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October 14, 1954, Chazey, Ain:

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

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 14, 1954, a few minutes after the case of Saint-Romain-Sous-Gourdon the same day, Mr. André Cognard of Ciry-the-Noble was driging his car on the secondary road 60 between Gueugnon and Ciry-the-Noble, a road whith curves, and going down and up the hills.

M. Cognard reported:

"Suddenly, at the top of a hill, I found myself so to speak face to face with a kind of disc of a luminosity so violent that I was dazzled as by headlights [or a lighthouse]. I had to stop. The machine flew over me slightly on the right at low altitude and continued its road towards the west, where it remained visible several minutes, before disappearing in the distance."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

345 -005.24331 46.75320 14 10 1954 20 00 2 (S. GERMAIN DU BOIS) F 011133 C** 295

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on October 14, 1954, a few minutes after the case of Saint-Romain-Sous-Gourdon the same day, Mr. André Cognard of Ciry-the-Noble was driging his car on the secondary road 60 between Gueugnon and Ciry-the-Noble, a road whith curves, and going down and up the hills.

M. Cognard reported:

"Suddenly, at the top of a hill, I found myself so to speak face to face with a kind of disc of a luminosity so violent that I was dazzled as by headlights [or a lighthouse]. I had to stop. The machine flew over me slightly on the right at low altitude and continued its road towards the west, where it remained visible several minutes, before disappearing in the distance."

Jacques Vallée indicates that his source is the second book by Aimé Michel.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

258

Oct. 14, 1954, nightfall, Chazey Wood (France).

Andre Cognard, coming from Gueugnon, was blinded by a light as a disk-shaped object flew low over his car. (Anatomy 130).

[Ref. ai1:] ANTONIO RIBERA:

The author notes that according to Aimé Michel, on October 14, 1954 in the wood of Chazey in France there was an unexplained observation at 07:35 p.m..

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

The two authors indicates that in Oudry in the Saone-et-Loire on October 14, 1954 in the twilight, Mr. André Cognard was driving his car on the secondary road D60. He told:

"All of a sudden, I saw opposite me a kind of disc, of a luminosity so violent that I was blinded by it as by a headlight or a projector, I pulled up. The apparatus flew over me at low altitude and continued its travel towards the west; it remained visible several minutes before disappearing."

The authors indicate that the sources are case 258 of the Vallée catalogue; Aimé Michel in "A Propos des S.V." page 215; and Anatomy 130.

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

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

"Bois-de-Chazey - 71 - 07:30 p.m.: hoax after investigation (2 sightings)."

[Ref. 800:] FRANCAT - MICHEL FIGUET:

In an extract of his Francat catalogue, Michel Figuet recorded that the case of the CE0 type in the north-west of the wood of Chazey was in the twilight, a "confusion with the fall of a fireball."

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider refers to the book of Aimé Michel and indicates that on October 14, 1954, in the twilight, on the secondary road 60 from Geugnon to Ciry-the-Noble in the Saône-et-Loire, Mr. André Cognard was driving his car, when he was suddenly dazzled by a headlight or a projector placed on an aerial vehicle in the shape of disc. The machine flew over the witness' car at low altitude and buzzed away in the direction of the West.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in Ciry le Noble, at twilight Mr. Cognard circulating in a car, on the top of the hill, was almost face to face with a kind of disc of a luminosity such as he was blinded. The craft flew over him at low altitude and continued its road towards the west.

The ufologist interogates herself "this Mr. Cognard, was it in Ciry le Noble or in the wood of Chazey ? – see next entry".

The source is noted "Aimé Michel: 'M.O.C.' Seghers pub., p. 234".

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates as next case that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in the Wood of Chazey, Mr. André Cognard, coming from Gueugnon, was blinded by a light at the time when his car was flown over, at low altitude, by an object in the shape of a disc".

The source is noted "Anatomy 130".

She adds that another version [actually a different case] is: "At 19:30 in the south of Gueugnon, Misters Jeannet and Garnier saw a reddish ball of fire which flew at low altitude over their car whose engine stopped and the headlights died out."

The source is noted "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENoeL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL.- p. 281".

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday, October 14, 1954

In the twilight - In Bois de Chazey (France), Mr. André Cognard, coming from Gueugnon, is blinded by a light at the time when his car is flown over, at low altitude, by an object in the shape of a disc.

Jérome Beau indicates as source "Vallée, J., Anatomy 130".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Saone et Loire in Oudry on October 14, 1954 at an unknown hour, "In the twilight, the witness circulates by car on the D60. "Suddenly, he tells, I see opposite me a kind of disc, of a luminosity so violent that I was dazzled by it as by a headlight or a projector, I stopped. The apparatus flew over me at low altitude and continued its road towards the west; it remained visible several minutes before disappearing."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 18:00 in Chazey Wood, France, "A disk-shaped object flew low over a car." "Andre Cognard, coming from Gueugnon, was blinded by a light as a disk shaped object flew low over his car."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One saucer was observed by one witness on a highway for five minutes (Andre Cognard)."

The website indicates that the source is "Vallee Magonia Database".

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 14, 1954, in the Saone-et-Loire department a short time later in Chazey Wood, Andre Cognard, who was coming from Gueugnon, was blinded by a light from a luminous disc-shaped object as it flew low over his car. The projected light beam was so bright and blinding that he was forced to stop his car.

The sources are indicated as Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 130; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 258; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 163-164.

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

*Oct. 14, 1954 - Again in Chazey Wood, Saone-et-Loire department, France a short time later, Andre Cognard, who was coming from Gueugnon, was blinded by a light from a luminous disc-shaped object as it flew low over his car. The projected light beam was so bright and blinding that he was forced to stop his car. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 130; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 258; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 163-164).

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Helicopter.

Keywords:

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

Chazey, Ain, André Cognard, Geugnon, Oudry, light, car, object, disc, low, blinding, blinded, road, forest, wood

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 20, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Addition [ai1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Addition [dj2].
1.4 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.5 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].

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