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October 11, 1954, Birac, Gironde:

Reference number for this case: 11-oct-54-Birac. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that the case is mentioned in the newspapers Le Figaro, L'Aurore, Le Parisien Libéré for October the 13th and 14th, and in Sud-Ouest and Ouest-France for October 14, and that the witnesses, from Jarnac, were driving on route départementale 14 in Charente.

The witnesses story is reproduced as underneath by Aimé Michel:

"We were returning from Bordeaux when at 10 hours in the evening minus 10 minutes, whereas we were at four kilometers of Chateauneuf, two luminous balls appeared in the sky in front of us at low altitude. The car was stopped, the headlights extincted. We went out of the car and remained five minutes approximately to contemplate them. They were of different sizes, one much smaller than the other, and advanced slowly on the same line as the road. They were still again, carried out two three manoeuvers on the right and on the left, immobilized themselves again. The largest turned a shiny white with a reddish halation, and the two balls went down vertically and disappeared in the valley of Charente. Our impression was that they had landed."

"We then went up in the car again and set out again towards Jarnac. We thereafter regretted not to have waited to see whether the two balls would reappear. The night was very clear. The Moon shone a little behind of our road, on our right."

He put the sighting location as Chateauneuf on a map supposed to demonstrate cases are lined up:

Map by Aimé Michel

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

306 000.06128 45.56100 11 10 1954 21 30 1 BIRAC-CHARENTE F 0013 G

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

239

Oct. 11, 1954, 09:50 P.M., Birac (France).

Four persons, among them Julia Juste, Maria Barbeau [Barbereau], and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac, saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Having stopped and maneuvered in mid-air, the larger one took on a deep red color, turned to an intense white light with a red aura, and both landed. Witnesses did not wait. (Quincy; M 160).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 11, 1954, four people who were driving by car close to Birac saw two luminous spheres, one much smaller than the other, flying in the same direction. After having stopped and having manoeuvered in the air, the large sphere took a dark red color, then became intensely white with a red halo; both land vertically. The witnesses did not wait.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 11, 1954, to 21:50 in Birac in the department of Charente, three people were traveling on departmental road on D14, at 4 kilometers of Châteauneuf, when they saw two luminous spheres at low altitude.

The witnesses went out of the car and observed the phenomenon. The two balls were one above the other, of different sizes, one much smaller than the other, and advanced slowly and parallel to the road. They soon became motionless, performed two or three manoeuvres on the left then on the right, became motionless again.

The largest changed color to a shining white with a reddish halation, and the two balls went down vertically. The impression of the witnesses is that they landed in the valley of Charente not far from there.

The three witnesses were Mrs Maria Barbereau, Mrs Julia Juste, and Mr. Marion Le Tanneur.

The sources are noted as case 239 of the Vallée catalogue; Quincy; Aimé Michel in "A Propos des S.V." page 198.

[Ref. go1] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that on October 11, 1954, in France, in Birac, at approximately 09:50 p.m., four witnesses including Julia Juste, Maria Barbereau and Marion Le Tanneur de [or "from"] Jarnac saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Stopping and maneuvering in the air, the largest became red then of an intense white light with a red halo, then both landed. The witnesses did not await the continuation.

The sources are indicated as "Quincy" and Jacques Vallée in "Chronique des apparitions ET", Denoël 1972, J'Ai Lu collection page 277.

[Ref. mc1:] MARK CASHMAN'S SIGHTINGS DATABASE:

Birac (France).

10/11/1954 21:50

Four persons, among them Julia Juste, Maria Barbeau, and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac, saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Having stopped and maneuvered in midair, the larger one took on a deep red color, turned to an intense white light with a red aura, and both landed. Witnesses did not wait.

The event is recorded twice in the database:

Chateauneuf-sur-Charente, France

10/11/1954

Car motor and headlights failed, two UFOs observed at low altitude ahead of car.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 11, 1954, four persons in Birac, France - among them Julia Juste, Maria Barbeau, and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac - saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Having stopped and maneuvered in midair, the larger one took on a deep red color, turned to an intense white light with a red aura, and both landed. The witnesses did not wait around to investigate further.

The source is given as Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 225-226.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Charente, in Birac, on October 11, 1954 at 09:50 p.m., three people driving on the D14, 4 km from Châteauneuf, saw two luminous spheres at low altitude. They left the car and contemplated the phenomenon, two balls of different sizes, one much smaller than the other, moving slowly and parallel to the road. The balls soon immobilized, carried out two or three manoeuvers on the left then on the right, then again immobilized. The largest changed to a shining white with a reddish halation, and the two balls descended vertically, the impression of the witnesses being that they went to land in valley of Charente not far from there.

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

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jérôme Beau indicates that on October 11, 1954, at 09:50 p.m., in Birac in France, "4 people, among them Jumia [sic] Juste, Maria Barbeau and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac," saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Stopping and maneuvering in the air, the largest became red, then of an intense white light with a red halo, then both landed. The witnesses did not await the continuation.

The source is indicated as "Quincy".

[Ref. mp1:] MICHEL PADRINES:

Michel Padrines indicates that on October 11, 1954, at 09:50 p.m., in Birac in France, four people, among them Jumia [sic] Juste, Maria Barbeau and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac," saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Stopping and maneuvering in the air, the largest became red, then of an intense white light with a red halo, then both landed. The witnesses did not await the continuation, they flee.

Michel Padrines indicates no source.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954 at 21:50 in Birac, France, "two luminous spheres landed. Four persons, among them Julia Juste, Maria Barbeau, and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac, saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Having stopped and maneuvered in midair, the larger one took on a deep red color, turned to an intense white light with a red aura, and both landed. Witnesses did not wait. One red ball was observed."

The source is indicated as "Vallée Magonia Database".

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

*Oct. 11, 1954 - At 9:50 p.m. four persons in Birac, Charente, France--among them Julia Juste, Maria Barbeau, and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac--saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Having stopped and maneuvered in midair, the larger one took on a deep red color, turned to an intense white light with a red aura, and both landed. Witnesses did not wait around to investigate further. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 160; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 225-226, case # 239; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 2).

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

This database recorded this case 9 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541011 11.10.1954 Chateauneuf France Night CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Birac France 21.50 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Birac France 21.50 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Birac France 21.50 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Birac France 21.50 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Chateauneuf Charente France 21.50 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Chateauneuf Charente France 21.50 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Chateauneuf Charente France 21.50 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Chateauneuf Charente France 21.50 CE II

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Birac, Gironde, Julia Juste, Maria Barbereau, Marion Le Tanneur, multiple, sphere, luminous, manoeuvres, red, white, landing

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 6, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 15, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1], [go1], [jb1], [js1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 20, 2008 Addition [mp1], [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 18, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 21, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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