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October 18/22, 1954, Angles, Vendée:

Reference number for this case: 18-Oct-54-Angles. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider discovered this so far unknown observation when he searched for sighting reports of the 1954 French flap in the press files at the National Library. He found this 1954 article in the newspaper Les Sables-Vendée, which reported the following:

A sympathetic resident of the area, Mr. Bourget, city council man, saw within 80 meters approximately from the horse stable of his property, at about 06:15, a large red ball of more than one meter in diameter. Suddenly, its shape changed to take that of a spindle of which the lower part ceased to being enlightened.

While approaching, the witness found himself in the presence of a non-illuminated circular mass, of dark gray color and presenting bars at two meters of him and almost at the level of the ground. Hardly did the witness see the phenomenon, that in a wink, there was nothing any more! The saucer had disappeared. Mr. Bourget was amazed and the borough of Angles was to be in an agitation.

On the basis of the publication date, Jean Sider deduces that the case had to occur between the October 18 and 22.

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

The case as described by Jean Sider was published in the ufology magazine "Lumières dans la Nuit" among a list of newly discovered potential landing cases in 1994.

[Ref. mv1:] "LES MYSTERES DE VENDEE" WEBSITE:

In his case listing "UFOs in the Vendée", the author notes this case:

Angles, between October 18 and October 22, 1954

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Monday, October 18, 1954

[...]

06:15 In Angles (the Vendée), Mr. Auguste Le Bourget, living at 80 m approximately of his stable, sees 1 large red ball, more than 1 m in diameter suddenly taking the shape of a spindle, its lower part ceases being enlightened. The witness advances and was in the presence of a nonenlightened circular mass of dark gray color and presenting bars, within 2 meters of him and at near ground level. In the blink of an eye, the thing disappears.

[...]

The sources are indicated as "Les Sables-Vendée Journal, 24 octobre 1954" selon "Liste de cas inédits d'atterrissages potentiels, LDLN n° 321, début 1994, p. 34".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Vendée at Angles on October 21, 1954, at 06:15 "(dubious date between the 18th and the 22nd of October) a witness saw within 80 meters approximately of the stable of his property, towards 6:15, a large red ball of more than one meter in diameter. Suddenly, its shape changed to take that of a spindle of which the lower part ceased being enlightened. While approaching, the witness was in the presence of a non-luminous circular mass, of dark gray color and presenting bars at two meters of him and close to the ground. Hardly had the witness seen the phenomenon, that in a wink, there was nothing any more! The object had disappeared."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is my website: "Les OVNI vus de près par Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 14, 1954, at dusk, around 6:00 p.m., a farmer in Angles, Vendee department, France saw a bright object, which came almost to the ground. When he tried to approach it the object produced an intense "screen of light" and vanished without a sound. Several other persons in Angles also observed the scene.

The sources are indicated as Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 254, citing La Croix, October 16, 1954.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Angles, Vendée, town hall counsellor, Bourget, stable, change, ball, red, spindle, luminous, gray, dark, mass, circular, bars, gear, landing

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 4, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 28, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [dj2].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 4, 2010 Addition [mv1].

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