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October 18, 1954, Saintes, Charente-Maritime:

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

Summary:

In the national newspaper Paris-Presse for October 21, 1954, it was reported that a "balance" with orange and red trays had been seen in Royan by Mr. and Mrs. Labassière. The two trays, after being immobilized in the air, had separated and landed in a nearby field. Two little men came out of each ball and changed trays. The two trays then re-united and disappeared in a dazzling flash.

In the regional newspaper Le Nouveau Nord Maritime for October 21, 1954, the place is towards Saintes, and Mr. Labassière and his wife were returning from Saintes. Their observation had taken place at 9 p.m., it was a kind of balance waddling at low altitude, with plagues of dazzling green, one of the trays being red and the other orange. After getting immobilie, the two trays detached and lended in a field, two small beings then came out of each ball, crosse each other, changed craft, the two craft then returned to their original place, and the phenomenon disappeared in a dazzling flash.

The case apparently had also appeared in the national Press, in France-Soir and Paris-Presse, for October 20, 1954. It was published by Jimmy Guieu, Aimé Michel and Charles Garreau in the ufological literature.

The version of Guieu in 1956 is that on October 19, 1954, at 9 p.m. near Saintes in the Charente-Maritime, Mr. Labassière (in reality "Labussière") and his wife saw in the sky an "object" in the form of balance which was "waddling" at low altitude. The "scourge" of this "balance" was of a dazzling green; one of the trays was red, the other orange. After being immobilized, the two discs detached to land in a field.

Two small beings then left each apparatus, walked towards each other, and after crossing, changed craft. The two "spacecraft" then resumed their initial position, connected in flight by a powerful luminous beam and "fled in a blinding flash."

Aimé Michel indicated in his 1958 book that in the night of October 18, 1954, at 09:00 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Labassière were driving by car from Saintes to Royan, on national road 150 going from East to West in this sector.

The Labassieres reportedly said:

"Suddenly we saw, flying at a rather low altitude, a scales-like object waddling in the sky, one "tray" was orange, the other red, and they were joined by a trail of a green color. It was the oscillation, the "waddling," of the two objects that suggested the image of a balance, and the two objects soon came to land near us."

"After a few seconds, the luminous "scourge" that united the two objects disappeared, and they settled separately not far from each other in a neighboring field. We soon perceived, moving in the vague luminosity of each craft, two crew members, two small beings, they headed towards each other, crossed each other without stopping, and exchanged their vehicle, the two balls then ascending into the sky in a vertiginous acceleration. In few seconds, they disappeared on the horizon."

Aimé Michel reports that there was an investigation that revealed that several other motorists on national road 150 had also seen the phenomenon, without witnessing the maneuver on the ground with the two beings, an episode of the observation only witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere.

Based on Press clippings, Charles Garreau noted in the 1970s that on October 18, 1954, at 9:00 p.m., Mr and Mrs Labussieres from Royan had just left Saintes and had traveled a few kilometers by car when they saw a luminous object in the form of a balance in the sky, waddling a few hundred meters from them.

The witnesses said:

"One of the trays was orange, the other red, and they were united by an intense green light bar, and as we watched them they came to rest above the country, and stopped. After a few seconds, the luminous bar that united the two objects disappeared, and they landed in a nearby field, emitting a vague light. Almost simultaneously, a small being came out of each of these craft. They headed towards each other, met without stopping and returned to the craft. Immediately after this exchange of pilots, the two balls rose up to the sky, with an incredible acceleration, and they disappeared in seconds."

Garreau added that after the exchange of the pilots, the luminous bar linking their two craft did not reappear.

It was in 2020 that I finally found a contemporary source, the Paris-Presse newspaper, reporting on page 4 for October 21, 1954:

"The latest model of flying saucer is paired. A saucer plus a saucer equals a balance, if they are united by a flail. As well it is a balance with orange and red trays that was seen, in Royan, by Mr. and Mrs. Labassière. These two trays, after being immobilized in the air, separated and landed nearby, in a field. Two little men came out of each ball and changed trays. The two trays then tightened together and disappeared in a dazzling flash."

Reports:

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

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"I held a flying saucer fragment but it melted"

It was just a phenomenon of condensation

"The flying saucers? Phew! I know what it is. I held a fragment of it in my hands."

This sensational statement comes from a cinema operator in Pont-l'Evêque, Mr. Blain.

- I was Monday on the airfield of Reventin - Vaugris in the Rhône valley when, shortly after the passage of a stratojet Mme Lelandais, wife of a base monitor believed that a number of "saucers" in the shape of parachutes were moving. They varied in altitude, appearance, color and suddenly disappeared. Half an hour later, a rain of "spider webs" fell heavily on the ground. We picked it up with both hands. It was a whitish material, soft to the touch at the same time as rubbery, agglomerating then melting with the heat of the hand without leaving traces. We were able to keep some of it for five hours in a waterproof box and photograph it.

Solidified steam

This material, Mr. Blain affirms, comes from the jet engines of the Stratojets that daily use the Rhône valley (unless it is filanders, better known under the name of Angel Hair, produced in fall by various species of flying spiders).

Usually, the Stratojets jet engines, unlike those of other jet planes, do not leave a trail behind them. On Monday, however, it formed behind the apparatus, moving at nearly 10,000 meters, a very curious trail, light vapor which solidified in thick volutes two or three kilometers from the place of their formation.

The explanation of the formation of this "melting mass" produced under certain conditions by Stratojets leads technicians to formulate this hypothesis: the streaks produced resembling those of ordinary jet airplanes may be due to the injection of water in the reactors. At the origin of this phenomenon, there would be the fact that this water, projected in the combustion chambers at nearly 1,800 degrees undergoes a molecular disaggregation by contact with the combustion gas. As a result, a chemical reaction occurs which would lead to the formation of the curious matter detected on Monday at Reventin-Vaugris.

This perhaps clarified the mystery of the "saucers" observed two years ago in Oloron and Gaillac and which present all the characteristics of the phenomenon observed by Mr. Blain. But cigars? But the scales? But the Martians? Ah! Who will give us the explanation of the Martians kissing the peasants in the name of the inter-sidereal fraternity?

New look: the "scales"

The latest model of flying saucer is paired. A saucer plus a saucer equals a balance, if they are united by a flail. As well it is a balance with orange and red trays that was seen, in Royan, by Mr. and Mrs. Labassière. These two trays, after being immobilized in the air, separated and landed nearby, in a field. Two little men came out of each ball and changed trays. The two trays then tightened together and disappeared in a dazzling flash.

To tell the truth, saucers, cigars and other interplanetary craft were not very active yesterday. Farmers from Villepinte (the Aude) and surrounding areas; natives of Tréveneuc (C.-d.-N.) and of St-Quay-Portrieux; a metallurgist from Aire-sur-la-Lys and the mayor of Nexon (Hte-Vienne) saw some. This is a topic of conversation for evenings. Unfortunately, no "Martians" were on board.

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

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A LUMINOUS AND ROUND MACHINE
LANDS NEAR AREA-SUR-LA-LYS

Paris, 20. -- Judging by the small number of testimonies, the flying saucers were not very active over France, yesterday Tuesday.

A farmer from Villepinte (Aude) Mr. Rouquet, said he saw on Monday evening around 11:30 p.m., an orange-colored luminous disc heading west. The craft stopped above the territory of the commune of Laurubuc, remained motionless for about a quarter of an hour, then left and disappeared. Mr. Rouquet's parents, informed by their son, attended this departure.

A few kilometers from Villepinte, residents of Bram and of Villasavary saw, on Sunday between 11 p.m. and midnight, a luminous disc that was moving at a very high speed. It offered the particularity to change color.

Also on Monday evening, several residents of Tréveneuc (Côtes-du-Nord) said they had seen a flying saucer hovering above the sea. The same phenomenon was observed at Saint-Quay-Portrieux by a butcher and a teacher.

Finally near AIRE-SUR-LA-LYS, a worker in the steelworks of Isbergues saw "a luminous machine of round shape descend slowly." "When it touched the ground," the witness continued, "nearly 3 kilometers from me, a flash lit up the sky." Many residents confirmed that they saw, not the bolide, but the lit up sky. As for the object that fell, no trace of it was found.

A dome and two portholes

Also, another testimony, this one nine days old, came to bring some details on a flying saucer. On October 10, Mr. Roger Thiriet, went, around 6:30 a.m. in Ecrouves where he is a warden at the penitentiary center. Suddenly, through fairly dense fog, he saw an aluminum-colored saucer. It was about 2 m. 40 in diameter and 1 m. 40 tall was crowned with a dome and had two portholes. He approached but the machine rose silently. Mr. Thiriet remained silent on this fact, fearing to be laughed at by his colleagues and the inhabitants of the village.

The "Martians" in balance

Saintes, 19. -- Mr. Labassière and his wife who were returning from Saintes (Charente Maritime) reportedly saw the other evening, around 9 p.m., a kind of balance waddling at low altitude. The rod were dazzling green, one of the trays was red and the other orange...

After taking an immobile position, these two trays - according to the witnesses - detached themselves to land in a field. Two small beings then left each ball and, after crossing each other, changed craft.

The two craft then returned to their original place and the phenomenon disappeared in a dazzling flash.

In Indonesia,
one says:
"flying plates"

Djakarta, 20. -- The Indonesian agency Aniara reports that on Tuesday evening, around 9 p.m. local time, the population of Bondowoso, in eastern Java, was struck with terror when they saw a white and green disc that passed at high speed over the city and disappeared in half a minute. Witnesses described the object as a "large plate" with a rotating movement.

This is the second time that the people of Bondowoso witnessed such a phenomenon. The first appearance of a "strange object" was said to have taken place on July 25, at the same hour.

[Ref. lcp1:] "LA CROIX DE PICARDIE" NEWSPAPER:

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AND YET IT TURNS

Martians all over France

If the saraband of flying saucers over France remains at the current rate, we will have a hard time finding a Frenchman who has not seen such a "craft" in the near future. Indeed, every day, dozens of discs are reported across the country. Not content with having seen them move in our sky of Framce, eyewitnesses told to have seen, with their own eyes, weird apparatuses land, from which ame down no less weird living beings, oddly dressed, very polite, but who were little talkative, unless they speak an incomprehensible language. These mysterious hosts returned to the air almost immediately, silently and vertically.

So, very recently, Mr. Labassière and his wife, who were returning from Saintes (Charente-Maritime), saw a kind of scale waddling at low altitude. The scourge was dazzling green; one of the trays was red and the other orange. After taking an immobile position, these two plates detached to land in a field. Two small beings then left each ball and, after crossing each other, changed craft. The two craft then returned to their original place and the phenomenon disappeared in a dazzling flash.

In Livry-sur-Seine, two farmers saw a strange being the size of a man, without ears, but whose body was covered with abundant brown hair. He gestured for them to approach, but panicking, the two men fled with all their legs.

In Saint-Ambroix, in the Gard, several hunters claimed to have seen various small "Martians" who vaguely resembled human beings. They were flying in a phosphorescent machine. The hunters collected, at the place where the "Martians" had landed, curious seeds that no one has yet managed to identify.

Dreams, hallucinations, bad jokes? Difficult question to decide for the moment. But if some are convinced of the arrival of the Martians on our planet, if others shake their heads, incredulous, there are some who have this obsession with flying saucers almost play a bad trick on them.

This is particularly the case for Mr. M. Ruant, farmer in Sinceny, near Chauny (Aisne). In the evening of October 17, he was busy repairing his car in a meadow near his home, when two shots were fired in his direction. The pellets crashed onto the body of his vehicle, not far from his head. Mr. Ruant filed a complaint, and the investigation immediately opened made it possible to quickly find the author of the shots: a neighbor, Mr. Faisan, who believed "seeing a silhouette moving in the light of the headlights, to be in the presence of a Martian busy repairing his flying saucer."

Less "saucerophobic" than Mr. Faisan, Mr. Raymond Rodel, president of the "Martians welcome Committee", promised the first of them who would come to the capital a series of festivities in his honor, including a lunch at Maxim's, a reception at the Paris City Council and an audience at the Elysée. In addition, 1 million francs would be paid to whoever, the first, can prove irrefutably having seen a Martian.

Obviously if, believing to meet an inhabitant of the planet Mars and you ask him: "Are you Martian?" he answers you: "No, I'm French", as happened to one of our compatriots, you can forget the bonus.

[Ref. pat1:] "LE PAYS D'AUGE - TRIBUNE" NEWSPAPER:

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Interplanetary chronicle???

IN THE FLANDERS A ROUND MACHINE...

In Audruicq (P.-de-C.), MM. Maurice Ramette and Léon Gégnier saw, high in the sky, an object of round shape and white in color which was moving towards them. Suddenly, the craft tilted and disappeared at breakneck speed.

AN UNKNOWN CRAFT...

In Hesdin (P.-de-C.), Mr. Jean Gambier, a police officer, was on his way to his duty when his attention was attracted to a blaze in the sky. Above the forest, a red object seemed to descend from the starry sky. The lower part of the craft left behind a luminous trail.

Many residents of Huby-Saint-Leu, a village near Hesdin, also witnessed this phenomenon.

IN THE ROUSSILLON THE FEAR OF THE MARTIANS...

A resident of the village of Prades (Pyrénées-Orientales), to whom two motorcyclists wanted to request information, fled, the other day, shouting: "The Martians are coming". Caught by the bikers, who, to reassure him, had removed their helmets, the farmer admitted that if he had had a gun in his hands he would have killed them.

IN LORRAINE A SAUCER...

A saucer was seen by the supervisor of a penitentiary center in Ecrouves, Mr. Roger Thiriet, residing in Blénod-les-Toul (Meurthe-et-Moselle). The jailer's saucer is not exactly fresh since it would have appeared on October 10. But Mr. Thiriet remained silent for a long time "fearing to be the laughing stock of his colleagues". However, his secret seemed to him too burdensome, and here is the account given to the gendarmes by this balanced man:

- I returned to the center by motorbike, when around 6:30 a.m., near the railway bridge, near Charmes-la-Côte, my headlight lighted an aluminum-colored saucer appearing from the fog, posed on the ground. The craft was 2 meters in diameter and 1.40 meters high. It was surmounted by a dome pierced by two portholes.

"I stopped my engine immediately; but as I approached, the saucer rose without noise."

It turns out that, this same October 10, a machine identical to [Continued on page 3]

IN ITALY DISC IN ROME AND PANIC IN LIVORNO!...

A very bright flying disc was seen by a group of workers over a street in Rome. It is one of the innumerable appearances of the "flying saucers" which visit Italy at the moment. Their arrival provokes a strong emotion. In Livorno, a young man, Bruno Senesi, was sent urgently to the mad house. He had presented himself, very agitated, at the city hospital, shouting: "They come to take me... I saw them land in a field... Discs big like that, all in light and in smoke, full of Martians, small and red."

IN INDONESIA A PLATE...

The people of Bondowoso, in east Java, were terrified when they saw a white and green disc, which passed at high speed over the city and disappeared in half a minute. Witnesses described the object as a "large plate" with a rotating movement.

IN THE RHONE VALLEY AVIATORS HAVE AN EXPERIENCE

A "Stratojet" plane which flies daily over the Rhône valley, at an altitude of about 10,000 meters, was mistaken the other day, by several inhabitants of Vienna, for a flying saucer.

Indeed, a strange phenomenon occurred after the passage of the powerful jet plane. Kinds of parachutes were formed in the sky, animated of strange movements, which soon reached the ground.

The witnesses of the phenomenon seized this matter and one of them put a little of the substance in a box and had it photographed immediately. A few hours later, the contents of the box, although waterproof, had evaporated.

It seems that the condensation in the rarefied and cold atmosphere of certain compounds of the "stratojet" fuel can cause white or iridescent formations moving at high speed and thus gives rise to various interpretations.

This observation made above the aerodrome of Vienne, is identical to that already reported in its time, by a resident of Oloron.

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IN AUSSAY: A CIGAR...

Aussay, a small town near Dieppe, was overflown by a mysterious craft which emitted a strange whistling sound. It had the shape of a gigantic cigar thay could reach 15 to 18 meters in length; in the center of the craft there was a disc surmounted by a dome.

IN THE AUDE: A SAUCER...

In Villepinte (Aude), Mr. Henri Rouquet, 22, was returning home when he noticed a luminous form that was moving at high altitude. Suddenly, the craft lands not far from the farm where the young man lives. Mr. Bouquet then hastened to warn his family and several neighbors, who were able to observe the saucer distinctly. After a few minutes, the disc rose silently and quickly disappeared.

IN PICARDY THE ENGINES STOP... THE HEADLIGHTS TURN OFF!

In Ham (Somme), three motorcyclists, MM. Marc and Gilles Lemaire, and Jean Ivard, were going to their work when they noticed in the sky a red disc followed by a flaming cone which advanced at the speed of an airplane. At the precise moment when the craft was above the motorcyclists, the engines of their machines stopped suddenly and the headlights went out. Everything returned to normal when the mysterious object moved away.

A SAUCER IMMOBILIZES A CAR

A motorist in the Cherbonnières region was driving with his 3 and a half year old son on the road from Sérifère to Paillé when, around 9:30 p.m., he and the child experienced painful tingling sensations, similar to electric shocks; which increased as they progressed.

The car engine suddenly stopped and the headlights went out. The child started to cry. A bright glow, passing from bright red to orange, dazzled the occupants of the car, who see a motionless craft in space. Then what they recognized as a flying saucer disappeared in the night.

been seen in Longwy, in the north of the department.

- It must be a secret weapon, said Mr. Thiriet (who does not believe in Martians), built by a foreign power. I think the craft would come from Antarctica.

IN AUVERGNE A "BALANCE"

Two motorists from Royan, Mr. Labestière and his wife, saw in the sky "a kind of waddling balance".

- The scourge was dazzling green, witnesses said. One of the plates was red, the other orange. After remaining motionless, the two plates detached and landed in a field. Two little beings came out of it and, after crossing paths, changed their plates. The "flying balance" then disappeared, plates included, in a dazzling flash.

IN ILE DE FRANCE A CIGAR...

In Ollainville, near Arpajon, six residents of the locality noticed an incandescent object which at first looked like a star and was revealed as it approached in the shape of a cigar. Coming from the west, the object disappeared to the east.

... AND A STAR

In Saint-Fiacre, not far from Etampes, several people saw a craft in the shape of a gigantic star spinning above the village for 20 minutes.

IN LIMOUSIN A HALF-SPHERE...

The mayor of Nexon (Haute Vienne) saw a very bright metallic hemisphere hovering at breakneck speed, without noise.

AND A DISC...

A very brilliant disc was even seen in Boulogne-sur-Seine, by a dozen workers from the Régie Renault. The phenomenon had been observed in broad daylight for half an hour.

IN BRITTANY A SAUCER...

In Trevedec (C.-du-N.), several people saw a flying saucer hovering over the sea.

IN AIRE-SUR-LA-LYS A SPHERE...

Near Aire-sur-Lys, a worker at the steel works in Isbergues saw a luminous sphere descend slowly. When it touched the ground, the sky lit up.

[Ref. jgu1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 19, 1954, at 9 p.m. close to Saintes in the Charente-Maritime, Mr. Labassière and his wife saw in the sky an "object" in the shape of balance which "was dandled" at low altitude. The "axis" of this "balance" was of a dazzling green: one of the plates was red, the other orange.

After becoming motionless, the two discs were detached to come to land in a field.

Two small beings then came out of each apparatus, walked one towards the other, and after having crossed, switched machines.

The two spacecraft then took again their initial place connected in flight by a powerful beam of light called "axis" by the observers and then fled in a dazzling flash.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates in his book that on the evening of October 18, 1954 at 09:00 P.M., in middle of the night, in the department of the Charente-Maritime at the edge of the department of the Vendée Sud, Mr and Mrs Labassière were driving in their car on National Road RN 150 which is directed from the East towards the West in this sector. The Labassières were driving from Saintes to Royan.

He indicates that Labassière stated:

"Suddenly we saw, flying at a rather low altitude, an object in the shape of balance which was dandled in the sky. One "plate" was orange, the other was red, and they were joined together by a trail of luminous green. It is the oscillation, the "wobbling," of the two objects which suggested to us the image of a balance. The whole of the two objects was soon motionless not far from us above the countryside."

"After a few seconds, the luminous "plague" linking the two objects dissipated, disappeared, and they landed separately not far one from the other in a nearby field. We soon saw two beings of small size moving in the vague luminosity of each of the two machines. The two "crew" moved one towards the other, crossed without stopping, and switched vehicle. The two balls went up then in the sky in a vertiginous acceleration. In a few seconds they disappeared at the horizon."

Aimé Michel reports that the investigation allowed to discover that several other motorists on the RN 150 road had also seen the phenomenon, without seeing the operation on the ground with the two beings, seen only by Mr and Mrs Labassière.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

375 000.79928 45.70200 18 10 1954 21 00 1 SAINTES.WNW.N150 F 042244 C 326

[Ref. cln2:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors say that one of the most puzzling incidents involving occupants took place at about 9 p.m. on the evening of October 18, 1954, in France. Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere of Royan, France, were driving on Route N-50 when they saw an object "shaped like a balance" at low altitude in the sky. One of the "pans" of the balance was orange, the other was red, and they appeared to be linked by a trail of luminous green. The whole apparition was swaying or "bouncing." Shortly the two "pans" stopped and hovered above a field not far from the witnesses.

The two sat spellbound as the luminous beam uniting the two objects faded and disappeared, and the objects landed separately, but just a short distance apart.

In the dim light emanating from the objects, the Labassieres saw two very small creatures which approached each other, passed without stopping and changed vehicles. Then the two ball-like objects vaulted into the sky at a dizzying speed and disappeared over the horizon within seconds.

The authors comment: "What is outstanding about this incident is the obvious fact that the pilots or occupants of two vehicles changed crafts."

And: "The puzzling aspects are the luminous green beam or whatever it was, which connected the two vehicles, the possible reason for the exchange, and whether or not the "beam" had something to do with the exchange. Inasmuch as this is the only incident of its kind, and the two objects with their connecting beam were seen by many others on the night in question (although without the added detail of the creatures and the exchange of crafts), this would seem to indicate that the sighting was a real one of a real object or objects, and leads one to conjecture on the meaning of the "beam." Was it a means of communication, or possible power exchange? Was one "pilot" relieving another who had been "on duty" for a considerable period of time? This might seem to be the answer, but it does not account for the exchange of craft. for they seemed to be identical. Could one have been having mechanical trouble, so that a replacement was delivered?"

[Ref. fle1:] FERNAND LAGARDE:

The ufologist Fernand Lagarde believed he found a connection between the locations of UFO sightings and the locations of earthquakes or geological faults.

He published a map centered on the Charente-Maritime department, with parts of the surrounding departments, with these cases (his list is incomplete) represented, all dates October 1954:

"N 150 between Saintes and Royan 10.54"
"Taupignac 10.54"
"Pont L'Abbé 10.54"
"St Savinien 10.54"
"Birac 10.54"
"Soudran 10.54"
"Tourriers 10.54"
"Angouleme 10.54"
"Puymoyen 10.54"
"Marcillac 10.54"
"Nessier 10.54"
"Béruge 10.54"
"Lusignan 10.54"
"St Maixent 10.54"
"Niort 10.54"
"La Rochelle 10.54"
"Angles 10.54"
"Luçon 10.54"

Carte par Fernand Lagarde

He publishes a map for the case, where the line of crosses is an anticline (convex geological fold, ridge line) and the rhomboid line is a syncline (fold whose concavity is upwards):

Carte par Fernand Lagarde

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

With personal files and newspaper clippings, the authors expose the case of a UFO observation in Royan, in the Charente-Maritime, on October 18, 1954.

On this date and at 09:00 P.M., two motorists of Royan, Mr. and Mrs. Labussières, came to leave Saintes and had traversed a few kilometers, when they saw a luminous object in the shape of a balance in the sky.

The object dandled at approximately a few hundreds of meters.

The authors provide the account of the witnesses as follows:

"One of the plates was orange, the other red. They were joined together by a luminous bar of an intense green. While we observed them, they became motionless above the countryside. We stopped at once, because this display was absolutely extraordinary! After a few seconds, the luminous bar which linked both objects disappeared. They landed in a nearby field, emitting a vague luminosity. Almost simultaneously, a small being came out of each of these machines. They moved one towards the other, crossed without stopping and returned in the apparatuses. At once after this switch of pilots, the two balls went up in the sky, with an incredible acceleration, and they disappeared in a few seconds."

The authors note that after the exchange of the pilots the luminous bar connecting their apparatuses did not reappear.

[Ref. cgu2:] CHARLES GARREAU - HISTORIA:

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LANDINGS OF HUMANOIDS

It is an observation, to my knowledge unique in the "flying saucers" file, which was made on 18th October 1954, on R.N. 150, between Royan and Saintes; around 9 p.m.

the balance

Mr. and Mme. Labussiere had just left Saintes by car. They drove a few kilometers, when they perceived a luminous object, in the form of a "balance," waddling in the sky at a comparatively low altitude, perhaps a few hundred meters. "One of the "trays" was orange, the other red," said Mr. Labussiere. They were joined by an intense green light bar. As we watched them, they came to rest above his country. We immediately stopped, because the show was absolutely amazing. After a few seconds, the luminous bar, which united the two objects, disappeared. They landed in a nearby field. They emitted a bright light. Almost simultaneously, a small "being" emerged from each of these craft. They went towards each other, met without stopping and entered the craft. Immediately after this exchange of pilots, the two balls are reassembled in the sky, with an incredible acceleration and they disappeared in a few seconds. The luminous bar was not reformed..."

[Ref. cei1:] "CERPI" UFOLOGY GROUP:

4) On the R.N. 150, between ROYAN AND SAINTES, on October 18, 1954, at 9 p.m.; References: newspaper clipping, personal files.

Two drivers from Royan, Mr. and Mrs. Labussière, just left Saintes. They traveled a few kilometers, when they saw a luminous object, in the shape of a "scale", waddling in the sky, at a relatively low altitude, at a few hundred meters perhaps:

"One of the "plate" was orange, the other red, they were joined by a luminous bar of intense green color, and as we watched, they stopped over the countryside. We immediately stopped, because this show was absolutely extraordinary. After a few seconds, the luminous bar that joined the two objects disappeared. They landed in a nearby field, giving off a luminous glow. Almost simultaneously, a small being came out of each of these craft. They went towards each other, crossed each other without stopping and entered into the craft, and immediately after the pilots' exchange, the two balls went up in the sky, with incredible acceleration and they disappeared in a few seconds."

It is to our knowledge, the only observation of an exchange of saucer pilots. Note that after this exchange, the luminous bar connecting the two balls did reappear. It should also be noted that a few hours earlier, at Saint-Cirgues, in the Haute-Loire, farmers had noticed, at high altitude, the presence of a "luminous scale" in all respects identical. At the end of a quarter of an hour, the "scale" had moved away at very high speed. Is this the same machine that was seen by these two different groups of witnesses?

This landing is located 7 kilometers from the corridor, but also 43 kilometers from the one in Soubran.

[Ref. mcs1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

Michel Carrouges lists as a case with small occupants but lacking details the Labassière case, near Saintes in the Charente-Maritime on October 11, 1954.

He indicates that while the sighting of the strange apparatus' is remarkable, while the witnesses indeed saw the two saucers and four small beings, they do not provide details on the equipment of the beings.

[Ref. hie1:] "HISTOIRE DE L'INSOLITE":

Scan

In October [1954], the events flowed... Mr. and Mrs. Labestiere, of Royan, observed an immense scale waddling in the sky - "the scourge of the scale was dazzling green, one of the trays was red and the other yellow-orange, and after a moment of apparent immobility, the two trays detached themselves, then landed in a meadow. Two little beings came out and, after crossing one another without making a gesture, changed board, the scale then flew away in a blinding flash of lightning...

[Ref. ton1:] THOMAS M. OLSEN:

DATE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION SOURCE PAGE
OCT. 18, 1954 R. N-150, NEAR ROYAN, FRANCE (MICHEL-1958 P 193) 2 W. 3-37

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

285 October 18 1954, 09:00 P.M. Royan (France):

Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere and other witnesses saw two disks in the sky, one orange and the other red, with a sort of luminous "bridge" between them. They landed, and one dwarf came out of each craft and went into the other without any sign. After this exchange of pilots both objects flew away with a tremendous flash. (P 74).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

October 18, 1954, 09:00 p.m., Royan (France):

Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere and other witnesses saw two disks in the sky, one orange and the other red, with a sort of luminous "bridge" between them. They landed, and one dwarf came out of each craft and went into the other without any sign. After this exchange of pilots both objects flew away with a tremendous flash. (France-Soir, Paris-Presse, Oct. 20, 1954).

[Ref. cln1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicate that on October 18, 1954, as reported in the Aimé Michel book Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, Michel that he found a quite amazing coincidence between a Haute-Loire case and a Vendee incident.

One of them occurred in the Charente-Maritime at 09:00 p.m. as Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere, of Royan, were driving from Saintes to Royan on Route N-150, where noticed a balance-shaped object in the sky. One of the "pans" was red and the other orange, and there was a trail or rod-shaped affair of a luminous green color between them. The entire apparatus was "bouncing," making the Labassieres think of a balance. Shortly after it was first noticed, the object stopped above a field not too far from the observers, and they stopped to watch.

After the objects had hovered over the field for a few seconds, the green beam which united them faded and disappeared, and the two objects landed not far from one another. Soon, in the dim light emitted by the two objects, a very small creature was seen coming out of each object, walking toward each other, passing one another without stopping, and getting in the other end of the object, as if they changed craft.

Then the two "balls" went up into the sky in a "dizzy acceleration" and were out of sight over the horizon within seconds. Aimé Michel investigated the case and found out that several other people on Route N-150 had seen these objects, although they did not see the landing or the swapping of craft as the Labassieres had.

[Ref. jbe1:] J. BERNARD DELAIRE:

062 18/10/1954 21.00 between Royan and Saintes. 17 Labassiere.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

462 18 October 1954 2100 hrs

ROYAN (FRANCE) A number of motorists on Route N150 saw two discs in the sky, one orange and the other red with a sort of luminous 'bridge' betwwen them. Mr & Mrs Labassiere saw them land in a neerby field. One dwarf came out of each craft and entered the other without any sign. After this exchange of occupants both objects flew away with a tremendous flash. (M285; France-Soir, Paris­Presse, 21 Oct 54; Michel II, 193t Carrouges S: 319)

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN LOUIS RUCHON:

In their book, these two French ufologists provide the following statements by Mr. and Mrs Labassières driving on the road who pulled out to see better:

"We saw, flying at a low altitude, a luminous object in the shape of a balance. It is the wobbling of the two objects which suggested us the image of a balance."

These ufologists state:

After a few seconds, the luminous plague linking the two plates dissipated, disappeared. They landed on the ground not far from the witnesses who saw two beings of small size in the luminosity of each of the two machines. The two crews moved one towards the other, cross without stopping and change apparatus. The two balls then take off then in a vertiginous manner and disappear in a few seconds.

The sources are indicated as case 285 of the Vallée catalogue; Aimé Michel in "A Propos des S.V." page 234; Jimmy Guieu in "Black-Out sur les S.V." page 234; C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux E.T." page 156; Quincy; France-Soir and Paris-Presse for October 20, 1954.

[Ref. mft3:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Nr of the J. C. Fumoux list Nr of Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
109 239 N. 150 entre Saintes et Royans 18/10 CE3 NI P J.V. 2-p. 187 2T

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

This ufologist noted:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
239 CE3 10 18 1954 21 h e Saintes et Royan 17100 D5 NI, OVNI: p. 187

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 18th. Royan, France. (9:00 p.m.)

"Luminous bridge."

A pair of UFOs flew over a busy French highway, Route N150, at 9:00 p.m. October 18th. The two UFOs seemed to be connected by a "luminous bridge" according to those who paid attention. Two witnesses, whether they were motorists is not given in the account, M. and Mme. Labassiere, said they observed the pair of objects set down in a field where two "dwarf-like" beings emerged, one from each craft. The beings re-entered different objects, giving the impression the ships had landed with the purpose of exchanging personnel. After this "switch," the two UFOs zoomed away, and while doing so, emitted a tremendous flash. 148.

Coral Lorenzen's source is more descriptive, saying that the objects were flat, like pans, and that the overall impression of the arrangement was like that of a balance with one "pan" orange and the other red. The "bridge" was a luminous green beam of light. The entire apparition swayed or bounced as it moved toward the ground. 149.

[Ref. krs1:] KEVIN RANDLE AND RUSS ESTES:

The authors indicate that on October 18, 1954, in Royan, France, a couple watched two ball-shaped abjects that appeared to be joined by a bright beam of light. When the light went out, the two abjects landed separately. A small creature got out of each craft and entered the other craft. Bath ships then took off and flew away.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on October 18, 1954 at 09:00 p.m. on the N150 between Saintes and Royan, Mr. and Mrs. Labassière, or Labestière according to other sources, drove by car when they suddenly saw a luminous object in the shape of a balance swinging at low altitude.

One of the plates of this "balance" was red and the other orange. After a few seconds the object landed in a nearby field. Two small beings came out of each plate, crossed, thus exchanging plate. Then the whole thing took off and was lost from sight in the sky.

The source is indicated as Michel pages 233-234.

[Ref. fkr1:] FABRICE KIRCHER AND DOMINIQUE BECKER:

These authors indicate, without giving either date or source, that near Saintes, in the Charente-Maritime, France, a vessel in the form of a "scale" was seen by the Labassière couple "waddling" at low altitude.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4202: 1954/10/18 21:00 20 1:02:00 W 45:40:00 N 3333 WEU FRN CHM A:9

SAINTES><ROYAN,FR:DUMBELL ^^:OID fm EACH DISK EXITS+BOARDS the OTHER:/r112p97

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 210 : TOWN &CITY

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

179.

Location. Near Royan France

Date: October 18 1954

Time: 2100

Mr. and Mrs Labassiere were driving to Royan on Route N 150 when they noticed, at a rather low altitude, an object shaped like a pair of scales which was rocking in the sky. One “pan” was orange luminous, the other red, and they were united by a trail of luminous green. The object stopped, the luminous beam faded out, and both objects landed on a nearby field. Then they saw 2 very small creatures, which went toward each other, passed, and exchanged vehicles. The bells then took off at a "dizzy" acceleration and disappeared in a few seconds.

Humcat 1954-105

Source: Aime Michel

Type: B

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 18, in France, "in Royan (or close to Saintes) ", "The Labassières and other people saw around 21 hours two discs in the sky: one was orange, the other red and a kind of green luminous bridge connected them. They landed, a dwarf left each machine, and went in the other without exchanging a sign. After this change of pilots, the two objects flew away in a dazzling flash."

The sources are indicated as "France-Soir, Paris-Presse, 20 oct 1954" et "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 285, 286".

She quotes: "We saw, flying at low altitude, a luminous object in the shape of a balance. It is the wobbling of the two objects which suggested us the image of a balance" the motorists reports, who stop to see what it is. After a few seconds, the luminous rod linking the two plates is dissipated, disappears. They are posed on the ground not far from the witnesses who see in the luminosity of each of the two machines, two beings of small size (thus: 4 beings on the whole). The two crews move one towards the other, cross without stopping and change apparatus. The two balls then take off in a vertiginous manner and disappear in a few seconds."

The source of the quote is given as "FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, premier dossier complet...' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 187, 188".

[Ref. sdn1:] STEVEN DUNN:

Royan, FR
18 Oct 54

A couple saw two ball-shaped objects that appeared to be joined by a beam of light. When the light went out, the objects landed separately. A small creature got out of each craft and entered the other craft. Both ships then took off.

CE-3-102

Randle/Estes FOV pg 270

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

Monday, October 18, 1954

[...]

21:00 In Royan (France), Mr. and Mrs. Labassière, accompanied by other witnesses, see 2 discs in the sky, one orange, the other red, and a kind of luminous "bridge" connecting them. They land, a dwarf leaves each machine and went in the other without a exchanging a sign. after this change of pilots, the 2 objects fly away in a dazzling flash.

[...]

The sources are indicated as "France-Soir, Paris-Presse, 20 octobre 1954".

[Ref. mps1:] MICHEL PADRINES:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Monday, October 11, 1954, "at nightfall in Royan, 3 residents of Bordeaux see a red gleam above the hill. They advance towards the phenomenon and distinguish an object in the shape of a disc, with an orange red dome, which hovers ten meters of the ground. A little further, the residents of Bordeaux surprise 4 creatures of 1 m in height, squatted under the apparatus. The latter reinstate in haste their craft, which takes off while changing color."

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Charente Maritime in St Romain de Benét (estimated place) on October 18, 1954 at 21:00 hours "a couple is in a car on the road between Saintes and Royan."

"'Suddenly, whereas we drove on the N150, we saw, flying at low altitude, a luminous object in the shape of a balance a plate orange, the other red, and joined together by a trail of a luminous green. It is the wobbling of the two objects which suggested us the image of a balance' the two motorists who stop to see what it is. After a few seconds, the luminous "rod" linking the two plates is dissipated, disappeared, and they landed on the ground, not far from the witnesses who see moving, in the luminosity of each of the two machines, two beings of small size. The two crews move one towards the other, cross without stopping and change apparatus. The two balls then take off vertiginously and disappear in a few seconds at the horizon.'"

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

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 18 October 1954 at 21:00 in Royan, France, "Two disks landed, and one dwarf came out of each craft. Explanation: Planet."

"In Royan, France Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere and other witnesses saw two discs in the sky at 9:00 p.m, one orange and the other red, with a sort of luminous 'bridge' between them. They landed, and one dwarf came out of each craft and went into the other without any sign. After this exchange of pilots both objects flew away with a tremendous flash."

And: "Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere and other witnesses saw two disks in the sky, one orange and the other red, with a sort of luminous "bridge" between them. They landed, and one dwarf came out of each craft and went into the other without any sign. After this exchange of pilots both objects flew away with a tremendous flash."

And: "Close encounter with an unidentified craft and its occupants." "Two orange-red saucers, about 20 feet across, were observed by two witnesses, a married couple, on a highway for ten minutes. Two 4-foot-tall tiny beings were seen."

And: "Mr. and Mrs Labassiere were driving to Royan on Route N 150 when they noticed, at a rather low altitude, an object shaped like a pair of scales which was rocking in the sky. One "pan" was orange luminous, the other red, and they were united by a trail of luminous green. The object stopped, the luminous beam faded out, and both objects landed on a nearby field. Then they saw 2 very small creatures, which went toward each other, passed, and exchanged vehicles. The bells then took off at a "dizzy" acceleration and disappeared in a few seconds."

The source are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., UFOs: The Whole Story, Signet T3897, New York, 1969; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); 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; Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. sot1:] "SUD OUEST":

On its site web in a heading entitled "Sacred UFOs", the newspaper speaks about " two plates " which " were dandled " in Saint-Romain-de-Benet on October 18, 1954 at 21 o'clock, with two witnesses:

"A couple circulates in the car on the RN 150 between Saintes and Royan, and suddenly sees a luminous object flying at low altitude. It is composed of two plates, one orange, the other red, both connected by a feature of green light. 'The two plates dandled, exactly like a balance', the two motorists report. After a few seconds, the feature of green light is dissipated and the two plates are posed on the ground, not far from the witnesses. In a luminous halation, two beings of small size then make their appearance. They move one towards the other, cross without stopping and change apparatus. The two balls then take off vertiginously and disappear in a few seconds at the horizon."

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 18 1954, 2100hrs.

ROYAN (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

A number of motorists on Route N-150 saw two discs in the sky, one orange, the other red, with a sort of luminous bridge between them. Mr and Mrs Labassiere saw them land in a nearby field. One dwarf came out of each craft and went into the other one, without any communication between them. After this exchange of occupants both objects flew away with a tremendous flash.

Vallee Case 285, citing France-Soir + Paris Presse 21 October 1954.
Michel 1958 p 193.
Heiden citing Carrouges 1967, p,319.

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a CE3 case between Saintes and Royan, in the Charente-Maritime, on October 18, 1954, at 09:00 p.m..

Mr. and Mrs. Labassière were driving on the N150 when they saw a luminous object in the shape of a scale flying at low altitude, with one orange plate, the other red, joined together by a trail of a luminous green. The wobbling of the two objects suggested to the witnesses the image of a scale.

They stopped to see what it was. After a few seconds, the luminous "rod" linking the two plates was dissipated, disappeared, and the plates landed on the ground not far from the witnesses who saw moving in the luminosity of each of the two machines, two beings of small size.

The two crews moved one towards the other, crossed without stopping and changed apparatus. The two balls then took off vertiginously and disappeared in a few seconds at the horizon.

The sources are indicated as Aimé Michel, "Mystérieux Objets Célestes", pages 325-326; Jimmy Guieu: "Black out sur les Soucoupes Volantes", page 198; C. Garreau and R. Lavier, "Face aux Extra-Terrestres", page 156; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, "OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France", pages 187-188; Jean Sider, "Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste", page 210; France-Soir, Paris-Presse for October 20, 1954.

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Near Royan France

Date: October 18 1954

Time: 2100

Mr. & Mrs Labassiere were driving to Royan on Route N 150 when they noticed, at a rather low altitude, an object shaped like a pair of scales which was rocking in the sky. One “pan” was orange luminous, the other red, and they were united by a trail of luminous green. The object stopped, the luminous beam faded out, and both objects landed on a nearby field. Then they saw 2 very small creatures, which went toward each other, passed, and exchanged vehicles. The bells then took off at a “dizzy” acceleration and disappeared in a few seconds.

Source: Aime Michel: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 285

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 18, 1954 - In Royan, Charente-Maritime, France Mr. and Mrs. Labassiere and other witnesses saw two discs in the sky at 9:00 p.m., one orange and the other red, with a sort of luminous "bridge" between them. They landed, and one dwarf came out of each craft and went into the other without any sign. After this exchange of pilots both objects flew away with a tremendous flash. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 193; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 233, case 285).

[Ref. tai2:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Near Toulouse Haute Garonne France

Date: September 30 1954

Time: 0130A

Two unidentified witnesses observed two brilliant disc shaped objects suspended near the ground, several meters from one another. Two little men about the same size as a 12-year old were seen approaching one another as if to converse; they then separated, each one returning to its prospective vehicle, into which both seemed to “melt.” The figures seemed to be dressed in aluminum outfits. No further details were noted, as the witnesses were approximately 400 meters distant. After the entities disappeared into the objects, they ascended and flew off at very high speed.

Source: Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne

[Ref. yho1:] YVES HERBO:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

UFOs: 1950s, pilots and military witness [sic]

In this article a little "specialized", you will find real testimonies of civilian or military pilots, but also of military personnel on the ground (gendarmes too) involved during appearances of identified aerial phenomena ... as not being explicable by natural or technologically human phenomena... All these testimonies are excerpts from various known books and from several periods, many in France but also in other parts of the world, and have all been the subject of verifications and investigations, both by ufologists than by official services such as gendarmeries or military police or counter-intelligence ... The sources are listed at the end of the article. This article is part of a historical informative and educational investigation and is composed of extracts limited exclusively to a well-defined topic.

(1): Brétigny airfield, June 24, 1954. "This file was communicated to me, in 1955, by the scientific office of the Ministry of Air, while I gathered the documentation of my first book "Alerte dans le ciel." "Here again is a rather irritating story, and which we have been unable to explain," Lieutenant-Colonel Martin told me, handing it to me.

It was approximately 03:30 p.m., June 24, 1954. At the controls of an "Ouragan", a pilot of the flight test center was about to land. The visibility was perfect. The control tower had indicated no other devices in the area. However, as he began a turn, the pilot saw, on the left three quarter in front of of his plane, two objects that were evolving parallel to his own trajectory.

"I took them for two marauding F 84s," he wrote in his report, "they were following approximately course 220. I decided to intercept them and I started a turn to catch them. This turn should have brought me at their position. I found myself, to my amazement, 3 kilometers behind them! Never, continues the pilot, I saw something like that in the sky! The two objects appeared to me like two ovoid fuselages, seen at the end. And they were bound by a beam, their spacing was 40 meters, their altitude was 9000 meters, and although I put on full throttle, I could not get close to it, they had to move at a supersonic speed. they were "waddling"."

Based on the specific information in this report, the Scientific Bureau conducted several reconstitution tests. All that the investigators could establish according to the indications of the pilot, who had specified that the object filled three quarters of his front window, it is that in fact this object was much bigger or much closer. In any case, it did not look like any known craft or prototype.

The strange machine, vainly chased by the pilot of the "Ouragan", was seen on October 18, 1954, between Saintes and Royan, by two motorists. The two witnesses repeat almost word for word the description of the pilot: a "scale-shaped" object that waddles in the sky"...

[... other cases...]

(1), (2), (3), [...]: "Face aux Extra-Terrestres - Le dossier français des atterrissages (1947-1975)" by Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier, Editions Jean-Pierre Delarge (1975)

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 16 times!

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541011 11.10.1954 Royan France RR III
19541018 18.10.1954 Saintes France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Saintes France CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Saintes France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Saintes France 21.00
19541018 18.10.1954 Saintes France CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Royan France 21.00 CE III
19541018 18.10.1954 Rogan [sic, Royan] France
19541018 18.10.1954 Saintes France 21.00
19541019 19.10.1954 Saintes France 21.00 CE III

[Ref. prn3:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 18 1954. 2100hrs.

ROYAN (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

A number of motorists on Route N-150 saw two discs in the sky, one orange, the other red, with a sort of luminous bridge between them. Mr and Mrs Labassiere saw them land in a nearby field. One dwarf came out of each craft and went into the other one, without any communication between them. After this exchange of occupants both objects flew away with a tremendous flash.

Vallee Case 285 citing France-Soir + Paris Presse 21 October 1954.

Michel 1958 p193

Heiden citing Carrouges 1967 p319

Notes:

A search on www.geopatronyme.com in 2019 gave me this table of births names in the Charente-Maritime department between 1916 and 1940:

Labassières 0
Labussière 33
Labassière 0
Labussières 0
Labestière 0

I did get the same indications for the rest of France: there are many "Labussière", the other surnames apparently do not exist.

I deduce that the correct name is certainly "Labussière".

From Saintes, by the RN 150, Royan was at about 36 kilometers. We are actually told that the witness just left Saintes, that it happened "near Saintes". The case is thus close to Saintes, in the drection to Royan, not "between" Saintes and Royan in the sens of "in the middle" of the travel.

As of the observation, I can see no prosaic cause that could match what was described. The question of the credibility pf the report remains open. I have a hard time assessing it as for now I do not have all the cited Press sources.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Saintes, Royan, Charente-Maritime, multiple, Labassière, Labussière, Labestière, disc, two, four, orange, red, link, linked, double, twin, twins, luminous, landing, occupants, humanoids, fast, exchange, switch, small

Sources:

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

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