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October 15, 1954, Londinière, Seine-Maritime:

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

Reports:

[Ref. li1:] "LIBERTE DIMANCHE" WEEKLY NEWSPAPER:

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THE REGION OF DIEPPE IS ALSO HIT

SAUCER, CIGAR
and "weird being"

appeared to a resident of Londinières

The news is a consumer of saucers and other flying machines, and there are few areas that have not yet been found in these apparitions a topic for dissertation.

However let's confess that Normandy was not, until now, really hit, and it is reasonable to ask whether the wisdom of the Normands; who are not easily led and taken by the "one said," does not play a major role here.

If we mean, of course, that the visions of flying saucers fall into the realm of too fertile imaginations, individual or collective hallucinations...

But just now information comes from Londinières that can help our province (which would thus show its desire of not being unfashionable) to rise to the level of other regions who "saw it".

And all of a sudden, we get four saucers, a cigar and a strange being (1 m. 20, as it should be, not to break the charm) with other features that have nothing so unique either.

Robert Henri was traveling by car on National Road 214, at dusk, between Mesnières and Londinières - where he lives - when, in Bagnolet, he saw four craft one above the other, of orange color, "appearing to be flying saucers"; which evolved 300 meters high. One of them broke away, came down and came to swerve his car before disappearing. At the same time, Mr. Robert had felt like a strong electric shock and controls of his vehicle had been temporarily annihilated.

No sooner had he recovered from his surprise, just 3 kms away, Mr. Robert saw in his headlights in the middle of the road, a strange being about 1 m. 20 tall. This time it was his headlights that went out and immediately went on again. The motorist then noticed on the edge of the slope, a three-meter long craft, pointed at both ends and cylindrical.

The famous cigar, in every sense of the term, which took "one second" to disappear, lights off, in the direction of the North.

It was at one o'clock on Saturday that Mr. Robert came to the gendarmerie of Londinières to tell the story of what he saw and felt. But his statements were incoherent, his words made no sense.

Effect of concussion which he said he was the victim of a few hours earlier, or reaction caused by a pile of saucers of another kind, a more usual sort on some tables.

The police went to Baillolet where they noted nothing unusual, this being confirmed by a new checkining on Saturday morning by day. No trace, no other witness of the phenomenon...

This did not prevent Mr. Robert to confirm his story at 9:00 a.m..

Failed attack against a fake "Martian"

LILLE. Oct. 16 (A.F.P.). -- Mr. Maurice Ruant, farmer in Sinceny (the Aisne), was busy repairing his car in a field, when two gunshots were fired at him. The shots crashed into the car's body, near his head. The investigation allowed to quickly find the author of two gunshots, a neighbor, Mr. Faisan.

I thought, he said, seeing a figure moving in the light of two headlights, I was in the presence of a Martian repairing his flying saucer. I went to get my rifle and I shot.

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

[Ref. id1:] "LES INFORMATIONS DIEPPOISES" NEWSPAPER:

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LOCAL NEWS

No, the Dieppe area is not disinherited!

A Resident of Londinières
saw - not "one" -
but four

Saucers here, cigars there.

And each day brings new appearances in the sky of France and elsewhere.

Our area had not hitherto been favored by these machines which one currently makes a large consumption of and on which one debates endlessly.

Products of vivid imaginations, hallucinations, phenomenon of condensation? One is at lost and it does not seem that we are near an explanation which could confirm the statements of those who "saw" or catch the others "who believed to have seen" or started "hoaxes".

Our area, we just said, was not particularly visited by these mysterious machines, had not been haunted by beings which are no less mysterious. But today it is not the same any more and this thanks (!) to the story that, in the night of Friday to Saturday, to the gendarmerie of Londinières, Mr. Henri Robert, who lives the latter city, made. To him alone, and in a very short lapse of time, he states to have seen four saucers, a cigar, and a strange being.

Very beautiful spoils, isn't it?

But let us come to the conditions under which all this armada from another world came to ravel under the eyes of Mr. Robert.

The latter, by car, droved Friday at nightfall, on the Road RN 414 between Mesnière-en-Bray and Londinières, when in Baillolet his attention was caught by the presence, above him, of a group of "four superimposed machines, of orange color, seeming to be flying saucers, which moved a few three hundred meters high."

Suddenly, he saw one of the craft part from the other and come zigzaging ahead of his car, whose controls were temporarily disabled. At the same time, he felt like a strong electric shock, while the "saucer" disappeared.

After he recovered, Mr. Robert resumed his travel. But, three kilometers after the first appearance, the motorist saw in the gleam of his headlights a strange being, approximately 1.20 meters tall, who crossed the roadway. "At this time, my headlights died out suddenly, then re-ignited", Mr. Robert stated, and then he added to have observed at the edge of the slope a three meters long machine, of cylindrical form and pointed at its two ends.

After the saucers and the strange being, the cigar, which "took only one second to disappear all fires extinguished in the direction of the North."

This, we mentioned earlier, happened at nightfall, but it is only at one o'clock in the morning, Saturday, that the witness of these successive appearances presented himself to the gendarmerie of Londinières. One cannot say that at this time the report he made was very clear.

Effect of the strong commotion which he said he felt?

Anyway, in spite of the absence of traces left at the edge of the road by the "interplanetary" machine and although no other person of the area came to reveal the same facts, Mr. Henri Robert confirmed his account Saturday morning.

A new story to add to hundreds of others, all more mysterious one from the other...

[Ref. er1] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Saucers and cigars in the sky

A veterinarian, three firefighters and two Orly employees add their names to the list of "those who have seen"

Paris. -- A veterinarian, two employees at Orly airport and three firefighters register on the long list of witnesses of celestial phenomena.

At nightfall, while traveling by car, in the commune of Baillolet (Seine-Inférieure) on R.N. 314, Mr. Henri Robert, a veterinary doctor in Londinières, saw four craft maneuvering one above the other, about 300 meters above sea level.

Mr. Robert claims that one of them came zigzagging in front of his car, that he felt a strong electric shock and the engine of his car stopped. The veterinarian then saw a strange figure on the road about twenty feet high, the headlights of his car died out and when rhey re-ignited, a cylinder about three meters long took off the slope and took height at a tremendous speed.

The saucer did not want to land in Orly

The two employees at Orly airport are MM. Raymond Castelle and Charles Birest who affirmed to their chiefs to have seen on Sunday evening a flying saucer crossing the sky of Orly "from East to West" at the speed of a jet plane, reaching the town of Paray-Vieille-Poste, that is to say, on the west-east runway, the mysterious craft, which, according to the witnesses, was moving at he altitude of 300 meters, stopped for about ten seconds while turning on itself and emitting rays that reflected intensely on the ground. As for the three firefighters, Captain Doussineau and Warrant Officer Serreau, they were driving on a road near Chatellerault (the Haute-Vienne) when they saw rise in the sky towards the castle of Targe, a large luminous disc. They stopped and observed the phenomenon at length. "The disc," they said, "passed above us at a few meters barely while emitting an high pitched whistling sound."

A written question from a member of the Parliament from the Ariège

It was inevitable and desirable that following the many occurrences of flying craft crossing the sky of France without interruption for weeks, a deputy addresses a Written question to the President of the Council.

It was Mr. René Dejean, the Socialist deputy of the Ariège, who took this initiative, in particular asking "whether a department has been created or appointed to collect existing documentation on this matter and to study the nature and origin of such craft.

"Wether the information currently gathered and recorded makes it possible to exclude the hypothesis of vehicles driven or controlled by living beings of unknown species and origin.

"Whether the government has, on the contrary, sufficient information to attribute the production Of these devices to the industry of a foreign state.

"Whether in the latter case, the international agreements signed by France have already allowed Consultations regarding the use of such devices in a potential conflict."

[Ref. bv1;] "BRESLE ET VIMEU LIBRES" NEWSPAPER:

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LONDINIERES

Londinières' Saucer

"Since weeks that they made their appearance in all the skies of France, the flying saucers seemed to express an incomprehensible scorn for the country of Bray. This gap is finally filled: the weekend, indeed, was marked by a sudden surge of nonidentifiable machines.

"Friday evening, Mr. Henri Robert, doctor-veterinary in Londinières, was returning at his place when he saw at a low altitude in the sky four discs one on the other.

After having noted an astonishing weakness of his car's engine suddenly turned off, he resumed his travel; a few kilometers further, he saw on the road a strange being which, at his approach - and after once again the car had been immobilized - threw himself in an object in the shape of cigar and disappeared at a vertiginous speed.

"Saturday evening, Mr. Michel Gosselin, tradesman in Neufchâtel, and chairman of the Football-Club, went away to Aumale to fetch the goal of his club coming in permission. He was accompanied by his cousin, Mr. Jean Leullier. Suddenly - it was 9:25 p.m. very exactly - in the sky which the moon lit intensely, he saw a dark disc trailing behind itself a long orange gleam at an incredible pace".

Mr. Henri Robert remained amazed at his unexpected vision. He alerted the gendarmerie. Other testimonys were collected by the way, in particular, that of a gendarme himself, Mr. Pelfresne.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 16, 1954 close to Dieppe at nightfall on national road 314 in the commune of Baillollet, Doctor Henri R., veterinary surgeon, saw four machines which moved the ones above the others at approximately 300 meters of altitude.

One of these apparatuses was detached from the flotilla, dove towards the ground, zigzaged in front of the witness' car, and he then felt an electric shock and the car's engine stopped.

He then saw on the road a weird being approximately 1.20 meters tall, and at once, the car's headlights died out.

When they were re-ignited by themselves without intervention of the witness, the small being had disappeared but a cylindrical craft of approximately three meters in length took off from the slope bordering the road, and took the direction of North.

The statements of the witness were recorded by the gendarmerie of Londinières.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 16, 1954, at the fall of the night, veterinary doctor Henri Robert of Londinières in Normandy was driving on National Road RN 314 at the south-east of Dieppe.

Whereas he was going through the village of Baillolet, he noticed four circular machines which were one above the other and evolved at a moderate speed in the sky, at a height he estimated to be of 300 meters, and in the prolongation of the road in front of him.

As soon as he had seen them, one of the four machines left the formation and descended towards the ground while zigzagging, ending on the road in front of him, with his car and this object now being on a collision course.

Whereas his car and the machine were not more distant than a hundred meters, Doctor Robert felt like an electric shock, and at the same time, the engine of his car stopped and its headlights died out. The car stopped rolling at the time when the object landed on the road.

Doctor Robert found himself unable to move, and saw a small being of approximately 1 m 20 of height in the gleam released by the object on the road.

Then all lights died out and he could not see anything anymore. The darkness lasted a few minutes, then his car's headlights functioned suddenly again, and doctor Robert could see in their beam that the machine which had been posed on the road was now moving away to the north at a level close to the ground on the cropped-mound along the slope which bordered the road, this road being oriented North-South in this place.

Doctor Robert returned to Londinières and wrote a report which he submitted to the gendarmerie.

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Author Michel Carrouges indicates that on October 16, 1954, in the Seine Maritime, Mr. Robert, in a car, saw the landing of a luminous flying saucer within 100 meters, with appearance of small pilots. The witness felt an electric shock, the engine stalled, the headlights died out.

Carrouges notes this case in his listing of cases with physical effects, and indicates Aimé Michel as source.

[Ref. lc1:] LEONARD G. CRAMP:

("Fig 48. Table of some typical UFO effects on cars and people at varying distances.")

PLACE. DATE. EFFECTS. APPROX. DISTANCE FROM UFO.
Seine-Inferieure France. October 1954 'Electric shock', car engine & headlamps went out same time. 300 feet.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

362 -001.43721 49.79340 16 10 1954 21 00 2 BAILLOLET SEINE-MAR F 014133 G

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors write that the rather indistinct figure of a human-shaped entity was observed by Dr. Henri Robert on October 16, 1954, in the village of Baillolet in France. Robert saw four objects flying at about a thousand feet altitude, one above the other. Suddenly one of the craft dropped to the ground much like a dead leaf floating to earth, about 350 feet In front of Robert's car. Then Robert felt a kind of "electric shock," his engine stalled, and the headlights went out. The car stopped just as the object touched the ground.

The doctor, incapable of movement as though paralyzed, watched a figure which appeared to be about four feet tall moving in the light of the object, then everything went dark. Some time later the lights of the car went back on and the witness saw the object taking off toward the north, above the road. The doctor called the authorities when he arrived in Londinieres, and reported the incident.

The authors comment that the "dead leaf" movement of a landing or slow-moving disc has been described in many reliable and well-documented UFO reports, throughout the world, and was first noted as one of the outstanding characteristics of saucer-shaped craft over the United States in the early years of the mystery.

[Ref. ob1:] OTTO BINDER:

October 16, 1954, southeast of Dieppe, France. Dr. Henri Robert was driving when he spied four discs flying in formation in the sky. One of them "peeled off" and came swooping low over his car. Dr. Robert says he felt a kind of "electric shock," and at the same time his engine died and his headlights went out. Dr. Robert then became paralyzed and could not move as the UFO landed on the road and a little creature 3 feet tall shone a light at him. When the tiny man and the UFO left moments later, Dr. Robert was able to move and start his car.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

274

Oct. 16, 1954, nightfall. Baillolet (France).

Dr. Robert, while driving through this village, saw four objects, at about 300 m altitude, flying slowly in echelon formation. Suddenly one of them dropped to the ground with a dead-leaf motion, 100 m away. The witness felt an electric shock as engine and headlights died, and the car stopped when the object touched the ground. Incapable of moving, Dr. Robert saw a figure about 1.2 m tall moving in the light of the object, then all went dark. Some time later the headlights resumed operation by themselves, and Dr. Robert saw the craft take off toward the north. (Paris-Presse, 19 oct 1954) (71; M 185).

[Ref. jp1:] JACQUES POTTIER:

The author indicates that at nightfallon October 16, 1954, the veterinary doctor Henri Robert was driving the Main Road 314 in the area of Dieppe and was not far from Baillolet when four brilliant circular craft appeared in the sky, evolving one above the other at 300 meters of altitude right in the center line of the highway opposite the car.

As soon as the witness saw them, one of the apparatuses descended while zigzaging to ground-level and continued to advance straight ahead while the witness did the same way, so that his car and the craft approached quickly.

50 meters before the collision, the car stopped, with the engine stalled, and the headlights went off. The doctor was paralysed at his steering wheel by an electric shock, and managed to see, in the light emitted by the stopped UFO, a small being which seemed busy around the apparatus.

Then the light weakened and went off, and silence and the night reigned a few minutes. After that the headlights turned on again and the doctor saw, in their beam, that the UFO was moving away along the slope while gaining altitude.

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

The two ufologists and authors report that on October 15, 1954 at abour 07:45 P.M., the veterinary surgeon Henri Robert was driving in his car between the villages of Fresnoy-en-Val and Chais, coming from Neuchâtel-en-Bray. Having just crossed the wood of Hillet, he saw on his right a distance which he evaluated as 300 meters, four circles of orange color superimposed and more luminous for those at the top than those at the bottom.

The authors report the remarks by Mr. Robert:

"Suddenly, as if I just have been spotted, the smallest circle, the one at the top, detached from the group at a vertiginous speed and darted in my direction. Two seconds hardly, and it was on me. It came at a few meters in front of my vehicle, while zigzagging just above the level of the ground. I feel at the same time an electric shock. My car does not "obey" me anymore. The car is like insane! It lasted about fifteen seconds. Then, the machine sets out again towards the group, which disappears at once."

"While arriving at Bailleul-Neville, at the crossroads of La Motte, 3.500 km from the first appearance, and within 150 meters in front of me, I see in my headlights a being of approximately 1,20 m in height, rather fat, arms and legs spread. I have hardly time to note that its clothing is of gray-bluish color. My headlights die out. They are re-ignited 2 or 3 seconds later: the small being had disappeared. Instinctively, I accelerate. But I have the time to see, on the edge of the slope, between a pylon and a transformer, a cylindrical craft, frayed at the two ends, long of 3 to 4 meters, all fires extinct. At this very moment, the craft takes off vertically, rises quickly, and disappears in the direction of the North."

[Ref. ls1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The American ufologist indicates that on October 16, 1954, in France, in Baillolet, Dr. Robert, in his car, saw four low and slow flying objects, in spread out formation.

Suddenly, one of them dropped at the ground like a falling leave, at a hundred meters from there, the doctor felt an electric shock, his engine stopped, his headlights died out.

He was unable to move and saw a silhouette of approximately 1.20 meters moving in the light of the object.

Then, everything died out, his headlights turned on again by themselves as soon as the machine had left the place.

The author indicates that this example of case of a close encounter of the third kind comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée who extracted it from the Aime Michel's book.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drowsiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that in Baillolet in the department of the Seine-Maritime on October 16, 1954.

Doctor Robert, MD, observed a formation of "flying saucers" in the sky. One of them landed while zigzagging on the road within 100 meters of its car.

The doctor felt a sort of electric shock while his headlights died out and the engine of his car stalled and immobilized.

Unable to move, the doctor saw a small being busy close to the craft which took off soon, and all was normal again.

Elsewhere in his book, he indicates that on October 16, 1954, a nightfall Henri Robert, veterinary surgeon, drives on National road 314 and arrives close to Baillolet when suddenly, in the sky, four brilliant circular machines, hovering one above the other at 300 m of altitude, appear, right in the center line of the highway opposite the car.

He had hardly noticed this, that one of them goes down while zigzaging to ground-level and continuous to advance straight, while Mr. Robert does the same, so that the two vehicles quickly approach one another. 50 meters before their probable collision, the car stops short, motor stalled, headlights extinct. All the electric circuit of the car is blocked and does not function anymore. Paralysed at his wheel. Mr. Robert sees, in the light released by the stopped U.F.O., a small being which seems busy around the machine.

Then the light of the machine weakens and ends up dying out. Then, the headlights of the car are re-ignited for the switch remained on, and, in their beam, Mr. Robert sees the U.F.O. moving away along the road slope while taking altitude.

[Ref. bb1:] JACQUES BARTHEL AND GERARD BRUCKER:

The two ufologists indicate that the case is dated October 15, 1954, at 07:45 p.m., in Clais, in the district of Dieppe, community of Londinières, in the Seine-Maritime. They describe it from the citation which follows:

"R. H. (45 years old), veterinary surgeon (of Londinières?), returned from Neufchâtel en Bray with his car and had crossed the wood of Hellet. He sees on his right between the hamlet of Fresnoy-en-Vallée and the Mount de Clais, at 2,5 km of him and 300 meters of altitude, 4 circles of orange color superimposed and being degrading without noise. Duration: 30 seconds."

"At one moment, the last (that on the top), the smallest, is detached from the lot and, at a vertiginous speed, rushes in direction of the witness. In two seconds it is on him and zigzags in front of the vehicle at nearly the level of the road - Strong electric shock; the vehicle does not obey any more. This lasts 20 seconds. The phenomenon disappears without noise. The machines accompanying the saucer which operated disappeared at the very start of the maneuver."

"While arriving at Bailleul-Neuville, at the crossroads of la Motte, 3,500 km of the first appearance, 150 m approximately, in the headlights, the witness sees a being, 1,20 m to 1,30 m tall, rather broad, arm and legs spread, looking in front of him - color bluish gray. The headlights of the car died out, then relit; the being disappeared. Increasing pace, the witness has the time to see, on the edge of the grassy slope bordering the road, in direction of the hamlet on Neuville, on the left side, between a pylon and the power transformer, a machine of cylindrical form, frayed at the two ends, 3 m long, all lights off. In the headlights, he saw the machine rising vertically and, at fast pace, taking the direction of the North."

They indicate that this is in substance the nature of the statements made by the Norman veterinary surgeon to the gendarmerie, and that the observation "appears of course in many books where it is located in different localities: in Fresnoy-en-Vallée, Baillolet amongst others."

They thus state that some ufologists have no rigour in their work, and that, more serious still, the facts "are explained with much with difficulty". They indicate that the book "Face aux Extraterrestes" by Garreau and Lavier gives this case, that they reproduced word for word above.

They add: "We think, that being given its origin, it constitutes the gist of a testimony", but that in his catalogue, Jacques Vallée also takes the case in consideration, but by mistake or willingly, he seems to closely bind the two phases of observations, that the distance of 3.500 km crossed by the veterinary surgeon between the two scenes which he observed is thus missing. They wonder whether it is an omission, or "a facility of demonstration", and let the reader judge that.

They then explain that they "regarded this case as having serious criteria of credibility": a "veterinary Doctor in a small village, a report to the gendarmerie, details in the description of the observation, all was there to make this story a solid object of study."

They thus tried to find the witness, but he was not subscribed any more to the telephone service. His successor should tell them if he can still contact him, but the witness died two years after these events. Hearing their disappointment, their correspondentasked about their interest, they explained the exact nature of their research.

The authors indicate that consequently, the "holy credibility" had its virtue seriously compromised, for they learned that the witness, in spite of his job, had annoying habits, "he often drank! [alcohol]"

They then continued the investigation with the mayor of the city who said: "he was quite a nice chap but always between two glasses", and his doctor added that he had succumbed to a cirrhosis of the liver two years after the observation.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 16, 1954 at 07:45 p.m. in Baillolet in the department of the Seine-Maritime, the witness had just crossed the forest of Hellet by car, when he suddenly saw at an altitude of 300 meters, four superimposed circles of orange color. He told:

"Suddenly, as if I had been located, the smallest circle, the one at the top, dived towards me; hardly two seconds and it is on me. It comes at a few meters in front of my vehicle, while zigzagging at near-ground level. At the same time, I feel a very strong electric shock. My car does not obey me any more. It is quite mad! This lasted about fifteen seconds, then the machine sets out again towards the group which disappears at once. While arriving at Bailleul-Neville, at the crossroads of the La Motte, at 3 km 500 of the first appearance, and within 150 meters in front of me, I see in my headlights a being, approximately 1 m 20 tall, rather heavy, arms and legs spread out. I hardly have the time to note that its clothing is of gray-bluish color: my headlights died out. They re-ignited 2 or 3 seconds later: the small being had disappeared. Instinctively I accelerate. But I had time to see on the edge of the slope, between a pole and a power transformer, an apparatus of cylindrical shaped, pointed at the two ends, a length from three to four meters, all fires extinct. At this precise time, the machine takes off with the vertical, rises quickly and disappears in the direction of the north."

[Ref. mf1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

Michel Figuet noted in his listing of dubious cases:

10/15/1954

Londinière
Bailleul-Neuville

Witness known at the time as an alcoholic. B.B. p. 71

("Bartel and Brucker" refers to the book by Barthel and Brucker, see references.)

[Ref. sa1:] PIER LUIGI SANI:

This Italian ufologist wrote an article to refute the claims by ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker in their book "La Grande Peur Martienne" on the French wave of 1954, and provides examples of what he denounces as fraudulent or unjustified explanations they gave for cases, such as:


3. The Case at Claix

A veterinarian declares he has seen a UFO and a humanoid. Interference by the UFO with the electricity in his car. Re-investigation by B. and B. (Meanwhile the veterinarian has died in 1956 of cirrhosis of the liver due to alcoholism.) Conclusion of Messrs B. and B.:

The alleged sighting was a drunkard's hallucination.

[Ref. ju1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1954/10/16 FRANCE, BAILLOLET

Night

Source: UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference. CUFOS
October Scenario
Official UFO, Feb. 76

Veterinarian Henri Robert saw four circular UFOs at an altitude of less than 1,000 feet. One left the formation and landed. When the object was 100 feet away, Dr. Robert felt an electric shock, and the car engine and lights failed. When the object landed, he was paralyzed. He saw one small being. Everything returned to normal when the object left.

EFFECTS: Paralysis
Electric shock
EM effects on the car

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on October 16, 1954, around 19 hours, the veterinary surgeon Henri Robert saw arriving in front of him at 300 meters of altitude four brilliant discs one above the other. One came down on the road within 50 meters and stopped him, motor stalled, headlights off. An humanoid came out and wass busy, the light weakened, the engine and the headlights were re-ignited, the craft flew over the slope and moved away.

The source is noted "Pottier, 1974".

[Ref. fb1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #005: 16/10/1954, p. 172 (Baillolet)

[Ref. fb2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 Frnech flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Baillolet 1 4 3

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 16 October 1954 at night in Baillolet, France, Dr Henri Robert was driving at night saw four objects in the sky and one approached his car. When it was about 100m away, he felt an "electric shock.” The car engine died, headlights went out, and he was paralysed. A 1m tall creature was visible in light from the object. After several minutes the headlights came on and the paralysis ceased. The car could then be restarted.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Michel A 1958 Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery. New York Criterion Books.pp184-185."

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

171.

Location. Baillolet France

Date: October 16 1954

Time: 2100

Dr Henri Robert, a veterinarian, was driving when he saw 4 discs in the sky, one of which descended with a "falling leaf" motion. When within 100 yards of it Dr Robert felt an electric shock and found himself paralyzed; his engine died and his headlights went out, as the object landed on the road. In the light of the luminous object, he could see a small figure slightly over 3 ft tall. After a period of darkness lasting several minutes, the headlights came on and the object was seen rapidly moving away.

Humcat 1954-101

Source: Aime Michel

Type: C

[Ref. sd1:] STEVEN DUNN:

Baillot, FR
16 Oct 54

Dr. Robert watched 4 disc-shaped objects fly over his car. One dropped out of formation, Robert felt paralyzed. A small creature appeared & moved illuminated by the glow of the craft.

CE-3-302 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 269

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

October 16

1954 – Dr. Robert, driving through Baillolet, France at nightfall, saw four objects flying slowly in echelon formation at about 300 meters altitude. One of UFOs dropped abruptly to the ground with a falling leaf motion, landing only 100 meters away. The witness felt an electric shock as the engine and headlights of his car died, and his car stopped the moment the object touched the ground. Incapable of moving, Dr. Robert watched as a figure about 1.2 meters (4 feet) tall moved around in the light of the object, then all went dark. Some time later the headlights came back on by themselves, and Dr. Robert saw the craft take off toward the north. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 185; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 231-232).

[Ref. rh1] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

[...]

October 16, 1954 Dr. Henri Robert, Baillolet (Seine-Inferieure), France nightfall

One 3-ft tall being; one of four circular objects zigzagged down in front of car, witness felt shock, engine and lights failed; being visible in light from UFO.

[...]

[Ref. un1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that Dr. Jacques Vallee wrote a book titled "Passport to Magnolia" [sic] that highlighted French humanoid incidents associated with UFOs in 1954, which were also described in the more recent book "Situation Red - The UFO Siege" (1977) by Leonard H. Stringfield, including the following:

On October 16 in Baillolet, Dr. Robert, "while driving, saw four objects at low altitude flying slowly in echelon formation. Suddenly one dropped to the ground with a falling-leaf motion, one hundred meters away. The doctor felt an electric shock as his car's engine and headlights died. Incapable of moving, Dr. Robert saw a figure about .2 meters tall moving in the light of the object; then all went dark. Later, the headlights resumed operation by themselves, when the object left the area."

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 16 1954. Nightfall

BAILLOLET (SEINE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

Veterinary surgeon Dr Henri Robert was driving through this village on Route N-314 when he saw four objects at 300m altitude flying slowly in echelon formation. Suddenly one of them dropped to the ground in a dead leaf motion, 100m away. Robert felt an electric shock as his headlights and engine died, and the car stopped, when the object hit the ground. Incapable of moving, Robert saw a figure about 1.2m tall, moving in the light of the object, then all went dark. Sometime later his headlights resumed operating by themselves and Robert saw the craft skimming along the ground, taking off to the north. He was then able to move and restart his car.

Vallee Case 274, citing Paris-Pressse 19 October 1954.
Michel 1958, p.185.

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

(140) Oct. 16, 1954 – Dr. Robert, driving through Baillolet, France at nightfall, saw four objects flying slowly in echelon formation at about 300 meters altitude. One of UFOs dropped abruptly to the ground with a falling leaf motion, landing only 100 meters away. The witness felt an electric shock as the engine and headlights of his car died, and his car stopped the moment the object touched the ground. Incapable of moving, Dr. Robert watched as a figure about 1.2 meters (4 feet) tall moved around in the light of the object, then all went dark. Some time later the headlights came back on by themselves, and Dr. Robert saw the craft take off toward the north. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 185; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 231-232).

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

Location: Baillolet France

Date: October 16 1954

Time: 2100

Dr. Henri Robert, a veterinarian, was driving when he saw 4 discs in the sky, one of which descended with a “falling leaf” motion. When within 100 yards of it Dr Robert felt an electric shock and found himself paralyzed; his engine died and his headlights went out, as the object landed on the road. In the light of the luminous object, he could see a small figure slightly over 3 ft tall. After a period of darkness lasting several minutes, the headlights came on and the object was seen rapidly moving away.

Source: Aime Michel 194: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 274

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

This database recorded this same case 21 times instead of one!

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 Baillolet France 20.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 21.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France Night CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France Nightfall CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 19.45 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 20.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 20.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 19.45 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France Nightfall CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 21.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 20.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 20.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France 20.00 CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France Nightfall CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France Nightfall CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Londinieres France 19.00
19541016 16.10.1954 Londinieres France Nightfall
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France Night NL
19541016 16.10.1954 Baillolet France Night CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 N 314 France
19541016 16.10.1954 N-314 France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Probably caused by alcohol.

Reports say it occurred at nightfall, no our being specified. Nightfall was between 7 and 7:30 p.m..

Keywords:

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

Londinière, Seine-Maritime, Robert, car, stall, stop, headlights, occupants, landing, object, luminous, road, effects

Sources:

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

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