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October 26, 1954, La Badière, Creuse:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] NEWSPAPER "LA MONTAGNE":

Faits divers

AT THE SAUCERS' SHOP
From where does this being of exceptional capacity come from?

Guéret. –- Finally, the Creuse was visited by a flying saucer and a being with a magic capacity.

After Mrs Alice Paquet, of Saint-Pardoux-le-Neuf, who claims to have seen a mysterious and silent machine evolving above her, an inhabitant of Vaureille, commune of Alleyrat, Mr. Bousard, aged 47, specified the following facts with the mayor initially, then with the gendarmes:

"After having paid a visit to the town hall of Alleyrat in the evening, to get a paper there, he had left the borough towards 10:30 P.M. on bicycle. At approximately 10:45 P.M. he was at the location called "La Badière", when he suddenly saw somebody who was on the side of the road."

"I stopped, he said, to see what it was while remaining however seated on my bicycle. I had the impression that I dealt with a man: as I bent down, this one stood up suddenly and directed two powerful lamps at me who where projecting a very intense light, of light blue color. This being also had at each side of the head, a lamp emitting a green light, much weaker than the two preceding ones. Of a size of 1 m 60 approximately, he was dressed like a diver. As he stood up, I felt a pressure which I could not define but comparable with an extremely violent breath which projected me to the other side of the road."

"I remained approximately 10 minutes without being able to shout nor being able to call for Help. During this time the two lamps which emitted a blue light were directed in my direction. Then the being crossed the road crossed and disappeared suddenly without it being possible for me to see the direction he took. I was very afraid. While falling under the effects of the lamps, I felt – and I still feel – pains in the leg and the right hand."

"I affirm that I was not drunk: that it is by no means an hallucination and that this was not an encounter with an inhabitant of the country."

The gendarmes who recorded this curious testimony said that Mr. Bousard indeed appears to suffer from the two stated members and that he gives the impression to undergo a rather strong discomfort. His right hand is swollen and he has difficulties to write. The bicycle does not bear any trace of fall or collision.

On the spot indicated by the farmer, the ground was freshly stirred up as by a circular friction of 0 m 70 of diameter. No footmark is visible in the surroundings.

As one well thinks, this extraordinary fact been the subject of all the comments of the inhabitants of Alleyrat. Some firmly believe in the arrival of an unknown being in this place, which they are not far from calling a "Martian." The large majority however remains somewhat skeptic although Mr. Bousard has the reputation of a sensible man.

[Ref. lm1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

Scan


And here is the secret weapon of the "Martians":
the light blue beam...

Guéret. -- A farmer of the village of Vaureille, Mr. Aimé Bousard, 47 years old, told to the gendarmes of Aubusson "the strange encounter" he made Tuesday evening while returning from the village of Alleyrat (the Creuse).

"At the locality "La Madière", he said, I saw a form which was moving on the side of the road. I stopped for better observing the individual. The latter, who was bent down, suddenly stood up, directing on me two powerful lamps projecting a very dense light blue light. He also had, on each side of the head, a lamp of light green color which emitted rays much weaker than the others. It appeared 1 m 60 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 on 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. They died out finally. The being crossed the road and disaperared suddenly. I felt and I still feel pains in the legs at the right hand [sic]."

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 centimetres in diameter. No footsteps trace were found.

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

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. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on October 26, 1954, in the Creuse, a farmer of the village of Vaureille, Aimé Boussard, aged 47, saw at the locality "La Madière" near Alleyrat a silhouette which moved on the edge of the road.

Jimmy Guieu quotes - saying that these are statements by the witness to the gendarmes of Aubusson who investigated into the matter:

"I stopped for better observing the individual. The latter, who was lowered, suddenly stood up, directing two powerful 'lampes' projecting very dense light-blue light at me. It also had, at each side of the head, a 'lamp' which emitted much weaker rays than the others. It appeared approximately 1 m 60 tall and wore a kind of diving-suit. Suddenly, under the effect of a pressure comparable to a extremely violent blow of air, I was thrown to the other side of the road where I remained ten minutes, paralysed without being able to shout or call for help. The light-blue lamps remained directed at me. They died out finally. The being crossed the road and disappeared suddenly. I felt and I still feel pains in the legs and atthe right hand."

Jimmy Guieu says that the gendarmes found at the place indicated by the witness freshly stirred up ground, that the grass had been torn off on a surface of 70 centimetres in diameter, and that no trace of footstep was found.

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

The author notes that on October 26, 1954 in the evening, Mr. Boussard, in La Madière in the Creuse, saw a diver who appeared to him to be 1.60 meters, but he did not see a saucer.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

394 -002.14821 45.99000 26 10 1954 LA VAUREILLE-CREUSE F 011122 G

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

311

Oct. 26, 1954, evening, La Madiere (France).

Aimé Boussard, 47, a farmer, evening was suddenly confronted with an individual of normal height (1.60 m) wearing a sort of diving suit with a pale-green light on either side of the helmet. The individual aimed at the witness the beam of two blue lights, and he was thrown backward. No craft was observed. (92) (Le Parisien, 28 oct. 1954).

[Ref. cb1:] CHARLES BOWEN:

This ufologist wrote that the story has been explained: farmer André Boussard had seemingly shot at a stranded motorist.

[Ref. lh1:] LARRY HATCH:

1954/10/26 ALLEYRAT = La Madiere = Vaureille, France: Figure w/lites: /r8 #311. + Bowen: Humanoids. Farmer shoots at stranded motorist! /r30 p670.

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

These ufologists date the case on October 26, 1954, as did Jacques Vallée.

Mr. Boussard [sic] had the reputation to be a boasting and unpleasant character and had been beaten up by young people. "Benefiting from the context and the many sightings reported at the time, he had invented this story to explain to his advantage the wounds which he had."

[Ref. mf1] FRANCAT, MICHEL FIGUET:

10/26/1954

Alleyrat

Invention by the witness. "OVNI" p. 670.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

October 26th. La Madiere, France. (Evening)

A farmer said a figure of normal height dressed in a "diving suit-type" outfit zapped him with two beams of energy knocking him to the ground. If the supposed being had arrived in a saucer, it was not parked where the victim, M. Aime Boussard, could see it. 207.

  • 206. Paris, France. Le Parisien. 28 October 54.
  • 207. Ibid.

[Ref. se1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1954/10/26 FRANCE, LA MADIERE

Source: Official UFO, Feb. 76

A five-foot humanoid aimed a double beam from two blue lights at a farmer. The witness was thrown backwards.

EFFECTS:
Light beam
Bodily impact

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 26 in France, in Alleyrat - La Madière, or La Badière, "In the evening Aimé Boussard, farmer, was suddenly in the presence of an individual of normal size (1,60m) covered of a kind of outfit with two pale green lights on each side of the helmet. This individual directed towards him the beam of two blue lights and he was knocked over. No craft was observed."

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

She adds that actually "the witness was known as an unpleasant boaster and was beaten by young people. Benefitting from the context and the many observations made at the time, he had invented this story to explain to his advantage the bruises he had."

The source is noted "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, Premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 670, 671".

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

205.

Location. La Madiere France

Date: October 26 1954

Time: evening

Aime Brousard, 47, stopped to look at someone on the footpath. This person, who had been crouching down, rose suddenly and turned upon him 2 very bright pale-blue lamps. At the sides of his helmeted head were 2 weaker light green lamps. The effect of the blue light on Brousard was to fling him to the other side of the road, where he lay paralyzed, unable to call out, for 10 minutes. Then the lamps went out, and the being crossed the road and disappeared from view. Brousard then recovered, but still felt pain in his legs and hands.

Humcat 1954-119

Source: Humcat quoting newspaper source

Type: E

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

October 26

[...]

1954 - On this evening in La Madiere, Creuse, France Aime Boussard, a 47-year-old farmer, was suddenly confronted by an unusual individual of normal height (1.60 m) wearing a sort of diving suit with a pale green light emitted from either side of the helmet. The being aimed two beams of blue light at the witness, who was thrown backward when struck by the rays. No craft was observed. (Sources: Le Parisien, October 28, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 238, case 311; Michel Carrouges, Les Apparitions de Martiens, p. 120).

[...]

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Tuesday, October 26, 1954

[...]

In the evening - In La Madière (France), Aimée Boussard (47 years old, farmer) is suddenly in the presence of an individual of normal size 1,60 m, covered of a kind of outfit with 2 pale green lights on each side of the helmet. This individual aims at him a ray of 2 blue lights, and he is thrown back. But no craft is observed.

[...]

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

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Creuse in Alleyrat on October 26, 1954 at an unknown hour "At the location 'La Madières', a witness saw a silhouette which moved on the roadside. The witness stops for better observing the individual. The latter who was squatted stood up suddenly, aiming at the witness two powerful lamps projecting a very dense blue light. The entity has on each side of the head a lamp of light green color emitting a beam weaker than the others. The being seemed to be 1m60 tall and carried a kind of diving-suit. Suddenly, the witness is thrown as by an extremely violent blow at the other side of the road where he will remain paralysed 10 minutes without being able to shout. The light blue lamps remained directed at him. It died out and the entity crossed the road and disappeared suddenly. The witness felt during some time pain in the legs and the right hand. At the place he indicated, the gendarmes noted that the ground was freshly stirred up and grass was torn off on a surface of 70 cm in diameter".

The source is noted as "Black-out sur les Soucoupes volantes by Guieu Jimmy ** Fleuve Noir 1956 omnium 1977".

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 26 1954. Evening.

LA MADIERE (CREUSE : FRANCE)

Aime Boussard (47), a farmer, was suddenly confronted with an individual of normal height (1.6m), wearing a sort of diving suit with a pale green light on either side of the helmet. This individual aimed a beam of blue light at Aime, who was thrown backwards.

Vallee Case 311, citing Le Parisien, 28 October 1954.

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

Location: La Madiere France

Date: October 26 1954

Time: evening

Aime Brousard, 47, stopped to look at someone on the footpath. This person, who had been crouching down, rose suddenly & turned upon him 2 very bright pale-blue lamps. At the sides of his helmeted head were 2 weaker light green lamps. The effect of the blue light on Brousard was to fling him to the other side of the road, where he lay paralyzed, unable to call out, for 10 minutes. Then the lamps went out, and the being crossed the road & disappeared from view. Brousard then recovered, but still felt pain in his legs & hands.

Source: Humcat quoting newspaper

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 311

POSSIBLE HOAX

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

*Oct. 26, 1954 - On this evening in La Madiere, Creuse, France Aime Boussard, a 47-year-old farmer, was suddenly confronted by an unusual individual of normal height (1.60 m) wearing a sort of diving suit with a pale green light emitted from either side of the helmet. The being aimed two beams of blue light at the witness, who was thrown backward when struck by the rays. No craft was observed. (Sources: Le Parisien, October 28, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 238, case 311; Michel Carrouges, Les Apparitions de Martiens, p. 120).

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a false close encounter of the third kind in Alleyrat, in the Creuse, on October 26, 1954, at 10:30 p.m.:

Aimé Boussard, 47, a farmer living in the location "La Vaureille", was returning by bicycle from the town hall of Alleyrat. At the place called "La Badière", he suddenly saw someone on the side of the road, and stopped while astride on his bicycle. The figure was dressed like a diver and was about 1.60 m. He carried on each side of the head a lamp emitting a green light. The seated being pointed two powerful "lamps" projecting an intense light, light blue, when he stood up.

The witness was suddenly thrown across the road by a pressure comparable to a violent breath. He remained about 10 minutes without being able to scream, feeling pain in the leg and right hand. The being crossed the road and disappeared.

At the place indicated by the witness, the gendarmes found that the earth was freshly stirred.

Sources are indicated as La Montagne for 28 October 1954; Le Parisian for October 28, 1954; Jimmy Guieu, "Black-Out sur les Soucoupes Volantes", page 204; Michel Carrouges, "Les Apparitions de Martiens", page 120.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that in fact the witness was known to be unpleasant boastful person and had been beaten by young people. Taking advantage of the context and the many observations made at the time, he had invented all this story to explain to his advantage the bruises he wore.

The sources for the explanation are indicated as OVNI-INFO, n° spécial "Trois-quarts de siècle d'observations creusoises"; Eric Zurcher, "Les apparitions d'humanoïdes", pages 183-184.

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

This database managed to record this case 17 times!

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 Alleyrat France 22.30 CE III
19541026 26.10.1954 Vaureille France CE III
19541026 26.10.1954 La Madiere France Abends CE III
19541026 26.10.1954 La Madiere France CE III
19541026 26.10.1954 La Madiere France Nightfall
19541026 26.10.1954 La Vaureille France Nightfall
19541026 26.10.1954 La Vaureille France 19.00 CE II
19541026 26.10.1954 La Vaureille France 19.00 CE II
19541026 26.10.1954 La Vaureille France
19541026 26.10.1954 Madiere France CE III
19541026 26.10.1954 La Vaureille France
19541026 26.10.1954 La Madiere France
19541026 26.10.1954 La Madiere France Abends CE III
19541026 26.10.1954 La Madiere France
19541026 26.10.1954 Alleyrat France Nightfall CE III

Explanations:

On April 18, 2003, while I only had for sources Jacques Vallée's summary [Ref. jv1 above] and the brief comment by Charles Bowen [Ref. cb1: above], I wrote:

"Explained unless proven otherwise: confusion. No UFO had been reported whatsoever in relation with this event. The case is sometimes also referred to as having taken place in Alleyrat or Vaureille."

On November 22, 2004, having been contacted by an historian of the area, and after our discussion and kind offer, I managed to get the article of the newspaper "La Montagne" published seemingly two days after the events [Ref. lm1 above].

Taking into account this newspaper article, I noted:

I figured out that possibly Charles Bowen mixed things up with some other case, maybe that in Sinceny.

But more important, the discovery of the mispell "La Madière" instead of "La Badière" by Jacques Vallée helped me find out the explanation by Michel Figuet, [Ref. fr1: above], which was not that of a confused witness but that of a lame made up story.

Larry Hatch indicates as source for the "Farmer shoots at stranded motorist" explanation "/r30 p670," that is, Michel Figuet's book on page 670; which really is [Ref. fr1], not a "farmer shoot at motorist" but a hoax.

Keywords:

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

La Badière, La Madière, Alleyrat, Vaureille, Creuse, Aimé Bousard, Brousard, Boussard, farmer, man, suit, rays, light

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 6, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 20, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [mc1], [go1], [dj1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 13, 2010 Addition [jg1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 7, 2010 Additions [le1], [vm1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 24, 2010 Addition [se1].
1.4 Patrick Gross June 30, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.5 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.6 Patrick Gross October 10, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.7 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.8 Patrick Gross December 2, 2016 Addition [ub1].
1.9 Patrick Gross December 14, 2016 Addition [lg1].
2.0 Patrick Gross February 11, 2017 Addition [gz1].

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