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October 11, 1954, Saint-Alban, Haute-Garonne:

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

Reports:

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges indicates that on October 11, 1954, in Stramare, between Fronton and Vielmur in the Haute-Garonne, there was a sighting by a witness named Stramare with occupants in "dark gray uniforms." Carrouges files this sighting among his six listed cases in which there is talking of suits or clothes of ordinary type.

He indicates that it was in the night at about 10:30 p.m., but that the witness was only at 20 meters or some 20 meters and hidden behind a tree, looking at a saucer placed at the edge of the road, very close to the public lighting pole.

Carrouges says that the witness saw at the same time the pilots who were three small men with aviators helmets, dark gray uniforms gray and tight-fitting trousers, which indicates that the visibility was excellent, since the witness could give these precise details. He however wonders how the description should be correctly interpreted, wehther for example the helmets wrapped all the head or not, if they had a glazed part or not, and considers it regrettable that such essential points were not clarified. He regrets that these uncertainties, while they may perhaps come from a lack of attention of the witnesses for the details, or of the brevity of certain sightings, may just as easily come from the simple fact that nobody may have drawn the attention of the witnesses of such encounters to the importance to indeed provide each and all seen detail.

He adds that when the saucer flew away, it made a light noise of electric motor.

Then, he reminds the reader that this incident took place on the path on which two hoaxers journalists, equipped with diving-suits, played "Martians," and he thus concludes that all this does not allow to retain this testimony as correct.

Further in his book, he details more the claims of hoaxes of the two journalist of Samedi-Soir who disguised as Martians and launched firework to prove that flying saucers exist only in the head of the witnesses. Among the cases possibly ascribable to this series of pranks, he is tempted to retain the incident of the saucer and of the three little men indicated by the witness Stramare, because this testimony was at the crossroads of the roads Fronton-Bouloc and these reporters had to use one of these roads. Carrouges notes however it is not known which crossroads it was exactly, and that moreover, this incident appears to date from the 11th and even in this case, it would make for a somehow unusually long duration of the wanderings of the journalists.

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

The two ufologists and authors report that on October 11, 1954, at 10:30 P.M, in Saint Alban in the Haute-Garonne, Spirite Stramare, a farmer, returned to his home when he saw a machine of blue color composed of two superimposed discs, close to the junction of the roads of Fronton and Villemur. Id had the approximate dimension of a "gardener's umbrella."

Three beings of small size stood besides, wearing tight-fitting dark gray uniforms, and capped with "aviators helmets." Frightened, Spirite Stramare gets down of his bicycle and runs to hide behind a tree, at some twenty meters of the machine.

As if they had seen him, the three beings get within the two disks. The higher disc drops down, letting a sort of antenna of 1,50m of height appear, and the apparatus takes off vertically, "with a noise similar to that caused by a small electric engine," specified Mr. Stramare.

The authors indicate that their sources are newspapers clipping, personal files.

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

The authors indicate that on October 11, 1954 at about 10:30 p.m., Mr. Stramare, farmer in Saint Alban, was the victim of a series of mystifications by two journalists of the weekly magazine "Samedi-soir", Michel Agnellet and Pierre Laforêt. They say Laforêt confirmed this and that an article in Samedi-soir for the week of Pctober 21-27, 1954, with photographs, displayed the whole series of the journalists's hoaxes.

The latter used " two complete diver's equipments and some petty hardware", a panoply which they described as follows:

"We also took along in our luggage complete equipment of bomb disposal expert: eighteen Bengal fireworks, reds, greens and white, forty Roman candles, true Martians guns launching green or red small balls of fire at fifteen meters around... and in silence. We had also taken some twenty flying rockets, able to spring up to a hundred or hundred fifty meters, to explode in gigantic umbrella of fire. Prosaically we bought this material at the market of Brives-la-Gaillarde, where the local fireworks expert, Mr Forêt, had guaranteed to us the exceptional quality of these devices..."

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

In their book, the authors specify that the witness is Spirite Stramare, the case is at October 11, 1954 at 10:30 p.m. in Saint-Alban, the Haute-Garonne.

The witness was returning home and saw with at the separation of the roads of Fronton and Villemur a machine of blue color composed of two superimposed discs, posed in a field.

At the side of the craft, three beings who are small sizes are standing, they are in dark gray uniforms, tight pants and capped with aviators helmets.

The witness is frightened, he gets down of his bicycle and hides behind a tree.

The three beings introduced themselves between the two discs, the top disc drops and lets appear a kind of antenna, and the craft rises vertically with a noise similar to that of a small electric motor.

The authors specify that the witness must have been seeing one of the setup of the famous hoax organized by the journalists of the "Samedi-Soir" newspaper. They were at the crossroads of the roads of Fronton and Villemur at that time, equipped with their diving suits and all the material: rockets, fireworks, car, to prove that the "Martians" are only hoaxes.

They however note that the witness saw three beings while the pranksters journalists were two.

They indicate that their sources are the book by Garreau and Lavier, the book by Michel Carrouges and the weekly newspaper Samedi-Soir for October 21-27, 1954.

[Ref. mf1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

10/11/1954

Saint-Alban

Witness victim of a prank by journalists of "Samedi-Soir", "OVNI" p. 669.

[Ref. go1:] GENEVIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

In her chronology, Genevieve van Overmeire indicates that on October 11, 1954 at 10:30 p.m., in France, in Saint Alban in the Haute-Garonne, Spirite Stramare was returning at his place when he saw close to a crossroads a craft of blue color composed of two superimposed discs.

The two discs have the approximate dimension of a "gardener's umbrella," and three beings of small size stand at its side, who wear dark gray uniforms, tight pants, and are capped with aviators helmets.

Frightened, Stramare gets down his bicycle and runs to hide behind a tree, at some 20 meters of the craft.

The three beings introduced themselves between the two discs, the higher disc drops while letting appear an antenna of approximately 1 m 50m in height. The craft takes off with a noise similar to that caused by a small electric motor.

Genevieve van Overmeire indicates that actually the witness are said to have been confronted to one of the pranks organized by journalists of "Samedi-Soir" who were at that hour at the crossroads of the roads of Fronton and Villemur, equipped with their diving-suits and all their material, rockets and fireworks, and other stuff, to act as "Martians". She notes that the witness saw three beings, whereas the journalists were only two.

She indicates as sources the book by Garreau and Lavier for the account and that of Figuet and Ruchon concerning the explanation by the prank of the journalists of Samedi-Soir.

[Ref. lh1:] "U DATABASE", LARRY HATCH:

Larry Hatch classified the sighting of October 11, 1954, in Saint-Alban in France, with a disk and humanoids, in his "discredited cases" listing, indicating it was a journalistic prank in the weekly Samedi Soir.

[Ref. lh2:] LARRY HATCH:

1954/10/11 St. ALBAN, 31, FRANCE: DISK + humanoids. Journalistic prank in Samedi Soir (weekly).

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954 at 22:45 in St Alban, France, an object was observed, traces were found, one disc was observed by several witnesses in a forest for a few seconds.

The explanation is that it was a hoax.

The sources are indicated as 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; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); 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; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Hatch, Larry, internet data.

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

This database recorded this case twice:

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 St. Alban France 22.30 CE II
19541011 11.10.1954 Alto Garona France 22.30 CE III

Notes:

The commune of Fronton is in the North of the department of the Haute-Garonne and part of the urban area of Toulouse from which it is separated of 29 kilometers, it is in the canton of Fronton which gathers 16 communities.

Villemur is actually Villemur-sur-Tarn, 35 kilometers from Toulouse in the Haute-Garonne, in the canton of Villemur in the heart of the vineyard of the Frontonnais, it is crossed by the river Tarn.

Saint-Alban is in the Haute-Garonne, 11 kilometers in the North of Toulouse.

From Fronton to Saint-Alban, there are 22 kilometers and multiple roads. In the same manner, from Villemur to Saint-Alban, there are 25 kilometers and also multiple roads. This makes illusory a sure localization of a junction of the roads of Front and Villemur while going to Saint-Alban.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Hoax.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Alban, Haute-Garonne, hoax, occupants, uniforms, grey, three, Stramare, disc, blue, antenna, landing, take-off, vertical, close, bicycle, road, crossroad, small, helmets, pilots, diving suits, suits, uniforms, frightened, noise, electric engine, night, fronton, Villemur, sound

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 3, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 20, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 23, 2009 Addition [bb1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 21, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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