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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.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Méridional for September 30, 1954, reported among other observations, that near Feyzin in the department of Isère, a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a dome-shaped craft from which a very bright light gushed forth. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The craft, suddenly, climbed vertically leaving a shower of sparks, and "disappeared."

The regional newspaper Var-Matin République for the same September 30, 1954, told a little more: the witness was, "Mr. Roland M ...", 15, who told:

"On the 15th around 11 p.m., I was about 200 meters from the Feyzin fort when my attention was drawn to a white light, and then I was amazed to see, standing out in the sky, about ten meters from the ground, a dark spot from which emerged a bright light similar to the burning of a magnesium stain."

"The black 'shape' seemed slightly elliptical."

"Arriving about fifty meters from this 'spaceship', I was amazed to hear a dull sound like that made by a wet rocket, I even saw at the same time a shower of sparks from the bottom of the machine, then suddenly, like a rocket, it rose at a blazing speed, perhaps 4000 or 5000 km / h."

The pioneering ufologist Jimmy Guieu gave in his 1956 book "Black Out on the Flying Saucers", this quote - without source - of the witness "Roland M.", of September 15, 1954, at 11:30, that he said was 19-year-old:

"I was riding a bicycle on the small road that connects the Begude district to Feyzin, towards the village of Corbas, I was about 200 meters from the Port of Feyzin when, suddenly, my attention was drawn to a white light which, for a moment, swept away and cut the road, stopping and looking at the light that had come to a standstill, I was surprised to see, standing out in the sky, about ten meters away from the ground, a dark spot surmounted by a dome from which emerged a bright light similar to the combustion of magnesium. The black 'shape' seemed slightly elliptical. Once arrived at about fifty meters from this 'spaceship', I was surprised to hear a dull sound, like that made by a rocket of the 14th of July, and at the same time I saw a shower of sparks bursting from under the apparatus, then suddenly like a rocket, it rose at a blazing speed and disappeared."

Then in 1958, Aimé Michel quotes "Roland M.," now 19-year-old:

"On the 15th, I was riding a motorcycle between La Bégude and Corbas, on the vicinal road V 02. I was about 200 meters from the Feyzin fort when suddenly a white light coming from the sky swept the road by cutting it. I stopped and looked at the light that had stopped."

"I found out that it came from above a dark mass about 10 meters above the ground, 50 meters from me, the black mass seemed elliptical, I looked for a moment, then heard a slight noise like a wet rocket, sparks spurted under the aircraft, which rose at a blazing speed, it was 11:20 a.m."

The ufologists Charles Garreau and Rayond Lavier's version of 1974 is quite surprising: according to them, on September 15, 1954, "Mr. Roland", now "21-year-old", went to work and was between Corbas and Fort Feyzin in the Rhone when he saw on his left a very bright object, of metallic appearance, posed on the ground. Elliptical in shape, it looked like a "miner's hat."

Mr. Roland watched it for a few minutes without going closer. He then saw a being "the size of a 9-year-old child, dressed in a kind of gray diving suit. He had a big head resting on broad shoulders, moved without hurry in front of the machine, then disappeared behind it."

A few seconds later, the craft rose silently, spiraling.

And Mr. Roland reportedly said he had difficulty pedaling when he hit the road again.

Many other ufologists would still publish short summaries, but never based on Garreau and Lavier's "close encounter of the third kind" version.

In 1979, "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker published in a Belgian ufology magazine the summary of the case by Vallée, then told that the March 1970 issue of Lumières Dans La Nuit ufology magazine, and their correspondent, Madame Lefebvre, told that this witness saw two years later, 600 meters away, the landing of an object with presence of occupants; which maked them disbelieve him as a "reapeater". Barthel and Brucker said they a searched for Roland M..., and he had never saw anything, neither in 1954 nor in 1956. He attributes, they say, these two stories to tall-tales of journalists.

Reports:

[Ref. lml1:] "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. vmr1:] "VAR-MATIN REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

[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. ads1:] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

FLYING "CIGARS" AND "SAUCERS" PERFORMED QUITE AN AERIAL CARROUSEL IN THE SKY OF THE DAUPHINE

LYON - In the Rhône. Isère, Drôme and Savoy departments, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less sharpness, craft having either the shape of cigars or that of disks.

In the region of the Arbresle, one of these witnesses, director of a Paris music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious craft that was evolving at a height estimated by him at about 700 meters, so we will know, after development of the film, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Fezin [sic] (Isère) a young man reportedly saw a dome-shaped craft in the countryside, not far from the ground from where a very bright light sprang up. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The craft suddenly climbed vertically leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

The pilot: a small person, dressed oddly

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L ... who was walking near Chabeuil, said to have met in the path she followed a being of small size who was dressed so oddly that she thought at first that it was a cellophane scarecrow. The dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously, in terror. As for Mrs. L..., also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw a disk rising from the cornfield along the road, whistling. Shortly thereafter, the witness and some peasants went to the field where, according to them, there was clearly a circular trace of about 3 meters in diameter with corn stalks laid down and broken branches on the edge.

(See more at the 6th page)

"Cigars" flying...

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Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw a flying saucer flying over the countryside that day.

Finally, in Savoy, near the Lake of the Bourget, above Mount Revard, several motorists, in total about fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft having the shape of a disc, moving for about four minutes, then disappearing suddenly.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a diagram reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

An "interplanetary scuba diver" near Châtellerault

Mr. Yves David, 28, farmer at the Brouloux, municipality of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne) said he saw advance at him on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil on September 19 at 10 p.m. a kind of "scuba diver".

The latter, he said, came to caress his arm, uttered unintelligible sounds and withdrew to a craft (which Mr. David cannot describe). A green light beam was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the craft disappeared vertically in the sky without any noise.

Mr. David declares that he did not want to say anything about this strange encounter, lest anyone scoff at him. He told a friend, however, asking if other people had seen the "scuba diver". This is how the whole country learned about it...

Bright object in the Roussillon sky...

PERPIGNAN - A baker from Cannet-Plage, Mr. Err, said that when he returned from a delivery tour with his pickup truck, he saw above this locality a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved towards the sea. Also, seven workers of a factory of the suburb of Perpignan claim to have also seen an object of an indefinite color, moving at high speed, and which would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

... And in the sky of the Haute-Garonne

Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauragais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Gadra, teacher of the locality, claim to have seen last night, above the village, a luminous disc of orange color. The object was moving at a great height and was moving north south.

After being visible for 30 to 40 seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

[Ref. lqh1:] 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, Drôme 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 the Drôme, 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. hws1:] 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. jgu1:] 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. aml1:] 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. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Loren Gross reproduced this newspaper article, without giving the reference:

CARROUSSEL OF FLYING SAUCERS
in the sky of France

One of the craft was reportedly filmed

Lyon, September 29 - In the departments of Rhône, Isère, Drôme and Savoy, numerous people claim to have seen, these last days, more of less sharply, craft having either the shape of cigars or of discs.

In the region of l'Arbresles (Rhône), one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music-hall, even filmed one of these mysterious apparatuses that moved at a height estimated at about 700 meters. We will thus know after development of the film if it is or is not an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (Isère), a younf man reportdely saw in the country, not far from the ground, a craft having the shape of a dome and from which spouted a very sharp light. The witness compared it to that provoked by the combustion of magnesium. The craft, suddenly, climbed vertically while leaving behind a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, Mrs. L... who walked her dog near Chabeuil, claims to have encountered in the path she was following, a being of small sized dressed so weirdly that she first saw it was a scarecrow in cellophane. The

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dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously in terror. As for Mrs. L ... also terrified, she hid behind a hedge.

It was then that she saw rising from the corn field that bordered the road, a disc whence emanated a hissing sound. Shortly after, the witness and some peasants went to the field where, according to them, a circular trace of about three meters in diameter was clearly visible, with ears of corn lying on the ground and broken branches on the border.

Other residents of Chabeuil also said that on that day they saw a flying saucer flying over the countryside.

Finally in Savoie near Lake Bourget, above Mount Revard, several motorists, in total fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft with the form a disc move for about four minutes, then suddenly disappear.

One of the witnesses, a doctor from Chambéry, is a former artillery observer. He carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious craft.

In the Southwest

Perpignan, September 29th. - A baker from Canet-Plage, Mr. Etienne Err, said that when he returned from a delivery tour with his pickup truck, he had seen above from this locality, a brilliant disc which, after having flown in large circles, moved towards the sea.

On the other hand, seven workers at a suburb of Perpignan plant claim to have also seen an object of an indefinable color moving at high speed, and who would have crossed the Pyrenees towards Spain.

***

Toulouse, September 29th. - Three inhabitants of Lanta, near Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Garonne), Mr. and Mrs. Brunet and Mr. Gadra, teacher of the locality, affirm to have seen, last night, above the village, a luminous disk of orange color.

The object was moving at a great height and was moving north-south.

After being visible for thirty to forty seconds, the luminous disc disappeared on the horizon.

At the sight of a "saucer" a locomotive driver falls sick

Rennes, September 29th. - MM. Gérard, a mechanic, and Paroux, a chauffeur, who drove a top-of-the-line machine from Nantes, spotted last night as they passed the locality "La Butte du Rouge", municipality of Saint-Nicolas de Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine), a machine that rose from neighboring marshes.

This machine of a certain length which was followed by a luminous trail flew for about ten seconds above the machine and disappeared in the sky.

If the mechanic kept his composure, the driver was so frightened that he fell ill and had to get a medical examination this morning.

[Ref. lcp2:] 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. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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

[Ref. jve1:] 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. jve2:] 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. jve3:] 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. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

321 15 September 1954 2320 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, 50 m. away. It flew away with the noise of a wet firework, throwing magnesium-like sparks.

(Ml46; Le Parisian, 29. September 1954; Michel II, 49)

[Ref. gal1:] 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. fru1:] 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. bbr2:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

Jacques Vallée, "Chroniques des apparitions extraterrestres": "September 15, 1954 - 11:20 p.m. - Feysin [sic], France. A white light suddenly swept the road in front of Roland M..., nineteen years old, who observed that it was coming from a big, dark object, 10 meters above the ground, and went away making a sound like wet fireworks, shooting bright sparks like magnesium."

According to the March 1970 issue of Lumières Dans La Nuit, and their correspondent, Madame Lefebvre, the same witness was a spectator two years later, 600 meters away, of the landing of an object with presence of occupants. We leave to some the responsibility of the theory of recurring sites and privileged witnesses! For our part we prefer to initiate a search to find Roland M... that is to say, to conduct an investigation on the case and not naïvely report a story often distorted by fanatical intermediaries.

Roland M ... never saw anything, neither in 1954 nor in 1956. He attributes these two stories to tall-tales of journalists. Judge for yourself. Figuring with details in a specialized journal, reported by a buff, we should have been able to consider this case as a reliable fact: it is not so. Hoaxes and mystifications of all kinds have always been numerous, but in UFO matters, they are more common than we think. The reports of occupant observations, on which we conducted an investigation (more than 100 cases that had never been or very badly investigated), do not, in our view, have any character of credibility.

[Ref. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: CARROUSEL OF FLYING SAUCERS IN THE SKY OF FRANCE -

One of the craft was reportedly filmed.

Lyon - In the departments of the Rhone, Isère, Savoie, Drôme, many people claim to have seen, in recent days, with more or less sharpness, craft having either the shape of cigar, or of disk.

In the Arbresle region (the Rhône), one of these witnesses, director of a Parisian music hall, even filmed one of these mysterious apparatuses, which moved at a height estimated by him at about 700m. We will know, after development, whether or not it is an optical illusion.

Near Feyzin (the Isère) a young man reportedly saw in the countryside, not far from the ground, a craft shaped like a dome and from which a very bright light burst out. The witness compared it to that caused by the burning of magnesium. The apparatus suddenly climbed vertically leaving behind it, a shower of sparks and disappeared.

In the Drôme, a resident of Valence, who was walking near Chabeuil, claims to have encountered, in the path she followed, a small being, dressed so oddly that she first thought it was a scarecrow in cellophane. The dog that accompanied the walker barked furiously, seized with terror. As for her, terrified as well, she hid behind a hedge. That's when she saw rise from the maize field that bordered the road, a disc from which came a hissing sound.

Shortly thereafter, the witness and the peasants went to the field where, according to them, a round trace of about 30 meters diameter, with maize lying down and branches broken at the edge. Other residents of Chabeuil also said they saw that day, a flying saucer moving over the countryside.

Finally, in the Savoy, near the Bourget Lake, above Mount Revard, several motorists, fifteen people, saw simultaneously a craft in the shape of a disc, move for about 4 minutes then disappear suddenly. One of the witnesses, a doctor in Chambéry is a a former artillery observer, he carefully noted the observations and drew a sketch reproducing the path of the mysterious apparatus.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. rlt1:] RENAUD LECLET - "LES MYSTERES DE L'EST":

Renaud Leclet lists cases that have in his opinion "similarities with helicopters" because of their headlights, includig this one:

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN HELICOPTERS HEADLIGHTS AND ... BEAMS OF FLYING SAUCERS:

Craft were seen by various witnesses, appearing with one or more light beams that generally swept the ground in front of them, in flight, before landing or taking off vertically.

09/15/54 Feyzin (69) at 11:30 p.m. - a machine with a dome, near the ground, with a very bright light.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3779: 1954/09/15 23:20 5 4:51:20 E 45:40:00 N 3333 WEU FRN RHN 7:7

FEYZIN,FR:LITE BEAMS/LRG DARK OBJ 50M AWAY/30'alt:SPUTTERS:SPARKS+away:/r8

Ref# 3 VALLEE:UFO ENIGMA: Challenge/Science Page No. 142 : PASTURE

[Ref. goe1:] 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 September 1954", with thanks to Wim van Utrecht [Belgian ufologist]".

[Ref. mcn1:] 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. djn1:] 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. jbu1:] 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. lcn1:] 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. uda1:] "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".

[Ref. nip1:] "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. 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
19540915 15.09.1954 Feyzin France 23.20 CE I
19540915 15.09.1954 Feyzin France 23.30 CE I
19540915 15.09.1954 Feyzin Fort France 23.20 CE I

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

September 15 1954. 2320hrs.

FEYZIN (RHONE : FRANCE)

Roland M (19) was motorcycling between La Begude and Feyzin when 200m from the Fort at Feyzin when his attention was caught by a white light from the sky, which swept across the road in front of him and became motionless. Stopping to observe it more closely, he observed that it was coming from the top of a dark elliptical mass 10m above the ground, 50m from him. After a moment he heard a sound like a sputtering fuse and sparks came from the underside of the object, which rose at tremendous speed.

Michel 1958b p49

Vallee Case 146 citing La Parisienne [sic] 29 September 1954.

Patrick Gross citing Le Meridionel [sic] 30 September 1954.+ Var Matin Republique 30 September 1954.+ Le Quotidien de la Haute Loire 1 October 1954. + Guieu 195b p141

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:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 20, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcp2], [vmr1], [goe1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 2, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 9, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross September 7, 2019 Addition of the Summary.
1.5 Patrick Gross September 26, 2019 Additions [ads1], [bbr2], [via11], [rlt1], [lhh1], [lgs1], [prn1], [prn2].

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