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October 18, 1954, Formerie, Oise:

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

Reports:

[Ref. cp1:] CLAUDE POHER, UFO RESEARCH GROUP "GEPA":

In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0627551810195420451JA3132010240013ZZZZ000140500000011015000020000000200000000000
Location:Formerie (Oise) - France
Case number:0627
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources : Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Day:18
Month:10
Year:54
Hours:20
Minutes:45
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:3 = 3
Main witness named:1 = name(s) indicated
Main witness age:3 = Adult from 21 to 59 years
Main witness occupation:2 = farmer, docker, navy, housekeeper
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:2 = from 1 to 9 seconds
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:4 = from 151 to 999 m
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):3 = cigar, cylinder, rocket
Dimensions of the phenomenon:ZZZZ = no indication
Color of the observed phenomenon:00 = no indication
Luminosity of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:1 = projectors, lights, phares, lumières, "portholes"
Moving speed of the phenomenon:4 = "dazzling" speed and equivalent adjectives
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:5 = complex trajectory with a certain regularity. following a river or a sinuous road
Sounds perceived during observation:0 = no indication
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):0 = no indication
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants":1 = disembarkation of one or more occupant without counting
Height of the occupants observed:0150 = 1 m 50
Garment of the occupants:01 = helmet
Garment:5 = "metallic garment"
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:2 = dark skin
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):
Psychological effect on the witness(es):2 = headache, loss of memory
Effects on animals:
Other effects reported:
Nebulosity:
Oscillations, emission of matter:
Spin, formation flight:
Immediate disappearance:
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):
Drawing or photo:
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Oise in Formerie on October 18, 1954 at 20:45 hours, "Three farmers witnesses observed within less than a thousand meter of them an object in the shape of a cigar and having port-holes. An entity was observed. It was a being of small size (1m) having a helmet and metallic clothes, its skin seemed dark. The object then left at fulgurating speed while following a complex trajectory but with a regular movement. The witnesses had headaches and a loss of memory."

The source is indicated as "Les Universons by Poher Claude ** http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/universons/"

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

203.

Location. Formerie, Oise, France

Date: October 18 1954

Time: 2045

Three witnesses observed a cylinder or rocket shaped device with several illuminated portholes following a complex trajectory following a river. The craft then landed close to the witnesses and several humanoids described as about 1.50m in height, with dark skin and wearing metallic helmets and metallic garments exited the craft. As the witnesses watched stupefied they suddenly experienced headaches and memory loss. Apparently they did not see the object and its occupants depart.

HC addendum

Source: Dr. Claude Poher, GEPA "Statistics from 735 UFO observations"

Type: B?

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PARISIEN":

54 YEARS AGO

Ufo invasion

As in many countries and French regions, the year 1954 was rich in observations of UFOs and other strange phenomena in the Oise. It is believed that visitors to the area were particularly pleased with the department, from Crépy-en-Valois to La Chapelle-en-Serval, via , Ressons-sur-Matz, Senlis or Formerie, witnesses swore they saw saucers, flying cigars and other mini-extraterrestrials helmed with an orange beam! Press clippings and gendarmerie investigations evoke these episodes, none of which, alas, brought tangible evidence.

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

Location: Formerie, Oise, France

Date: October 18 1954

Time: 2045

Three witnesses observed a cylinder or rocket shaped device with several illuminated portholes following a complex trajectory following a river. The craft then landed close to the witnesses and several humanoids described as about 1.50m in height, with dark skin and wearing metallic helmets and metallic garments exited the craft. As the witnesses watched stupefied they suddenly experienced headaches and memory loss. Apparently they did not see the object and its occupants depart.

Source: Dr. Claude Poher, GEPA “Statistics from 735 UFO observations”

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

*Oct. 18, 1954 - At 8:45 p.m. three witnesses observed a cylinder or rocket shaped device with several illuminated portholes following a complex trajectory along a river in Formerie, Oise department, France. The craft then landed close to the witnesses and several humanoids described as about 1.50 meters in height, with dark skin and wearing metallic helmets and metallic garments, exited the craft. As the witnesses watched stupefied they suddenly experienced headaches and memory loss. Apparently they did not see the object and its occupants depart. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, citing Claude Poher, GEPA “Statistics from 735 UFO observations”).

[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
19541018 18.10.1954 Formerie France 20.45 CE III

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

There is a possibility that this is a very summarized version of the Fontenay Torcy case.

Keywords:

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

Formerie, Oise, official, investigation, multiple, object, light, fast, occupant, helmet, metallique, effect, skin, manoeuvre

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 25, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1], [ar1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 9. 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 18, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 2, 2017 Additions [lp1], [ub1].

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