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October 1, 1954, La Roulerie, Charente-Maritime:

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

Summary:

In the regional newspaper Sud-Ouest, of Bordeaux, on October 2, 1954, it was apparently reported that on October 1, 1954, at 10:00 p.m. in the Charente-Maritime, Misters Estier and Phélipeau, businessmen, were returning by car from Royan, when at La Roulerie, near Saint-Jean-d'Angely, they saw "a small human being" crossing the road in front of their vehicle.

They reportedly stopped to see what it was, and observed the silhouette of the strange character "disappearing in the woods."

In 1979, "skeptical" ufologists Barthel and Brucker said that these witnessed confessed in good faith that "they may have seen any sort of thing."

While ufologist Jacques Vallée republished the brief report with no further comment, several ufologists suggested it may have been a mistake, maybe a child in some disguise.

Reports:

[Ref. la1:] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

Finally! Paris had his saucers too!

A few days ago, a French radio broadcaster complained bitterly of the disdain that the "Uranids" and their heavenly vehicles were showing towards the capital. Only the inhabitants of the countryside seemed to interest the interplanetary travelers who approached them willingly and even tried to enter into conversation with them. Well, it was not an arbitrary privilege. Injustice is repaired. Paris, the big city, had its flying saucers!

Several Parisians have indeed said they saw, Tuesday afternoon, a craft moving in the sky. Passersby claimed to have seen one around 04:30 p.m., near the Porte Dorée.

Mr. Pierre Allouis, salesman in cardboard, went to his business by taxi, when the vehicle was stopped by a red light; Hearing, he said, a shrill whistling sound, he looked out of the door and saw a flying craft escaping high, leaving a plume of smoke in its wake.

Mr. Allouis describes the saucer as a disc bigger than a normal plane and silver. The same testimony is given by Mr. Gilbert Bacon and Mr. Paul Julien, a house painter. The latter, however, believe that it is not a saucer but a flying wing that affects the shape of a triangle with rounded edges.

At Le Bourget, it is explained that given the intensity of the air traffic, it is impossible to confirm by radar the passage of the craft at the insufficiently specified time. On the other hand, the radar cannot record the passage of a heavier than air more than by a bright spot regardless of the nature of the craft.

Finally! Paris had his saucers too!

(Continued from the first page.)

LEZIGNAN. -- Two inhabitants of Lezignan, Messrs. André Garcia and André Darzens, who were driving in a truck on the departmental road D3, claimed to have seen a disc-shaped machine land in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Villemagne (Aude).

The craft, they said, was about ten meters in diameter. Before they could get close, it surrounded them in a bright glow and disappeared.

BERGERAC. -- Mr. Jean Defix, firefighter at Bergerac, and Mr. Jean Labonne, said that they saw a luminous disk about 3 meters in diameter, supported by three crutches, in the garden of the latter.

DINAN. -- In Megrit (Côtes du Nord), a young farmer, Mr. Henri Leherissé, said he saw in the yard of his farm a craft with a diameter of about 1 meter, around which appeared two human forms, immobile and the size of a child.

NEVERS. -- In Nevers, five residents of Château-Chinon said they saw Monday evening, at very high altitude, a kind of bright spot that split into two discs. These, they say, began to turn by changing color several times.

DUNKIRK. -- A Dunkirk merchant had, several days ago, said to have seen strange luminous objects in the sky of Bray-Dunes. An investigation had been opened. It concluded that they were two military planes whose metal coating had been misleading.

CLERMONT-FERRAND. -- Two saucers were seen Tuesday in the sky of Clermont. The first 10 kilometers from Beaumont at 03:45 p.m. It was moving west-east. Witnesses testified that the craft got closer to them and became less and less brilliant.

When they were only 150 meters away, they felt a "curious sensation" and were nailed to the spot. At that moment there was a smell of nitro-benzene. Soon the machine moved away, the discomfort ceased, and the saucer disappeared.

The other saucer was sighted over the hills of Chanturgue, near Clermont. It was moving vertically and was bright white.

A saucer was also sighted in Billom by a group of 30 people. The craft was moving over the city. It was moving horizontally. It was visible for 3 to 4 minutes before disappearing. An intense light emanated from the craft.

SAINT-BRIEUC. -- Several residents of Saint-Brieuc saw, during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, a flying saucer that took the shape of a cigar before disappearing. They could watch it for over an hour.

The same phenomenon was noted in Trégueux where a cyclist returned home frightened by what he had seen.

LA ROCHELLE. -- In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, several people from Thouare-sur-Vie (Vendée) saw in the sky a dozen luminous objects having an elongated shape and passing at a very high speed and high altitude.

LA ROCHELLE. -- Mr. and Mrs. Guillemoteau were standing in front of their farm when they saw about one meter from the ground, a spherical saucer measuring 2 to 3 meters in height and 5 meters in diameter.

The machine, which produced no noise, stopped for a few minutes, then climbed vertically. Mr. Guillemoteau went to the place where he had seen the machine the next day and was able to note oily traces on the grass.

QUIMPER. -- Around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning, Mr. Pierre Lucas, baker worker in Loctudy (Finistère), who was busy drawing water from the bakery yard, suddenly saw in the night a craft of the shape of a saucer 2 m 50 to 3 m in diameter. He saw an individual about 1m20 come out of it and hit him on the shoulder while uttering unintelligible words.

The baker's worker managed to keep his cool and returned to the bakehouse where the stranger followed him. In the light, Mr. Lucas could stare at the visitor. His face was hairy and his eyes were the size of a raven's egg. The young man called his boss, but before he had time to go down, the stranger had disappeared as well as his saucer of which no trace was found.

A Concarneau beer merchant, for his part, said he saw in the sky two luminous discs of the shape of round tables prolonged by a kind of tail. One of the disks was motionless while the other was moving nearby. Both disks disappeared after ten minutes after having launching a rocket.

Italy does not stay on the sidelines of this invasion

MANTUA. -- The traffic was interrupted for more than an hour in the center of Mantua by groups of people gathered to observe a strange "white object" which, at a high height stood out clearly on the background of the blue sky.

After making extremely rapid maneuvers, the spherical machine - which according to some witnesses, was part of "a flying saucer formation" - remained motionless for some time in the sky, before disappear on the horizon.

On the other hand, the "Uranids" seem to want to visit the whole peninsula. Indeed, a fisherman from Roverbella, in the province of Mantua, said he was approached during the night by a a mysterious individual, dressed in red, who would have told him "unintelligible words" and who would have moved away quickly before the fisherman had time to call his wife.

Finally, a host of testimonials of saucers, disks, cigars, spheres and other flying objects having been seen in Quend (Somme), in Grandvillars (Belfort territory), in Magnac-Laval (Haute-Vienne), in Saint-Jean-d'Angely (Charente-Maritime), in Forges (Corrèze), in Perros-Guirrec (Côtes-du-Nord).

Finally, to a host of testimonials that may be doubted can be added some information such as the one we produce below, the indisputable seriousness of which leaves the most skeptical speechless.

MELUN. -- The Coulommiers newspaper, "Le Pays Briard", publishes a letter sent by one of their readers, Mr. Eugène Farnier, a member of the Society of Civil Engineers of France, about a flying saucer.

In this letter, Mr. Farnier states that he saw above his property, in Jouy-sur-Morin, a big disc of 8 to 10 meters in diameter "turning on itself", letting out red-violet gleams, with a tail reminding a little of the arrival of a jet plane. "The craft was about 400 meters above the ground and it was more above me for than 20 minutes," said Mr. Farnier, "so I had the opportunity to examine it well." The craft then disappeared in the direction of Coulommiers."

In his letter Mr. Farnier said: "Former Commissioner of the French Flying Club, having been in the aviation, I could not be a victim of hallucination. This machine was not a balloon but a thick wing hovering on the spot and moving at a very high speed while gradually taking height."

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

207 +000.52470 45.94500 03 10 1954 20 00 1 ST-JEAN D ANGELY F 301 C** 169

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

174

Oct. 01, 1954, 08:00 P.M. La Roulerie (France).

Near Saint Jean d'Angely, two businessmen, Mr. Estier Mr. and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods. (28) Sud-Ouest, about October 2, 1954. Exact date unknown.)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 1, 1954, two businessmen who were returning from Royan saw a small individual crossing the road in front of their car in the vicinity of "La Roulerie". They stopped at once and saw the silhouette disappearing in the woods.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

348 1 October 1954 2000 hrs

LA ROULERIE (FRANCE) Near St Jean de Angely, 2 businessmen, M. Estier & M. Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods. (Ml74: Sud-Ouest, 2 Oct. 1954)

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE - "HISTORIA":

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1st October 1954, 8 p.m. La Roulerie. Near Saint-Jean-d'Angély, two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were returning from Royan, saw a little man cross the road in front of their car. Having stopped at once, they saw the silhouette disappear in the woods.

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

The authors indicate that in the case of La Roulerie the witnesses acknowledge in good faith that they could have seen anything.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 1, 1954 at 22 hours, in La Roulerie, close to Saint-Jean-d'Angély, businessmen Estier and Phelippeau who returned from royan saw a small man crossing the road in front of their vehicle. They stopped and saw the silhouette disappearing at once in the woods.

The authors point out that being given the lack of precision "on this being" and the lack of "a craft posed in the vicinity and visible to the witnesses" a mistake or a hoax by a child in disguire for example can be consider.

The authors indicate that the source is the Vallée catalogue, case 174.

[Ref. mf3:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Nr of the J. C. Fumoux list Nr of Francat list Localization Date Class Credibility Sources Number of W
018 107 La Roulerie 01/10 CE3a NI [=Unidentified] P RS [= sparse information] J.V. =[Jacques Vallée] 2-p. 105 2 T

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CAS Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
107 CE3-a 01 10 1954 22.00 la Roulerie 17 400 E4 O-RS, OVNI: p. 105

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

"Little man crosses the road."

Another case for which we have no time of day is a report from two motorists who were travelling in the vicinity of St Jean de Angely. M. Estier and a M. Phelippeau, both French businessmen, had left the town of Royan and were speeding down the highway when to their surprise they saw a "little man" cross the road some distance ahead. No details are available but the two witnesses were impressed enough to stop their car so they could watch as the strange figure fled into a forested area. 6.

  • 6. Sud-Ouest. 2 October 54.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Ufologist and author Jean Sider indicates that on October 1, 1954, at 10:00 p.m., in Charente-Maritime, MM. Estier and Phélipeau were returning by car from Royan, when at La Roulerie near St. Jean d'Angely, they saw a little human being who was crossing the road in front of their vehicle. They stopped to see what was going on and watched the silhouette of the strange figure disappear into the nearby woods.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is "Figuet, p. 105."

He wonders if this is a confusion with a child, but noted that in principle, at the time, all the children were home at 10 p.m., especially in forested areas.

He comments that this type of encounter is not unique because he offers several others in his catalog; and the lack of observation of flying machine is therefore not incompatible, "because it seems proven, including with the study of cases of old contacts, that these apparent humanoid creatures can live without it," and that it is a "statement, which, of course, does not agree at all with the extraterrestrial hypothesis as perceived by many researchers and the "believers" public, that is to say in the first degree."

He concludes that these cases of saucer as the cases of their apparent occupants "are therefore misleading representations" to falsely create the belief they are extraterrestrial.

[Notes: the reasoning is obviously absurd; if there was to be "fake aliens" "manufactured" so that people "believe in aliens", why not "make up" their saucers as well? And also, why put up such an inconclusive show, since Jean Sider himself still wonders if it would not be just a child ... It seems he discards this on the grounds that a child outside at 10 p.m. would be far more extraordinary than some undefined "higher intelligence" that would not be extraterrestrial - but one wonders where it would come from - which would show a little human on the road to make believe in aliens... And by the way, why couldn't some alien have concealed his saucer in the woods and disguize as a child, not to be identified? In short, unlike Jean Sider, I do not believe one second that such a vague story "proves" any thesis whatsoever.]

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

111.

Location. La Rouliere [sic] France

Date: October 1 1954

Time: 2000

Near Saint Jean d'Angely, two executives, Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods.

Humcat 1954-63

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia

Type: E

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3896: 1954/10/01 22:00 1 0:31:20 W 45:56:40 N 3333 WEU FRN CHM 8:6

ST JEAN d'ANGELY,FR:2/CAR:OID CROSSES ROAD:ENTERS WOODS NEARBY:/LDLN#102+/r8

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 178 : FOREST

[Ref. go1] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicate that on October 1, 1954, in France, in La Roulerie, "at 10:00 p.m. (08:00 p.m.?) close to St Jean d'Angély, two businessmen, Misters Estier and Phelippeau who returned from Royan, saw a small man cross the road in front of their car. Stopping at once, they saw the silhouette disappear in the wood."

The source is indicated as Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 264.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 1

[...]

1954 - Near St, Jean d'Angely, France two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan at eight o'clock at night, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. When they stopped the car the figure disappeared into the woods. (Sources: Sud-Ouest, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 105).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Friday October 1, 1954, at "20 H: In the vicinity of "La Roulerie" (France), close to Saint-Jean-Angély, Misters Estier and Phelippeau, 2 businessmen returning from Royan, see 1 small character crossing the road in front of their car. Stopping at once, they see the silhouette disappearing in the woods."

The sources are indicated as "Sud-Ouest, about October 2, 1954" and "Vallée, J., case #36, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 at 20:00 in La Roulerie, France, a little man crossed the road in front of a car. "Near St, Jean d'Angely, France two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan at eight o'clock at night, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. When they stopped the car the figure disappeared into the woods."

"Near Saint Jan d'Angely, two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods."

"Little men observed. A luminous object was observed by two experienced male witnesses on a road (Estier). One dwarf was seen."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says in another case record that on 1 October 1954 at 20:00 in Bignay, Poitou-Charentes, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One luminous object was observed by several male witnesses, two of them an experienced observors, in a forest. One dwarf was seen."

Sources are listed as: Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923) (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 at 20:00, in La Rouliere [sic], France, near Saint Jean d'Angely, "two executives, Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods."

The source is a link to a non-existent page.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 1 1954, 2000hrs.

ST JEAN DE ANGELY [sic] (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

Near here, two businessmen, Messes Retier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear in the woods.

Vallee Case 174, citing Sud Oust [sic] 27 October 1954.

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in La Roulerie, close to St Jean d'Angely, in the Charente-Maritime, on October 1, 1954, at 10:00 p.m.:

Businessmen Estier and Phélippeau returned in car from Royan when they saw a small human being crossing the road in front of their vehicle. They stopped to see what it was and observed the snall silhouette of the strange character disappear in the nearby wood.

The sources are given as Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon in "OVNI Le premier dossier des rencontres rapprochées en France", page 105, and Jean Sider in "Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste", page 178.

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

*Oct. 1, 1954 - Near St. Jean d'Angely, France two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan at eight o'clock at night, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. When they stopped the car the figure disappeared into the woods. (Sources: Sud-Ouest, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 174; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 105).

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

Location: La Rouliere [sic] France

Date: October 1 1954

Time: 2000

Near Saint Jean d’Angely, two executives, Estier & Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods.

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 174

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

This database recorded this case 11 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541001 01.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 20.00 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 20.00
19541003 03.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 20.00 NL
19541012 12.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 00.15
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 Bignay France 08:00 p.m.

[Ref. pr2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 1 1954. 2000hrs.

ST JEAN DE ANGELY (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

Near here , two businessmen, Messes Estier and Phelippeau , who were driving back from Royan saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear in the woods.

Vallee Case 174 citing Sud Ouest 27 October 1954.

Explanations:

An owl? A child in disguise?

The various sources sometimes used different location names for this one and same case; which obviously created duplicates in some catalogs: La Roulerie, Saint-Jean-d'Angély, Bignay. There are about 6 km between Bignay and Saint-Jean-d'Angely.

On maps, one finds a "La Roulerie" as a district touching Saint-Jean-d'Angély:

But this is probably the wrong place. It happened in March 2017, driving between Saintes and Saint-Jean-d'Angély, that I crossed a hamlet named "La Roulerie". And indeed, the witnesses coming back from Royan to go towards Saint-Jean-d'Angély surely used this same road.

There are actually small woods along this road, the D150, on the left and right of the road when entering La Roulerie coming from Saintes, and on the right on the same route at the exit of La Roulerie.

Keywords:

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

La Roulerie, Charente-Maritime, Saint Jean d'Angely, Bignay, Estier, Phelippeau, Royan, man, little man, road, owl, animal

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 25, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jb1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 24, 2009 Addition [bb1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 21, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 13, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 4, 2014 Additions [js1], [ni1], [ta1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 12, 2016 Additions [lg1], [jg1], [ub1].
1.6 Patrick Gross March 22, 2017 Additions [jv7], [ud3], Summary. In the Explanations, addition of the maps and the paragraphs about the location.
1.7 Patrick Gross July 19, 2019 Additions [mf3], [la1], [pr1], [lh1], [pr2].

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