50 meters with people in gray outfits. One of them approached and spoke to him in spite of the transparent spherical bubble around his face of the Asian type. He touched the child, took a hen which crouched instead of fleeing. He set out again and the machine took off. There were marks on the cross-pieces.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

146.

Location. Quarouble France

Date: October 10 1954

Time: 1130A

Marius Dewilde (involved in a previous encounter) and his 4-year old son were walking near his home. Suddenly Dewilde saw a disc-shaped object on the ground on some nearby railroad tracks, about 50 meters away. Walking cautiously towards the craft Dewilde noticed a rectangular shaped aperture at the base of the cupola and a row of windows. Several humanoids stood around the object. One of them, who appeared to be the leader, approached Dewilde and his son, while they stood several meters from the craft. The humanoid (leader) was about 1.20m in height, and wore a helmet equipped with a transparent faceplate. His facial features were Asiatic. He had a protruding chin and pointed cheeks, the hair was jet-black in color its eyes were brown and its skin was bronzed. In a friendly gesture the humanoid caressed Dewilde's son, whom Dewilde was carrying in his arms, the humanoid then tapped Dewilde on his back several times, smiling as he did and then pronounced several unintelligible words. Immediately afterwards the humanoid grabbed a chicken, which he gave to one of the other humanoids. The humanoid again caressed Dewilde's son and slapped Dewilde's back and then climbed onboard the object. A metallic panel closed the door and the object took off vertically disappearing towards the east.

Humcat 1954-85

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia

Type: B

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Sunday October 10, 1954 in "Quarouble (Nord, France), 2nd landing, seen here by Marius Dewilde and his 4 year old son. A disc, 6 m in diameter, high of 1 m approximately, again lands on railway. 7 small men emerge and speak to them in an unknown language. Then the machine disappears without noise nor smoke. Prints, broader than the previous ones, symetriccal, are observed. Dewilde refuses to make a report on this case."

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

November 19, the police force confirms that Dewilde made a 2nd statement, about an object which he had seen near his house. However, the police force says:

"Dewilde and his family decided, by fear of bad publicity, not to put anybody in the confidence with regard to this second event. This is why none the local newspapers mentionned it."

Moreover they let know to the civilian investigators — politely but firmly — that they will keep confidential all other information henceforth referring to such incidents.

In December 1979, Dewilde phones Jimmy Guieu and tells him: "I have extraordinary revelations to deliver to you, I live in Tours and cannot move." The next year his book od revelation comes out co-written with Roger-Luc Mary.

Jérôme Beau indicates that the sources are Aujourd'hui Magazine, November 22, 1977; Lefeuvre, A. and Zurcher, E., Les apparitions d'humanoïdes, 1979; Vallée, J.: case #10, "Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954"; Carrouges, M.: "Les invariants de Quarouble", Inforespace #50, March 1980; Temps X, January 2, 1981.

[Ref. jd1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on October 10, 1954, in Quarouble in the Nord, " Mr. Marius Dewilde was again witness of a ufological observation."

He gives the following text:

The witness tells:

"It was between I1 30 and 12 h, when my son, three years and a half old came to inform me that there was an "automobile on the way" I came out. I saw, within 50 meters a machine identical to that which had landed on the other railway, one month earlier.

There was a rectangular opening at the base of the machine, at the lower part of its cupola. All around this base, was a series of bumps which significance I did not understood. There was also, above the opening, like a horizontal line of port-holes: I distinguished three or four from them, but I did not see anything through them.

Beings of human appearance dressed of a dark gray outfilt wrapping them entirely, they might measure approximately 1 m 10, they wore a helmet equipped with a transparent part in front of the face, gloves and shoes, the whole in a very flexible gray dark chechmate material. A pad went down from their right arm to semi-thigh. They were busy around the apparatus, they were two on the plate of the disc, one on each side, I saw two others come from behind - more exactly, perhaps - from the lower part. A fifth came out by the opening, went down to ground and spoke with the others: it appeared to me he was the chief, he came towards me.

I had not ceased advancing towards the machine so that our encounter took place within approximately 3 meters of the machine. The "chief" who was in front of me might measure 1 m 10 through the transparent part of his flexible helmet. I saw his face a little his ears and the birth of his hair. The general aspect was Asian, Mongolian: the jaw was rather strong, high knobs, the hair, very black eyebrows, brown eyes, rather brown skin.

"The being carressed my son whom I held in my arms, tapped on my shoulder while smiling and started to speak to me in a language I did not know. He seemed annoyed that I did not understand. I heard it very well through his helmet. I saw that he had very white teeth, impeccable. His face was beautiful and regular. The beings similar to him also smiled, per moments I was within three meters of the apparatus and perceived deaf complaints inside: it seemed me to heard repeat: boukak... boukak... While looking by the opening, I saw two other beings, one laying on the ground I supposed that it was him who moaned the other, standing close to him. As I was almost in the axis of the door, I managed to see, inside, a really strange "bricked" material and, bolts of different colors, kinds of pressure gauges, etc, of dark and gray metal (?), impeccable of cleanliness. The being who seemed to me the "chief" took some steps towards the poultry who ate not far from us, bent down, grabbed a hen who, instead of fleeing running as these animals do, squatted and let itself be grabbed submissively; I was amazed by that. He showed it with the others, then gave it to the two beings which had remained close to the door on the rim. They took it while bending down a little.

A panel sealed the door, after the five beings had penetrated inside, helping each other by tightening the hand.

The machine took off vertically without noise and smoke, and disappeared towards the east.

TRACES. On a second railway, near the one where the UFO observed by Mr. Dewilde lands on September 10, 1954, Marc Thirouin discovered ten traces identical to those left at the time of the first landing. The shape and the orientation of the final cuts seem to suggest the action of two sharp appendices being inserted in wood, one vertically to ensure the side immobilization of the machine; the other in oblique in direction of the first to prevent it from rising.

For Marc Thirouin these marks did not have any relationship with the traces left by a pressure exerted by an object of forty tons but by the mooring of a machine which, whatever its dimensions were, had to be very lightweight.

EFFECT: At the time of the takeoff of the machine, Marius Dewilde saw below like a kind of squaring. A reddish trail came out of there and at this time an odor of flaring hay accompanied by a heat effect was felt. There is much grass in the neighbourhoods and Mr. Dewilde perhaps felt grass scorched by the departure of the UFO and not the odor the mode of propulsion could possibly cause.

And: "Comment: This second observation by Marius Dewilde does not have the credibility of the first and many researchers doubt it!"

The sources are given as "Vallée Catalogue. Case #226. - Investigation by Marc Thirouin (A.A.M.T. Archive).".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Nord in Quarouble on October 10, 1954 at 12:00 hours, "the witness, Marius Dewilde, tells: 'IT was between 11:30 and 12, when my son, three years and half old, came to alert me that there was a "car on the way". I came outside, I saw, within 50 meters, a craft identical to that which had been posed on the other way, one month earlier. There was a rectangular opening at the base of the machine, below its cupola. All around this base, there was a series of bumps whiose purpose I did not understand. There was also, above the opening, like a horizontal line of port-holes; I distinguished three or four of them, but I did not see anything through them. Beings of human appearance were busy around the apparatus. They were dressed of a dark gray outfit, entirely wrapping them, they might have measured 1 m 10, they had a helmet equipped with a transparent part in front of the face, gloves and shoes, the whole in a gray dark chechmate very flexible material. A pad went down from their right arm to semi-thigh. They were two on the plate of the disc, one on each side, I see two others coming about behind, more exactly, perhaps, from the lower part. A fifth came out by the opening, went down to ground and spoke with the others; it appeared to me he was the chief, he came towards me. I had not ceased advancing towards the machine, so that our meeting took place at approximately 3 meters of the craft. The "chief" who was in front of me may have been 1 m 10 tall, through the transparent part of his flexible helmet, I saw his face, a little his ears and the birth of his hair. The general aspect was Asian, Mongolian; the jaw was rather strong, high knobs, very black hair and eyebrows, brown eyes, rather brown skin. The being flattered my son whom I held in my arms, tapped on my shoulder while smiling, and started to speak to me in a language that I did not know. He seemed annoyed that I do not understand him. I heard it very well through his helmet. I saw that he had very white teeth, impeccable. His face was beautiful and regular. The beings similar to him also smiled at times. I was within three meters of the apparatus and perceived deaf moanings inside; it seemed me that I heard repeat: Boukak... boukak... While looking at by the opening, I saw two other beings, one lying on the ground (I supposed that it was him who moaned) the other, upright close to him. As I was almost in the axis of the door, I managed to see, inside, a "polished" and really strange material, buttons of different colors, kinds of pressure gauges, etc, out of dark and gray perfectly clean metal. The being who seemed to me to be the "chief" took some steps towards the poultry that was feeding not far from us, bent down, grabbed a hen which, instead of fleeing away as these animals do , "ducked" and let itself take submissively; I was amazed at that. He showed it to the others, then gave it to the two beings who had remained close to the door on the saucer. They took it while bending down a little. A panel sealed the door, after the five beings had penetrated inside, helping themselves by grabbing their hands. The machine took off vertically, without noise not smoke, and disappeared towards the east."

"On a railway, near that where the object observed by Mr. Dewilde lands on September 10, 1954, Marc Thirouin discovered ten traces identical to those left at the time of the first landing. The shape and the orientation of the final cuts seem to suggest the action of two sharp appendices inserted in the wood, one vertically to ensure the side immobilization of the machine; the other in oblique in direction of the first, to prevent it from rising. For Marc Thirouin, these marks did not have any relationship with the traces left by a pressure exerted by an object of forty tons but by the mooring of a machine which, gicen its dimensions, must have been very light. At the time of the takeoff of the craft, Marius Dewilde saw below like a sort of squaring. A kind of reddish trail came out of it and at this time an odor of burning hay was smelled accompanied by an effect of heat (on these ways used by the minors of the steel-works of Blanc-Misseron, two trains pass by day. There is much grass in the neighbourhoods and Mr. Dewilde perhaps felt grass burned by the departure of the UFO and not the odor which the propulsion mode could possibly cause.)"

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 10 October 1954 at 22:30 in Quarouble, France, "A disk, six meters diameter, landed. Seven little men emerged" and "A second landing with occupants was witnessed here by Marius Dewilde and his four-year-old son. A disc, six meters in diameter and about one meter tall, landed again on the railroad tracks. Seven little men emerged and spoke in an unknown language. The craft then vanished without noise or smoke. Traces larger than the first, and symmetrical, were observed. Dewilde refused to report the case to the authorities."

The web site adds: "Second landing here, seen by Marius Dewilde (cf. Case 144) and his 4-year-old son. A disk, six meters diameter, about one meter high, landed again on the tracks. Seven little men emerged and spoke in an unknown language. The craft then vanished without noise or smoke. Traces larger than the first, and symmetrical, were observed. Dewilde refused to report the case."

And: "A flying disc was observed. Ground traces were found. One saucer, about 20 feet across, was observed by two male witnesses on a railroad. No sound was heard. Seven 3.5-foot-tall dwarves were seen."

And: "Marius Dewilde and his 4-year old son saw a 6-meter wide disc, 1 meter high, land on the railroad tracks. 7 little men emerged and spoke in an unknown language. They were human-like in appearance, with dark slanted eyes, and wearing tight-fitting diver's outfits. The craft then vanished without noise or smoke. Symmetrical traces larger than those of the first case were left. Dewilde refused to report the case."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Merritt, Fred I., Fred I Merritt investigation files; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Phillips, Ted R., Ted Phillips investigation files; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ki1:] DANIEL AND FABRICE KIRCHER:

The authors indicate that at the time of his encounter on October 10, 1954, Marius Dewilde drank three or four glasses of a transparent liquid offered by a creature of female appearance during his visit of a spacecraft.

The source is indicated as Geneviève Vanquelef in "OVNI, Interventions, Captures," Perpignan, 1984.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 10 1954.

QUAROUBLE (NORD : FRANCE)

Marius Dewlide (q.v.) and his 4 year old son observed a disc, 6m in diameter, about 1m high, on the railway tracks. Seven little men emerged and spoke in an unknown language. The object then vanished without noise or smoke. Traces, which were larger and more symmetrical than the previous occasion, were discovered. He refused to report the case.

Vallee Case 226.
Vallee 1969, p.18.
Heiden citing Carrouges, 1967 p.152 citing France Soir 30 October 1954.

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Quarouble France

Date: October 10 1954

Time: 1130A

Marius Dewilde (involved in a previous encounter) and his 4-year old son were walking near his home. Suddenly Dewilde saw a disc-shaped object on the ground on some nearby railroad tracks, about 50 meters away. Walking cautiously towards the craft Dewilde noticed a rectangular shaped aperture at the base of the cupola and a row of windows. Several humanoids stood around the object. One of them, who appeared to be the leader, approached Dewilde and his son, while they stood several meters from the craft. The humanoid (leader) was about 1.20m in height, and wore a helmet equipped with a transparent faceplate. His facial features were Asiatic. He had a protruding chin and pointed cheeks, the hair was jet-black in color its eyes were brown and its skin was bronzed. In a friendly gesture the humanoid caressed Dewilde’s son, whom Dewilde was carrying in his arms, the humanoid then tapped Dewilde on his back several times, smiling as he did and then pronounced several unintelligible words. Immediately afterwards the humanoid grabbed a chicken, which he gave to one of the other humanoids. The humanoid again caressed Dewilde’s son and slapped Dewilde’s back and then climbed onboard the object. A metallic panel closed the door and the object took off vertically and disappearing towards the east.

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 226

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

*Oct. 10, 1954 - Quarouble, France. A second landing with occupants was witnessed here by Marius Dewilde and his four-year-old son. A disc, six meters in diameter and about one meter tall, landed again on the railroad tracks. Seven little men emerged and spoke in an unknown language. The craft then vanished without noise or smoke. Traces larger than the first, and symmetrical, were observed. Dewilde refused to report the case to the authorities. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 223, case # 226).

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

This database recorded this case 8 times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France 22.30 CE III
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France 23.30 CE III
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France 23.30 CE III
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France 23.30 CE III
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France 22.30 CE III
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France 23.30 CE III
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France 23.30 CE III
19541010 10.10.1954 Quarouble France

Notes:

See September 10 Quarouble about the first alleged encounter of the same witness.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Quarouble, Nord, Marius Dewilde, landing, disc, occupants, humanoids, talk, language, traces

Sources:

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

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