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September 22, 1954, Corbeil-Essonne, Essonne:

Reference number for this case: 22-Oct-54-Corbeil. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



The author says that in the valley of the Garonne, a butcher saw a saucer high in the sky that seemed to be using the river as a "point de repere" (landmark).

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Ufologist Aimé Michel reports that on September 22, 1954, at 08:00 P.M., a little in the South of Corbeil, Mr. Rabot, butcher in Ponthierry, was driving on the main road Route Nationale 7 to Saint-Fargeau and Ponthierry, in the direction of north towards the south, when he saw at an altitude which seemed important to him but under the clouds and above him, a circular luminous object of great volume, of red color and surrounded by sort of luminous smoke of the same red color which seemed to come out of it.

Mr. Rabot stopped his car to look at it, and noted that the phenomenon was sometimes motionless, sometimes moved towards the right, the left, vertically and in all the directions with a "majestic slowness."

The phenomenon returned several times to the place which it had just left, while the witness saw the clouds passing above the object. The object disappears four times in the clouds but each time it did not take long to emerge from the clouds.

At the end of a few minutes spent to observe, Mr. Rabot wanted to find other witnesses, but the road was deserted. He started to drive again towards Ponthierry, however checking from time to time that the phenomenon was still visible.

When he arrived in Ponthierry, het alerted the porter of the village, who came out of his place in company of his wife and all three observed the display for several more minutes during which the object continued to make many displacement and changed color.

After a rather long period of immobility, the object left at high speed in the direction of the South and was lost from sight in the clouds. In this last time where it disappeared in the clouds, it did it much more quickly than the first four times.


Jacques Vallée indicates that one of the more complete sightings of "large cigars" noted by Aimé Michel and of which he controlled the content by checking the original sources took place on September 22, 1954 at approximately 08:00 p.m. in the south of Paris.

The first witness is a butcher of Ponthierry, Mr. Rabot, who was driving by car on the National Road RN 7, when he suddenly saw a circular object of red color with a luminous smoke which escaped from it. The witness estimated that the object was at a considerable altitude, and it evolved slowly in all directions.

Mr. Rabot observed this during several minutes then went up in his car and regained Ponthierry while continuing to supervise the object. Arrived at Ponthierry, he warned the porter of the village who saw the disappearance of the phenomenon at high speed in the clouds.

Jacques Vallée continues then by reporting another sighting at the same the time in the same area.


133 -002.53071 48.53700 22 09 1954 20 30 1 PONTHIERRY-ESSONE [sic] F 11 4 C 096


The two authors indicate that in Paris on September 22, 1954, at 08:00 p.m., a luminous object in slow displacement with a period of stop was seen.

They add that on October 26, 1977, the witness described to them that it was a large luminous object having the aspect of a disc with a very luminous tail in very fast displacement and that did not stop.

They say that one can seriously think that it was large a meteorite since the description is "identical" to a case in Dôle the same day in which the witness had told them to have seen at 08:30 p.m. a fast fugitive gleam which crossed the sky.


The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 22 in France, in "Ponthierry, Arpajon, etc. (the Seine et Oise)", at 19:30, and "in St Cheron with inter alia witnesses Cyrille Maillard, radio operator officer. Sometimes the object moves on the right, on the left, vertically, in all the directions, with a majestic slowness. In Arpajon Mrs. Chatelin is the witness of the same phenomenon. Little before 20:00 Mr. Rabot of Ponthierry sees a luminous object of great red volume surrounded by a luminous smoke of the same color: the object is vertical. Observation also made by Mrs. Gamundi between Ponthierry and Fontainebleau, who stopped to observe during half an hour. Suddenly another smaller ball emerges from the lower part, which fell in free fall, slows down then fled while obliquing. One moment later the phenomenon was repeated, and several times again in continuation. The witness forgot to count so intense his stupor was. When a plane came, the phenomenon hid in the clouds. Then the phenomenon did not reappear any more.

The sources are indicated as "Aimé Michel: 'M.O.C.' Seghers pub., p. 89, 90" and "Henry DURRANT: 'Premières enquêtes sur les Humanoïdes ET' - Laffont 1977 - p. 199".

[Ref. ht1:] HERBERT S. TAYLOR:

The author says that it was almost certainly that the same large reddish ball seen by Mrs. Gamundi, was also seen just minutes before some 10 miles north of her by M. Rabot, a butcher from Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry. His description matched perfectly that of Gamundi, though he saw no secondary objects. He observed the object for many minutes before it headed south and disappeared in the clouds.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 22

8 p.m.: Mr. Rabot, butcher in Ponthierry (Seine-and-Oise), circulates in the car on Main road 7, and observes during several mn a red circular object with a luminous smoke which seems to escape from it. The object appears at a considerable altitude and moves in all directions very slowly. Mr. Rabot goes up in his car and goes back to Ponthierry while watching the display. In Ponthierry, he warns the porter of the village, who observes the disappearance of the phenomenon at high speed in the clouds.

The source is indicated as "Vallée 1966".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Seine et Marne in Ponthierry on September 22, 1954, at 20:00 "The witness circulates in the car on Main Road 7, and observes during several minutes a red circular object with a luminous smoke which seems to escape from it. The object appears at a considerable altitude and moves in all directions very slowly. He goes back to Ponthierry while watching the display. Arrived in the city, he alerts the porter of the village, who observes with his wife the disappearance of the phenomenon at high speed in the clouds."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".


As of 2007, Corbeil is named Corbeil-Essonne, and is no longer in the department of Seine-et-Oise but in the department of Essonne.


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Corbeil, Seine-et-Oise, Essonne, Rabot, multiple, road, car, altitude, height, phenomenon, object, red, manoeuvres, fast, slow, cloud, clouds, red


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