France 1954 -> Homeclick!
Cette page en françaisCliquez!

The 1954 French flap:

The index page for the 1954 French flap section of this site is here.

December 1, 1954, Bassoues, Gers:

Reference number for this case: 1-dec-54-Bassoues. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

On December 1, 1954, in Bassoues, the Gers, Mr. Paysse looked by his window on the second floor and saw a sphere of luminous fire of yellowish color. He called his wife, his daughter and the servant. Mr. Paysse stated:

"When the sphere of yellowish color descended behind the hill, one did not see any more the gleam which revealed a farm by back-lighting. My wife and my daughter weent away to go to bed while I remained to look at the gleam. Then, two minutes later approximately, I said: 'That's it, it sets out again!' The three other witnesses came back, it rose in diagonal, very quickly, and disappeared gradually."

There was an investigation by the gendarmerie at the time; which did not find other witnesses. The case then appeared in Jacques Vallée's UFO landings catalogue, then it was reinvestigated by the LDLN group of Mont-de-Marsan who published a report in the "Lumières Dans La Nuit" ufology magazine, #126 for June 1973.

Reports:

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

191. Dec. 1. In Bassoues (Gers) an oval light, very bright, illuminated the countryside early in the morning hours. After some maneuvering and oscillations in mid-air it landed for a couple of minutes, about 2.5 kilometres away from the witnesses, then flew away to the East.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

413 -000.24561 43.58250 01 12 1954 06 30 1 BASSOUES-GERS F 0011 0 E

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

346

Dec. 01, 1954, 04:30, Bassoues (France).

A 39-year-old civilian saw an oval light, very bright, illuminating the countryside. After some maneuvers and oscillations in mid-air, it landed for a couple of minutes less than 3 km away, then flew off to the east. (Personal).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

# 190. December 1st. In Bassoues (the Gers), a very bright oval light illuminated the countryside at the first hours of the morning. After some maneuvers and oscillations in the air, it landed for one or two minutes at about 2 kilometers and a half of the witness, then took off to the east.

[Ref. ld1] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" MAGAZINE:

In a list of cases in France in 1954 which should be reexamined because they lack an investigation, the magazine indicates the case of Bassoues on 12/1/54.

[Ref. ld3] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" MAGAZINE:

In connection with another observation in the Gers, a reader mentions an observation in Bassoues, the case #346 of the Vallée catalogue.

[Ref. gl1] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors indicate that in Bassoues in the Gers, on December 1, 1954, within 3 kilometers in the east of the village, a 39 year old man saw an oval light appearing, very brilliant, who illuminated the area. After some operations and oscillations at average altitude, a craft landed. It remained two minutes on the ground, then took off in direction of the east.

They indicate that their source is the Vallée catalogue and that the information is very brief.

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

The two authors indicate that on December 1, 1954, Mr. Paysse was looking through his window of the story and saw a sphere of luminous fire of yellowish color.

He called his wife, her daughter and the servant. The authors give this account:

"When the sphere of yellowish color descended behind the hill, you did not see any more the gleam which revealed a farm with back-light. My wife and my daughter went back to bed while I remained there to look at the gleam. Then, two minutes afterwards approximately, I said: "That's it, it sets out again!" The three other witnesses came back, it rose in diagonal, very quickly, and disappeared gradually."

The authors note that an investigation by the gendarmerie had been done at the time, but did not find other witnesses.

The authors indicate as source the case 346 of Jacques Vallée's catalogue and an investigation by the LDLN ufology group of Mont-de-Marsan published in LDLN #126 on page 13.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on December 1, in France, in Bassoues, at 04:30 Mr. Paysse, 39 years old, saw an oval light, very brilliant, illuminating the area. After some operations and oscillations at average altitude, it lands during 2 minutes at less than 3 km then took off in direction of the east.

Geneviève van Overmeire indicates that the source is Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET", Denoël 1972 - Coll. J'Ai Lu, p. 293.

[Ref. fb1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #009: 01/12/1954, p. 213 (Bassoues)

[Ref. fb2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 Frnech flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Bassoues 4 1 1

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on December 1, 1954 at 4 hours 30 in Bassoues in France a 39-year-old civilian sees an oval light, very brilliant, illuminating the area. "After some manoeuvers and oscillations at average altitude, it lands during 2 mn at less than 3 km, then takes off in direction of the east."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Gers in Bassoues on December 1, 1954 at 04:30 hours, while looking by the window of the second floor, the first witness saw a luminous ball which came from the horizon. He called his wife, his daughter and the servant. They then observed a yellowish sphere of color which went down behind the hill. The gleam revealed a farm, backlit. Two minutes later the object went away and rose in diagonal very quickly, disappearing gradually.

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 December 1954 at 04:30, in Bassoues, France a 39-year-old civilian saw an oval light, very bright, illuminating the countryside. After some maneuvers and oscillations in mid-air, it landed for a couple of minutes less than three kilometers away, then flew off to the east.

The website comments that "An object was observed. Occupants of the craft were seen. One oval object was observed by one male 39-year-old witness for two minutes."

The sources are indicated as Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database; Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Dec. 1, 1954 - At 4:30 a.m. a 39-year-old civilian saw a very bright oval light in Bassoues, Gers, France. It was illuminating the countryside. After some maneuvers and oscillations in mid-air, it landed for a couple of minutes less than three kilometers away, and then flew off to the east. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 346).

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

This database recorded this same case five times instead of one:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541201 01.12.1954 Bassoues France NL
19541201 01.12.1954 Bassoues France NL
19541201 01.12.1954 Bassoues France CE III
19541201 01.12.1954 Bassoues France
19541201 01.12.1954 Bassoues France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Bassoues, Bassoues d'Armagnac, Gers, Paysse, oval, light, brilliant, luminous, illuminated, manoeuvers, landing, investigation, gendarmerie, night, multiple

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 19, 2003 First published.
0.2 Patrick Gross October 1, 2007 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 26, 2008 First formal version. Additions [go1], [ud1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 1, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Addition [fb2].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 19, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 29, 2016 Additions [jv2], [ub1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 21, 2017 Addition [jv7].

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict



 Feedback  |  Top  |  Back  |  Forward  |  Map  |  List |  Home
This page was last updated on January 21, 2017.