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September 23, 1954, Lencouacq, Landes:

Reference number for this case: 23-sep-54-Lencouacq. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Sud-Ouest reported on September 27, 1954, that Mrs. Irene Vrignolles, of Lencouacq, said she saw "last Thursday" so on September 23, 1954, a "flying cigar that landed slowly in a meadow behind the presbytery. Searches yielded no results."

Reports:

[Ref. sot1:] "SUD-OUEST" NEWSPAPER:

[...]

Mont-de-Marsan. -- Mrs Irène Vrignolles, of Lencouacq, stated to have seen last Thursday, a flying cigar which was slowly landing in a meadow behind the presbytery. Research yielded no result.

[...]

[Ref. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

[...]

In Lencouacq (Landes), Mrs. Vignolles stated to have seen a flying cigar which gently landed in a meadow behind the presbytery.

[...]

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that there was a sighting with many witnesses in Lencouacq on September 24, 1954.

Further on in his book, he indicates that the case of Lencouacq has only one witness, Mrs. Vignolles, living in this village, who describes a phenomenon at nightfall, completely similar to that of Ussel: a luminous object which arrives at a sharp pace in silence and at very low altitude, stops at ground level in the meadow located behind the presbytery, and sets out again after a stop of a few seconds without leaving traces.

He specifies that the source is the national newspaper "Paris-Presse", for September 28, 1954.

[Ref. mcs1:] MICHEL CARROUGES:

The author notes that the Vignolles observation lasted a few seconds.

[Ref. jve6:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that for the day of September 24, 1954, the French Press mentioned a number of sightings, including one in Lencouacq in the Landes 4 hours after the afternoon period, 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.

He notes that the observation in Lencouacq had only one witness.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

141 000.40761 44.10216 24 09 1954 21 00 1 (LENCOUACQ-LANDES) F 0011 C** 115

[Ref. fsc1:] "PHENOMENES INCONNUS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

Six observations of Space Craft of Undetermined Origin were found, on September 24, 1954, on a single line of 485 kilometers, connecting Bayonne [actually on the 23rd] and Vichy [actually without precise date] by passing at Lencouacq [actually on the 23rd], Tulle [actually on the 22nd], Ussel [actually on the 20th] and Gelles [actually on the 17th]; the readers who have followed the research of past years in the orthotenic branch have recognized the famous "BAVIC" line that resists all the examinations of the skeptics.

[Ref. aml4:] AIME MICHEL:

This is how on September 24, 1954, there are in France (and there is only) nine observations: at Lantefontaine [Actually on the 23rd], Vichy [Actually without exact date], Gelles [Actually on the 17th], Ussel [Actually on the 20th], Tulle [Actually on the 22nd], Lencouacq, Bayonne [Actually on the 23rd], Langeac [Actually on the 22nd], Le Puy [Actually on the 23rd]. To check this, one just needs to read "France-Soir" for the 26th, "Paris-Presse" fot the 28th, "La Croix" for the 28th, "Le Parisien Libéré" for the 27th, where these observations are recorded.

Checking four Parisian newspapers, it this so tiresome? This being done, let's search this places on a map. One finds that Vichy, Gelles, Ussel, Tulle, Lencouaq and Bayonne are on a single line that is absolutely straight, and that Le Puy and Langeac are on a line with Tulle. Only Lantefontaine is not on a line. So: a) is this true?; b) is this explainable? It is Vallée who went the deepest in the explanation. However he did let this alinement and numerous others unexplained; c) did I invent the four newspapers?; d) is it likely that local correspondents who did not know each other invented all this so that, three years later, it is discovered that they are in line on a large circle?

[Ref. jve3:] JACQUES VALLEE:

152) September 23, 1954, 09:00 p.m., Lencouacq (France):

Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (P 15; M 77).

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

September 23, 1954, 09:00 p.m. Lencouacq (France).

Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (Paris-Presse, Sept. 18, 1954).

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 24, 1954, Mrs. Vignolles sees a luminous object going down quickly without noise and land in a field in Lencouacq. It flies away very quickly after a few seconds.

[Ref. fsy1:] FRANK B. SALISBURY:

5. Lencouacq, nightfall: A single witness watched a luminous object arrive at high speed in silence, hover above a meadow, and then leave again at high speed.

[Ref. aml2:] AIME MICHEL:

And on the most difficult to explain, there were landings. The most remarkable of these lines was BAVIC, with its six perfectly aligned cases, including the landing of Lencouacq.

[Ref. pdl1:] "PHENOMENES INCONNUS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

- Map rep. A

(I): BAVIC (Bayonne - Vichy)

  1. Bayonne [actually on the 23rd]
  2. Lencouacq [actually on the 23rd]
  3. Tulle [actually on the 22nd]
  4. Ussel [actually on the 20th]
  5. Gelles [actually on the 17th]
  6. Vichy [actually without precise date]

"BAVIC" is an orthotenic alinement (day of 9/24/1954, map Nr 1 of "MOC" by Aimé Michel.)

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

327 23 September 1954 2100 LENCOUACQ (FRANCE)

Mrs Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and hover just above the ground in a field behind the rectory. It took off very fast a few seconds later.

(Ml52; Paris-Presse, 28 September 1954; Michel II, 77)

[Ref. ioi1:] "INFO-OVNI" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

WHAT ABOUT BAVIC IN ALL THIS!

And yes, BAVIC remains! because orthoteny, more or less consciously, has finally identified with this line. For this memorable day of 09/24/1954, it remains undeniable at the challenge of all the "certainties of chance", six places of observation (Vichy, Gelles, Ussel, Tulle, Lencouacq and Bayonne) are yet perfectly alined.

Unable to refute the alignment, many researchers tried to deny any meaning to it.

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors indicate that the case of Lencouacq in the Landes on September 24, 1954 at 21:00 is noted as follows:

"Mrs Vignolles saw a luminous object going down quickly, without any noise, and landing in a meadow beside the church. It took off quickly a few seconds later."

They say that they have contacted Mrs. Vignolles and that according to her the sighting did not take place at 09:00 p.m. but at 11:00 a.m., and that according her the object seemed to have landed but she did not see it go away, and that the most important point is that there were no landing trace "although certain books have mentioned that."

They add: "the precision of such a case can hardly serve to support any theory."

The authors indicate at another page that the newspapers are accustomed to deforming testimonies of meteors by the observers and that it was the case with the sighting in the Landes in Lencouacq on September 28, 1954.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Lencouacq in the Landes, on September 23, 1954 at 09:00 p.m., a woman saw a luminous object going down without noise and landing in a field. It took off after a few seconds.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

This ufologist noted:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
75 CE3 23 09 1954 09.00 p.m. Lencouacq 40120 B5 RS [=Sparse information]. 11 h B-B p. 174

[Ref. pha1:] "PHENOMENA" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

Orthoteny

It is nice to remember that it is his friend, poet Jean Cocteau, who will suggest to Aimé Michel the idea of seeking an order in the observations of the "mysterious celestial objects" that appeared during the autumn of 1954.

To begin with, Aimé Michel painstakingly pointed out on a map the observations of October 14, 1954, made between 06:30 p.m. and 07:35 p.m. His stupefaction will be great in discovering that five points seem to align perfectly. He then resumes all the observations, and reports them, for every 24 hours, on a map. Here again, everything seems to be ordered according to lines of which the most famous, that of September 24, 1954, will be known under the name of "BAVIC line", contraction of BAyonne and VIChy, which will align no less than six observations (Bayonne [in reality on the 23rd], Lencouacq [in reality on the 23rd], Tulle [in reality on the 22nd], Ussel [in reality on the 20th], Gelles [in reality on the 17th] and Vichy) [without precise date].

[Ref. mju1:] 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."

Michel Jeantheau found the article in the newspaper "Sud-Ouest" for September 27, 1954 where it is clearly specified that the observation was on "Thursday", which indicates as date October 23, 1954.

[Ref. jca1:] 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 Lencouacq.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3836: 1954/09/24 19:30 1 0:24:20 W 44:06:00 N 3333 WEU FRN LND 7:6

LENCOUACQ,FR:1 OBS:FAST SLNT LUMn.OBJ LANDS/secs/FIELD by CHURCH:/r8#152

Ref# 49 MICHEL,Aime: FS & STRAIGHT LINE TH: Page No. 76 : FARMLANDS

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 23, in France, in Lencouacq (Landes), "At nightfall Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object going down quickly, without any noise, stops in a meadow besides the church. It took off quickly a few seconds later."

She indicates that "the author" gives the 24th as date, but the observation took place Thursday, therefore the 23rd, that the sources are "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 259" and "Aimé Michel: 'M.O.C.' - Seghers pub., p. 107".

She adds: "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object going down quickly, without any noise, and landing in a meadow besides the church. It took off quickly a few seconds later".

The source is noted: "Paris-Press, 18 Sept. 1954", with the note: "was the story told before it occurred?" and a thanks to Wim van Utrecht.

[Ref. jnf1:] JAMES NEFF:

James Neff says that on September 23, 1954, in Lencouacq, France, "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later."

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

September 23

[...]

1954 - At the same time as the Patient family sighting, Mrs. Vignolles of Lencouacq, France saw a luminous object come down from the sky very rapidly. It made no noise as it landed in a nearby field, next to a church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 77; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211).

[Ref. djn2:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

September 24

[...]

1954 - 1954 - At dusk a fast, silent, luminous object landed for a few seconds in a field by a church in Lencouacq, Landes, France and was seen by a Miss Vignolles. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 77).

[...]

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

(23 ?) 21:00 In Lencouacq (France), Mrs. Vignolles sees a luminous object going down quickly without noise and land in a field close to the church. It flies away, very quickly, at the end of some s.

The sources are indicated as "Paris-Presse, September 18, 1954" and "Vallée, J., case #17, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Landes in Lencouacq on September 23, 1954 to 21:00 hours "a woman sees a luminous object arriving at sharp pace at low altitude and in silence. It stops with at near-ground level in a medow [sic] located behind the presbytery and starts again after a few seconds."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. lcn2:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Landes in Lencouacq on September 29, 1954 at 11:00 hours, "a young witness (undoubtedly a shepherd) saw an object in the shape of a cigar at less than 150 meters. It was shining and had an apparent diameter from 30 to 40 cm. The object landed, remained a long while on the ground then took off."

The source is indicated as "Les Universons by Poher Claude ** http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/universons/".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 September 1954 at 21:00 in Lencouacq, France "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church."

And: "At the same time as the Patient family sighting, Mrs. Vignolles of Lencouacq, France saw a luminous object come down from the sky very rapidly. It made no noise as it landed in a nearby field, next to a church. It took off very fast a few seconds later."

And: "Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later."

And: "An object was observed. Traces found."

And: "One object was observed by one single female witness in a rural area for a few minutes. No sound was heard."

The sources are indicated as "Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; 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, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); 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; Phillips, Ted R., Ted Phillips investigation files; Phillips, Ted R., Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, CUFOS, Chicago, 1975; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 23, 1954 - At the same time as the Patient family sighting, Mrs. Vignolles of Lencouacq, France saw a luminous object come down from the sky very rapidly. It made no noise as it landed in a nearby field, next to a church. It took off very fast a few seconds later. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 77; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 211).

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: September 23 1954

Location: Lencouacq France

Time: 2100

Summary: Mrs. Vignolles saw a luminous object come down rapidly, without noise, and land in a field near the church. It took off very fast a few seconds later.

Source: Magonia 152

[Ref. ubk1:] "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
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE I
19540923 23.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00 CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France 21.00
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France CE II
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France
19540924 24.09.1954 Lencouacq France Nightfall CE I
19540929 29.09.1954 Lencouacq France 11.00

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

September 23 1954. 2100hrs.

LENCOUACQ (LANDES : FRANCE)

Miss Irene Vignolles observed a luminous object arrive silently at high speed and very low altitude and stop for several seconds just above ground level in the meadow behind the rectory and then take off just as it came. It left no traces.

Explanations:

It is perfectly obvious that calling this a landing is an unapologetic interpolation, and no take off was reported. A meteor passing behind the horizon had often been described like this, as a "cigar" that landed.

The date error by Aimé Michel caused this case to be placed on the so-called "Bayonne-Vichy line" of September 24, 1954.

Keywords:

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

Lencouacq, Landes, Irène Vignolles, Irène Vrignolles, object, luminous, landing, fast

Sources:

[-] Indicates sources that I have not yet seen.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 16, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [jbu1], [lcn1], [lcn2], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 10, 2010 Addition [jca1], [djn2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 17, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 2, 2010 Addition [jve6].
1.4 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Additions [nip1], [tai1].
1.5 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.6 Patrick Gross May 11, 2019 Additions [aml2], [fsc1], [aml4], [ioi1], [pdl1], [mft1], [pha1], [lhh1], [prn2].
1.7 Patrick Gross September 24, 2019 Additions [prn1], Summary. Explanations changed, was "Not looked for yet."

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