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September 12, 1954, Quarouble, Nord:

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

Reports:

[Ref. mt1:] MARC THIROUIN:

This French ufologist reported on this case when he published his investigation report in 1960 on the Marius Dewilde case.

Marc Thirouin indicate that the witness is a very well known tradesman from the near surroundings of Quarouble, a good friend of one of Thirouin's local correspondent, whose testimony was noted by Marc Thirouin under the promise to totally respect his anonymity:

"Two or three days after the first observation of Marius Dewilde, towards the end of the afternoon, there was still daylight, I passed in van on a road in the vicinity when I saw a disc with a cupola which descended vertically into a small thicket located at about fifty meters of the road, to land there horizontally. I clearly distinguished a kind of gallery around the cupola where were beings of human aspect stood. I stopped my car, went down from there and run towards the machine. Arrived in its vicinity, I was paralyzed, while a green ray was emitted by the apparatus. The disc went up at once vertically, then moved away, rather gently, and my paralysis ceased. A blow of air shook me at the time of the departure."

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

The two authors report that on September 12, 1954, in the afternoon, a tradesman traveling in a van in Quarouble saw a disc having a cupola approach vertically and land behind a clump of trees at 50 meters of the road.

Through a gallery surrounding this apparatus, beings of human appearance were seen. The witness pulled off, ran towards the machine. At this time, a green beam came out of the machine and paralyzed the witness.

The machine took off vertically and moved away slowly while producing a blow of air.

The two authors indicate that their source is Marc Thirouin, Ouranos #25, page 26.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Ufologist Jean Sider reports in his book exactly what Marc Thirouin reported.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

66.
Location. Near Quarouble Nord France
Date: September 12 1954
Time: afternoon

A merchant, traveling at the wheel of his van during the late afternoon, saw a disk with a cupola descending vertically and hovering near a grove, about 50 meters from the road. Several persons of human appearance could be seen in the forefront of the cupola. The witness stopped his vehicle and hurried on foot toward the object. He was suddenly stopped by a luminous beam from the machine, which paralyzed him on the spot. The object then took off vertically and moved away. The witness was then able to move freely.

Humcat 1954-15
Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne
Type: A

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

September 11

1954 - On this afternoon a merchant driving a van near Quarouble, Nord department, France saw a domed disc descend vertically, and then hover near a grove of trees. Several human-looking beings were then seen in front of the craft. When the witness walked toward it, he was hit by a luminous beam of light and paralyzed. The object took off going straight up vertically. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-15 (A1688), citing Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne, p. 131; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, pp. 77-78).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 12: In Quarouble (Nord), an anonymous tradesman at the wheel of his car is paralyzed by a green ray emanating from a machine which takes off, and an airflow is felt.

[Ref. jd1:] JEAN-PIERRE D'HONDT:

This ufologist indicates that on September 12, 1954, in Quarouble, the Nord, in the afternoon, a tradesman driving in a van saw a disc with cupola which approached the ground vertically and landed behind a clump of trees at 50 meters of the road.

Through a gallery surrounding this apparatus, beings of human appearance were visible. The witness stopped and ran towards the machine. At this time he was paralysed by a green beam coming from the apparatus, which took off vertically then moved away slowly. A blow of air was felt at the start.

Jean-Pierre d'Hondt notes that it happened in Quarouble two days after the observation of Mr. Marius Dewilde and that this witness was also paralysed by a ray emitted by the machine and recovered his abilities at the start of the latter.

The source is said to be an investigation by Mr. Thirouin in "Ouranos" magazine N.25 page 26.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Nord in Quarouble on September 12, 1954 at an unknown hour, "In the afternoon, a tradesman in the van, sees a disc with a cupola which approaches vertically and lands behind a clump of trees at 50 meters of the road. Through a gallery surrounding this apparatus, beings of human aspect are visible. The witness stops, runs towards the machine: at this time a green ray comes out of the apparatus and paralyses him. The craft takes off vertically and moves away slowly with emission of a breath at the start."

The source id 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 September 1954 in the afternoon in Quarouble, France, "Merchant incident." "Merchant driving van saw dome disc descend vertically, hover near grove. Several human-looking beings seen in front. Witness walked toward, hit by luminous beam, paralyzed. Object took off straight up".

"An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight. Occupants of the craft were seen. Physiological effects were noted."

"One domed disc, around 100 feet away, was observed by one experienced male witness on a road. A humanoid was seen."

"A merchant, traveling at the wheel of his van during the late afternoon, saw a disk with a cupola descending vertically and hovering near a grove, about 50 meters from the road. Several persons of human appearance could be seen in the forefront of the cupola. The witness stopped his vehicle and hurried on foot toward the object. He was suddenly stopped by a luminous beam from the machine, which paralyzed him on the spot. The object then took off vertically and moved away. The witness was then able to move freely."

The sources are noted as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ml1:] MARC LEMONNIER:

Ten appearances of UFO in the French sky in 1954

[... Other cases ...]

10 - Quarouble (Nord)

On September 12, 1954, a tradesman circulating in a van sees a "disc with cupola which approaches vertically and lands behind a clump of trees at 50 meters of the road". The object is inhabited, the tradesman claims to have distinctly seen human beings through a kind of gallery which surrounds the apparatus. He then reportedly approached the UFO which would have sent to him a good blow of paralysing ray in the teeth... The same day, at a few hundreds of meters of this hypothetical landing, two cows are found dead in a grazing ground. Eminently suspect death: "At the autopsy it appeared that they were entirely emptied of their blood without any trace of visible wound on the body."

More about this:
Le Dictionnaire de la France Insolite et Bizarre, Marc Lemonier, City Publishers, 2009

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Quarouble, in the Nord, on September 12, 1954, at the end of the afternoon at an unknown exact hour.

An anonymous trader was traveling in a van and saw a dome-shaped disc which descended vertically and landed in a grove 50 meters from the road. He distinguished clearly around the dome a kind of gallery where human beings stood. He stopped his car and ran towards the craft. Arrived nearby, he found himself paralyzed by a green ray coming from the craft; which immediately took off vertically, then moved away slowly, and the paralysis of the witness ceased. A gush of air was felt by the witness at the time of the departure of the craft.

The sources are indicated as "Ouranos, #25, page 26 (investigation of Mr. Marc Thirouin)."

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

Location: Near Quarouble Nord France

Date: September 12, 1954

Time: afternoon

A merchant, traveling at the wheel of his van during the late afternoon, saw a disk with a cupola descending vertically and hovering near a grove, about 50 meters from the road. Several persons of human appearance could be seen in the forefront of the cupola. The witness stopped his vehicle and hurried on foot toward the object. He was suddenly stopped by a luminous beam from the machine, which paralyzed him on the spot. The object then took off vertically and moved away. The witness was then able to move freely.

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

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

*Sep. 12, 1954 - On this afternoon a merchant driving a van near Quarouble, Nord department, France saw a domed disc descend vertically, and then hover near a grove of trees. Several human-looking beings were then seen in front of the craft. When the witness walked toward it, he was hit by a luminous beam of light and paralyzed. The object took off going straight up vertically. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-15 (A1688), citing Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne, p. 131; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, pp. 77-78).

[Ref. bi1:] JEAN-MARIE BIGORNE:

In his discussion of the Marius Dewilde case, this local ufologist explains that there is no proof that cattle were found abnormally dead.

Notes:

The case may just as well be dated September 13.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Quarouble, Nord, merchant, disk, cupola, object, descent, vertical, hovering, occupants, human, beam, paralyzed, landing, effect, green, green ray

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 23, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 6, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 5, 2010 Addition [lm1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 22, 2014 Additions [dj1], [ta1], [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 13, 2017 Addition [gz1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 29, 2017 Addition [bi1].

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