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October 11, 1954, Clamecy, Nièvre:

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

Reports:

[Ref. ad1] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

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The saucers chronicle

LOUVIERS. -- A craftsman and his apprentice claimed to have seen on the railway from Evreux to Louviers, as they drove a motorcycle, at about 3 a.m., a craft shaped like a bell, 2 m. 60 to 3 meters high, which was at one meter above the ground. The craft emitted sparks shimmering in greenish and reddish. First it rose a good 10 to 12 meters, while gushing from its base an orange glow.

The lower part of the apparatus had the shape of a ring.

A farm worker joined the two men to observe the phenomenon. All three state that the "bell" remained visible for about an hour. Then the orange glow became brighter, and the object rose very fast vertically, taking the direction of the east.

Lisieux. -- Mr. Bon, professor of mathematics at Lisieux, saw early in the afternoon in Saint-Germain-de-Livet, 2 or 300 meters from the road, over a wooden area, a silver disc with a diameter of 7 to 8 meters, which rose suddenly in the sky, without noise.

The disc was animated of a rapid movement of rotation. After diving to the ground from an altitude of about 800 meters it suddenly left horizontally at a tremendous speed.

LA ROCHE-SUR-YON. -- Mrs. Drouilard, residing in La Roche-sur-Yon, said she saw in the sky Monday night around 11:30 p.m., a luminous machine resembling a mushroom, moving silently and rapidly.

NEVERS. -- Two residents of Clamecy (Nièvre), MM. Henry Gallois and Louis Vigneron, stallholders, stated to have seen in a meadow near Corbigny, a cylindrical craft.

They say that while they were about fifty meters from the object, they felt an electrical shock, while the engine of their truck stopped and the headlights went out. When the craft was gone the headlights came on again but they had to restart the engine.

LYON. -- Dr. Durand, general counsellor of the Township of Belleville-sur-Saône and Mr. Bourgeois, cafe owner in Saint-Georges de Reneins saw over the chapel of Brouilly, a flying saucer.

On the other hand, around 7:30 p.m. Monday night, MM. Dubois, rugby player and Coulon, swimming champion, saw, flying at low altitude, in the direction of Montgelas, a ball of fire that changed color several times.

TOULOUSE. -- Two residents in the Toulouse suburb, Mr. Pierre Vidal and his nephew Angel Hurle, saw yesterday morning at dawn, a hundred meters from their house, a giant rocket, fly away from a field and disappearing into the sky while producing a clarity of rare intensity.

The two men then went to the place where they thought the starting point of the mysterious craft was located. There, they found that the grass had been trampled on a circular area with a diameter of 6 meters. In the center of the area they found in the ground, four prints appearing to have been left by the feet of a heavy machine.

The grass was covered with droplets of fat steam condensation and smelled of oil.

The police went to the scene.

CHATEAUBRIANT. -- A 13-year-old boy, young Gilbert Lelay, said he saw on Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m., a mysterious craft in a field some 600 meters from his parents' home in the village of Sainte-Marie en Erbray near Chateaubriant.

The child claims to have spent ten minutes looking at ten meters this craft that was shaped like a phosphorescent cigar.

A passenger, a man wearing a suit and a gray hat, wearing boots, reportedly told him in French, "Look but do not touch." He put the hand on his shoulder, while with the other he held a ball launching purple lights. He climbed into the craft through a door that slammed. On what could have been a dashboard, there were several colored buttons.

Still according to the child, the machine rose slowly vertically, throwing light in all directions, flew two rounds in the air and suddenly disappeared.

Abroad

VIENNA. -- Harald Kreutzberg, the Austrian Serge Lifar, living in Seefeld in Tirol, observed while he was in his garden, a flying saucer that flew over the small town for a few seconds before heading north and disappearing behind mountains.

Several residents of Seefeld also observed the phenomenon and tried unsuccessfully to photograph the mysterious craft.

[Ref. qh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

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THE CAR OF THE STALLHOLDERS STOPPED BY A MYSTERIOUS RAY

The same adventure happened to two stallholders of Clamecy (the Nièvre), Misters Henry Gallois and Louis Vigneron who went by van early, at the fair of Corbigny. "Whereas I circulated on the middle of the road", declared Mr. Welsh, "I felt like a discharge of electrical power on all the body. A few seconds later the engine of my car stopped and the headlights died out."

"Then it was like I couln't breathe, because fifty meters of me approximately, I came to see a machine of cylindrical form of a rather large diameter which I could compare to the saucers. This machine had a greyish color, but I could not distinguish its exact characteristics. I clearly saw on board this machine three beings of small size, which appeared to me of odd shape, but of which it was impossible to me to distinguish the features. It seemed to to me that one of them smoked, or that was a small light which was on board. My comrade and me were immobilized inside the vehicle and in impossibility to move. It is only after the disappearance of this machine and its occupants that we could resume our travel. The appearance lasted only a few seconds, but it was very clear and no doubt exists for me". Mr. Louis Vigneron confirmed all aspects of the statement of Mr. Gallois. In addition, Mr. Henry Chameau, cartwright at La Carie, close to Clamecy, certified to have also seen this machine...

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In addition, Mr. Henry Chaumeau, cartwright at La Carie, close to Clamecy, certified to have also seen this machine...

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Full article here.

[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. pr1:] UNKNOWN NEWSPAPER FOR OCTOBER 14:

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TWO "MARTIANS"

Cross a national road of the Tarn
Before flying away into their saucer!

After having brought us giant "Martian" women, now the flying saucers begin to transport Lilliputians who carry out reconnaissance patrols on the national roads.

This new variety of "interplanetary humans" is revealed to us by Mr. Jean-Pierre Mitto, technical agent, who claims to have seen, Saturday evening around 8:30 p.m., the passengers of a saucer cross National Road 631 at the place called "La Caiffe".

- Coming back from Toulouse by car, I was driving at a brisk pace. I suddenly distinguished, together with my two parents who accompanied me, two small figures, the size of a child between the ages of 11 and 12, crossing the road four or five meters from the car, who went up into the meadow. I stopped immediately. The time to go down and we saw a large red disk with a diameter of about six meters fly vertically. The machine disappeared in the sky, in a few seconds...

Stopped by a ray of light!

Mssrs Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, fair mearchants, who were traveling in a van, were stopped by a ray of light. Here is the statement of Mr. Gallois:

- I was driving in the middle of the road, not far from Clamecy, when I felt the electric shock. The engine stopped and the headlights went out. Suddenly I saw in a meadow a machine of cylindrical shape of a rather large diameter. I saw clearly around this apparatus three little beings who moved rapidly.

The appearance lasted only a few seconds, but it was very clear and no doubt is possible.

Mr. Vigneron confirmed what Mr. Gallois said.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that the observation took place a quarter of an hour later than that of Fonfrède this same day, that is to say at 4 hour thirty minutes. The witnesses are Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, fair merchants in Clamecy, who were going to the fair at Corbigny.

Michel indicates that Mr. Gallois reported:

"I was driving on the middle of the road not far from Clamecy, when suddenly, near the location called Sassier, I felt like an electric discharge in my entire body. At the same time, the engine stopped and the headlights died out. Paralyzed, incapable of making any movement, we wondered what happened and looked around us. At this point in time, in the field bordering the road, at about fifty meters, we saw a round craft, and near it, we could very clearly distinguish three beings of small size which moved with sharp gestures. Their silhouettes soon disappeared in the silhouette of the craft, which flew away quickly. Almost at once, our headlights were re-ignited and we could leave."

Michel indicates that Mr. Vigneron confirmed all the details of the account by Mr. Gallois.

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

Map by Aimé Michel

[Ref. ue1:] NICAP:

NICAP listed that on October 11, 1954, in Clamecy, the Nievre, France, a Car motor and headlights failed, passengers felt a shock and numbness, a round UFO took off from nearby field.

[Ref. me1:] "MECCANO MAGAZINE":

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Three little beings moving with lively gestures.

A quarter of an hour later [than the case at Fonfrède on October 11, 1954, at 4 a.m.], 250 kilometers farther to the north, Henry Gallois and Louis Vigneron, merchants at Clamecy, were going to Corbigny, when an astonishing adventure occurred to them.

"I was driving in the middle of the road not far from Clamecy," said Mr. Gallois, "when suddenly near the place called Sassier I felt my whole body feel like an electric shock. At the same time the engine and the headlights stopped. Paralyzed, unable to make a move, we wondered what was happening and we looked around, and then, in the meadow bordering the road, about fifty yards from us, we saw a round machine near which we could very distinctly distinguish three small beings moving with lively gestures, their silhouettes soon disappeared in that of the machine which flew rapidly, and almost immediately our headlights rekindled and we were able to set off again."

The day having risen, one had to wait till the evening to witness new and strange encounters.

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

The author indicates that on October 11, 1954 in the Saone et Loire, "Gallois and Vigneron. Car. Round machine and small pilots at 50 m of the edge of the road. The witnesses feel an electric discharge. Stalled engine. Extinct headlights. (M. II, p. 268.)"

Michel Carrouges further lists as a case with small occupants but lacking details that with Mr. Gallois as witness, near Clamecy in the Saône-et-Loire, on October 11, 1954.

He notes that Mr. Gallois saw the saucer well, but that he was unable to see details of the small beings.

[Ref. gc2:] LEONARD G. CRAMP:

("Fig 48. Table of some typical UFO effects on cars and people at varying distances.")

PLACE. DATE. EFFECTS. APPROX. DISTANCE FROM UFO.
Clamency (Nievre) France. October 1954 'Electric shock', car engine & headlamps went out same time. 150 feet.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

303 -003.51936 47.46060 11 10 1954 06 00 1 CLAMECY-CORBIGNY F 031333 C * 268

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

234

Oct. 11, 1954, 04:30, Sassier, near La Carie (France).

Mr. Gallois and Mr. Vigneron who were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny felt an "electric shock" as the car headlights died. They then saw a craft in a pasture 50 m away. It was cylindrical, fairly thick, and three dwarfs were standing close by. No light was seen, except a small, reddish point. Both witnesses were "paralyzed" until the craft left. A third witness, Mr. Chaumeau, had seen a lighted object fly over the woods at La Carie. (57; M 158)

[Ref. ni1:] NICAP - RICHARD HALL:

The NICAP book indicates that on October 11, 1954 in Clamecy (Nievre), France, a car motor and headlights failed, passengers felt a shock and a numbness; a round UFO took off from a nearby field.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 11, 1954, a salesman of Clamecy who was going by car to the fair of Corbigny with a friend, reported that the engine and the headlights of the car stopped suddenly. He felt something similar to an electric shock and then saw an apparatus which had landed in a pasture within approximately 50 meters of the road.

It was cylindrical, of a rather broad diameter, and three small characters were standing at its side. The only visible light was a small reddish gleam which was compared to a lighted cigarette tip. The two witnesses were unable to move. When the apparatus flew away, they could resume their trip.

[Ref. jp1:] JADER U. PEREIRA:

This ufologist listed the case as to be escluded because of imprecise source or insufficient investigation:

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[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The authors indicate that in Corbigny in the Nievre, on October 11, 1954 at 02:30 p.m., Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, stallholders of Clamecy, went to the market of Corbigny and while arriving near this city, they felt "like a violent electric shock." At the same time their engine stalled and the headlights died out.

The authors quote:

"We then saw in a meadow, at the edge of the road, a round craft with three small beings busy nearby. They soon disappeared inside the craft; which took off almost at once. The truck's headlights then relit. The truck's engine started at the first use of the starter."

The authors add that in a nearby hamlet, a farmer saw a luminous craft rise behind a wood and disappear quickly in the clouds.

[Ref. rs1:] RAY STANFORD:

In his book about the famous UFO landing in Socorro, Ray Stanford indicates a number of other sightings of egg-shaped craft that may be significant in this regard.

Among those cases, he indicates that on October 11, 1954, near Corbigny, France, a salesman and his friend experienced a sudden failure of engine and headlights and electrical sensation in their bodies.

Then a craft was observed about 150 feet away, off the road, approximately cylindrical in shape.

Three small humanoids were seen nearby, and the witnesses found themselves unable to move until the occupants and craft had departed.

[Ref. ns1:] RICHARD NIEMTZOW AND JOHN SCHUESSLER:

The authors indicate that Mr. Gallois and Mr. Vigneron, of France, saw a craft only 50 m away in a pasture on October 11, 1954, and were paralyzed until the craft left.

[Ref. mr1:] MARK RODEGHIER:

Mark Rodeghier indicates that on October 11, 1954, at 0430, in France, near Sassier, Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, driving to a fair at Corbigny, both suddenly felt electric shocks through their bodies. The motor of the car died and the headlights went out, they became paralyzed and saw on the ground, 50 yards away, a round object and three small figures beside the object. The figures disappeared into the object, which then left rapidly. The headlights came on, the paralysis ended, and the engine could be restarted. A resident of a nearby village reported a UFO at the same time.

The source is indicated as "Michel."

[Ref. ls1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The author indicates that on October 11, 1954, in Sassier, near La Carie, Mr. Gallois and Mr. Vigneron who were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny, felt an electric shock as the headlights died. They then saw a craft in a pasture fifty meters away. It was cylindrical and fairly thick, and three small beings were standing close by. No light was seen, except a red point. Both witnesses were paralyzed until the craft left. A third witness had seen a lighted object fly over the woods at La Carie.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drowsiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that in Corbigny in the department of the Nièvre, on October 11, 1954 at 04:30.

Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, stallholders, went by truck to the Corbigny fair when at the place called "Sassier", Gallois suddenly felt like an electric discharge in all his body.

At the same time, the engine stopped and the headlights died out.

Paralyzed, unable to make the least movement, they looked around them while wondering what occurred, and then saw that there was a round craft with three beings of small size busy around it in a meadow bordering the road, at approximately fifty meters.

The beings soon disappeared in the craft which took off quickly.

The headlights re-ignited and the two men, masters of their movements, managed to resume their travel.

A third witness, Mr. Chameau, saw the scene partly, and confirmed the account by Gallois and Vigneron.

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

The authors indicate that on October 11, 1954, at 04:30, in Clamecy, Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, stallholders domiciled street of the Market in Clamecy, going early to the Corbigny fair, hardly came to leave Clamecy at the locality "Le Fassié" that their van stalled and the headlights died out, whereas a few seconds before they had felt like an electrical discharge on all the body.

They then saw, in a field bordering the road, a round apparatus of a rather large diameter and a a greyish color, from which they did not distinguish the details, and near the apparatus, three small silhouettes moving with fast gestures, disappearing quickly in the craft which flew away quickly.

At this time, the headlights of their vehicle re-ignited, and their engine started at the first use of the starter.

Mr. Gallois stated at his arrival in Corbigny to a journalist of "La Montagne" that at the time when the headlights died out and the engine stalled, he was awestruck for he saw at approximately fifty meters of him an "apparatus of cylindrical form of a rather large diameter that I could compare to the 'saucers'."

He stated that he clearly saw on board this craft three beings of small size which appeared to him of weird shapes but with features he did not distinguish, that it seemed to him that one of them was smoking or else, that there was a small on board. He added that he and his fellow were immobilized in their vehicle, that it was impossible for them to move, that they were able to move only after the craft had left.

He specified that the sighting lasted only a few seconds but that it was clear and that no doubt exists for him.

Mr. Henri Chalumeau, cartwright in the locality "La Carie", certified to have also seen the craft.

The authors indicate that the sources are the Vallée catalogue, case 234; Quincy; Aimé Michel in "A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes" p.196, C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux Extraterrestres" page 100; La Montagne for October 13, 1954, Libération and Le Parisien for October 14, 1954.

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

The authors indicate that the newspaper La Montagne for October 15, 1954 "reports in detail" about a "peculiar observation whose alleged witnesses" were Mr. Gallois and Mr. Vigneron, stallholders of Clamecy, who witnessed the landing of a cylindrical object in a meadow at the edge of the road, when at the same time their vehicle stalled, the headlights died out and they felt a violent electric shock on the body.

The authors indicate that the witnesses agree to saying that they observed three beings of small size and of weird form and "it seemed to me that one of them smoked, or else a small light was on board."

The authors note that the newspaper article finishes on a question as for when the mystery of the flying saucers will be lifted, and that they have in their file a second article on the case, from Le Figaro for October 14, 1954, which does not mention occupants. They note that "in some books" it is claimed that the occupants of the craft were outside the craft.

The authors say then that they found Mr. Gallois, that "he perfectly remembers the sighting", that he "confirmed" to them that it was a good joke, that the engine stall, headlights issue, electric shock were a "joke", and the authors conclude that "the smoking Martian has lived."

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 11th. Sassier, France. (4:15 a.m.)

Another electromagnetic incident took place 15 minutes later at Sassier where two travelling salesmen, M. Louis Vigneron and M. Henri Gallois, en countered a strange object and its occupants. In M. Gallois1 words: "I was driving in the middle of the road when suddenly near Sassier I felt something like an electric shock through my whole body. At the same time the car motor stopped and the lights went out.- Paralyzed, we asked ourselves what was happening. It was then that, in a field bordering the road about 165 feet away, we saw a round object. Next to it we saw clearly three short beings who seemed to be moving about quickly. Their silhouettes soon disappeared into the saucer-like object which flew off immediately.

"Almost right away my lights went back on and we were able to drive away." 103.

  • 101. Michel, Aime. "Flying Saucers in Europe." Fate. January 1958. p.76.
  • 102. Ibid.
  • 103. Ibid, (news report quoted)

[Ref. si1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on October 11, 1954, Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron were in a car near Clamecy close to the hamlet of Cary, when Henri Gallois felt an electric shock, the engine stalled and that the headlights died out. A round object was then noticed in a meadow at 50 meters of the road, and three small beings which disappeared inside before it took off.

Jean Sider indicates that another source says that one Mr. Chaumeau, resident of Cary, saw the object rising above the wood the same day at the same hour.

Jean Sider indicates that the sources are Michel Figuet page 148, and Aimé Michel pages 196-197, that Figuet names the hamlet "La Carie" instead of Cary, and that Barthel and Brucker "abusively discarded" the case but that it is useless to debate on this.

Jean Sider describes the case again at another page in a similar manner except the two men are said to feel the electric shock and witness the occurrence, and that Mr. Chaumeau is not mentioned.

[Ref. mf1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

10/11/1954

Clamecy

Hoax: B.B. page 80-81

("B.B." refers to the book by Barthel and Brucker, see reference [bb1].)

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 11, 1954 in France in Corbigny - Sassier in the Nièvre, close to La Carie, Messrs Gallois and Vigneron in a truck felt at 04:30 an electric shock while the headlights of the car died out. They saw an object in the pastures at approximately 50 m, cylindrical and rather thick, and three small beings standing near it. There was no visible light except a small reddish point. The two witnesses were paralyzed until the departure of the object.

Mr. Chaumeau, independently of the two other witnesses, saw a luminous object flying above the wood of La Carie.

The source is indicated as Jacques Vallée in "Chronique des apparitions ET", Denoel 1972, coll. J'Ai Lu, pages 275, 276.

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 11 October 1954 at 0430 in Sassier, France, male witnesses Gallois and Vigneron, while driving they felt an "electric shock” through the body. The car motor stalled and headlights went out. They became paralyzed. 50m ahead of them they saw a machine and three small figures. These figures went into object and the object flew off. The car headlights came on and the paralysis ceased, and the engine could be restarted.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Michel, A. 1958. Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery. New York. Criterion Books. p158."

[Ref. js1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

John Schuessler indicates that on October 11, 1954, in France, in Sassier, at 04:30, Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, driving in a car, felt electric shocks to their bodies and became paralyzed. The motor of the car died and the lights went out. They saw a cylindrical object in the field and three small beings near it. When the UFO left, everything returned to normal. There was an independent witness also.

The sources are indicated as UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, CUFOS; Official UFO, Feb. 76; Michel.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 11, 1954, in Sassier, near La Carie, France two men, Messrs. Gallois and Vigneron, were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny when felt an "electric shock" at the same time their car headlights died. They then saw a craft in a pasture 50 meters away. It was cylindrical and fairly thick in shape. Three dwarf humanoids were standing close by. No light was seen, except a small, reddish point of light. Both witnesses were paralyzed until the craft left. A third witness, Mr. Chaumeau, had seen a lighted object fly over the woods at La Carie, France.

The source is indicated as Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 224-225.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that on October 11, 1954 at 04:30 hours, two stallholders went to the fair of Corbigny. They had hardly left Clamecy, at the locality "Le Fassié", that their van stalled and the headlights died out. A seconds earlier, they had felt like a discharge of electrical current on all the body. They then saw, in a field bordering the road, at about fifty meters, a round machine of greyish color; of which they could not distinguish the details, and near this object, the moves with fast gestures of three small silhouettes who soon disappeared in the machine which flew away quickly. At this time, the headlights of the vehicle re-ignited and the engine of the truck started again at the first use of starter. Another witness in "La Carie" certified he saw this craft too. Interviewed by a journalist of the newspaper La Montagne, one of the witnesses on his arrival in Corbigny stated: "At the time when the engine stalled and the headlights died out, I was awestruck, for at about fifty meters of me, approximately, I came to see a machine of cylindrical form, of a rather large diameter, which I could compare to the 'saucers'. I clearly saw, on board this apparatus, three beings of small size, which appeared of weird form to me, but of which it was impossible to me to distinguish the features. It seemed to me that one of them was smoking, or then, it was a small light which was on board. My comrade and me, we were immobilized inside the vehicle and in impossibility of moving. It is only after the disappearance of the apparatus and its occupants that we could resume our travel. The appearance lasted only a few seconds but it was very clear and no doubt exists for me".

Luc Chastan indicates that the beings were 1 m to 1.20 m tall, and that the sources are Mini catalogue chronologique des observations OVNI by Van Overmeire Godelieve, http://users.skynet.be/sky84985/; Chroniques des apparitions E.T. by Vallée Jacques DENOEL 1972 - coll. J'AI L; Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. Alain Lefeuvre publisher 1979.

[Ref. rh1:] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

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October 11, 1954 Henri Gallois, Louis Vigneron, Clamecy (Nievre), France 4:30 A.M.

Three small figures; en route to a fair, felt shock, paralysis, engine and lights failed; beings entered round craft and took off.

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[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on October 11, 1954, at 04:30, in Sassier, France, close to "La Carie", misters Gallois and Vigneron, driving from Clamecy to Corbigny, feel an electric shock while the headlights of the car die out. "They see 1 object in the pastures, at approximately 50 m. It is cylindrical, rather thick, and 3 small beings stood near. No light is visible, except for 1 small reddish dot. The 2 witnesses are paralyzed until the departure of the object. A 3rd witness, Mr. Chaumeau, sees a luminous object flying above the wood of La Carie."

Jérôme Beau indicates as source "Libération, le Parisien, October 14, 1954."

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

147.

Location. Clamecy-Sassier, France

Date: October 11 1954

Time: 0430A

While driving, Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron felt something like an electric shock, which paralyzed them; at the same time the motor stalled and the headlights went out. Then they saw, 50 yards away, a cylindrical object. 3 small figures, making lively movements and gestures, were seen to enter the saucer, which flew off; the headlights went back on, and they could move again.

Humcat 1954-86

Source: Aime Michel

Type: B

[Ref. mp1:] MICHEL PADRINES:

Michel Padrines indicates that on October 11, 1954, at 04:30, in Sassier, France, close to "La Carie", misters Gallois and Vigneron, driving from Clamecy to Corbigny, feel an electric shock while the headlights of the car die out. "They see 1 object in the pastures, at approximately 50 m. It is cylindrical, rather thick, and 3 small beings stood near. No light is visible, except for 1 small reddish dot. The 2 witnesses are paralyzed until the departure of the object. A 3rd witness, Mr. Chaumeau, sees a luminous object flying above the wood of La Carie."

Michel Padrines indicates as source "Libération, le Parisien, October 14, 1954."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954, at 06:00, in Clamecy, France, an object was observed, electromagnetic and physiological effects were noted, there were multiple independent witnesses. One white disc, around 100 feet away, was observed by two experienced male witnesses on a road for over 12 minutes. Three 3.5-foot-tall dwarves were seen.

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Cramp, Leonard G., Piece for a Jig-Saw, Somerton, Isle of Wight, 1966; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Binder, Otto, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, Fawcett T1863, Greenwich, 1967; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers Magazine, (Palmer); Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Rodeghier, Mark, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, CUFOS, Chicago, 1981; Falla, Geoffrey, Vehicle Interference Project, BUFORA, London, 1979; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2000, ISBN:0-8103-3881-8; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Stringfield, L.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954, in Clamecy, France, a car motor and headlights failed, passengers felt shock and numbness, a round UFO took off from nearby field, one ball was observed.

The source is indicated as "NICAP Sighting Information Database."

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954, at 04:30, in Clamecy-Sassier, France, while driving, Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron felt something like an electric, which paralyzed them; at the same time the motor stalled and the headlights went out. Then they saw, 50 yards away, a cylindrical object. 3 small figures, making lively movements and gestures, were seen to enter the saucer, which flew off; the headlights went back on, and they could move again.

The source is a broken link.

[Ref. ud4:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954, at 04:30, in Sassier, France, a cylindrical craft was seen with three dwarfs standing close by. Messrs. Gallois and Vigneron who were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny felt an "electric shock" as the car headlights died. They then saw a craft in a pasture 50 meters away. It was cylindrical, fairly thick, and three dwarfs were standing close by. No light was seen, except a small, reddish point. Both witnesses were "paralyzed" until the craft left. A third witness, Mr. Chaumeau, had seen a lighted object fly over the woods at La Carie.

The website comments that an object was observed, electromagnetic and physiological effects were noted, there were multiple independent witnesses, one red cylinder, around 100 feet away, was observed by two experienced male witnesses on a road for over 12 minutes, their names were Gallois and Vigneron. Three 3.5-foot-tall dwarves were seen.

The source is indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".

[Ref. un1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that Dr. Jacques Vallee wrote a book titled "Passport to Magnolia" [sic] that highlighted French humanoid incidents associated with UFOs in 1954, which were also described in the more recent book "Situation Red - The UFO Siege" (1977) by Leonard H. Stringfield, including the following:

On October 11 in Sassier, near La Carie, Messieurs Gallois and Vigneron who were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny, felt an electric shock as the car headlights died. They then saw a craft in a pasture fifty meters away. It was cylindrical and fairly thick, and three dwarfs were standing close by. NO light was seen, except a reddish point. Both witnesses were paralyzed until the craft left. A third witness had seen a lighted object fly over the woods at La Carie.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 11 1954. 0430hrs SASSIER (NIEVRE: FRANCE)

Grain merchants Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny when they felt an electric shock as their car headlights died. They then saw an object in a pasture 50m away. It was cylindrical, fairly thick and three dwarves were making quick, lively movements and gestures nearby. No light was seen, except for a small reddish point. Both men were paralyzed until after the craft left. A third witness, Henri Chameau, had seen a lighted object rise over the woods at La Carie

Michel 1958, p.158.
Vallee Case 234, citing Liberation + Le Parisien both of 14 Oct 1954.

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

Location: Clamecy-Sassier, France

Date: October 11 1954

Time: 0430A

While driving, Henri Gallois & Louis Vigneron felt something like an electric shock, which paralyzed them; at the same time the motor stalled and the headlights went out. Then they saw, 50 yards away, a cylindrical object. 3 small figures, making lively movements & gestures, were seen to enter the saucer, which flew off; the headlights went back on, & they could move again.

Source: Aime Michel;Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 234

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

*Oct. 11, 1954 - At 4:30 a.m. in Sassier, near La Carie, Nievre, France two men, Messrs. Gallois and Vigneron, were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny when they felt an "electric shock" at the same time their car headlights died. They then saw a craft in a pasture 50 meters away. It was cylindrical and fairly thick in shape. Three dwarf humanoids were standing close by. No light was seen, except a small, reddish point of light. Both witnesses were paralyzeduntil the craft left. A third witness, Mr. Chaumeau, had seen a lighted object fly over the woods at La Carie, France. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 158; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 224-225, case # 234; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 74; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Reports, case 52).

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that the close encounter of the third type of Clamecy, the Nièvre, on October 11, 1954, at 04:30 was a hoax.

Henri Gallois and Louis Vigneron, fair merchants, went early to the fair at Corbigny. Hardly had they passed Clamecy, at the place called "Le Fassié" that their van stalled and that the headlights went out. A few seconds before, the witnesses had felt like a discharge of electric current all over the body. It was then that they saw in a field bordering the road, about fifty yards away, a round engine of a rather large diameter and greyish tint, from which they could not distinguish the details. Close to this object, the witnesses observed three beings of small size and bizarre form that moved with quick gestures, and soon disappeared in the craft that quickly flew away.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that the sources of this report are Le Journal du Centre for October 13, 1954; Le Parisien for October 14, 1954; Aimé Michel, "Mystérieux Onjets Célestes", page 268; C. Garreau R. Lavier, "Face aux Extra-Terrestres", page 100; Jean Sider, Le Dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste, page 195.

Julien Gonzalez says that in fact, the next day, Le Journal du Centre for October 14, 1954 had revealed in an article titled "The saucer drank in the cup" that the whole story had been invented by MM. Gallois and Vigneron. No other newspaper had passed on this information so that this case remained for more than 40 years in ufological catalogs. He adds that he himself contacted Mr. Gallois in 2000, who confirmed the mystification to him.

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

This database recorded this case 18 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
19541000 00.10.1954 Clamency France CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Sassier France CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy-Sassier France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France Night CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Sassier France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France Twilight
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Sassier France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France 06.00
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Clamecy France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Sassier France CE III
19541011 11.10.1954 Sassier France CE III

Explanations:

Invented by the witnesses.

Barthel and Brucker claimed [bb1] they have in their file the newspaper Le Figaro for October 24, 1954, and that this source mentionned no occupants. I provided a scan of this source, [fs1], and it does mention the occupants, even in the headline!

Keywords:

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

Clamecy, Nièvre, La Carie, Henri Gallois, Louis Vigneron, Clamecy, Cary, Corbigny, stop, headlights, car, shock, electric, object, landing, cylinder, multiple, paralysis, luminous

Sources:

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

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1.1 Patrick Gross December 20, 2008 Addition [ni1], [mp1].
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1.3 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jv5].
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1.5 Patrick Gross August 16, 2010 Addition [un1].
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1.7 Patrick Gross December 31, 2016 Additions [fs1], [jg1]. In the Explanations, addition of the paragraphe "Barthel and Brucker..."
1.9 Patrick Gross January 5, 2017 Addition [pr1].
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