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October 18, 1954, Noyeux, Eure:

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

Summary:

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

The case was reported from Lisieux of from the Eure, 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.

Reports:

[Ref. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

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The Martians
paid a visit
to Curzio Malaparte...

...who was not there

CURZIO MALAPARTE missed the book of his life.

A flying saucer stuffed with "Martians" like a subway train at six in the evening landed on the terrace of his summer villa in Capri. And Malaparte was not there! Disappointed, the Martians who probably wanted to have "The Skin" signed off, left.

It was a painter, Raffaele Castello, who saw them. He was walking at night at Cape Maroulo when he saw a huge disc five meters in diameter delicately landing on the Malapartean villa. Four of the Martians - they were short, dressed in overalls and speaking in low voices - entered the writer's house. Half an hour later, they left without having even taken a book. They climbed back into the craft which, casting classic bluish gleams, rose as perpendicular as it was silent and disappeared towards Sicily. Farewell Martians!

Various saucers and cigars have flown all over Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Spain (these are the first, the Franco regime seemed to intimidate the Martians so far) and naturally in France. Our happy compatriots who were favored with their vision are Pierre Pouquet in Saint-Germain-les-Belles (Haute-Vienne), Perrichou and Mrs., in Uzel (Côtes-du-Nord), Meunier in Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult (Vendée) [Charente-Maritime], Boulineau in Luçon, Jean Aufard in Sisternes-la-Forêt (Pas-de-Calais), Perrault and Villerot in Brain, near Decize, Decréquy, marshall of the gendarmerie in Pommier (Pas-de-Calais), Filatte, farmer in Noyeux (Eure).

This Mr. Filatte, running across the fields to observe the saucer, fell into a pond and almost drowned.

The "saucers"
drove their first
victim of asylum

LIVORNO. October 19. (AFP.) - "They are persecuting me... They are coming to get me... I saw them land in a field... Saucers, large and small... Lights and smoke... The Martians... The Martians...", it is by shouting these pieces of sentences expressing his deep agitation that Mr. Bruno Senesi, 34, came to the hospital in Livorno, asking to be helped. But when the nurse returned with the doctor on duty, Senesi was gone. He was found hidden under a bed, shaken by violent shivers.

At the asylum, his condition causes concern.

[Ref. nnm1:] "LE NOUVEAU NORD MARITIME" NEWSPAPER:

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THE FLYING SAUCERS

Paris, 19. -- The only new accounts of the overflight of France by mysterious craft come from the west.

In the Côtes du Nord, in Uzel, Mr. and Mrs. Perrichon said they saw an orange-colored flying saucer on Sunday evening. The same fact was observed in several neighboring municipalities.

In the Vendée in Pont l'Abbé d'Arnoult, a mysterious craft which rose vertically behind a hedge, has been seen by Mr. Meunier, site manager in a masonry company.

Finally, in Luçon, Mr. Boulineau observed a large luminous ball of which a crescent-shaped part was red in color. The ball was moving quickly rotating on itself and disappeared in seconds.

"Martians" love literature

A "SAUCER" ARRIVES ON THE TERRACE OF THE VILLA OF AN ITALIAN WRITER

Rome, 19. -- While flying saucers disdain England, they continue their dance in the Italian skies. In Capri, one of these mysterious craft landed on the terrace of the villa of the writer Curzio Malaparte.

It was a painter, Mr. Castello, who, during a night walk, carried out at Cape Massulo, saw a huge disc about five meters in diameter, which was moving at a hundred meters of altitude. The craft descended slowly and landed on the terrace of the writer's villa. Mr. Castello who at first thought it was a helicopter approached the summer residence of Curzio Malaparte and was very surprised to see four "men" of small stature descending from the disc. The passengers of the craft, who were wearing an outfit, remained around the disc for about half an hour.

"I had the impression, said the witness of this landing, that they did not speak, or they did so in a low voice, because from where I was, I could not hear no sound. What is certain is that bluish gleams kept coming out of the disc, like pins and lightning fast, going in all directions."

"After a while, about half an hour, the four "men" entered the disc which, with a slight purring sound, rose slowly, perpendicularly, and then quickly gained altitude".

The painter only has to paint on the canvas the fantastic scene he witnessed. The painting will sell for a good price. Its author will become famous as a "science fiction" specialist.

(This genre already has its writers and filmmakers. Why wouldn't it have its painters?).

And Mr. Castello will be happy and he will be making a lot of money. All this for having seen a saucer...

FLY SAUCER!...

A farmer who ran his eyes to the sky falls into a pond

Lisieux, 19. -- Several people were running across fields in Moyeux, in the direction of a flying saucer, surrounded by white and black smoke, which had been reported to them by a child.

One of these people, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not take his eyes off the sky: he fell into a deep pond where he almost drowned. His companions managed to save him.

A PARLIAMENTARY ASKS A WRITTEN QUESTION

Foix, 19. -- Following numerous appearances of flying machines of unknown type, currently reported in all regions of France, Mr. René Dejean, deputy of Ariège (socialist), addressed to Mr. the President of the Council a written question asking him in particular:

"Whether or not a service has been set up to collect the documentation existing to date and to study the nature and origin of the said machines; if the information currently obtained so far absolutely excludes the hypothesis of craft piloted or built by living beings of unknown species and origin; if the Government has, on the contrary, sufficient information to attribute the production of these craft to the industry of a foreign state; if in this last case the international agreements signed by France have already allowed consultations relating to the use of such craft in a possible conflict."

[Ref. lae1:] "L'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

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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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Flying saucers

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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.

[Ref. hmr1:] "LE HAUT-MARNAIS REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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A flying saucer
LANDS ON THE VILLA
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.

YOU MUST WATCH WHERE YOU GO

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. ppe2:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

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The Martians
paid a visit
to Curzio Malaparte...

...who was not there

CURZIO MALAPARTE missed the book of his life.

A flying saucer stuffed with "Martians" like a subway train at six in the evening landed on the terrace of his summer villa in Capri. And Malaparte was not there! Disappointed, the Martians who probably wanted to have "The Skin" signed off, left.

It was a painter, Raffaele Castello, who saw them. He was walking at night at Cape Maroulo when he saw a huge disc five meters in diameter delicately landing on the Malapartean villa. Four of the Martians - they were short, dressed in overalls and speaking in low voices - entered the writer's house. Half an hour later, they left without having even taken a book. They climbed back into the craft which, casting classic bluish gleams, rose as perpendicular as it was silent and disappeared towards Sicily. Farewell Martians!

Various saucers and cigars have flown all over Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Spain (these are the first, the Franco regime seemed to intimidate the Martians so far) and naturally in France. Our happy compatriots who were favored with their vision are Pierre Pouquet in Saint-Germain-les-Belles (Haute-Vienne), Perrichou et Mrs., in Uzel (Côtes-du-Nord), Meunier in Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult (Vendée) [Charente-Maritime], Boulineau in Luçon, Jean Aufard in Sisternes-la-Forêt (Pas-de-Calais), Perrault and Villerot in Brain, near Decize, Decréquy, marshall of the gendarmerie in Pommier (Pas-de-Calais), Filatte, farmer in Noyeux (Eure).

This Mr. Filatte, running across the fields to observe the saucer, fell into a pond and almost drowned.

The "saucers"
drove their first
victim of asylum

LIVORNO. October 19. (AFP.) - "They are persecuting me... They are coming to get me... I saw them land in a field... Saucers, large and small... Lights and smoke... The Martians... The Martians...", it is by shouting these pieces of sentences expressing his deep agitation that Mr. Bruno Senesi, 34, came to the hospital in Livorno, asking to be helped. But when the nurse returned with the doctor on duty, Senesi was gone. He was found hidden under a bed, shaken by violent shivers.

At the asylum, his condition causes concern.

[Ref. pdn1:] JOURNAL "LE PROGRES DU NORD":

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Across everything

Saucers

This beer consumption affair reminds us of saucers... the ones we use in Cafes... and the others...

In Moyeux something brilliant flying was seen... One ran, noses up. So much so that a cultivator fell into a pond from which it was difficult to remove him, half drowned. He vowed not to run anymore at the Saucers... he was so unhappy.

[Ref. ens1:] "L'ECHO NOGENTAIS" NEWSPAPER:

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- In Mayeux (Calvados), several people ran in the night to reach a "flying saucer" which descended towards a field. One of the runners, who only looked at the sky, fell into a deep pond. His companions were fortunate enough to be able to remove him unharmed...

[Ref. lau1:] "L'AUTHIE" NEWSPAPER:

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IN FRANCE

Near Lisieux, in Moyeux, several people were running across fields in the direction of a "flying saucer", surrounded by white and black smoke, which had been reported to them by a child.

One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not take his eyes off the sky: he fell into a deep pond where he almost drowned. His companions managed to save him.

If La Fontaine were still alive, he could transform his fable "The Astrologer who drops into a well!" !!!

[Ref. jdh1:] "JOURNAL DE HAM" NEWSPAPER:

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Saucer fly...

A farmer who was running,
looking at the yk,
falls in a pond.

Several people were running across fields in Moyeux, in the direction of a flying saucer, surrounded by white and black smoke which had been reported to them by a child.

One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, never took his eyes off the sky; he fell into a deep pond where he almost drowned. His friends managed to save him.

[Ref. aml1:] 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. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

WHY 1954?

The French flap of 1954 is today more than controversial.

Thus, A.D.R.U.P. wanted to make a compilation of all the documents published in a Burgundy daily newspaper:

"Le Bien Public".

The interest of this catalogue is triple:

[... Other cases...]

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20: ON THE DANGER OF RUNNING AFTER SAUCERS! -

Lisieux - Several people were running across the fields in Noyeux, towards a flying saucer, surrounded by white and black smoke, which had been reported to them by a child. One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not stop looking at the sky; he fell into a deep pond where he could have drowned. His companions managed to save him.

[Ref. uda1:] "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. ubk1:] "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

Explanations:

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

As for the place... Moyeux, Noyeux in the Eure or reported from Lisieux which is in the Calvados for the Press, Moyaux in the Calvados for Aimé Michel... I just found a place called "Noyeux" in the Eure department.

There is no Noyeux, no Moyeux, no Moyaux and no Noyaux and the only "resembling" commune in the Eure would be "Noyers" (meaning "drowned").

It is possible that the entire story was invented by the Press.

I looked for the potential frequency of the "Filate" family name - when stories are invented, names that do not exist are often used to avoid embarrassing anyone. Well, the specialized website filae.com - below - reports only 4 people born in France between 1891 and 1990 bearing this name...

So I think there is a good chance that all this is the invention of a journalist "in need of material", as one said then.

Otherwise, anyway, this is not a case that would be a good example of extraterrestrial visits...

Keywords:

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

Noyeux, Eure, saucer, red, white, smoke, child, Filate

Sources:

[----] 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 [lae1].
1.2 Patrick Gross September 22, 2014 Addition [hmr1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 15, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 19, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.5 Patrick Gross December 22, 2019 Addition [ens1].
1.6 Patrick Gross January 15, 2020 Addition [ppe1].
1.7 Patrick Gross February 21, 2020 Addition [nnm1].
1.8 Patrick Gross March 12, 2020 Addition [jdh1].
1.9 Patrick Gross March 20, 2020 Addition [lau1].
2.0 Patrick Gross April 4, 2020 Addition [pdn1].

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