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October 12, 1954, Montluçon, Allier:

Reference number for this case: 12-oct-54-Montluçon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The story went around the world via the Press: on October 12, 1954 at night, Mr. Laugère, employee of the S.N.C.F. French national railroad company, made an inspection tour at the station of Montluçon, his workplace. Other versions told he was leaving the station to go home.

Crossing the tracks near the S.N.C.F. bridge on the road "Le Cher", he saw a metallic craft in the shape of a torpedo resting on four feet at a little distance of the gas oil tank intended for the fueling of the railcars. Other versions say that the machine was posed on the fuel tank.

Next to the torpedo-shaped craft, which was 4 meters in diameter (4 to 5 meters long according to other versions) was a "man" (a "being" in later versions), fully covered with hair, unless he was wearing a coat a little long hair.

Mr. Laugère, surprised, asked him what he was doing, and the stranger answered him in unintelligible terms, but the railwayman however thought he uunderstoo the word "gasoil".

Mr. Laugère did not ask for more and went to alert his comrades. He had walked 30 or 100 meters (depending on the version), when turning around, he saw the craft rise vertically without any noise, and disappear from his view.

The press said that the fear of mocking his comrades had prevented him to tell his story for a day or two.

In 1972, ufologist Jean Giraud decided to investigate the case. He learned that Mr. Laugère had died in the meantime, but people who knew him explained to Giraud that this was a prank organized by Laugère's colleagues. One of them had put on a "goat skin", had a lamp that he waved, and he or another colleague had even fired a fireworks rocket to make believe of the start of the "craft."

Subsequently, some French sources have mentioned this explanation, others have ignored it, while almost all foreign sources have ignored it.

Reports:

[Ref. tbg1:] "THE BOSTON GLOBE" NEWSPAPER:

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The Man Asked for "Gasoil"

Saucer Seeks Fuel in France

PARIS, Oct. 14 (Reuters) -- A "flying saucer" pilot was reported last night to have tried to refuel his 12-foot-long torpedo-shaped machine at the expense of the French state railroad.

A railwayman who works at Montlucon station, Central France, says he saw the pilot and his machine outside a Diesel oil tank there.

He asked the man, who either was covered with hair or was wearing a long hairy overcoat, what he wanted. The man said something the railroader could not make out, but he thought he heard the word "gasoil."

The workman started off to report to the station master, but before he had gone 100 yards the machine took off and vanished.

This is the latest report of a spate of French accounts of mysterious flying objects - saucers, bells, mushrooms and other shapes.

[Ref. bes1:] "THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN" NEWSPAPER:

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'Saucer' Refueling Stop Reported In France

Paris, Oct. 14 (Reuters) -- A "flying saucer" pilot was last night reported to have tried to refuel his 12-foot-long torpedo-shaped machine at the expense of the French state railway.

A railwayman who works at Montlucon Station, central France, said he saw the pilot and his machine outside a Diesel oil tank there.

Said Something

He asked the man, who either was covered with hair or was wearing a long hairy overcoat, what he wanted.

The man said something the railroader could not make out, but he thought he heard the word "gasoil."

The workman started off to report to the stationmaster, but before he had gone 100 yard the machine took off and vanished.

This is the latest report of a spate of French accounts of mysterious flying objects - saucers, bells, mushrooms and other shapes.

[Ref. tdt1:] "THE DERBY TELEGRAPH" NEWSPAPER:

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Another
one out of
the blue?

A "FLYING SAUCER" pilot was last night reported to have tried to refuel his 12-foot long torpedo-shaped machine at the expense of the French Railways.

M. Laugere, a railwayman, who works at Montlucan [sic, Montluçon] Station, Central France, said he saw the pilot and its machine outside a diesel oil store there.

HAIRY COAT?

He asked the man, who was either covered with hair or wearing a long hairy overcoat, what he wanted. The man said something M. Laugere could not make out, but he thought he heard the word "gasoil."

M. Laugere started off to report to the stationmaster, but before he had gone yards the machine took off and vanished.

This is the latest report in a spate of French accounts of mysterious flying objects -- saucers, bells, mushrooms and other shapes.

[Ref. tbt1:] "THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH" NEWSPAPER:

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Flying saucer pilot asked for oil, says railwayman

A FLYING SAUCER pilot was reported last night to have tried to refuel his 12-foot long torpedo-shaped machine at the expense of the French railways.

M. Laugere, a railwayman who works at Montlucon station, said he saw the pilot and his machine outside a diesel store.

He asked the man, who was either covered with hair or wearing a long hairy overcoat, what he wanted. The man said something M. Laugere could not make out but he thought he heard the word "gasoil."

M. Laugere started off to report to the stationmaster, but before he had gone a 100 yards the machine took off and vanished.

That is the latest report in a spate of French accounts of mysterious flying objects, saucers, bells, mushrooms and other shapes.

[Ref. oce1:] "LE POPULAIRE DU CENTRE" NEWSPAPER:

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A "flying saucer" lands in Toulouse and three witnesses see a strange being emerge

In Montluçon, a railwayman calls a "Martian"

Toulouse, October 14 (A.F.P.). -- A small diver with a large head compared to the body, huge eyes, such is the description just made by a resident of Toulouse, Mr. Oliver, of a mysterious personage who descended from a strange machine that he saw yesterday at 7:15 p.m., on a vacant lot.

Mr. Olivier, who owns the Javel Netto establishments in Toulouse, was accompanied by an employee, Mr. Perano, and a young boy of about fifteen. All three saw the luminous apparatus, of spherical shape and reddish color, and then perceived coming to them this "personage" whose scuba, the witnesses said, shone like glass.

Subsequently, M. Olivier drew with a chalk, in an approximate manner, on a door, the diver. "I did not believe in it," Perano said, "but I saw it just as I see you. It's a shock."

After a very short time, about a minute, the diver returned to his flying saucer, which flew vertically without noise into the sky at a prodigious speed, throwing a wake of fire.

Due to the night no finding could be made at the place where the machine was said to have landed.

Near the Cher in Montluçon

The flying saucers file has been increased with several testimonies, the most important being that of an employee at the Montluçon railway station, Mr. Laugère, who made contact on Sunday evening with an individual from a craft in the form of a torpedo.

Mr. Laugere left his work and crossed the tracks near the bridge of the S.N.C.F. on the road "Le Cher" when he saw a metallic machine posed at a short distance from the gas oil tank intended for the fueling of railcars. By the side of the apparatus, which had the shape of a torpedo, and could be four meters in diameter, there was a man, all covered with hair, unless he were dressed in a long-haired coat.

Mr. Laugere, surprised, asked him what he was doing. The unknown replied in unintelligible terms, but the railwayman thought he distinguished the words "gas oil".

Mr. Laugere did not ask him for anything more, and went to alert his comrades. As soon as he had gone a hundred yards, he saw the apparatus rise vertically without any noise. It soon disappeared before his eyes. Only the fear of the irony of his comrades had prevented him, till today, from telling his adventure.

A "saucer" in the Corrèze

Mr. Jean-Pierre Bartarange, a farmer in La Roche-de-Vic, in the commune of Albussac (Correze) saw a flying saucer throwing fires of several colors. It was flying at low altitude.

[Ref. ler1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

The daily (and varied) chronicle of the saucers

The secret papers of the Martian spy were only flying leaves abandoned to the wind

Paris. -- The record of flying saucers was further increased by several testimonies, one from a mechanic from Léguevin (the Haute-Garonne), let the gendarmes and the military authorities think for a few hours that they were in presence neither more nor less of a case of espionage!

Jean Marty, 42, rushed Wednesday morning to the gendarmerie brigade to inform the representatives of the law of his strange discovery.

"I was working last night in my studio, on the roadside of Toulouse, when I noticed near Léguevin a kind of luminous disk that seemed to float in the air. It Was not more than 5 meters from the ground, but as soon as I approached, it rose noiselessly to the vertical and disappeared."

"Intrigued, I approached the place where it had to land and my attention was suddenly drawn to the middle of the field by two sheets of white glossy paper covered with printed letters, and I picked them up carefully."

"But, it's Chinese!"

The gendarmes leaned over, intrigued, onto the pieces of evidence. The sheets, commercial-type, were neither stained, nor damp, nor wrinkled, but of absolute clarity, as if they had just been torn from a new brochure.

"But it's Chinese!" exclaimed one of the gendarmes. Fortunately Léguevin counts among its residents a brave soldier in retirement and polyglot, Mr. Maggy. It was a text written in an Annamese dialect, the Kuoc-Nn. The sheets are numbered 9-10 and 59-60, they come from a brochure reproducing an off-set, A typewritten document, but be careful, Mr. Maggy concludes gravely, "I do not understand everything, it's about Vietminh and Vietnam."

This peremptory statement was enough to trigger a genuine investigation, the gendarmerie handing the two sheets revealing no doubt of an important espionage affair between the Martians, the Indochinese and the French, to military authorities.

Do not lose your papers

It was air safety that took the matter into its own hands and did it fast. A duly qualified translator was summoned, who, after a few moments of examination, made it difficult to find an irresistible desire to laugh. "These leaves come from a brochure published by the services of Prince Buu-Loc, they were undoubtedly left in Leguevin by Vietnamese who came... to picnic!" The Vietnamese students are particularly numerous in Toulouse, and Léguevin, located about twenty kilometers away and close to the wooded areas of the Gers, offers to Toulouse a sought after walking area during their weekends. As for the ultra-secret text, it deals with fish arrivals in the Indochinese harbors! Morality: do not let your papers around!

The shock of a Toulouse industrialist

The region of Toulouse seems, moreover, to be a ground of predilection for the saucers pilots, because this "case of espionage" was scarcely classified that Mr. Olivier, industrialist in Toulouse, put again the authorities on the move. Wednesday, at 7:35 p.m., in a suburb of the city, Mr. Olivier saw a diaphragm of about 1m20, with a big head and two enormous eyes, which descended from a spherical gear posed in a vacant lot. The character came to him and his diving suit shone like glass. After a minute, he returned to his apparatus and had to bend to climb into it. He disappeared into the sky at a prodigious speed, leaving a trail of fire. "This is quite a shock," concluded Mr. Olivier, still under the thrill of emotion.

The Martian of Montluçon knows only one expression: diesel!

M. Laugere, a railwayman at the station of Montlucon, waited several days to tell his adventure, for he was afraid that his comrades would laugh at him. But as he saw in the newspapers that an encounter with a Martian was not so exceptional, he decided to speak. His story dates back to Sunday evening, Mr. Laugère crossed the tracks near the bridge of the S.N.C.F. on the river "Le Cher", when he saw a metal machine placed at a short distance from a reservoir of gas oil intended for the feeding of railcars. By the side of the apparatus, which had the form of a torpedo, and might have measured four meters, stood a man entirely covered with hair, unless he were dressed in a coat with long hair! Mr. Laugere, surprised, asked him what he was doing. The unknown replied in unintelligible terms, but the railwayman seemed to distinguish the words "diesel". The railwayman wished to return to the station to give the alarm, but scarcely had he made a hundred yards when he saw the apparatus rise vertically without noise.

[Ref. vmr1:] "VAR-MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Coming down from a mysterious machine, a diver of small size, but with enormous eyes, appears to three Toulouse residents

The pilots of the saucers are plants gifted of reason" the V2 manufacturer says.

Toulouse, October 14. -- A diver of small size with a large head compared to the body, two enormous eyes, such is the description that was just made this evening, by a resident of Toulouse, Mr. Olivier, of a mysterious figure, who came down of a spherical craft which had just landed on a vacant site.

Mr. Olivier, owner of the Jaret Netis establishments, rue des Fontaines in Toulouse, was accompanied by an employee, Mr. Perano and a young boy about fifteen years old.

All three saw the mysterious craft of spherical form and reddish color land. Then they saw come towards them, the figure, whose diving-suit, according to the statements of the witnesses, shone like glass. Thereafter, Mr. Olivier, former aviation pilot, drew with a chalk, in a dramatic manner, on a door, the diver. "I did not believe in it, says Mr. Perano, but I saw it as I see you, it was quite a shock".

After a rather short time, one minute, the diver reinstated the luminous sphere, which went away vertically in the sky, without noise, at an extraordinary speed while launching a wake of fire.

Traces

Oily traces were noticed this morning in several places of the ground, according to the witnesses statements, the machine would have landed the day before on this place at 07:35 p.m.

The police force of the Air questioned these three people who confirmed their statements. While specifying that the mysterious individual measuring approximately 1,20 m, exceeded the craft by the head, consequently bending to enter in it.

One of the witnesses ensured that the saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflection and emitted around a slight fog around it.

He added that having wanted to approach, he had been stopped at about twenty meters by a paralysing force. When the craft rose in the sky, he was violently thrown at the ground.

Strange contact near the Montluçon station

The flying saucers file increased of several testimonies of which the most important seems to be that of an employee of the station of Montlucon, Mr. Laugère, who made contact Sunday evening, with an individual who came out of an apparatus in the shape of a torpedo.

Mr. Laugère left his work and crossed the ways near the bridge of the SNCF [national railway co], when he saw a metallic machine posed at little distance from the fuel oil tank intended for the rail-car supply. At side of the apparatus which had the shape of a torpedo and could have been four meters in diameter, was a man, all covered of hair, unless he was dressed of a coat with quite long hair.

Mr. Laugère, surprised, asked him what he was doing. The unknown answered him in unintelligibles terms, but the railwayman however seemed to distinguish the words "Fuel oil".

Mr. Laugère did not ask him for more and went away to alert his comrades. He had hardly gone a hundred meters, when he saw the apparatus rising vertically without any noise. It soon disappeared from his view. Only the fear of the irony of his comrades had prevented him, until today, from telling his adventure.

The disc did not land...

A second testimony was collected: that of a 17-year-old young man, Marc German, resident of Pontault, who declared at the police station of this locality, that he had seen in the night, during approximately half an hour, a machine which was in his opinion, a flying saucer. This machine was in the sky within 200 or 300 meters of altitude and had the shape of a very shining disc. Ir remained thirty minutes motionless then left at a vertiginous speed, leaving a trail of fire behind. The young man stated that he had not alerted the police station earlier for he had made a point of remaining on the spot in case the saucer would have landed.

A ball in the sky of the Creuse

In St Marc-de-Lombaud (the Creuse), residents of Vallières saw, in the night from Monday to Tuesday, a white ball which moved in the sky. The ball changed color, disappeared and reappeared before disappearing definitively.

A simple balloon

On the other hand, a development was just made today by a person, about the "saucer" which was seen above the area of St Andre, at the limit of the department of the Eure and the Eure-et-Loire, Saturday towards 06:30 p.m.

Mrs. Amonts from Groth-Soret affirmed that the object was only a simple balloon. "A sketch, she said, appeared painted in red color on the top of the balloon and the ropes maintaining the nacelle".

Seven tiny beings seen in the Gard...

Several hunters of the commune of St Ambroise (the Gard) allegedly saw recently seven tiny beings whose shape vaguely resembled that of a human body. When they tried to approach, the beings rushed towards a phosphorescent apparatus which flew away at once.

On the site where the pilots of the flying saucer had been, the hunters discovered on the ground a certain number of seeds of odd appearance; which they had examined by seed resellers. The latter were unable to classify them into a known species.

The "pilots" are plants:

Hamburg. -- "The pilots of the "flying saucers" are plants gifted of reason". Such is the theory that Professor Hermann Oberth, inventor and manufacturer of the famous "V.2" rocket, exposed to a correspondent of Agence France Presse.

According to the German scientist, the "Uranids" (this is the name he baptizes these plants with) are thousands years more advanced than Earth as well with regard to their spiritual evolution and their technique. The fatherland of origin of Uranides would be a planet where there is not oxygen in a gas state, which prohibits the development of a animal life. The plants on the other hand, draw the necessary oxygen from oxides contained in the soil.

That planet would be outside the solar system, but the mysterious machines in which the intelligent plants move could travel a speed close to that of the light (300 000 km/s). Those of these machines seen above the earth would be in charge of watching progress of earth's humanity in the atomic sciences because this progress "is a danger to the entire cosmos".

[Ref. tst1:] "THE STAR TRIBUNE" NEWSPAPER:

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What's 'Fillerup' in Martian?

PARIS -- (Reuters) -- A "flying saucer" pilot Thursday night was reported to have tried to refuel his 12-foot-long "torpedo" machine at the expense of the French state railroad.

A railwayman at Montlucon station, central France, said he saw the pilot and his machine outside an oil tank there.

He asked he man covered with hair or wearing a long hairy overcoat, what he wanted. The man said something like gasoil."

The workman started off to report to the stationmaster, but the machine took off.

[Ref. tbw1:] "THE BERWYN LIFE" NEWSPAPER:

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Tells Hair-Raising Tale Of Fur Wearer's Visit

Pealing New Years's bells are expected to get a far friendlier reception in France than those heretofore unidentified bell-shaped objects which have been competing with flying saucers in the ether over the European republic.

They say that 50 million Frenchmen can't be wrong. So far 47.589.374 have seen strange stuff in the sky. But the consistency ends right here. In this country we see flying saucers. Over there the atmospheric dinnerware includes cups, bells, and cigar-shaped objects.

Several persons have reported floating mushrooms in the sky over France. If that ever happens here, a large number of residents of Czech descent will take to the air pronto in pursuit ships, with their baskets and shopping bags trailing behind them in the breeze.

A railwayman in central France has his fellow citizens in a dither over his statement that a moocher from outer space tried to bum some diesel oil from him one evening.

According to the choo choo line employee, he saw a torpedo-shaped machine about 12 feet long outside an oil tank near the Montlucon station. The pilot of the contraption was a man who either was covered with hair or wearing a long, furry coat.

When the railroader asked the stranger what he wanted, the latter said something that sounded like "gasoil." The employee could have been confused by the visitor's lousy French, but he went off to hunt the stationmaster and not a schoolmarm.

Before he had gone 100 feet, however, the machine took off and disappeared. This obviously eliminated the need for asking the boss about the oil. But the worker described the episode anyway, and things haven't been the same around Montlucon since.

Observers who have attempted to dissect the incident don't know whether the railroader was off on a private toot at the time or whether he had the rare privilege os shooting the breeze with a human creature other than an earthling.

They might take into account the report that the cigar-shaped object was only 12 feet long. This is approximately the size of a Winston Churchill cheroot. Perhaps some inventive Englishman has dieselized one of the prime minister's stogies and was off on an unauthorized pleasure jaunt when he landed in Montlucon. This would explain his eagerness to take it on the lam.

Husbands everywhere will be intrigued by the railroader's report that the stranger may have been covered with long hair. If that's typical of those folks, the men are lucky chaps, spared fro any wifeely pestering for a fur coat.

On the other hand, there may be little future for barber's in the stranger's homeland. Tonsorial artists probably have to concentrate on peddling shampoos, hait oil and similar lotions, maintaining a line of curlers and selling subscriptions to the Police Gazette on the side.

Unfortunately the railroad man's report leaves much to be bridged and more to be surmised. If this boy had been on the ball he would have sent the stranger in to see the stationmaster and stood guard at the flying torpedo himself.

The visitor's attempt to tap the boss for a handout of oil would have been mighty interested, too, as the railroad is government-owned and the laddie certainly would have had to go through channels for quite a way before getting any diesel donations.

Maybe the excursionist from outer space realized what he was up against after he was first challenged. The thought of trying to unsnarl all that government red tape is enough to make even the bravest explorer turn tail and flee.

Or perhaps he saw the Frenchman giving the big eye to his built-in fur benny and thought he had better be on his way before he was trapped for his pelt.

There were no report from French visionaries who saw Sants in the flesh, but that's not too important. the big thing for them in remembering is that young Master 1955 will be arriving in less than 72 hours.

Not pot shots, please. Let's not antagonize him too soon.

Orv Lifka

[Ref. hws1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that at Montluçon, in France, in 1954, it was alleged that a railroad porter actually caught an entity landed from a twelve-foot torpedo saucer, as the entity was trying to get gasoline from a tank of the railroad company. The entity was described as exceptionally hairy, it uttered some gibberish, "then whizzed up into the skies."

[Ref. gbr1] GRAY BARKER:

At a railway station, Montlucon, in Central France, a pilot of a flying cigar apparently ran out of gas -- or whatever he used -- and tried to refuel his machine at the expense of the French Railways. M. Laugere, an employee of the station, saw the pilot and his 12-ft. torpedo-shaped machine and asked what he wanted. Although M. Laugere couldn't make out the entire reply, in some strange language, he did think he heard the word, "gasoil."

The saucerman was either covered with hair, or wearing a long hairy overcoat. When M. Laugere started to report the strange request to the stationmaster the machine took off and vanished.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel mentions the case in relation to others but does not provide specifics.

[Ref. mcs1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

Michel Carrouges indicates that in the Laugère observation words were spoken to the witness by the saucer's pilot.

[Ref. jde1:] J. BERNARD DELAIRE:

This ufologist listed:

"049 12/10/1954 Ev.ng Montluçon. 03 Laugère."

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

418 12 October 1954 Evening

MONTLUCON (FRANCE)

A railway employee, M Laugere, saw a torpedo shaped metallic craft on the ground near a petroleum tank. An individual covered with hair was standing nearby, uttering sounds that were not understood. The witness went to get his friends, but the thing disappeared in the meantime. (M243: Paris-Presse, Liberation, 15 Oct 54: Carrouges X, 141, Michel II, 167)

[Ref. dab1:] ISABEL DAVIS AND TED BLOECHER:

31. Encounter at Montlucon (Allier), France, October 12, by M. Laugere: Belfast (No. Ireland) Daily Telegraph, October 19; AP and UP, in many U.S. papers of ca. October 15 and later.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

294 -002.59821 11 10 1954 MONTLUCON-ALLIER F 151 C** 273

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

314 -002.59821 46.34100 12 10 1954 MONTLUCON-ALLIER F 011 C *283

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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Oct. 12, 1954, evening, Montlucon (France).

A railroad employee, Mr. Laugere, saw a torpedo-shaped, metallic craft on the ground near a gas-oil tank. An individual covered with hair was standing nearby, emitting sounds that were not understood. The witness went to get his friends, but the thing disappeared in the meantime.

(Paris-Presse, Libération, 15 oct 1954) (63; M 167).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 12, 1954, a railroad worker of Montlucon saw a metal apparatus in the shape of a torpedo, on the ground close to a gas-oil tank. An individual, covered of hairs, stood close to the object; he emitted sounds which the witness did not understand. The witness went to seek his friends, but when they returned, the thing had disappeared.

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 12, 1954, evening, Montlucon (France):

A railroad employee, Mr. Laugere, saw a torpedo-shaped, metallic craft on the ground near a gas-oil tank. An individual covered with hair was standing nearby, emitting sounds that were not understood. The witness went to get his friends, but the thing disappeared in the meantime. (Paris-Presse, Libération, 15 oct. 1954).

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors report that on October 12, 1954 in the evening, according to Jacques Vallée's catalogue and the ufology magazine Lumière Dans La Nuit Nr. 102, Mr. Laugère, employee at the S.N.C.F., the national railway company, sees a metallic object with the shape of a torpedo on the ground near an oil tank.

A small being covered with hair stood beside it, uttering unintelligible sounds.

Mr. Laugère goes to bring some friends but when they come back there is nothing to see.

[Ref. ous1:] "OURANOS" MAGAZINE:

10/12/1954 Montluçon (night).

Mr. Laugère, S.N.C.F. employee was conducting a verification tour at the Montluçon train station when suddenly he discovered a torpedo-shaped craft 4 to 5 meters long resting on four feet and placed just on a tank of gas-oil for railcars. The apparatus appeared metallic. Beside stood a little being covered with hair or wearing a long fur coat. The distraught witness retreated to seek help from his comrades. 100m further, when he turned around, he was to see the mysterious craft fly away vertically. (Personal investigation and Centre Matin for 10/14/1954).

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" MAGAZINE:

October 12 (Centre Matin for 10/14) Montluçon.

Mr. Laugère, of the SNCF, discovered in the Montluçon railway station a torpedo-shaped aircraft 4 to 5 meters long resting on a gas-oil tank. Near it is a little being covered with hair or wearing a fur coat. The object flew vertically (suspicious case).

[Ref. ioi3:] "INFO-OVNI" MAGAZINE:

10/12/1954 Montluçon (Allier)

That night, while he was on an inspection tour in the Montluçon station, Mr. Laugère discovered a torpedo-shaped machine 4 to 5 meters long placed over a reservoir of

.../...

gas oil for railcar. Close by was a little being covered with hair, or dressed in a long coat with hair, which would have told incomprehensible words to the witness. The latter, panicked, began to flee calling colleagues. At about 100 m, turning around, he could see the machine disappearing in the sky, vertically.

Centre-Matin for 10/14/54 and "M.O.C.", p 280-281

Of course, Montlucon was perfectly orthotenic in the network of the day (Orchamps-Jambles-Montlucon), Alas, that day, nothing like that had happened. In fact, there were a few railway workers who decided to play a good prank on a colleague who was too gullible. One of them had dressed in an old "goat skin" and while grumbling, had waved a lamp in front of Mr. Laugère. While the latter was fleeing, another was shooting skyward a rocket of fireworks to simulate the departure of a spacecraft. A personal inquiry informed us that the witness had died several years ago, but allowed us to find one of the pranksters.

[Ref. ioi2:] "INFO-OVNI" MAGAZINE :

DATE 10/12/1954

HOUR Night

PLACE Montluçon train station

WITNESS Monsieur Laugère S.N.C.F. employee

THE FACTS.

On Sunday evening, the witness was on an inspection tour in the Montluçon station. Suddenly, he discovered a torpedo-shaped machine 4 to 5 meters long, placed on four feet above a tank of gas oil for railcars.

The craft seemed metallic. Near it stood a little being covered with hair or wearing a long fur coat. The terrified witness retreated to call his comrades, a hundred meters away, when he turned around, he was able to see the craft fly away vertically.

SOURCES.

Regional Press. "Centre - Matin" for 10/14/1954

INVESTIGATION.

At the time the investigation was decided in 1972, the witness had already died. However, the search for testimonies from persons who knew the witness revealed that he had been the victim of a joke mounted by his colleagues. One of them wore a "goat skin" and was waving a lamp. He even fired a fireworks flare to make believe of the take-off of a craft.

INVESTIGATOR.

J. Giraud 03100 Group.

[Ref. ioi4:] "INFO-OVNI" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

10/12/1954 Montluçon (Allier)

In the night Mr. Laugère made the observation reported above. (Centre Matin for 10/14/54)

[...]

Finally, our counter-investigation brought us the truth about the Laugère affair in Monttlucon.

[...]

3/ Wanting to make a prank to a colleague, Montluçon railroaders CHOOSE TO DISGUIZE in a being not corresponding at all to the image that everyone had of the "Martians" at the time, (small beings with big heads and diving suits) but corresponding perfectly with 4 previous observations including two false ones which went practically unnoticed. What's more, this farce fits perfectly into an orthotenic network.

[Ref. ioi1:] "INFO-OVNI" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

017 10/12/1954 NT Montluçon Witness Mr. Laugère

While conducting an inspection tour of the station near the bridge, the witness discovered a 4-meter-long, metal-looking craft placed on 4 feet above a gas oil tank. Beside stood a little being with a body covered with hair, who spoke to the witness in an unknown language. Mr. Laugère fled and turning around, he was able to see the craft disappearing vertically. PRANK BY COLLEAGUES (Pers. Inv.) (See "Le Lapin et le Renard" very important case although false.

[Ref. mft1] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

10/12/1954

Montluçon

Mr. Laugère was the victim of a prank perpetrated by S.N.C.F. employees, "OVNI", p. 668, "INFO OVNI" by the 03100 Group N°1.

Note: S.N.C.F. stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de Fers Français, the state's railway company.

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The authors indicate that on October 12, 1954, in Montlucon in the Allier, a railwayman met in a railway area a strange small being covered of hairs.

He fled and saw from a distance the departure of the craft.

It was an easy joke, carried out with an old goat skin and a fireworks rocket. The too credulous witness had let himself be mistaken and his imagination did the rest.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The authors indicate in their section devoted to the hoaxes that in Montluçon, in the evening, Mr Laugère, railroad worker, deceased, carried out an inspection round in the station, when he observed an apparatus in the shape of a torpedo, 4 to 5 meters long, posed above a rail-car gas-oil tank.

A small being covered of hairs or dressed in a hairy coat stood near. It talked to Mr. Laugère in an incomprehensible language. Mr. Laugère was panicked and fled while calling his colleagues.

At a 100 meters approximately, he looked back and was able to see the machine, described by the authors as a light, disappear in the sky vertically.

The authors indicate that it was actually some railwaymen who had decided to play a good prank to their too credulous colleague.

One of them had used an old "goat-skin", grunted and agitated a lamp in front of Mr. Laugère. While he fled, another railwayman had shot an alarm rocket to the sky in order to simulate the departure of a UFO.

The authors indicate that the sources are the Vallée catalogue, case #243, and Info-OVNI, "Le Lapin et le Renard", by the Groupe 03100, and the newspapers Paris-Presse and Libération for October 15, 1954.

[Ref. bhd1:] ROBERT E. BARTHOLOMEW AND GEORGE S. HOWARD:

The authors indicate that on October 12, 1954, in the evening in Montlucon, France, railroad worker Mr. M. Laugere encountered a metallic torpedo-shaped object near a gas-oil tank.

A being "covered with hair or wearing a long, hairy overcoat" stood nearby, Laugere asked what he wanted, and the being spoke a word that sounded like "gasoil."

As Laugere fled, the craft flew away.

The authors indicate that the sources are the Christian Science Monitor, for October 15, 1954, and Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, Chicago, Henry Regnery, 1969, page 226.

[Ref. mcn1:] MARK CASHMAN'S SIGHTINGS DATABASE:

Montlucon (France).

10/12/1954 evening

A railroad employee, Mr. Laugere, saw a torpedo-shaped, metallic craft on the ground near a gas/oil tank. An individual covered with hair was standing nearby, emitting sounds that were not understood. The witness went to get his friends, but the thing disappeared in the meantime.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4049: 1954/10/10 18:00 2 2:37:00 E 46:21:00 N 3332 WEU FRN ALR 8:5

MONTLUCON,FR:MTLC TORPEDO by RR FUEL TANKS:OID EXITS:UNINTELLIGIBLE:^+away

Ref#197 WEINSTEIN, D: French Newsclips 1954 Page No. 82 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. goe1:] GENEVIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her chronology that on October 12, 1954 in the evening, in France in Montlucon in the Allier, according to Garreau and Lavier in "Face aux extra-terrestres", Delarge publisher, 1975 p. 105, Mr. Laugère saw a metallic object in the shape of a torpedo posed on the ground, close to a fuel oil tank. A small being covered of hairs stood besides, emitting incomprehensible sounds. Mr. Laugère went to get some friends, but when they returned, the machine had disappeared.

Genevieve Van Overmeire specifies that in reality, according to M. Figuet and J.L. Ruchon in "OVNI, Premiers Dossiers Complets...", Alain Lefeuvre publisher, 1979, page 668), it was some railwaymen who had decided to play a good prank at a too credulous colleague, one of them dressing in an old goat-skin, grunting and agitating a lamp in front of Mr. Laugère. While he fled, another railwayman shot in the air a fireworks rocket in order to simulate the departure of the UFO.

[Ref. lhh2:] LARRY HATCH:

! 1954/10/12 MONTLUCON, 03, FR: TORPEDO + BEING on GND: Prank on credulous man.

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

153.

Location. Montlucon France

Date: October 12 1954

Time: evening

M Laugere, a railway employee, saw a 12-foot long metallic torpedo resting beside a diesel oil tank. Nearby was a man "either covered with hair or wearing a long, hairy overcoat." Laugere asked him what he wanted; the reply was not understood, but he thought he heard the word "gasohol." Laugere went to report to the stationmaster, but before he had gone 100 yards the machine took off.

Humcat 1954-90

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia

Type: C

[Ref. rlt1:] RENAUD LECLET - CNEGU:

CNEGU gives the text of an article of the newspaper L'Ardennais for October 15, 1954, containing this part on this case:

MONTLUCON - An employee of the Montluçon station, Mr. Laugère, says he made contact on Sunday night with a mysterious individual coming out of a torpedo-shaped craft.

Mr. Laugère left his work and crossed the tracks near the bridge of the S.N.C.F. when he saw a metal machine placed at a short distance from a diesel tank intended for feeding the railcars. By the side of the torpedo-shaped machine, which might have been four meters, was a man covered with hair, unless he was dressed in a coat of long hair. Mr. Laugère, surprised, asked him what he was doing.

The stranger answered him in unintelligible words, but the railwayman seemed to distinguish the words "Gas-Oil". Mr. Laugère did not ask him anything more and went off to alert his comrades. Hardly had he gone a hundred meters, that he saw the craft rise vertically without any noise.

It soon disappeared from his eyes. Only the fear of the irony of his comrades had prevented him, so far, from telling his adventure.

[Ref. djn1] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 12, 1954, a railroad employee, Mr. Laugere, saw a torpedo-shaped, metallic craft on the ground near a gas/oil tank in Montlucon, France, with a hairy humanoid standing nearby and emitting sounds that were not understood.

The witness went to get his friends, but the thing had disappeared in the meantime.

Donald Johnson indicates that his sources are Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, page 167; and Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 226.

[Ref. jbu1] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Tuesday, October 12, 1954 in the evening in Montluçon in France, Mr. Laugère, SNCF employee, saw a metal machine in the shape of a torpedo on the ground close to a gas oil tank. "1 individual, covered of hairs, stands at it side, emitting incomprehensible sounds. The witness sought friends but the thing disappears during this time."

Jérôme Beau indicates that his sources are Paris-Presse, Libération, October 15, 1954.

[Ref. jbu2:] JEROME BEAU:

Examples of testimonies reporting hairy beings

[... Other cases ... ]

Montluçon on October 12, 1954.

[... Other cases ... ]

[Ref. rlt1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Allier in Montlucon on October 12, 1954 at an unknown hour there was an "Observation of a disc posed on the ground and an entity."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 12 October 1954 in the evening, in Montlucon, France, "Close encounter with an unidentified craft and its occupants. One metallic torpedo-shaped object was observed by one experienced male witness on a railroad. One hairy being was seen. Explanation: Prank."

The website adds: "M Laugere, a railway employee, saw a 12-foot long metallic torpedo resting beside a diesel oil tank. Nearby was a man "either covered with hair or wearing a long, hairy overcoat." Laugere asked him what he wanted; the reply was not understood, but he thought he heard the word "gasohol." Laugere went to report to the stationmaster, but before he had gone 100 yards the machine took off."

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; FSR, FSR (formerly Flying Saucer Review), FSR, London, 1966; 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, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, internet data; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. tso2:] "LA MONTAGNE" NEWSPAPER'S WEBSITE:

[... Other case ... ]

But the mysterious occurrences do not happen only in the sky. On October 12, in Montlucon, a railwayman discovers on the railway a being covered of hairs who speaks an incomprehensible language. Panicked, the railwayman flees while a luminous machine takes off behind him.

[...]

Thus, the hairy creature of Montlucon was only a a colleague of work of the witness, disguised with a goat skin. And his flying machine: a fireworks rocket.

[... Other case ... ]

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Montlucon France

Date: October 12 1954

Time: evening

M Laugere, a railway employee, saw a 12-foot long metallic torpedo resting beside a diesel oil tank. Nearby was a man “either covered with hair or wearing a long, hairy overcoat.” Laugere asked him what he wanted; the reply was not understood, but he thought he heard the word “gasohol.” Laugere went to report to the stationmaster, but before he had gone 100 yards the machine took off.

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 243

Prank on credulous man

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 12, 1954 - On this evening a railroad employee, Mr. Laugere, saw a metallic looking torpedo-shaped craft on the ground near a gas/oil tank in Montlucon, France. An hairy humanoid was standing nearby, emitting sounds that were not understood. The witness went to get his friends, but the thing had disappeared in the meantime. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 167; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 226, case # 243).

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a false close encounter of the third type in Montluçon, Allier, on 12 October 1954, in the evening:

Mr. Laugere, an employee of the Montluçon station, left his work, crossing the tracks near the SNCF bridge, when he saw a metal torpedo craft 3-4 meters long at a short distance of a diesel fuel tank, intended for the fueling of railcars. By the side of the apparatus was a man covered with hair, unless he was dressed in a long coat. The witness, surprised, asked him what he was doing, and the stranger then replied in an incomprehensible language. Mr. Laugère did not ask for more and fled. At about 100 meters, looking back, he could see the machine disappearing in the sky vertically.

The sources are indicated as Centre-Matin for October 14, 1954; Michel Carrouges, Les Apparitions de Martians, page 108.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that in reality, some railwaymen had decided to play a good joke to a too credulous colleague. One of them had clothed himself in a "goat skin" and, grumbling, had shaken a lamp in front of Mr. Laugere. When the latter had fled, another railwayman had fired a fireworks rocket to make believe the departure of a spacecraft.

He indicates that the source of the explanation is INFO-OVNI, special issue "Catalog of landings in Auvergne", with a counter-investigation by Mr. Jean Giraud.

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 14 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
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Evening CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Evening CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Evening CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Evening CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Evening CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Evening CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France CE II
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Nightfall CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Montlucon France Evening CE III

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

October 12 1954. Evening.

MONTLUCON (ALLIER : FRANCE)

A railway employee Mr Laugere, on an inspection tour, saw a torpedo shaped metallic object 4-5m long, on the ground near a petroleum tank. An individual covered with hair, or wearing a fur coat was standing nearby, uttering sounds that were not understood. The witness went to get his friends, as he turned to look back he saw a light rising into the sky.

Vallee Case 243 citing Paris-Presse + Liberation 15 October 1954.

Heiden citing Carrouges 1967 p141

Gross 1954 citing Var Matin Republique 16 October 1954. + Figuet and Ruchon 1979 p668 + Figuet 1982

Evaluation - Jacques Bonabot citing Dubois and Giraud describes this as "a hoax by workmen". This is confirmed by Figuet and Ruchon based on researches of a local group. A colleague of the witness dressed in a goatskin, and then fired a rocket. The "object" was presumably a piece of railway equipment

Note: "Gross 1954" is supposed to indicate my web page on this case, bt no link is given and the content is not properly reflected.

[Ref. tso1:] "L'EVEIL DE LA HAUTE LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

Strange Auvergne

1954, the year shen UFOs invaded us

WEIRD CLERMONT-FERRAND

Posted on 08/16/2017 at 07:00

1954, the year shen UFOs invaded us

This summer, we offer several stories from our special issue L'Auvergne Etrange, devoted to the most mysterious affairs of the region. Unknown creatures, haunted houses, witchcraft... Today, an anollok at the extraterrestrials.

We are in 1954. Abbot Pierre launches his call during the cold wave hitting the country. In May, France capitulates in Indochina. In June, Mendes France is elected President of the Council. In November, the Algerian war begins. But from September on, a much lighter (but spectacular) news is installed in the columns of the newspapers, with a metronome regularity.

A light in the sky

For example, October 2, around 10 a.m., in Clermont-Ferrand. At the modern college, during recess, girls stop playing. Something is irresistibly attracting their attention. At the same moment, Rue Diomede, Madame S. looks up in her turn. A strange light shines in the sky. She thinks first of all to discern an advertising balloon. But by paying attention, the object is very different: it is a metal mass, almost motionless, animated by a slight oscillatory movement. Suddenly, the craft picks up speed and disappears from her field of vision. In neighboring houses, other neighbors report a similar scene.

UFOs seriously studied in Auvergne

Eighth episode of the saga of autumn. Another UFO. The year 1954 remains the period when we recorded the most reports in France. 2.000 cases were reported by the press.

Between September and November, the apparitions multiply, from the most disturbing to the most far-fetched. Bright craft are seen by several people at the same time, from Moulins to Puy-en-Velay.

A schoolboy pursued by a flying saucer

And mysterious facts do not just happen in the sky. On the 12th of October, in Montluçon>, a railwayman discovered on the railway a person covered with hair who spoke an incomprehensible language. Panicked, the railwayman flees as a luminous machine takes off behind him. In Saint-Palais (Allier), a schoolboy says that a flying saucer has pursued him. In Le Donjon (Allier), hunters reportedly fired at a craft and recovered metal debris.

The panic is such that it reaches the Assemblée Nationale. Three Gaullist MPs ask the Minister of Air for insights into these intrusions. One of them demands that the craft be chased by the army.

Five unsolved UFO cases in Auvergne

The press is in flames. But as the days go by, cases gets deflated. Here it was not a saucer but a meteorite. There, an airship. Elsewhere, a balloon. Not to mention the hoaxes. Thus, the hairy creature of Montluçon was only a colleague of work of the witness, disguised with goatskin. And his flying machine was a fireworks rocket. As for the hunters who shot down a craft, they end up confessing their lie.

UFO sightings in Auvergne?

Suddenly, the press gets tired. The stories are becoming scarce. In November, the Parisian doctor Heuyer sealed the end of the wave in front of the Academy of Medicine by putting a name on the phenomenon: "collective psychosis".

However! UFO specialists do not lay down their weapons. Those who believe it say it: out of 2,000 cases, there must be a sign from elsewhere!

The thirty most mysterious stories that have occurred in our region are to be discovered in our special issue L'Auvergne Etrange, to order online on our shop.

Thibaut Solano

Explanations:

Prank.

Keywords:

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

Montluçon, Allier, Laugère, object, craft, metallic, cigar, torpedo, occupant, humanoid, hair, sounds, language, landing, hoax, prank

Sources:

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

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