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October 16, 1954, Dompierre-les-Eglises, Haute-Vienne:

Reference number for this case: 16-oct-54-Dompierre. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

365 16 10 1954 21 45 1 DOMPIERRE F 0012 4E

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

275

Oct. 16, 1954, 09:45 P.M., Dompierre (France).

Messrs. Deschamp and Laclotre saw a craft, about 20 meters diameter, 2 meters high, come within 4 meters of the ground for 3 or 4 minutes. It gave off a yellowish light and a glow extended for 4 meters around. (Personal).

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

The two authors indicate that in Dompierre, department not known, on October 16, 1954 at 09:45, two witnesses saw an object of approximately 20 meters in diameter and 2 meters height, which approached the ground within 4 meters of altitude during 3 to 4 minutes.

The object emitted a yellowish light and a gleam of approximately four meters extended around the object itself.

The authors indicate that their source is case 275 of the Vallée catalogue.

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

The two authors note this case of October 14, 1954:

"Dompierre - Becquincourt - 80 - towards 09:30 p.m.: investigation. Luminous phenomenon very high, brief."

Further in their book, they claim that "the few serious investigators" who had admitted the fact that it was a meteor which had generated this type of observations were the technicians of the scientific office of the Air Force.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 16 in France at 21:45 "Misters Deschamps and Laclotre saw a machine approximately 20 m in diameter, 2 m in height, which approached the ground at 4 m of altitude during 3 or 4 minutes. It emitted a yellowish light and a gleam of approximately 4 m extended all around the object itself. (Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 284)".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

October 16

1954 –Messrs. Deschamp and Laclotre saw a craft, about 20 meters in diameter and two meters tall come within four meters of the ground in Dompierre, France. The object stayed near the ground for 3-4 minutes. It gave off a yellowish light and a glow extended around it for an estimated distance of four meters. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 232).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Saturday, October 16, 1954

21:45 In Dompierre-Bequincourt (Somme, France), Misters Deschamp and Laclotre see 1 machine approximately 20 m in diameter, 2 m in height, which approach the ground at 4 m of altitude during 3 or 4 mn. It emits a yellowish light and a gleam of approximately 4 m extends around the object itself.

The source is indicated as "Vallée, J.: "Un siècle d'atterrissages", LDLN n° 43" and a comment asks: "The 21:30 bolide?".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Haute Vienne in Dompierre les Eglises on October 16, 1954 at 21:45 hours "Two witnesses see an object approximately 20 meters in diameter and 2 meters in height, which approaches the ground at 4 meters of altitude during 3 to 4 minutes. It emitted a yellowish light and a gleam of approximately four meters extended around the object itself."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 October 1954 at 21:45 in Dompierre, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object, about 2 feet across, was observed by two male witnesses on a farm for under three minutes (Deschamps)."

The sources are indicated as Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Figuet, M.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 October 1954 at 21:45 in Dompierre, France, "Messrs. Deschamp and Laclotre saw a craft, about 20 meters diameter, two meters high, come within four meters of the ground for three or four minute."

And: "Messrs. Deschamp and Laclotre saw a craft, about 20 meters in diameter and two meters tall come within four meters of the ground in Dompierre, France . The object stayed near the ground for 3-4 minutes. It gave off a yellowish light and a glow extended around it for an estimated distance of four meters."

And: "Messrs. Deschamp and Laclotre saw a craft, about 20 meters diameter, two meters high, come within four meters of the ground for three or four minutes. It gave off a yellowish light and a glow extended for four meters around."

And: "One yellow ball was observed."

The source is indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".

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

*Oct. 16, 1954 –Messrs. Deschamp and Laclotre saw a craft, about 20 meters in diameter and two meters tall come within four meters of the ground in Dompierre, France. The object stayed near the ground for 3-4 minutes. It gave off a yellowish light and a glow extended around it for an estimated distance of four meters. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 232).

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

This database recorded this case 5 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541016 16.10.1954 Dompierre France 21.45
19541016 16.10.1954 Dompierre France 21.45
19541016 16.10.1954 Dompierre France 21.45 CE II
19541016 16.10.1954 Dompierre France 21.45 CE I
19541016 16.10.1954 Dompierre France 21.45

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Distorted description of that day's meteor at 09:30 p.m.? The moon?

Keywords:

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

Dompierre-les-Eglises, Dompierre, Haute-Vienne, Becquincourt, Deschamp, Laclotre, craft, landing, object, light, glow, yellow, night

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 15, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 28, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions, [go1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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