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October 15, 1954, Issoire-le-Broc, Puy-de-Dôme:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lpl1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

THE SAUCER COURIER (CONTINUED)

An unknown craft gets stationnary at 2 m. of the ground and 100 m of a farmer of Entraigues

A farm labourer also saw the object

Entraigues (C.P.).

Mr. Louis Ollier, farmer in Entraigues, worked, Thursday after midday, in his field, in the district of Malgouverte, with tractor, when, between 17 and 18 hours, he saw a craft appear which seemed to him to have the shape of a lengthened spindle, "which colors, he says, "were clearly those of the rainbow ". The machine, which seemed 8 meters long approximately, was immobilized at a hundred meters of him and at less than two meters of the ground.

Mr. Ollier called a neighbor, domestic at Mr. Poutrot's, who worked not far from there and who also saw the apparatus rising quickly and to move towards Ventoux. They realized at this time that what they had taken for a lengthened spindle was an appreciably circular object. The object besides disappeared quickly.

Metz, Saint-Malo and Issoire overflown by "luminous discs"

Paris (A.C.P.)

The flying saucers once more honoured of their presence the most various areas of France: in Metz, in Saint-Malo, Issoire, the mysterious machines have been seen.

* * *

In Metz, Mr. Hellers claimed to have seen Saturday evening around 09:25 p.m., a luminous machine of oblong form that crossed the sky from East to West at a vertiginous speed. The object, of orange color and the size of a hen egg, slipped silently into space while leaving behind itself an incandescent trail. The witness evaluated the speed of this machine with approximately ten times that of a jet.

This testimony was confirmed by a sentinel of the air police station in faction on the height of Plappeville in the suburbs of Metz.

* * *

Dans l'Ille-et-Vilaine, in Paramé, a plaster stated to have seen Saturday evening, around 07:45 p.m., two luminous discs which went up and went down in the sky at an extraordinary speed. A third luminous disc seemed to follow a line parallel to the horizon, at a much slower pace than the two others. The discs, while moving away, left behind them a tail similar to that of a comet.

* * *

Lastly, the personnel of the airfield of Issoire-le-Broc and the chief pilot Hebaut, which was in flight, observed a shining craft of circular form which hovered during nearly two hours at very high altitude before moving very slowly towards the West.

[Ref. ler1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Vagrant, poacher or "Martian"?

A strange being, half-man half-monkey, had a nap in the shade of the tall trees

Paris. -- The flying saucers continue their infernal round, but it seems that the French are not alone any more about "celestial visions". The majority of the news relating to the mysterious machines came indeed from Italy during the weekend.

It is the testimony of two farm woman of the Livry-sur-Seine (the Seine-and-Marne) which must however hold the attention in the first place. It is interesting in the sense that they saw a "Martian", but no craft...

Sharp eyes, but no ears

They walked in the wood of Uzelles, Saturday afternoon, when they saw a strange being laying across a path. In spite of their fright, they took the time to look at him close enough to give a description.

He had the size of a man, but his body was covered with abundant hairs of chestnut color. He had a round and hairy head, but no ears and excessively sharp eyes.

"He made a gesture to us with his arm twice, they added, but as we were not reassured, we did not dare to pass in front of him and we made a detour of almost two kilometers to avoid him."

Two children who were with the farm woman also gave a very precise testimony and description.

Alerted, the farmers armed themselves with their shotguns and made a search, but in vain.

Two visions among so many more

In the Ille-et-Vilaine, in Paramé, a plaster workman stated to have seen, Saturday evening, around 07:45 p.m., two luminous discs which went up in the sky at an extraordinary speed. A third luminous disc seemed to follow a parallel line in the horizon, with a pace much slower than the two others. The discs, while moving away, left behind a tail similar to that of a comet.

Lastly, the personnel of the airfield of Issoire-le-Broc and the chief controler Hébaut, who was in flight, observed a shining machine of circular shape hovering during nearly two hours at very high altitude, before moving slowly towards the west.

Four steps (of Martians) in the clouds

Close to Varèse, several motorists saw a disc of blue color, clearly detached on the background of the starry sky. After having stopped during a few minutes, it took again its vertiginous race towards the north, disappearing with a "typical" whirring sound. during the night, the strange luminous object appeared a second time in same celestial space.

From Turin, it is reported that several workmen of an establishment of the industrial park of Mirafiori saw a "luminous object" having 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 would have changed from time to time of shape and luminosity. The craft then disappeared by moving vertiginously towards France.

From Messina, finally, 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 was observed for ten minutes, came down quickly towards the sea to take again altitude three times. After these maneuvers, the "luminous circle" disappeared at a strong pace in the direction of Mount Etna, leaving a luminous trail behind.

The informed verdict of an Italian scientist

All these appearances were the tpoic od a statement to the press by professor Antonio Eula, holder of the chair of aerodynamics at the University of Rome.

This eminent scientist in particular affirmed: "We do not know entirely the mysteries of our solar system, but we know as of now that beings similar to us cannot exist on the currently known planets. If there are some, they can only be very different. Therefore it is absurd to speak of Martians capable of human activities."

And the professor concluded that one could not, in an absolute manner, conclude that they are "experimental craft intended for a military use and protected by an impenetrable secrecy".

[Ref. lap1:] JOURNAL "L'AUVERGNAT DE PARIS":

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NEITHER SAUCER... NOR CIGAR... NOR EVEN SIMPLE ASHTRAY...

BUT WAS THIS A BALLOON?

For several weeks, daily newspapers have been reporting, column lengthwise, phenomena that have remained unexplained until now, which would cause the most disparate objects to appear in the atmosphere.

This information is corroborated by witnesses who state to have seen, with their eyes "seen", these objects and even to have sometimes noted the presence of strange living beings who came down from Venus, Uranus or Mars. The latter, as soon as they landed, would hasten to flee at the approach of humans; others however would have had the familiarity to the point of wanting to kiss those who had met them, or even would have patted them on the stomach.

Curious phenomena of collective hallucination serious gentlemen have said, even when the observation had been made by a single witness. Demonic devices for the next last war those who have mercilessly amused themselves to frighten our poor old girlies have advanced. Inventions intended to strike the imaginations and to divert the attention from the political problems of the hour added the skeptics, who are the greatest number. And our good songwriters add their hilarious jokes to all these hypotheses.

But all this was happening far from us and our compatriots in the Massif Central, like our neighbors in the quarter of the Bastille, risked being put into another category of "phenomena": the category of "those who have not not seen it yet!"

Fortunately, fate has not allowed such humiliation and whereas in Paris our Génie de la Bastille has not yet been touched by any saucer, our compatriots, on the afternoon of the 15th of October, contemplate at leisure the luminous object that has showed itself from very high in the eyes of the inhabitants of our seven departments.

We have, in fact, received this week, from more than a hundred municipalities, the sometimes contradictory relations of this phenomenon observed everywhere. And despite all the interest they presented we could not publish them, due to lack of space and to avoid tedious repetitions.

Was it a saucer, a cigar, or any other craft suitable for garnishing or upsetting imaginations? Airmen, notably from Issoire and Aurillac, "went up there" to try to unravel the mystery. They do not seem to have succeeded. According to some reports, it was a passing balloon launched by the Millau Physics Institute for its scientific research, and announced the day before by a radio broadcast.

But here is a chief pilot at Aurillac aerodrome, who tried to approach the "phenomenon", published in La Montagne a report of his observations from which we extract the following conclusion:

"I thought that the hypothesis of any balloon should be ruled out because it would certainly have already been recovered, without taking into account the fact of its relative immobility of twelve hours. What is this phenomenon? By leafing through an aeronautical review, it seems that in 1904 a phenomenon of the atmosphere had allowed the formation of an enormous bubble of ai which passed alertnatively from the spherical form to the ovoid form and this at very high altitude."

So? Another disillusionment for the poor humans that we are? From so much noise made for several weeks around the mysterious machines there would remain only one large air bubble? And the Martians, Marsonins and other Venusians that some allegedly seen and almost touched?

As long as we have our feet on the macadam of Beaumarchais, and as long as we move between the terrestrial bolides that are the interminable lines of cars that crisscross our streets, as long as from the top of its glorious column, the Génie of the Bastille will protect us, we will not share the astonishment or the fears of those who have seen or believe they have "seen".

We are a bit like Saint Thomas who wanted to touch with his finger to be convinced.

HENRI ALRIQ.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

359 -003.24540 45.50040 16 10 1954 ISSOIRE-LE-BROC F 301 A

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" MAGAZINE:

This magazine indicates that in Issoire-le-Broc in the Puy-de-Dôme, personnel of the airfield, and chief pilot Hébault, in flight, observed a craft of circular shape which hovered for nearly two hours before slowly moving towards the West.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Puy de Dômes" in Issoire on October 16, 1954, at an unknown hour "The personnel of the airfield and a chief pilot at this time in flight there observed a shining object of circular form that hovered during nearly two hours at very high altitude before moving slowly towards the west."

He indicates that the source is: "Le Provençal"

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 3 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541016 16.10.1954 Issoire Broc France NL
19541016 16.10.1954 Issoire Broc France NL
19541016 16.10.1954 Issoire France

Explanations:

The airfield is at N453100 E0031600

As by coincidence, it is called "Aéroclub Pierre Herbaud", there may be a relation with "chief pilot Hébault."

As for the "craft", it was indeed a balloon, a big high altitude balloon for cosmic rays study launched by the University of Padua in Italy.

See also what ufologist Aimé Michel said about it in 1958 and the 1968 note about it by ufologist Raymond Veillith.

The picture of the balloon by the observatory of Haute-Provence:

Keywords:

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

Issoire-le-Broc, Puy-de-Dôme, airfield, airport, multiple, air, airborne, air visual, ground, ground visual, object, round, flight, pilot, Hébault, hovering, still, slow, lenghty, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 1, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 1, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross May 30, 2010 Addition [ler1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 29, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 14, 2020 Addition [lap1]. Case date changed, was October 16, 1954. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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