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October 14, 1954, Brienne, Aube:

Reference number for this case: 14-oct-54-Brienne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In their 1979 book, the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker laconically indicate that the case of October 14, 1954, at 8 p.m. in Brienne is a hoax according to their investigation.

Just after, again in 1979, we learn a little more by Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon: in Brienne, on October 14, 1954, around 08:00 p.m., a dark egg-shaped elongated craft surmounted by a cupola was seen by an anonymous person, resting on a sort of tripod of 60 cm. It was 4 meters in diameter and 2 meters high. A normal-sized human shape was in front of the craft and it seemed that the dome was also occupied. The witness wanted to approach and was paralyzed. The craft left towards la Rothière.

They indicated that the source for this case is the newspaper Est-Eclair for October 16, 1954.

Later, Michel Figuet would indicate that the case was elucidated as a hoax by Barthel and Brucker.

In 1997, Jean Sider, referring to L'Est-Eclair, wrote that on October 14, 1954, at 08:00 p.m., between Crespy and Vienne, and 2 km from Vienne, in the Aube, Mr. Emile Collet (the witness was not anonymous) was riding a bicycle, when he saw an elongated egg-shaped apparatus with a dome resting on a tripod. When he wanted to approach the machine, he was paralyzed.

The "skeptical" ufologist Renaud Leclet then indicates, in 1999, that "the case presents similarities with a helicopter."

The version of Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Rucon would be published again and again.

Reports:

[Ref. agd1:] ALAIN GAMARD:

October 14th., 1954: 20.00 hours. Brienne (Aube)

Witness: not named.

Refs: L'Est-Eclair, 16.10.1954.

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

The two authors note this case of October 14, 1954:

"Brienne - 10 - 20 h: hoax after investigation."

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

The authors indicate that in Brienne, on October 14, 1954, at about 08:00 P.M., a dark machine with an elongated egg shape and topped by a cupola was seen by an anonymous person, resting on a sort of tripod of 60 cm. It was 4 meters in diameter and 2 meters in height. A human shape of normal size was in front of the machine and it seemed that the cupola was also occupied. The witness wanted to get closer and was paralysed. The machine left in the direction of Rothière.

The authors indicate as source L'Est-Eclair for October 16, 1954.

[Ref. mft1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
201 CE3 14 10 1954 20.00 Brienne 10 500 B5 TD - E (canul) B-B 199

("B-B" refers to the book by Barthel and Brucker, see [bbr1].)

[Ref. mft3:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Nr of the J. C. Fumoux list Nr of Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
086 201 Brienne 14/10 CE3 E canular 4-p. 199 T

[Ref. mft2:] MICHEL FIGUET:

10 / 14 / 1954 Brienne TD - solved by MM. Barthel and Brucker p. 99

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider consulted the newspaper "L'Est-Eclair" for October 16, 1954, and summarizes the contents:

On October 14, 1954 at 08:00 P.M., between Crespy and Vienna, and at 2 km of Vienna, in the Aube, Mr. Emile Collet is riding his bicycle when he saw a machine shaped like an elongated egg with a cupola resting on a tripod. When he wanted to approach the machine, he found himself paralysed.

[Ref. cnu1:] CNEGU:

In a list titled "The solved cases of Francat" of this ufology group, we read:

"10/14/54 : Brienne (10)"

[Ref. rlt1] RENAUD LECLET:

Renaud Leclet lists cases that he thinks have "similarities with helicopters", including this one:

SIMILARITIES WITH HELICOPTERS:

14/10/54 Brienne le Chateau (10) à 20h 00 un ovoïde à coupole et une forme humaine normale devant l'engin.

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

4125: 1954/10/14 20:00 2 4:32:00 E 48:24:00 N 3333 WEU FRN AUB 8:6

BRIENNE,FR:4Mx2M DOMED SCR LANDS/60cm TRIPOD:OBS FROZEN ON APPROACH:>>S:/r30

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 202 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in Brienne, "towards 8 p.m. a craft of dark color, the shape of a lengthened egg topped of a cupola, resting on a kind of tripod of 60cm. It was 4m diameter and 2m in height. A human form of normal size was in front of the machine. It seemed that the cupola was occupied also. Wanting to approach, the witness was paralysed. The UFO left in the direction of la Rothière."

The source is noted "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: "Ovni, premier dossier complet..." - éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979, p. 160".

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

164.

Location. Brienne Aube France

Date: October 14 1954

Time: 2000

An unidentified witness saw an object on the ground, like an elongated egg, dark in color and with a cupola atop. A figure of normal height appeared in front of it, and he could see a second figure inside the cupola. He tried to approach but found himself paralyzed; the figure got in and the object took off in the direction of Rothiere.

Humcat 1954-28

Source: Alain Gamard and Jean Luc Rivera

Type: A and B

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Saone et Loire in Brienne on October 14, 1954 at 20:00 hours, "a witness observes a machine of dark colour, the shape of a lengthened egg surmounted of a cupola, resting on a kind of tripod of 60 cm. It was 4 m in diameter and 2 m in height. A human form of normal size was in front of the craft, and it seemed that the cupola was occupied also. Wanting to approach, the witness was paralysed. The object left in the direction of La Rothière."

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

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 20:00 in Brienne, France, "Ovoid with dome atop, figure of normal height. Witness tried to approach but paralyzed. Case considered 'doubtful' by French researchers. Explanation: Balloon."

The website adds: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One domed oval object, about 20 feet across, was observed by one male witness. A humanoid was seen."

And: "An unidentified witness saw an object on the ground, like an elongated egg, dark in color and with a cupola atop. A figure of normal height appeared in front of it, and he could see a second figure inside the cupola. He tried to approach but found himself paralyzed; the figure got in and the object took off in the direction of Rothiere."

The website indicates that the sources are Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; CUFOS, J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 14 1954. 2000hrs

BRIENNE (AUBE : FRANCE)

A man saw a dark elongated object egg shaped object, with a dome, standing on a sort of tripod 60cm high. The object was 4m diameter, 2m high. A normal sized human form was in front of it, and it seemed to that the cupola was also occupied. As the witness tried to draw near, he was paralysed. The object took off in the direction of La Rothiere

Alain Gamard citing L’Est Éclair 16 October 1954.

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

Location: Brienne Aube France

Date: October 14 1954

Time: 2000

An unidentified witness saw an object on the ground, like an elongated egg, dark in color and with a cupola atop. A figure of normal height appeared in front of it, and he could see a second figure inside the cupola. He tried to approach but found himself paralyzed; the figure got in and the object took off in the direction of Rothiere.

Source: Alain Gamard & Jean Luc Rivera

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

Julien Gonzalez indicates that in Brienne, in the Aube department, on October 14, 1954, at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Emile Collet, who was riding a bicycle, saw a dark-colored vehicle on the ground, in the shape of an elongated egg surmounted by a dome, resting on a kind of tripod of 60 cm. It was 4 meters in diameter and 2 meters high. A normal-sized human form was in front of the apparatus, and it seemed that the dome was also occupied. The witness got closer but he felt paralyzed, and the craft then disappeared towards La Rothière.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that the sources are L'Est Eclair for October 16, 1954; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon in OVNI: le premier dossier des rencontres rapprochées en France on page 165, and Jean Sider in Le Dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste on pages 202-203.

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

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Brienne France 20.00 CE III
19541014 14.10.1954 Brienne France 20.00 CE III

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

October 14 1954. 2000hrs.

BRIENNE (AUBE : FRANCE)

A man saw a dark elongated object egg shaped object, with a dome, standing on a sort of tripod 60cm high. The object was 4m diameter, 2m high. A normal sized human form was in front of it, and it seemed to that the cupola was also occupied. As the witness tried to draw near, he was paralysed. The object took off in the direction of La Rothiere

Explanations:

Another very poorly documented case, with an explanation by Barthel and Brucker without any details or circumstances.

A helicopter, a hoax, an extraterrestrial craft? Impossible to decide with the slightest certainty...

Keywords:

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

Brienne, Aube, craft, machine, dark, occupants, cuppola, dome, effect, paralyzed, human, tripod, egg, egg-shaped, landing

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [prn1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [tai1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 23, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross July 13, 2019 Additions [agd1], [rlt1], [mft2], [mft3], [cnu1], [lhh1], [jgz1], [prn2], Summary. Explanationc changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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