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October 14, 1954, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Vaucluse:

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

Reports:

[Ref. me1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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EMOTION

in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

where the residents have seen two jet airplanes chase a saucer

FONTAINE-DE-VAUCLUSE. (C.P.). -- 12:30 p.m.: "A saucer! A saucer!" Alerted by the children, who first saw it in the sky, all the population was soon in agitation. A white disc hovered slowly above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Large artillery binoculars on the eyes, it was possible to clearly distinguish a large white disc, topped by a segment of a sphere of the same color, entirely similar to a silver colored bowler hat.

The lower circular edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from white to purplish, passing through red. Oscillating on the axis of the large lower disc, the whole rose up, sometimes in the shape of a bowler hat, sometimes of a rhombus, sometimes as a simple disc with brilliant edge where two fires diametrically opposite were intermittently very visible to the naked eye.

No smoke, no noise. The air base of Caritat, alerted, at once scrambled two jet planes which, at approximately 2 p.m., made their appea-

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Saucer in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

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rance in the sky of Vaucluse.

Our correspondent being on the phone with the air base, from where one communicated by radio with the planes, it was easy to guide the planes towards the saucer.

After two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the planes took altitude and dove right at the reported object.

The radio of the planes announced that the saucer was in sight, that they took it in pursuit, but that it escaped at a speed higher than theirs. Indeed, from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the saucer was clearly seen rushing away with the two jets in pursuit.

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Such is the version which has been just communicated to us by the inhabitants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, and it is that which we would have published if our manager Mr. Roland Fraissinet had not precisely been yesterday, at the Orange air base, where he performed his weekly flight on "Mistral".

Thus we can give to our readers the version of the pilots of Orange, which differs rather appreciably from that of the inhabitants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Around 1 p.m., the secretary of the town hall of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse phoned the officers lunchroom of the Orange base to announce a saucer at the vertical of his town hall. This information was received with a mixture of enthusiasm and circumspection, but the precise details given were such that the commander of the one of the wings of the base phoned a few moments later with the mayor of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

The latter confirmed the indications given by its secretary and caused the general hilarity of the pilots present around the phone by specifying that the saucer was motionless within four hundred meters at the vertical of the fountain (undoubtedly the pilot was thirsty). At this precise moment, a commander of the squadron was on the point of taking off for a routine mission and the presence of the object was reported to him. A few moments later he was at the vertical of Fontaine without seeing the least saucer.

During the remainder of the afternoon, several pilots, among those our manager, passed at the vertical of the famous Fontaine, during various missions, without managing however to locate "the object" in a sky without clouds.

At 03:30 p.m. a new phone call announced the saucer at the vertical of the Mount-Genèvre, but this time nobody took it seriously, and no fighter plane from the base was diverted to intercept it.

Some facetious pilots even planned to go last night to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to introduce to the local population two chained Martians, whose roles were to be held by two pilots of the base covered with their impressive equipment of altitude flight.

As for the mysterious object, one finally wondered in Orange if it were not quite simply a weather balloon which one had seen passing a few hours earlier in the direction of the south-east.

And so are born and killed many saucers, undoubtedly!

Saucer and cigar in Vic-le-Fesq and in the sky of Nimes

One of our important Parisian newspaper publishes an important report on saucers, cigars and Martians.

Each day, a French locality is visited by the Martians or Martian girls and everyone tackles the problem of the veracity of these appearances.

Many witnesses of these appearances do not dare to report it by fear of drowning in the ridiculous.

It is not our idea to give an opinion on the existence or non-existence. Let us simply report these facts, which are reported to us.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, at 00:40 a.m. exactly, a resident of Nîmes, Mr. Dupuy, returning from the movie theater in company of his wife, saw, near the camp of the Garrigues, at the place known as the Farmhouse of Rouvière, an object having the shape of a "rugby ball", having green port-holes and seemingly resting on crutches.

For an unknown reason, the machine suddenly took its flight, passed from dark red to orange, and disappeared in the sky while leaving behind a trail of fire...

Other witness:

In Vic le Fesc, Mr. Reynaud, returning to his place towards 7 p.m., saw in the sky "a blazing cigar in the shape of a bread flute", which moved quickly towards the North-East..."

A "round object" in Saint-André-les-Alpes

SAINT-ANDRE-LES-ALPES (C.P.). -- Yesterday evening, many people saw for the first time in the sky dominating the Chalvet mountain, a round object.

With the observation glasses, a disc showing green, yellow and red reflections, seemed to make rotations on itself. This phenomenon lasted 45 minutes approximately.

ABOVE AUBAGNE

AUBAGNE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, at 06:15, p.m., residents of Aubagne saw a kind of cigar flying across the sky in the south-north direction. Testimonies coincide as for the color of the craft, green with white reflections.

Some ten employees of the S.N.C.F. station were witnesses of this display.

One of them told us: "I saw a kind of ball, but whose contours were rather vague. I saw it during three seconds approximately."

In addition, Mr. Alexis Artufel, fruit and vegetables wholesaler, told us: "I was at the steering wheel of my car, on the bridge of La Demande, when I saw a kind of rocket having the shape of a cigar suddenly fly fast towards the north; it was of green color with a white halation."

A FLYING CIGAR IN THE SKY OF MANOSQUE

MANOSQUE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, at nightfall, a score of inhabitants of our city, among whom misters Maurel, café owner, Entressangle, transporter, Rose, E.D.F employee, Dini, conveyor, and several of our police officers saw a craft in the shape of a cigar stopped just above the Mount-d'Or. At the end of a few moments, the craft resumed its travel while spreading a strong gleam.

Two witnesses saw a saucer in Tourves (Var)

TOURVES (C.P.). -- Misters Maurice Brémond and Henri Ollivier, resident of Tourves, in the Var, saw in the evening of yesterday, at approximately 6 p.m., a craft having the shape of a flying saucer, at approximately 1.000 meters of altitude, and moving towards Marseilles. Sparks spouted out of the "saucer."

A green ball in the sky of Marseilles

One of our readers, Mr. L.J., who was yesterday, around 06:10 p.m., opposite the Samaritaine on the quay of the Port, clearly saw passing while moving towards the North, a light-green ball, leaving behind itself a luminous trail.

"Is it a flying saucer, he told us, I do not know at all. However, the green ball, I really saw it..."

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

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A "flying saucer" pursued by by two jets planes
of the Caritat base (Vaucluse)

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

13 h. 30. A saucer! a saucer!

Alerted by children who first saw it it in the sky, all the population was soon in agitation. A white disc hovered slowly above Fountaine-de-Vaucluse. Large artillery binoculars at the eyes, it was possible to clearly distinguish a large white disc surmounted of a segment of a sphere of the same color completely similar to a silver-coloured bowler hat.

The lower circular edge carried, intermittently, two powerful fires, variable from the white to the purplished, passing by the red, oscillating on the axis of the large lower disc. The whole sometimes appeared in the shape of a bowler hat, sometimes of a rhombus, sometimes of a simple disc with brilliant edge, from where two fixed lights, diametrically opposite, were intermittently quite visible to the naked eye. No smoke nor noise.

The air base of Caritat, alerted, at once sent two jet planes which, at about 2 p.m., made their appearance in the sky of Vaucluse. Our correspondent was on the telephone with the air base, from where one communicated by radio with the planes. It was easy to guide the apparatuses on the saucer.

Too fast for the planes

After two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the planes took altitude and dove fast on the reported object.

The radio of the planes announced that the saucer was in sight, that they chased it, but that it escaped with a speed higher than theirs.

Indeed, from Vaucluse one saw the saucer clearly starting out like an arrow with the two jets following.

A "rugby ball on crutches" in the sky of Nimes...

Nimes (A.F.P.).

After the orange and red gleams accompanying the "packs

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FLYING SAUCERS

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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CONTRADICTORY TESTIMONYS 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 Fountaine-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 purplished, 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 Fountaine-de-Vaucluse.

It is here that testimonys 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 Nîmes, 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 colour.

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 dor 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 parafinne.

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 surprize them more. The sounding-balloon continued its travel towards Gap where, today undoubtedly, theere will be a report of a mysterious machine which... etc, etc...

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

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The mystery of the flying saucers

A luminous disc
ESCAPES
two jet aircraft
who had hunted it

AVIGNON, October 15th. - Early in the afternoon of Friday, at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine de Vaucluse was in turmoil.

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

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

The lower circular border intermittently bears two powerful lights, varying from white to purplish, passing through the red.

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed two jet planes which soon made their appearance, and after two turns on Fontaine de Vaucluse, took altitude and dove on the "disc".

The radio on board the planes, which was in communication with the base, announced that the craft was in sight, that it was being hunted, but that it escaped because its speed was higher than theirs.

From Vaucluse, one could see clearly the disc skyrocketing, pursued by the two jets.

CALAIS. - A baker boy

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from Calais said he had seen, at 3:40 a.m., at the place called "Saint Pierre Halte", on the road to Saint-Omer a yellow and shiny craft land on the railway tracks.

According to the baker, the curiously shaped object was two meters in height and four meters in diameter.

NIMES. - Two people saw last night, as they were returning home, a few kilometers north of Nîmes, a greenish glow in a field. They approached and found the presence of a craft in all aspects identical to a rugby ball and seeming to rest on crutches. The strange device suddenly rose into the air, emitting a faint noise and gradually taking on an orange hue.

[Ref. pl1] "LE PARISIEN LIBERE" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING SAUCERS

False alert in Vaucluse

THE MINISTRY OF AIR DENIES
the observation of a luminous phenomenon
by two aviators from the Orange base

A big event faded yesterday on the front of the flying saucers.

The affair took place in the Vaucluse, in the limpid sky where Mount Ventoux dominates the relief, above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. At 6:30 p.m., witnesses said that they had just seen a white disk surmounted by a spherical cap. The craft had two powerful lights alternating from white to red and purple colors. The comments went very fast and in good faith, it seems, several people gave reports that confirmed most of the countless phenomena already observed around the world. The nearby Caritat air base was alerted while the craft was still visible. Two jet planes took off and one waited impatiently for the pilots' report.

However, imprudents people ventured to publish premature news: the pilots had spotted the craft they were hunting. But it escaped at a speed much greater than theirs.

In fact, this was not the case, and yesterday the Air Ministry denied these fanciful claims. "Contrary to the information published by some newspapers Friday morning, the two pilots sent in pursuit of the saucer overflew Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at different altitudes and observed no unknown apparatus during their searches. These are experienced officers and their report is formal."

It was therefore necessary to mourn the saucer of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. But in a field which in the autumn of 1954 offers a vast unknown in the world, that is not enough to conclude that flying saucers do not exist. There remain, alas, too many unexplained cases, and the enigma that remains hardly seems to be resolved.

On the other hand, Mr. Gauffredy, deputy mayor of Roussillon, saw, around 6 p.m., a saucer of greenish color which disappeared in a few seconds. Mr. Pierre Hector, entrepreneur, saw the same craft at the same time at Coustellet.

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-- At 6:30 p.m. yesterday a score of people saw in the sky of Apt a craft in the shape of a cigar with a big white glow at the front. The craft disappeared suddenly leaving two green lights.

-- In Valmon, in Bollène, at the Ponet and L'Isle-sur-Sorgue, between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., various credible people saw either a luminous disc or a cigar moving at a dizzying speed.

-- A baker, Mr. Elie Théry, aged 43, living on the road from Saint-Omer to Calais, on his way home at around 3:30 a.m. in the morning, saw on the Dunkerque-Calais railway, near the level crossing of Saint-Pierre-Halte, 50 meters from him, a spherical luminous craft about 2 meters high and 4 meters wide. The object was extremely bright.

Mr. Thery, who passes for a very serious and conscientious man, has been deeply moved by this discovery.

-- In Vignory and Brottes, villages of the Haute-Marne, an orange-colored object was seen by different witnesses.

In the first case, it rose at a vertiginous pace towards the sky; the second time, Mr. Taillandier, an employee of the Chaumont buses, his wife and daughter, living at Brottes, saw an identical gleam moving from Neuilly to Vignory, moving very quickly.

In both cases, no noise was perceived.

[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. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

French ufologist Aimé Michel reports in his book that on October 14, 1954, at about 12:30 P.M., a machine appeared in the sky of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, in sight of several hundreds of witnesses.

The object remained there during an hour and half without changing position but playing varied lights and showing strange evolutions on its axis.

Aimé Michel reports that all the binoculars of the area were soon directed at it. A correspondent of a newspaper of Marseilles whom was there alerted the air force base of Orange-Caritat, which sent two jet planes towards the location.

The two jet fighters arrived, being in radio contact with their base, while at the same time the base was connected by phone link with the journalist who practically did not leave the object of the eyes.

The journalist thus guided the two jets towards the object. The base announced to him that the two pilots now saw the object, and that they started to chase it.

People in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse saw the jets then diving towards the mysterious machine. The machine then started moving and buzzed away in the distance in a few seconds.

The pilots informed their base by radio of that they did not manage to follow the machine, which the witnesses on the ground noted. The jets returned at their Orange-Caritat base, it was at this time a little more than 14:00 p.m..

Aimé Michel indicates that two days later, the following official statement appeared in all the French newspapers:

"The secretariat to the Air communicates: as opposed to what certain daily newspapers announced yesterday morning, the secretariat of the armed Forces (Air) makes a point of specifying that the two pilots of the Orange base which flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at various altitudes observed no unknown machine during their search. The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is certain."

Michel reports that the official statement caused a flood of letters written by indignant readers who had been among the innumerable witnesses. Those expressed strongly that the official statement took them for idiots, and that they well knew what they had seen.

Aimé Michel quotes an extract of one of the letters:

"This official statement is very instructive. Now, I know what to think of the official denials on this matter."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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[Ref. hd1:] HENRI DURRANT:

The author indicates that on February 14, 1954 towards 12:30 a craft appeared above Fountain-de-Vaucluse in the Vaucluse in France and remained stationary there during one hour and half while changing color and position relative to its axis.

He then quotes Aimé Michel in the fourth edition of his book Mysterieux Objets Célestes: A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes, pages 216,217:

"... All the binoculars of the area were soon directed towards it. The correspondent of a newspaper of Marseilles, who was there, alerted the air base of Caritat, who dispatched two jets. What then happened completely resembles the stories reported by Ruppelt in his book."

"The two jet fighters arrive. They are in radio connection with the base, which is itself in telephone connection with the journalist, who hardly leaves the object out of sight. The journalist guides the two jets via the base. The latter soon informs the guide that 'the two pilots see the object, and that they start to chase it.' And indeed from Fountain-de-Vaucluse, one can see the two jets diving towards the mysterious craft. But the latter then starts and disappears in the distance in a few seconds."

"The pilots informed by radio that they cannot follow, which the witnesses of the operation already knew, and returned to Caritat. It was a little more than 14 hours."

"Two days later, on October 16, one could read this in all the French newspapers:"

"'The Secretariat for the Air communicates: As opposed to what certain daily newspapers announced yesterday morning, the secretariat of the armed Forces (Air) makes a point of specifying that the two pilots of the Orange base which flew over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse at various altitudes on October 14 after midday, did not observe any unknown craft during their research. The two pilots are experienced officers and their report is formal.'"

"This official statement caused a flood of indignant letters on behalf of the innumerable witnesses. 'One takes to us for idiots... We do know what we saw', they said. And one of them added 'This official statement is very instructive. Now I know what to think about the official denials on this matter'."

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The authors note that this attempt at interception of a flying saucer of October 14, 1954 had a whole village, that of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, as witness.

A group of children had something strange in the sky at 01:30 p.m. and thus alarm had been given: soon, all the population attracted by the shouting of the children had crowded in the street and looked at a white object which hovered above the village.

The authors indicate that one of the witnesses, Mr. Armand Boudin, gave the following report:

"Using large artillery binoculars, it was possible to clearly distinguish a large white disc surrounded by a segment of a sphere of the same color, completely similar to a silver plated bowler hat. The lower circular edge carried, intermittently, two powerful lights passing from white to purplish, oscillating on the axis of the large lower disc. Sometimes the unit was appearing as a bowler hat, sometimes as a rhombus, sometimes as a simple disc with shiny edges. No smoke, no noise."

The disc moving slowly in the clear sky, it is Mr. Armand Boudin who took the initiative to alert by phone the air base of the French Air Force of Orange-Caritat.

The person of the air base answered to him that two planes will be sent and asked him to remain on line to help guiding them towards the object.

The arrival of the planes was awaited by a crowd of Vauclusians who had acompanied the secretary at the office of the town hall, and they awaited the arrival of the planes anxiously. They arrived at about 02:00 p.m., seen while arriving right towards Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Mr. Boudin was still in phone contact with the air base which was itself in radio operator contact with the two jets of the "Vampire" type. Those made a turn above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and quickly gained altitude, then darted towards the object. From the village, people then saw the object starting suddenly and quickly, as if it had the two jets chasing it.

Late in the evening, people still awaited news of the result of the chase. But it was only two days later that an official statement of the Orange-Caritat air base claimed:

"The pilots did not discover any unknown object..."

The authors indicate that this irritated the hundreds of witnesses among whom Mr. Boudin, and they slapped back: "if the aviators saw something of a known nature, they must tell us what it was!"

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

The two authors indicate that in Fontaine de Vaucluse in the department of Vaucluse, on October 14, 1954, at 01:30 p.m., many people observed a white disc hovering slowly above the city. The lower edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from the white to purple while passing though red.

Two jets are said to have pursued the disc without being able to join it. The authors make a point that in follow up to this case, the secretariat of the Air Forces published an official statement in which it was indicated that the pilots of the jets being scrambled over Fontaine de Vaucluse had not observed any unknown craft.

The authors indicate that their sources are La Montagne for October 16, 1954; Le Provençal for October 15, 1954 and October 16, 1954; their personal archive.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 14, 1954, at 12:30 above Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a craft was chased by two jet planes, it is seen with the glasses, the army denies it.

The source is noted "R. Otahi, 1973".

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 14, in France, in Fountain-de-Vaucluse, "towards 12:30 a craft appears above Fountain de Vaucluse; it remains there stationary during one hour and a half while changing color and position on its axis. Now let us quote Aimé Michel, 4th edition of Mystérieux Objets Célestes: A Propos des Soucoupes Volantes, pp. 216, 217: '... All the binoculars in the area were soon directed towards it. The correspondent of a newspaper of Marseilles, who was there, alerted the air base of Caritat, which dispatched two jets. What then happened completely resembles the stories reported by Ruppelt in his book. The two jet fighters arrive. They are in radio connection with the base, which is itself on the telephone link with the journalist, who hardly leaves the object out of sight. The journalist guides the two jets via the base. The latter soon informs the guide that the two pilots see the object and that they go after it. And indeed, in Fontaine de Vaucluse one can see the two jets diving towards the mysterious craft. But the latter then starts and disappears in the distance in a few seconds.'"

The source is noted "Henry DURRANT 'Le livre noir des S.V.' - LAFFONT 1970 - p. 118".

She adds that in reality it was a stratospheric balloon observable in France and Italy.

[Ref. we1] DOMINIQUE WEINSTEIN:

Date 54.10.15
Time 13:30
Country France
Location Fontaine de Vaucluse, Vaucluse
M [=Military]
Type of plane and witness two French Air Force fighters pilots
UFO description one white domed-disc with two powerful lights moved faster than jets.
G [=Ground witnesses]
Radar
Codes G X E
Sources 00 [=Author's files]

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

[...]

October 19

1954 - On this day two French Air Force jets chased a white disc-shaped object with colored lights over Avignon, Vaucluse, France.The flying disc easily outpaced them. (Sources: Leonard H. Stringfield, CRIFO Orbit, November 1954, p. 5; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1954: October, p. 67).

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Vaucluse in Fontaine de Vaucluse on October 14, 1954, at 13:30 hours, "Many people observe a white disc hovering slowly above the city. The lower edge carried intermittently two powerful fires varying from the white to the purple while passing by the red."

"Two jet planes are said to have chased the disc without being able to join it. It will be noted that following this affair, the secretariat of the Air Force published an official statement in which it was said that the pilots of the apparatuses having flown over Fontaine-de-Vaucluse had not observed any unknown craft."

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 19 October 1954 in Avignon, France, "Two French AF jets chase white disc with colored lights. Disc outpaces them. A flying disc was observed. One white disc was observed for ten minutes."

The sources are indicated as Stringfield, Leonard H., CRIFO Newsletter and CRIFO Orbit; Gross, Loren E., The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1954: October, Author, Fremont; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Oct. 19, 1954 - On this day two French Air Force jets chased a white disc-shaped object with colored lights over Avignon, Vaucluse, France. The flying disc easily outpaced them. (Sources: Leonard H. Stringfield, CRIFO Orbit, November 1954, p. 5; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1954: October, p. 67).

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

This database recorded this case 9 times:

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 Fontaine France 13.30
19541014 14.10.1954 Vaucluse France 14.00 DD
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine Vaucluse France
19541014 14.10.1954 Fontaine France
19541015 15.10.1954 Fontaine de Vaucluse France

Explanations:

Possible high-altitude balloon.

Keywords:

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

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Vaucluse, machine, craft, object, apparatus, multiple, Orange-Caritat, air force, pilots, lights, hovering, manoeuvre, fast, duration, official

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 5, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 30, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [hd1], [go1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Addition [jc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 29, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Additions [dj1], [ud1].
1.4 Patrick Gross July 28, 2010 Addition [lp1].
1.5 Patrick Gross August 15, 2010 Addition [le1].
1.6 Patrick Gross October 18, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.7 Patrick Gross October 26, 2016 Addition [cm1].
1.8 Patrick Gross December 5, 2016 Addition [pl1].
1.9 Patrick Gross February 23, 2017 Addition [ub1].
2.0 Patrick Gross February 28, 2017 Addition [rr1].

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