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October 14, 1954, Domart-en-Ponthieu, Somme:

Reference number for this case: 14-Oct-54-Domart-en-Ponthieu. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In 1979, Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon indicates that according to the newspaper Le Courier Picard, of Amiens, for October 16, 1954, page 3, there was an observation on October 14, 1954, at approximately 9 p.m. on the D216 road at the place called "La Folie" between Domart-en-Ponthieu and Condé-Folie, in the Somme department.

Mr. and Mrs. Dumeige, cattle merchants, and Mr. Lourdel, cattle broker, drove in a van, and saw not far from the farms of "La Folie" a very brilliant glow that seemed to land in a meadow at a little distance from the road.

Mr. Dumeige stopped the vehicle and the three people came out, and then saw very clearly, near the glow, six or seven small beings advancing in single file.

Frightened, the witnesses quickly drove away.

Another version, widely quoted, but incomplete, is said to come from ufologist Claude Perrier. It dates the sighting of October 15, 1954, instead of 14, indicates that it is a "Mrs. S." who was driving, and she and Mr. Lourdel ran in the field to see what it was. It would not be 6 or 7, but 4 or 5 little beings no more than a meter high, in diving suits or scuba suits, walking one after another in front of the bushes, at a maximum distance of 25 meters. The police were apparently informed of the sighting, inspected the premises several days later, but were unable to find any trace.

Reports:

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

The two authors indicate that on October 14, 1954 around 9 p.m. on the D216 road at the location "La Folie" between Domart-en-Ponthieu and Conde-Folie [sic], Mr. and Mrs. Dumeige, cattle merchants, and Mr. Lourdel, dispatcher in cattle, circulate in a van and see not far from the farms of "La Folie" a very brilliant gleam which seems to land in a meadow at little distance from the road.

Mr. Dumeige stops the vehicle and the three people go out. They then see very clearly close to the gleam six or seven beings of small size advancing one behind another. They are frightened and drive away fast.

The authors note that the source is Le Courier Picard for October 16, 1954, page 3.

[Ref. ag1:] ALAIN GAMARD:

October 14th., 1954: 21.00 hours. Between Domart & Condé-Folie (Somme).

Witnesses: Mr. and Mme. Dumeige, and Mr. Lourdel.

Ref: Le Courrier Picard l6.10.1954.

[Ref. mf3:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Nr of the J. C. Fumoux list Nr of Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
088 209 between Domart-en-Ponthieu et Condé Folie 14/10 CE3 NI P 2-p. 169 3 W

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
209 CE3 14 10 1954 21 h b Domart-en-Ponthieu and Condé-Folie 82620 B3
80890 C3
NI, see 20.10) 203

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author gives the indications which follow in connection with an observation of October 14, 1954 at approximately 09:00 p.m. in Domart-en-Ponthieu - Condé-Folie, which he discovered in the newspaper of Amiens "Le Courier Picard" for October 16, 1954, on page 3:

Mr. Lourdel and the Dumeige man and wife drove in a van on the secondary road D21, when suddenly they saw a shining object land in a meadow. Mr. Dumeige stopped the van and the all passengers came out of the van for better observing. They saw six or seven beings of small sizes advancing near the luminous thing, one behind the other.

The witnesses were frightened and resumed their travel without trying to learn anything more.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

15 October. Near Vauchelles-les-Domart (Somme, France. (no time)

Five small figures.

According to a report obtained by UFO investigator Claude Perrier:

"Mme. S., her husband, and another man, M. Lourdel, were driving a truck on Dept. Route 216, just outside Vauchelles-les-Domart, when beyond a small thicket on the other side of a freshly ploughed field. Mme. S., who was driving, stopped the truck and she and M. Lourdel ran into the field to see what it was. Suddenly they saw four or five small figures, no more than a meter high, walking 'Indian file' from right to left directly in front of the bushes, not more than 25 meters away. Frightened, the two turned on their heels and ran back to the truck, driving quickly off. The police, notified of the sighting, inspected the area several days later but were unable to find any traces. The figures appeared to be dressed in diver's suits ('les scaphandriers')." (xx.)

(xx.) HumCat # 1892. Mesnard and Bigorne, "Les Humanoides en France," p.l42, Citing first-hand inquiry.

Untranslated clipping dated: 15 October 54. (See page 50 [clipping unrelated to this case]) (Credit: Jean Sider)

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4129: 1954/10/14 21:00 3 2:07:20 E 50:04:00 N 3333 WEU FRN SMM 9:8

nr DOMART-en-PONTHIEU,FR:3 OBS:BIG GLOW/FLD:6-7 OIDS WALK SINGLE FILE:/r30p167

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 203 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in "Domart en Ponthieu/Conde-Folie, Mr. and Mrs. Dumeige and Mr. Lourdel in a van on the D 216 arrive around 21 hours at the locality "La Folie". They see a very brilliant gleam which appears to land in a meadow at little distance from the road. Mr. Dumeige stops and everyone goes down. At this point in time they see very clearly close to the gleam, six or seven beings of small size advancing one behind another. There became frightened, drove again quickly, leaving the craft and its occupants."

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

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

169.

Location. Near Vauchelles-les-Domart Somme France

Date: October 15 1954

Time: 1930

Ms S, her husband, and another man, M Lourdel, were driving a truck on Route 216, just outside Vauchelles-les-Domart, when a bright light that passed over the road and landed beyond a small thicket on the other side of a freshly ploughed field dazzled them. Ms S, who was driving, stopped the truck and she and M Lourdel ran into the field to see what it was. Suddenly they saw four or five small figures, no more than a meter high, walking "Indian file" from right to left directly in front of the bushes, not more than 25 meters away. Frightened, the two turned on their heels, and ran back to the truck, driving quickly off. The police, notified of the sighting, inspected the area several days later but were unable to find any traces. The figures appeared to be dressed in diver's suits.

Humcat 1954-29

Source: Claude Perrier

Type: C

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Somme in Mouflers on October 14, 1954 at 21:00 hours "Three people circulate by van on the D216, they see not far from the farms of 'La Folie', a very brilliant gleam which appears to land in a meadow, at little distance from the road. The driver stops his vehicle and goes down with his wife and the third witness. At this point in time they clearly see, close to the gleam, six or seven beings of small size who advance one behind the other. They are frightened, they hit the road fast, leaving the craft and its occupants. "

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 15 October 1954 at 19:30 in Vauchelles-les-Domart, Somme, France, "Ms S, her husband, and another man, M Lourdel, were driving a truck on Route 216, just outside Vauchelles-les-Domart, when a bright light that passed over the road and landed beyond a small thicket on the other side of a freshly ploughed field dazzled them. Ms S, who was driving, stopped the truck and she and M Lourdel ran into the field to see what it was. Suddenly they saw four or five small figures, no more than a meter high, walking 'Indian file' [sic, bad stranslation of "file indienne", meaning one behind the other] from right to left directly in front of the bushes, not more than 25 meters away. Frightened, the two turned on their heels, and ran back to the truck, driving quickly off. The police, notified of the sighting, inspected the area several days later but were unable to find any traces. The figures appeared to be dressed in diver's suits."

The source is a link to a missing web page.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 October 1954 at 21:00 in Vauchelles, France "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object, the size of the moon, was observed by five witnesses for over four minutes."

The sources are indicated as "Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated"; "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 14 1954. 2100hrs.

DOMART (S0ME : FRANCE)

While driving their lorry between Domart and Conde-Folie, the cattle dealers Mr and Mrs Dumeige and cattle broker Mr Lourdel caught sight of, near “La Folie” farms, a bright light apparently landing in a field by the road. They stopped the lorry and went to investigate. They then saw, near the light, six or seven little beings walking one after the other. The witnesses were so afraid that they drove away without investigating further.

Alain Gamard citing Courier Picard 16 Oct 1954.

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

Location: Mouflers, Somme, France

Date: October 14 1954

Time: 2100

Three persons driving in a van on the departmental road D216 saw not far from the farm ‘La Folie” a very brilliant beam of light which appeared to land on a meadow, a little distance from the road. The driver stopped his vehicle and went down with his wife and a third witness. At this point they clearly saw, close to the light six or seven beings of small size which advanced toward them one behind the other. The witnesses became frightened and resumed their travel, leaving the craft and occupants behind.

Source: http://ufologie.net [Which is the old URL of the home page of my website.]

The website mistakenly entered the case a second time:

Location: Near Vauchelles-les-Domart Somme France

Date: October 15 1954

Time: 1930

Ms S. her husband, and another man, M. Lourdel, were driving a truck on Route 216, just outside Vauchelles-les-Domart, when a bright light that passed over the road and landed beyond a small thicket on the other side of a freshly ploughed field dazzled them. Ms S, who was driving, stopped the truck and she and M. Lourdel ran into the field to see what it was. Suddenly they saw four or five small figures, no more than a meter high, walking “Indian file” from right to left directly in front of the bushes, not more than 25 meters away. Frightened, the two turned on their heels, and ran back to the truck, driving quickly off. The police, notified of the sighting, inspected the area several days later but were unable to find any traces. The figures appeared to be dressed in diver’s suits.

Source: Claude Perrier

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author says that between Domart-en-Ponthieu and Conde-Folie [sic], at the place called "La Folie", in the Somme, on October 14, 1954, around 09:00 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Dumeige, cattle merchants, Mr. Lourdel, a cattle broker, were driving in a van on the D2l6, and saw not far from the farms of "La Folie", a very brilliant glow that seemed to land in a meadow a short distance from the road. Mr. Dumeige who was driving stopped his vehicle and came down with his wife and Mr. Lourdel. They then clearly saw near the glow, six or seven small beings who advanced in line. Frightened, they quickly drove again, leaving the craft and its occupants there.

The author indicates that his sources are "Le Courrier Picard (Amiens) for October 16, 1954; Jean Sider, Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste, page 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
19541015 15.10.1954 Vauchelles France 19.30 CE III

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

October 14 1954. 2100hrs.

DOMART (S0MME : FRANCE)

While driving their lorry between Domart and Conde-Folie, the cattle dealers Mr and Mrs Dumeige and cattle broker Mr Lourdel caught sight of, near "La Folie" farms, a bright light apparently landing in a field by the road. They stopped the lorry and went to investigate. They then saw, near the light, six or seven little beings walking one after the other. The witnesses were so afraid that they drove away without investigating further.

Alain Gamard citing Courrier Picard 16 October 1954.

Evaluation - Object landing is the meteor and figures a group of children?

Explanations:

Peter Rogerson ([prn2]) suggests that "the object that landed is the meteor and the characters a group of children?".

By "the meteor", it must be understood that Rogerson saw on my website that there had been a meteor widely seen that day. But on the one hand, it was not seen in the Somme, on the other hand, it was around 06:10 p.m. - 18:15, this case being given at about 9 p.m., three hours later.

Rogerson might have seen the probable meteor report of the 14th at 08:50 p.m. on my website, but this was in the Haute-Saône, a bit far away from the Somme.

It is obviously not excluded that the "little beings" were children; there is nothing in the report to contradict it, in fact the report is very poor, and there has been no investigation to my knowledge; which leaves the door open to a possible explanation by some misinterpretation, such as for example, a helicopter and its crew in a drill. But as the most primary sources are missing, nothing sure can be said.

The location received various names. The correct one is obviously the place called "La Folie"; this is why Luc Chastan [lc1] renamed the case "Mouflers", village nearest to La Folie:

Keywords:

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

Domart-en-Ponthieu, Somme, Condée-Folie, Vauchelles-les-Domart, Somme, Lourdel, Dumeige, Condée-Folie, van, truck, road, night, object, landing, shining, dazzling, meadow, occupants, small, frightened, diving suit, police

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 8, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [fr1], [goe1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 27, 2010 Addition [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross March 16, 2010 Addition [ud2].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.5 Patrick Gross February 27, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.6 Patrick Gross July 8, 2019 Additions [lhh1], [prn2].
1.6 Patrick Gross July 8, 2019 Additions [lhh1], [mf3], [mf1], [lg1], [gz1], [prn2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.6 Patrick Gross July 31, 2019 Addition [ag1].

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