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October 13, 1954, Graulhet, Tarn:

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

Reports:

[Ref. rr1:] "LE ROUERGUE REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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GRAULHET. - A tanner from Graulhet stated he saw yesterday late in the afternoon at high altitude, a silver craft heading to the Northwest; which he initially thought to be a jet plane, but discerning no contrail, the tanner fetched a binocular and distinctly saw a wide flexible disk that undulated on itself while traveling at a high speed.

Then the craft suddenly exploded in flight. A silver ball, one meter in diameter, escaped the mass and went on and soon disappeared from view, while the rest of the craft fell in several pieces similar to sheets of various sizes hovering in the sky and some clung to telegraphic poles. Fifteen people have testified of this weird event and fragments of material was collected. They come in the form of bonded silver threads crumbling when touched.

[Ref. le2:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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CONTRADICTORY TESTIMONIES IN THE VAUCLUSE

Visible from the ground, a white disc disappears in front of two jet planes

Paris. -- One could expect one moment on Thursday afternoon that one of these mysterious objects which furrow the sky of France and Navarre was going to give up its secret. Alas! It was not so, and the claims of the ones and others are so contradictory that one does not know any more who speaks seriously and who is joking.

Around 01:30 p.m., Thursday, the residents of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse were in agitation because of the maneuvers of a white disc slowly hovering above the city, and which was clearly distinguished with the binocular.

This white disc was surmounted by a segment of a sphere of the same color, and the lower circular edge carried, intermittently, two powerful fires, variable from the white to the purplish, passing by the red color.

Then, who is to be believed?

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse) was alerted at once and two jet fighters took off. A few moments later, they veered above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

It is here that testimonies do not agree any more: the residents stated "the two planes took altitude immediately and dove right on the disc which was still visible. But they could not reach it, for their speed was lower than the speed of the disc. Soon, planes and disc disappeared at the horizon."

This report is the topic of an official statement of the secretary of State to the Air who states: "the two pilots of the Orange [Orange-Caritat] air base who flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at various altitudes on October 14 in the afternoon did not observe any unknown machine during their search.

"The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is bulletproof."

Then, who is to be believed?

Mysterious explosion in the sky of Graulhet

The testimony of an inhabitant of Graulhet (the Tarn) also deserves a stop for the novelty it brings to the "saucers" file. This man, who is a craftsman, stated to have seen Wednesday evening, at high altitude, a silver-colored craft which he initially thought to be a jet plane.

But he soon saw, binoculars at the eyes, a large flexible disc which undulated on itself while moving at high speed.

At this point in time the machine seemed to explode in full flight. A silver-colored ball, from a diameter of one meter approximately, escaped from the mass and soon disappeared from sight, while the remainder of the machine fell in several pieces similar to cloths of various dimensions which hovered in the sky, and of which some clung to telegraph poles.

About fifteen people collected pieces of this material which appeared as silver-colored agglomerated threads that fell to pieces when touched.

Rugby ball and strange beings

Apart from these observations of some interest, the other statements by witnesses in good faith differ little from those told many times already.

Two people, close to Nimes, saw in a field, at nightfall, a craft absolutely similar to a rugby ball and appearing to rest on crutches.

The strange apparatus raised in the airs while emitting luminous rays which soon formed a screen of orange color.

An engineer from Meknès, who went to Port-Lyautey by car, stated to have been stopped Thursday afternoon on the road, in the forest of Mamora, by a man covered of a shining outfit.

This man, who measured 1 m 20 approximately, then moved to the right of the road. Hardly had he taken seat inside that the craft flew away and disappeared at high speed.

A resident of Bourg-de-Méral (the Mayenne) saw a transparent machine which released a dazzling gleam on a radius of two hundred meters at ground level. Inside the craft a black shape was distinguished.

The disc remained like this for ten minutes, reddened and disappeared towards the north. The observer went then to the place where the object had been posed. There was, he claims, a kind of shining cloud which fell slowly on the ground. Arrived home, it realized that his clothes were covered with a matter, a bit sticky, like paraffin.

The common sense of Savoy people

People in Savoy, balanced people if there ever were, were not fooled by the machine which flew over their mountains Thursday. It had too much the shape of a sounding-balloon for not being one. And to see a parachute descending to which scientific devices hung did not surprise them more. The sounding-balloon continued its travel towards Gap where, today undoubtedly, there will be a report of a mysterious machine which... etc, etc...

[Ref. le1:] "LA LIBERTE DE L'EST" NEWSPAPER:

Parachuting

Graulhet. -- Mr. Carcenac, tanner in Graulhet, was the witness of a strange phenomenon Wednesday, at approximately 04:30 p.m. Coming from north, he saw at high altitude a silver craft which rushed full south and which he first of all mistook for a jet airplane. But not distinguishing any trail of condensation, Mr. Carcenac saw perfectly a broad soft disc which undulated on itself all while moving at a high speed.

At this point in time the craft seemed to explode in the middle of its flight. A silver ball of 1 meter diameter approximately escaped from the mass and continued to rush full south, soon disappearing from the glances.

The remainder of the machine fell in several pieces, similar to cloths of various dimensions which floated in the sky.

About fifteen people can testify to this singular case and, better still, the fragments of the apparatus were collected. They appeared as agglomerated and very resistant silver colored filaments. Mr. Carcenac puts them at the provision of whoever would wish to analyze them.

[Ref. cm1] "CENTRE MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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THE MYSTERY OF THE SAUCER

In Vaucluse, a luminous machine
escapes two jets

AVIGNON. - In early afternoon yesterday Friday the population of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, was in turmoil.

Indeed, a "white disc" was hovering slowly over the small town and one could clearly distinguish it with good binoculars.

This white disc was surmounted by a spherical cap of the same color.

The lower circular edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from white to purple color, passing by the red color.

Caritat Air Base (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately scrambled two jets which soon appeared, and after two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, they took altitude and dove on the "disc".

The radio installed on the jets was in communication with the base, it announced that the craft was in sight, it was chased, but it escaped because its speed was greater than theirs.

From Vaucluse, one could clearly see the disk go away fast, pursued by the two jets.

Here are also some other information about flying saucers appearances:

Mulhouse. - A trader in a car last night in the company of a friend, between Niffer and Kembs, suddenly saw in the sky a luminous machine in the form of an oval fireball. The latter, according to the trader, followed a large "8" in the sky, moving at a tremendous pace and at an altitude of about 300 meters the craft, which was preceded by a long trail of light, changed color passing from orange to white color, then went to the southeast.

Martigues. - An 8 year old child, who was with his mother and aunt on the road in the hamlet of Saint-Pierre, near Martigues, saw in the sky an elongated luminous machine, from which, she specified, a sort of fireworks came out. The parents have certified to the statements of their child.

Calais. - A baker boy of Calais said he had seen at 3:40 a.m., at the place called "St. Pierre Halte" on the road to Saint-Omer, a yellow and shining craft landing on the railway.

The oddly shaped object was, according to the baker, two meters high and four meters in diameter.

Nimes. - Two people saw last night, returning to their home, a few kilometers north of Nîmes, a greenish glow in a field.

They approached and noted the presence of a vehicle identical in all respects to a rugby ball and appearing to rest on crutches. The strange apparatus suddenly rose in the air while emitting a low noise and gradually taking an orange hue.

Graulhet. - A barrel-maker from Graulhet stated to have seen late yesterday afternoon, at high altitude, a silver craft heading toward the northwest, he first thought it was a jet plane, but discerning no contrail, the barrel-maker fetched binoculars and distinctly saw a broad flexible disc that undulated on itself while moving at a high speed.

That's when the craft seemed to explode in flight. A silver ball, one meter in diameter, escaped the mass and continued on his way, soon disappeared from view, while the rest of the craft fell into pieces similar to sheets of various sizes that hung in the sky and some of which clung to telegraph son. Fifteen people have testified to this singular event and material fragments were collected. They were in the form of agglomerated silver filaments and crumbling to the touch.

Melun. - Near Montargis on National Road No. 7, a resident of this city, said he saw in the sky a yellow mass of rounded and very brilliant form.

Marseille. - Two luminous craft flying high were seen in the sky of the Rove earlier this afternoon. Observers noted that these apparatuses were immobilized a moment and then resumed their flight.

Draguignan. - Several residents of Draguignan observed towards the end of the afternoon, a luminous object crossing the sky at the speed of a meteor.

Casablanca. - Workers of the military logistics of Casablanca stated to have seen this afternoon, above the city, a kind of phosphorescent cigar that, after gently going down like a dead leaf resumed its horizontal course at breakneck speed and eventually disappear.

Angers. - A resident of the village of Méral (the Mayenne), said he saw in the sky, a bright orange ball which landed on the ground.

The disc, with a flattened dome, of a diameter of five to six meters produced a blinding light, illuminating the countryside in a radius of 200 meters.

The craft was transparent and inside, one observed a black shape. The disc remained like this for ten minutes, turned reddish, and quickly disappeared to the north. The observer then went to the place where the object had landed. There was, he says, a kind of brilliant cloud that fell slowly to the ground.

Arrived at his home he noticed that his clothes were covered with a white layer of a slightly sticky material like paraphine [sic].

NO "SAUCER" IN BRITAIN WHERE NATURAL EXPLANATION ARE GENERALLY ENOUGH

London. - The Ministry of the British Air does not believe in the existence of "saucers", "cigars" and other flying contraptions.

While refusing to comment on the craft reported in France, official spokesmen stated that natural explanations are usually given to these phenomena in Britain and that only insufficient explanations let the mystery survive.

No mysterious object was reported in the skies of Britain in recent weeks.

[Ref. tl1:] "LE TARN LIBRE" NEWSPAPER:

THE FLYING SAUCERS TOPIC

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A saucer explodes in Graulhet

In the afternoon of last Wednesday, Mr. Carcenac, tanner in Graulhet, witnessed the explosion of a mysterious machine in full sky. Part of the apparatus fell in several pieces of various dimensions which seemed to float in the sky. Fragments were collected by the witnesses of this extraordinary occurrence; they appeared as silvery filaments gathered like a sort of cobweb. Some of its fragments were deposited at the gendarmerie of Graulhet; various people phoned, in the course of the day, to propose to perform the analysis of these filaments.

Studies were made by a chemist of the locality. He could not determine, at first sight, which was the exact material. One can say, however that, when a flame of a fragment is approached, the material vanishes without releasing neither smoked nor flame.

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[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports in his book that on October 13, 1954, at Graulhet in the Tarn, a sighting was made by many witnesses who gave precise and concordant accounts, among which that of Mr. Cardénac, mégissier in Graulhet:

"At 04:30 P.M., I saw at high altitude towards the North-West, slipping by towards the south at a high pace, a white object whose shape appeared curious to me. I believed initially in a jet of a new type. Then, not distinguishing any condensation trail, I went to get my binoculars. I then saw very distinctly a kind of vast flexible and soft disc, of white color, which undulated on itself while moving at high speed."

"I had followed it for a few seconds when the odd machine exploded in full flight. At the same time a circular object of much smaller dimensions and silver plated color seemed to spout out mass and continued its rectilinear trajectory towards the south, where it soon disappeared, while the glares of the soft disc, suddenly stopped, scattered in the sky in a multitude of shapeless fragments which started to fall gently like paper or fabric scraps."

Aimé Michel reports that all the witnesses of the strange explosion and other people rushed on the location of the explosion and saw the remains arriving on the ground, some of the remainder hung in trees or telegraphic cables.

People collected a great quantity of the matter fragments fallen on the ground, which were silver plated filaments agglomerated like cobweb and disappearing under the fingers. Part of these filaments were deposited at the police office of Graulhet, while a chemist of the city tried to analyze them, but with no result. With the heat, the matter disappeared without leaving any trace remainder, the disappearance being quasi instantaneous when a flame was approached, it did not burn and did not leave any smoke.

Aimé Michel wonders about the nature of this matter and proposes that it may be a side effect of the passage of the disc or a side effect of its propulsion method, a little like that of the icing of the planes. He cites a certain number of other well-known UFO sightings case in which a matter of appearance similar had been left.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges tells of the mystifications of two journalists of the Samedi-Soir weekly newspaper, according to their articles in this newspaper from October 21 to 27, 1954: these journalists left Paris by car, and went in the South, the areas of Cahors, Montauban and Toulouse, equipped with accessories such as diving suits, fireworks and various products of pyrotechnics, to play Martians.

The journalists concluded that all testimonies of flying saucers are stupidities and especially the testimonies of October 13, 1954, one by "Mr. Ott in Toulouse", another by Mr. Carcenac in Graulhet, in the Tarn and also that of Mr. Mitto on October 9 in the Tarn, but without naming him.

Carrouges considers it regrettable that what could have been an interesting experiment on the psychology of perception turned into a joke, and that the roads that they followed was given only very partially, the journalists not having specified any date. He also specifies that they actually did not give any proof of their effective passage in the localities they claim to have been in and, ultimately, it is not so outrageous to even wonder whether their reports were not completely made up.

He notes all the same that there are some photographs of witnesses whose good faith was fooled by the journalists in the articles and that it seems difficult that they were invented; that it can thus be admitted these journalists actually operated a round of hoaxes, but that its importance, the precise places and the exact hours are so lacunar that nothing certain can be concluded form the whole.

Michel Carrouges reconstitutes that they have apparently followed the road of Brive, Cahors, Montauban, Toulouse, stopping their car and putting on their disguise and shooting earthly fireworks from time to time at the following places: Pouzergues (in the south of Cahors), Varreye (on the road of Montpezat de Quercy), Montalzet (on main road 20), Saint-Gomhiez (between Fronton and Bouloc, on secondary road 4), from there, or from near there, they made a turn towards Graulhet, then returned at the entry of Toulouse, near the Blagnac airfield, and that thus any testimony on this route, and at this time, is suspect to be illusory.

Among the cases ascribable to these journalists-pranksters, Carrouges notes that of Mr. Carcenac, close to Graulhet, in the Tarn, of October 13, at approximately 04:30, whereas these journalists circulated in these places according to their statements, and there would have launched some rockets.

It was obviously noticed at which point the details indicated by the witness made think of fireworks, with this "flexible and soft disc" which undulated and dispersed "strings" in all directions; which fell on the ground, while a small brilliant "disc" continued to appear to continue its trajectory. In addition, Mr. Carcenac was far away, since he looked at it through binoculars.

[Ref. ca1:] FRANCOIS CARADEC ET NOEL ARNAUD:

The authors cite Graulhet as one of the places where journalists of "Samedi Soir" had mystified people by staging a fake flying saucer and a fake Martian. They say that this was indicated by Michel Carrouges.

[Ref. cr1:] LEONARD G. CRAMP:

13 October, 1957. Graulhet (Tarn) 35 miles east north east of Toulouse. There were many witnesses to this report, the following is an extract. M Carcenac, a tanner of Graulhet. He said, 'At 4.30 p.m. I noticed at a high altitude toward the north west, moving southward at full speed, a white object which seemed to have a curious shape. I first thought it must be a jet plane of an unfamiliar type. Not making out any vapor trail, I went and got my opera glasses. I could then see very distinctly a sort of huge, flexible, soft disc, white, which was swaying as it moved along at tremendous speed'.

'I had been following the bizarre craft for several seconds when it exploded in full flight At the same time a circular object, very much smaller and silvery, seemed to spurt out from the mass and continued straight toward the south. where it soon disappeared, while the burst fragments of the soft disc scattered out through the sky in a multitude of shapeless fragments which began to fall gently like shreds of cloth or paper.'

Everyone who had seen the explosion rushed toward the place above which it had happened; they were able to watch the debris settle on the ground, sometimes it caught on trees or telegraph wires. Many witnesses picked up fragments of the material which resembled 'silvery filaments clinging together like cobwebs' which wilted away when handled. Samples were taken to the police, and a chemist in Graulhet tried to analyse it, but without success. As always, in the heat, the strange material evaporated without leaving a trace. When brought near a flame, it disappeared almost instantaneously and produced neither fire nor smoke.

[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. mb1:] MICHEL BOUGARD:

The author provides the text by Aimé Michel for this case, crediting him by a precise referenceto the source.

[Ref. fl1:] FRANCOIS LAGARDE:

French ufologist François Lagarde lists this case in a listing of French cases of observations with "angels hair" within an article about this phenomenon:

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October 13, 1954 in Graulhet (Tarn.)
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[Ref. bo1:] BRIAN BOLDMAN:

EARLY ANALYSIS

Angel hair has baffled main that have tried to analyze it. Entomologists say it's a fiber, but when the same sample is examined by a fiber technician who says, no, its spider web. And sometimes the sample sublimates before any analysis can be done. Here are a few examples of head-scratchers:

"Many witnesses picked up the fragments of material, which resembled silvery filaments clinging together like cobwebs, and "wilted away" when handled. A sample was taken to the police, and a chemist in Graulhet tried to analyze it, but without success." 6

6. Aime? Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery (New York: Criterion, 1958), p. 170.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 13, 1954 in France in Graulhet in the Tarn, Mr. Carcenac observes at high altitude an odd white object. He looks at it with the binocular and saw a kind of soft flexible disc that undulated while moving very fast. This thing exploded in full flight while another much smaller object seemed to spout out of the mass, to follow its trajectory towards the south. The glares of the soft disc scattered in the sky and started to fall gently like paper or fabrics scraps. All the witnesses of this strange explosion rushed to collect the silver threads agglomerated like cobweb and dissolving in the hands. A part was deposited to the gendarmerie. This strange matter evaporated without leaving traces.

The source is indicated as Michel Bougard in "Des S.V. aux OVNI" - SOBEPS 1976 - p. 223,224."

The ufologist adds that the other version is that actually the journalists of "Samedi-Soir" had launched a rocket which, falling down, had the witnesses believe it was the fall of "gossamer threads".

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

[Note: Actually, Figuet and Ruchon say only that the journalists of Samedi-Soir returned from Graulhet when they made their prank in Bourrasole, and they do not say at all that the "gossamer threads" in Graulhet were caused by one of their rockets.]

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

13 October. Graulhet, France. (4:30 p.m.)

"Angel hair."

Michel wrote:

"At 4:30p.m. (M. Carcenac, a tanner that worked in Graulhet) noticed at a high altitude toward the northwest, moving southward at full speed, a white object which seemed to have a curious shape. I first thought it must be a jet plane of an unfamiliar type. Not making out any vapor trail, I went and got my opera glasses. I could then see very distinctly a sort of huge, flexible, soft disk, white, which was swaying as it moved along at tremendous speed.

"I had been following the bizarre craft for several seconds when it exploded in full flight. At the same time a circular object, very much smaller and silvery, seemed to spurt out from the mass and continued straight toward the south, where it soon disappeared, while the burst fragments of the soft disk scattered out through the sky in a multitude of shapeless fragments which began to fall gently like shreds of cloth or paper.'

"Everyone who had seen this strange explosion rushed toward the place above which it had happened; they were able to see the debris reach the ground, sometimes catching on trees or telegraph wires. Many witnesses picked up the fragments of material, which resembled silvery filaments clinging together like cobwebs, and 'wilted away' when handled. A sample was taken to the police, and a chemist in Graulhet tried to analyze it, but without success. In the heat, the strange material evaporated without leaving any traces. When brought near a flame, it disappeared almost instantaneously and produced neither fire nor smoke." (xx.)

(xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. p.170.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 13, 1954, at 4:30 p.m. in Graulhet, Tarn department, France, numerous witnesses consistently reported that a white object flew southward at full speed without leaving a vapor trail and then exploded. At the same time a circular object, much smaller and silvery, seemed to spurt out of the mass of debris and continue straight toward the south. The burst of fragments scattered throughout the sky and fell gently down like shreds of paper or cloth. The debris, which resembled silvery filaments clinging together like cobwebs, "wilted away" when handled. This volatile "angel hair" dropped by UFOs, usually in the month of October, has been described many times since 1947.

The source is indicated as "Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 170."

[Ref. dg1:] DIDIER GOMEZ:

Didier Gomez discusses the case of October 13, 1954, in which a saucer exploding with Graulhet could be true of untrue.

He gives this summary:

"At about 16:30, Mr Carcenac, tanner in Graulhet, observed with the binoculars a vast flexible and soft disc of white color which undulated while moving at high speed. The thing exploded in the middle of its flight and a smaller silver disc detached. The glares of the soft disc, suddenly stopped, scattered in full sky and fell gently like pieces of paper. Once on the ground, the matter appeared as agglomerated threads that came apart in the fingers."

"A chemist tried to analyze it, he found nothing. With the heat the strange matter sublimated. Approached of a flame, the disappearance was quasi instantaneous, without smoke nor flame. Nobody thought of preserving this matter in the refrigerator. This mode of conservation would perhaps have allowed a more thorough analysis. All occurred as if the substance were captive of the field of force produced by the craft or plated against it, hence the appearance of an undulating disc. One can suppose that the occupant of the craft, obstructed by this cocoon, decided to get rid of it by briefly stopping his field of force. Thus, the craft continued on its impetus but the cocoon literally came to burst against the ambient air."

"This would confirm an assumption that we will develop at the end of the book according to which the "flying saucers" would be wrapped of a field of force, without however explaining neither the nature nor the origin of this rare substance. It would also show that the "flying saucers" are not hot (not the latter at least) for the experiments tried on the ground on the substance showed that it volatilized in the presence of heat."

He indicates that Aimé Michel proposes a very documented report on this case whose witnesses are numerous, and their account as precise as concordant, among those, that of Mr. Carcenac, tanner in Graulhet:

"At 16:30, I saw at high altitude towards the Northwest, slipping by towards the south at full speed, a white object whose form appeared weird to me. I believed initially in a jet of a new type. Then, not distinguishing any condensation trail, I went to get my binoculars. I then saw very distinctly a kind of vast flexible and soft disc, of white color, which undulated on itself all while moving at high speed. I had followed it for a few seconds when the odd machine exploded in full flight. At the same time a circular object of much smaller dimensions and silver plated color seemed to spout out of the mass and continued its rectilinear trajectory towards the south, where it soon disappeared, while the glares of the soft disc, suddenly stopped, scattered in the sky in a multitude of formless fragments which started to fall gently like paper or fabric scraps. All the witnesses of this strange explosion and many people then rushed towards the place where it had occurred and they saw the remains arriving on the ground."

Didier Gomez' investigation indicates that Mr. Carcenac is deceased today, that he unfortunately did not find any trace of the result of the chemical analyses carried out at the time on these celestial remains in spite of his investigation on the spot, but nevertheless in the book of Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, there is a possible explanation:

"Two journalists of the newspaper "Samedi Soir" who came down from Paris, put their course towards Toulouse, after having launched some rockets in the area of Graulhet on the 13th at 16:30. Mr. Carcenac, tanner in Graulhet, saw one of the rockets launched by the journalists. Many witnesses managed to recover silver threads which sublimated in contact with heat. These matter fragments were analyzed by a chemist of Graulhet."

Didier Gomez phoned Henri Manavit, specialist in the history of Graulhet, who gave him the address of a relative of Mr. Carcenac who still lived today and still resided at Graulhet, very close to the place to the incident. He went to his home the following day in order to clear up the account, and this person then told him this:

"Mr Carcenac directed at that time a tawing at the locality Ventenayé, on the road going from Graulhet to Réalmont. He was my uncle, he was 35 at the time of the event but it seems to me hedid not observe the flying saucer directly. I remember this story in spite of the fact that I was myself a very young person at the time. My uncle simply analyzed a substance which one calls "gossamer threads" [aka "angel hair] without finding anything of interest".

Didier Gomez wonders whether it could be possible that the analyzed substance is only residues fallen from the rockets shot by the two Parisian journalists, which would come to confirm in a certain manner what is written on page 140 in the Figuet and Ruchon book: "In the case of Graulhet, it was only fireworks rocket scraps."

He estimates that it is probable without being certain even if the schedule corresponds admirably well to the intrigues of the two journalists who actually stopped in Graulhet that October 13, 1954.

He indicates that Michel Carrouges specifies:

"Mr. Carcenac's testimony, on the side of Graulhet is clearly to blame. It dates from October 13 towards 16:30. Indeed, the journalists circulated there, they say, and released some rockets. In addition, one obviously noticed at which point the details indicated by the witness make think to fireworks effects, with this "flexible and soft disc " which undulates and disperses in all directions in threads which fall to the ground, while a small shining disc continues or appears to continue its trajectory. Mr. Carcenac was far away since he looked at with the binocular" and to conclude as follows: "the presence of mystifiers does not exclude besides the appearance of authentic saucers. There is no kind of incompatibility between the two kinds of phenomena".

Didier Gomez adds that the case was reported in a briefer manner in some regional issues such as "La Liberté de l'Est" for October 16/17, 1954 in an article headlined "parachuting" where one learns in particular than it was about a silver-colored craft.

Didier Gomez indicates the sources references:

"Le Tarn Libre" for 10/22/1954.
"Mystérieux Objets Célestes" Aimé Michel, Arthaud publisher 1958.
"Les soucoupes volantes: le grand refus?" by the G.A.B.R.I.E.L team published at Michel Moutet pulisher, in 1979, page 20.
"Les Apparitions de Martiens " Michel Carrouges, Fayard, 1963.

[Ref. mo1:] ALAIN MOREAU:

On October 13, 1954, over Graulhet (Tarn), and on October 18, 1954 in Vienne (Isère), there was the same rain evoking glass wool or cobweb threads.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 13 October 1954 at 16:30 in Graulhet, France, there were angel hair, and the explanation is: Natural.

"A green fireball was observed before it exploded. One disc, about 1 foot across, was observed by a male experienced witness for several minutes (Carcenac)."

The sources are indicated as: Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Cramp, Leonard G., Piece for a Jig-Saw, Somerton, Isle of Wight, 1966; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Haines, Richard F., Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, L.D.A. Press, Los Altos, 1994, ISBN:0-9618082-4-1; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. dm1:] DISCK MOSS:

On October 13, 1954 over Tarn and Graulhet, France, in the late afternoon a white flying disc exploded while in flight. A smaller silver object departed from the white mass and disappeared to the south. Shapeless masses of fibers gently fell and were draped over trees and wires. The substance appeared to be silvery filaments clinging together like cobwebs which melted when handled. They disappeared without leaving any trace or odor.

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

*Oct. 13, 1954 - At 4:30 p.m. in Graulhet, Tarn department, France, numerous witnesses consistently reported that a white object flew southward at full speed without leaving a vapor trail and then exploded. At the same time a circular object, much smaller and silvery, seemed to spurt out of the mass of debris and continue straight toward the south. The burst of fragments scattered throughout the sky and fell gently down like shreds of paper or cloth. The debris, which resembled silvery filaments clinging together like cobwebs, "wilted away" when handled. This volatile "angel hair" dropped by UFOs, usually in the month of October, has been described many times since 1947. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 170).

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

This database recorded this case 8 times:

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 Graulhet France
19541013 13.10.1954 Graulhet France CE III
19541013 13.10.1954 Graulhet France 16.30 DD
19541013 13.10.1954 Graulhet France 16.30 DD
19541013 13.10.1954 Graulhet France 16.30 DD
19541013 13.10.1954 Graulhet France 16.30 DD
19541013 13.10.1954 Graulhet France 16.30
19541013 13.10.1954 Graulhet France 16.30

Press picture:

Below, a Press photograph, unknown source:

Explanations:

The Samedi Soir journalists prank.

Keywords:

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

October 13, 1954, Graulhet, Tarn, angel hair, Cardénac, Carcénac, multiple, fragments, analysis, gendarmerie

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1.2 Patrick Gross August 15, 2010 Addition [le2].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 25, 2014 Additions [rr1], [hi1], [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 25, 2014 Additions [ca1], [cr1], [bo1], [lg1], [mo1], [dm1].
1.5 Patrick Gross October 26, 2016 Addition [cm1].
1.6 Patrick Gross February 23, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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