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October 18, 1954, Gelles, Puy-de-Dôme:

Reference number for this case: 18-oct-54-Gelles2. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



A craft in a field

CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- MISTERS Jean Augard, farmer in Sisternes-la-Forêt (the Puy-de-Dôme) and Jean Chanzotte, former mine worker, stated to have seen, in a field at the edge of the road, an ovoid-shaped craft surmounted of a cupola of a brilliant white. As the two men approached the "saucer", it rose vertically and disappeared in direction of the North-East, leaving behind it a reddish trail.

A few days ago, in Gelles, a nearby village, several people had seen a similar craft, also posed in a field.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports in his book that on October 18, 1954 in Gelles, according to the assertion of several people, a machine of ovoid shape, and smaller than those seen elsewhere this day, landed in a field.


Jacques Vallée indicates that for the day of September 24, 1954, the French Press mentioned a number of sightings, including one in Gelles, in the Puy-de-Dôme, in the beginning of the night, of a "single phenomenon".

Jacques Vallée indicates that the observation was of type "IV"; which he defines as an observation where a "abnormal object" was seen in translation movement in the atmosphere, whatever accelerations, luminous variations or rotations this movement would be associated to.

He notes that the observations of the type IV "could be considered insufficient", that half of testimonies of that day "would be rejected within the framework of an official investigation operating on the usual criteria".

He notes that the observation of Gelles was of a "luminous craft in form of a 'cigar' which crosses the sky at rather sharp pace and without noise" and asks if it should "be excluded 'immediately' as a meteor?", and comments on that he cannot answer.


372 -002.76471 45.7730 18 10 1954 17 30 101 *GELLE-PUY DE DOME F 001133 2C** 335


The magazine mentions that in addition to the several other observations this day at this place, several people have reported having seen a smaller, ovoid craft landed in a field. The magazine quotes Aimé Michel as source.


The two authors indicate that in Gelles in the department of the Puy-de-Dôme, on October 18, 1954 at an unspecified time, several inhabitants observed an oval shaped object of small size on the ground.

The authors indicate that the source is Aimé Michel in "A Propos des S.V." page 241.


The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 18, in France, in Gelles, "Several inhabitants - small ovoid object posed on the ground."

The source is indicated as "FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, premier dossier complet...' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 184".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Puy de Dômes [Puy-de-Dôme] in Gelles on October 18, 1954 at an unknown hour, "Several inhabitants of Gelles observe an ovoid object of small size posed on the ground."

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

[Ref. lc2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Puy de Dômes" in Gelles on September 24, 1954 at an unknown hour "In evening is observed by a woman a luminous object in the shape of a cigar."

Luc Chastan notes the sources as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958" and "Var Matin".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 18 October 1954 in Gelles, France, "Several people asserted that they had seen an ovoid object, smaller than one seen by Bachelard, resting in a field. An object was observed. Electromagnetic and physiological effects were noted. One ovoid object was observed by several witnesses in a field."


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Gelles, Puy-de-Dôme, object, craft, landing, field, ovoid, multiple


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