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October 15, 1954, Fouesnant, Finistère:

Reference number for this case: 15-oct-54-Fouesnant. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lc1:] "LA CROIX" NEWSPAPER:

Mr. René Le Viol saw a reddish luminous machine resembling a reversed saucer emerge from behind a curtain of trees. Hardly ad it disappeared in direction to the sea that another object, identical to the first, emerged at the same place and disappears on the same trajectory.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

This French ufologist notes in his book that this case appeared in the newspaper "La Croix," read mainly by clergymen, only two days after the observation.

Michel notes that the witness named René Le Viol saw a reddish craft resembling a reversed plate emerge from behind a row of trees, and hardly had it disappeared in the direction of the sea, that another object identical to the first emerged from the same place and also disappeared in the direction of the sea.

[Ref. am2:] AIME MICHEL:

In an article in 1963 on orthoteny, Aimé Michel adds:

Thus, at the first glance, something appears. On October 15 for example, there were 8 sightings: in Southend in England, in Calais, one in Aire-sur-la-Lys, one on Main Road 68 between Niffer and Kembs (Franco-German border), one in the mouth of Pô, one in the east of Paris, one on Main Road 7 in the south of Montargis, and finally in Fouesnant, near Quimper.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

355 004.01138 47.89530 15 10 1954 21 00 2 FOUESNANT-FINIST. F 0021 C** 305

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

269

Oct. 15, 1954, night, Fouesnant (France).

Truck driver Rene Le Viol saw a flat craft, shaped like an inverted plate, fly very low toward the sea. A second disk followed shortly after ward. Both emitted a red glow. (France-Soir, La Croix, 17 oct. 1954) (69; M 182).

In his personal catalog, Jacques Vallée has the case under #355 and gives the time as being 09:00 P.M.

I do not understand the reason why Vallée included the sighting in a catalog of landings.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 15, 1954, in Fouesnant in the Finistère, during the night, René Le Viol, truck driver, saw a flat machine, which shape reminded a reversed plate, which flew very slowly towards the sea at low altitude. A second disc followed at short distance. They both emitted a red gleam.

The sources are indicated as case 269 of the Vallée catalogue; France-Soir for 10/17/1954; La Croix for 10/17/1954.

[Ref. fl1:] FRANCOIS LAGARDE:

In his catalogue, Lagarde numbers this case 216 and indicates "sparse information, press."

[Ref. jo1:] JEAN-MICHEL BOEDEC:

The author indicates that on Friday, October 15, 1954, at an unspecified time, in Fouesnant, Mr. René Le Viol saw a reddish luminous machine resembling a reversed plate emerging behind a curtain of trees.

Just at the time when the thing had disappeared in the direction of the sea, another object, identical to the first emerged from the same place and disappeared after having followed the same trajectory.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 15, 1954, there were 8 sightings, 5 were in a line, one of them was in Fouesnant.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 15 in France, Fouesnant, "The night, the truck driver René Le Viol, saw a flat craft whose form reminds a reversed plate, which flew very slowly towards the sea. A second disc followed at short distance. They both emitted a red gleam."

She indicates that the sources are "France-Soir, La Croix, 17 oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 282".

She indicates that another version is that in reality "according to OVNI Présence #33/34 Déc. 1985 it would be a 'slow meteor' (sic) seen on the entire France and elsewhere."

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 15

[...]

1954 – While driving at night in Fouesnant, France truck driver Rene Le Viol saw a flat craft, shaped like an inverted plate, fly very low toward the sea. A second disc followed shortly afterward. Both emitted a red glow. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 182; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 230).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Friday, October 15, 1954

[...]

The night - In Fouesnant (France), 1 truck driver, René Le Viol, sees a flat machine, whose form reminds a reversed plate, which flies very slowly towards the sea. A 2nd disc follows at short distance. All 2 emitted a red gleam.

[...]

The sources are indicated as France-Soir, La Croix, October 17, 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Finistère in Fouesnant on October 15, 1954 at an unknown hour, "During the night, a road driver sees a flat machine, whose shape reminds a reversed plate which flies very slowly towards the sea at low altitude. A second disc follows at short distance. They both emit a red gleam.

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** pub. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on October 14, 1954, in Fouesnant, France, there was a sighting.

The source is indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073).

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on October 15, 1954, at 23:00 in Fouesnant, France, "Truck driver Rene Le Viol saw a flat craft, shaped like an inverted plate, fly very low toward the sea." "While driving at night in Fouesnant, France truck driver Rene Le Viol saw a flat craft, -shaped like an inverted plate, fly very low toward the sea. A second disc followed shortly afterward. Both emitted a red glow."

The website adds: "Truck driver Rene Le Viol saw a flat craft, shaped like an inverted plate, fly very low toward the sea. A second disk followed shortly afterward. Both emitted a red glow."

And: "Objects were sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. Two red saucers were observed by one male witness on the shore."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Oct. 15, 1954 – While driving at night in Fouesnant, France truck driver Rene Le Viol saw a flat craft, -shaped like an inverted plate, fly very low toward the sea. A second disc followed shortly afterward. Both emitted a red glow. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 182; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 230, case # 269).

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

This database recorded this case 6 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541015 15.10.1954 Fouesnant France 21.00
19541015 15.10.1954 Fouesnant France Evening CE I
19541015 15.10.1954 Fouesnant France Night NL
19541015 15.10.1954 Fouesnant France Night NL
19541015 15.10.1954 Fouesnant France Night NL
19541015 15.10.1954 Fouesnant France CE II

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Fouesnant, Finistère, truck, driver, René Le Viol, craft, flat, plate, saucer, low, sea, disk, red, glow, object, objects, two

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 24, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [dj1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Addition [jc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 29, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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