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October 14, 1954, La Tour d'Aigues, Vaucluse:

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




Flying saucer courier (Continued)

Near la Tour-d'Aigues
The Vaucluse

"Daddy, the sun is falling upon us!"

Looking up, I saw in the sky a disc from 6 to 7 meters provided with a kind of tail of several meters. Having gone in all haste at the place where it had seemed to me that the strange machine had landed, I did not find anything."

And M. Reynier adds: "I acknowledge that I was a little afraid; as for my son, he was sick with it."

This testimony was confirmed by several people who saw the object from different places.


Valence (C.P.)

Thursday night a little after 6 p.m., Mr. Jean Gabert, agent of the principal receipt of Valence, returned by car with his young woman, from Saint-Perey when before Grange-les-Valence, they saw at a low height a ball of fire which followed the valley of the Rhone. They both had the impression that the machine flew over Valence. It was a ball of green color with a tail that ended in yellow color. Mr. and Mrs. Gabert saw it well during a few seconds. Then suddenly the unknown object disappeared.


Tresques (C.P.)

Thursday, at 05:30 p.m., Mr. Payan Yves, who was plowing his field, Saint Martin district, had the surprise to see passing above him at low altitude a machine of an intense luminosity, leaving a dazzling trail and not making any noise. The object moved at a vertiginous speed from West to East. He alerted Mr. Teissier Raoul who was hunting and both followed its flight until complete disappearance in direction of the east.


Carpentras (C.P.)

Thursday evening, around 6 p.m., several people saw from the district of Peyguière, a machine which crossed the sky west of Carpentras. It had the shape of a cigar, shone, and appeared to drop sparks behind.


by a schoolteacher and his pupils

Fuveau (C.P.)

Thursday, October 14, at 6:10 p.m., on the ground of basket-ball of "Trente-Gouttes", Mr. Martin, schoolteacher in Fuveau, initiated his pupils and alumni to basket-ball when, in the middle of the meeting, he saw in the sky a luminous machine of lengthened form, whose color reminded that of the glow-worms. The appearance lasted 3 to 4 seconds. According to the distance, the observer thinks that the machine was moving at high speed to fly over Peynier while moving towards Rousset; besides he described a trajectory which disappeared behind the village's bell-tower. This kind of rocket left behind a short luminous sparkling trail.

The pupils who surrounded their teacher also saw for a short moment this "phenomenon".


Perpignan (A.F.P.).

M. Damien Siguères 56 years old, retired customs officer, stated to have seen on the road, close to his home, in the suburbs of Perpignan, a large red sphere. A tall man came out of it, dressed like a diver. Having made a tour of his apparatus, the "diver" went back inside hurriedly while Mr. Siguères' two dogs were rushing towards him.

The machine then rose without noise and disappeared at an extraordinary speed.

Mr. Siguères was then at about thirty meters of the machine, of which no trace was found on the ground.


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

"La Tour d'Aigues - 84 - twilight: investigation. Sphere of fire plus trail."

Elsewhere in the book they indicate that Mr Gervais Reynier told:

"I was going to the farm with my son when suddenly the little one started to shout: Dad, dad, the sun falls on us! Looking up, I saw in the sky a disc from 6 to 7 meters provided with a kind of tail of several meters. Going in all haste at the place where it had seemed to me that the strange object landed, I did not find anything."

They indicate that at the time of their conversation with the witness, a sympathetic farmer of La Tour d'Aigues, he specified that this sphere of fire was larger than the full moon, than it had seemed to him that landed in his vine then was extinct. They specify that this occurred the same day as the case of Biot and than they found in the ufological catalogues no less than 19 observations of the passage of a large meteor in the department of Gard, Vaucluse, Bouches du Rhone, Drôme and the Alpes Maritimes.


The two authors indicate that on October 14, 1954 at La Tour d'Aigues in the department of Vaucluse, a disc from six to seven meters in diameter equipped with a kind of tail was observed.

The authors note that all the observations at 6 p.m. that day obviously refer to an object at very high altitude, seen simultaneously from very distant places, which is probably a large meteor according to descriptions.

The source is indicated as Le Provençal for October 17, 1954.


The two ufologists report that on October 14, 1954, Mr. Gervais R. went to his farm "La Roustidure" near la Tour d'Aigues.

His summons him, calling "Daddy, the sun is falling upon us!"

Mr. Gervais R. then saw a very shiny disc of 6 to 7 meters in diameter rising from the ground, "at some distance" say the two authors. The disc leaves behind itself a luminescence of several meters.

Mr. Gervais R. rushed towards the site where the disc had been landed and found nothing abnormal there. His son was sick with fear after the observation.

The authors indicate that several people who were at several different points of observation confirmed the testimony of Mr. Gervais R.


The authors indicate that on October 14, 1954, in La Roustidioure, La Tour d'Aigues, Vaucluse, Mr. Gervais Reynier was going to his farm Thursday evening with his son, when suddenly the child exclaimed:

"Daddy! Daddy! The sun falling on us!"

Looking up, Mr. Reynier saw in the sky a disk of six to seven meters with a kind of tail of several meters.

He went in haste to where the thing seemed to have landed, but he found nothing.

The son became ill. Several people at different observation points had confirmed the testimony of Mr. Reynier.

The authors indicate that the original source is "Le Provençal" of Marseille, October 17, 1954, page 9.

They comment that a disc from six to seven meters "that 'lands' in disaster?" or falling without anyone can discover any debris is still something weird.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider found this case in the newspaper "Le Provençal" of October 17, 1954 and summarizes it as follows:

On October 14, 1954 in the evening, between Roustidioure and La Tour-d'Aigues, in the Vaucluse, Gervais Reynier and his son made the observation of the landing of a UFO, because of which the son, upset, fell sick.

He quotes the newspaper Le Provençal, Marseilles, for October 17, 1954, which writes on page 9: "Mr. Reynier left his firm Thursday evening, with his son. Suddenly the child yelled: "Daddy! Daddy! The sun is falling upon us". Looking up, Mr. Reynier sees in the sky a disc from six to seven meters provided with a kind of tail of several meters. He went in all haste to the place where it seemed to have been landed but did not find anything. The son fell sick from that. Several witnesses placed in different points of observation confirmed the testimony of Mr. Reynier."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Vaucluse at La Tour d'Aigues on 14 October 1954 at an unknown hour, "a father and his son its on the way to the place called Ristidioure. Suddenly the child shouts that the sun is falling upon them. The father looks up and observes a disc from six to seven meters in diameter equipped with a kind of tail. The witness runs towards the place were the object seems to have landed but nothing is visible. The son fell sick following the adventure. Several other witnesses confirm the observation."

The source is noted "Lumières dans la Nuit"


Not looked for yet. The 6:15 p.m. meteor that day.


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