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October 14, 1954, Hyères, Var:

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

Reports:

[Ref. pv1:] "LE PETIT VAROIS" NEWSPAPER:

MM. REPELLINI ET OTTAVIANI INTERROGATED YESTERDAY

"Yes, we really saw an
unknown craft

Which is sketched here ->

landed between Toulon and Hyères"

claim the two residents of Toulon
who however reused to sign
their statements
to "avoid problems"

S.N.E.C.M.A. REVEALS THE EXISTENCE OF A FRENCH
MACHINE CALLED "COLEOP-
TERE" WHICH TAKES OFF VERTICALLY

MISTERS PIERRE REPELLINI AND OTTAVIONI WHO SAW THURSDAY EVENING AT
06:40 P.M. ON the LONG WAY BETWEEN HYERES AND TOULON
AN UNKNOWN AERIAL MACHINE HAD A
BUSY DAY YESTERDAY

Police officers and journalists indeed badgered them, asking for sketches and details on this "flying saucer" and its occupant met by chance.

After having been interrogated in the morning and after midday by the services of the Air Safety and the Renseignements Généraux [Intelligence], Misters Repellini and Ottaviani remained on their positions and only repeated the statements which they made yesterday with exclusiveness to our newspaper.

"Yes, we really saw a mysterious machine!"

Yes, Repellini spoke with the passenger of this machine. It was a man like us and not a Martian. He spoke and we even noticed that it had a "pointed" accent. [Note 1.]

Sketches which would rather be kept secret?

To check their statements, the two witnesses provided to Renseignements Généraux [Intelligence] a detailed plan of the machine. This plan was drawn by Mr. Ottaviani who, as engineer officer, claims he has been able to notice the characteristics of the apparatus.

"It was, told us MM Repellini and Ottaviani, a circular machine landed on two crutches. It really seems that it raised off the ground by a push upwards. Arrived at about fifty meters height, the extreme part of the machine started to rotate, releasing an orange vapor. In a few moments, the apparatus had disappeared, dazzling at a tremendous pace in direction of Hyères.

Follow-up on page 5:
UNKNOWN CRAFT

[Caption:] Here the sketch of the machine which Mr. Ottaviani, officer of the Commercial Navy, drew for our readers, unquestionably its shape is similar to that of a large spider. Is this the "Coleopter" [Note 2.] which takes off vertically and which existence has just been revealed officially.

[Ref. lr1:] "LA REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Investigation on the saucer
discovered near Hyères
by two inhabitants of Toulon

The men, interrogated
by the Air Police
refused to sign
their statements

[Caption:] The recreation of the scene
The helmeted "saucerist" dressed with glass steps towards MM. OTTAVIANI and REPELLINI:
"'tis French".

[Caption:] M. OTTAVIANI in thoroughly drawing the plan of the saucer.

Marignane, October 16
The observatory of Mount Ventoux announces that since this morning at 07:30 A:M: in the north north-eastern sky, in the direction of Orange, an unknown machine hovers in the sky.

This machine with the form of ovoid with two superimposed cones connected by a kind of antenna.

[Ref. pa1:] "LE PATRIOTE" NEWSPAPER:

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"Flying Things"

HEADING to the COTE d'AZUR

Mysterious landing in a meadow of the Var:

- ARE YOU MARTIAN?

- NO I AM FRENCH

And the saucer flew away (!)

The "flying saucers", the "crypto-saucers", their substitutes, assimilated, etc., become day by day more familiar to the inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes. Each commune wants its own. We are still far from the 165! ... But we will probably get there soon. There is no reason for jealousy.

If Prévert repeated his famous prayer "Our Father who are in heaven, stay there, etc." we would not fail to add now "give us our daily flying saucer..."

Enough with the jokes! Let's talk about serious things. Here is the menu of the last days (because there are saucers to content).

First the small bits.

BLAUSASC - Several inhabitants of Blausasc saw yesterday, around 10 a.m., above the village, three luminous discs, very visible...

But, says the reader with a scientific mind, what are these three disks doing in the saucers? Bah! You will see many more... In doubt, we note everything. One does not risk thus to let miss a "truly true" saucer.

Let's change the disc. We lost the ball in Monaco.

Or rather we found it. Monaco now has its flying ball, very bright, with the appearance of "molten metal". It was plumbers who spoke: Mssrs. Henri Palinelli and Dominique Selotti, residing in Monaco, who saw the thing in question on Thursday at 6:07 p.m. exactly, above the place called "Visiaero" (Now that's a viewing spot!)

Here are some details: the colors were bright, like a fireworks' flare... The sphere was heading horizontally towards Italy. We only saw it for a few seconds.

Finally, one of the witnesses said: "Before I saw this luminous ball, I have always been a great skeptic" (so great, really?).

REVEST. It is a hunter who saw a luminous machine of about one meter at Revest." Having seen it fall at 60 meters from where he was, he ran to the probable point of fall but could not find any trace.

So, the flying saucers, we repeat to the serious (?) reader: "It's old-fashioned now, we do not say saucer anymore, we come back to the summary and pictorial description, have patience!"

Finally, outside the Alpes-Maritimes, things are done better.

Between Toulon and Hyères, two Toulon motorcyclists met on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. a flying saucer (At last! our reader says).

The craft was posed in a

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meadow near the place known as "Chemin Long". Stunned, the two motorcyclists, Mr. Repellini, restaurant owner, and Mr. Ottaviani, a merchant navy engineer, approached the machine, which had the shape of a disk swelled on top with two crutches put on the ground. It was equipped with two ear-shaped fins on the sides.

One man (the two motorcyclists had the impression that there was another man inside the craft), measuring 1.60 meters, dressed in a gray-white suit made of strange cloth, probably made of asbestos or glass-wool, looked at the two residents of Toulon.

Mr. Repellini questioned him:

- Are you Martian?

The man replied, pointing to the apparatus:

- No I am French.

The unknown questioned in his turn:

- Where am I?

Repellini replied,

- In Provence. Do you want to go to the base of the Palivette?

And the restaurant owner pointed his finger in the direction of Hyeres. But the individual did not seem satisfied. Repellini continued:

"You are here between Toulon and Hyeres."

At these words the mysterious individual nodded his head and walked into the apparatus through the triangular-shaped porthole.

At once the machine, which had not ceased to vibrate, began to vibrate louder. The two Toulonians clearly perceived a sound of steam as before the stop of a locomotive and the apparatus rose from the ground slowly, heavily, vertically, as if it was sucked up. This resembled the flight of a woodcock.

Having reached 50 meters in altitude, the disc stopped for a moment, then resumed its flight at full speed towards Hyères while letting orange gleams escape and making a noise like that of the jet of a percolator.

Mr. Ottaviani had time, during the discussion between the mysterious individual and Mr. Repellini, to make a sketch in profile and elevation of the apparatus. These sketches were shown yesterday to the journalists in front of whom he maintained his statements, as well as he did in front of the naval security and police services.

***

Since the statement of the young José C... who says he saw a flying saucer in Biot, the people who saw the mysterious machine are more and more numerous.

In Antibes, Thursday evening, around 6:30 p.m., the luminous apparatus has been seen from several parts of the city, for example on the side of the Remparts and the National Road. In the surroundings, some people saw "something"; in Juan-les-Pins, on the other hand, we received only two testimonies.

If everyone is unanimous about the hour of the apparition, it must be pointed out that opinions differ about the shape of the thing: flying saucer, cigar, luminous trail, comet. On the other hand, the opinion is the same on the very high speed of the phenomenon.

Of course, everywhere, one talks about the famous flying saucer. Conversations are going on at both the Café de la Poste and the Chasseurs restaurant, on the Place des Arcades, opposite the church and everywhere. There, too, several people saw, Thursday evening, something luminous that crossed the sky very quickly. But one is very skeptical about the landing of the craft on the ground of Biot, especially at the place indicated by the young C..., location on a not-so-wide road between two walls and moreover, just after the hairpin bend.

Two people went by there at 6:30 p.m. that famous evening, and saw nothing, the flying saucer must like the difficulty, since even a helicopter "pou du ciel" would have had great difficulty to land, the ground being overhung by numerous power and telephone wires.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Investigation of the saucer discovered near Hyères by two Toulonians

They, questioned by the air police, refused to sign their declaration

Thus, in a few hours, Toulon and the Var passed from the cigar to the flying saucer. On Thursday at about 6:10 pm, several hundred people saw in our sky one of these machines commonly called "cigars" and on the nature of which one loses oneself in conjectures; on the shape of the mysterious interplanetary vehicle, everyone agrees, it could only be an elongated device, spitting flames from the rear, with portholes along the length.

As if the field of research was not sufficiently wide open to curious people, lovers of mystery, now two are going further: they claim to have seen "a flying saucer" at a time when the skies had just been disturbed by the passage of the "cigar".

But if several hundred witnesses reported to the presence of the first, they are only two to ensure that the "saucer" they saw, the "Martian" to whom they spoke, are facts as real as the Milk is on sale in the creamer and leeks on the cours la Fayette.

[Photo caption] Mr. Ottaviani carefully drawing the blueprint of the saucer.

A happy need

Thus Mr. Rappellini, the owner of a bar at the Place d'Armes and Mr. Ottaviani (nothing to do with the Prefect of the Var), a mechanic of the merchant navy, now declare to anyone who wishes to hear them that they witnessed "an extraordinary fact."

While they wanted to satisfy an urgent need along the road "Chemin Long" (Road of Hyères), the same day at 06:10 p.m., they reportedly saw, in the fields, a curious metallic craft, we are now familiar with, a saucer. A passenger comes down from the machine, starts a conversation, speaks a very pure French, dressed like an ordinary helicopter pilot, and does not know where the Palyvestre is... which he actually did not look for, it is said.

[Caption?] The reconstruction of the scene.

The "saucerian", helmeted and clad in glass, advances towards MM. Ottaviani and Rappellini: "This is French!"

Then, not satisfied with his conversation with our good men, the "Martian", speaking French and almost Provencal, returned to his craft and MM. Ottaviani and Rappellini, no sooner unbuttoned panties, than the saucer, engulfed by the twilight sky, is already a memory. Mr. Rappellini speaking abundantly, behind his counter: "I do not want any publicity."

If the thing is true, this is a good one.

Let's recognize that so far we have been little favored. All the regions of France had had either their saucer or their "Martian". Only our department, the poorest in the country, remained faithful to this poverty in an avant-garde field: that of interplanetary machines.

True or false...

Today we are satisfied. Cigar and saucer. We know what to think of the cigar, it is not the same for the saucer.

Because certain facts remain unexplained: either the witnesses have seen, and then they are sure of themselves, or they have seen nothing and then they must cease this masquerade. For if Mr. Rappellini, whom all his friends consider as a man as honest as brave, was able to examine the saucer at leisure, if he had time to fix the picture deep enough in his memories, the detailed plan that we reproduce in our columns, why does he not want to put his signature at the bottom of his statement to the Air Force officials?

Is he afraid that the affair "turns bad?" In any case, after a declaration conform to that he had made the day before at his counter at the Place d'Armes, he refused to sign his statement. His friend, Mr. Ottaviani, obligingly sketched for us with a compass, a ruler, and on graphic paper, a cut of the machine he certifies to have seen.

We therefore reproduce this sketch with all caution of course. A secret "blue print" (in conformity?) exists, moreover, jealously kept by the two men concerned. Mr. Ottaviani, in addition, was also heard last night by an air security officer.

[Sketch caption] Here is the saucer.

How does it work? The sketch gives a detailed section of the machine, 4 meters in diameter. The crutches supporting it on the ground are more likely to be three in order to ensure greater stability. The man wearing a helmet is clad in glass, descended by a small door which is seen in the center of the apparatus, by means of a short ladder which does not appear on our reconstruction of the machine. Reentering by the same steps, he had to close his door tight and, from the cockpit cupola, start the reactors which carry in a gyratory movement the anoide encircling the center of the saucer which remains motionless.

The force developed by this rotating anoide and by the gases escaping from the lateral nozzles allow the machine to rise vertically at an appreciable speed. In flight, the orientation is done thanks to the two antennas undoubtedly playing a role similar to that of the radars. The dome, although narrow, allows two passengers to stay inside. If the existence of this saucer was definitely established, it would be reasonable to suppose that it was dropped by the giant cigar of which we have spoken at length, and of which we have given a reproduction yesterday. The thing was already seen and photographed by Mr. Adamsky at Mount Palomar in America.

Discrepancies:

The two testimonies do not agree on two points. Mr. Ottaviani claims that the craft was posed on two crutches, whereas Mr. Rappellini denies the existence of these.

As for the real traces, according to Mr. Ottaviani, who claims that the grass is burned where the saucer was, it is non-existent according to Mr. Rappellini. We could not form a real opinion, both of them having refused to take us to the place of landing.

Saucer or hoax?

The investigation opened by the general intelligence of the Air Force, whose representatives heard at length yesterday, the two "saucerists", endeavors to establish whether they are mystifiers or honest witnesses. In this area also the investigation continues. Other witnesses authenticate our investigation of the cigar that overflew Toulon. The "flying cigar" of which we spoke at length yesterday, was seen by others who wrote to us to confirm the statements we have reproduced.

First, it is the inhabitants of Cuers who talked to uus. Then Janine Signonini, aged 12, living in the Barbe district, and her brother, describe: "A luminous form traveled the city around 06:20 p.m. at high altitudes and was traveling at an astonishing speed towards the Gorges of Ollioules ."

Mr. Difar, a retired policeman, also saw "a cigar of fire at a height of 1000 meters, projecting yellow and green sparks to the right and left, heading at high speed towards the Coudon. Five meters over a length of 10 meters."

Mrs. Arnaud, who lives at 1 rue Ste Christine in Mourillon, followed with her eyes a "craft" sailing at high speed from the Port to the North.

"I saw," said Madame Fanny Beasini, 93 Maréchal Joffre bvd, coming from the sea and going towards the Faron, at enormous speed, a long form projecting lights resembling multicolored stars. The population of Toulon and the surrounding area seem justifiably concerned. Sensational events seeming to have marked our time.

Attack on a false Martian

Lille, 16 October. -- Mr. Maurice Ruant, a farmer in Sinceny, near Chauny (Aisne), was almost the victim of the panic caused by the appearance of saucers and other flying objects. Last night he was busy repairing his car in a meadow near his home, when two shots were fired in his direction. The pellets crashed into the body, not far from his head. Mr. Maurice Ruant filed a complaint, and the inquiry immediately opened, permitted the rapid discovery of the author of the two shots, who was a neighbor of Mr. Ruant. He told the police:

"I thought, seeing a silhouette evolving in the light of the headlights, being in the presence of a Martian repairing his flying saucer, I went to get my rifle and I fired."

Despite his good faith, Mr. Faisan will be prosecuted.

Rene Mante

[Ref. vm2:] "VAR MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

This is no longer a Marseille story...

New witnesses, worthy of faith, saw the saucer discovered Thursday on the road to Hyères

The mystery that haunts the case now known as the "saucer of Hyères" is not about to be cleared up.

In the first place, indeed, it was permissible to doubt the sight of MM. Rappellini and Ottaviani - or at least their statements insofar as they do not want to sign them - how to refute the new testimonies that manifest themselves?

This is how we gathered the statements of a butcher of Toulon well-known in the place, whose establishment located Rue Lafayette, receives daily customers. This butcher, who insisted on staying anonymous and whose face we voluntarily hide in our photo, was returning from Hyères on Thursday evening, accompanied by a friend, a respectable old man who valiantly supported the weight of the years.

It was 6:40 p.m. and the car of these people swallowed the kilometers of the "Chemin Long" when the two passengers suddenly saw a circular metallic craft that rose above the trees, quickly gaining height.

When the vehicle was stopped and the people of Toulon went down, nothing remained visible in the sky.

Believing to be victims of a hallucination, our friends resumed the road and returned to Toulon. Nothing of their story would have survived had the discovery of MM. Rappellini and Ottaviani not reminded them of their vision.

This is what makes the case bounce back.

In addition, Mr. Elie Gandolphe, a gardener at "Les Avocats" near Hyères, made the following statement:

"When I came out of my house, I saw a craft rising in the sky, making no noise, but at a prodigious speed, it was luminous, of course I could not take any dimension, but I will tell you its shape resembles a mushroom of the variety "cepe".

A surprise

Is he afraid of disclosing a military secret? Or is he caught up in a business that he fears may turn bad? What is certain is that yesterday morning Mr. Rappellini refused energetically to take us to the very spot where his saucer would have landed.

As for Mr. Ottaviani, who had given us an appointment at 10 o'clock, he did not come and remained invisible.

It was therefore necessary to us to go alone on the site which had been described to us the day before. We had no hope of finding any traces of the mysterious landing, when we discovered a freshly burned area covered with clear ashes. As we tried to trace other traces, a real drama occurred. A black front-wheel drive, registered in Paris, stopped nearby. Two "authorities" came down and met us on the spot.

Are other witnesses kept secret?

This visit that we unexpectedly surprised seems to show that the authorities attach some importance to this case. Did they hear other witnesses without our knowledge? Why not? This would seem to give shape to the whole story.

A very handy machine

If the area we have photographed is the area that was burnt by the saucer's reactors, it must be more precise and more flexible than that of our known aircraft, since it can as well land in a little accessible field.

It is indeed very dangerous to land next to a tree if the craft does not obey exactly the order. Was it really a terrestrial apparatus? In this case? The investigation continues. Let them draw the conclusions... if they do.

Will we make war on vegetables?

German scientist Herman Oberth, inventor and manufacturer of the "V.2" rocket said that the "Uranides", name of the inhabitants of a planet where oxygen would not exist in the gaseous state, which prohibits the development of an animal life, would be plants.

The planet in question would be outside the solar system, but mysterious craft in which intelligent "plants" would move could travel at a speed of 300,000 km / sec.

The craft seen above the Earth would be responsible for monitoring the progress of the earth in the atomic sciences. If these vegetable beings decided to attack us we would be forced to make war on the vegetables!

Weird war...

A saucer in the Brusc

Information that we did not verify told us yesterday that a flying saucer had been spotted, in the Brusc.

Indeed, fishermen told yesterday morning, on the harbor, that two of them were certain to have seen one of these craft move in the sky.

We reproduce this information without garantee.

Two saucers, that really does a lot. Unless it is the same, what needs to be demonstrated.

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

A large burned grass circle mark the place where two residents of Hyères saw a saucer land

Toulon (A.F.P.)

Since fourty-eight hours, two residents of Toulon, Misters Rappelini, bar owner, and Ottaviani, mechanic of the merchant navy, claim to have seen, Thursday evening, a "saucer" land in the district of Chemin-Long, near Hyères and give an absolutely identical description of it.

The Brigade of the Air of the General Intelligence went to Toulon and lengthily heard the two witnesses, who traced a detailed sketch of the mysterious machine.

Yesterday morning, the inspectors of the General Intelligence went on the spot where the two witnesses state to have seen the "saucer" land. They found a large circular trace there where the grass is burned.

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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Some saucers tours in the... Italian clouds

ROME. -- Various appearances of "cigars" and "flying saucers" were reported, during the day of Saturday, in the sky of various Italian localities.

Near Varese (Milano), several motorists saw a "disc", of blue color, clearly detached on the background of the starry sky, which, after having stopped during a few minutes, resumed its vertiginous race towards the north, disappearing with a "characteristic" whirr. During the night, the "strange luminous object" appeared a second time in the same celestial space.

From Turin, one reports that several workmen of an establishment of the industrial park of Mirafiori saw, in the evening, a "luminous object" in the shape of a cigar, on the background of the sky. The "cigar" remained motionless, in the sky, during one hour, during which, according to the witnesses, it allegedly changed shape and luminosity from time to time. The machine disappeared then, moving vertiginously towards France.

From Messina, one learns that many people living on two banks of the strait separating the peninsula from Sicily saw a "luminous circle", motionless in the sky, at 2.000 meters. The machine, which could be observed during ten minutes, descended quickly towards the sea to take again altitude on three occasions. After these maneuvers the "luminous circle" disappeared at fast pace in direction of the Etna, leaving a luminous trail behind.

The opinion of an Italian scientist

The "Giornale d'Italia" interviewed professor Antonio Eula, holder of the aerodynamics chair at the University of Rome.

This eminent scientist, in connection with the possible source of the machines known as from other planets, in declared in particular: "We do not know all the mysteries of our solar system. Perhaps astronautics, when it can be put into practice, will enable us to solve them. But we know, as of now, that beings similar to us cannot exist on currently known planets. If they exist, they can only be very different. Thus it is absurd to talk of Martians capable of activities of human type".

In answer to another question, professor Eula said he does not believe that he is authorized to exclude, in an absolute manner, that they can be "experimental machines intended for a military use and protected by an impenetrable secrecy".

In conclusion, the professor stated: "If this last assumption corresponds to reality, the moment will come when the secrecy will be revealed, for no secrecy of technical nature can be kept indefinitely."

A "saucer" said to have landed in Hyères

Two witnesses heard by the inspectors of the general Intelligence

TOULON. -- Two residents of Toulon, Misters Rappelini, bar owner, and Ottaviani, mechanic of the merchant navy, claim to have seen, Thursday evening, a saucer land in the district of the Long Chemin, near Hyères, and they give an absolutely identical description of it.

The brigade of the Air of the general Intelligence went to Toulon and lengthily heard the two witnesses, who produced a detailed sketch of the mysterious machine.

Yesterday morning, the inspectors of the general Intelligence went on the spot where the two witnesses state to have seen the saucer land. They found a large circular trace there where the grass is burned.

[Ref. vm3:] "VAR-MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Hallucinations or realities?

New saucers seen in the sky of the Var

At the Brusc, in La Londe, in Mar-Vivo etc...

Should we laugh or worry? Should the most improbable hypotheses be considered in order to explain a phenomenon whose manifestations are certain, or should we simply jokingly recall all these so-called observations which have been pointing out for several days, and in all the azimuths, of flying saucers in our sky?

Clever, is the one who will settle the dilemma, if it can be resolved. Until last Thursday, indeed, cigars and saucers and other interplanetary vehicles had appeared only in regions far removed from ours. The Var and Toulon residents were astonished, then laughed at the peasants, who after having met a flying saucer to be finally paralyzed by a mysterious ray defending better than the most intractable guard the surroundings of a certain craft from somewhere else. And then, there were MM. Rappellini and Ottaviani, two well-known Toulonians, two sensible people, balanced and always considered as such, and their discovery on the evening of October 14th. A discovery that would throw emotion from St-Cyr to St-Tropez and Draguignan, fuel conversations in the workshop, office or school, make sensitive people shudder, disturb the healthiest minds.

Fugitive vision

Let us remember: coming back from Hyères on a motorcycle, these gentlemen stopped their machine to satisfy an urgent need while they were on the "Chemin Long", facing the radio station of the Navy. In order to conceal the sight, the two men walked a few steps towards the interior of the land and were face to face with a peculiar character, helmed like a motorcyclist but otherwise mounted.

A "flying saucer" is there, set on the ground, vibrating with a frightful power. A few words are exchanged with the astronaut speaking a very pure French. Then, under the stupefied looks of our fellow citizens, the passenger returns to his machine, closes the panel, accelerates the reactors. The perfectly circular "saucer" rises little by little, then suddenly goes in a frightening acceleration towards the east.

MM. Rappellini and Ottaviani rub their eyes to see if they have not dreamed.

But others too ...

The story might sound comical if the testimony of these people was not corroborated by a series of statements which, daily since then, are added to their assertions. Declaration by people as diverse as reliable, including traders, a retired policeman, fishermen etc...

It is this inhabitant of La Moutonne, near La Crau, who, like this butcher from Lafayette street in Toulon, saw the mysterious machine at the time when, flying over the trees, it took altitude. It is these brave men of our own who, now feeling the sky with understanding, clinging to an object of such a characteristic shape, brilliant or not, colored or not, spitting flames or not. So much so that the "flying saucer" of the "Long Chemin" must be regarded as a sure fact, regardless of our repulsion at such an obligation.

And yet ...

From La Londe to Mar-Vivo...

As if one saucer was not enough, others appeared at very different places, imposing on the azure of the celestial vault the enigma of their presence. Miss Michelle Volosinsky, who lives in Cordouan, in the Faveyrolles district of Ollioules, certifies to have noticed and observed on Friday evening between 07:30 and 7:40 p.m., when she was returning home, an extremely brilliant disc, motionless in the sky. After a few seconds, the disc started in a blazing way leaving a bright orange trail, absorbed by the night. It cannot in such a case be a shooting star or any meteorite since the disc was observed motionless...

That same Friday at 06:30 p.m., Mr. Victor Verse Junior was about to go home, when suddenly he was silented in awe when he saw passing over his head a "something" strange and luminous with a wake of lights. Believing he had an optical hallucination, he did not say a word. But the next day, his father-in-law, Mr. Eugene Martin, said he had seen the same phenomenon the previous day at about the same hour, over Notre Dame des Maures, 4 km from La Londe.

And that's not all:

Miss D... of the Anguille district, about 6 km from La Londe, on the same day around 6 p.m., was also drawing water from the family well, when she suddenly saw a luminous machine of spherical shape, yellowish, with violet phosphorescent tail, describe a parabola with probable landing site between the Aiguille and the Comtabou (rocks one of which is cut in two and where shepherds used to pass the sheep one by one to count them ) two peaks of the Moors. From La Londe we jump to Mar-Vivo where Sunday evening, also around 07:30 p.m., a resident assures to have recognized - the term is valid - a saucer. He was able to observe the craft for a good quarter of an hour, then the ship flew off towards Bandol like a normal plane.

Hallucinations or realities?

Thus, that same evening, Madame Laporte, mechanic at Le Brusc, accompanied by her daughter-in-law, had just come out into the garden of her villa, when a strange, very bright disc with red shades attracted their attention. The object was above the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Mai, motionless. A pair of binoculars was found and observation could be continued. Shortly thereafter, the machine moved into the sky for very long minutes, then disappeared. What about all this?

Must we believe in a collective hallucination? That would be too easy. Must we conclude that there are actual machines from other planets? This is daring. But then? The problem remains, with the phenomenon. It is certain that the celestial space is nowadays violated by machines of revolutionary design driven by an energy that escapes us. Theories have been advanced, announced, the one more audacious, more reckless, more crazy than the others. The saucers jealously guard their secret.

Parliamentarians begin to be moved

Foix, October 18. -- Following a number of appearances of flying craft of unknown type currently reported in all regions of France, Mr. René Dejean, MP of the Ariège (Socialist) sent a written question to the President of the Council, including:

"Whether or not a department has been set up to collect the existing documentation on the subject and to study the nature and origin of the said devices. If the information currently available, collected and recorded, allow to totally eliminate the hypothesis of machines driven or controlled by living beings, of species and origin unknown.

Wether the government has, on the contrary, enough information to attribute the production of these devices to the industry of a foreign state. If, in the latter case, the international agreements signed by France have already allowed the use of such devices in a possible conflict." Will we soon see a "saucer" committee...

[Ref. pv3:] "LE PETIT VAROIS" NEWSPAPER:

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WHILE THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES ON THE 'DISCOVERY' OF HYERES

German engineer Von Zborowski made new revelations:

THE "FLYING TUBE" (built by SNECMA) can reach 2,500 kms per hour

Interpellation of a deputy of Ariège about the unknown craft reported in the sky of France

If new testimonies, especially those of Messrs. Laure, butcher, cours Lafayette, and Elie Gandolfe, gardener, near Hyères, seem to confirm the stories of MM. Repellini and Ottaviani, the interpretation of this case given by some newspapers is full of imagination.

Thus, one of these newspapers (La République, not to cite it), gives - textually - the following explanation:

"German scientist Hermann Oberth, inventor and builder of the "V-2" rocket said that the "Uranides", name of the inhabitants of a planet where oxygen would not exist in the gaseous state, which prohibits the development of an animal life, would be plants.

The planet in question would be outside the solar system, but the mysterious craft in which the intelligent "plants" would move would move at a speed of 300,000 km per second.

The devices seen above the earth would be in charge to supervising the progress of the earth in the atomic sciences.

If these plant beings decided to attack us we would be forced to make war on vegetables!"

Thus according to "La République" the Hyères engine came from an unknown planet and its pilots would be "Uranides". i.e.

Continued on page 5:
THE MYSTERIOUS GEAR

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green vegetables, the family of leeks, carrots or turnips.

Rational Explanations

It belongs to the Air Force and the General Intelligence which is conducting the investigation, to tell whether Messrs. Repellini and Ottaviani told, yes or no, the truth.

But in one case as in the other this will not change the exitising issue.

Is there a new model of aeronautical aircraft half-planes, half-helicopter whose tests in the sky of France would have provoked in the public this epidemic of "sauceritis"?

A German engineer working in the factories of the S.N.E.C.M.A. just made new revelations on this matter.

During an international air navigation congress held in Duisburg (Western Germany), engineer Von Zborowski revealed the characteristics of a new type of aircraft created by the S.N.E.C.M.A.

This aircraft, called a "flying pipe", would have the advantages of the helicopter, but it could reach 2,500 km per hour, would not have wings, but only a fuselage comprising a cockpit and propulsion devices.

But its characteristics were refused to the French press, they are considered to be secret.

Admitting that engineer Zborowski had revealed only the above, there would already be something inadmissible. But one can easily imagine that this German engineer who had access to our secret services was more precise in front of the experts of his country, to whom he was speaking.

Questions at the House</h3>

The tests of these new machines would explain that almost everywhere in France the appearances of "balls of fire", "flying cigars" and other saucers are reported.

Moreover, as a result of these multiplied apparitions, Mr. René Dejean, deputy of the Ariège, had just sent the President of the Council a written question, asking him,

- "Whether or not a service has been set up to collect the documentation available to date and to study the origin of such devices.

- "If the information currently gathered makes it possible to absolutely exclude the hypothesis of vehicles piloted or guided by living beings of unknown species and origin.

- "If the government has, on the contrary, sufficient information to attribute the production of these machines to the industry of a foreign state.

- "If, in the latter case, the international agreements signed by France already permitted consultations on the use of such devices in a possible conflict."

Thus the affair takes on a more serious character and one starts to say that these "saucers" could in fact be machines of a new type and terrestrial indeed.

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"STEALING" SAUCERS

Sunday morning, a man came to the wine trade owned by Mr. and Mrs. Navelo on alliance way with a Toulon newspaper in hand.

- You see, he said, pointing to the newspaper, I am Mr. Ottaviani who discovered the saucer.

Immediately, he added:

- We're going to celebrate this, so you will prepare for me seven bottles of sparkling wine and five bottles of white wine, that you will deliver at my home, 13 Boulevard Bauchière. Meanwhile I take a bottle of rum and a bottle of pastis, I will pay you all this at home.

It is by realizing that the numer 13 does not exist on Bauchière boulevard, that the mearchants understood that this individual, whose identity is unknown, had robbed them...

[Ref. vm4:] "VAR MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

In Hyères, the Navy has a nose in the air

In the last hour, we are informed that the radio station of the Navy, located "Chemin Long" in Hyères, would have created a great night in charge of scrutinizing the night sky, in order to monitor the possible appearances of saucers or flying cigars.

Would the official services have more conclusive reports than those of Ottaviani and Rappellini?

Mystery - Administrative secret.

[Ref. sm1:] JOURNAL "SYDNEY MORNING HERALD":

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Joe Slugg, From Mars

A difficulty about flying saucers is that they have not been sufficiently down to earth. Now, however, there are signs that the Space King - or the ruling committe on the Soviet post-Stalin model - has given the order for "close contact" work to supersede the reconnoitring of our planet from high altitudes.

In other words, we can expecct the "Meet you under the post-office clock" sort of thing - that's if the post office has a clock. Anyway, two French motor cyclists found a flying saucer parked in the middle of a road near Toulon the other night, and had a short conversation with the captain before he re-enetered the machine through a triangular opening, took off vertically, and left an orange glow in his wake as he disappeared at great speed.

At first sight it may seem odd that the police denied that he was a Martian, did not know where he was, and spoke French instead of saying "Let's get to hell out of here." Was this machine really a "circular object," or merely the local concrete mixer with the village baker, upliflet by thoughts of Paris and the Folies Bergeres, was using as a flying bedstead? Inbelievers qould have us believe that only men in their cups could see a saucer.

It would not need a Royal commission to establish the probability that an intelligence agent from another planet would deny his true identitiy on his first visit. When Colonel Lindbergh landed after his famous flight across the Atlantic 27 years ago he said to the cheering crowd: "I am Charles Lindbergh, from Michigan." In these less friendly times we must not expect a man n a flying saucer to say: "I am Joe Slugg, from Mars." As for speaking French, what intelligent visitor from another world, wanting to get a quick, precise idea of this one, would equip himself with any other language? If those qho constantly ridicule the flying saucer ever find one on their front lawn they will have got what was coming to them.

[Ref. fd1:] "FRANCE-DIMANCHE" NEWSPAPER:

This weekley newspaper published a series of third hand drawings of some of the different shapes of flying saucers allegedly reported in France in 1954:

Toulon

Saucer of a futuristic style comprising a cupola with metallic pads and crutches. A Martian, having the Parisian aspect, came out of it. Sighted by an officer and the owner of the Bar des Pétanqueurs.

[Ref. ra1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

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[Sketch caption:] Ottaviani had even drawn up a precise blueprint of his "saucer". Serious work with dimensions: 4 m. of diameter, 1 m. 50 high.

FOR OTTAVIANI
It was the butter saucer!

TOULON. -- Raymond Ottaviani, merchant navy officer, is the ingenious inventor of a new kind of scam: "the flying saucer swindle". Of course, he had seen one! For 8 days its existence was not in doubt. He gave such details: "It was on 3 crutches in the field near Hyères". Etc. And delighted dupes, crediting his account, the fruit of an imagination as picturesque as abundant in precision, immediately gave him credit for good bottles. Ottaviani, after having known ephemeral glory, is no longer pursued by a Martian ... but for food scam, in correctional court.

[Photo caption:] Compass in hand, Ottaviani dreams good wine and not saucers!

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that on October 17, 1954, the owner of a cafe at Toulon, named Rappellini, told the Toulon police the following odd story:

"I was motor-cycling between Hyeres and Toulon, on the Mediterranean coast, when I saw a being step out from a disc-shaped saucer. He was dressed in some sort of overalls. I said to him: 'Are you from Mars?' He said: 'No, French.' With me was my engineer friend, Monsieur Ottoviani, who will corroborate what I say. The being asked where he was, and when told, made a rapid vertical ascent in his disc."

Wilkins leaves it to the reader to make his or her own opinion of the story as to whether "this mayor may not have been some secret terrestrial machine."

The author indicates further in the book that on October 17, 1954, cafe owner Alphonse Rapellini told the police of Toulon, that he had seen a being come out of a saucer with a domed top and discoidal shape.

Rapellini was with an engineer, Philippe Ottovani. The being said: "I am not a Martian. Je suis Français (I'm French)", asked where he was, then took off vertically at high speed.

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:

Elsewhere in France, French-speaking saucermen were reported. Two witnesses, M. Rappellini, a restaurant proprietor and a companion, M. Ottoviani, a mearchant navy engineer, insisted in the truth of their report of seeing a man stepping from a saucer and the short conversation which ensued. "Are you a Martian?" M. Rappellini asked. "No, French," the man, who was dressed in overalls, replied.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges comments on this case as one of the very rare alleged and unreliable "martian saucer" report in which the saucer pilot was allegedly a human being.

He wrote that he merely mentions the case for the record this case of October 14 on a pathway between Hyères and Toulon in the department of Var, because according to information provided shortly afterwards by the newspaper Radar, the story must be rejected as a hoax, having ended in court.

Note: the other sources do not give a precise date or give the 15th, not the 14th, of October 1954 as date. Radar was not a newspaper but a magazine.

[Ref. db1:] ISABEL DAVIS AND TED BLOECHER:

36. Encounter at Hyeres (Var ), October 15, by Raymond Ottaviani and Pierre Repellini: Toulon Le Petit Varois-La Marseillaise, October 17 and 18; Glasgow Daily Record, October 18; London Daily Telegraph, October 18; Radar Magazine, October 31. (Note: there is reason to view this report as suspect.)

[Ref. mf1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

10/15/1954

Between Hyères et Toulon

The witnesses were sentenced for their hoax

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on October 14, 1954, around 6 p.m., there was a close encounter of the 3rd kind between Hyères and Toulon, with witnesses Mr. Repellini, bar keeper, Place d'Armes, Toulon, and Mr. Ottaviani, Merchant Navy Officer, Mle 1743.

The two men were driving in a car - by motorcycle, according to one of the sources - on the road from Hyères to Toulon, when they reached the place called Chemin-Long, they saw a curious metallic machine on the ground, aith a shape that resembled that of a saucer. The witnesses stopped and got out of their vehicle, they approached the object to get a closer look.

A passenger descended by a ladder from a triangular opening on the top of the craft. It was a man of about lm60 wearing a white gray suit made of a strange fabric, probably made of asbestos or glass straw.

Mr. Repellini begun the conversation by asking "Are you a Martian?"; the man answered: "No, I am French, where am I?"

Mr. Repellini told him, pointing his finger in the direction of Hyères, "In the Provence. Do you want to go to the base of La Palyvestre?" And he adds: "You are here between Toulon and Hyères".

At these words the individual nodded his head and went to his craft, entered in it through the triangular opening. The machine immediately began to vibrate and it took off, emitting an exhaust noise of steam or compressed air. Arrived at 50 meters in height, it stopped for a moment and then resumed its flight in the direction of Hyères while letting escape orange lights and a sound like a percolator (A).

The two witnesses were questioned by the General Intelligence of the Air Police, but they refused to sign statements that the journalists had asked them to sign. Mr. Ottaviani made a sectional sketch of the apparatus he saw, published in La République de Toulon et du Var, for Sunday, October 17, p.l. The statements of the witnesses do not agree on the following points: Ottaviani saw two crutches supporting the object. Repellini did not notice. Ottaviani claims that the grass, on the landing site, was "burnt", something Repellini denies. Journalists who have dealt with this case had expressed considerable skepticism, although one of them admits that the refusal to sign statements to the press may have been dictated to the witnesses by the Air Force or the Prefect (B ).

Two other witnesses had seen the object; among them a butcher of Lafayette street in Toulon who requested anonymity (Mr. Laure, according to another source). He was returning from Hyères in the company of a friend (a resident of La Moutonne, near La Crau, according to another source). Around 6:40 p.m., the two men spotted a circular metallic craft that rose rapidly above the trees.

That same Thursday at the same hour, Mr. Elie Gandolphe, a gardener at Les Avocats, near Hyères, saw on his way out of his house the machine which was ascending into the sky, without making a noise, but at a prodigious speed. The object was luminous and its shape resembled a mushroom of the genus cepe. The same source publishes a photograph of the butcher, his eyes hidden by a black bar, as well as another view showing the trace left by the machine examined by policemen who arrived a few moments after the journalists.

It seems that an individual, pretending to be Mr. Ottaviani, had been given twelve bottles of spirits by a merchant from Toulon, and then disappeared without paying and leaving a false address.

One was looking for Mr. Ottaviani, not for his discovery in the form of a hoax, but for some scams committed in the region (E).

Jean Sider lists his local sources:

A - Le Patriote, Nice, 17-18 October 1954, pages 1 and 7.
B - The Republic of Toulon and the Var, 17 October 1954, pages 1 and 8.
C - The Republic of Toulon and the Var, P. 8, and 18 October 1954, p. 1.
D - Le Petit-Varois-La Marseillaise, Toulon, October 19, 1954, p. 5.
E - Les Semailles, Marseilles, 29 October 1954, p. 3.

He notes that Figuet in LDLN #265-266, p. 19, rejects this case, implying a "conviction" of the witnesses, one of them being prosecuted as a criminal offense for food scam, without producing any evidence or source of information.

He commented that a misdemeanor offense, admitting that it was well founded, was not the offense of contempt of magistrate which would have been given, had there been false testimony, and therefore it was "ridiculously silly to claim such an argument to deny the observation."

He explained that even if Mr. Ottaviani had committed a few fraudulent acts, they had nothing to do with the CE3 and, moreover, he noted that at least two witnesses confirmed the take-off of the craft, in particular Mr. Laure, the butcher, who was to drive a few minutes behind our two witnesses on the same road as them.

He therefore wonders why Figuet deadlocked on this informatione extremely important for the credibility of the case. And he answers: "Because he did not deign to do research at the sources, because it is easier to accuse ufologists when they are naive than to make numerous trips to the National Library, annex of Versailles, to browse through regional newspapers.

He also points out that there is a ladder and that the occupant is a Frenchman, whereas in a hoax, he would have been a Martian or a Venusian. He assumes that the dialogue "could have been telepathic" because witnesses "often do not know how to make a difference". Finally, he notes that the "sharp accent" is mentioned only by one source.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

166.

Location. Hyeres-Toulon France

Date: October 15 1954

Time: unknown

Jean Reppelline and Raymond Ottaviani were motorcycling between Toulon and Hyeres when a flying saucer landed on stick like legs; it was discoid with a cupola, and with 2 protrusions like ears. Out stepped a man in glowing gray coveralls. Ottaviani asked; "Are you a Martian?" "No, I'm French" was the reply. "Where am I?" On being told, he re-entered the craft and ascended vertically.

Humcat 1954-98

Source: Humcat quoting Newspaper source

Type: B

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on October 15, 1954, at 18:15 in Hyeres-Toulon, France, "Domed disc landed on stick-like legs. Man stepped out, wore glowing gray coveralls. When asked if he was a Martian he replied, "No, I'm French.". Explanation: Hoax."

And: "Close encounter with a craft and its occupants. One domed disc was observed by two male witnesses on a road (Reppellini). A humanoid, wearing a luminous gray coverall, was seen."

And: "Jean Reppelline and Raymond Ottaviani were motorcycling between Toulon and Hyeres when a flying saucer landed on stick like legs; it was discoidal with a cupola, and with 2 protrusions like ears. Out stepped a man in glowing gray coveralls. Ottaviani asked; "Are you a Martian?" "No, I'm French" was the reply. "Where am I?" On being told, he re-entered the craft and ascended vertically."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Wilkins, Harold T., Flying Saucers Uncensored, Citadel, 1955; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ki1:] DANIEL AND FABRICE KIRCHER:

The authors declare that the UFOS are real but not extraterrestrial by indicating that Jean Sider gives in "Le Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste" in 1997 the following anecdote which according to them indicates that the shapes of the UFOs are varied whereas extraterrestrials could only use a "restricted number of craft":

October 14, 1954, Misters Repellini and Ottaviani drive on the road from Hyères to Toulon. Arrived at the locality Long-Chemin, they see at the edge of the roadway a curious metallic craft posed on the ground, whose form reminds that of a saucer. The witnesses stop and get out of their vehicle. They approach the object to detail it more closely. A passenger goes down from there by a ladder from from a triangular opening located on the higher part of the machine. It is a man from approximately 1.60 meters, dressed of a white gray outfit made of a strange fabric. The conversation begins:"

"- Are you Martian?"
"- No. I am French."

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a false close encounter of the third kind between Hyères and Toulon, Var, on October 14, 1954, around 06:00 p.m.:

The owner of a café in Toulon, Alphonse Reppelini, and a friend, merchant navy officer, Raymond Ottaviani, traveled between the two cities mentioned above when they observed a disc-shaped object surmounted by a raised dome posed on three crutches, in the middle of a field. A man dressed in a suit came out, and there was a short dialogue in which the being claimed to be French. The man then reinstated the craft which took off vertically at a fantastic speed.

The sources are indicated as the La République de Toulon et du Var for October 17, 1954; Le Varois-La Marseillaise for October 17, 1954.

Julien Gonzalez says that in fact it was a hoax that ended badly for at least one of the witnesses, Mr. Ottaviani, who was being sued in Correctional court, for eating for free scam.

He indicates that the source of this explanation is Radar for October 31, 1954.

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

Location: Hyeres-Toulon France

Date: October 15 1954

Time: unknown

Jean Reppelline and Raymond Ottaviani were motorcycling between Toulon and Hyeres when a flying saucer landed on stick like legs; it was discoidal with a cupola, and with 2 protrusions like ears. Out stepped a man in glowing gray coveralls. Ottaviani asked; “Are you a Martian?” “No, I’m French” was the reply. “Where am I?” On being told, he re-entered the craft and ascended vertically.

Source: Humcat quoting Newspaper source

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

This case was recorded 7 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 Hyeres Toulon France 18.00 CE III
19541014 14.10.1954 Long Toulon Chemin France 18.00
19541015 15.10.1954 Hyeres-Toulon France CE III
19541015 15.10.1954 Hyeres Toulon France CE III
19541017 17.10.1954 Hueres [sic, Hyères] France 23.30 CE III
19541017 17.10.1954 Toulon France 23.30 CE III
19541014 14.10.1954 Chemin Long France

Notes:

[1.] Expression which designs the Parisian accent for the people in the Toulon area.

[2.] C450 "Coléoptère", a single prototype by SNECMA built according to ideas of a German engineer "recovered" by the French military after the war, was a tailsitter vertijet type plane as were also experimented in the US at that time. It cannot explain this case, it never flew there, and its first flight took place on May 5, 1959 only. The last flight took place on July 25, 1959. Auguste Morel lost control of the single prototype which was destroyed. Morel managed to eject at the last moment and survived, but was seriously wounded. That was the end of the project.

Explanations:

Hoax.

Keywords:

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

Hyères, Toulon, Var, hoax, sentence, Ottaviani, Pierre Repellini, Intelligence, Renseignements Généraux, Coléoptère, occupant, language, trace, ladder

Sources:

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

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