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October 11, 1954, Monteux, Vaucluse:

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

Summary:

In 1979, the French ufologist Alain Gamard listed in a British publication a case of October 11, 1954, at 02:25 at "Monteaux" in the Vaucluse, with a Mr. Arlaune as witness. He did not give any details, and said that it comes from an undated and unidentified newspaper clipping from his collection.

In a special issue consisting of a catalog for the Vaucluse, the bulletin Vaucluse Ufologie indicated that the case is constituted of a letter with sketch "that we regret not being able to reproduce", coming from of the "file of Madame Gueudelot (without reference or name of the newspaper)". (Mrs. Guedelot was the archivist of the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit.

Vaucluse ufologie indicated that the case was dated Monday, October 11, 1954, taking place in Monteux, the witness "Max A." having written in his letter:

- "I submit a sketch of the craft that I saw Monday, October 11, between 2:10 and 2:45 in the morning, less than 15 meters high from a slope along the road... I am neither sick nor hallucinated, I have written on a small notebook all that my eyes were able to see and my memory record."

The bulletin added that "for our correspondent the saucer carried small passengers, similar to humans," and adds that they have nothing more on this case, that during their various investigations, they "never had the opportunity to learn more."

On the Web in the 2010s, British "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson indicated that on October 11, 1954, between 02:10 and 2:45 in Monteux in the Vaucluse, Mr. Arlaune saw on the side of the road, 15 meters away, an object with humanoid occupants.

Rogerson indicated that this came from Alain Gamard citing the Lumières Dans La Nuit file citing unidentified press reports.

However, in 1986, the ufologist Michel Figuet had listed a case in Monteux on October 11, 1954, as a hoax, according to a counter-investigation by "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker.

Reports:

[Ref. agd1:] ALAIN GAMARD:

October 11th., 1954: 02.25. hours. Monteaux*(Vaucluse).

Witness: M.Arlaune.

Refs: undated and unidentified newspaper clipping in author's collection.

* Error: this should be Monteux (editor).

[Ref. vau1:] "VAUCLUSE UFOLOGIE" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

II° - 10/11/54 - 02:10 - Monteux. 1 object on the ground and occupants (but this could be a case resulting from the Margaillan affair, crediting a socio-psychological effect of the phenomenon.)

[Ref. vau2:] "VAUCLUSE UFOLOGIE" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

MONDAY OCTOBER 11, 1954 - Between 2:10 and 2:45

MONTEUX

File of Madame Gueudelot (without reference or newspaper name)

From Monteux comes this letter from Max A. supported by a sketch we regret not being able to reproduce.

- "I submit to you a sketch of the craft that I saw on Monday October 11, between 2 o'clock 10 in the morning and 2 o'clock 45 in the morning, less than 15 meters from the top of an embankment on the edge of the road... I am neither sick nor hallucinated, I put down on a small notebook all that my eyes were able to see and my memory record".

For our correspondent the saucer carried small passengers, similar to humans.

Unfortunately we do not have any other item on this case that seems interesting - near landing - humanoids - We did not, during our various investigations, ever had the opportunity to learn more.

[Ref. mft1:] FRANCAT - MICHEL FIGUET:

DATE LOCATION CREDIBILITY SOURCES
10/11/1954 Monteux Hoax after counter-investigation B.B.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 11 1954. 0210hrs

MONTEUX (VAUCLUSE : FRANCE)

Between 0210 and 0245 Mr Arlaune saw, resting by the side of the road 15m away, an object with humanoid occupants.

(Alain Gamard citing LDLN files citing unidentified press reports.

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 11 1954. 0210hrs.

MONTEUX (VAUCLUSE : FRANCE)

Between 0210 and 0245 Mr Arlaune saw, resting by the side of the road 15m away, an object with humanoid occupants.

Alain Gamard citing Lumieres dans le [sic] Nuit files citing unidentified press reports)

Explanations:

Probable invention.

Keywords:

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

Monteux, Vaucluse, Arlaune, Max Arlaune, landing, occupants, road, humanoids

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 First published, [prn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 30, 2019 Additions [mft1], [prn2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. The case may be a distorted version of some other case. No other source is about a Mr. Arlaune sighting there."
1.2 Patrick Gross july 31, 2019 Addition [agd1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "In 1979, the French ufologist Alain Gamard..."
1.3 Patrick Gross August 10, 2019 Additions [vau1], [vau2]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraphs "In a special issue...", "Vaucluse ufologie indicated...", "- I submit a sketch of the craft...", and "The bulletin added that..."

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