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October 17, 1954, Forêt de Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine:

Reference number for this case: 17-Oct-54-Forêt-de-Meudon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider found this case in the form of a reader's letter in the newspaper Ici Paris. Jean Sider indicates that he provides it with caution.

The letter is of one Rene Cotard, who presents himself as a student of the Ecole Normale and a former professor, and explains that on October 17, 1954, he was walking during the day and under a splendid weather, in the forest of Meudon in the department of Hauts-de-Seine.

At the time when he came into a clearing, he suddenly found himself face to face with a strange being who had just come out of a strange apparatus in form of a reversed coffee cup.

Hardly had the witness recovered from his surprise, that the being and its machine fled away in an acute whistle accompanied by odd gleams, rising vertically at a tremendous speed.

The witness ensures not to have been in illusion. There is no description of the occupant, but a drawing of its head is published in reduction, showing a face intermediate between man and animal.

Jean Sider wonders whether the case is hoax, indicating that the comparison with a reversed coffee cup resembles a joke compared to the "saucer" of the time, but he notes that on another end, the witness identified himself by name.

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

Location: Foret De Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Date: October 17 1954

Time: afternoon

Student Rene Cotard was walking under splendid weather in the forest of Meudon when he came to a clearing and suddenly found himself face to face with a strange being that had just come out of a strange apparatus in the form of an upside down coffee cup. Hardly had the witness recovered from his surprise that the being and its machine left emitting an acute whistle accompanied by odd beams of light, rising vertically at a tremendous speed. The face of the humanoid is described as a combination “human and animal”.

Source: Jean Sider

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in the Forest of Meudon, in the Hauts-de-Seine, on October 17, 1954, by day at an unknown exact hour.

René Cotard, pupil of the Ecole Normale and former professor, walked in the forest of Meudon when he suddenly was face to face with a strange character at the time when he arrived in a clearing.

The being just came out of a strange apparatus in the shape of a reversed coffee cup. Hardly had the witness recovered from his surprise that the being and its machine disappeared in a high-pitched whistling sound accompanied by odd gleams, rising to the vertical at a vertiginous speed.

Julien Gonzalez points out that this is a reader's letter sent to a sensation weekly magazine, that the witness does not give any description of the ufonaut, but that a sketch of its head is published, showing a face intermediate between man and animal.

The sources are indicated as Ici-Paris for October 25, 1954; Jean Sider, Le dossier 1954 et l'im-posture rationaliste, pages 206-207.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Probable hoax.

Keywords:

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Forêt de Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, craft, landing, forest, clearing, occupant, animal, cup, whistle, vertical, takeoff, head, gleams

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 23, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 29, 2016 Addition [jg1].

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