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October 12, 1954, Les Sables-d'Olonne, Vendée:

Reference number for this case: 12-Oct-54-Les-Sables-d'Olonne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



A gardener saw a flying saucer

Mr. Léopold Trichet, gardener in the City's Services [i.e.: Les Sables d'Olonne], is said to have seen, in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, a flying saucer.

Here besides what he declared to one of our colleagues:

"I was going to the Chenou to see the fishing places. Towards the North-East, i.e. above the houses, in the direction of La Mothe-Achard, I saw a luminous [point?] which seemed to come towards me. It went and came in the air, then on the sides, then downwards, to such extent that on several occasions I believed that it was going to land. I sat on a stake and told myself: "Well, you're nor dreaming." It took pink and red colors, going even into the purple, then became orange again."

"Really, it was wandering and during half an hour I could follow all its evolutions. I even clearly believed that it stationed above Saint-Mathurin, to set out again then in the clouds while seeming to move back."


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

Les Sables d'Olonne, 12 October 1954

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Tuesday October 12, 1954


In La Chenou (the Vendée), a gardener employed by the city goes to see the fishing places. Towards the North-East, above the houses, in direction of La Mothe-Achard, he sees during 30 mn a luminous bath which seemed to come towards him, going to and fro in the air, then on the sides, then to the bottom, at such point that on several occasions he believes that it will land. The phenomenon takes pink and red colors, even going purple, then becoming again orange.


La source est indiquée comme "'Un jardinier a vu une soucoupe volante', La Vendée Libre, 17 octobre 1954 d'après Choloux, Jérôme: '2. La vague de 1954' in 'Les OVNIs en Vendée', Les Mystères de Vendée, 2007".


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