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October 26, 1954, Angoulême, Charente:

Reference number for this case: 26-oct-54-Angouleme. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN - REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Saucer here,
Saucer there,
A farmer blown away!

Guéret. -- A farmer of the village of La Vaureille, Mr. Aimé Bousard, 47 years old, told to the gendarmes of Aubusson, the "strange encounter" he it made while returning from the village of Alleyrat (the Creuse). "At the locality "La Madière", he stated, I saw a form moving on the side of the road. I stopped to better observe the individual. The latter, who was bending down, suddenly stood up, directing on me two powerful projectors, lamps projecting a very dense light blue light. He also had, on each side of the head, a light green lamp very dense which emitted rays much weaker than the others. He seemed to be one meter sixty tall and I believed initially that he was dressed of a diving-suit."

"Suddenly, under the effect of a pressure comparable to a blow, I was thrown to the other side of the road where I remained ten minutes without being able to shout or call for help. The light blue lamps remained directed on me. I felt and I still feel pains in the legs and in the right hand."

At the place indicated by the farmer, the gendarmes noted that the ground had been freshly stirred up. The grass had been torn off on a surface of 70 cm in diameter. No trace of footstep was found.

Flying cauldron

Tarbes. -- A truck-driver of Tarbes, Mr. Vincent Casamajou, who was going in the morning towards 6 o'clock, with a loading in direction of Angoulème, in company of his wife, saw in his rear view mirror, a strange white gleam. Having parked his truck on the low side of the road, he saw, and his wife too, a machine which had just taken off from a meadow, at less than 50 meters. The apparatus, which had the shape of a huge cauldron, rose at a high speed, following a 45° angle. It left behind a white trail, it disappeared in the clouds.

Mr. Casamajou and his wife affirmed that this "cauldron" was large like a 5-ton truck and flew without noise.

Drunken saucer and candy-pink cigar

Rome. -- Three employees of the prefecture of police force of Modena made statements about the appearance of a foreign "machine" in the sky of this city. They affirmed that the apparatus after having crossed several kilometers in zigzag stopped just above the airfield while launching flares in all the directions, after that, it reportedly moved away vertiginously towards the Apennines.

In Florence, hundreds of people who attended a local training session of the soccer team, as well as the players of this team affirmed that several "unfathomable objects" of an absolute white crossed the sky in formation, moving from the north towards the south. These "objects" included "cigars" and "discs".

Another machine, of cylindrical form and a very marked pink color, crossed, according to three witnesses, the sky of Verola at a fast pace, in direction of the North-West.

[Ref. st1:] "THE STAR-TRIBUNE" NEWSPAPER:

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MARTIAN -- Aime Bousard, 47, a farmer, reported to police at Aubusson, France, that he encountered a Martian creature on a country road and was paralyzed by the "thing" for 10 minutes. He said the Martian left in a space ship looking like a "flying cauldron."

[Ref. tr1:] "THE TIMES RECORD" NEWSPAPER:

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Flying Saucers Back In France

Paris (INS) -- France, which has had more than its share of flying saucers recently, has two more reports to add to the list.

A 47-year-old farmer in Aubusson claimed that he was paralyzed for 10 minutes by "blue lights" pointed at him by "a creature in a sort of diving suit." And a resident of Angouleme said he saw a "flying cauldron" as big as a five-ton truck taking off from a meadow.

[Ref. cp1:] "THE COURIER-POST" NEWSPAPER:

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More 'Flying Saucers' Reported in France

Paris, Oct. 30. (INS) -- France, which has had more than its share of flying saucers recently, has two more reports to add to the list.

A 47-year-old farmer in Aubusson claimed that he was paralyzed for 10 minutes by "blue lights" pointed at him by "a creature in a sort of diving suit." And a resident of Angouleme said he saw a "flying cauldron" as big as a five-ton truck taking off from a meadow.

[Ref. dr1:] "THE DAILY REPORTER" NEWSPAPER:

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France Reports Two More Flying Saucers

PARIS, Oct. 30 (INS) -- France, which has had more than its share of flying saucers recently, has two more reports to add to the list.

A 47-year-old farmer in Aubusson claimed that he was paralyszed for 10 minutes by "blue lights" pointed at him by "a creature in a sort of diving suit." And a resident of Angouleme said he saw a "flying cauldron" as big as a five-ton truck taking off from a meadow.

[Ref. is1:] "THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR" NEWSPAPER:

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France Reports More 'Saucers'

Paris (INS) -- France, which has had more than its share of flying saucers recently, has two more reports to add to the list.

A 47-year-old farmer in Aubusson claimed that he was paralyzed for 10 minutes by "blue lights" pointed at him by "a creature in a sort of diving suit." And a resident of Angouleme said he saw a "flying cauldron" as big as a five-ton truck.

[Ref. nj1:] "THE NEWS-JOURNAL" NEWSPAPER:

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French Saucer Tales On Rise; Ray Added

Paris, Oct 30. INS -- France, which has had more than its share of flying saucers recently, has two more reports to add to the list.

A 47-year-old farmer in Aubusson claimed that he was paralyzed for 10 minutes by "blue lights" pointed at him by "a creature in a sort of diving suit." And a resident of Angouleme said he saw a "flying cauldron" as big as a five-ton truck.

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

The author lists cases with emissions, and evokes that with the Casamajou testimony, there were white trails, and that the observation was made at less than 50 meters. He notes that the source is the A.F.P., for October 27, 1954.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

395 26 10 1954 06 00 1 ANGOULEME.18.KM. F 001 3A

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

310

Oct. 26, 1954, 06:00, Angouleme (France).

Vincent Casamajou and his wife saw a large cauldron-shaped craft, the size of a truck (about 7 m) at 50 m distance, near the road, 18 km from this town, going toward Paris. It took off without noise, leaving a white trail. (9Z) (Le Parisien, 28 oct 1954).

[Ref. gl1] CHARLES GARREAU ET RAYMOND LAVIER:

The authors note that on October 25, 1954, Vincent Casamajou, conveyor from Tarbes, Place du Foirail, returns to Paris, with his young wife on board his truck, on the 25 [sic] of October 1954. While arriving at 18 kilometers at the north of Angouleme, whereas the heavy truck is engaged in climbing a hill in second gear, Mr. Casamajou sees a strange white gleam in his rear view mirror. Intrigued, he pulls down on the roadside. The following account is then given:

"My wife and I, we realized at once that this gleam was emitted by a craft that had just taken off of a field, at approximately 50 meters of us. It had the volume of my 5 tons truck. It resembled an enormous cauldron. It rose at a 45° angle, leaving behind it a very clear white trail. We followed its trajectory during approximately thirty seconds. It disappeared in the clouds. The white trail quickly faded."

[Ref. hj1:] HENRI JULIEN:

The author indicates that Vincent Casamajou, close to Angouleme, spotted an enormous "flying cauldron" leaving a vapor cloud behind, about October 1954.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 26, 1954, at 6 o'clock in the morning in Tourriers in the department of the Charente, a road conveyor from Tarbes, Vincent Casamajou, was at the steering wheel of his truck in company of his wife, and was driving on National Road RN10 while coming from Paris, climbing a hill in second gear.

Suddenly, they observed a gleam in the shape of a cauldron which had just taken off of a meadow. The driver saw in his rear view mirror and stopped the truck on the side of the road.

The object, which volume he compared with that of a five tons truck, rose at an angle of 45°, leaving behind itself a very clear white trail.

The witnesses followed with the eyes the object gaining distance during about thirty seconds before its disappearance in the sky. The white trail disappeared very quickly.

They indicate as sources the catalogue by Jacques Vallée, the book by Garreau and Lavier, and the newspaper "Le Parisien" for October 28, 1954.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 26th. Angouleme, France. (6:00 a.m.)

Another strange object was seen next to a road 18 kilometers from the city of Angouleme by a French couple, a M. Vincent Casamajou and his wife. This object was larger than the one reported by M. Mabou near Arraye-Et-Han. The thing was estimated to be the size of a truck and had the appearance of what the witness said was a "large cauldron." The UFO vaulted skyward soundlessly, leaving a white trail behind. 206.

  • Paris, France. Le Parisien. 28 October 54.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 26 in France, at 18 km in the north of Angouleme, "At 06:00 Vincent Casamajou and his wife saw a large apparatus in the shape of a cauldron, the size of a truck 50 away m. It rose without noise, leaving a white trail."

The sources are noted "Le Parisien, 28 oct 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 289".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

October 26

[...]

1954 - At six o'clock in the morning Vincent Casamajou and his wife saw a large cauldron-shaped craft, the size of a truck (about seven meters long) at 50 meters distance. It was near the road to Paris, 18 kilometers from the town of Angouleme, Charente, France. It took off without a sound, leaving a white trail. (Sources: Le Parisien, October 28, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 238, case 310).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Tuesday, October 26, 1954

06:00 In Angouleme (France), Vincent Casamajou and his wife see 1 large apparatus in the shape of a cauldron, of the size of a truck, approximately 7 m, 50 m away, close to the road for Paris at 18 km of this city. It rises without noise, leaving a white trail.

[...]

The source is indicated as "Le Parisien, October 28, 1954".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Charente in Tourriers on October 26, 1954 to 06:00 hours "a truck driver is driving his truck in company of his wife. The truck in on the N10 coming from Paris, it climbs a hill in second gear. Suddenly the witnesses observe a gleam in the shape of a cauldron which has just taken off a meadow. The driver saw it in his rear view mirror and stops the truck on roadside. The object, whose volume is compared with that of a five tons truck, rises under an angle of 45° while leaving behind it a very clear white trail. The witnesses follow the object going away during about thirty sonds before its disappearance in the sky. The white trail fainted very quickly."

The source is noted as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 October 1954 in Angouleme, France "Cauldron-shaped craft, the size of a truck, seen at 50 meters distance" and "At six o'clock in the morning in Angouleme, France Vincent Casamajou and his wife saw a large cauldron-shaped craft, the size of a truck (about seven meters long) at 50 meters distance. It was near the road to Paris, 18 km from the town. It took off without a sound, leaving a white trail."

And: "Vincent Casamajou and his wife saw a large cauldron-shaped craft, the size of a truck (about seven m) at 50 meters distance, near the road, 18 kilometers from this town, going toward Paris. It took off without noise, leaving a white trail."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft."

And: "One object, about 10 feet across, was observed by two witnesses, a married couple, on a highway for a few seconds (Casamajou)."

The source is indicated as Vallee Magonia Database.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 October 1954 06:00 at 18 kilometers from Angouleme, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object, about 10 feet across, was observed by two witnesses, a married couple, on a highway for a few seconds."

The sources are indicated as 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); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Oct. 26, 1954 - At six o'clock in the morning Vincent Casamajou and his wife saw a large cauldron-shaped craft, the size of a truck (about seven meters long) at 50 meters distance. It was near the road to Paris, 18 kilometers from the town of Angouleme, Charente, France. It took off without a sound, leaving a white trail. (Sources: Le Parisien, October 28, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 238, case 310).

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

This database recorded this case 5 times instead of one time:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541026 26.10.1954 Angouleme France 06.00
19541026 26.10.1954 Angouleme France 06.00 CE I
19541026 26.10.1954 Angouleme France 06.00 CE I
19541026 26.10.1954 Angouleme France 06.00 CE I
19541026 26.10.1954 Angouleme France 06.00 CE I

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Angoulême, Charente, Vincent Casamajou, multiple, cauldron-shaped, craft, object, road, silence, white, trail

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 18, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 20, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [mc1], [go1], [dj1], [jb1], [lc1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 18, 2010 Addition [hj1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 7, 2010 Addition [vm1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 25, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 14, 2016 Additions [lg1], [ub1].
1.6 Patrick Gross September 19, 2017 Additions [cp1], [dr1], [is1], [nj1], [st1], [tr1].

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