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October 17, 1954, Reims, Marne:

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

Summary:

An man wrote an anonymous letter to a newspaper claiming that a few days earlier on October 17, 1954, in the evening, he skirted the canal at the level of the Saint-Charles ground, in Reims, the Marne, France, when he saw a sharp gleam not far from him.

Approaching, he distinguished a cigar-shaped machine of 8 meters length by 2 meters height posed in the grass. One of its ends emitted phosphorescent gleams; which were reflected on the metallic wall of the machine.

A door opened and three beings of approximately 1 meter 20 emerged, with a crab-like walk, and uttered incomprehensible sounds. A fourth being gten appeared then, who was 1 meter tall and whose bottom of the legs seemed transparent.

The witness tried to come closer, but the creatures then rushed in their craft at with a surprising speed, whereas during this time the witness felt paralyzed by a red, then yellow radiation, coming from a sort of porthole.

The object then took off and moved away quickly towards Tinqueux.

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that he located this case in ufologist Alain Gamard's file, who himself quotes the regional newspaper "L'Union ", of Reims, for 23-24 October, 1954. Jean Sider notes about this source that the newspaper had to be a local version since there is no mention of the account in the version of this newspaper as archived at the National Library. The account is said to be a reader's letter to this newspaper.

The account for this case is that on October 17, 1954 at the evening, the witness skirted the canal at the level of the Saint-Charles ground, in Reims in the Marne, when he saw, not far from him, a sharp gleam.

He approached and then distinguished a cigar-shaped machine of 8 meters length by 2 meters height posed in the grass.

One of its ends emitted phosphorescent gleams; which were reflected on the metallic wall of the machine.

A door opened and three beings of approximately 1 meter 20 emerged, with a walk like crabs and uttering incomprehensible sounds. A fourth character appeared then, who was 1 meter tall and whose bottom of the legs seemed transparent.

The witness tried to come closer, but the creatures then rushed in their craft at with a surprising speed, whereas during this time the witness felt paralyzed by a red, then yellow radiation, coming from a sort of porthole.

The object then took off and moved away quickly towards Tinqueux.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

175.

Location. Reims Marne France

Date: October 17 1954

Time: evening

An unidentified man, returning from fishing along the canal at Reims, saw a bright light resting on the grass near the canal. As he approached he saw it came from a cigar shaped object about 26 feet long and 7 feet high. From one end came "phosphorescent" lights, which reflected on the metallic hull of the object. A door appeared from which emerged three hairy beings, about 3 ft 9" tall, walking "crab-wise," or sideways. Then an even smaller being a little more than a yard high appeared, whose lower legs appeared transparent. The witness tried to approach closer, but the entities rushed back inside the object at surprising speed, just as the witness was paralyzed by a red beam of light, which turned yellow, coming from a porthole. The object then took off and flew rapidly towards Tinquex. The witness then recovered his freedom of movement.

Humcat 1954-31

Source: Joel Mesnard and Jean Marie Bigorne

Type: B

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

Location: Reims Marne France

Date: October 17 1954

Time: evening

An unidentified man, returning from fishing along the canal at Reims, saw a bright light resting on the grass near the canal. As he approached he saw it came from a cigar shaped object about 26 feet long and 7 feet high. From one end came “phosphorescent” lights, which reflected on the metallic hull of the object. A door appeared from which emerged three hairy beings, about 3 ft 9” tall, walking “crab-wise,” or sideways. The an even smaller being a little more than a yard high appeared, whose lower legs appeared transparent. The witness tried to approach closer, but the entities rushed back inside the object at surprising speed, just as the witness was paralyzed by a red beam of light, which turned yellow, coming from a porthole. The object then took off and flew rapidly towards Tinquex. The witness then recovered his freedom of movement.

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

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

*Oct. 17, 1954 - A man was returning from fishing along the canal at Reims, Marne, France in the earlty evening when he saw a brightly lit cigar-shaped object resting on the grass near the canal. As he approached he saw it was about 26 feet long and 7 feet high. From one end came “phosphorescent” lights, which reflected on the metallic hull of the object. A door appeared from which emerged three hairy dwarves, about 3 feet 9 inches tall, walking “crab-wise,” or sideways. Then an even smaller being, a little more than a meter tall appeared, whose lower legs appeared transparent. The witness tried to get closer, but the beings rushed back inside the object at surprising speed. Just then the witness was paralyzed by a red beam of light coming from a porthole in the craft, which turned yellow. The object took off and flew rapidly towards Tinquex. The witness was then able to recover his freedom of movement. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-31 (A0340); Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 206).

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Reims, in the Marne, on October 17, 1954, in the evening.

An anonymous witness returned from fishing and skirted the channel at the level of the ground of Saint Charles, when he saw precisely there, not far from him, a sharp gleam.

While approaching he distinguished in the grass an apparatus in the shape of a cigar of approximately eight meters in length and two meters in height. One of the ends emitted phosphorescent gleams reflecting on its metal wall.

A door opened and three beings, 1,20 meters tall approximately, emerged, walking "like crabs" [sideways] while uttering incomprehensible sounds.

A fourth character appeared then, being approximately a meter high, and with a bottom of the legs that seemed transparent. The witness tried to approach more but the creatures engulfed in the cigar surprisingly fast, while the witness felt paralysed under the apparent effect of a red, then yellow beam, emitted from a kind of port-hole.

Then the object took off and moved away quickly towards Tinqueux.

The sources are indicated as the Alain Gamard file quoting L'Union, of Reims, for October 23 and 24, 1954, in which this is a reader's anonymous letter; and Jean Sider, Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste, page 206.

[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
19541017 17.10.1954 Reims France Evening CE III

Explanations:

Probable hoax.

The report is extremely poor as of the beings description; only their height is indicated. The report is nothing more than an anonymous letter to a newspaper, with no investigation or any corroboration; thus a hoax is a very likely explanation.

Keywords:

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

Reims, Marne, evening, canal, sharp, gleam, close, cigar, machine, grass, landing, phosphorescent, metallic, door, occupants, small, crabs, language, tall, legs, transparent, effect, paralyzed, ray, red, yellow, radiation, porthole, walk

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross December 25, 2007 First publishing.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 16, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 29, 2016 Additions [jg1], [ub1], Summary.

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