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October 14, 1954, Domart-les-Ponthieux, Somme:

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

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-in-Ponthieu and Conde-Floie, 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 atlittle 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. 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-les-Ponthieux - Condée-folie, which he discovered in the newspaper of Amiens "Le Courrier 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 he van for better observing. They saw six or seven beings of small sizes who advanced near the luminous thing, one behind the other.

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

[Ref. go1:] 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 who advance 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 meadoe, 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, one behing 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 Courrier 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. ub1:] "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

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Domart-les-Ponthieux, 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:

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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], [go1], [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].

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