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Dexember 17, 1954, Bersaillin, Jura:

Reference number for this case: 17-dec-54-Bersaillin. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

197. Dec. 17. A woodcraftsman who saw a very bright light on the road between Bersaillin and Colonne (France) first thought it was an Amercian car with its headlights on, but soon observed it was produced by a dark object about eighty metres away: the light became brighter, the witness felt an intense heat wave and thought he was going to die. But the lights at last went away.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

355

Dec. 17, 1954, 05:00 P.M., Bersaillin (France).

A woodsman from Poligny saw a very bright light on the road, first thought it was an American car with its headlights on, but soon observed it came from a dark craft about 80 m away. The light turned brighter; the witness felt an intense heat wave and thought he was going to die. Finally, the light went away. (Personal).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on December 17, 1954, a logger, who saw a very brilliant light on the road between Bersaillin and Colonne, France, initially believed that it was an American car with all lit headlights, but he noticed soon that it was produced by a dark object at approximately 80 meters from there. The light became more brilliant, the witness felt a heatwave and thought that he was going to die, but the light finally moved away.

[Ref. ld1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

The magazine indicates that there was an observation in 1954 in Bersaillin, case 355 of Jacques Vallée, which was investigated again by Jean Tyrode.

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

The two ufologists and authors indicate that on December 17, 1954 at 05:00 p.m. on the road between Bersaillin and Colonne, a cabinetmaker of Poligny saw a very brilliant ball on the road.

He initially thought that what he was looking at was only an American car with its headlights on, but he soon noticed soon that it was caused by a dark apparatus at approximately 80 meters of him.

The light became more shining, the witness felt an intense heat and thought that he was going to die, but the light moved away.

The authors indicate case 355 of Jacques Vallée's catalogue as source.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

December 18th. Bersaillin, France. (5:00 p.m.)

A stretch of road near Bersaillin was brilliantly lit, causing a French woodsman to think some sort of big American auto was approaching. Instead he saw that the source of the light was a dark mass about 70 yards away. The light became more intense and the increase in brightness was accompanied by a wave of heat. The light dimmed shortly thereafter. 155.

  • 155. Rogerson, Peter. "INTCAT Part 11", MUFOB. New Series 7. Summer 1966 #41. p.7.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on December 17, 1954, at 05:00 p.m., in Bersaillin/Colonne, Poligny, the Jura, France, Charles Monnayeur drove by motobike when he is suddenly dazzled by a white headlight which he thinks to be from a foreign car, which obliges him to stop. It is actually a mass black carrying this light, located at 80 meters of the road. The light of the headlight intensifies and Mr. Monayyeur feels heated on all the body, more and more. He feels "finished". Then the light disappears gradually and the motorciclyst taked advantage of that to drive away as fast as possible.

The author indicates that this comes from the local source "Les Dernières Dépêches" of Dijon, for December 20, 1954, page 2.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on December 17, in France, in Bersaillin, at 17:00 a cabinetmaker (a logger dixit Charles Bown [no, a logger dixit Vallée in Bowen]) of Poligny saw an object very shining on the road: it was a dark apparatus at approximately 80 m from him; the light became more brilliant, the witness felt an intense heatwave and believed he was dying. Finally the light moved away.

Geneviève van Overmeire indicates that the source is Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET", Denoël 1972 - Coll. J'Ai Lu, p. 293.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

December 17

[...]

1954 – At 5:00 p.m. on a country road in Bersaillin, France in Jura department, a woodsman sighted a very bright light on the road, coming from a dark craft some 80 meters away. When the light became brighter the man felt an intense wave of heat and he thought that he would die. After a short while the light moved away. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, A Century of Landings, case 355).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

December 17, 17 H: In Bersaillin (France), 1 cabinetmaker of Poligny sees 1 object very shining on the road, thinks initially that it is an American car with its lit headlights, but realizes soon that it comes from a dark apparatus to approximately 80 m from there, the light became more brilliant, the witness feels an intense heatwave, and believed to die. At last, the light moves away.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Jura in Bersaillin on December 17, 1954 at 17:00 hours, the witness drove between Bersaillin and Colonne when he observed a strong light in front of him. He then thought that they were the headlights of an American car. But soon he noticed that it was a dark apparatus at approximately 80 meters which produced the latter. The light became more brilliant, and the witness then felt a heatwave, he thought he was going to die. The light moved away.

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 December 1954 at 17:00 in Bersaillin, France, "A dark craft about 80 meters away with a very bright light" and "At 5:00 p.m. on a country road in Bersaillin, France in Jura department, a woodsman sighted a very bright light on the road, coming from a dark craft some 80 meters away. When the light became brighter the man felt an intense wave of heat and he thought that he would die. After a short while the light moved away."

And: "A woodsman from Poligny saw a very bright light on the road, first thought it was an American car with its headlights on, but soon observed it came from a dark craft about 80 meters away. The light turned brighter; the witness felt an intense heat wave and thought he was going to die. Finally, the light went away. An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. Traces found. One dark object was observed by one experienced male witness on a road."

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, 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.

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

*Dec. 17, 1954 – At 5:00 p.m. on a country road in Bersaillin, France in Jura department, a woodsman sighted a very bright light on the road, coming from a dark craft some 80 meters away. When the light became brighter the man felt an intense wave of heat and he thought that he would die. After a short while the light moved away. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, A Century of Landings, case 355).

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

[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
N° de cas Nouveau N° de cas Enquêteur Date d'observation CP Lieu d'observation Pays d'observation Heure d'observation Classification Commentaires Identification
19541217 17.12.1954 Bersaillin France 17.00 CE II
19541217 17.12.1954 Bersaillin France 17.00 CE II
19541217 17.12.1954 Bersaillin France 17.00 CE II
19541217 17.12.1954 Bersaillin France 17.00 CE II

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Probably car's headlight.

Thanks to the good care of Jean Sider, one understands that the reason the witness thought of headlights of a foreign car is quite simply because the light was white whereas French cars headlights at that time had headlights of yellow color.

Keywords:

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

Bersaillin, Jura, Charles Monnayeur, woodsman, object, brilliant, light, luminous, rod, craft, dark, effects, heat

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 19, 2003 First published.
0.2 Patrick Gross March 1, 2006 Additions [jb1], [dj1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 26, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [jv2], [go1], [js1], [ld1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 288, 2010 Addition [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 19, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross November 2, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 22, 2016 Addition [lg1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 21, 2017 Addition [jv7].

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