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September 20, 1954, Ussel, Corrèze:

Reference number for this case: 20-sep-54-Ussel. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PARISIEN LIBERE" NEWSPAPER:

Brive, September 26 (from our correspondent). -- Mr. Elie Cisterne, farm hand in Lachassagne, was bringing back in his tractor at a late hour advanced of the night after having plowed the field of one of his neighbors. Suddenly, he saw a luminous machine which came right on him. He jumped off his tractor and lay down, shaking with fear. The machine remained motionless during long minutes which appeared a century to Mr. Cisterne. Then it was started again, which caused the servant to flee. The same night, his boss, Mr. Brindel, who was returning from Ussel, saw a great gleam behind his farm. He believed that it was the moon. Maria, the maidservant of the farm, also saw the machine, but did not find it importance. Alerted the next day by the servant, they went to observe a tree which seems to have undergone, on its higher part, the effects of an intense heat. And that is not a hallucination.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that there was an observation with a large number of witnesses in Ussel in the Corrèze on September 24, 1954.

He indicates that at a late hour of the night, Elie Cisterne, farm worker in the Lachassagne farm, was taking his tractor back in after having plowed the field of a neighbor, when suddenly, a luminous object emerged at low altitude in the darkness opposite him and dove at a sharp pace towards him.

Mr. Cisterne stopped the tractor and looked at the object which continued to approach quickly, moving straight towards him. Soon, he had the impression that it is now only at a few hundreds of meters and it does not slow down.

The terrified peasant jumped off of his machine and lied down in the field not far from the road, and the object then stopped, a few meters above the road and a few tens of meters in front of the tractor. It remains there motionless during several minutes.

The silence is complete, and Mr. Cisterne can see the widespread reddish light on the countryside, while seconds appear centuries to him and that his fear increases at every moment.

The object suddenly resumes its progression in direction of the tractor and Mr. Cisterne cannot cope with that anymore, he stands up and flees through the fields.

But the object flies over the machine without stopping, accelerates quickly while taking altitude and disappears in a few seconds at the horizon.

Mr. Cisterne then returns towards his tractor and goes home without further incident.

Maria, the maidservant of the farm, had also seen, from a distance, the luminous form arrive on the road, stop and set out again.

At the same time, Mr. Brindel, the owner of the farm, was returning at his place from Ussel. He was still rather distant from Lachassagne during the incident, but he noticed a large red moving gleam in the direction of his farm.

According to the account by Mr. Cisterne, the object had stopped above the road at the height of the top of a certain ash tree. The following day, he went with Mr. Brindel to examine this ash tree, and saw that the leaves of the higher branches of the tree were desiccated and curly as if they had been submitted to intense heating.

[Ref. jv6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that for the day of September 24, 1954, the French Press mentioned a number of sightings, including one in Ussel, in the Corrèze, during the night, of a "single phenomenon".

Jacques Vallée indicates that the observation of type "I"; which he defines as a "manifestation of the 'phenomenon' as the vision by the witnesses of an unusual image, this image being that of a craft of spherical or discoid or more complex form, and being on the ground or near the ground ", "associated or not" with physical effects or traces.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

142 -002.30895 45.54719 24 09 1954 22 00 1 USSEL-CORREZE F 001322 C** 118

[Ref. fs1:] FRANK B. SALISBURY:

3. Ussel, about 11 p.m.: A luminous red object rose above the horizon and dived, at high speed, toward M. Cisterne, who was driving his tractor back to the barn. The object approached so closely that he jumped from the tractor and lay terrified in the field. The object hovered a few yards above the road, and in front of the tractor, remaining motionless for several minutes in complete silence. Surroundings were illuminated with a reddish light. The UFO then flew over the tractor and disappeared over the horizon in a few seconds. Two other people also saw the object, and leaves at the top of an ash tree, near where the object reportedly had hovered, were dried and curled.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 24, 1954, at the Lachassagne farm, close to Ussel, a farmer who was returning with his tractor saw a luminous object which flew very low above him.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

155

Sep. 24, 1954, 11:00 P.M. Farm Lachassagne, near Ussel (France).

Mr. Cisterne, who was coming back with his tractor, saw a luminous object fly very low over him. Two other witnesses. (Le Parisien, 27 Sept. 1954) (16;M 76)

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

The two authors indicate that the observation takes place at the farm La Chassagne, which is on the commune of Alleyrat, 10 kilometers in the North-West of Ussel.

They say that they spoke to Mrs Cisterne who confirmed the incident to them but told them that the object was only one vague gleam in the shape of a serpentine, and that there was no damages on trees.

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

The two authors indicate that on September 24, 1954 at 11:00 p.m., in Ussel in the department of Corrèze, at the location La Chassagne (7 km from the city), the servant, Ellie Cisterne, was getting his tractor inside after having plowed the field of a neighbor.

He suddenly saw a luminous object which came right on him; he jumped off the tractor and lay down on the ground trembling with fear.

The UFO remained motionless during long minutes, then it restarted, which caused the witness to flee.

Mr. Brindel, who was returning from Ussel, saw a great gleam behind its farm. He thought that was the Moon. Maria, the servant, also saw the UFO but did not care about it.

A tree seems to have undergone the effects of an intense heat on its higher part.

The authors point out that there are two locations known as "La Chassagne" close to Ussel, one in the West, the other in the East-South-East, and that they do not know which one is the correct place.

The authors indicate that the sources are the Vallée catalogue, case 155, Aimé Michel in "A Propos des Soucoupes volantes" page 98 and Le Parisien Libéré for 10/27/1954.

[Ref. mj1:] MICHEL JEANTHEAU:

Ufologist Michel Jeantheau closely checked the date of this observation allegedly being one of the points of an alignment of sightings pled by ufologist Aimé Michel and called "the BAVIC line" for "BAyonne-VIChy."

Doing the research in 1976 in the Press, he found the article of Le Parisien Libéré for September 1954, but this article does not give a date for the events. Het then found an article in the newspaper "La Montagne" for September 24, 1954, on page 3, which obviously nullifies this same date for the observation.

He indicates that the article starts as follows:

"Today it is reported to us that on September 20, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Mr. Cisterne, farmer in Chassagne d'Aleyrat, saw an unknown machine..."

Michel Jeantheau thus rightfully concludes that this case occurred on September 20, 1954 and not on September 24, 1954.

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on September 24, 1954, there were 9 sightings, 6 being on the Bayonne - Vichy line, one of those sighting was at Ussel.

[Ref. tp1:] TED PHILLIPS:

Ted Phillips listed the case as a "top" case in his "preliminary list of top cases":

Report 9/24/54 Ussel, France, 2300: multiple witness, 5 minutes, tree damage, traces.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 24 in France, in Ferme Lachassagne close to Ussel "Elie Cisterne who returned home towards 23:00 on a tractor, saw a luminous object diving towards him. He jumped of the tractor and lay down further in the field. The object stopped then and remained motionless during several minutes: silence is total and Elie Cisterne sees the red gleam on the fields, its fear increases at each second. Suddenly the object takes again its walk towards the tractor, the witness then stands up and flees as fast as possible. But the machine does not stop and continues its walk. Cisterne manages to get home on the tractor. Two other witnesses."

The source is indicated as "Aimé Michel: 'M.O.C.' Seghers pub., - p. 105, 106".

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

11 P.M.: In Ussel (Corrèze), at the location of La Chassagne, Etienne Cisterne is driving his tractor, and sees a kind of luminous machine coming straight towards him at a very low altitude. He runs away terrified. A tree seems to have been submitted to an intense heat at its top.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

September 24

[...]

1954 - Mr. Cisterne lived on the Farm Lachassagne, near Ussel, France. He was driving back to the barn at 11:00 p.m. with his tractor when he saw a luminous object fly very low over him. There were two other witnesses. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 76; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 211).

[Ref. dj2:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

September 20

1954 - Three farmers saw a saucer land in La Chassagne, Correze department, France at 11:00 p.m. It brushed a tree, leaving behind burnt leaves and ground marks in the dirt. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, p. 85).

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the la Corrèze in Ussel on September 20, 1954 at 23:00 "At the place La Chassagne (7km from the City) the witness takes his tractor in after having plowed a neighbor's field. He suddenly sees a luminous object which comes right on him; he jumps off the tractor and lies down on the ground trembling of fear. The UFO remains motionless during long minutes, then it started again, which causes the escape of the witness. Another person who returns from Ussel sees a great gleam behind her farm, she thinks that it is the Moon. A servant also sees the UFO but does not attach importance to it. A tree seems to have undergone at its higher part the effects of an intense heat."

The sources are indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979"; "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958"; "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net"

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 20 September 1954 at 23:00 in La Chassagne, France, "Farmers incident." "Three farmers see saucer. It brushes tree, leaves behind burnt leaves, ground marks in dirt. An object was observed. Ground traces were found. One object was observed by three witnesses on a farm for five minutes."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

Fri 24

23:00 Close to Ussel (Corrèze), at the locality La Chassagne, a farm, Etienne Cisterne drives his tractor, and sees a kind of luminous machine coming right on him at very low altitude. He flees terrified. A tree seems to have undergone the effects of an intense heat at its higher part.

The sources are noted "Le Parisien, September 27, 1954" and "Vallée, J., case #18, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 24 September 1954 at 23:00 in Ussel, France, "Multiple witnesses, tree damage, ground traces." And: "An object was observed. Traces found. One object was observed by three witnesses on a highway for five minutes (Cisterne)."

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, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964.

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 24 September 1954 at 23:00 in Farm Lachassagne, France, "Mr. Cisterne, who was coming back with his tractor, saw a luminous object fly very low over him."

And: "Mr. Cisterne lived on the Farm Lachassagne, near Ussel, France . He was driving back to the barn at 11:00 p.m. with his tractor when he saw a luminous object fly very low over him. There were two other witnesses."

And: "Mr. Cisterne, who was coming back with his tractor, saw a luminous object fly very low over him. Two other witnesses. One round object was observed."

The source is indicated as Vallee Magonia Database.

[Ref. jb3:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

Fri 24

6 observations of that day geographically lined from Bayonne to Vichy (including that of Ussel) 4.

4. Will be spotted by Aimé Michel, who will develop the othoteny [sic] theory, among others in his book Mystérieux Objets Célestes (MOC). Jacques Vallée will call the line BaVic, but will finally concluded to simple hazard.

[Ref. lm2:] "LA MONTAGNE" NEWSPAPER'S WEBSITE:

[... Other case ... ]

In Lachassagne (the Corrèze), a farmer finds grass of his meadow yellowed after the passage of a UFO, he claims.

[... Other case ... ]

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

*Sep. 24, 1954 - Mr. Cisterne lived on the Farm Lachassagne, near Ussel, France. He was driving back to the barn at 11:00 p.m. with his tractor when he saw a luminous object fly very low over him. There were two other witnesses. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 76; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 211).

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

This database recorded this case 9 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Correze France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France 23.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Ussel France
19540924 24.09.1954 Lachassagne France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Corrèze, farm, Lachassagne, La Chassagne, Ussel, Etienne Cisterne, Ellie Cisterne, Brindel, Maria, tractor, object, luminous, low, effect, tree, heat, vegetation, multiple, moon

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 29, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 4, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [dj1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Addition [go1], [jb2], [jb3], [jc1], [dj2], [ud2], [ud3].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 2, 2010 Addition [jv6].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 22, 2011 Addition [lm2].
1.5 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.6 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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