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October 11, 1954, Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée:

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

Reports:

[Ref. vl1:] NEWSPAPER "LA VENDEE LIBRE":

A saucer again

Here a testimony, a little late, on an appearance of "flying saucer" in our surroundings. It emanates from Mr. Didat, haulage contractor in Niort, which has had a "great fear," according to his statements, Monday evening, at approximately 10:30 P.M., whereas he was driving on the grand' road in the vicinity of Fontenay.

Accustomed to all weather night trips, he is not easy to deceive. However he maintains that suddenly, he became like blinded by an enormous gleam which included all the vehicle. He stopped. "when the gigantic flash passed, I wanted to locate myself. Then, on my left, something rose in the sky, a shower of sparks, like a bouquet of fireworks."

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper La Vendée Libre, La Roche-sur-Yon, October 17, page 5, that on October 11, 1954 at 10:30 p.m. in Fontenay-le-Comte, in the department of Vendée, Mr. Didat, haulage contractor in Niort, expressed a great fright Monday evening towards 22:30, whereas he was driving on the grand'route in the fontenaisian vicinity. Accustomed to night trips at all time, he is not easy to deceive. However, he states that, suddenly, he was dazzled by an enormous gleam which included all its vehicle. He stopped. "The gigantic flash passed, I wanted to locate myself. Then, on my left, something rose in the sky, a shower of sparks, like a bouquet of fireworks", the witness specified.

[Ref. mv1:] "LES MYSTERES DE VENDEE" WEBSITE:

In his case listing "UFOs in the Vendée", the author notes this case:

Fontenay-le-Comte, 11 October 1954

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vendée, in Fontenay Le comte, on October 11, 1954 at 22:30 hours, a haulage contractor in Niort would have had a "great fear", when, whereas he drove on the road in the trimmings of Fontenay, he was like blinded by an enormous gleam which surrounded all the vehicle. He stopped. "The gigantic flash passed, I wanted to locate myself. Then, on my left, something rose in the sky, a shower of sparks, like a bouquet of fireworks".

My website is indicated as source.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Monday, October 11, 1954, at 22:30, "In the Vendée, a haulage contractor drives on the grand(route in the Fontenaisian trimmings when he is blinded by an enormous gleam which includes all the vehicle. He stops. The flash passed, he then sees on his left something rising in the sky with a shower of sparks."

The source is indicated as "Le Parisien, October 13, 1954".

[Ref. mp1:] MICHEL PADRINES:

Michel Padrines indicates that on Monday, October 11, 1954, at 22:30, "In the Vendée, a haulage contractor drives on the grand(route in the Fontenaisian trimmings when he is blinded by an enormous gleam which includes all the vehicle. He stops. The flash passed, he then sees on his left something rising in the sky with a shower of sparks."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954 at 22:30 in Fontenay-le-Comte, France, "Light envelops car. UFO ascends with shower of sparks." And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed on a road briefly."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, Didat, entrepreneur, frightened, road, night, dazzled, glean, light, sparks, fireworks, light

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 5, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 16, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 21, 2008 Addition [jb1], [mp1], [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 4, 2010 Addition [mv1].

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