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October 16, 1954, Lesparre, Gironde:

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

Reports:

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

The authors indicate that a professor of history and geography, on October 16, 1954 in Lesparre-Médoc, saw a strange orange gleam in some bushes. He approached driven by curiosity and saw a round machine of a diameter of 5 meters, with a sort of diver of a height of one meter in the vicinity. The diver approached the witness, emitting on several occasions the following sounds: "ka-a-lo-o-tri-to-onn." He then entered then the machine though a sort of port-hole, and the machine rose fast vertically.

The authors indicate that to their knowledge there was no serious investigation of that case.

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

The two authors note this case of October 16, 1954:

"Lesparre-Médoc - 33: untraceable witness after investigation. Anonymous letter to a big national daily newspaper of the South-West."

Further in their book they make the consideration than the case "cannot be considered" because there is a "talkative occupant."

They provide more information at the beginning of the book, by indicating this summary of what Mrs. Gueudelot, archivist of the ufology group "Lumières Dans La Nuit" had noted:

"Région of Lesparre - 33 - in the night. Mr. H. G, professor of history and geography in a college of the area, tells:

"In the night of Saturday to Sunday, I was going at a small pace towards Lesparre, I saw an orange gleam in the bushes. I stopped my car and approached. I saw a machine of approximately 5 meters in diameter, of round shape. At this time, a sort of being high of approximately 1 meter approached me and repeated several times "KA-A-BO-O-TRI-TO-OUN." It then moved away, entered in the apparatus by a sort of port-hole and the machine rose quickly vertically."

They also notes that this account was preceded by the following cautionary introduction when it had been published in the "Sud-Ouest" newspaper of October 20, 1954:

"M. H.G. neither tells his name, nor the place of his residence and locates his observation in the area of Lesparre (the Gironde), but he explains himself however, with an astonishing memory."

They note that in the copy of the article of this newspaper in the file of Lumières Dans la Nuit, all the article is accurately reproduced, except for the size of the machine which changed from 5 meters in diameter to 50 meters in diameter.

Elsewhere in their book they say that the case must be eliminated because the UFO occupant talked.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that the case of Lesparre-Medoc in the Gironde was in fact an anonymous letter, probably just a gook joke, published in the Sud-Ouest newspaper of October 20, 1954, while "debunkers" Barthel and Brucker have claimed to have contacted the witness.

Sider indicates that Barthel and Brucker thought they would "get away with it" by insisting that the LDLN case speaks of 50 meters, and that they probably indicate on page 208 that the witness was untraceable after investigation without specifying same on page 48 to increase their count of "solved cases."

He points out with reason that it is absurd to speak about "untraceable witness after investigation" whereas the witness wass anonymous.

[(*) Note: Jean Sider unfortunately uses the same trick when he classifies this affair in his lis of cases for which Barthel and Brucker would have claimed to have contacted the witness, whereas it is not true; they precisely did not claim to have contacted the witness but claimed to have failed contacting the witness.]

Jean Sider indicates elsewhere in his book that the counter-investigation by Barthel and Brucker on the case is "imaginary" and that the case is a hoax by an anonymous reader

[Ref. fr1:] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

Michel Figuet noted in his listing of dubious cases:

10/16/1954

Lesparre

Solved according to MM. Barthel et Brucker p. 137

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

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 16, 1954 in France in Lesparre-Medoc, a professor of history and geography ensured to have seen in the bushes an orange gleam that puzzled him. While approaching he saw a round object, 5 meters in diameter, with nearby a sort of one meter high diver who approached the witness while emitting on several occasions the following sounds: "ka-a-lo-o-tri-to-onn".

It then penetrated in the apparatus by a kind of port-hole, then the machine rose quickly vertically.

The source is indicated as J.L. Ruchon, "Ovni, premier dossier complet...", Alain Lefeuvre publisher, 1979, page 176.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

172.

Location. Lesparre-Medoc Gironde France

Date: October 16 1954

Time: night

A history and geography teacher, driving along the road at night, saw in the bushes along his route an orange light. He stopped the vehicle and approached on foot, discovering an object, about 5 meters in diameter and round in shape, sitting on the ground. A moment later, a being one meter tall in a kind of diving suit approached the witness, emitting several times a phrase that sounded like, "Ka-a-lo-o-tri-to-onn." Then the entity returned and entered the apparatus through a kind of porthole. The object then took off rapidly straight up.

Humcat 1954-30

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

Type: B

[Ref. bo1:] BASE OVNI FRANCE:

The database indicates that in Lesparre Médoc on October 16, 1954, at an unknown hour, a professor of history and geography ensured to have seen in the bushes an orange gleam that puzzled him. While approaching he saw a round object, 5 meters in diameter, with nearby a sort of one meter high diver who approached the witness while emitting on several occasions the following sounds: "KA-A-LO-O-TRI-TO-ONN". It then penetrated in the apparatus by a kind of port-hole, then the machine rose quickly vertically.

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 October 1954 at night in Lesparre-Medoc, France, "History Teacher incident." "Orange round object behind bushes along road, 5m diameter. Being 1m tall in diver suit emitted a phrase "Ka--a-lo-o-tri-to-onn" Then returned to craft through porthole. Took off straight up."

And: "An object was observed. It departed by rapidly flying straight up until lost to sight. One orange round object, about 20 feet across, was observed by one experienced male witness in a field. One dwarf, wearing a diver's suit, was seen."

And: "A history and geography teacher, driving along the road at night, saw in the bushes along his route an orange light. He stopped the vehicle and approached on foot, discovering an object, about 5 meters in diameter and round in shape, sitting on the ground. A moment later, a being one meter tall in a kind of diving suit approached the witness, emitting several times a phrase that sounded like, "Ka-a-lo-o-tri-to-onn." Then the entity returned and entered the apparatus through a kind of porthole. The object then took off rapidly straight up."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

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

Location: Lesparre-Medoc Gironde France

Date: October 16 1954

Time: night

A history and geography teacher, driving along the road at night, saw in the bushes along his route an orange light. He stopped the vehicle and approached on foot, discovering an object, about 5 meters in diameter and round in shape, sitting on the ground. A moment later, a being one meter tall in a kind of diving suit approached the witness, emitting several times a phrase that sounded like, “Ka-a-lo-o-tri-to-onn.” Then the entity returned and entered the apparatus through a kind of porthole. The object then took off rapidly straight up.

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

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

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 Lesparre Medoc France Night CE III
19541016 16.10.1954 Lesparre France Night CE III

Explanations:

Probable hoax.

Although Figuet and Ruchon indicate that the source of this case is the Garreau and Lavier book "Face aux Extra-Terrestres" on page 47, the case does not appear there, in any of the two editions, nor on other pages it seems.

How would anyone be able to remember a "word" such as "ka-a-lo-o-tri-to-onn"?

The case, a simple anonymous letter to a newspaper, obviously has no credibility.

Keywords:

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

Lesparre, Gironde, professor, teacher, gleam, orange, near, close, machine, craft, apparatus, round, porthole, occupant, small, diver, diving suit, language, fast, vertically, landing, anonymous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 21, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 28, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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