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October 12, 1954, Orchamps-Vennes, Doubs:

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

Summary:

The Press published the news of October 26, 1954, of an observation of a "saucer or a 4 CV".

The articles stated that Francesco Beuc, a 48-year-old farm worker at Orchamps-Vennes in the Doubs, had stated that on October 12, 1954, he had seen a flying saucer, but fearing not to be believed, he said nothing until now.

At about 9 p.m., returning to the farm where he worked, he had suddenly noticed a strange craft of the shape of a 4 CV car supported by four wheels about 40 centimeters in diameter, motionless on the roadside.

He had approached to within one meter from the craft and had noticed in the vicinity, a being of 1.50 meters in height, clad in a leather jacket and wearing a cap. Mr. Beuc questioned this mysterious pilot, but the latter quickly climbed into the craft, which, having rolled for about thirty meters on the road, took off in the manner of an airplane, and quickly rose up.

Subsequently, the story was mentioned extensively in the ufological literature, more or less faithfully. Thus, Jacques Vallée makes no mention of the wheels and the resemblance to an automobile, nor of the rather human clothes of what he calls a "being".

The American Alex Mebane found that 4 hp is not enough power for an automobile and thought it had to be the shape of a four-horse-drawn cart.

Michel Carrouges confused the name of the witness and the name of the place and commented that the description was "so baroque that one would discard the incident" but that since the place is on an "orthotenic line" determined by Aimé Michel, it is an "objective" incident, "but its content remains obscure and unusable."

Jader U. Pereira had listed the case as to be rejected because of the risk of misinterprtation by the witness. Many others, however, published the story without any proposal or search for an explanation. More than thirty ufological publications on this case are listed or cited in my file below.

Finally, a reader of my website who is from that area confirmed to me by email what appears quite obvious: indeed, Fruccio Beuc had been abused by a strong fog, and had seen a 4 CV and its driver. The story of this mistake is well known in the village, my correspondent told me.

Reports:

[Ref. rv1:] NEWSPAPER "LA REPUBLIQUE VAROISE":

SAUCER
OR FLYING 4 CHEVAUX CAR?

Besancon, October 26. -- Mr. Francesco Beuc, aged 48, farm labourer in Orchamps-Vennes (Doubs) declared that on this last 12 October, he had seen a flying saucer but that, in fear of not being believed, he had, until now, remained silent.

Fifteen days ago, around 9 p.m., Mr. Beuc regained the farm where he works when he saw suddenly, motionless on the edge of the road, an apparatus affecting the particular shape of one 4 CV car supported by 4 wheels of approximately 40 centimeters in diameter.

The farmer approached within one meter of the machine and noticed in the vicinity, a being of 1 m 50 height, dressed of a leather coat and wearing a cap. Mr. Beuc having called at the mysterious pilot, the latter quickly went up in the apparatus which, after having rolled during about thirty meters on the road, took off like a plane and quickly gained height.

[Ref. la1:] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

Scan

A flying saucers with wheels!

Besançon, Oct. 26. -- Mr. Franzesko Beuc, aged 48, farm labourer in Orchamps-Vennes (the Doubs) stated that on last 12th October, he had seen a flying saucer, but that, fearing not to be believed, he had, until now, kept silence.

Fifteen days ago, towards 9 p.m., Mr. Beuc was going back to the farm where he works when he suddenly saw, motionless on the edge of the road, an apparatus in the particular shape of a 4CV, supported by four wheels approximately 40 cm in diameter.

The farmer approached within one meter the machine and noticed, in the vicinity, a being, 1 m 50 in height, dressed of a leather jacket and with a cap on the head. Mr. Beuc having called the mysterious pilot, the latter quickly boarded the apparatus, which, after having rolled on about thirty meters, took off in the manner of a plane and took height quickly.

[Ref. tb1:] TED BLOECHER:

On the 12th [October 1954 in France], a curious object with four wheels was seen by Franzesko Beuc on the farm where he worked on Orchamps-Vennes; nearby was a 5-foot helmeted being who jumped into the device, which rolled along the road for some distance before it gradually ascended. 48/

48/ La Republique Varoise (Toulon), 10/27

[Ref. al1:] ALEXANDER MEBANE:

SAUCER, OR FLYING QUATRE-CHEVAUX?

Besançon, October 26. -- Mr. Francesco Beuc, 48, farm worker in Orchamps-Vennes (Doubs), has testified that on Oct. 12 he saw a flying saucer, but that, fearing he would not be believed, he has said nothing until now.

Two weeks ago, about 9 P.P., M. Beuc was returning to the farm where he works when he suddenly noticed, motionless beside the road, an machine looking similar to a "4 CV" (quatre-chevaux; presumably a car or truck or tractor of some kind)*.

The farmer approached to within a meter of the craft, and noticed, nearby, a being 150 cm (slightly under 5 feet) tall, dressed in a leather jacket and wearing a helmet. After M. Beuc questionned the mysterious pilot, he immediately jumped into the machin, which after rolling about 30 meters down the road, took off like an airplane and rapidly gained altitude.

(* 4 hp is too small for a power vehicle. A four-horse farm wagon, perhaps?)

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

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

He indicates that the case comes from La Bourgogne Républicaine and the Charles Garreau file.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author indicates that on October 12, 1954 around 21 hours in Beuc, in the countryside where it must be dark, a 48-year-old farm labourer is alone, when he suddenly sees a "saucer" already posed on the ground 1 meter from him. He said that it had the shape of a 4CV and was on wheels.

At the side of the saucer there is a pilot, 1.50 meters tall approximately, carrying a cap and a leather coat.

The witness calls him but the pilot does not answer and jumps on board. His apparatus rolls on about thirty meters on the road and takes off like a plane.

Michel Carrouges indicates that his source is a news release of the A.F.P. for October 26, 1954.

He comments on that description is so baroque that it calls for rejection of the case but that the place is on a "orthotenic line" determined by Aimé Michel and that thus it must be an "objective" incident, "but its contents remain obscure and unusable."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

316 -006.53031 47.13120 12 10 1954 ORCHAMPS-DOUBS F 3012 C *283

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

242

Oct. 12, 1954, 09:00 P.M., Orchamps (France).

A farmer, Mr. Beuc, saw a small pilot enter an object. It glided over the road for 30 m, then rose rapidly. (M 167; Carrouges 98)

[Ref. jp1:] JADER U. PEREIRA:

CASES REJECTED FROM THE CLASSIFICATION

1) possibility of mistake by the witness

# DATE PLACE, TERRITORY DIVISION, COUNTRY OR NATION WITNESSES SOURCES
6 10/12/54 Orchamps, Doubs, Fr. Beuc 6.95-98/C242

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 12, 1954, at approximately 9 hours of the evening, Orchamps (the Jura), a farmer, Mr. Beuc, saw a O.V.N.I. and a small pilot who entered the machine. The apparatus slipped on the road during approximately 30 meters, then rose quickly.

[Ref. jv3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that the UFO occupant reported in Orchamps, France, during the 1954 flap, was of the "heavily equipped" type.

He says that like in other cases, there is a "definite correlation" between the small size of the being and the fact he wears a diving suit.

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

The two ufologists report in their book the case of Orchamps-Vennes, in Doubs, October 12, around 9 P.M., indicating newspaper clipping and personal files as sources.

A farm labourer, Franzesko Beuc, aged 48, which was going back to the farm where he worked, found himself face to face with a being of small size (less than 1,50 m) who was busy around a machine of the size of a small car:

"I called the character. He rushed into his machine which slipped on about thirty meters before taking height quickly."

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

The two authors indicate that in Orchamps-Vennes in the department of Doubs on October 12, 1954 at 09:00 p.m., Franzesko Beuc, farmer, aged 48, regained the farm where he worked when he suddenly saw, motionless on the edge of the road, an apparatus affecting the characteristic shape of a 4 CV car supported by four wheels of approximately 40 centimeters in diameter. The farmer, within one meter of the machine, came nose with nose with a small being dressed of a cap and a leather coat. Our witness having challenged the mysterious visitor, this one went up in his apparatus which, after having rolled during about thirty meters on the road, takes off in the manner of a plane and quickly takes altitude.

The authors note that it is not known whether he heard a sound or not, but there was no effect on the witness.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 12th. Orchamps-Vennes, France, (no known hour)

According to a Toulon newspaper:

"On the 12th, a curious object with four wheels was seen by Franzesko Beuc on the farm where he worked on Orchamps-Vennes; nearby was a 5-foot helmeted being who jumped into the device, which rolled along the road for some distance before it gradually ascended."

  • 110. Toulon, France. La Republique Varoise. 27 October 54.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on October 12, 1954, at 9:00 p.m. in Orchamps-Vennes, the Doubs, Mr. Francesco Beuc was returning to the farm where he was working when he suddenly saw a strange object on the side of the road he was taking. It was a device "vaguely shaped like a 4CV Renault, on four wheels moreovers (!)"; which were about 40cm each. Having reached a meter from the object, the witness found himself face to face with a little creature wearing a cap and a leather coat. Mr. Beuc questioned the individual, but his initiative provoked no reaction. The being returned into his machine which rolled about thirty meters before taking off in the manner of an airplane to quickly take altitude.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is "Figuet, pp. 154-155."

He comments that this case "better explains why an almost identical testimony", that of Neuilly-l'Évêque, "was put on the account of a real 4CV Renault by a low-level 'socio-psycho'.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 12 in France in Orchamps, "At 09:00 p.m.the farmer Franzesko Beuc saw an object and a pilot of small size which penetrated inside the machine. It slipped on the road during 30 meters then rose quickly."

She indicates that the sources are "Carrouges p. 98" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 278".

She indicates that there is another version which says: "The farmer went home again and sees motionless on the edge of the road an apparatus resembling particularly a 4CV supported by 4 wheels of 40cm of diameter. At one meter of the machine he is face to face with a small being dressed of a cap and a leather coat. Having challenged this mysterious visitor, the latter goes up fast in the apparatus which, after having rolled during about thirty meters on the road, takes off in the manner of a plane and takes height."

She gives the source of this other version as "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, premier dossier complet...' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 154, 155".

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

154.

Location. Orchamps-Vennes France

Date: October 12 1954

Time: 2100

Franzesko Beuc encountered, beside the road, a machine resembling a "4-CV" supported by 4 wheels of 15" diameter. Nearby was a man slightly less than 5 ft tall, dressed in a leather jacket and wearing a helmet. Beuc spoke to him, he jumped into the machine, which rolled 30 yards down the road, then took off into the sky.

Humcat 1954-91

Source: Humcat quoting newspaper source

Type: B

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 12

[...]

1954 - A farmer, Mr. Beuc, saw a small pilot enter an object in Orchamps, France. It glided over the road for 30 meters and then rose rapidly. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 167; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 226)

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Tuesday October 12, 1954

[...]

09:00 p.m. In Orchamps (France), Mr. Beuc (farmer) sees an object and a pilot of small size which entered¨inside of the machine. It slips on the road during 30 m then rises quickly.

[...]

The source is noted "Carrouges, M. 98".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Doubs in Orchamps Vennes on October 12, 1954 at 09:00 p.m., "the witness goes back to the farm where he works when it suddenly sees motionless on the edge of the road, an apparatus of the particular shape of a 4 CV supported by four wheels of approximately 40 centimeters in diameter. The farmer, within one meter of the machine, is face to face with a small being dressed of a cap and a leather coat. Our witness having challenged the mysterious visitor, the latter goes up in his apparatus which, after having rolled during about thirty meters on the road, takes off in the manner of a plane and takes height quickly."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 12 October 1954 at 21:00 in Orchamps, France, "A farmer saw a short man (under 5' tall) enter an object. It glided over the road for 30', then rose rapidly."

The website adds: "An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight. One object was observed by one male witness on a road for 30 minutes (Beuc, F). One 4.9-foot-tall dwarf, wearing a brown jacket and helmet, was seen."

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; 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; Civilian Saucer Intelligence-New York; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 12 October 1954 at 21:00 in Orchamps, France, "a small pilot entered an object."

The website adds: "A farmer, Mr. Beuc, saw a small pilot enter an object in Orchamps, France. It glided over the road for 30 meters and then rose rapidly."

And: "A farmer, Mr. Beuc, saw a small pilot enter an object. It glided over the road for 30 meters, then rose rapidly. An unidentifiable object and its occupants were observed at close range."

The sources are indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 12 1954. 2100hrs

ORCHAMPS (DOUBS: FRANCE)

A farmer Mr Beuc saw a small man enter an object. It glided over the road for 30 then rose rapidly

Vallee Case 242, citing Carrouges 1964 p.98.

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Orchamps-Vennes France

Date: October 12 1954

Time: 2100

Franzesko Beuc encountered, beside the road, a machine resembling a “4-CV” supported by 4 wheels 15” diameter. Nearby was a man slightly less than 5 ft tall, dressed in a leather jacket & wearing a helmet. The Beuc [sic] spoke to him, he jumped into the machine, which rolled 30 yards down the road, then took off into the sky.

Source: Humcat quoting newspaper

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 242

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 12, 1954 - At 9:00 p.m. a farmer, Mr. Beuc, saw a small pilot enter an object in Orchamps, France. The UFO then glided over the road for 30 meters and then rose rapidly. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 167; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 226, case # 242).

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind at Orchamps-Vennes, the Doubs, on October 12, 1954, at 09:00 p.m.

Franzesko Beuc, a 48-year-old cultivator, was returning to the farm where he worked when he suddenly saw a 4-CV-shaped device supported by four wheels about 40 centimeters in diameter, motionless along the roadside. The farmer, one meter from the craft, found himself face to face with a small being of 1.50 meters wearing a leather coat and a cap. Mr. Beuc, called up the mysterious visitor, who climbed into his apparatus, which after having rolled for about thirty meters on the road, took off in the manner of an airplane and quickly rose.

The sources are indicated as Michel Carrouges, "Les apparitions de Martiens", page 98; C. Garreau and R. Lavier, "Face aux Extra-Terrestres", page 111; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, "OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France", pages 154-155; Jean Sider, "Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste", page 197; Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for October 27, 1954; La Bourgogne Républicaine for October 27 1954.

[Ref. ub1:] "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 Orchamps-Vennes France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps France 21.00 CE III
19541012 12.10.1954 Orchamps Vennes France 21.00 CE III

Images:

The very popular 54' Renault 4-CV car:

Explanations:

A reader of my website which is from the area informed me via email in 2006 that indeed, Francesco Beuc had been deceived by a strong fog, and that he actually saw a 4CV and its driver, as its description suggests it. The story of this confusion was well-known in the village.

Jean Sider is thus right in noting the strong resemblance with the case in Neuilly-l'Evêque; but he seems to believe that this resemblance means the explanation is false when one resemblance is that the same explanation applies... (I do not know who is the "low-level socio-psycho" or "socios-psychos from the East" he mentions.)

Later, I discovered the newspaper article in "La République Varoise" of October 27, 1954; which shows that the confusion with a 4CV car was already a considered idea at the time of the sighting.

Keywords:

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

Orchamps-Vennes, Orchamps, Doubs, object, occupant, humanoid, landing, fast, Beuc, 4cv, wheels, road, helmet, leather, man

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 7, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [mc1], [go1], [dj1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross May 16, 2010 Addition [la1], addition of the case in URECAT.
1.2 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.5 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.6 Patrick Gross December 21, 2016 Additions [tb1], [jp1], [lg1], [ub1].
1.7 Patrick Gross March 2, 2017 Additions [al1], [js1], [gz1], Summary.

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