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October 19, 1954, Saint-Samson-la-Poterie, Oise:

Reference number for this case: 19-oct-54-Saint-Samson-la-Poterie. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. om1:] "L'OISE MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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THE PASSAGE OF A FLYING CIGAR SEEN
at St-Samson-la-Poterie

After the paralyzed worker of Quarouble, the affectionate Martian of the Auvergne, the flying saucers of Chapelle-en-Serval, the mysterious landing of St-Crepin-Ibouvillers, not to mention the hundreds of strange demonstrations of diabolic crockery, here is the flying cigar of St-Samson-the-Pottery and its passenger straight out of "the war of the worlds."

There, as for St-Crepin, we went to the site. The appearance was recent and the witnesses talkative. We were granted the first interview and were the first to... investigate. We have o say, almost in vain, which will not deter us to renew this kind of investigation.

The luminous ray

Monday evening, the sky was clear, the stars were shining. It was 08:45 P.M. when Mr. André Vasseur, aged 25, worker at the brickyard of St-Samson-the-Pottery, returned to his home on bicycle. He was accompanied by his wife. Both had just spent a few moments at André Vasseur's step-family at Fontenay-Tory.

They were just approaching the descent which precedes Héricourt-St-Samson when their attention was drawn by a red gleam in the shape of a cigar, motionless in the sky at an important altitude.

All of a sudden, told us André Vasseur, the gleam plunged towards the ground at a terrific speed, leaving behind it a red trail forming like a tail.

The craft disappeared behind a hedge at a few hundreds from meters from the road."

The young people were not at the end of their surprise. Arrived at the top of the hill, Mrs. Vasseur pushed a dreadful cry.

- "the scream of an animal," specified her husband.

On the edge of the road, at a few centimeters of her handlebar, a strange being darted an impressive glance at her.

- "I saw it, too, but I did not have the force to scream. It had one meter approximately. Of human shape, but squat, the head capped with a helmet inserted in the shoulders, its eyes struck me. A pencil of light of orange color escaped from them, which followed us.

- "My wife did not have any more the force to shout. She fell, loosing consciousness. I raised her and holding the two bicycles int the hand I fled.

- "If it had happened upwards in the hill, I would have been unable to continue my way.

- "I turned round, the beam still followed me. The "small man" had not moved. Returned at the house we could neither eat nor to sleep. Two hours later I was still broken up in pieces.

Two suspicious traces

We came back "on the premise" in company of Andre Vasseur, whom accompanied his wife and her employer, Mr. André Eriard.

- "Vasseur, the latter told us, is a sober boy, hard-working, perfectly balanced. He is particularly courageous and it is necessarily something really sensational that happened, for hime to have lost is cold blood."

We went back the path followed by the witnesses the day before.

- "The being was at this place, claims Mrs. Vasseur, still frightened."

The gendarmes of Formerie, inspector Dejean, of the General Intelligence, the forest-keeper of St-Samson who joined them inspect the surroundings. At a few meters of the place indicated, two round footprints of a few centimetres of diameter were noted. It is of course impossible to attach any importance to that. We crossed the meadows under the indifferent glances of a herd of bovines. Not the least trace of a landing, not the weakest clue.

- "I will not visit my mother anymore in the evening, concludes Mrs. Vasseur. The million premium does not interest me. I would not see again what I saw, for anything in the world."

We insist to know if the Vasseur husbands already saw airliners above their village - they provide us with accurate descriptions of that -, if they had celebrated an unspecified event on Monday evening:

- "We had drunk a cup of coffee and we had not dined!"

Other people saw the flying cigar: Mr. Edmond Nantier, Mr. Dael, Mr. Lair. They provide an identical description of it - the time of the appearance is concordant. And they did not meet before their report.

One more testimony to add to our already imposing file but not the least bit of proof. The flying cigars of Beauvaisis maintain their secrecy.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

184.

Location. St Samson-La-Poterie, France

Date: October 19 1954

Time: 2045

25-year old Andre Vasseur and his wife were returning home on their bicycle and were approaching the descent, which precedes Hericourt-St Samson when their attention was drawn by a red gleam in the shape of a cigar, motionless in the sky. All of the sudden the shiny cigar shaped object plunged towards the ground at a terrific clip, leaving behind a red trail resembling a tail. The craft disappeared behind a hedge a few hundred meters from the road. The young couple arrived at the top of a hill when Mrs. Vasseur emitted a dreadful cry. On the edge of the road, at a few cm from her handlebar, a strange being stood staring fixedly at her. The figure was of human shape, but squat, with his head capped with a helmet inserted into the shoulders. A pencil of orange color light emitted from his eyes, which followed the witnesses. His wife lost consciousness and fell to the ground. Andre continued on with his wife and turned around to see the being had not still moved. They both suffered from insomnia after the incident. Police apparently found mysterious footprints at the site.

HC addendum

Source: LDLN unknown number

Type: C

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

October 19

1954 - Also at 8:45 p.m. near St. Samson-La-Poterie, France 25-year-old Andre Vasseur and his wife were returning home on their tandem bicycle and were approaching the descent that precedes Hericourt-St. Samson when their attention was drawn to a hovering red cigar shape gleaming in the sky. The shiny cigar-shaped object plunged abruptly towards the ground at a terrific clip, leaving behind a red trail and disappearing behind a hedge a few hundred meters from the road. When the young couple arrived at the top of the hill, Mrs. Vasseur cried about when she was confronted by a strange being on the edge of the road, just inches from her handlebars. The figure was of human shape, but squat, and his head was capped with a helmet that came down to the shoulders. The strange being stood staring fixedly at her, and a pencil beam of orange light came from his eyes, which followed the woman. His wife lost consciousness and fell into her husband's arms, but Andre continued on with his wife. When he turned around to look back the being had still not moved. They both suffered from insomnia after the incident. Police reportedly found mysterious footprints at the site. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, citing LDLN).

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PARISIEN":

54 YEARS AGO

Ufo invasion

As in many countries and French regions, the year 1954 was rich in observations of UFOs and other strange phenomena in the Oise. It is believed that visitors to the area were particularly pleased with the department, from Crépy-en-Valois to La Chapelle-en-Serval, via , Ressons-sur-Matz, Senlis or Formerie, witnesses swore they saw saucers, flying cigars and other mini-extraterrestrials helmed with an orange beam! Press clippings and gendarmerie investigations evoke these episodes, none of which, alas, brought tangible evidence.

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

Location: St Samson-La-Poterie, France

Date: October 19 1954

Time: 2045

25-year old Andre Vasseur and his wife were returning home on their bicycle and were approaching the descent, which precedes Hericourt-St Samson when their attention was drawn by a red gleam in the shape of a cigar, motionless in the sky. All of the sudden the shiny cigar shaped object plunged towards the ground at a terrific clip, leaving behind a red trail resembling a tail. The craft disappeared behind a hedge a few hundred meters from the road. The young couple arrived at the top of a hill when Mrs. Vasseur emitted a dreadful cry. On the edge of the road, at a few cm from her handlebar, a strange being stood staring fixedly at her. The figure was of human shape, but squat, with his head capped with a helmet inserted into the shoulders. A pencil of orange color light emitted from his eyes, which followed the witnesses. His wife lost consciousness and fell to the ground. Andre continued on with his wife and turned around to see the being had not still moved. They both suffered from insomnia after the incident. Police apparently found mysterious footprints at the site.

Source: LDLN unknown number

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

*Oct. 19, 1954 - Also at 8:45 p.m. near St. Samson-La-Poterie, France 25-year-old Andre Vasseur and his wife were returning home on their tandem bicycle and were approaching the descent that precedes Hericourt-St. Samson when their attention was drawn to a hovering red cigar shape gleaming in the sky. The shiny cigar-shaped object plunged abruptly towards the ground at a terrific clip, leaving behind a red trail and disappearing behind a hedge a few hundred meters from the road. When the young couple arrived at the top of the hill, Mrs. Vasseur cried about when she was confronted by a strange being on the edge of the road, just inches from her handlebars. The figure was of human shape, but squat, and his head was capped with a helmet that came down to the shoulders. The strange being stood staring fixedly at her, and a pencil beam of orange light came from his eyes, which followed the woman. His wife lost consciousness and fell into her husband's arms, but Andre continued on with his wife. When he turned around to look back the being had still not moved. They both suffered from insomnia after the incident. Police reportedly found mysterious footprints at the site. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, citing LDLN).

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind between Fontenay-Torcy and Héricourt / Saint-Samson-la-Poterie, Oise, on October 18, 1954 at 08:45 p.m.:

Mrs and Mr. André Vasseur, a 25-year-old worker, was returning home by bicycle, approaching the descent before Héricourt-Saint-Sanson when their attention was attracted by a red cigar-shaped glow motionless in the sky at an important altitude.

Suddenly, the glow dove to the ground at a dizzying speed, leaving behind a red trail. On reaching the summit of the hill, Mrs Vasseur uttered a cry of terror: on the edge of the road, a few inches from her handlebars, a strange being stared at her with an impressive look. The being, of human form but stocky, was about 1 meter high, he was wearing a helmet embedded on the shoulders. From his eyes escaped an orange light beam directed towards the witnesses. Terrified, Madame Vasseur lost consciousness. Her husband took up up and the couple fled as best they could. When they were home, the couple could neither eat nor sleep. Two hours later Mr. Vasseur was still in a state of shock.

The next day, the gendarmes of Formerie, Inspector Dejean of the General Intelligence and the rural guard of Saint-Sanson went to the scene. A few meters from the place indicated, they discovered on the roadside two deep round footprints a few centimeters in diameter. The investigation established that other persons, Messrs. Edmond Nantier, Dael and Lair had observed a cigaroid object the same evening, at the same time, and in the same area.

Julien Gonzalez points out that many ufologists like C. Garreau, J. Vallée, and M. Figuet, cited this case with an erroneous name for the witnesses: Mme and M. Lherminier. Jean Sider, who found the article of L'Oise Matin for October 20, 1954, during his research at the Bibliothèque Nationale, was the first to rectify the error in his book Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste published in 1997.

Sources are indicated as L'Oise-Matin, of Compiègne, for October 20, 1954; C. Garreau and R. Lavier, Face aux Extra-Terrestres, pages 187-188; Jacques Vallée, Chroniques des Apparitions d'extraterrestres, page 128; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France, pages 186-187; Jean Sider, Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste, pages 209-210.

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

This database recorded this case 3 times:

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 Sanson Poterie France 20.40 NL
19541018 18.10.1954 Sanson Poterie France 20.40
19541018 18.10.1954 Sanson Poterie France 20.40 NL

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Keywords:

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St-Samson-la-Poterie, Oise, André Vasseur, cigar, red, landing, occupant, humanoid, ray, trace, Gendarmes, multiple

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 27, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 4, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [dj1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 15. 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross March 2, 2017 Additions [lp1], [gz1], [ub1].

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