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September 15, 1954, Feyzin, Isère:

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

Reports:

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

Carrousel of "saucers" in the sky of Dauphiné

LYON. -- In the departments of the Rhone, Isère, Drôme and Savoy, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less clarity, craft having either the shape of cigars, or those of discs.

In the area of Arbresle, one of these witnesses, director of a music-hall, stated to have filmed one of these mysterious apparatuses which evolved at a height estimated by him as of approximately 700 meters. One will thus know, after development of the footage, if it was or was not an optical illusion.

Close to Feyzin (the Isère) a young man is said to have seen in the countryside, not far from the ground, a machine having the shape of a dome from where spouted out a very sharp light. The witness had compared it with that caused by the combustion of magnesium. The craft, suddenly, went up vertically while leaving a shower of sparks and disappeared.

Inhabitants of Chabeuil stated to have seen a flying saucer evolving above the countryside.

Lastly, in Savoy, close to the lake of Le Bourget, above Mount Revard, several motorists, on the whole about fifteen people, simultaneously saw an apparatus having the shape of a disc, that evolved during approximately four minutes, to then disappear suddenly.

One of the witnesses, a doctor of Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully wrote up the observations and drew a diagram reproducing the travel of the mysterious apparatus.

A "SAUCERS" FOLLOWS A TRAIN IN THE ILLE-ET-VILAINE...
The drivers gets ill

REDON (Ille-et-Vilaine). -- Misters Gérard, mechanic, and Paroux, driver, who operated a wildcat engine coming from Nantes, saw, whereas they passed at the locality "La Butte Rouge", community of Saint-Nicolas-de-Besson (Ille-et-Vilaine), a machine which rose from the nearby marshes.

This craft, of a certain length, which was followed of a luminous trail, flew during ten second above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

While the mechanic preserved all his calm, the driver, on the other hand, was so frightened that he fell sick and had to pass a medical examination yesterday morning.

DUTCH TESTIMONYS ON AERIAL PHENOMENA

LA HAYE. -- The aerial phenomena which currently appears above Europe did not fail to visit the Netherlands.

Among the recently reported testimonies on the passage of flying saucers above the Dutch territory, it is necessary to quote that of a citizen of Schiedam (an important center of juniper production) which claimed to have seen a rather large object, circular and luminous, moving towards the west. Its fiancée who accompanied it corroborated his statements.

Less recent but more impressive, is the account of the captain of "Grote Beer" Mr J.-P. Boshoff, of the Holland - United States line.

The object detected on the open sea and observed by himself and his five officers using all the optical equipment on board, was the "size of a half-moon" and also circular and luminous.

The captain adamantly excluded the possibility that it can be a weather balloon.

Initially motionless, the disc, after a few moments, moved towards the west to disappear behind the clouds at an altitude of approximately 14.000 meters.

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

[Other cases]

Between September the 15th and September 20th, several people in the Lyons area, reported to have seen flying saucers. A 15 year old young man, Mr. Roland M... indicates: "The 15th at approximately 11 p.m., I was at approximately 200 meters of the fort of Feyzin (the Isère) when my attention was drawn by a white light. I was then amazed to see, detached on the sky, within ten meters of the ground, a dark spot from which emerged a sharp light similar to the combustion of a magnesium spot."

The black "shape" seemed slightly elliptic."

"Arrived at about fifty meters of this "space ship", I was amazed to hear a deaf noise checkmate like that a wet rocket produces, I even saw at the same time a sheaf of sparkles spout out of the lower part of the craft. Then all of a sudden, like a rocket, it rose at a striking speed, perhaps 4000 or 5000 km/h."

[Other cases]

[Ref. qh1:] NEWSPAPER "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE:"

The article underneath has been published in the daily newspaper Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire on Friday, October 1st, 1954.

MULTIPLE SIGHTINGS OF FLYING CIGARS

In the departments of the Rhone, of Isère, Drome and Savoy, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less of clarity, crafts having either a cigar shape, or a disc shape. In the area of Arbresle, one of these witnesses, the director of a Parisian variety theater, even filmed one of these mysterious crafts. So we will know, after development of the film, if it is an optical illusion. Close to Feyzin (Isère), a young man is said to have seen a machine having a dome and from where a light comparable with that caused by the combustion of magnesium spouted out in the countryside not far from the ground. In Drome, an inhabitant of Valence Miss Leboeuf, which was having a walk near Chabeuil, claims to have met in a pathway, a being of small size oddly dressed which she first believed to be a scarecrow in Cellophane. Miss Leboeuf hid behind a hedge, terrified. At this point in time she saw a disc from where a whistle emanated rising from a cornfield. A little later the witness and peasants went in the field where, according to them, a circular trace approximately three meters in diameter with corn ears lying and branches broken in edge was clearly distinguished. Other inhabitants of Chabeuil also stated to have seen there a flying saucer evolving above the countryside on the same day.

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that not far from Feyzin, near Vienne, south of Lyons, France, in 1954, a young fellow saw a dome-like saucer hovering close to the ground, and emitting a magnesium-like flare.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author indicates that on 15 September 1954 at 11:30, Roland M., aged 19, had this experience:

"I was riding a bicycle on the small road which connects the district of Bégude to Feyzin, in the direction of the village of Corbas. I was within approximately 200 meters of the Harbour ["Port", actually "Fort"] of Feyzin when, suddenly, my attention was drawn by a white light which, a while, swept and cut the road. Stopping and looking at the light which had been immobilized, I had the surprise to see, being detached onto the sky, within ten meters of the ground, a dark spot surmounted of a dome from where a sharp light similar to the combustion of magnesium emerged. The black "form" seemed slightly elliptic. Arrived at about fifty meters of this... "space ship", I had the surprise to hear a deaf noise, like that made by a wet 14 July rocket; I saw at the same time a shower of sparks spout out of the lower part of the craft then, all of a sudden, like a rocket, it rose at a striking speed and disappeared."

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports the account of the witness Mr. Roland M..., nineteen years old, of his observation in the community of Feyzin, 5 kilometers in the south of Lyon, on September 15, 1954 at 11:20 P.M.:

"On the 15th, I was driving on my motorcycle between Bégude and Corbas, on the country road V 02. I was at approximately 200 meters of the fort of Feyzin when suddenly a white light coming from the sky swept the road while crossing it. I stopped and looked at the light which had become still."

"I then discovered that it came from the top of a motionless dark mass 10 meters approximately above ground-level, within 50 meters of me. The black mass seemed elliptic. I looked at it one moment, then heard a light noise like a wet rocket. Sparks spouted out under the apparatus, which rose at a tremendous speed. It was 11:20."

Aimé Michel notes that there is no other witness, nor proof of the reality of the account, but that a weak presumption in favor of this single witness was that he wanted to remain anonymous.

[Ref. lc2:] LEONARD C. CRAMP:

The author says that 19-year-old Mr. Roland said:

"I was riding my motorcycle between La Begude, three miles south of Lyon, and Feyzin. I was about 200 yards from the fort at Feyzin when suddenly a white light from the sky swept the road in front of me. I stopped and watched the light, which had become motionless. I then discovered it was coming from the top of a dark mass, about 10 yards above the ground and 50 yards away from me; the mass was motionless and seemed to be elliptical in shape. I looked at it for a moment, and then I heard a low sound, like a sputtering fuse. Sparks came out underneath the object, which rose at tremendous speed."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

120 -004.85721 45.66600 15 09 1954 23 20 105 (FEYSIN-ISERE) F 0011 C 073

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Presenting cases of sighting of motionless phenomena, Jacques Vallée indicates that on September 15, 1954, at 11:20 p.m. in Feyzin in the department of Isère, Roland M., aged 19, made the observation of which he told:

"I was riding my motorbike between Bégude and Corbas, on the minor road V 02. I was within approximately 100 meters of the fort of Feyzin when suddenly a white light coming from the sky swept the road, coming across the road. I stopped and looked at the light, which had been become motionless. I then discovered that it came from the top of a motionless dark mass approximately 10 meters above ground-level, at 50 meters distance from me. The mass seemed elliptic. I looked at this for a time, then I heard a light noise like a wet fuse. Sparks spouted out under the apparatus, which rose at a tremendous speed."

Webmaster's note: I fail to grasp why Jacques Vallée classifies this as a motionless phenomenon.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 15, 1954, close to Feyzin in the department of Isère, a white light suddenly swept the road in front of the witness, who observed that it was emitted by a large dark object suspended approximately 10 meters above the ground. The U.F.U. flew away with the noise of a wet detonator while throwing out sparkles similar to those of magnesium.

[Ref. jv3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

146

Sep. 15, 1954, 11:20 P.M., Feyzin (France).

A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Roland M., 19, who observed that it came from a large, dark object 10 m above ground. It flew away with the noise of a wet firework, throwing magnesiumlike sparks. (10; M 49) (Le Parisien, 29 Sept. 1954)

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

The authors report that on September 15, 1954, Mr. Roland, aged 21, was going to his work and was between Corbas and the fort of Feyzin in the Rhone when he saw on its left a very shining object, of metallic appearance, which was landed on the ground. It was of elliptic shape, and resembled has a "miner's hat."

Mr. Roland observes it a few minutes without approaching. He then sees a being "of the size of a 9 year old child ", dressed of a kind of gray diving-suit. He has a large head on broad shoulders, moves without haste in front of the machine, then disappears behind it.

A few seconds later, the machine rises in silence and spiraling.

Mr. Roland declared that he had difficulties in pedaling when he took the road again.

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

The two ufologists and authors indicate that on September 15, 1954 at 11:20 p.m. in the district of Bégude, minor road V02, in Feyzin, the anonymous witness Roland "M." saw a craft having the shape of a dome in the countryside, near the ground, from where spouted out a very sharp light which he compared to that provided by the combustion of magnesium.

The machine suddenly rose vertically, leaving behind a shower of sparks, and "disappeared."

The two authors note that the same witness made another observation in 1954.

They quote as sources the catalogue by Jacques Vallée, the newspapers "Le Dauphiné Libéré", "Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace" and "L'Aurore" of 30 September 1954, and "Le Parisien Libéré" of September 29, 1954.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 15, in France between Bégude and Feyzin (the Isère), at 11:30 "Mr. Roland, 19-year-old, was on a bicycle at 200 m of the Harbour of Feyzin when a sharp light swept the road. Stopping and looking where the light had been motionless he saw in the sky at ten meters of the ground a dark spot surmounted of a dome where a light like that of the combustion of magnesium emerged. Arrived at about fifty meters of this thing, he heard a deaf noise like that of a wet rocket for July 14 and a shower of sparks spouted out of lower part of the thing which all of a sudden rose at a striking speed and disappeared."

The source is indicated as "Jimmy GUIEU: 'Black-out sur les S.V.' - Fleuve Noir 1956 - p. 141".

The ufologist indicates that another version is "A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Mr. Roland (aged 19), who observed that it came from a large and dark object, at 10 meters of the ground. It moved away while making a noise of wet fireworks, launching sparks sharp like those of magnesium".

The source is indicated as "Le Parisien, 29 Septembre 1954", with thanks to Wim van Utrecht [belgian ufologist]".

[Ref. mc1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Feyzin (France).

9/15/1954 23:20

A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Roland M., 19, who observed that it came from a large, dark object 10 m above ground. It flew away with the noise of a wet firework, throwing magnesium-like sparks.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

September 15

[...]

1954 - A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Roland M., age 19, who was driving in Feyzin, France at 11:30 p.m. He observed that it came from a large, dark object about ten meters above the ground. It flew away, making a noise like wet fireworks, and throwing magnesium-like sparks. (Sources: Le Parisien, September 29, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 49; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 210).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954:

[...]

Wed 15:

Close to Feyzin (the Isère), 1 white light suddenly sweeps the road in front of Mr. Roland (aged 19). He observes that it is emitted by a large dark object located at approximately 10 m of the ground. The UFO flies away with the noise of a wet detonator, projecting sparks similar to those of magnesium.

[...]

The sources are indicated as "Le Parisien, 29 September 1954" and "Vallée, J., case #10, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The witness drives between The bégude and Corbas on the way V02. At two hundred meters of the fort of Feyzin a white light coming from the sky sweeps the road. The witness stops and then observes a motionless dark mass 10 m approximately above ground-level. The mass is elliptic. The witness then hears a noise like a wet rocket, sparks spout out from under the object which rises at a striking speed."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. par Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 15 September 1954 at 23:20 in Feyzin, France, "A large, dark object ten meters above ground" "A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Roland M., age 19, who was driving in Feyzin, France at 11:30 p.m. He observed that it came from a large, dark object about ten meters above the ground. It flew away, making a noise like wet fireworks, and throwing magnesium-like sparks."

The website adds: "A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Roland M, 19, who observed that it came from a large, dark object ten meters above ground. It flew away with the noise of a wet firework, throwing magnesium like sparks."

And: "An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight. One dark ball was observed by one male 19-year-old witness on a highway for five minutes. A fuse burn-like sound was heard."

The sources are listed as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; 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; Cramp, Leonard G., Piece for a Jig-Saw, Somerton, Isle of Wight, 1966; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

  • [ni1] Liste sur The NICAP Website, USA, trouvé en 2014, à http://www.nicap.org/reports/1954_ufocat.htm
  • [ni1] List on The NICAP Website, USA, found in 2014, at http://www.nicap.org/reports/1954_ufocat.htm
  • [Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

    *Sep. 15, 1954 - A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Roland M., age 19, who was driving in Feyzin, Rhone department, France at 11:30 p.m. He observed that it came from a large, dark object shaped like an ellipse about ten meters above the ground, 50 meters away. It flew away, making a noise like wet fireworks, and throwing magnesium-like sparks. (Sources: Le Parisien, September 29, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 49; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 210).

    [Ref. ub1:] "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
    19540915 15.09.1954 Feyzin France 23.20 CE I
    19540915 15.09.1954 Feyzin France 23.30 CE I
    22912">19540915 15.09.1954 Feyzin Fort France 23.20 CE I

    Explanations:

    Not looked for yet.

    Keywords:

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

    Feyzin, Isère, night, large, dark, sparks, fireworks, magnesium, motorcycle, light, road, dimensions, fast, occupant, head, shoulders, small, spiral, metallic, diving suit

    Sources:

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

    Document history:

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    1.1 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jv5].
    1.2 Patrick Gross November 2, 2014 Addition [ni1].
    1.3 Patrick Gross January 9, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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