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October 13, 1954, Bourrasole, Midi-Pyrénées:

Reference number for this case: 13-oct-54-Bourrasole. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

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[Ref. pc1:] "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. er1:] "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 ecnounter 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. la1:] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

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In the flying saucers file

A Toulouse industrialist makes a sketch of a "Martian" before it disappears

Toulouse, October 14. -- Yesterday in Toulouse an event so extraordinary occurred, that all the city talks about it.

The witness, Mr. Olivier, one is not a crackpot. He is the owner of a factory, and a former plane pilot.

It is while crossing a garden, as he returned home, that he saw at approximately 80 meters, a kind of luminous ball, of reddish color, posed on the ground, in front of a tree trunk, near a bordering soccer field.

He at once alerted a neighbor, Mr. Perano, to make him note the phenomenon. But the two men's surprise was great, when they saw a being, moving close to the luminous ball, a human form, of small size and dressed of a kind of diving-suit of orange color. Another witness joined the two men then.

Without losing his head, Mr. Olivier hastened to draw on a nearby door the silhouette of the "Martian", estimating, not without reason, that it was the surest means to engrave it in his memory. A camera would have made the deal certainly better, but Mr. Olivier did not have any at hand - neither did Mr. Perano - and the strange unknown had not left him time to get one.

Either to escape the curiosity of which he was the object, or for any other reason known only of him, he penetrated in his ball, and the latter rose immediately in the sky at a pace that the two witnesses did not hesitate to qualify as a vertiginous one, leaving behind a trail of sparks of a striking effect.

An investigation is started to try to elucidate certain still obscure aspects of this new manifestation of the interplanetary relations.

The air police force interrogated these three people. One of the witnesses has

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stated that the saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflections and emitted a slight fog around it. He added that having wanted to approach, he had been stopped at about twenty meters by a paralyzing force and that when the machine had risen in the sky, he was violently thrown at the ground.

According to professor Oberth:

The "pilots" of the saucers would be plants gifted of reason

Hamburg, October 13. -- "The "flying saucers" pilots 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 the France-Presse Agency.

According to the German scientist, the "Uranides" (such is the name with which he baptizes these plants) have thousands of years in advance on the earth men as well with regard to their spiritual evolution as their technology.The fatherland of the Uranides would be a planet where oxygen in a gas state does not exist, which prohibits the development of animal life. The plants, on the other hand, draw the oxygen they need from oxides contained in the ground.

The said planet would be apart from the solar system, but the mysterious machines in which the intelligent plants move might travel at a speed close to that of the light (300.000 kilometers per second).

Those of these machines seen above the earth would have a mission to watch progresses of earth's humanity in atomic sciences because this progress "represents a danger to the entire cosmos".

Official "case withdrawal" in the Metz affair

Metz, October 14. -- In reference to the investigation which had been opened by the military authority after the publication of information announcing that the soldiers in charge of the handling of a headlight installed at the fair of Metz had seen Sunday evening a mysterious luminous circle, the military autorities publishes the following official statement:

"The observation of unknown machines by a station of the anti-aircraft forces deployed at the Metz fair is noted in the Press. It is not necessary to take into consideration

[Ref. vm1:] "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 testimonys 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 inintelligibles 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. cm1:] "CENTRE-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:


A flying being in diving suit is said to have landed in Toulouse
... where his saucer left oil traces

Toulouse. -- A small being wearing a diving suit, with large head in comparison to the body, two enormous eyes, such is the description that Mr. Olivier gave Wednesday evening in Toulouse, of a mysterious character descended from a spherical machine which had been just landed at 07:30 P.M., on a vacant site.

Mr. Olivier, owner of Establishments Javel Neto, rue des Fontaines, in Toulouse, was accompanied by an employee, Mr. Perano, and of a young boy aged about fifteen years. All three saw the luminous craft land, it had a spherical shape and a reddish color. Then, they saw the character whose diving-suit according to the witnesses statement shone like glass, come towards them.

Thereafter, Mr. Olivier drew the diving suit equipped being in an impressive manner, with chalk, on a door. "I did not believe in it, added Mr. Perano, but I saw it as I see you. That was quite a shock."

After a very short time, approximately a minute, the diver regained the luminous sphere which flew away vertically, without noise, and disappeared in the sky at an extraordinary speed leaving a trail of fire.

Because of the night, no observation could be done at the place where the machine is said to have landed.

Oily traces were noted Thursday morning in several place of a vacant site located in a suburb of Toulouse.

According to declarations of the three witnesses, the mysterious craft, piloted by a character wearing a diving suite had landed on this location yesterday at 07:35 P.M.

The Air Police Force interrogated these three people, among whom figure an industrialist, they maintained their statement, specifying that the mysterious individual measured approximately 1 m 20, exceeded the machine with his head and had, consequently, to bend to penetrate there.

One of the witnesses insisted that the saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflections and emitted a light fog around it. He added that having wanted to get closer, he had been retained at about 20 meters of it by a paralysing force and that, when the craft rose in the sky, he had been violently thrown to ground.

[Ref. cn1:] "LA CROIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

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A diver with enormous eyes

TOULOUSE, 14. -- A small being wearing a diving suit, with large head in comparison to the body, two enormous eyes, such is the description that Mr. Olivier gave Wednesday evening in Toulouse, of a mysterious character descended from a spherical machine which had been just landed at 07:30 P.M., on a vacant site.

Mr. Olivier, owner of Establishments Javel Neto, in Toulouse, was accompanied by an employee, Mr. Perano, and of a young boy aged about fifteen years. All three saw the luminous craft land, it had a spherical shape and a reddish color. Then, they saw the character whose diving-suit according to the witnesses statement shone like glass, come towards them.

Thereafter, Mr. Olivier drew the diving suit equipped being in an impressive manner, with chalk, on a door. "I did not believe in it, added Mr. Perano, but I saw it as I see you. That was quite a shock."

After a very short time, approximately a minute, the diver regained the luminous sphere which flew away vertically, without noise, and disappeared in the sky at an extraordinary speed leaving a trail of fire.

Because of the night, no observation could be done at the place where the machine is said to have landed.

Oily traces were noted Thursday morning in several place of a vacant site located in a suburb of Toulouse.

One of the witnesses said that the saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflections and emitted a light fog around it. He added that having wanted to get closer, he had been retained at about 20 meters of it by a paralysing force and that, when the craft rose in the sky, he had been violently thrown to ground.

[Ref. qh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

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A DIVER WITH HUGE EYES APPEARS TO THE RESIDENTS OF TOULOUSE

A diver of small size, with a large head compared to the bodies, two enormous eyes, such is description that has just made a resident of Toulouse, Mr. Olivier, of a mysterious character that descended from a spherical machine which had been just landed on a vacant site. Mr. Olivier, owner of the establishments Javel Neto, street of the fontaines in Toulouse, was accompanied by an employee, Mr. Perano and a young boy of about fifteen years old. All three saw the luminous machine of spherical form and reddish color land, then saw coming towards them the character whose diving-suit, according to the statements of the witnesses, shone like glass. Thereafter, Mr. Olivier, former airplane pilot, drew with chalk in a stunning manner, on a door, the diver. "I did not believe in it", added Mr. Perano, "but I saw it as I see you. That does the hell of a shock to you". After a very short time, approximately a minute, the diver regained the luminous sphere which flew away vertically, without noise and disappeared in the sky at a vertiginous speed while leaving a wake of fire. One of the witnesses ensured that the saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflections and emitted around itself a light fog. He added that having wanted to approach, he had been retained at a score of meters by a paralysing force and that, when the machine rose in the sky, he had been violently thrown to the ground.

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[Ref. so1:] "LE SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

When two journalists act as
"Martians" near Toulouse

Some witnesses did "see the saucer"...
... which was nothing else than a car!

Paris, October 21 (Agence France Presse). -- A Parisian weekly magazine tried a curious experiment. Wishing, according to THEIR OWN WORDS, to show the share of the individual or collective hallucination in the many "applications" [sic; appearances] of mysterious craft landing with their pilots in the French countryside, this weekly magazine sent two "Martians" in exploration in the south-west of France.

The accessories of the perfect "Martian"

Equipped with the perfect "Martian" disguize, as imagined by authors of certain books and films of scientific [sic] science fiction, two reporters, covered with rubber diving-suits, capped with enormous helmets of copper pierced with portholes, went on board a "saucer" which was nothing else than an honest car, to appear to the peaceful farmers of the area of Toulouse.

The two "Uranides" had carried in their luggage complete implements of fireworks experts: red, green and white Bengal lights, "Roman candles" - guns launching small green or red balls of fire at fifteen meters - flying rockets, going up up to fifty meters. Armed with these fireworks accessories, the two reporters approached, at night of course, in front of several insulated farms. The first Bengal light made the lights of the farm die out. With the second, a door squeaked, somebody carefully came out on the threshold, while the dog howled to death. This is the time that the fake "Martians" chose to launch a rocket and to promptly regain their car which they had dissimulated, all fires extinguished, behind a hedge. In front of one of the visited farms, the two jokers met a "terretrial" pushing her bicycle. "She threw her bicycle in the ditch and rushed towards the farm, they told."

"One of us barred the way to her. She sais: "Jesus, Mary, Joseph!"! We were not malicious "Martians." We left her there , a little sad, in the end, that we had not helped her to pick her bicycle up."

Where "terrestrials" become a menace

But the adventure of the reporters almost turned bad in a hamlet close to Montauban, in the honor of which eight rockets had been fired. A furious farmer advanced to confront the "Martians ", holding up a pickaxe above his head. This terrestrial was afraid of nothing, neither of the "paralyzing" ray of the flashlights of the invaders, nor of the incandescent bubbles. Other farmers joined him, ready to organize a hunt. Both reporters had only time to fly away on board their four wheels "saucer", the green rocket simulating the departure of the "spacecraft".

Giants or Pygmees?

To supplement the experiment, the two journalists have toured again, by day, and without disguise, the round which they had made as visitors of another world.

Naturally, the unterrogated people often made diverting answers. In the same farm, some "had seen" the "Martians", others saw only the "saucer." Some saw "giants," others saw small men of one meter twenty! Skeptics affirmed that they "did not believe in it," spoke of shooting stars, rockets or odd objects about which they avoided coming to a conclusion. The newspapers seized these various testimonys, presenting them generally admittedly with loads of question marks!

The weekly magazine stresses that the purpose of its experiment was not at all to ridicule the witnesses of strange phenomena, nor to question their good faith, but only to explain of fragile the testimonys of the "terrestrials" are.


[Ref. ra1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:


TOULOUSE

OLIVIER: - That's my Martian!

With the accent of the country of Clemence Isaure, Olivier tells his big adventure. "I was not going to run the risk to forget the features of the Martian. Those who had the privilege to meet some of them are not so numerous. Immediately, on the door of the toilets, I drew mine with a chalk. In the district of Croix-Daurade, not far from the way of Lanusse, a gentle whistling sound caught my attention. Leaving behind it an intense luminous trail, a kind of giant rocket landed in a field masked by a nearby hangar. I ran and, there, I saw, I saw with my own eyes, a diving-suit of approximately 1 meter 20. It irradiated a slight fog and when I wanted to approach more, I was like paralysed".

[Caption of lower photo:] Panero [sic] (à g.) et Olivier ont vu le Martien de la rue [...]

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 13, 1954 a landing of flying disc took place on a vacant site located in a suburb of Toulouse, and that the police force of the Air questioned the three eyewitnesses, including an industrialist, former airplane pilot, and they firmly confirmed their statements.

At 19:35 they saw on the ground a discoid spacecraft 3.50 to 4 meters in diameter approximately, with a being, 1.20 meters tall approximately, dressed of a diving-suit, who stood next to the craft, its head exceeding the maximum height of the apparatus, the pilot thus having to bend to get inside.

The saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflections and generated around it a slight fog.

One of the witnesses had wanted to approach, but was stopped and paralysed at some 20 meters of the craft, and when it machine, and when it took off vertically, he was violently thrown to the ground.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

323 001.40121 43.59600 13 10 1954 TOULOUSE HTE-GAR. F 0113 2G
326 13 10 1954 19 33 1 BOURRASOLE F 161 A

[Ref. lo2:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

M. Olivier, an ex-pilot, and two others, saw a reddish disc about 12 feet in diameter with a small being close by. This incident took place on October 13, 1954, in Bourasole, near Toulouse, France. The three men were not together but all saw the same thing. They reported that a small being, about four feet in height, wearing a bright suit "like glass," with a large head and two enormous eyes, was near the craft, which was surrounded by a glow. One of the men approached the object, but was paralyzed. The object then took off, throwing the man to the ground.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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Oct. 13, 1954, 07:35 P.M., Bourrasole (France).

Messrs. Olivier and Perano and a third man saw a reddish disk about 4 m diameter with a small being close by, about 1.2 rn tall, wearing a diving suit: "His head was large with respect to the rest of the body and he had two enormous eyes. The suit was bright and shiny like glass." The craft was surrounded by a sort of misty glow. One of the men came within 2O m of it and found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing him to the ground, and rose very fast. (Paris-Presse, Libération, 15 oct 1954, La Croix, 16 oct 1954) (62, 63) (Personal)

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author indicates that the incident "O and P." was the most clearly claimed of the pranks by the journalists of Samedi-Soir, and clearly appears to date from October 13, around 07:35 p.m..

He indicates that there were two A.F.P. news releases on October 13, and 14.

The sunset was at 05:05 p.m. there and the pranksters said that they wen to the suburbs of Toulouse when the the sun was set for an hour; which coincidence rather well.

The journalists came by car, stopped it and at least one of the two came out in a diving-suit to make a rapid tour, close to the car, and fled after having launched two or three rockets.

According to the witnesses', a reddish spherical machine landed not far from them, in a vacant site, and they then saw "a diver of small size with a large head compared to the body, two enormous eyes... a diving-suit which shone like glass", according to the A.F.P. release for October 13, which also said:

"After a very short time, approximately a minute, the diving-suit got back into the luminous sphere which flew away vertically without noise and disappeared in the sky at an extraordinary speed, leaving a wake of fire."

Michel Carrouges quotes the A.F.P. release of the 14th:

"The mysterious individual (the diver) measuring approximately 1 m 20, was taller than the machine of one head and was, consequently, had to bend himself to go inside" and the saucer "emitted a light fog around it."

Having wanted to approach, one of the witnesses "was retained at some 20 meters by a paralysing force" and even adds that "when the machine rose in the sky, he was violently thrown to the ground."

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 13, 1954, in Bourrassole, close to Toulouse, Mr. Olivier, former pilot, Mr. Perano and a third witness, saw a reddish disc approximately 4 meters in diameter with a small being close to him. The individual had about 1 m 20 height and wore a diving suit.

The author quotes:

"Its head was large compared to the remainder of the body, and it had enormous eyes. Clothing was brilliant and shining like glass."

The apparatus was surrounded by a kind of gleam. One of the men approached with less than 20 meters, but was paralysed. The apparatus flew away, by rejecting it on the ground, then rose very quickly.

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

Toulouse, October 13 1954, at about 19:35. References: newsclipping, personal files.

While returning at his home, an industrialist, Mr. Olivier, sees a luminous ball landing close to a football field, at a hundred meters of him. Near it, he soon distinguishes a being from small size which seems to him clothed of a diving-suit. Mr. Olivier calls one of his neighbors, Mr. Perano. The two men then see the "diver" entering in the machine by bending themselves down. At this time a third witness arrives, who wants to approach the thing. He is stopped by a "paralysing force" when he comes to a score of meters. The machine takes off without noise and disappears in the sky leaving a trail of fire. The nearest to the three men is violently thrown to the ground at the time when the machine leaves the ground.

[Ref. hi1:] MAGAZINE "HISTORIA":


DIVERS AND FIREWORKS

One of the most significant hoaxes had as authors two journalists who narrated their joke in Samedi-Soir.

One night in October 1954, dressed in diving suits and armed with fireworks and other devices, they "landed" five times near the road along a Brive-Cahors-Montauban-Toulouse-Graulhet route.

Several people testified seeing "beings" armed with ray guns. "I perfectly saw a saucer like a big red ball, a witness said. Out came two 90 centimeters tall beings. The Martians ran to the saucer that flew under our noses like a big rocket."

In the same month of the same year (we were in a period of a great wave of saucers), a railwayman of Creil made a mask with a fake can and painted the bulb of a flashlight in green.

One night after his duty, he appeared at the station and lit his "green ray." His comrades were petrified. The next day, they told him the terrible apparition.

However, no doubt that if one had investigated the observers of the journalists-divers or the railroad green ray, we would have concluded in the sincerity and perfect balance of the witnesses.

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicate that on October 13, 1954, in Bourasole, near Toulouse, France, Mr. Olivier, an ex-pilot, and two others, separately saw a reddish disc about 12 feet in diameter with a small being close by. The three men reported that the being was about 4-feet tall, wearing a bright suit "like glass", it had a large head and two enormous eyes. The craft was surrounded by a glow. One of the men approached but was paralyzed, and the object then took off, throwing the man to the ground.

[Ref. mb1:] MICHEL BOUGARD:

The author indicates that on October 13, 1954, in Bourasole, near Toulouse, France, Mr. Olivier, an ex-pilot, and two others, separately saw a reddish disc about 12 feet in diameter with a small being close by. The three men reported that the being was about 4-feet tall, wearing a bright suit "like glass", it had a large head and two enormous eyes. The craft was surrounded by a glow. One of the men approached but was paralyzed, and the object then took off, throwing the man to the ground.

[Ref. hj1:] HENRI JULIEN:

The author indicates that Mr. Olivier, a former plane pilot, in Bourrasole, close to Toulouse, ran up against a small being of 1,20 m wearing a clothing similar to a diving-suit. Two other witnesses confirmed his statements: "Its head was large compared to the rest of the body, and it had enormous eyes."

[Ref. ls1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The American ufologist indicates that on October 13, 1954, in France, in Bourrasole, Messrs Olivier and Perano, and a third man, not identified, saw a reddish disc of approximately four meters in diameter with a small being of 1.20 approximately wearing a "diver's suit" standing near.

One of the witnesses said that "its head was large compared to the remainder of the body, and it had enormous eyes. The clothing was shining and reflecting like glass."

The machine was surrounded by a vaporous light. One of the witnesses went at some 20 meters and was paralysed. The machine left while throwing him at the ground.

The author indicates that this example of case of a close encounter of the third kind comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée who extracted it from Aimé Michel's book.

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

The authors indicate that the following observation took place in 1954 in the suburbs of Toulouse:

"A diver with enormous eyes gone down from a mysterious machine appears to three residents of Toulouse."

"A diver of small size with a too large head compared to the body, two enormous eyes, such is the description made the day before yesterday evening by Mr. Olivier of Toulouse, of a mysterious figure descended from a spherical machine which had just landed, at 07:35 p.m., on a vacant site located in a suburb of Toulouse."

Mr. Olivier, owner of the establishments Javel Neto, rue des Fontaines, in Toulouse was accompanied by an employee, Mr. Pérano and of a young boy of about fifteen years old. All three saw the landing of the luminous machine, of spherical shape and reddish color. Then they saw to 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 stunning manner, on a door, the diver. 'I did not believe in it, Mr. Pérano added, but I saw him like I see you. That was quite a shock'. After a very short time, approximately a minute, the diver regained the luminous sphere, which flew away vertically, without noise and disappeared in the sky at an extraordinary speed, leaving a wake of fire."

Oily traces were found yesterday morning in several places of the ground where the machine was posed."

The three people who saw this phenomenon, questioned by the police force of the air, maintained their statements. They specified that the mysterious individual, measuring 1,20 m, exceeded the apparatus by the and had consequently to bend to enter in it."

One of the witnesses ensured that the saucer was surrounded by iridescent reflections and emitted a light fog around itself, he added that having wanted to approach, he had been retained within some twenty meters by a paralysing force and that, when the apparatus rose in the sky, he was thrown violently to the ground."

The authors regret that Jacques Vallée makes brief summaries, and claims it happened in Toulouse whereas it happened in Bourrasol, that Vallée mispells Bourrasole, that Vallée might have changed the names so that the explanation cannot be found, that the case formed part 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:

The two authors indicate that on Tuesday, October 12, 1954 at 4 hours in the morning, two residents of the Toulouse suburbs saw a machine in the shape of giant rocket which rose from a field at a hundred meters of their house. It disappeared quickly in the sky, generating a clearness of a rare intensity.

The two witnesses went to the place where they located the starting point of the mysterious machine. They found that the grass had been packed on a circular surface of five meters in diameter.

In the center of this zone they discovered four prints in the ground appearing to have been left by the heavy apparatus. The grass was covered with droplets coming from a fatty vapor condensation and which released an oil odor. There was an investigation by the Air Police.

According to Michel Figuet et Jean-Louis Ruchon, journalists of "Samedi-Soir" who had faked a UFO earlier by launching a rochet in Graulhet, decided to ridicule the inhabitants of Toulouse. They put on diving suits, used a car disguized in spacecraft and used Bengal lights and fireworks.

[Ref. mf1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

10/13/1954

Toulouse "Bourrasole"

The witnesses were the victims of the prank by the journalists of Samedi-soir. "OVNI" p. 669.

[Ref. js2:] JEAN SIDER:

This French ufologist and author did not believe that the case would have been journalists' prank. Referring to the witnesses reports in the local press, he raises some essential questions:

He notes then that the article in "Le Soir" indicates that the two journalists would have practised their art "in front of various isolated farms" while the case in question occurs in urban environment.

He notes that the Radar magazine had sent its journalists to the site and that according to them it is not Mr. Pérano but Mr. Panero.

[Ref. js2:] JOHN F. SHUESSLER:

1954/10/13 FRANCE, BOURRASOLE

Source: Official UFO, Feb. 76

Three people saw a disk-shaped UFO with one small being. One person approached the object and was paralyzed. When the being entered the object and flew away, the immobilized person was thrown to the ground.

EFFECTS: Paralysis

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 13, 1954 in France in Toulouse, in Bourrassole, at 7:35 p.m., three witnesses, Misters Olivier, Pérano and another witness, saw a disc 4 m in diameter and a humanoid being of small size in a diver's suit. Compared to the body it had a large head and two enormous eyes. His clothing shone like glass. The craft was surrounded by a kind of misty brightness. One of the witnesses approached up to 20 m the machine where he was paralysed, while the apparatus took off at high speed, throwing him to the ground.

The sources are indicated as Paris-Presse, Libération, 15 oct 1954, La Croix, 16 oct 1954; and Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - Denoël 1972 - J'Ai Lu Coll. - p. 279; and Michel Bougard: "Des S.V. aux OVNI" SOBEPS 1976 - p. 211.

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that the other version is that actually, returning from Graulhet, the journalists of "Samedi-Soir" decided to have fun at the expense of the Toulouse residents. Covered of their diving suits, they manoevered in front of a red firework and shot a a fireworks rocket.

The source for this other version is indicated as M. Figuet/ J.L. Ruchon: "Ovni, premier dossier complet..." - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 669.

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

Keith Basterfield indicates that on 13 October 1954 in Bourrasole, France, 3 people, Perano, Olivier and one more, saw a 4m diameter disk-shaped UFO with one small being. This being was 1.2m tall, wore a diving suit. One person approached the object within 20m and was paralysed. When the being entered the object and flew away, the immobilised person was thrown to the ground, and the craft left.

The source is indicated as: Bowen, C. 1969. The Humanoids. Neville Spearman. London. pp44-45.

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH:

1954/10/13 BOURRASOLE/TOULOUSE, FR: Disk
and humanoid. A journalistic prank.

[Ref. sd1:] STEVEN DUNN:

Bourasote, FR
13 Oct 54

Three people (not together) saw a reddish disc-shaped craft about 12' diameter. They all reported a being in a shiny silver suit with a large head & enormous eyes.

CE-3-102 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 268
Toulouse, FR
15 Oct 54

A witness reported that he saw a small creature with large eyes near a small disc-shaped craft.

CE-3-102 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 268

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 13, 1954, Messrs. Olivier and Perano and a third man in Bourrasole, France, saw a reddish disc about 4 meters in diameter with a small humanoid close by. The being stood about 1.2 meters (5 feet) tall, wearing a diving suit. "His head was large with respect to the rest of the body and he had two enormous eyes. The suit was bright and shiny like glass." The Disc was surrounded by a sort of misty glow. One of the witnesses came within 20 meters of it and found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing the man who stood closest to the ground, and rose into the sky very fast.

The sources are indicated as La Croix, October 16, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 227.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

157.

Location. Bourrasole France

Date: October 13 1954

Time: 1935

Mr. Olivier and Perano and a 3rd man saw a reddish disc about 12 ft in diameter, with a 4 foot being close by, wearing a "diving suit." His head was large with respect to the body and he had 2 enormous eyes. The suit was bright and shiny like glass. A sort of misty glow surrounded the craft. One of the men came within 20 yards of it and found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing him to the ground, and rose very fast.

Humcat 1954-93

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia

Type: C

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jérôme Beau indicates that on October 13, 1954 at 19:35 in Bourrasole (France), Misters Olivier and Perano and one 3rd man see a reddish disc approximately 4 m in diameter with, nearby, 1 small being approximately 1,20 m in height, carrying a divers' suit. He has a large head, compared to the remainder of the body, and 2 enormous eyes. The clothing gltters and shines like glass. The apparatus is surrounded by a kind of misty brightness. One of the men approached at 20 m and is paralysed. The machine takes off, throwing him on the ground, and rises very quickly.

The sources are indicated as Paris-Presse, Libération, October 15, 1954, La Croix, October 16, 1954.

[Ref. mp1:] MICHEL PADRINES:

Michel Padrines indicates that on October 13, 1954, at 19:35 in Bourrasole, Misters Olivier and Perano and one 3rd man see a reddish disc approximately 4 m in diameter with, nearby, 1 small being approximately 1,20 m in height, carrying a divers' suit. He has a large head, compared to the remainder of the body, and 2 enormous eyes. The clothing gltters and shines like glass. The apparatus is surrounded by a kind of misty brightness. One of the men approached at 20 m and is paralysed. The machine takes off, throwing him on the ground, and rises very quickly.

[Note: the author simply cut and pasted the [jb1] page for October 13, without giving credit.]

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 13 October 1954 19:35 in Bourrasole, France, there was a close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. The explanation is: Hoax.

"One luminous disc, about 20 feet across, was observed by three male experienced military witnesses in a city briefly. One 4-foot-tall dwarf, wearing a diver's suit, was seen."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; 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, internet data; Stringfield, L

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 13 October 1954 at 19:35 in Bourrasole, France, Messrs. Olivier and Perano and a third man saw a reddish disk about four meters diameter with a small being close by, about 1.2 meters tall, wearing a diving suit: "His head was large with respect to the rest of the body and he had two enormous eyes. The suit was bright and shiny like glass." The craft was surrounded by a sort of misty glow. One of the men came within 20 meters of it and found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing him to the ground, and rose very fast.

The website comments that "A flying disc was observed. Physiological effects were noted. Multiple independent witnesses. One red saucer, about 20 feet across, was observed by three male experienced military witnesses in a city briefly (Olivier; Ott). One 4-foot-tall dwarf, wearing a diver's suit, was seen."

The website further adds that "Mr. Olivier and Perano and a 3rd man saw a reddish disc about 12 ft in diameter, with a 4 foot being close by, wearing a "diving suit." His head was large with respect to the body and he had 2 enormous eyes. The suit was bright and shiny like glass. A sort of misty glow surrounded the craft. One of the men came within 20 yards of it and found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing him to the ground, and rose very fast."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 13 1954. 1935hrs

BOURRASOLE (HAUTE-GARONDE: FRANCE)

Messes Olivier and Perano, along with a third man, saw a reddish disc about 4m in diameter. Nearby was a small being, about 1.2m tall, wearing a bright, shiny, glass like, diving suit. Its head was large in comparison to the rest of its body and it had two enormous eyes. The object was surrounded by a sort of misty glow. One of the men approached within 20m and was paralysed. The object took off, throwing him to the ground, and rose very fast. Some researchers labelled the case a press hoax, others disagreed.

Vallee Case 249 citing La Croix 16 October 1954 + Paris Presse + Liberation 15 October 1954.
Samedi Soir 27 October 1954.
Alain Gamard.

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

*Oct. 13, 1954 - On that same night at 7:35 p.m. Messrs. Olivier and Perano and a third man in Bourrasole, France saw a reddish disc about 4 meters in diameter with a small humanoid close by. The being stood about 1.2 meters (5 feet) tall, and was wearing a diving suit. "His head was large with respect to the rest of the body and he had two enormous eyes. The suit was bright and shiny like glass." The Disc was surrounded by a sort of misty glow. One of the witnesses came within 20 meters of it and found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing the man who stood closest to the ground, and rose into the sky very fast. (Sources: La Croix, October 16, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 227, case # 249).

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

Location: Bourrasole France

Date: October 13 1954

Time: 1935

Mr. Olivier and Perano and a 3rd man saw a reddish disc about 12 ft in diameter, with a 4 foot being close by, wearing a “diving suit.” His head was large with respect to the body and he had 2 enormous eyes. The suit was bright & shiny like glass. A sort of misty glow surrounded the craft. One of the men came within 20 yards of it & found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing him to the ground, and rose very fast.

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 249

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

This database recorded the case 15times 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
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Toulouse France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France Nachts CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.45 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Toulouse France
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourrasole France 19.35 CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Toulouse France CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Bourasole France CE III

Photograph:

The rare photograph below was taken just after the sighting. On the left, Mr. Perano, on the right, his boss Mr. Olivier; the third witness is the young man behind Mr. Olivier. As it was rather usual at the time, a drawing was made with chalk on some door for the Press photographer.

The photograph mostly appeared late in several magazines, such as Life Magazine [li1]. I managed to get a better copy:

Explanations:

The Samedi-soir journalists prank.

Keywords:

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

Bourrasole, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, prank, hoax, multiple, Perrano, Olivier, diving suit, car, fireworks, fire, rockets

Sources:

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

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