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October 1, 1954, Ligescourt, Somme:

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

Reports:

[Ref. cp1] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

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The Courier of the Somme

On the road from Ligescourt to Vron

Two young men say they saw a "flying saucer"

who took back the way of the sky 70 meters from them

On all sides the "saucers" and "cigars" continue to furrow the sky, People of good faith have seen them everywhere. The case becomes serious and the most skeptical of yesterday are now wondering if there is not something fishy.

And now, for the second time, a flying saucer appeared in the district of Abbeville. Two young people from Vron saw a flying saucer on the road.

The two young men had completed their work on Friday. It was 6:45 p.m. They were driving a bicycle on the paved road that leads from Ligescourt to Vron.

Suddenly, four kilometers from Ligescourt, Devoisin, traveling ahead, saw on the road, 150 meters away, a mass in the middle of the floor with on its left, something moving and he took it, at the time, for an animal.

Always pedaling, he thought of "flying saucers" and alerted his companion: "Look," he said, and he drove aside to free Condette's visual field.

Condette also saw, the saucer that flew away. Both were then about 70 meters from the amazing machine!

"I dreamed all night!"

That's what we have first learned from the two young men. Both are categorical. They did not seem to be pranksters or specialists in dirty tricks. Others have told us. We have seen this. And the two young men who were called on the construction site came to us cap in hand to tell us, barely recovered from their emotion of the day before: "Yes sir, it's true, we saw a saucer..."

In our business we see many men. We are used to hearing, understanding, judging. I swear I think these two young were not lying, or else, if there is no saucer, there is a supernatural phenomenon they are not the only victims of.

Devoisin who pedaled in front, saw a man.

- How was he, that man?

- I first thought it was a kid, then an animal... You see, when riding, without expecting it... One do not realize right away...

- He was tall, short, dressed like what?

- At a hundred meters, I realized it was a human being. You would have thought it was a diver and I think, without being able to say, because everything happened so quickly, it could have had a mask.

- A local guy who would not want to be recognized... But let's be serious... And what color were his clothes?

- I do not know... at the time, it made me feel funny... I did not see him for long because he bypassed his craft; which left immediately...

- You did not see if the door was open?

- No, because when we arrived, he went behind his "saucer"... All this happened in the time to ride barely a hundred meters by bike...

- And the saucer, how was it?

- In the form of a beehive, with a peaked roof ...

- Big?

Both say it could have been two meters high and it occupied nearly the width of the road. About three meters.

- What color was it, this saucer?

- Orange!

Both assert this...


In Beauchamp, it's been reported that flying saucers were seen, moving like a red disc above the forest of Eu.

In addition, an industrial Vimeu, back from a hunting trip in the Pas-de-Calais, also saw an "orange disc", that he was able to follow it for some time over the wood of Auxi-le-Château.


Devoisin and Condette then agree that the "saucer" was shaped like a beehive, or a haystack.

- But how did it took off, this "beehive-saucer-haystack"?

- It fled without noise... It first turned like a spinning top... Then shot straight up... At a speed of 40-45 kilometers per hour...

- What direction?

- It went to a beets field - which are high at the time - headed for the wood of the "Logis Vert" between Vron and Vironchaux...

- It went quickly, says Condette. It went into the slums and Devoisin was immediately climbed on a pylon supporting electrical wires to see it better.

- Yes, says Devoisin, it shaved the beets horizontally, as if she was going to mow the greens, and then it disappeared into the woods without a sound... But... It's amazing...

- You were not afraid? Did you not fall from the pylon?

- No, but I had never seen that...

- Did you sleep well that night anyway?

Condette said "yes". But Devoisin says he had "dreamed". And his grandfather, to with whom he spends the night, found the next day his bed all over, the sheets all upside down.

Serious young people

We let the young people go to work. Not a single second, they gave the impression of a smile and, frankly, to make fun of the world.

We went to Vron. Following the same path as the two workers the day before. Needless to say, we found no trace of the saucer.

In the country of the two "witnesses to the saucer," we went to greet the sympathetic teacher to complement our investigation, he said "they could not be bluffers, the two young men he had had in his classroom were unable to engage in such fancies..."

A mechanic told us: "I saw them coming back ... They were as pale as linen..."

Curious, we answered back that they told us not having been afraid...

- Let them say that! Today! But at the time... Devoisin looked indescribable... He looked like he was going to have seizures...

In this investigation, we would not distort anything. And we also met the parents who live on the hillside leading to Abbeville.

- How were they, your children, when they came back?

Here we are told that one was "really upset" there, that the other sat down with nothing to say...

They were both pale and their story, perhaps implausible to some, had a real content for those who know them and who saw or heard them after they were back to Vron at full speed...

Anyway, the sky of the district of Abbeville - we said that yesterday to the Deputy Prefect - seems to enjoy a curious and phenomenal privilege...

Albert ENDERLIN

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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DURING THE LAST WEEK-END

The flying saucers disturbed the Sunday rest of a certain number of Frenchmen

Chamonix. -- The chronicle of the flying saucers and other "cigars" continues to be abundantly provided. During the last weekend, the witnesses who have, indeed, seen mysterious machines are countless.

It is apparently Chamonix which should be given the priority, since, at the same moment, officers of the high mountain school, gendarmes, and pilot Guiron who flew over the area saw during more than one hour a white shining craft move between the mount Lachat and Mount Blanc.

Pilot Guiron said that, flying at approximately 2.000 meters above Faverges, he saw a craft which, he said, did not have any resemblance to a normal plane. Moreover, the direction followed at high speed by this apparatus excluded a sounding-balloon.

In Corbigny (the Nièvre), several inhabitants saw a luminous disc of orange color which moved in the sky and disappeared vertically after having changed altitude several times.

In Breuil-Chaussée, in the Deux-Sèvres, Mr. Girardeau, 55 years old, went to his work when, in a turn of the road, he noticed a circular machine "close to which was a being which seemed to him dressed in a kind of diving-suit". The "being" moved towards him and Mr. Girardeau fled, frightened. A little later the circular machine went away at high speed!

"You would have said a haystack"

It is also a curious machine around whose two odd individuals wandered that two young people people of Vron (Somme) stated to have seen. "We approached, they entrusted to the gendarmes. A haystack you would have said. Suddenly, the machine took off".

In the Indre, as well in Levroux as in Vatan, about fifteen people lengthily followed the moves of a luminous ball of yellowish color which went up and down in the sky and could have been three meters in diameter.

[Ref. pv1:] "LE PETIT VAROIS" NEWSPAPER:

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AN AUTHORIZED OPINION

"FLYING SAUCERS?
NOT SERIOUS!"

says Professor SCHATZMAN
Researcher at the Astro-Physics Institute

Paris. -- The "flying saucers", which poison the Western skies whenever important international events occur, extend their field of action over the African continent.

An official report to the Government of the Ivory Coast by the administrator of the Danane subdivision, 500 kilometers north-west of Abidjan, reported a "phenomenon" observed on 19 September, 8:30 p.m. to 09:05 p.m., by the said head of subdivision, Mr. Vernhet, his wife and Reverend Yvard, gathered in the courtyard of the Residence.

It was a luminous spot surrounded by a halo which at first grew rapidly, moving towards or away from the horizon. The witnesses saw the machine lighting a powerful headlight, sometimes directed upwards, sometimes downwards. The ovoid-shaped craft was surmounted by a cupola, and light rays seemed to be detached from each side.

When it disappeared after half an hour, the witnesses saw clearly - according to the report - two halos of light, oval in shape, forming at the presumed location of the craft which moved without any noise.

The same day, at Soubre, 250 kilometers north-west of Abidjan, similar phenomena were observed by the head of subdivision.

In France, flowering flourishes, passing through all forms of flying crockery: in Corbigny (Nièvre), it is a luminous orange disc moving vertically; in Breuil-Caussée [sic] (Deux-Sèvres) it is a diver mounted on a plate that scared an employee of the center of slaughter; in Vron (Somme), it is a millstone around which strange individuals prowl and flies away; in Levroux (Indre), it is a luminous machine 1 meter in diameter that is spotted "at the height of the buildings" by two widows of the area, and in Vatan (also in the Indre), it is a ball that 15 people see dancing like a dancer. In Milly-la-Forêt (S.-et-O.) it is a half-moon surmounted by a ring that appears to a restaurant owner.

Finally, on Monday in Chamonix for more than an hour, the officers of the high mountain school, many gendarmes of Chamonix and a pilot specializing in high-altitude flight flying over the region at that time followed the moves of a brilliant machine of bizarre form between Mount Lachat and Mount Blanc.

The opinion of a scientist

If one addresses the most qualified scientific circles, there are two attitudes: that of refusing to answer on the pretext that the problem does not exist and that of critically examining the published testimonies and to provide public opinion, confused and excited by the Press, the positive element allowing to recognize the natural phenomena.

This latter attitude is that of Professor Evry Schatzman, a research fellow at the Institute of Astrophysics and a lecturer at the Sorbonne, to whom we have asked to enlighten our readers.

"Is it true that scientists are beginning to take the flying saucers seriously?"

- I have never met any astronomer who believes the flying saucer stories [ast]. I have personally read many books on this subject, seeking to grasp the exact meanings of the testimonies reported. By admitting descriptions made in good faith - which is always to be doubted - it always results in a perplexity as to the elements that can be drawn from it. In the majority of cases they are incomprehensible: the precise hour, the duration, the exact direction of the "phenomenon" is not known, nor even if it occurred by day or night. Or they are made unreliable by details that cannot be distinguished. And they are reported with the intention of making believe in the mystery. When one has a precise and complete description, one can do what is at stake and which can make illusion for the heated imagination of a public knowingly deceived for commercial and political purposes.

- Can you describe such phenomena?

- The list is long and not yet exhausted, because it is necessary to take into account still unknown atmospheric and meteorological phenomena. Among the phenomena which may give rise to misunderstandings, these are the most characteristic, not to mention the "visions" prompted by the causes of popular anxiety, such as these parachutists spotted by artillerymen in May 1940, who every night shoot at... Venus!

1. The rising and setting of the planets (Especially Venus and Jupiter).

2. The "shooting stars" and the "fireballs": one tonne a day arrives on the earth. The light is produced by the heating of the aura on the meteoric trajectory. The smallest shooting stars visible to the naked eye are grains of matter of 1 milligram which vanish completely between 120 and 90 kilometers. Only the fast fall on the ground limits the complete destruction of the bolides, that a longer course in the atmosphere would also annihilate.

3. The phenomena of "parhelia", which give rise to false suns, together with halos, and which are explained by the presence in the upper atmosphere of hexagonal prismatic ice needles. The concentration of light rays (sun and moon) in calm air on these crystals produces luminous spots on the right and left of the sun or moon at an equal distance from the halo radius of 22 degrees 5. A halo occurs more with other suns or other moons, with a double angular diameter.

Thus the inhabitants of Péronne "believed to see" an unexpected sun eclipse on June 20 and 21. A normal halo of exceptional intensity occurred, about which Daniel Roguet, astronomical correspondent, described the effects in these terms:

"At certain times, depending on the cirrhus [sic] variation, the inside of the halo was very dark gray-black and the iridescent colors of the halo as bright as those of a beautiful rainbow, beyond it, a milky sky, slightly ocher, forming a magnificent contrast with the central part".

4. The high-voltage power line balls that serve as landmarks for aviators were recently mistaken for mysterious craft by cyclists who at night saw these balls swept by the lighthouse of an airfield.

5. Weather balloons from meteorologists.

6. Ball lightning: these are configurations that occur at certain thunderstorms, with a precarious charge balance.

7. The phenomenon of mirage in the atmosphere. You know how it happens on the ground: the light rays do not propagate in a straight line in hot air, but they just reflect on the film of overheated air, for example by the road tar during the summer. You think you see puddles of water in front of you [mir1]. The inversion of temperature at altitude also causes a change in the index of refraction: hence the effect for an aviator to see a spot of light go straight ahead, while this point has its real source on the ground. [mir2]

The object, which always seems to be at the speed of the airman, is, moreover, characteristic of the object situated at very great distances.

- But is it not possible to scientifically design terrestrial craft comparable to the "saucers" seen here and there?

No, for the great velocities of which the "witnesses" claim these "machines" are animated could only be reached in regions of rarefied air, at the limit of the atmosphere. The mechanical action of the air on their surface would soon have dispersed the molecules of the substance which they would be made of.

In short, to summarize the scholar's thought, there are three elements to be distinguished in these flying saucers stories:

1. A scientific element: discussion of observations, explanation of natural phenomena, sociological explanation of the phenomena of collective hallucination [hal].

2. A logical element: inconsistency of opinions and testimonies.

3. A political element: excitement of public opinion, substitution of imaginary problems for real problems, etc. [pol]

Mr. Evry Schatzman has enumerated the phenomena of vision, false perception, and hallucinations which may explain the most precise and complete testimonies-which are a minor infirmity and always subject to caution.

There is no scientist to take seriously the assumptions made by scientific writers, science-fiction specialists and members of the Pentagon [pol], who have also renounced the theory of extraterrestrial craft, as revealed in the last book by Mr. Keyhoe.

The saucers museum is always empty of exhibits. And it is difficult to admit, if the "saucers" are terrestrial craft, that we never collected a single fragment [fra], never heard the supersonic detonation [sup], nor ever observed a perturbation in the air.

It should also be noted that "saucers" and "other cigarillos" seem to be systematically missig in the Soviet skies, Chinese skies and people's democratic countries... [pol] [est]

This is not the place to comment on the "true" - there are - and the "false" in the remarks attributed to Evry Schatzman; I wanted to make a few brief comments anyway:

[ast] This is literally true: Evry Schatzman certainly never met an astronomer "giving cfrredence to the saucer stories". What would be false is to claim that none existed (Hynek, La Paz, Tombaugh...)

[pol] Like many other French scientists of that time, Evry Schatzman was a Marxist, with an devotion to the ideology of the USSR. It had been claimed in these circles that the "saucers" were "political", that is, the "Pentagon" used them to make people anxious, whereas Communist countries would not do such a thing.

[est] It is totally false that there were no "saucers" in the Communist countries. Read Boris Shurinov, Felix Zigel, for example.

[mir1] It must be understood that the mirages on the ground do not make appear "saucers" nor "spacecraft".

[mir2] Evry Schatzman believed correct the ideas of the "skeptic" American astronomer Donald Menzel. They are without foundation on this matter; there has never been anything like a "luminous mirage in the sky". What can happen is a refraction of radar waves, detecting objects on the ground (truck, boats) and then showing them on the radar screens - but with the speed of movement and the trajectory of the truck or boat... The radarists of the time had to recognize them as such; later, these "false echoes", these radar returns of slow objects on the ground were filtered electronically so thatthe radar men did not have to bother about them anymore.

[sup] It is the French scientist Jean-Pierre Petit who later showed how even with our already known technologies (MHD), it would be possible to suppress the sonic boom. The argument could stand in 1954, it should no longer be used.

[fra] There is no shortage of cases with "fragments"; certainly often debatable if not debunked. The museum of the saucers remains to be built, no one having ever been concerned to preserve correctly the most intriguing fragments.

[hal] Mistakes are obviously not "collective hallucinations", the journalist does not seem to understand. Misinterpretations and collective misinterpretations exist, "collective hallucinations" simply do not exist. The problem is very rarely a "false perception", it is often a "false interpretation".

[Ref. nl1:] JOURNAL "LA NOUVELLE REVUE DE LAUSANNE":

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Mysterious devices continue to crisscross the sky

The "flying saucers" continue to travel the sky. Some land and their occupants are trying to get to know the human... Thus Mr. Angelo Girardeau, residing in Breuil-Chaussée (Deux-Sèvres), stated to have seen yesterday morning a circular machine near which was a being who appeared dressed him in a sort of spacesuit. The being in question headed Mr. Girardeau who, frightened, fled. Soon after, the circular craft returned at high speed.

Two young men of Vron (Somme), say they too have seen on the road between Crécy and Ligescourt a curious craft prowled around which individuals oddly shaped. They approached the craft which, they say, like a wheel, but he took off.

The two young men have told their adventure to the gendarmes.

In Vic-sur-Cere, several people claimed to have seen, heading south, a machine having the shape of a cigar and giving off a slight plume of smoke.

In the Nièvre, a representative of an insurance company of Clamecy and Corbigny several residents reported seeing a bright orange disc which after repeatedly changed altitude, disappeared vertically.

A resident of Bourg-du-Cerisier, in the Indre, Mrs. Janiki, told police she had seen flying at roof height of a building, a luminous machine with a diameter of 3 meters. Ms. Lacotte, who lives 800 meters from Ms. Janiki, said he noticed the phenomenon.

[Ref. ra1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

VRON

[Caption of photograph:] Decidedly, Devoisin climbs on a pole. At his feet his friend: "Too late, it's gone."

Their work completed, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Coudette, aged 18, return to Vron on bicycles, when suddenly on the road from Ligescourt to Vron (close to Abbeville) Bernard shouts: - Look, René, over there, at 70 m... It is not an animal. Hey, in the full middle of the way, a saucer! And the pilot... He has to see us in spite of his diving-suit and his mask. - You think so? - Surely, it circumvents its apparatus in the shape of hive, orange color, and woop! without a noise, the apparatus slides away... Where is it? There, above the beets: it moves towards the "Wood of the Vert-Logis". Not very quickly. It goes at 45 per hour. Yes, but what a mass! At least 2 m. high and 3 m. broad... You would think it will mow the treetops. Will it lander farther?"

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:

Two youth of Vron said they were walking along the national highway between Crecy and Ligescourt when they saw a "curious machine" and strange creatures. It fled as they approached.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Science Fiction writer and also one of the pioneers of French ufology Jimmy Guieu reports that on October 1, 1954 at 06:45 P.M., at 4 kilometers of Ligescourt, two young people were riding their bicycle when they saw an orange mass in the shape of a hive, conical at its top. The thing had a height of approximately two meters and occupied all the width of the road at 150 meters in front of them, the road being approximately three meters broad.

The cyclist in front saw something which moved and which he initially thought of being an animal on the left. But two young people suddenly realized that it was a being of small equiped of a diving-suit.

Whereas they were approaching, and had arrived at 70 meters, the small being circumvented the machine, and the machine then took off almost at once without making noise.

Jimmy Guieu indicates that there was an investigation which determined that two young people were honourably known in the area and thus could not have invented the incident. He reports that the police and other people who saw the witnesses after the incident noted their great emotion which could not have been simulated.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

In his book, Aimé Michel reports that on the evening of October 3, 1954, at about 06:45 P.M., two young people both aged 18 and of Vron in the Somme, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Coudette, were riding their bicycles on the secondary road 27 close to Vron, a small village at 8 km of Rue and also at 8 km of Quend.

Whereas they were at 4 km of Ligescourt, they see at a distance of 150 meters of them, on the road, a sort of luminous craft emitting an orange light. Aimé Michel gives the account of the witnesses:

"It was circular, broad of three meters, high of perhaps two meters, and evoked the shape of a grinding stone. Close to it, something moved, which we initially mistook for an animal. But when we were getting closer, we soon saw that it was a being of the size of a child and clothed as with a diving suit. He went up in the apparatus, which flew away quickly, without noise, whereas we were not any more but within 70 meters."

[Ref. mc1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author indicates that on October 3, 1954, two young cyclists, Devoisin and Condette, aged 18 and 19, rode towards 06:45 p.m. close to Ligescourt in the Somme, and in front of them on the road they see a saucer in the shape of a haystack, luminous and orange. One moment they see a small diver who hastens to return in the machine which flies away at once without noise when the two cyclists are no more than 70 meters away.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

205 -001.83096 50.81360 03 10 1954 18 45 103 LIGESCOURT -SOMME F 0112 2C *198

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors note that on September 30, 1954, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Coudette of Vron in the Somme, France, both aged 18, were riding their bicycles on road D-27 about 06:45 p.m. at a point about two and a half miles from Ligescourt when they both suddenly spotted a luminous object in the middle of the road at seemingly 150 meters ahead of them.

The circular object emitted an orange light, was estimated to be 6 feet high and the witnesses thought it reminded haystack. There was something that moved near the object and they first first thought it was an animal, but as they approached, they saw that it was a creature of kid's size and dressed like a diver. It got into the glowing object; which took off when they were about 70 meters from it.

The investigators found the boys to be sincere and of good reputation in their home community.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

183

Oct. 03, 1954, 06:45 P.M., Vron (France).

Between Rue and Quend on Road D27, Rene Coudette and B. Devoisin were riding bicycles with a third witness when they saw an orange object, shaped like a honeycomb, on the road ahead of them. A strange "man" wearing a diving suit was standing close to it. When they got within 70 m of it, the object took off very fast. (3Z; M 118) (Le Figaro, 4 Oct. 1954; France-Soir, Libération, la Croix, 5 Oct. 1954).

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicate that on October 3, 1954, in France, an orange honeycomb-shaped or haystack-shaped object was reported by three men who were riding bicycles near of Vron. They saw a man-shaped creature in a diving suit, and the three men came within 70 meters of the object before it took off.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 3, 1954, three men went by bicycle close to Vron when they saw an orange object in the shape of a slide of beehive on the road in front of them. A man dressed in a diving stood close to it. The vision took place on the D.27 road between Rue and Quend.

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two ufologists and authors report that on October 1st near Ligescourt, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Condette were driving bicycles when they saw at a hundred meters from the location "Mezoutre" a craft in the shape of a haystack which occupied all the width of the road. They estimated its size as of three meters broad at its base and three meters in height. Bernard Devoisin saw a humanoid dressed in a diving-suit whose size was of a little more than 1 meter on the left of the machine. The humanoid disappeared behind the machine which took off then without noise up to one meter of the ground, then it moved away hedgehopping at a speed of approximately 50 km/h.

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

The authors indicate that they contacted the witnesses again, that the first admits not to have seen the beings whereas he was with the other witness who admits to have seen them, small, dark, at a distance of 200 meters and by night.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 1, 1954 at 06:45 p.m., the two witnesses, Bernard Devoisin, aged 18, and René Coudette, aged 19, circulated on their bicycles on the secondary road 27 coming from Ligescourt, being at the place known as "Grand Mezoutre" or "Clapette", when they saw within 150 meters from them on the road an orange mass in the shape of a beehive or a haystack of approximately two meters in height and taking all the width of the roadway, which is approximately 3 meters.

The cyclist at the head saw something which moved that he first mistakes for an animal. But the two men realized that it was a being of small size dressed of a diving-suit. This last then circumvents quickly the object which takes off almost at once without noise flying in close-cropped mound with pace reduced to 70 meters of the witnesses.

They list the sources as the Vallée catalogue, case 103; Jimmy Guieu in "Black-Out sur les S.V" page 181; C. Garreau and R. Lavier in "Face aux ET" page 32; Michel Carrouges in "Les apparitions de Martiens" page 119; Quincy; Aimé Michel in "A propos des S.V." page 148; Journal du Centre for October 5, 1954; Le Courrier Picard for October 4, 1954, page 3; Abbeville Libre for October 8, 1954; Nord-Littoral for October 5, 1954; Le Journal de Doullens for October 9, 1954; Le Journal de Rue for October 9, 1954; La Voix du Nord for October 5, 1954; Nord-Matin for October 5, 1954; Libre Artois for October 6, 1954; Le Nouveau Nord Maritime for October 5, 1954.

They specify that the date is given only in Abbeville Libre, Le Journal de Rue, Le Courrier Picard and La Voix du Nord.

[Ref. go1] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that on October 1, 1954, in France, in Ligescourt in the Somme, "at 18:45 three (two) cyclists saw an orange object in front of them, having the shape of a honeycomb. A strange being dressed of a diving-suit stood near the craft. When they arrived at 70 m of him, the object moved away very fast."

The sources for this version are indicated as Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 266; Jimmy GUIEU: Black-out sur les S.V." - FLEUVE NOIR 1956 - p. 163 with the mention in parenthesis."

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that another version is: "Bernard Devoisin and Rene Condette, by bicycle, see a machine in the shape of cereal grinding stone which occupies all the width of the road: 3 meters in height, 3 meters broad at its base. Bernard Devoisin sees on the left of the apparatus a humanoid whose size hardly exceeds 1 meter. He is dressed of a diving-suit. He disappears behind the machine, which rises then gently 1 meter above the ground, without noise. Then it moves away hedgehopping at a speed of approximately 50 km/h".

The sources for this version are indicated as GARREAU et LAVIER: "Face aux extra-terrestres" - DELARGE 1975, J'ai Lu, p. 34, 35.

She indicates that another version is: "Bernard Devoisin, aged 18, and Rene Coudette, aged 19, see at 150 m of them, posed on the asphalt road, an orange mass in the shape of a hive (...) The on who rides ahead sees something moving and mistakes it for an animal. They realize suddenly that it is a small being dressed in a diving-suit (...)"

The sources for this version are indicated as M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 103.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

[... Other cases...]

3 October Vron, France, (about 6:45 p.m.)

A "ship" and a "creature."

Michel wrote.

"On Sunday evening, October 3, two young men of Vron (Somme) were riding their bicycles along Route D-27. Vron is a little village five miles from both Rue and Quend, the area where, two and a half hours later, the second pursuit of a car by an unidentified object would take place.

"About 6.45, as the Vron cyclists were two and a half miles from Ligescourt, they suddenly perceived, 150 yards ahead, in the middle of the road, a sort of luminous device emitting an orange light The witnesses, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Coudette, both 18 years old at the time, tell the story.

"'It was circular, three yards wide, perhaps two yards high, and called to mind the shape of a haystack Near it something moved, which we first took for an animal But as we approached it we soon saw that it was a creature the height of a child, dressed like a diver. It entered the machine, which took rapidly to the air without a sound when we were no further than 70 yards away from it.'

"To those who interrogated them the two boys appeared to be sincere. It should be noted that the object they described—an orange-luminous disk with high-domed top—strongly resembles the one reported by hundreds of other witnesses in the hours that followed. As for the 'little creature' they claimed to have seen, it bears an unmistakable resemblance to those described by other persons many times in the course of the autumn of 1954" (xx)

  • (xx.) Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, pp. 118-119

[Ref. sd1:] STEVEN DUNN:

DATE DESCRIPTION MICAP_CLAS REF
09/30/1954

Ligescourt, FR

30 Sep 54

Devoisn & Coudette were riding their bikes when they spotted a glowing orange object on the road. Near it was a small being in a diving suit, who entered the craft, which then took off.

CE-3-103 Randle/Estes, FOV pg 266

The case was recorded twice by mistake:

DATE DESCRIPTION MICAP_CLAS REF
10/03/1954

Vron, FR

3 OCT 54

Three men saw a haystack-shaped craft. A "man-shaped" creature in a diving suit was seen.

CE-3-103 Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 172

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

94.
Location. Near Ligescourt Somme France
Date: October 1 1954
Time: 1645

Two young men were bicycling when they saw on the road, 500 ft ahead, a beehive-shaped orange object about 9 ft in diameter and 6 ft high. Then they saw a being of small stature dressed in a diving suit, which ran rapidly around the object. It took off without sound when the witnesses were 150 ft away.

Humcat 1954-16
Source: J Guieu in Black Out
Type: C

The case was recorded twice by mistake:

102.
Location. Near Vron France
Date: October 3 1954
Time: 1845

Two young cyclists, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Coudette, both 18, saw in the middle of the road an orange luminous object of "haystack" shaped, 3 yards wide and 2 yards high. Approaching to within 70 yards, they observed a being "the height of a child, dressed like a diver," which entered the UFO. The craft took off without a sound.

Humcat 1954-66
Source: Aime Michel
Type: B

[Ref. rh1] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

[...]

October 3, 1954 Bernard Devoisin, Rene Coudette, Ligescourt, France 6:45 P.M.

One child-sized being, diver's suit; glowing orange domed disc on road, bicyclists approached, being entered craft and took off.

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Somme in Ligescourt on October 1, 1954 at 18:45 hours, "the two witnesses drive by bicycle on the secondary road 27 coming from Ligescourt. They are in location "Grande Mezoutre" or "La Clapette". They see within 150 m of them on the road an orange mass in the shape of hive or of haystack of approximately two meters in height and taking all the width of the roadway approximately 3 meters. The cyclist ahead sees something moving that he first mistakes for an animal. But the two men realize that it is actually a being of small size dressed of a diving-suit. The latterthen circumvents the object quickly, which takes off almost at once without noise flying at ground level at reduced pace at 70 meters of the witnesses."

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 30 September 1954 at 18:45, D27, near Ligescourt, France, there was a close encounter "with a an unidentified craft and occupants. Multiple independent witnesses. One object, about 10 feet across, was observed by two male witnesses, typical age 18, on a highway briefly (Devoisin; Galant)."

The sources are indicated as Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 18:45, in Ligescourt, Nr Vron, France, "Type 8.1 two bicyclists saw on road, 150 feet away, orange beehive object, 9' diameter. Small .9m being in diver suit ran around object. Took off silently. Explanation: Moon. Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants."

"One orange domed disc, about 10 feet across, around 100 feet away, was observed by two experienced male witnesses on a road briefly (Coudette; Devoisin; Galland; Mansart). No sound was heard. One 3-foot-tall dwarf, wearing a diver's suit, was seen."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Lorenzen, Coral E., UFOs: The Whole Story, Signet T3897, New York, 1969; 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, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965; 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; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2000, ISBN:0-8103-3881-8; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Hatch, Larry, internet data.

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 October 1954 at 18:45, in Vron, France, "Orange object, shaped like a honeycomb, and a strange "man", wearing a diving suit". "Between Rue and Quend on Road D27, Rene Coudette and B. Devoisin were riding bicycles with a third witness when they saw an orange object, shaped like a honeycomb, on the road ahead of them. A strange "man" wearing a diving suit was standing close to it. When they got within 70 meters of it, the object took off very fast."

"One orange object was observed." "Two young cyclists, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Coudette, both 18, saw in the middle of the road an orange luminous object of 'haystack' shaped, 3 yards wide and 2 yards high. Approaching to within 70 yards, they observed a being 'the height of a child, dressed like a diver,' which entered the UFO. The craft took off without a sound."

The sources are indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database"; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JONHSON:

Donald Johnson says that the third humanoid report on October 3, 1954, occurred at 6:45 p.m. Rene Coudette and B. Devoisin were riding bicycles with a third witness between Rue and Quend, Somme, France on Route D27, near the village of Vron, when they saw a glowing orange object, shaped like a beehive, on the road ahead of them. A small strange "man" wearing a diving suit, about 0.9 meters (3 foot) tall, was standing close to it. When they got within 70 meters of it, the object took off very fast.

The sources are noted as "Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, pp. 118, 116; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 216."

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 1 1954, 1845hrs.

VRON (SOMME : FRANCE)

Between Rue and Quend on Rte D 27, 4km from Ligescourt, Rene Coudette (18) and Bernard Devoisin (18) were cycling with a third witness, when they saw a luminous, orange, domed disc, 3m wide, 2m high, resembling a haystack or honeycomb, on the road 20m ahead of them. A man, the height of a child, dressed like a diver, stood by the machine. As the witnesses approached to within 70m, the little man hurried back to the object, which took off very rapidly.

Alain Gamard citing Abbeville Libre 8 October 1954 + Le Journal du Rue 9 October 1954 + Le Courrier Picard 4 October 1954 + La Voix du Nord 5 October 1954 + Radar 17 October 1954.
Michel 1958, p.118.
Vallee case 183, citing Figaro 4 October 1954 + France Soir + Liberation + La Croix all 5 October 1954.
Richard Heiden citing Carrouges 1967, p.158.

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

Location: Near Lugescourt Somme France

Date: October 1 1954

Time: 1645

Two young men were bicycling when they saw on the road, 500 ft ahead, a beehive-shaped orange object about 9 ft in diameter and 6 ft high. Then they saw a being of small stature dressed in a diving suit, which ran rapidly around the object. It took off without sound when the witnesses were 150 ft away.

Source: J. Guieu in Black Out

[Ref. ta2:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Near Vron France

Date: October 3 1954

Time: 1845

Two young cyclists, Bernard Devoisin and Rene Coudette, both 18, saw in the middle of the road an orange luminous object of “haystack” shaped, 3 yards wide & 2 yards high. Approaching to within 70 yards, they observed a being “the height of a child, dressed like a diver,” which entered the UFO. The craft took off without a sound.

Source: Aime Michel; Magonia 183

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

*Oct. 3, 1954 - Between Rue and Quend, France on Route D27, near the village of Vron, Rene Coudette and B. Devoisin were riding bicycles with a third witness when they saw an orange object, shaped like a beehive, on the road ahead of them. A small strange "man" wearing a diving suit, about 0.9 meters (3 foot) tall, was standing close to it. When they got within 70 meters of it, the object took off very fast. Less than three hours later, the same or a similar orange object chased a car down a road in Quend for eight kilometers, then flew away toward the sea. The witness was a butcher named Georges Galant. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, pp. 118, 116; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 216, case # 183).

[Ref. dc1] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

Dominique Caudron indicates that the catalogue of 800 cases published in 1970 by Maurice Santos, is a good example of what one should not do; he indicates to extract from it the list of the cases of October 3, 1954; which he knows well as he had investigated into these cases of his area of Nord. For each case, below the text of the Santos catalogue, he states what should have been written, and the explanation after analysis, when there is one.

For this case #524, Santos wtote that on October 3, 1954 in "Vrou (France)", there was a landing.

Dominique Caudron rectifies two errors by Santos: it was on October 1, 1954, and it was in Vron.

He notes that the numbering of the cases by Santos seemed a good idea, but that it prevents the evolution of the catalogue, whose numbering becomes incoherent at the first update: "For example, this catalogue contains only 10 cases for the area of the Nord, whereas we know 48 of them. How to place the 38 others?"

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

This database recorded this case 18 times instead of once:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540000 00.00.1954 Crecy France CE III
19540930 30.09.1954 Ligescourt France 18.45 CE III
19540930 30.09.1954 Ligescourt France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Ligescourt France 18.45 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Ligescourt France 18.45
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.15 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Ligescourt France 18.45
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 Vron France 18.45 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 Lugescourt France 18.45 CE III

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Vron, Somme, Rue, Quend, René Coudette, Condette, Bernard Devoisin, object, honeycomb, orange, occupant, humanoid, diving suit

Sources:

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

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