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October 18, 1954, Moyaux, Calvados:

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


Reported as a funny story in the Press on October 20, 1954, there was reportedly a flying saucer sighting in Moyaux in the Calvados on October 18, 1954.

The case was reported from Lisieux, on October 19, 1954: several people had run across fields in "Moyeux", in the direction of a flying saucer, surrounded by white smoke; which had been reported to them by a child.

One of these people, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not cease looking at the sky and fell into a deep pond where he almost drowned. His companions managed to save him.




In Capri, a flying saucer lands on Curzio Malaparte's villa

Rome, Oct. 19. -- The flying discs continue their saraband in the sky of the peninsula and in Capri, one of these mysterious machines landed on the terrace of writer Curzio Malaparte's villa.

It is a painter, Mr. Raffaele Castello, who, during a night walk carried out at cape Massulo, saw an enormous disc approximately five meters in diameter, which moved at a hundred meters of altitude. The apparatus went down slowly and landed on the terrace of the villa of the writer.

Mr. Castello who initially thought it was a helicopter approached the summer residence of Curzio Malaparte and was very suprized to see four men of small size going down from the disc. The passengers of the machine, who were clad in an outfit, remained around the disc approximately half an hour.

"I had the impression, the witness of this landing said, that they did not speak, or then they spoke with low voices, as from place where I was, I was unable to hear any sound. What is certain, is that bluish gleams escaped without stop from the disc, similar to pins and fast like lightinings, leaving in all the directions. "After some time, half an hour approximately, the four men returned into the disc which, with a gentle humming, rose gently, perpendicularly, and took altitude quickly".

A victim of the obsession

Livourne, Oct. 19. -- Bruno Senesi, 34 years old, who entered yesterday evening at the hospital of Livourne, ducked under a bed while shouting for help.

He states that Martians had just gone down from a saucer and were chasing him.

Appearances in the West

Paris, October 19. -- Several testimonys on the overflight of France by mysterious machines come from the West.

In the Côtes-du-Nord, in Uzel, Mr. and Mrs. Perrichon stated to have seen, yesterday evening, a flying saucer of orange color. The same fact was observed in several nearby cities.

In the Vendée, in Pont l'Abbé d'Arnoult, a mysterious machine which rose vertically behind a hedge, was seen by Mr. Meunier, site foreman in a building firm.

Lastly, in Luçon, Mr. Boulineau observed a large luminous ball of which a part in form of crescent was of red color. The ball moved quickly, while rotating and disappeared in a few seconds.

Looking up...
a farmer falls into a pond

Lisieux, October 19. -- Several people ran through fields in Moyeux, in direction of a flying saucer, surrounded of white smoke, which had been reported to them by a child.

One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not leave the sky from his eyes; He fell into a deep pond

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where he nearly drowned. His companions managed to save him.

A German theologist advises not to shoot at the saucers pilots

Bonn, Oct. 19. -- No matter what happens, don't shoot at the flying saucers. They should be approached in a charitable spirit, wrote Phillipp Dessauer, German theologist, in the catholic magazine "Wort und Wahrheit".

Professor Dessauer, deploring the skeptical attitude of the American Air Force who studied without enthusiasm the reports on the flying saucers, states that it is a bad policy to refuse to consider unexplained phenomena that this policy is likely to unchain panic if the existence of the saucers is confirmed.

One day, he says, the appearances of saucers will multiply and these machines will be probably land on earth. "The governments should consider that they have the duty to prepare their people to such an encounter".

Do "planetids" have a weapon?

Professor Dessauer wonders why the saucers did not land yet. Perhaps, he says, their occupants tried to come in contact with us and were not understood. Perhaps want they to observe the earth before landing. If this is the case their observations of the Korean war certainly did not encourage them to approach us in confidence. It may be also that there are technical reasons preventing the saucers men (the professor calls them "planetids") from landing.

In any events, professor Dessauer estimates, the planetids can come only from Mars or Venus, the other "possible" planets being at four light-years from the earth.

On Mars the force of attraction reaches only 38% of that of the earth and the air is less dense there. Perhaps the planetids seek to try out devices to be able to support life on earth.

Professor Dessauer also wonders: are planetids mortal and do they have weapons? They must be thinking creatures, for they reached a high technical level.

They must be mortals because judging from the care they take to avoid the planes of the men they must know what danger is. They do not seem to be spirits or demons for they are subjected to physical limits and need technical means.



A flying saucer
of the writer VURZIO MALAPARTE

Rome. -- The flying discs continue their dance in the sky of the peninsula and, in Capri, one of these mysterious craft landed on the terrace of the villa of the writer Vurzio Malaparte.

It is a painter, Mr. Raffaele Castello, who during a walk at Cape Massulo, saw a huge disc of five meters in diameter, which was flying at a hundred meters.

The craft slowly descended and landed on the terrace of the villa of the writer. Mr. Castello, who initially thought it was a helicopter, approached the summer residence of Curzio Malaparte.

Great was his surprise to see four small men get down of the disc.

The passengers of the vehicle, who were dressed in overalls, remained around the disk for about half an hour.

"I felt, said the witness of this landing, that they were not talking. Or else, they spoke softly, because from where I was, I could not hear any sound.

"What is certain is that bluish glow escaped without stopping from the disc, like pins and as fast as lightning, going in all directions."

The four men returned to the disk; which in a gentle purr sound, rose slowly, perpendicular, and then quickly took altitude.


Lisieux. -- Several people ran through fields, in Moyeux, toward a flying saucer, surrounded by red and white light; which had been reported to them by a child. One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, only watched at the sky; he fell into a deep pond where he nearly drowned. His companions were able to save him.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

The author indicates that on October 18, 1954, in Moyaux in the Calvados, "one does not know what they saw." He indicates that only Paris-Presse for October 20 mentions this case without giving even one detail, that it is impossible to go up to the source and not even possible to check the date.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 18 October 1954 at 17:30, in Moyaux, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by one witness."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Falla, Geoffrey, Vehicle Interference Project, BUFORA, London, 1979.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case three times instead of one:

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 Moyaux France
19541018 18.10.1954 Moyaux France NL
19541018 18.10.1954 Moyaux France


There is obviously not enough information on the said "saucer" to evaluate what it was.


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

Moyaux, Calvados, saucer, red, white, smoke, child, Filate


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 12, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 8, 2010 Addition [la1].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 22, 2014 Addition [hm1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 15, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 19, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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