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October 18, 1954, Pons, Charente-Maritime:

Reference number for this case: 21-oct-54-Pons. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Jacques Vallée indicated in the 1970s that on October 21, 1954, in Pons, an egg-shaped object with an approximate diameter of 5 meters 50 hovered and landed near the road, and that two "dwarfs", about 1.25 meters tall, came out and returned almost immediately inside, and then the craft rose vertically producing a red trail behind it.

Jacques Vallée indicated that his source is France-Soir for October 22, 1954.

In 1979, the two "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker published in their book an article of the newspaper "Sud-Ouest" for October 20, 1954.

It read that a Mr. CA, of Pons, came - or rather was going - on Monday morning to Bordeaux, being 3 kilometers from Pons, when he was surprised to see near the road an oval shape of 5 to 6 meters in diameter, hovering and then landing near the road.

Two small men of about 1.25 meters descended from the "saucer" but, in fear when seeing the witness, they quickly reinstated their machine which left vertically, leaving a red trail behind.

The witness said that he had been able to observe the machine for about a minute, so surprised that he forgot to photograph it; which he regretted because it was "so impressive..."

Barthel and Brucker noted that the witness is anonymous, and then use irony in their own way about "believing the specialists (honest and objective) who analyzed photos of UFOs, the latter do not impress so much... the photo plates at least!!"

As of an explanation of the case, they dumbly said that "some maniac" must have invented all the stories published by the newspaper, "since witnesses do not exist."

If their quote of the article in Sud-Ouest is correct, then the case date is not October 21, 1954, as indicated Vallée and all his copycats - only Jean Sider had rectified the date - but on Monday, October 18, 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges lists as a case with small occupants but lacking details that of an inhabitant of Pons in the Charente-Maritime, on October 21, 1954.

The saucer briefly landed on the side of the road, then flew away. During the brief landing, the witness saw two small beings of 1 meter 25. Nothing is said about their equipment, he notes.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

296

Oct. 21, 1954 Pons (France).

An egg-shaped object, about 5.5 m diameter, hovered and landed near the road. Two dwarfs, about 1.25 m tall, emerged from it, and went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically leaving a red trail. (France-Soir, 22 oct. 1954) (78).

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors mention a landing at Pons on October 26, 1954.

Elsewhere in their book they reproduce the case of Pons in Charente-Maritime of October 24, 1954 such as present in the Vallée catalogue, #296, by noting that the information is brief: an object in the egg shape, from approximately 5 to 6 meters in diameter, lands close to the road. Two "dwarves", tall of 1,25 m approximately, leave from there, then go back in almost immediately. The machine rises while leaving a red trail behind.

[Ref. rs1:] RAY STANFORD:

In his book about the famous UFO landing in Socorro, Ray Stanford indicates a number of other sightings of egg-shaped craft that may be significant in this regard.

Among those cases, he indicates that on October 21, 1954, at Pons, in France, an egg-shaped craft about 18 feet long hovered and then landed near a road.

Two small beings, estimated to be about 4 feet tall, left the craft, went almost immediately back in, and the craft departed vertically at very great speed.

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors indicate that the following testimony appeared in the "Sud-Ouest" newspaper for October 20, 1954:

"M. C.A. of Pons (Charente-Maritime) has on his part made the following observations:"

"Monday morning while coming towards Bordeaux, within 3 kilometers of Pons, I had the surprise to see, close to the road, an oval shape of 5 to 6 meters in diameter approximately, which hovered and landed close to the road. Two small men of 1,25 meter approximately went down from the "saucer" but, frightened when they saw me, they reinstated their machine quickly and departed vertically, leaving a red trail. I could observe the machine one minute approximately, I was so surprised that I could not photograph it and I regret it. It is so impressive..."

The two authors note that the witness is anonymous, and then indulge in irony by remarks about "believing the specialists (honest and objective) who analyzed UFO photographs, UFOs precisely do not impress so much... at least not the photographic plates!!"

As for the case, they conclude that some crazed madman must have invented the stories which were published in the newspaper, "since the witnesses do not exist."

Irony apart, if their referencing of the newspaper article as of October 20 is correct, then the date of October 21 for this case in almost all other sources is wrong.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Pons in the department of Charente-Maritime, on October 21, 1954, an object in the shape of an egg, of approximately 5 to 6 meters in diameter was observed.

It hovered and landed close to a road, then two small beings of about 1 m 25 in height went out of it to get back inside almost immediately. The apparatus flew away vertically, releasing a red trail.

They indicate "France-Soir", October 22, 1954 and Vallée as sources.

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors mention a landing at Pons on October 26, 1954.

Elsewhere in their book they reproduce the case of Pons in Charente-Maritime of October 24, 1954 such as present in the Vallée catalogue, #296, by noting that the information is brief: an object in the egg shape, from approximately 5 to 6 meters in diameter, lands close to the road. Two "dwarves", tall of 1,25 m approximately, leave from there, then go back in almost immediately. The machine rises while leaving a red trail behind.

[Ref. rs1:] RAY STANFORD:

In his book about the famous UFO landing in Socorro, Ray Stanford indicates a number of other sightings of egg-shaped craft that may be significant in this regard.

Among those cases, he indicates that on October 21, 1954, at Pons, in France, an egg-shaped craft about 18 feet long hovered and then landed near a road.

Two small beings, estimated to be about 4 feet tall, left the craft, went almost immediately back in, and the craft departed vertically at very great speed.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Pons in the department of Charente-Maritime, on October 21, 1954, an object in the shape of an egg, of approximately 5 to 6 meters in diameter was observed.

It hovered and landed close to a road, then two small beings of about 1 m 25 in height went out of it to get back inside almost immediately. The apparatus flew away vertically, releasing a red trail.

They indicate "France-Soir", October 22, 1954 and Vallée as sources.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 21st. Pons, France, (no time known)

An "egg, 15 feet in diameter came in for a landing on a road near Pons according to some witnesses., A pair of "dwarfs" disembarked for a few moments and then climbed back aboard. The takeoff immediately thereafter was straight up and left behind a crimson trail. 176.

  • 176. France-Soir. 22 October 54.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that in Pons in the Charente-Maritime, on October 18, 1954, at an unknown time, one or more anonymous witness(es) saw an egg shaped object that landed on a road. Its diameter is 5 to 6 meters.

Two dwarves less than 1.20 meters tall get out then get in again and the object leaves vertically, leaving a red trail.

The author indicates that the source is Figuet page 193, who dates the incident 21 October 1954, a clear error proven by the local source "Sud-Ouest", Bordeaux, October 20, 1954, page 12.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVEMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 21, in France, in Pons, "an object in the shape of an egg, of a diameter of approximately 5,5 m hovered and landed close to the road. Two dwarves, 1,25 m tall approximately left from there and went back in there almost immediately, then the machine rose vertically by producing a red trail behind it."

The sources are indicated as "France-Soir, 22 oct 1954", "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 287".

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

191.

Location. Pons France

Date: October 21 1954

Time: night

An egg shaped object about 18 feet in diameter hovered & landed near a road. 2 dwarfs about 4 ft tall emerged from it, but went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically, leaving a red trail.

Humcat 1954-112

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia

Type: B

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

October 21

1954 - On this night an egg-shaped object, about 5.5 meters in diameter, hovered and landed near the road in Pons, Charente-Maritime, France. Two dwarf humanoids, about 1.25 meters (4.1 feet) tall, emerged from it, and went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically leaving a red trail. (Sources: France Soir, October 22, 1954; Michel Carrouges, Les Apparitions de Martiens, p. 103; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 236, case 296).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday, October 21, 1954

[...]

In Pons (France), 1 object in the form of an egg, an approximate diameter of 5,5 m, flies over and lands close to the road. 2 dwarves, 1,25 m tall approximately, leave there and went back there almost immediately, then the machine rose vertically, by producing a red trail behind itself.

[...]

The sources are indicated as "France-Soir, October 22, 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Charente Maritime at Pons on October 21, 1954, at an unknown hour, there was an "Observation of an egg-shaped object, of approximately 5 to 6 meters in diameter which hovers and lands close to a road. Two small beings, about 1 m 25 in height, emerge to reinstate the interior almost immediately, and the apparatus flies away vertically by releasing a red trail."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 21 October 1954 at night in Pons, France "Two dwarfs emerged from an egg-shaped object." And: "An egg-shaped object, about 5.5 meters in diameter, hovered and landed near the road in Pons, France . Two dwarf humanoids, about 1.25 meters (4.1 feet) tall, emerged from it, and went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically leaving a red trail."

And: "An egg-shaped object, about 5.5 meters diameter, hovered and landed near the road. Two dwarfs, about 1.25 meters tall, emerged from it, and went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically leaving a red trail."

And: "Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. One red object, about 20 feet across, was observed."

And: "An egg shaped object about 18 feet in diameter hovered and landed near a road. 2 dwarfs about 4 ft tall emerged from it, but went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically, leaving a red trail."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. dc1:] DIDIER CHARNAY:

Didier Charnay reports that the Sud Ouest newspaper publishes articles on old case UFO sightings in Charente-Maritime since the Fifties in the heading "Sacred UFOs" and that in the July 25, 2009 issue there is something about the case in Pons of October 21, 1954.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 21 1954.

PONS (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

An egg shaped object, about 5.5m diameter, hovered and landed near the road. Two dwarfs, about 1.2m tall, emerged from it and went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically leaving a red trail. (Vallee, Case 298, citing France-Soir 22 October 1954.

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

Location: Pons France

Date: October 21 1954

Time: night

An egg shaped object about 18 feet in diameter hovered & landed near a road. 2 Dwarfin (Dwarfs) about 4 ft tall emerged from it, but went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically, leaving a red trail.

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 296

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

*Oct. 21, 1954 - On this night an egg-shaped object, about 5.5 meters in diameter, hovered and landed near the road in Pons, Charente-Maritime, France. Two dwarf humanoids, about 1.25 meters (4.1 feet) tall, emerged from it, and went back inside almost immediately. The craft took off vertically leaving a red trail. (Sources: France Soir, October 22, 1954; Michel Carrouges, Les Apparitions de Martiens, p. 103; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 236, case 296).

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Pons in the Charente-Maritime on October 18, 1954, at an unknown hour:

The witness saw an egg-shaped object approximately 5 to 6 meters in diameter which hovered and landed close to a road. Two small beings less than 1,25 meter in height came out of it to enter inside again almost immediately, and the apparatus flew away vertically while releasing a red trail.

The sources are indicated as Sud-Ouest for October 20, 1954; France-Soir for October 22, 1954.

[Ref. rt1:] RAYMOND TERRASSE:

This author indicates that on October 21, 1954, in Pons in the Charente-Maritime, two small beings of 1.25 meters descended from a UFO and immediately reinstated it.

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

As usual, this database recorded that same case several times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541021 21.10.1954 Pons France Night CE III
19541021 21.10.1954 Pons France Night CE III
19541021 21.10.1954 Pons France Night CE III

Notes:

The logical route from Pons to Bordeaux is the D137. The journey is about 80 kilometers, the direction is practically towards the south.

From the exit of Pons, if one drives 3 kilometers as the alleged witness sais, one is practically in front of even inside the municipality of Belluire. The landscape is almost flat, clear, the road, in a straight line, is surrounded by fields at least in 2017.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Pons, Charente-Maritime, object, ovoid, egg-shaped, landing, road, occupants, small, two, humanoids, vertically, trail, red, night

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 21, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1], [dc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 10, 2014 Additions [ta1], [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 29, 2016 Additions [jg1], [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 14, 2016 Addition [lg1].
1.5 Patrick Gross February 12, 2017 Addition [rt1]. Addition of the Summary, of the Notes.

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