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September 19, 1954, Col du Béal, Puy-de-Dôme:

Reference number for this case: 19-sep-54-Beal. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on September 19, 1954, after 04:30 p.m., a number of picnickers at the pass of Béal at 1400 meters of altitude between the Puy-de-Dome and the Loire observed a phenomenon described as follows by Miss Delaire and two sisters, Marie-Christine and Madeleine Gauthier, resident of Vertolaye in the Puy-de-Dome:

A flat circular object of gray color and metallic appearance suddenly appeared towards the north.

It slowed down, stopped during about thirty seconds while oscillating, then set out again, went above the witnesses in direction of the North-West, accelerated quickly and was lost of sight.

Two motorcyclists who were crossing the pass confirmed the account of the picnickers.


Jacques Vallée says that in France on September 19, 1954, a flat gray circular object that appeared metallic suddenly appeared in the north, slowed, stopped, remained motionless for about 30 secondes during which it swayed back and forth, and after a half minute it went off in a north-western direction.


125 -003.78630 45.68400 19 09 1954 16 30 101 COL DU BEAL F 3016 C 090


The magazine indicates that on September 19, 1954, numerous tourists at Col-du-Béal in a location named "Le-Cas-de-Croix", saw a flat round object flew abobe their head and go in the direction of Clermont-Ferrand. The magazine indicate Aimé Michel and the regional newspaper La Montagne for September 21, 1954, as sources.


The two authors report that on September 19, 1954 at 04:30 p.m., at the location "Pas de la Croix" on the road to Béal pass, two tourists observed an elongated machine, of gray metal, which evolved at a low altitude. It was silent and appeared per moment to touch the ground. It balanced about thirty seconds loke this, set out slowly, accelerated and disappeared quickly in the direction to Clermont. Two motorcycle riders were also witness of the phenomenon. They indicate as source the newspaper "La Montagne" of Aurillac and the "INFO OVNI" Auvergne landings catalog.

The sources are indicated as La Montange, of aurillac, for 09/22/54; and "Catalogue d'Observations, atterrissages en Auvergne, Info-OVNI".


The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 19, in France, at the Pas de la Croix - Brugeron, towards 04:30 p.m. "two tourists observe a lengthened object, metallic-gray, which moves at low altitude. It is silent and appears at certain moment to touch the ground. It swings like this during 30 seconds, starts slowly and disappears quickly in the direction to Clermont. Two motocycle riders are also witness of the phenomenon."

The sources are indicated as "M. FIGUET/J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet..' - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 81".


Auguste Meessen indicates that on September 19, 1954 towards 16:30, a series of people who has a picnic at the Bréal [sic, Béal] pass, saw in the sky an object circular, flat, of gray color and metallic appearence. It arrived quickly, stopped and swung slightly during about thirty seconds, then accelerated and disappeared quickly.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Puy de Dômes" in Brugeron on September 19, 1954 at 16:30 hours, "At the place calls Pas de la croix on the road of the Béal pass, two tourists observe a lengthened, gray machine metal which moves at low altitude. It is silent and appears, by moment, to touch the ground. It swings like that about thirty seconds, starts slowly, accelerates and disappears quickly in the direction of Clermont. Two motor-cycle riders are also witness of the phenomenon."

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 September 1954 at 16:30 in Col Du Beal, France, "Hovered for 30 seconds. Flat grey circular object, accelerated rapidly to northwest ." And: "A hovering object was observed. One metallic disc was observed by six female witnesses on a farm for over one minute (Delaire)."

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); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Sep. 19, 1954 - At 4:30 p.m. five women in Col du Beal, Puy-de-Dome, France saw a flat gray, metallic disc-shaped object that hovered for 30 seconds, then accelerated rapidly and flew away to the northwest. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 62).

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

This database recorded this case three times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540919 19.09.1954 Col Beal France 16.30
19540919 19.09.1954 Col Beal France 16.30
19540919 19.09.1954 Col Beal France 16.30 DD


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

Col-du-Béal, Puy-de-Dôme, object, craft, Le-Pas-de-Croix, multiple, object, round, flat, overhead, Marie-Christine Gauthier, Madeleine Gauthier, Delaire, stationnary, acceleration, manoeuver, daylight, grey


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 23, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 16, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 14, 2010 Addition [me1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 6, 2010 Addition [jv6].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 29, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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